wulfhere (217) - Billings, Montana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
How can you not love the Optimator? Other than Salvator, it's the shit when it comes to German Doppelbocks. Malt forward with milt hopiness to add depth and balance. Bread in the glass! Candy sugar brown with hints of clove, molasses, lots of carmel,and body that makes you think you're drinking a velvet painting of Elvis. ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 15, 2003
I was very surprised by this one. Poured out very rich dark brown with a medium tan head. Very spicy hop aroma with hints of smoke. Flavor was rich and Smokey with mild hints of coffee, but only mild with slight tracings of caramel. Smooth and balanced with creamy essences across the palate. I really enjoyed this beer! Not too rich, not thin! I will definitely be drinking more of this one, and if you like dopplebocks then so should you. ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2003
Not so impressive head, but a nice dark brown color. Smooth and malty but not quite what I was looking for out of a dopplebock. Still, that being said, it was a good beer. Kingfish (5) - Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2003 does not count
Aroma: Rich crystal-choco malty tones with pleasing alcohol sweetness. No hop aroma perceived. On warming, there is plum, black current, then turning towards dried fruit, & I think I just want to crawl inside the glass!
Appearance: Very dark brown with ruby highlights & clear as one can tell. Low tan head that persists & is creamy. The carbonation is very fine & well-done. Yum is an understatement!
Flavor: Rich semi-sweet choco-malty with hints of tobacco hop flavor. Residual crystal-like sweetness approaching cloying but steering clear at the finish. Definite alcohol warming. A very faint acidic-fruity sherry character denoting of oxidation: I am impressed that this should be so well preserved from Safeway (well – I did grab from the very back of the shelf). Bittering is enough to support the malt for the style & is not obvious. On warming, the malt flavor slides more towards a light blend of molasses & not overtly heavy; even later this matures to raisin with a hint of diacetyl which I am willing to accept.
Mouthfeel is generously full & round with a nice creamy texture, moderate carbonation, & a hint of grain astringency that in my perception complements the delicate balance & supportive of the dominate malt signature.
Overall, this is another of my favorite styles & it is well represented in Spaten as oppose to Paulaner which has thinned over the recent years. Truly a meal into itself, but I shall save some to have with my dinner…maybe :o)
Outstanding! Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2003
This brown doppelbock has a short-lived head, smooth malty sweet flavor and a malty, somewhat dry finish.
spatenLA (4) - California, USA - NOV 11, 2003 does not count
One of my overall favorites for Doppelbocks. Smooth and creamy with a hint of something sweet that conceals the higher alcohol content. Wonderful brew for sitting by the fireplace and staring out at the snow as it warms from within. Spaten did well with this one. thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2003
Wonderful deep brown with a frothy cream head with some lacing. Deep nutty caramel smell. Tasted quite light, a little sourness in the flavor but quite smooth and inoffensive. As it warms it becomes a little more nutty and hoppy. Nice beer for Spaten. I enjoyed this one a lot. auto (163) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2003
coca-cola like colour and a slight alchoholy taste.. head disappeared fairly fast. i was expecting a bit more from this, it was a tad on the bland side. wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 7, 2003
Huge brown sugar malt aroma on this brew. There's also a slight sour hint of vinegar. Medium heavy body has soft carbonation and is extremely smooth. ghawener (1607) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - NOV 6, 2003
Deep, strong and heavy with complex and intense flavorthat is very well balanced.