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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
very good

2,443 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,443
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 115 | 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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SawDog505

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a light brownish red, with a half inch of off white head, and little lace. Smell brown sugar, raisins, bread, and clove. Taste is all of them combined, nothing really dominates, but very sweet. Body is thinner than I prefer, not much carbonation, not overly dry, and easy drinking. This is not my favorite style being a hop head. Wish it was less sweet and fuller.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 23:06:47 | More by SawDog505
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LouDogg114

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-14-2012 06:16:29 | More by LouDogg114
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tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-14-2012 05:09:23 | More by tclapper
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-13-2012 21:09:54 | More by Jspriest
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-13-2012 18:49:49 | More by bonbini26
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uziangis

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

01-13-2012 02:21:28 | More by uziangis
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 23:40:15 | More by tbeer40
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therobot

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-12-2012 21:52:38 | More by therobot
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-11-2012 23:32:51 | More by lccrunchy
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stalker5

New York

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber brown, tan head with good retention. Smelled roasted malts, dark fruits, a little alcohol. Can definitely taste some the dark fruits, roasted, carmels, brown sugars, very slight alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy, smooth, and velvety. A good doppelbock; one I recommend for sure. Definitely better if you can get it on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 22:23:22 | More by stalker5
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Sharkophile

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown with a tan head with decent retention.

S: Dark fruit, roasty with some alcohol.

T: Mostly fruity (raisins), with some coffee-like roasted malt flavors. Not much detectable hops, with clean, fruity alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium to heavy body, with pretty light carbonation.

O: A solid German doppelbock and one that I've had quite a few times. This was one of the first high alcohol craft beers that I really remember enjoying.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:18:08 | More by Sharkophile
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bbadger

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-07-2012 19:41:21 | More by bbadger
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quantumcipher

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-07-2012 09:24:36 | More by quantumcipher
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-07-2012 04:01:04 | More by Stoffel
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TheFlern

Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a little bit of reddish hue. White head dissipates to a very thin layer. No lacing.

Smell: Lots of luscious malt. Slight metallic taste in the background (probably from age).

Taste: Follows the nose. Slight skunk taste, most likely from age.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, good amount of carbonation.

Overall: I wish I could get this fresh. This is a good beer I can tell but age has taken its toll. Its too bad American breweries cannot produce top quality doppelbocks at this price.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:21:18 | More by TheFlern
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phrobi

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-06-2012 08:02:23 | More by phrobi
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mdaschaf

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a ruddy brown color with a small, off-white head on top. Not much retention, and leaves behind some very thin lacing.

S: Some dark fruit, raisins and a little plum, some brown sugar and caramel.

T: Rather sweet. Caramel, brown sugar, and a good bit of dark fruit. More raisins and plums as well as a little bit of fig.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth.

O: Pretty good beer, seems to fit the style well, but not my favorite. Wouldn't have a problem drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 14:50:19 | More by mdaschaf
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beergoot

Colorado

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

Appearance: dark mahogany, nearly opaque; thick, finely foamed head with great lacing

Smell: heavy malt, dates and currants, raisins; slight alcohol notes

Taste: big and malty up front with a bit over-the-top alcohol warmth throughout

Mouthfeel: heavy, velvety; smooth

Overall: a classic doppelbock with, perhaps a shade too much alcohol presence in the taste, but not so overbearing as to be a real detriment. There's no reason to not grab one any time you're in the mood for a German doppel...

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 02:07:07 | More by beergoot
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disemgrowler

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-05-2012 00:34:17 | More by disemgrowler
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Jakers90

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-04-2012 04:53:34 | More by Jakers90
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cowineaux

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-03-2012 20:26:42 | More by cowineaux
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-03-2012 06:48:50 | More by shockrocker65
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Ouroborus

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-02-2012 00:52:44 | More by Ouroborus
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Sinewave

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-01-2012 23:35:04 | More by Sinewave
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KimenTshom

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-01-2012 00:43:16 | More by KimenTshom
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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