Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

very good
3,062 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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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.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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1/5  rDev -74.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of VaterRoss
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.

Pours a beautiful brown that reveals notes of red when held to the light. Head on the pour is quite nice and even has some bubbles cascading downwards, nice. Head goes down to a slight ring after a relatively short amount of time, even the rings goes away. First smell to hit is the "lager smell." Has a very prominent malty/grainy sort of smell.The taste is deliciously malty featuring some light roasted notes, some hop spiciness and a tiny bit of alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and medium carb, features a sharpness in the initial feel.

This is an excellent lager that is very malty. I've really found myself enjoying dark lagers lately and this one is exceptional. Surprisingly drinkable and hides its slcohol well. Only thing that bothers me at all is the sharp, metallic mouthfeel.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Giggy
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. green bottle.

A: Looked like a cola. A clear dark brown with a hint of red. Light tan to off-white head. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S: Caramel, toasted malts

T: Slightly sweet, Molasses, lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramels and fruits. Slight hops bitterness that develops in the back of the tongue after the swallow.

M: Initially a heavier carbonation that disapears after the first couple of swallows leaving a smooth and creamy brew.

O: Ayinger Clelebrator is my most favorite Doppelbock and it is hard not to compare the Optimator to that beer. But I did enjoy it and would drink it. I will call it the little brother to Celebrator.

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