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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,748 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,748
Reviews: 1,294
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 71
Gots: 260 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear chestnut brown with a large foamy light tan head and a bit of lace.

S- lots of sweet and roasted malt, light notes of chocolate, a bit of herbal hop and a bit of skunk.

T- malt, and lots of it. Sweet grains, notes of fig, molasses and dark fruit. Nutty backbone, finishes slightly sweet with a malty linger. Bold flavors throughout.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, goes down velvety smooth.

O- this one packs a malty punch! Now I know why they call this breakfast in a glass. Pretty interesting concept. I like it, but definitely couldn't drink more than one.

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

A. Dark reddish brown Dopplebock. 2 finger head after beheadinging that sticks around for a bit.

S. nothing special here. I get A hint of cherry and molasses with malt. Slight alcohol smell

T. The malt really comes out. Slightly sweat with the molasses taste but malt is the predominant taste.

M. Slight carbonation. Another reviewer used silky to describe the mouth. I would agree. The malt and sweetness hang around a bit.

O. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and it's seems easy to order a follow up or two. The high ABV let's the beer buzz catch up pretty fast. This was served in a 0.5 liter Spaten branded glass.

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I love the brown, almost blood-red color of this one when it's poured into a glass. The malts are extremely prominent: rich and toasty, with caramel and molasses overtones, and a hint of dark, brown bread on the finish. A moderate carbonation level doesn't quite eclipse the dash of bitter that sets off the malty sweetness very nicely. It's very very assertive, but not cloying in terms of sweetness. A hearty, solid German-style beer; a little too strong for a session beer, but a couple of 'em will weigh you down very nicely.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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