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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,732 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 1,287
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 70
Gots: 246 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers that I've tried recently. I bought a six pack on a whim for something new to try, and it has not disappointed me. I'm on my second bottle, and feeling very giddy. At 7.6% ABV, this tall dark brew will make you drunk fast. And with as smooth a finish as this bad boy has, it will send you to the fridge for another one before you realize you're drunk.
As far as the taste goes, I'm definitely tasting toffee, plums, and a hint of wheat. It's certainly the kind of beer I would recommend to someone who likes dark German beer, but doesn't care for Beck's.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 5th Street Bar in Pittsburg, KS

Pours a nice deep garnet with ruby highlights. Crystal clear, but little head.

Smells of pilsner malt, caramel, toffee, and not much else. Good clean "German" aroma, and that's a good thing.

Taste is also clean as it can be. Again, the continental pils malt comes through, with it's signature grainy sweetness. The caramel and toffee notes follow, but aren't as strong as the aroma suggests. It's sweet, but not as sweet as many doopelbocks. And it should be sweet, per the style. Just clean, malty without being cloying. Good example of the style.

Mouthfeel is rich without being chewy. Again, just as it should be.

Doppels aren't everyone's cup of tea. Or, uh, beer. Sweet, malty, the polar opposite of an IPA. But if you want a good, strongish, clean German lager, it's hard to beat this.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.