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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,677 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 2,677
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 65
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999)
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers that I've tried recently. I bought a six pack on a whim for something new to try, and it has not disappointed me. I'm on my second bottle, and feeling very giddy. At 7.6% ABV, this tall dark brew will make you drunk fast. And with as smooth a finish as this bad boy has, it will send you to the fridge for another one before you realize you're drunk.
As far as the taste goes, I'm definitely tasting toffee, plums, and a hint of wheat. It's certainly the kind of beer I would recommend to someone who likes dark German beer, but doesn't care for Beck's.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 5th Street Bar in Pittsburg, KS

Pours a nice deep garnet with ruby highlights. Crystal clear, but little head.

Smells of pilsner malt, caramel, toffee, and not much else. Good clean "German" aroma, and that's a good thing.

Taste is also clean as it can be. Again, the continental pils malt comes through, with it's signature grainy sweetness. The caramel and toffee notes follow, but aren't as strong as the aroma suggests. It's sweet, but not as sweet as many doopelbocks. And it should be sweet, per the style. Just clean, malty without being cloying. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel is rich without being chewy. Again, just as it should be.

Doppels aren't everyone's cup of tea. Or, uh, beer. Sweet, malty, the polar opposite of an IPA. But if you want a good, strongish, clean German lager, it's hard to beat this.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Clear, dark fiery red with tons of carbonation rising up. Head is a dirty white/brown color with a soapy appearance

Smell - Caramel, Yeasts, Malts and Barley. The smell has a very strong, penetrating quality to it, as the smell seems to go right into your sinuses which feels rather strange. Aside from that, it smells decent

Taste - Caramel, Roasted Malts, Toffee, Yeasts and Barley. It's not as strong as the flavor, but it still tastes rather sweet. The aftertaste is quite strange, with a burnt malt/burnt barley flavor; tastes kind of ashy.

Mouthfeel - Moderate body weight with a moderate carbonation feel. It's crisp feeling, but not what I would call smooth. Still, it's easy to drink and that's what really counts

Overall - I was expecting more from Optimator, in terms of flavor and smell. Had the aftertaste not been so dry and ashy, I would've been more impressed.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a caramel color with an off-white head.

starts a bit dull on the nose but eventually displays some nice caramel and dark fruit sweetness, as well as some doughy bread.

pretty typical flavors on the palate that one would expect from a Doppelbock: caramel, raisin, and black cherry came through.

Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

DB is not my favorite style of beer but I rather enjoyed this one. pleasant experience from start to finish.

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 2,677 ratings.