Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

BA SCORE
88
very good
3,062 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,062
Reviews:
1,336
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.31%
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
446
For Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MarioM
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red mohogani with a light tan head. Good carbonation and very clear.good looking brew.

S: Good maltiness on the nose with a hint of grains, fruit and dark sugars.

T: Dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar and a lot of dried dark fruits like cherries and raisins.

M: Alcohol gives a good warmth and a Ritchie maltiness lingers from the dark malts. Not much if at all any bitterness.

O: A decent example of the style but Aftertase is a little too fresh grain, almost corn or vegetable like.

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Photo of Sunrays
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of kingmaker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Riik3
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of bark
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is brown (25 EBC), the liquid clear. The finger thick head is compact and off-white, it sinks into a thin lid leaving very little lacing.

The smell is a bit weak. Sweet malts, caramel and some flowery notes. Hints of old oak wood and smooth alcohol.

The taste is malty and smooth, the alcohol is well hidden. Tree/oak-flavours, earthy notes of mature whisky/brandy. Semi-sweet notes of caramel and brown sugar. Full bodied flavours. The aftertaste brings some more earthy notes as well as minerals and a touch of molasses. The finish is smooth with fine caramel flavours.

The carbonation is medium strong; the bubbles are mid-sized. The liquid is a bit light and somewhat sticky.

Not bad at all, but it might lack some complexity that I want in a Doppelbock.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark russet; small head; good lacing

Aroma: Light roasted grain; dried fruit; alcohol aroma

Taste: Creamy malt with warming alcohol on start; dried fruit in the mid; finishes slightly sweet with pretty good hop balance; not overly complex, but decent flavor overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of sooner961
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brown color, but is a brilliant ruby when held to the light. The quarter inch khaki foam head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving little lacing.

Nutty, toffee-like toasted notes and roast malt fruitiness begin the aroma. Light floral hops and a bit of cola add complexity.

Fruity undertones of dark berries give way to toffee nuttiness mid palate, becoming toasted and decidedly bready at the finish. There's a moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness, but the herbal hop notes dry things out a bit.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Melanoidin notes open as it warms. The fruitiness is a touch overpowering regarding the malt profile. Wish the flavor matched the nose more exactly.

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Photo of Brew33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with and off-white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving a partial trail.

S: Malty sweet aroma with caramel background.

T: Similar to the smell the sweet malty flavor hits your palate at first followed by some caramel notes.

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid doppelbock – surprising light for a 7.2% abv brew.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of shamrok
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,062 ratings.
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