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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,552 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 161 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

CSGardenhire, Apr 05, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

pchalk, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

canders0927, Apr 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JLapadura, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Martok812, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ChiBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

jpcool9, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Noflies, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

OldTime, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

justinm4bama, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, reddish brown - difficult to see through. Small off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Dark fruit, barnyard hops, sweet malts.

Initial tastes are in line with the aroma - dark fruit, hay hops and some malty sweetness, though it's much more subtle and balanced. Not super complex, just a great balance of these elements.

Pretty thick, smooth, lightly carbonated.

Really good one. Not my favorite overall, but nails the classic flavors in a good, basic way - not super complex. Definitely recommend over most attempts.

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 3/28/12

Appearance: Brown, with some hints of red - small beige head, fades to a ring and leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Pretty typical for the style, with a variety of aromas - slightly burnt, grains, bread, bread crust, some light fruits (apples?), some spiciness

Taste: Follows the smell - caramelized malts and some slightly toasted/burnt flavors - multigrain bread and bread crust - some dark fruits (mostly raisins), some spices - slight touch of alcohol, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nicely carbonated, easy to drink

Overall: A great, but not excellent, example of the style

This is a solid Doppelbock, with all of the attributes typical to the style. Malty, with toasted, caramel, and bready aspects. This is worth a try, and I bet it would be good with food.

angrybabboon, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spaten Optimator. $2.50 for the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass. Paired with glazed chicken skewers with yellow squash, red pepper, and zucchini.

Coppery-ruby red body with rising carbonation from the base of the glass. Exceptional clarity. The half-inch tan head fizzled out without a good fight. A thin ring and surface foam remains. 3.0

A dark fruit mild sweetness is second to roasted malts and wet grain. Some apricot-like hops in there. Overall, an earthy smell. 3.5

Rich Bavarian malts with a raisin sweetness. Suggestions of red apple, prune, and cedar. Decent traces of alcohol are present. Not as much of a roasted character from the malt as anticipated from the nose, but they are full and fruity. The yeast is pulling some esters in, but not huge. Some clove. 4.0

Hardly any carbonation on the swig, a smidge in the mouth and throat going down. The body is medium and slick. The alcohol could use some tempering, but it's no mind-glazer. Pretty average. 3.0

The first traditional Doppelbock I ever tasted (back in the day, I mean). I loved it then, and it's still pretty decent now. Prefer other Germans to this one, and even a few American examples. Still a good beer, and cheap. 3.5

thecheapies, Mar 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

IndieGentleman, Mar 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

MammothTarantula, Mar 27, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

tyleeis, Mar 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jefftuck47, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Number3red, Mar 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a medium-dark brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown head that diminished quickly and had poor lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted bread malt and a doughy yeast with notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit (raisins and plums) and a slight metallic smell.

The taste was lightly sweet and malty throughout with a note of caramel early on and had notes of dark fruit and a mild alcohol presence at the finish. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow with a slight metallic fruity flavor left behind.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and watery yet just a tad dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty basic Doppelbock with a slightly bland flavor...

KajII, Mar 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 22, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,552 ratings.