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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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very good

2,709 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,709
Reviews: 1,282
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 232 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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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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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.

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,709 ratings.