Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3.89/5
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3,086 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Germany
franziskaner-weissbier.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,665
Reviews:
1,345
Ratings:
3,086
pDev:
12.08%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
Wants:
99
Gots:
466
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,086 |  Reviews: 1,345
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark maroon / brown color. Below average carbonation with about average body. But overall a very decent feel. Aroma is malt,malt,and more malt with some yeast,bread smell. Taste is the same but it isn't overly sweet and despite very little hop affecting the flavor it comes off tasting way better than i expected

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Photo of Tbulling
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a nice dark brown/mahogany color, deeply rich and clear through the glass. Lovely tan fluffy head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma consists of sweet qualities, including molasses, caramel, prunes, dates, plums, raisins, brown sugar, figs, dark fruit, and sweet potatoes. Roasted nuts and malt, along with yeast, give balance. Very diverse.

Tastes of molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, prunes, plums, apples, and raisins. Also nutty. Goes down smoothly.

Pretty good sweet-tasting beer, with many dark flavors.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Classic cola brown, medium head, a little flat. Aroma isn’t robust but fine, just caramel malt & a little dry wheat. Taste is alright, has that vague ketchupy flavor some dark wheat beers get, otherwise just standard dark malt

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color of a bock with very little head that disappears immediately...but has a nice sweet, smooth nutty flavor and pretty good alcohol kick. Good but not great.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep mahogany brown producing 2+ fingers of tan, frothy, shortlived head that leaves a few motes & streaks of lace, a thin surface cap & collar. Very malty as expected. Aroma is dark fruity, dark bread, baked sweet potato, roasted nuts, molasses, anise, chocolate & vanilla with back ground hints of char & thin sour. Taste is sweet, fresh cut pumpernickel, toffee, brown sugar, roast, prune, raisin, fig, sweet potato, licorice & pepper. The sip has a peppery spiciness in the sweet potato, fruity, chocolate & lightly boozy finish. Fruit, molasses & toffee mix with a hint of hop bitterness make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate-high carbonation, mouth coating with a sandy, tongue crawling, creamy & chewy into the finish gliding smooth into the aftertaste. Very good quality for the price.

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Photo of andrewpiotrowski8447
4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

really a perfect dark German beer. I love the full body and flavor, gives a boozy feel without being overly boozy.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown color that becomes darker in the glass. Dark mahogany and hint of ruby. A modest frothy layer of film dissipates, but leaves a thin ring and some lacing that retains well.
In the nose there is a lot of sweetness, ranging from a hint of chocolate, raisins, dark amber malts, toffee and caramel. Bready and toasty with a touch of licorice and alcohol.
Like the nose, the taste is sweet with a rich and creamy malt base that imparts flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate and raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden and a faint touch of peppery hops adds balance and a dryness to the finish.
Soft and gentle mouthfeel. Dynamic in how it is overall medium bodied, yet, drinks light, and even further still, has a supple malt fullness that is buttery and dessert like.
A nice example of the style that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of Dper
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ultrasrs
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sum is greater than the parts. Next to Celebrator this is very good.
a) Pours clear dark reddish brown with a loose one inch tan head, decently thick with filmy retention and low hanging lacing.
s) Very sweet with prune, plum predominant. Malts of course, fall earth, orchard. Gets better as it warms
t) Grows more flavorful following the aromas - prune, plum, cherry, slightly over ripe orchard, dark malts. Mystery and fun.
f) Creamy and heavier for a german brew. Very pleasant. Try 12.

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Photo of Tstromer
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of MGibbons
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dandy14
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volstead
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you like a dark malt, with a strong alcohol smell and taste this beer is for you. The beer is boarding a trippel classification. The beer tops off with a strong brown one to two finger head. The coloration is extremely dark and difficult to see the carbonation. Yes, the beer is malty, with a nutty influence. Did not detect and fruity essence. For a doppelbock too many variables are lost in the overwhelming malty alcohol influences. Those lost elements are chocolate and fruitiness.

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Photo of scurfie
4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I shouldn't like this beer but I do. A solid German brew with enough good things going on that you'll want two. Or three. A tasty change from my usual hoppy IPA choices. If you are in the mood for an excellent dark malty beer with no hoppy over/undertones this is the beer to try.

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Photo of BobW696
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of chossboss
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DesertFox24
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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