Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,679 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,679
Reviews: 1,272
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 65
Gots: 214 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear dark reddish mahogany with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like prunes and earthy roasted barley and whole grain bread.
T: It tasted like sweet prunes and molasses, with roasted barley and whole grain bread. It had a clean and mostly sweet aftertaste.
M: It was thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a nice doppelbock with a basic but enjoyable scent and taste. The body was solid, and the finish was smooth, so it was definitely easy to drink. Nothing special about this, but a classic quality brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.13/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/18/12

Deep tobacco brown with a copper sheen. Ambitious head of over three fingers that drops moderately slowly.

The nose finds aromas of plum, dark fruits, dusty yeast, husk and buttered bread. Hints of toffee. Something odd is going on, though the bread comes to the fore over time.

Leading off are dark fruit flavors are a bit too juicy for my liking and they have a tangy bent that doesn't jive. The middle finds hints of faint, earthy hops and decay. Toasted grains and bread pick up on the back half, but not enough to salvage this one.

The first aspect of the feel that come to mind is a pervassive booziness that stays long on the finish; it isn't gnarly hot, per se, but the modest heat doesn't subside. The body is medium-thin and a touch on the watery side.

Overall impression - Could be worse, but I'm not particularly impressed with this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, from a grocery store in Waikiki. Waves currently crashing outside on Kona-area beach, screwing with my beer appreciation environment-ometer...

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of dense, cake-like foamy tan head, which leaves a few broad streaks of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of raisin-heavy dark fruity malts, some secondary, but still prolific caramel/toffee, and a mild nutty chocolate twinge. The taste continues with the big dark fruity malt, a bit of toasted bready yeastiness, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. A slight warming pervades once things near room temperature.

The bubbles are quite sedate, lending well to a medium-full body, that is quite smooth, with silky tendencies. It finishes fairly sweet, the prune and raisin malt seeing just faint challenge from the tingly hops and booze warming.

A pretty decent doppelbock, nice and sweet, and balanced, mostly, with a deftly integrated elevated ABV. I would recommend this, especially if the weather wasn't so, well, tropical.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,679 ratings.