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:
#14,603
Reviews:
1,358
Ratings:
3,146
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
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105
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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, very dark copper, with auburn highlights. SRM 26-27. A slight, light chestnut froth raises to a coating before leaving spotty lace on a Spaten Optimator branded, dimpled mug.

The aroma is rich and malty with pumpernickel bread. The middle carries molasses and dark fruits such as dates and raisins, while late sensations include sweet mince and light, bittersweet chocolate.

The flavor follows the nose with a strong leaning towards the dates, then followed by pumpernickel bread. The finish is dominated by pumpernickel, especially as it warms.

The body is full, with a creamy texture and light carbonation. Alcohol is as expected, while residual sugar is deposited on the lips.

This beer is commonly described as "liquid bread", which is certainly apt. Optimator will be enjoyable with the hearty food of its country of origin.

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Photo of Vyvyan
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jmpbrew
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bogdawg
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tcsox
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Markapeters
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

In a cheap clear glass it has a dark cola like appearance with a nice amount of off-white head. It smells very malty and sweet. I'm not a huge fan of this style but this is by far my favorite. It's sweet but not in a bad way. The taste is very deep malt, almost syrup like but at the same time its smooth and drinkable. The abv is not noticeable at all so be careful, it will sneak up on you.

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Photo of jbehlar
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyM72
4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasty. Give me German food with it or I'll pick a different beer.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark maroon / brown color. Below average carbonation with about average body. But overall a very decent feel. Aroma is malt,malt,and more malt with some yeast,bread smell. Taste is the same but it isn't overly sweet and despite very little hop affecting the flavor it comes off tasting way better than i expected

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Photo of Tbulling
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a nice dark brown/mahogany color, deeply rich and clear through the glass. Lovely tan fluffy head, moderate carbonation.

Aroma consists of sweet qualities, including molasses, caramel, prunes, dates, plums, raisins, brown sugar, figs, dark fruit, and sweet potatoes. Roasted nuts and malt, along with yeast, give balance. Very diverse.

Tastes of molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, figs, prunes, plums, apples, and raisins. Also nutty. Goes down smoothly.

Pretty good sweet-tasting beer, with many dark flavors.

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Photo of BennyProfane
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajm5108
3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Classic cola brown, medium head, a little flat. Aroma isn’t robust but fine, just caramel malt & a little dry wheat. Taste is alright, has that vague ketchupy flavor some dark wheat beers get, otherwise just standard dark malt

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep brown color of a bock with very little head that disappears immediately...but has a nice sweet, smooth nutty flavor and pretty good alcohol kick. Good but not great.

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Photo of MTKATL
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mothmanscott
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep mahogany brown producing 2+ fingers of tan, frothy, shortlived head that leaves a few motes & streaks of lace, a thin surface cap & collar. Very malty as expected. Aroma is dark fruity, dark bread, baked sweet potato, roasted nuts, molasses, anise, chocolate & vanilla with back ground hints of char & thin sour. Taste is sweet, fresh cut pumpernickel, toffee, brown sugar, roast, prune, raisin, fig, sweet potato, licorice & pepper. The sip has a peppery spiciness in the sweet potato, fruity, chocolate & lightly boozy finish. Fruit, molasses & toffee mix with a hint of hop bitterness make up the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate-high carbonation, mouth coating, creamy & chewy into the finish gliding smooth into the aftertaste. Very good quality for the price.

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Photo of andrewpiotrowski8447
4.86/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

really a perfect dark German beer. I love the full body and flavor, gives a boozy feel without being overly boozy.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear brown color that becomes darker in the glass. Dark mahogany and hint of ruby. A modest frothy layer of film dissipates, but leaves a thin ring and some lacing that retains well.
In the nose there is a lot of sweetness, ranging from a hint of chocolate, raisins, dark amber malts, toffee and caramel. Bready and toasty with a touch of licorice and alcohol.
Like the nose, the taste is sweet with a rich and creamy malt base that imparts flavors of toffee, caramel, chocolate and raisins. The alcohol is very well hidden and a faint touch of peppery hops adds balance and a dryness to the finish.
Soft and gentle mouthfeel. Dynamic in how it is overall medium bodied, yet, drinks light, and even further still, has a supple malt fullness that is buttery and dessert like.
A nice example of the style that I would gladly have again.

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

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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