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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: 1910   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2001
I think I might just not be a bock man. This did have a pleasant aroma of caramel, and a pleasant smoky flavor to it. But I found their was just too much sweetness backing that up, distracting from the other interesting tastes therein.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 18, 2001
Great dark color, and nice head. Smokey tasting, almost burnt, with undertones of bried fruit. Very prevalent alcohol taste, becomes overwhelming as it warms. I must say that it is a nice doppelbock, but its no Celebrator.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - JUL 17, 2001
Again, I was overwhelmed by the similar taste and smell of purple grape juice. There was a definite prune taste present, and the lack of raisin surprised me. Nice, frothy off-white head dissipated quickly, but didn’t die completely. I would describe the flavor as ’smokey-grape,’ accompanied by a dry, slight prune aftertaste. The only negative points were for the pervasive alcohol taste and smell, which were overwhelming as it warmed. A noticeable step down from Celebrator, but a fine beer on its own.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 6, 2001
If anything comes close to Celebrator, then Spaten Optimator is it. Wonderful flavor with almost no alcohol taste. Even when this beer gets warm, its still good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ljagged99 (1) - USA - JUL 3, 2001 does not count
I’m fortunate that my university has this beer on draft down at the student union. I’ve had the pleasure of introducing this beer to several friends while sitting on the union terrace, enjoying the summer sun and watching the boats sail around the lake.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUN 30, 2001
PRETTY STRONG. LOTS OF ALCOHOL. THIS IS A WICKED BREW. GREAT FLAVOR

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
k2 (146) - USA - JUN 22, 2001
Grat example of a dark larger. Not to be taken lightly, it packs quite a punch.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2003 A nice complex doppelbock with a moderate richness to it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fraternie (814) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2001
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 An enjoyable, rich and filling beer. Heavily dependent on the roasted chocolate malt flavor, could be a bit more complex as the finish thins out a bit, but the abv is covered well and this serves as a perfect winter warmer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeicemon (126) - Lancaster, California, USA - MAY 14, 2001
Rich and malty with a nice maple taste. A little thick and sticky. Settle quite nicely. Warms as it goes down.


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