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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,492 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 62
Gots: 139 | 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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jmtpi

France

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-07-2012 19:09:39 | More by jmtpi
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LexShaw89

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 22:58:47 | More by LexShaw89
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LJWalker

Alabama

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-06-2012 04:34:01 | More by LJWalker
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JayTurk

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-06-2012 03:38:03 | More by JayTurk
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bubseymour

Maryland

2.9/5  rDev -25.4%

appearance - dark red/brown and semi-clear. Nice 2 finger head.

Smell - very heavy and sweet smells

Taste - Definitely not a style that I enjoy much. Taste is srong and heavy with molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel - full bodied

Overall - I don't think this beer works for me very well. Too much molassas/caremel and boozy flavor.

02-05-2012 21:09:46 | More by bubseymour
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

02-05-2012 20:54:45 | More by meanmutt
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joannajax

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-05-2012 02:48:49 | More by joannajax
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stampfler07

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-05-2012 01:28:58 | More by stampfler07
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Mileslicsw

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-04-2012 23:23:59 | More by Mileslicsw
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JohnBeerRun

Georgia

1/5  rDev -74.3%

02-03-2012 14:44:00 | More by JohnBeerRun
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demgoth

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-03-2012 06:09:07 | More by demgoth
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videofrog

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-02-2012 19:31:26 | More by videofrog
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ClimbStuff

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-02-2012 05:21:09 | More by ClimbStuff
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quintonmaximoff

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2012 23:02:53 | More by quintonmaximoff
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 05:02:38 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jumbopanda

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 04:59:19 | More by jumbopanda
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 04:24:01 | More by slimntubbs
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TobinMitnick

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-30-2012 21:28:58 | More by TobinMitnick
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dcellis

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-30-2012 20:05:45 | More by dcellis
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

12oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.

Pours a beautiful brown that reveals notes of red when held to the light. Head on the pour is quite nice and even has some bubbles cascading downwards, nice. Head goes down to a slight ring after a relatively short amount of time, even the rings goes away. First smell to hit is the "lager smell." Has a very prominent malty/grainy sort of smell.The taste is deliciously malty featuring some light roasted notes, some hop spiciness and a tiny bit of alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and medium carb, features a sharpness in the initial feel.

This is an excellent lager that is very malty. I've really found myself enjoying dark lagers lately and this one is exceptional. Surprisingly drinkable and hides its slcohol well. Only thing that bothers me at all is the sharp, metallic mouthfeel.

01-30-2012 01:22:30 | More by VaterRoss
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 19:30:25 | More by brandon911
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-29-2012 10:41:49 | More by Texasfan549
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-28-2012 22:07:44 | More by rogerthegill
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Giggy

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a 12oz. green bottle.

A: Looked like a cola. A clear dark brown with a hint of red. Light tan to off-white head. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S: Caramel, toasted malts

T: Slightly sweet, Molasses, lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramels and fruits. Slight hops bitterness that develops in the back of the tongue after the swallow.

M: Initially a heavier carbonation that disapears after the first couple of swallows leaving a smooth and creamy brew.

O: Ayinger Clelebrator is my most favorite Doppelbock and it is hard not to compare the Optimator to that beer. But I did enjoy it and would drink it. I will call it the little brother to Celebrator.

01-28-2012 18:01:21 | More by Giggy
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-28-2012 17:18:37 | More by Jamesthebrit
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.