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


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RATINGS: 1922   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.

Majin's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Majin (256) - West Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Dark red pour, smokey caramel smell, tastes similar to smell, good beer on a cold night.... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1177) - Albany, New York, 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 (544) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMCtime (14) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Dark and heavily spiced. Lots of aroma and flavor. Lots of savory with a little bit of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3452) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice khaki head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edwardbass (514) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
12oz bottle. Deep brown color with a beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma is prunes, some tropical fruit. Taste is sweet dried fruit, some tropical fruit, some chocolate, roasty malt. I haven’t tried many doppelbocks, but I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1307) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 29, 2014
Single bottle from W&M Mansfield. Pours out a deep ruby brown color. Light tan head that goes away to nothing. Intense aroma of earthy fruits and malts. Flavor is smooth and earthy. Some toffee, some caramel, some chocolate, some berries and cherries. Well balanced. Gets better with each sip!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10643) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
Malziger, leicht oxidierter Antrunk. Wenig schokoladig, süffig, weich würzig. Mit der Zeit vollmundiger, leichte Herbe. Gelungen! 11/11/10/11/9/11

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bork (166) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Very rich and filling and stuffed with fruits and berries. Some carefully hidden mild alcohol. Long finish without bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoFi (1592) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle from backlog. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma: malty, earthy, light floral, toffee. Taste: candy, licorice, malty, light earthy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
scarletfire65 (952) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
Bottle at home. Aroma has fortified wine, dried figs, prune juice, raisins, toast. Full bodied with a rounded mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Flavor of oxidized malts, fig compote, oloroso sherry, fresh wet bread dough. Lightly bitter finish. A great specimen of a style that I don’t seek out often enough.

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