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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,535 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,535
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 151 | 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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Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of cates1tg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

cates1tg, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of cmuir24
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

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

MortarPestle, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of neckbracesub
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

Peeves, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of GrandeJoe
1/5  rDev -74.3%

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

vfgccp, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of sparrowed
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Stalgondo, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of GarretD
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

GarretD, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

tourdot, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of PJF12866
3.5/5  rDev -10%

PJF12866, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Nikki
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Nikki, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Zachtheporter, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Jeffani
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Jeffani, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice brown with a hint of red. Nice head dissipates fairly quickly down to nothing.

S - Lovely wheat bran cereal

T - More malty lovely wheat bran cereal, something almost metallic but not, that... German lager taste, a bare suggestion of coffee, a nice little caramel sweetness. Nice booze in the back of the throat on the exhale.

M - Lighter than expected but a bit pleasantly sticky, some of which lingers on the tongue for a while afterwards. The tiniest prickle of carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

O - A little less substantial than I was expecting after some other recent German doppelbocks, but still decent and nice.

BrownNut, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Trixiesliquor
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Trixiesliquor, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Vegita182
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Vegita182, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of freshtojeff
4/5  rDev +2.8%

freshtojeff, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Tumble, Feb 28, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,535 ratings.