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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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very good

2,524 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,524
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website

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%

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

scootercrabb, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

steelslug92, Dec 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

A- hasa dark brown rubyish color pretty dark didnt hold its head much

S- had a slightly sweet, but definitely malty scent allover

T- has a very enjoyable malt flavor throughout followed by a pretty strong bitterness to balance all the malt

M- pretty full body and medium carbonation

D- a solid beer that i love to drink

Atron67, Aug 24, 2007
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Have always passed over this beer, mainly due to the green bottle and perhaps even because of its wide availability. Just seemed like it would be run of the mill to me. Should have given it a taste sooner.

Spaten Optimator pours a nice dark brown color with a tannish head that dissipates pretty quickly. There is minimal lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel sweetness and deep roasted malts. The candied presence in the nose melds with its maltiness to create a well-balanced aroma.

The taste is deep and flavorful. A bit bitter and very sweet. Roasted maltiness is right up front, followed by caramel on the back of the swallow. Alcohol sting is also present.

In the mouth the beer is full and biting. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall this is a well-balanced and smooth beer. It has a good deal of fullness, but is easy to enjoy at the same time. A very nice representation of the style.

macpapi, Mar 03, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

csurowiec, Dec 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Antonius08, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

fredmugs, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

RoryOMoore, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ZEB89, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance- Nice dark cola color, has ruby color when seen in the light. Average head, which pours fairly creamy.

Smell- Nice malty caramel smell.

Taste- Malty with caramel taste. Fairly smooth, but tastes full, and not as filling as I would have thought.

Drinkability- Very good, I really enjoy this style nowadays. Definently a beer I'll be drinking again when the mood hits me.

Overall, there isn't much to say about this beer. Optimator is about what you'd expect from a company like Spaten, no big surprises here. It gets the dopplebock style down really well, but doesn't rise above the level of being very good.

Gagnonsux, Jul 23, 2004
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Auror, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

This is one of my favorite doppelbocks right behind Celebrator and the Asam Bock from Weltenburg. Granted I've only tried a dozen or so.

The beer poured a clear dark red color into my pint glass. It had an inch tall tan/brown head that was fairly thick and creamy. Decent retention, no lacing.

The smell was very sweet and included some grape and some plum. There was also the cara-malts and little bread/yeast. Pleasant and soft.

The flavor is more intense but along the same lines. Very little bitterness to balance the crazy sugary fruit flavors. Some dark fruits and some dark malts are present. There is the tiniest bit of alcohol in the flavor.

The body is moderately heavy for a german beer and goes down real smooth. Can be a sipping drink or something to drink a big stein of.

t0rin0, Feb 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Mileslicsw, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Joey1566, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Hallce2, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cole, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

cultclassic89, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jeffh84, Mar 27, 2014
4/5  rDev +2.8%

WOLFGANG, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

markdrinksbeer, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

jera1350, Jun 19, 2014
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,524 ratings.