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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,429 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 112 | 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.

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headyhopzhead

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-26-2011 02:50:45 | More by headyhopzhead
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a dark brown color that turns ruby red when put up to the light. The head is a three-finger light mocha color with mediocre retention/lacing.

S: Honestly, it smells a little skunky. There is a bit of maltiness and hop character, but the skunk (sadly) wins out. Seriously, brewers, STOP USING GREEN BOTTLES!

T: Thankfully, not nearly as skunky as the nose. Opens up with flavors of toffee, molasses, and roasty malts, but finishes a zesty hop bite. There's the faintest hint of booze on both the back end and going down the throat, but it's well hidden otherwise. Not an easy beer to drink, but decently flavorful.

M: The carbonation starts off intense, but fades rather quickly. I'm only halfway through the beer and it's already (nearly) flat. In addition, while it's decently thick, it isn't creamy enough to counteract the fading carbonation. Otherwise, it isn't bad at all on the palate.

O: I'm a bit conflicted on this one. I like the way it tastes, but I don't like the skunk profile I get on the nose. Eh, what the hell, give it a shot, it's decently priced for a rather big beer. This is a style I'll need to get a better grip on in the future to see if it's really up my alley.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 02:45:09 | More by ThisWangsChung
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zagduck

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, reddish amber color with a decent white-head

S: Lots of malt and yeast. Smells fairly sweet similar to dried fruit but not nearly as pungent

T: Sweet initial malt flavor, finishes with a smooth hoppy taste. The yeast is detectable in the finish but not overwhelming. With bigger drinks you will taste a little bit of the alcohol; however, it well balanced.

M: Not overly carbonated, but in this case that is a good thing. The carbonation suits the beer in this case.

Overall: Not world class by any means, but Optimator is a great beer. If you're a fan of the style, give it a try. If not go ahead and try it anyway. I would say that it is much better on tap (what beer isnt) but still excellent out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 22:51:24 | More by zagduck
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-25-2011 21:20:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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Mymelon

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-24-2011 21:50:36 | More by Mymelon
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-24-2011 05:58:40 | More by tobelerone
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TeamUgly

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-24-2011 02:07:24 | More by TeamUgly
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WritersBlock

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-23-2011 08:19:46 | More by WritersBlock
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1p5v

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-23-2011 04:32:39 | More by 1p5v
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melodicnoise

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-23-2011 02:49:08 | More by melodicnoise
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-22-2011 16:59:22 | More by jak
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andrewj17

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-22-2011 04:42:27 | More by andrewj17
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JacketIPA

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-21-2011 17:41:04 | More by JacketIPA
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AJN136

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-21-2011 14:44:55 | More by AJN136
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CGMLS3

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-21-2011 01:16:56 | More by CGMLS3
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jesus808

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-20-2011 02:15:10 | More by jesus808
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Ralphs66

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-19-2011 19:24:26 | More by Ralphs66
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-19-2011 18:29:04 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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dwesh

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-18-2011 03:25:32 | More by dwesh
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gravit9

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-17-2011 17:36:59 | More by gravit9
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jhenson1

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-17-2011 02:17:17 | More by jhenson1
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-16-2011 16:34:22 | More by bmoney
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LookingToLearn

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-15-2011 03:35:00 | More by LookingToLearn
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mmbernie51

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-15-2011 02:45:13 | More by mmbernie51
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.