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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1976   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
the aroma is a malt lovers paradise, lots of maltyness, a slight roassted aroma and just a hint of fruityness. the dark brown and very clear body hold the tan head for longer than expected at this alcohol level. the flavor is a combination of malt and alcohol with just enough hops to rein it in and keep it from going crazy sweet. there are some dark fruit flavors and a touch of hop flavor and bitterness that fit the style perfectly. this thick, full-bodied beer has low carbonatino and coats the tongue with it goodness. it is a slightly warming beer with lots of flavors to enjoy and plenty of alcohol to make everything else enjoyable too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Not as goof as the "ayinger celebrator" but still very good. Complex malts with nice sweetness not too overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Complex malt flavors mildly sweet. Aroma is so so, filling. I miss a hop flavor I just may not be a Bock man

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RE-RATE: Tried this on tap, and I swear I must have had an OLD bottle this first time I drank Optimator. Very dark amber pour, a small amount of light is visible through the glass. Smells of fruit, coffee, amaretto and cream. Flavors are tangy at first, sweet and hearty on my tongue. Enjoys a smooth finish of caramel and amaretto. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RDeschain (11) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2003
This is the first beer I""ve tasted ’by the book.’ Even took notes! I love doppelbocks, but this is not my favorite. The aroma is inviting, malty, and sweet with a hint of molasses. The color is dark, gorgeous and welcoming, teasing you with just the most obscure view of what""s on the other side of the glass. There was little head to speak of, and it disappeared rather quickly. The brew was very active and bubbled like champagne through to the last swallow. I expected a thicker, more maliable palate, but was very disappointed. It was thin and seemed to want to leave the mouth before it""s time. The flavor was rich and sharp, with initial chocolaty roasted malts coming through but quickly being overtaken by hoppiness and alcohol. The aftertaste was alcoholic and a little medicinal for my taste. Overall, a good beer, but somewhat disappointing compared to many of it""s doppelbock cousins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
good malt nose, head dissapates a bit fast but nice big, not too sweet malt taste with just the right amount of warm alchohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Looks good and tastes good. Malty/spice nose with caromel and dark fruit flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3866) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Red orange color out of the bottle with creamy tan head that left a pretty fringe all the way to the end of the beer. Burnt caramel nose. Very sweet malty flavor with lots of brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. There is a darker roasty finish. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2003
Much better than Ayinger, in my opinion. Nice dense head. Good dark color. Aroma of musk, soy and alcohol. Tastes very malty and smooth. Great finished with a nice malt in the back of the throat aftertaste.

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