Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,680 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 65
Gots: 213 | FT: 0
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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  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- cola colored with a one finger tan head that leaves a little lacing.

s- sweet and malty, some toast and prunes.

t- the taste is somewhat bitter, with coffee, waffles, tobacco, dark flavours

m- coats the mouth with a cough syrup like feel. i like it as it is not very heavy but still fills you alittle.

d- three of these are all i can drink

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

Once again the doppel bock comes thru. Tired of watery and hoppy taps at the local steak house, I ordered a doppel bock. It might have been the fantastic food and company that set off the evening - but it was the beer that made the night spectacular.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown and thick. Head doesn't stick around for long, but coats the sides of the glass and floats around the top. Rich sweet malt aromas, hint of sour. Big chewy malts, very sweet and another hint of sour bread. Metallic chocolate flavors and sweet bready flavors all the way through. Definitely contains those unique dobblebock flavors. This one could substitute for a lunch or dinner.

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

Appearance: Dark red with 1 finger of head that fades quickly to a ring with little lacing.

Aroma: Rich and sweet toasted malt with notes of chocolate mixed in.

Taste: Full bodied and almost sticky sweet right off the bat, with a big dose of toasted malt flavor before a generous amount of earthy hop bitterness cuts the sweetness. The malt returns for this finish, which is lingering with some nice nuttiness and a bit more syrupy sweetness.

The Rest: Full, fairly creamy body with decent balance, this beer has the bitterness to support what could have been an overly sweet beer. Pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Nice go to beer year round. Dark, a bit sour on the tongue, and not too thick. Low carbonation and a high alcohol content make for a beer that will give you a nice buzz before filling you up.

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

Pretty durned spiffy!
I was surprised to find this in my local supermarket. It has a pretty dismal beer selection; virtually all american macro lagers that all taste the same.
Optimator was a sweet find... both figuratively and literally.
Rich, sweet malty taste, but not over done. Finishes pretty dry considering the sweetness level. There's a faint but detectable hops bite and bitterness mid sip.
The 7.2% is a very nice feature.
Go Spaten!

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,680 ratings.