Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
Maybe because this was my first doppelbock I tried about 10+ years ago, but this one is on my list of all time favorite beers. There's something about the aroma and flavor that makes me think of oompa bands and alpine hats.
As I sit here writing this review, I have a glass of Ayinger along side the Optimator. And I realize the Ayinger is a higher "ranked" beer and it might be a more "refined" beer, but to my untrained palate, the Optimator just tastes better.
Ok, on with the review...
It pours a very dark brown with cherry highlights (very similar to the Ayinger - can't tell the difference). Nice frothy white head.
Aroma is wonderful. Dark caramel malt aromas and sweetness. Taste is dark fruits, raisin, with roasting caramel notes. Sweet malt is predominant with very slight hop bitterness. At 7.6 abv this packs a punch but alcohol is faint.
Overall, this is my standard for what a double bock should be. Delicious
01-21-2012 00:51:11 | More by gc4hokies
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Pours a dark and clear brown color with a pretty nice head.
Aromas are of roasted nuts, yeast, and spices.
Taste is creamy up front, with some brown sugar sweetness. Light faint hints of banana, and spicy yeast. Caramel nuttiness, some bready grains, and a mineral hop finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth, with plenty of body, and nice subtle crisp carbonation.
Overall, a classic German Doppelbock that everyone should try. A very good example of the style.
01-17-2012 04:25:57 | More by flexabull
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
Enjoyed for the first time at a party. Have always enjoyed offerings from Spaten in the past. Pours a caramel color, not much head. smells of bread or brown bread, toasted. Malty, and even sweet. Taste is much the same, bready, biscuity, malty, brown sugar or molasses sweetness. Mouthfeel was o bit too syrupy for my liking, but that did not deter my drinking and liking the overall product. Will drink this again.
01-16-2012 19:27:44 | More by gskitt
3.58/5 rDev -8%
a dark mahogany amber with an off-white head that sticks at one finger and leaves minimal lacing.
toasted pumpernickel bread topped with molasses in the aroma. very malty, as the style would suggest with just a bit of alcohol in the aroma.
very bready, toasted, and grainy with some considerable caramel/molasses sweetness. a bit of herbal/spicy hops come through but barely balance the sweetness.
syrupy medium bodied with subtle carbonation and a lingering syrupy sweetness.
meh.. its good. it meets all the checkmarks for the style, but perhaps is a bit too grainy for my liking.
01-16-2012 06:26:01 | More by silentjay
3.5/5 rDev -10%
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.
01-14-2012 23:06:47 | More by SawDog505
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
01-10-2012 22:23:22 | More by stalker5
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
01-09-2012 05:18:08 | More by Sharkophile
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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