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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,588 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,588
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 172 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of alex228
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

alex228, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of AdamBear
2.68/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-dark brown. slightly translucent. cream colored head that disappears

S-smells like syrup with a hint of molasses spice

T-comes in with an odd taste of dark grains and molasses syrup. it's a weirdly aged taste that i'm not fond of at all. matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a very dry finish

O-this is one of the least drinkable german beers that i've had. something about it doesn't sir right with me. its fairly harsh and seems to be very off balanced. i think the molasses syrupy taste to it is just too much.

AdamBear, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of futurecode
4/5  rDev +2.8%

futurecode, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Bockerdoppel91, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of gabedivision
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a SA Imperial snifter

A- Pours a clear deep reddish brown, with a 2 finger head that slowly disappears until there is almost no trace of retention left.

S- Rich maple malts, figs and cherries.

T- Caramalized toasted grain, dark fruit, dry red wine finish.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, malty, dry.

O- I love Optimator, great year round beer. Tasty full of flavor reasonably priced and always available.

gabedivision, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with deep red hues when held to the light. The head is a thick light brown foam with a frothiness to it. Retention is excellent and lacing is decent. The nose is very sweet. Lots of light toasted malts, maple syrup, caramel, and brown sugar in the aroma. Still there is an upfront brown sugar sweetness only this time with a more pronounced toasted grain character. Hops balance through the middle and take it to a bitter/sweet finish. Full bodied and soft on the palate. Carbonation is done right and feels refined. Extremely tasty, affordable, and available. This one is worthy.

depechemode1983, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Green bottle with gold foil into standard pint. Served fridge temp.

A: Pours deep amber with reddish highlights and two fingers of light caramel colored head that receded into a good millimeter thick foam cap that is leaving good lacing. It looks good.

S: Malty and slightly medicinal. A touch of hops on the nose. Lighter smelling than I would guess based on the color.

T: Not sure what is going on here really. Kinda dank roasty flavor. The hops is a little piney. Leaves a unique aftertaste like slightly bitter dried fruit (raisins mostly). Not bad but kinda weird.

M: Feels good in the mouth. Smooth and light like a lager should be, not watery like American macros. Best part about this beer in my opinion.

O: Pretty av erage brew, doesn't make you say "wow!" more like "eh not bad" so it gets an "eh not bad" 3.0 overall.

N3rdM3t4l, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of beer256
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer at a german pub in South Carolina and i thought it was great. I had two 16oz. glasses,the smell was nice with a variety of aromas pretty typical for the style. A touch of molasses and a lot of sweet malt.The taste is delicious and addicting. .A fantastic Doppelbock, I'm definitely going back for some more!

beer256, Apr 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

kyledg, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Zaphog, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of CSGardenhire
5/5  rDev +28.5%

CSGardenhire, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
5/5  rDev +28.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of pchalk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

pchalk, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Jhatwig
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of canders0927
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

canders0927, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
4/5  rDev +2.8%

JLapadura, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of FATH3RH0P5
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

FATH3RH0P5, Apr 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Martok812, Apr 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

ChiBeerGuy, Apr 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

jpcool9, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Noflies, Mar 31, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

OldTime, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of justinm4bama
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

justinm4bama, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, reddish brown - difficult to see through. Small off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Dark fruit, barnyard hops, sweet malts.

Initial tastes are in line with the aroma - dark fruit, hay hops and some malty sweetness, though it's much more subtle and balanced. Not super complex, just a great balance of these elements.

Pretty thick, smooth, lightly carbonated.

Really good one. Not my favorite overall, but nails the classic flavors in a good, basic way - not super complex. Definitely recommend over most attempts.

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,588 ratings.