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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2000   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5617) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2003
This brew poured a large head of light brown bubbles that were of fine to medium sizes. It had a dark brown almost opaque body with no carbonation evident. With a mild aroma of malt, it has a complex flavor full of spices, malt, caramel, some chewiness and a very mild aftertaste. It goes down very smoothly and leaves a good lacing as it does.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2003
Excellent doppelbock. Malty sweet aroma and flavor, full bodied for the style. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joemacaluso (119) - Prairieville, Louisiana, USA - MAY 16, 2003
Very good doppelbock, sweet, but not an excesively alcaholic tasting bock. Malty, not hoppy great easy drinking strong beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 11, 2003
Fragrance hits with hints of malty maple syrup and cinnamon. Thick black murk lurks beneath a plentiful creamy head. The beer has a wonderful smooth malty body with a touch of hardly noticeable hop at the end. A very fine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Well,this was sure a suprise.Saw it at a local liquor store for $7.29 a sixer. Brown/oarnge beer with a quickly vanishing,tan head. Extremely inviting aroma. Somewhat complex malty aromas.Major thick breadiness/toastiness. Mouthfeel is thick(not cloying)that sticks to the mouth.Excellent malt flavors with very little,if any,alcohol noticeable. Finish is silky-sweet,very light hop notes.Very rich,round,and satisfying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Boy oh boy, was this one interesting. Having only had the lighter Spaten, the Optimator hit me over the head with its higher ABV, darker body and fruitier flavor. Still, after the shock of the first taste, I was enjoying it almost as much as the other fare. On the label it says "malt liquor". Well, if that's the case, then it's the best and most worthiest malt liquor I've ever had (though I personally wouldn't slot it in that space as the "malt liquor" connotation is never a good one, and this is a great brew). Hats off to Spaten for making seriously great German beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4852) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2003
A small head that disapates quickly. Typical dark brown color of a doppelbock. I found the aroma somewhat lacking, nothing very definative about it. Flavor is great. I'd compare this to Capital Dark Doppelbock. Both are very good, yet just slightly less bold than Celebrator. It's sweet and malty. Has a syrupy taste as well. Very good beer indeed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2003
Beautiful beer with a deep and clear copper/crimson hue. Small well-tanned fizzy head. Somewhat diminishing with no lacing, but a thin layer lasts throughout the session. The aroma is of an American standard beer. Aluminum, light malt, cheap perfume and alcohol. Flavor? Wow!! The weak aroma hides a bold, rich flavor! Very malty and sweet up front. The bitter and pungent hop addition doesn't quite balance-out the sweet malt on the backside. Who cares? Bursts of dark fruit, maple syrup and light molasses. A tad acetic as well. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lenthy, lightly sweet, straw and clover laden finish. Very nice beer. Don't let the very mundane aroma fool you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bythe40 (64) - USA - APR 28, 2003
i was expecting a little more of that great german bitterness but over all a decent beer not much mouth feel carmel taste but good alc. content.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
What memories came back - skying 87 in Berchtesgarden - oh yeah - we were so drunk - back on the beer: Coffe and caramal nose. Dark brown brew with a little foamy fast diminishing head. Malty and chocolatey. Syrupy fullmouth taste.

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