Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

very good
3,049 Ratings
Spaten OptimatorSpaten Optimator

Brewed by:

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,049 |  Reviews: 1,333
Photo of nanookbuddy
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of hogrider
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of kmckinnon87
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of brez8791
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of dhall18
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of RobertTheRogue
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of KellyL
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, light tan head with no retention.

S: Roasted malts along with plum, moderate alcohol smell as well.

T: molasses, roasted malt, caramel, alcohol taste remains for a bit.

M: medium-high body, smooth on the palate.

O: it's a good beer, can't drink very many with the high-ish ABV. It's nice to have and sip with dinner... Or lunch as I did.

 356 characters

Photo of ronzorelli
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this brew.

Pours from the bottle into a glass with a beautiful mahogany hue, dark and mysterious.

Mouthfeel is silky and full. Very sultry and alluring.

Aroma is slight dried fruit and dark chocolate.

Taste is... Wow! Delicious and addicting. Lots of dried fruit in the hints, and reminiscent of a high quality barleywine.

A knockout!

Pairs well with a heavy, dark cigar. Enjoyed it with a JFR 770 LE and together, they were magic.

 450 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a brown with a big billowy off white head. The head fades to a thin film, with some nice lacing on the glass.
Smell – Bready and sweet, with a heavy roasted malt aroma mixed with quite a bit of caramel.

Taste – Bready with a roasted malt flavor initially. This is soon met with some sweet brown sugar and caramel flavors in the middle of the taste. The sweetness intensifies at the taste experience advances with it leaving a very pleasant sugar flavor on the tongue as the last drops of the beer work their way down your throat. A nice dopplebock flavor.

Mouthfeel –The body is creamy and the carbonation is quite right. The body of the beer coats the mouth without too much stickiness; making it very drinkable. The carbonation only enhances the drinkability; it complements the thicker-smooth body with a lighter carbonation which tingles the tongue in just the right way.

Overall – Very drinkable and enjoyable. A classic dopplebock in my opinion.

 1,020 characters

Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint

A – Clear ruby brown with a half-finger head of small white bubbles that disappeared within seconds. Lacing? Non-existent. Not much to write home about here.

S – Powerful aroma of dextrin sugars and roasted malt. Some nuttiness also, but overall smells almost sticky sweet/syrupy.

T – Tastes like it smells with a prevalent dose of sugary caramel malts followed by a nicely burnt/charred grains. A bit of hop bitterness and spice at the end works to give a little crispness and help it from becoming too cloying. Balanced. Tastes better than it looks and smells. 7.2% abv almost undetectable.

M – Medium bodied. Low carbonation. The syrupy-ness in the nose comes into play here, but not enough to honestly be considered a flaw, and it works overall with the other characteristics.

O – A solid, if not spectacular double bock. I enjoyed it and I would drink it again, but not up there with the best I have had.

 965 characters

Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of LexShaw89
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of LJWalker
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JayTurk
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of bubseymour
2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

appearance - dark red/brown and semi-clear. Nice 2 finger head.

Smell - very heavy and sweet smells

Taste - Definitely not a style that I enjoy much. Taste is srong and heavy with molasses and caramel.

Mouthfeel - full bodied

Overall - I don't think this beer works for me very well. Too much molassas/caremel and boozy flavor.

 331 characters

Photo of meanmutt
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of joannajax
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Mileslicsw
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of JohnBeerRun
1/5  rDev -74.4%

Photo of demgoth
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
3.9 out of 5 based on 3,049 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More