Spaten Optimator | Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
3.89/5
3,069 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,077
Reviews:
1,338
Ratings:
3,069
pDev:
12.34%
Bros Score:
3.81
 
 
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Gots:
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Smells of roasted malts, hops, vague chocolate, and alcohol.

Sweet malt, toffee, hops, and a bit of alcohol present in the finish.

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Quite drinkable. I could finish a few of these with no problem. But it's lent, so I'm holding back.

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Your typical Dopplebock. Malty as hell! Strong aromas or roastedness, toastedness, caramelization, and molassas. Flavors are the same, but heavy on the barley malt and molassas flavors. Not cloying, but very sweet. Thrown in some chocolate and smoke subtleties. No hop bittering, flavor, or aroma. A bit nutty and woodsy. Uses dark grain for bitteriing. A thick viscocity to the mouth and palate. Finishes a bit alcoholic and lasting sweetness. Not the most well-rounded Dopplebock that I have had, still nice.

From the tap, this beer has a much more rounded flavor, balance, and softness than is exhibited from the bottle. The aromas are soft to the point that they are harder to detect. Flavors of the malts seem softer...in the range of confectionate sugar, cotton candy, or marshmellows. The malts, still rich, toasty, and fruity are delicate with a nice earthy hop bitterness. These are way too easy to throw back, compared to the bottle.

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Aroma is sweet malt, spice, and some notes of ripe fruit.

Taste is dark sweet malt, ripe bananas and clove, with a slight toffee/caramel finish.

This is a good, solid doppelbock - sticky, sweet, but not cloying. Smooth mouthfeel.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 3,069 ratings
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