Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

very good
3,054 Ratings
Spaten OptimatorSpaten Optimator

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Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased and drank at The Magpie Irish Pub in Rochester, NY.

Pours a clear amber color, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like caramel malt, dark fruits, and brown sugar.

The taste is the same. Enjoyable, but a little light. Some dark fruits, raisins and prunes namely, a small amount of toasted malt. Slightly smokey and nutty. No hop flavor whatsoever.

A little thin and light bodied for the style, is nonetheless quite drinkable. Medium carbonation.

A good example of a dopplebock, but one that seems like it might have been great in the past but has been neutered now.

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12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adam's glass.

A - A deep ruby color, only able to see through when it is held up to the light. Respectable carbonation and a frothy white head.

S - Very malty, a promise to the sweetness to come.

T - Very sweet, it hits from the moment the beer hits your tongue and does not let up. Some slight hoppiness at the end.

M - Pleasingly warm and thick.

O - Great, try this one!

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S: Dark dried fruits; sweet but also a bit light in smell. Some chocolate and some licorice. Bready malt. Some bitter hops lures in the back.

T: Molasses; sweet dark dried fruits. Very syrupy bready. A faint smoked tone in the well roasted malts. Some bitter cherry notes. Chocolate in the back. Well balanced.

M: Full body, low carbonation - just like I like a Doppelbock! Aftertaste is short but both sweet and kernel-bitter.

O: A very sweet and well balanced Doppelbock.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,054 ratings.
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