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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,681 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,681
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 65
Gots: 213 | 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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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle, from a grocery store in Waikiki. Waves currently crashing outside on Kona-area beach, screwing with my beer appreciation environment-ometer...

This beer pours a clear, dark reddish amber hue, with two fingers of dense, cake-like foamy tan head, which leaves a few broad streaks of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of raisin-heavy dark fruity malts, some secondary, but still prolific caramel/toffee, and a mild nutty chocolate twinge. The taste continues with the big dark fruity malt, a bit of toasted bready yeastiness, and very subtle earthy, leafy hops. A slight warming pervades once things near room temperature.

The bubbles are quite sedate, lending well to a medium-full body, that is quite smooth, with silky tendencies. It finishes fairly sweet, the prune and raisin malt seeing just faint challenge from the tingly hops and booze warming.

A pretty decent doppelbock, nice and sweet, and balanced, mostly, with a deftly integrated elevated ABV. I would recommend this, especially if the weather wasn't so, well, tropical.

Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of KimbarkBrewCrew
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Riverared
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MrBillyMac
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Metal4Breakfast
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark brownish amber with a red hue; half of an inch of thick, soft, brownish head; great retention

S - musty, caramel, yeasty, toffee, faint chocolate, very faint dark fruit

T - chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, faint cherries, faint alcohol, toffee, lingering bitterness in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, a crisp carbonated finish, a bit warm

This is a pretty decent beer. The flavor is solid, but the bitter finish doesn't mesh well with the rest of the profile. The nose is also pretty decent, but it has that traditional euro musty note. Overall, it's definitely worth checking out

Photo of dmargittai
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a deep amber hazy body.

S: sweet caramel and chocolate malts and cocoa.

T: malts with dark fruit and lots of dark chocolate with some toasted malts.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice beer but a little less spicey than I like for the style. Still a good beer to have routinely.

Photo of IBU99
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red with some a small amount of bubble and tiny bit of off white head.

The smell is malts, treacle and dark fruits like raisins, plums and figs. There's also a bit of alcohol on the nose.

The taste is big on sweet malts, prunes, grapes a bit of alcohol and little bit of bitter grassy hops.

The mouth feel is smooth and slick with a medium body and very little carbonation. The also a bit of a tingle from the alcohol.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer with a high abv. The abv is hidden slightly but the taste and nose definitely contain some alcohol. Not the best dopplebock I've ever had but is reasonably easy to find.

Photo of kgibson
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark chestnut brown body, trace off-white head,
mild lacing

S: roasted malt, nutty, caramel

T: same as the nose, hint of ripe fruit,
mild boozy finish

M: med body, smooth mouth

O: Very nice beer. Would get again
and also recommend, but there are
American craft doppelbocks that are superior.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of grantino9
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of doucmehu
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Ray7233
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of vonnegut21
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of UrbSuburb
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Leipziger
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Subourbon
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,681 ratings.