Brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (InBev)
Style: Doppelbock
Munich, Germany


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RATINGS: 1995   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
The classic German dark beer, bottom fermented ’Doppel Bock’. Full bodied with a deep dark color and rich roasted malt flavor.

Supposedly only available in USA, at least not in Germany.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2003
the alcohol taste came through a bit too strong. the malt profile was nice but it fail to cool a very "hot" beer. not my favorite doppel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 18, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 First off, what a cool name and what a great bottle. As for the beer, it's pretty much what I expected. Very strong and dark, with a small head, and a good alcohol punch. Malty and sweet in its own way. Just enough hops to balance it in the end. It's not really my style, but it's a solid, strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 A nice rich, dark beer. Malty taste and alcohol is noticeable but not detracting. The Germans are the masters of this style and this is a fine example. A nice warmer during a skiing break.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5904) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2003
Poured dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Wheaty, strawey, almost skunky aroma. Sweet taste upfront with a sweet and roasty taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudsmeister (73) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - JUL 8, 2003
Another great product from Germany. Thank goodness for the "Reinheitsgebot"! This brew is dark, rich, malty and strong. Weak head, but that only keeps the mustache cleaner. Among the best of commercial German Doppelbocks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutosaurus (157) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - JUL 4, 2003
Very nice. Cool name. what else can you say...Very malty and sweet flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Good aroma. Nice malt backbone throughout, with a nice roasted flavor. Finishes slightly sweet. Alcohol comes through more as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 25, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2004 Alcohol flavor stands out, otherwise a solid beer. When I think of a dark German beer, this is what comes to mind. Lots of malt flavor and very smooth drinking. These will put you under the table as well with the 7.2% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5250) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 24, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 An interesting reddish orange hue that looks like a doppelbock, has some straw tones in it. Smells liqueurish and a little malty with some straw aroma. Initial taste is strong like a grainy/liquor flavor with some malt coming in quickly. Body is sweet and medium full. Thins quickly towards the finish, which is roasty and medium dry. I keep thinking about straw and that dry liquory taste, but that is from the high alcohol content no doubt. A good beer, and drinkable at all temperatures, to my surprise. Could use some more hop character, as it is very astringent and needs the alcohol masked better. Im sure Id rate it higher if I was drinking this on tap in Germany.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2003
Aroma was initially funky, but as I am somewhat familiar with the beer, atypical. Luckily, no skunking (damn green bottle)...whew. Flavor is typical doppelbock: raisins, caramel, sweet malts, and warming alcohol. The almost garnet-colored body is rather thin compared to other greats of this style, but this does not cloud the tasty treat that is Optimator.

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