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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 Draught @ Papago

What can I say about this beer other than I “Love It”, have for many years and last night for the first time in years I was able to get it on tap. The beer pours an unblemished deep mahogany color with a massive head that is frothy and a light tan color, the resultant lace a thick and clinging sheet. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, plum like and also a hint of toasted grain, front is ambrosial, top is middling in feel. The beer finishes with a spirited hop spicy bite, light to moderate in carbonation and a somewhat tart and very dry aftertaste, a real treat I must say.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 18/20
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
Very Thick and almost syrupy. Malty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Wished I would have saved this for winter. Good, full bodied flavor - just the right amount on caramelly sweetness. Nice deep dark amber color. Good strong malty aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braudog (5600) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2002
Deep red color -- strong alcohol overtone with sweet caramel. Good beer for a cold winter night next to the fireplace ... not a summer day in Vegas.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2002
Has nice deep redish color and doesn’t look like a beer to me, but what do I know... A very good strong taste that has just the right amount of bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Very good, nicely flavored, easy to find and good value.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Great doublebock, deep rich taste with a roasty bite that trails off.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Very good Doppelbock. Better than Paulaner but not quite as good as Ayinger. Last reviewer made a good point, $16.99 for Celebrator as opposed to $9.99 for Optimator here in Maryland at my favorite watering hole.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2002
That it costs half what Celebrator does must be worth something.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2002
The OPTIMATOR. The optimum beer name that is fun to say and more fun to drink. A very good beer to drink while eating spatzel and bratwurst. I like the deep dark color and flavor of a nice drinkable Geramn Octoberfest brew.


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