Spaten Optimator
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #32
ABV:
7.6%
Score:
88
Ranked #13,676
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 11.99%
Reviews:
1,397
Ratings:
3,239
From:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  114
Gots
  511
SCORE
88
Very Good
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours very nicely, nice dense creaming looking I’ll say dirty white head cause it has the slightest hint of brown. Picture I think accurately portrays the color but...When held up to light it almost has a dark dark red hue to it as well. At sight it is very appetizing beer to look at.

Smells like dark breads with some roastiness mixed in as well. I even think I pick up some chocolate and burnt sugars.

The taste follows the nose pretty closely but the difference to me is the chocolate notes is much more noticeable in taste than aroma. Everything else kind of follows as above.

This is medium bodies and nice and full. It somehow does that but manages to go down incredibly smooth with an almost creaminess to it. The bitterness is noticeable but not high and it is very welcoming.

Apr 25, 2021
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark color like an oversteeped black tea. Sweet caramel aroma and flavor. Nice malty sweetness without being overwhelming. Also has a fairly light body compared to other dark beers.

Jan 13, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at The European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a bottle into a beer mug.
Appears dark brown, with a light tannish foamy head that dropped quickly to a thin ring and nice lacing.
Smells malty sweet, roasty, caramel.
Taste follows the nose and flavor improves as beer warms.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall a very good Dopplebock that I would definitely order again.

Dec 08, 2020
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LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.00, 12fl oz., Best by June 6th 2021, No bottled date, Pint glass, 50.4ºF (10.2ºC)

Overall: really good beer I give it a 90, no bottle date isn't too big a deal since this isn't a hoppy beer to begin with.

Dec 08, 2020
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a dark reddish color like coffee almost. Until it is held up to the light then the reddish nature really comes through. The smell is absolutely heavenly. It a sweet maltiness with roasted notes and spiciness from the hops. The taste carries over the sweetness but without a cloyingness and the spicy hops come through well. The dark roastiness is present as well. The mouthfeel is rich and decadent. It is mouth coating thickness with just the right about of carbonation. Overall, I love this beer.

Dec 06, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours mahogany/light brown in color with a two-finger beige head that leaves the glass fairly quick.
S: Smells very sweet upfront, malty caramel aroma, somewhat boozy aroma as well.
T: Taste follows the nose, has a nutty aftertaste.
F: Medium-bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel.
O: Good beer for anytime. Cheers!

Nov 26, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany appearance with a large off white head and little lacing. Sweetish aroma, with dark fruit, caramel and a hint of soy sauce. Earthy, roasted malt flavor accompanied by dark fruits like plums, figs and raisins. Low keyed hop presence. Full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a long lasting, moderately sweet finish.

Nov 11, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A well poured 12 fluid ounce bottle into a clear pint glass to find thus. It's a pretty bronze brown that brought a nice tan head along with it. Roasted malt fills its area in a way not too many others do. There is some glass lacing, but the aroma is forward sensation. Optimator is a malt heavy brew, but the finish is very clean and almost brut to taste. The 7.6% ABV is barely noticed.

Nov 05, 2020
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: semi-clear brown with thick off-white, almost mocca colored head

Aroma: roasted malts, caramel

Flavor: roasted malts, caramel, it's sweet, slight booziness

Body/Overall: medium body, similar to a Bock but heavier

Nov 04, 2020
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reddish-brown with a quickly dissipating head. Almost looks like a slightly flat cola. Smell of roasted malt, barley, and chocolate. Taste is heavy malt but very well balanced. Feel is much lighter than the ABV would let on. Excellent dopplebock.

Sep 19, 2020
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dunkel_weizen from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unknown age bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice 1 finger carmel head that settles quickly into a solid crown and patchy lacing. Nice dark carmel brown color, mostly opaque. The smell is heavy in malt, mollasses, maybe some chestnut, and chocolate. The taste is sweet forward, chocolate malt, chestnuts, shifting into some rye bread notes, finishing on a lasting mollasses note that lingers in the back of the palate. The moutfeel is luscious and smooth, finishing just a tad dry.

Killer dopplebock, a bit sweet but complex and tasty nonetheless.

Sep 12, 2020
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dfflick from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't drink beer, normally. My drink of choice is straight bourbon. I'm certainly not one of the "refined" palette folks, but I will agree with the reviews that specify that it has a "malty" taste.

This is, by far, the best beer I've found. Great with heavy, salty food, especially beef and pork. Better in cold weather than warm. I've found it to be best somewhere between fridge and room temperature.

Sep 09, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours dark brown with little head. Very malty nose. Lots of dark fruit - prunes, figs, raisins. Caramel, bread, and a bit of spice. Really enjoyable. The taste matches the nose. A rustic sweetness upfront. Almost grainy. Raisins, figs, toffee, big malts, candy, and cherries. So smooth! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of wonderful aftertaste. This is just a fantastic doppelbock - checks every box for me.

Sep 06, 2020
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Mortal_Wombat from Texas

4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a single into a pint glass. Dark reddish-amber with a pretty modest, brown-tinted head. Smell of chocolate and sweet caramel. Toasted bready malt with chocolate, caramel and some dark fruit up front. Finishes very smoothly with a light bitterness lingering after. Moderate carbonation with a nice mouthfeel. Overall, one of my favorite doppelbocks with the traditional taste being a bit less strong than others I also enjoy (e.g. Ayinger).

Jul 29, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has nice chocolate and caramel malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a pleasant Chocolate and caramel malt flavor
A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
A well done Doppelbock

Jul 19, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark rubied-brown beer, tan head a finger or two high in the beginning - full of rich dark chewy fruits like dates, but with sticky caramel and brown sugar, mild spice, very soft and smooth and sweet - a real pleasure to drink - medium-weight, mild carbonation...

Jun 21, 2020
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SushiSakeBeer from Oregon

3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Brown-ruby beauty. Fine, frothy head (4) Smell: semi-musky, malt essence (3.75) Taste: Sweet dark malts, chocolate with earth tones, light bitter finish (3.75) Feel: Palatable and fun (3.75) Overall: Easy going, yet lingers (3.75)

May 31, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle:

Pours an extremely dark amber color with a 1.5 finger off white head. Head fades a bit but does retain. Some lacing.

Smell has several layers. Bread, sweet dark fruits, malts, and a tiny bit of booze too. There is a bit of sweetness that smells like honey to me as well.

Taste follows the nose. Incredibly rich flavors and quite well balanced. My only real complaint is that I am not the biggest fan of the boozy twang at the beginning, but even with that it is delicious. Finish is long, malty, roasty, and sweet all at the same time.

Mouthfeel is bold, but lighter than it looks. Has the full-bodied flavor of a 12% stout, but feels like an 8ish%, which it is. Good for sipping in cool-cold weather.

Overall, outstanding. Best bock of any variety I have ever had to this point. Not to mention readily available and relatively inexpensive. If you like dark beers of any variety you’re sure to enjoy this.

May 15, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours copper in color, clear, with half inch head. Taste is dark bread, toasted malt, and some smokiness. Heavy bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. I really appreciate the smoky undertones with this beer. Tasty dopplebock that I will get again.

Mar 09, 2020
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Ianfmorgan

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is this what a doppelbock should taste like? I haven’t had a lot. But it’s good. I have to explore the platform more. Hearty, honey and hops, bread notes. A cold weather beer.

Nov 09, 2019
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weissbock from Alabama

4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

These are especially good in larger bottles. Amber pour with medium off white head, agreeing with anither - has that unmistakable spaten aroma. Some dark fruit and bread notes, and taste. Slight alcohol. Great sipper in cool weather! Sweet but good bitterness for balence. If you've only had 12 oz look for the larger bottle.

Oct 25, 2019
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PolishHurricane from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best Doppelbock I've had. Not to sweet. Very affordable. Up there with the big boys. I'm sure there are specialty doppelbocks that may be better, but this is a damn good beer. I'm not going to bother breaking it down. The mouthfeel on this one is great, the smell is unique to Spaten. 88 doesn't do it justice. I think it needs at least a 92 minimum.

Sep 29, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 05.2020, opened 9-2-19.
1/2" beige head, retains at a solid cap...beautiful mahogany color - reddish-brown when held to the light. Light, spotty lacing.
Roasted malts, dark fruit, woodsy, molasses.
Grain, brown sugar, molasses. sweet roasted malt...rich flavors.
Full body, low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Some roasted malt bitterness and a long flavorful finish.
Drinkability is fairly high even at 7.6%.
Good.

Sep 03, 2019
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours a brilliantly clear deep brown / mahogany.
nose is light caramel, untoatsed bread crust.
taste follows. caramel, bread crust, biscuit, grainy malt character. a bit of a twang at the end?
clean, crisp carbonation. lingering bread crust.
overall good, but i can't get over a 'twang' at the end that i do not think should be there? Maybe just a bad bottle?

Aug 26, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a coppery caramelly color with a nicely sized light tan head that slowly diminishes and leaves lacing as you enjoy it. In the nose, it is a bit of caramel malt. In the mouth, it is nicely balanced caramel malt and roasted malt - easy to drink and dangerous.

Aug 24, 2019
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3239 ratings