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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1980   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
firstsip (720) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Tap. Very dark ruby. Nice lingering head. Super malty nose. Nice body tastes of sharp malt, mild caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beachmaster (291) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 9, 2014
12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan head that slowly fades into a disk on the surface. Moderate lacing. Nose is very faint dark malt. Taste is dark roast malt and a hint of cocoa, with a moderate hop finish. Very smooth. A classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1608) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Tap. Very solid doppel. Pours a dark opaque brown with minimal tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andriesradu (636) - ROMANIA - SEP 29, 2014
Pours deep clear amber with a small white head. Heavy malty aroma also some caramel malt and bread. Flavor is sweet, again dominated by malt and some bread. Quite full-bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3157) - 1st Republic, Vermont, USA - SEP 27, 2014
I poured this into a weizen glass thinking it was a weizen bock, woops my bad. Anyways, here’s the rest. The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a thick two and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some speckled light lacing glossing all around the glass. The smell had a nice roasty to sweet bready chocolate cinnamon baked sticky glazed honey. This was really nice. The taste was mainly bready sweet backed up by a nice sticky glaze of caramel bready malts. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. There’s a nice sweet sticky caramel to cinnamon aftertaste with a super nice sweet roasty finish. Overall, big wow from me and the fact that I didn’t have it in proper glassware - I can only hope it would taste just as good and believe it would.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1388) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
red brown pour aroma cherry caramel. Tastes big tang caramel. creamy dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Nice. Really, perfect all the way around. My only nit, if that, is that there is a bit of alcohol heat I wasn’t expecting, at the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
two7offsuit (402) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet and strong alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, malt, raisin, and more alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Reviewing a doppelbock at the end of summer might not be a completely fair review. However, I have had Spaten Optimator many times in the past and it’s only been slightly better than the bottle I’m reviewing now. This is definitely a German doppelbock personified – plenty of sweet malty notes, slightly nutty, but some bitterness to balance it out. Not bad for an InBev product.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 2/2/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful chestnut/mahogany hue. Translucent with carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, tan, foamy head which laces and retains somewhat well.

Smell: Slight skunkiness from the green bottle; otherwise very malty with an overt lager character.

Taste: The first thing I notice here is the classic macro lager character. While I’m quite sure Spaten Optimator is an all-malt brew, there’s something to it that screams “lager!” as soon as it touches the tongue. It’s actually quite tangy at first, maybe even a little sour (I’m chalking that up to green bottle and lightstrike), but it’s easily overlooked. Once I get invested in the palette I start to notice flavors of roasted peanuts, a touch of caramel, maybe toffee. The doppelbock style is actually not too far off from the brown ale style in terms of flavor characteristics and this beer is a good example of that. There’s still some bitterness here, but actual hop flavor is mild. Slightly dry, maybe even a bit metallic. Again, this is a fairly old bottle, so I’ll bet a fresh serving would be more complex and less flawed, but as it stands it’s still pretty good for a relatively inexpensive import made by a macro brewery.

Drinkability: Spaten Optimator may taste like and ale, but it drinks like the lager it is. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but not overly fizzy. There’s a slightly slick or sour aftertaste, but I don’t mind it. At 7.6% ABV there is mild warmth from the alcohol, and it does play a factor in the taste as well. It doesn’t feel as heavy as those numbers would indicate, but one serving is satisfactory to be sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1108) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby with very small off white head. Nose is brown sugar and raisin. Taste is nice dark fruit. Great mouthfeel.

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