Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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3.89/5
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3,146 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,553
Reviews:
1,358
Ratings:
3,146
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
493
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,146 |  Reviews: 1,358
Photo of LuckyJohn
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of timon
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of my German grandpa's staples. Very dark fruity and dark in appearance. It looks like prune, raisin and plum juice and tastes similar. The best part for me is the smell. Smells like a great raisin bread, or something. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the smell and taste but not bad. Overall, a winner for a doppel.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this. Great memories of having it at Henk’s in Dallas. Looks like Coke, smells like malty honey, and tastes like a syrupy biscuit. The head disappears in a flash. The overall experience is wonderful.

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Photo of AllesGut
3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look, dark Amber. Reminds me of cherry coke. Nice tan head, dissipates quickly with only slight traces sticking to glass.
Smell, light malt, light alcohol
Taste, yeast on tip of tongue, hint of caramel, malt hangs on back of tongue and roof of mouth.
Feel, smooth and flat, can tell that it won't take a lot to get right.

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Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JustCamIt
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kwright
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jkblr
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz green bottle bb March 2019 poured into a Spaten stein at fridge temp 7.6% ABV. This bottle was removed from a closed case and should have no light damage. The beer pours bright, ruby tinted, dark brown with light brown head. The head recedes to a thin cap and ring. The aroma is sweet and bready with hints of dark fruit. The taste is semisweet caramel manifested as burnt sugar, some hints of fruit in the middle and a firm, slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated and somewhat dry in the finish. The malt to bitterness ratio is perfect to my taste. Overall, excellent. It's a shame you can't just buy a single or six pack of this without concern of the beers condition because of green bottles. I might buy a case this winter as this is the best doppelbock value on the shelves.

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Photo of dbrown456
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Harrison8
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky brown with a finger of khaki foam. Aroma is biscuit, toast, and bread malts. Flavor profile is biscuit and bread malts forming a hearty, but smooth taste. There is a zing of yeast. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety texture. Overall, a refreshing and smooth, malt-heavy beer. Drinks smooth, but as if it were a higher ABV.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of bottmfeedr
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nass
2.34/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Way too much dark fruits attacking my palate. This is too pungent for me to get into. It is not undrinkable but it is not something that I would want to indulge again. To me this is worst than Ayinger Celebrator. Cheers! C-

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Photo of Chilmer
2.38/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jpschouest
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CapEO
4.51/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mozartandmadnes
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of edthehead
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of achepil
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yeagerds
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Hmhmurphy
4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dubnation
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BierRichter
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lastmango
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a one finger tan head that dissipated to a thin film. Little lacing. Very light aroma of malt with a hint of chocolate. Tastes of malty pumpernickel bread. Light to moderate carbonation and feel. As one other reviewer noted, the alcohol sneaks up on you because this beer is soooo smooth.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,146 ratings