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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: 1912   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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.


DUbrew's rating

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Good beer. Had on tap - great with the burger I had (drank extra cold). Heavy finish and great malty finish. Brown sugar and coffee.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3382) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cookie, caramel, and toasted malts, fig, light dates, and faint vanilla. Flavor is bready malts, sweet dark fruit notes, light hop bitterness, and some caramel notes; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (1950) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2014
From a bottle. Pours very dark brown with a bubbly off white head. Tastes like dry raisins, booze, toast, light tobacco and ash. Light/medium.body and carbonation. Light aroma of dried dark fruits, alcohol, tobacco, and earth.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (418) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUL 10, 2014
I have no idea what the hell Optimator means but it’s a badass name that fits this brew nicely. Once you get this doppelbock out of the shitty green bottle it has a seductive dark body with a generous tan head. The aroma consists of warm booze and fruity, complex malt tones. The flavor is rich and slightly roasty at the start. At the middle of the mouth, there’s a hell of a lot going on - candy-like sweetness, dark fruit, toffee, chocolate - it’s all there. Finish is a little spicy which is nice because it helps to offset the maltiness. I was very impressed by the variety of aromas and tastes that this lager had to offer. I’d love to have one more and take another crack at identifying all of the nuanced flavors. Seriously though, Spaten, this beer deserves better than a green bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (802) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Type: 12-oz. bottle Glass: Half-pint glass From: My wife’s dad Price: N/A Purchased: July 4, 2014 Consumed: July 6, 2014 Misc.: N/A Poured a dark mahogany, almost brown color with one finger of tan head. No lacing along the sides of the glass. No retention on the top. Smelled that 7.60% ABV right away. Also got caramel, toffee, plum, amber malts, light raspberry, light cherry and purple grapes. Tasted a bit darker than the nose. Still that berry - raspberry, cherry and juniper - caramel and plum. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish. Really liked this one. Wouldn’t hesitate to try it again later.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ibrubeer (81) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 2, 2014
Draft @ Gustav’s (PDX). Big malty aroma. Dark brown color, with a hint of red. Wonderful full bloodied, malty flavor. My favorite German beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickfilary (1) - Pflugerville, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2014 does not count
Sweet malty but a little bozzy arroma, sweet malty flavors followed by a balanced light bitter finish. Very enjoyable beer, makes me want to try to brew a doppelbock !!!!!!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (1261) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours almost brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, caramel malt, and some dark fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes roasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUN 22, 2014
The body has a deep brownish mahogany color with a dark reddish amber hue and good clarity. On top there is an average size (about 1 finger thick) light tan head. It is slow fading and leaves behind good lacing on the glass. The aroma has a sweet almost fruity nose with some dark grin notes and a slight hint of a mild sweet alcohol. The flavor has a big sweet malty character and full body with notes of caramel roasted grain and toffee. Hop bitterness is very light and really only comes out a little bit in the finish. There is also the slight presence of a mellow alcohol that adds a little more complexity to the overall character. The palate has a slick full mouth feel with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HarryPlopper (16) - - JUN 16, 2014
Dark Brown color. Very little head, no lacing. Mild scented aroma. Sweet taste with chocolate notes. Very smooth mouthfeel with no bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
writerljberg (656) - Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2014
Bottle. A: Rich mahogany with a red outline when held to the light. Thin white head. N: Clove, caramel, toffee, biscuit, prune, raisin. Moderate earth overtones.T: Tastefully sweet, not cloying. Bitterness rounding the beer off.M: Medium body, slightly sticky. O: Meal for Lent. I think I could survive on it if I had to. Would take Celebrator or Andechser, but I wouldn?t push this one out of the cellar.


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