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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,521 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

QuakeAttack, Mar 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bigeyedfish89, Mar 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ChaseTheAce, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of nofalltoofar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful, almost pure black. White head and the darkest brown at the bottom of the glass.

S: Rich dark caramel, sweet and full.

T: Immediate bitterness with a sweet middle and tangy after-taste. Strong caramel notes and thick grain flavor

M: Smooth, a little thick. Not at all oily or sticky. Excellent.

It's a delicious beer. I picked up a six-pack for the night from the local Southampton "The Beer Store" for $12 and expected nothing big. I was pleasantly surprised by a nuanced yet familiar doppelbock taste with that delicious warming effect so great on a Winter night. Too bad it's a balmy 62 in PA right now.

nofalltoofar, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BraveGator
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

BraveGator, Mar 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

AceMan, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

thegerm87, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Fakexican, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

500ML served into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark russet copper with an active light tan head. Nice clarity.

S - Thick caramel malt, brown bread crust, iron, molasses, creamy marshmallow, prunes.

T - Roasted dark caramel malt, iron, molasses, vinous fruit-plums and grapes, nutty yeast, fresh ground brown bread, grainy bitterness toward the end.

M - Medium carbonation, syrup-like at times, dries off on the aftertaste.

A solid choice for a malty spring Dopplebock. This is widely available and priced right. Super malty and rough enough around the edges to keep it interesting.

StaveHooks, Mar 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

cates1tg, Mar 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cmuir24, Mar 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

donunrue, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

DustyGreen, Mar 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

MortarPestle, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Half liter bottle into a pint glass.
A finger of off whilte/light brown head settles down fairly quickly. Transparent deep deep red/brown body.
Toasted malt and caramel/ molasses sweetness dominates the smell.
You get the same load of sweet and roasty malt and caramel in the taste. Some breadyness.
Mediumish mouthfeel that goes down pretty smooth with modest carbonation.
Haven’t had a doppelbock since München in September and this brings me back. Hits the spot.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

neckbracesub, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Peeves, Mar 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

GrandeJoe, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

vfgccp, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Poured a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a 22 ounce brandy snifter. Pours dark brown with a dissipating tan head that leaves some lacing. The smell is of sweet dark roasted malts and a bit of caramel. There's maybe a bit of fig in the smell. The taste is of lightly sweet malt, fig, caramel, a little bit of bitterness on the back end. It's not cloyingly sweet and the ABV is not noticeable. The mouthfeel is full and the flavors linger in the mouth, but it is very pleasant. The carbonation is well done. Overall, this is an excellent beer and is still one of my favorites.

acevenom, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

sparrowed, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Stalgondo, Mar 04, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.