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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,638 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,638
Reviews: 1,270
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 63
Gots: 192 | FT: 0
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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Ray7233, May 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

vonnegut21, May 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

FriedGold2112, May 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

UrbSuburb, May 03, 2012
Photo of Leipziger
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Leipziger, Apr 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Subourbon, Apr 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Satchboogie, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

PeteRiz, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of acat25
4/5  rDev +2.8%

acat25, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of ChrisPratz
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Less thing a finger of tan colored head. Reduces down to very thin lacing that doesn't cover uniformly.

S: Sweet malt scents, and some dark fruits. Also getting some grape; reminds me of Juicy-Juice from when I was a kid. Interesting.

T: Maltyness coming thru at first, then makes wear to more of the dark fruit flavors. Picking up figs and dates and a hint of plum. But like the nose, I swear I can taste Grape Juicy Juice. Its weird but its reminding me of being a kid haha. Very slight bitterness right at the end that gives way to a very minimal alcohol note. All around very enjoyable.

M: Very mild carbonation, leaves a crisp cleaning flavor on the palette. Despite the higher ABV, alcohol doesn't leave a very dry feeling.

O: Overall very enjoyable. Not what I was anticipating, it was much more enjoyable then other Spaten brews.

ChrisPratz, Apr 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

braican, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

apintofknowledge, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

EROCK83, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Luigi
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a rich clear brown color with ruby/garnet highlights. Fluffy light brown two/three finger head with good retention and thin lacing around the glass.

The aroma is full of sweet malt. Caramel, toffee, a hint of rep grape peel, and a fruitiness from the alcohol sweetness as well.

The taste is just a more intense version of the aroma. But, I do get a grassy hop that does not come out in the aroma. Most of the hop comes from the semi dry finish.

Medium bodied, and a little slick on the tongue. Not the thickest doppelbock out there, so makes for easy drinking when you want malty goodness.

Is there better versions of this style... yes. But, I have always enjoyed any brew from Spaten. And this classic brand of doppelbock is no different.

Luigi, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Chou, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light khaki head with a dark ice tea color brew. Spots of lace here and there and nice retention. Smell is caramel and toffee with buttery notes. Lots of toasted grains with a light roasted coffee. Taste follows suit with molasses and warm brown toast. Very nice roasted grain malt body. Sweet caramel as well. Hops are dry and nicely bitter with a light herbal flourish in the crisp finish. A touch of leafy oiliness lingers stretching it out a bit. Feel is a bit light but nicely weighted with a decent amount of heft and a smooth light creaminess in the back of the overall crisp feel. A nice Lenten beer and a good version of the style.

scootny, Apr 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

rdub, Apr 16, 2012
4/5  rDev +2.8%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kew, Apr 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

thatdavegy, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of FullSailAle
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Previous Beer: WoodChuck Granny Smith Hard Cyder.

First taste: Dry, bitter, rich and full. This beer was very satisfying to me but not my first choice in a sampler pack; this is good for a second or third beer.

Middle of the bottle: Smoother and tastier than I expected.

Last Drop: Bitter as the first but looking forward to the next; Grolsch Premium Lager (Grolsch Importers Washington DC) or Franziskaner Weissbier (Hefe-Weissbier, Imported by Spaten USA).

Recommendation: Not hard to drink easy to enjoy and appreciate. Have one or have six at 7.25% Vol. Its easy to enjoy in a bottle or on tap.

FullSailAle, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hallce2, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

AlmostAnAlcoholic, Apr 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

rev_jimmy, Apr 14, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
88 out of 100 based on 2,638 ratings.