NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(On tap) We went to a small-scale Oktoberfest celebration and the beer choices were Budweiser (domestic U.S.) and Spaten Optimator, either served in a plastic 12-oz cup with a big Budweiser logo...well, the plastic cup be damned, but the Optimator was the only choice for me.
Wow, this stuff is *sweet*. Just the slightest hint of hopping in the aftertaste. Looks pretty dark in the opaque plastic cup but hard to tell the color. The head never completely disappears all the way down to the bottom, seems to lace up nicely on the sides of the crappy cup. Nice, smooth mouthfeel. Very easy to drink down alongside a plate of red cabbage and roast pork. Very filling beer. Wish I could go back for another cup, but they’re getting $4.00 a crack for it. I’ll go pick up a six-pack on the way home for not much more than one 12-oz cup here...
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 Sweet all the way through. Malty sweet aroma, HEAVY malty sweet flavor, sweet aftertaste. Almost like drinking butter. Head disappears quickly. Don"t try to do a lot of moving around after drinking this. This is a fine beer for nights when you are with a friend and have nowhere to go. Extra points for having head and head retention, when most other doppelbocks I"ve seen don"t. Seems to be widely available in Texas and not much more expensive than other imports.
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 3, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color, medium head, fairly thick malty aroma. Deeply roasted malts. A full-bodied Dopplebock. Malts are slightly sweet with a nice caramel flavor. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is malty and dry. Great beer.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 2, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Discofish (152) - USA - SEP 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very Thick and almost syrupy. Malty.
PorterPounder (6051) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 22, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, nicely flavored, easy to find and good value.
albertk99 (12) - Denton, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great doublebock, deep rich taste with a roasty bite that trails off.