raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2004 Well,this was sure a suprise.Saw it at a local liquor store for $7.29 a sixer. Brown/oarnge beer with a quickly vanishing,tan head. Extremely inviting aroma. Somewhat complex malty aromas.Major thick breadiness/toastiness. Mouthfeel is thick(not cloying)that sticks to the mouth.Excellent malt flavors with very little,if any,alcohol noticeable. Finish is silky-sweet,very light hop notes.Very rich,round,and satisfying. kalisto9 (73) - Crafton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
Boy oh boy, was this one interesting. Having only had the lighter Spaten, the Optimator hit me over the head with its higher ABV, darker body and fruitier flavor. Still, after the shock of the first taste, I was enjoying it almost as much as the other fare. On the label it says "malt liquor". Well, if that's the case, then it's the best and most worthiest malt liquor I've ever had (though I personally wouldn't slot it in that space as the "malt liquor" connotation is never a good one, and this is a great brew). Hats off to Spaten for making seriously great German beer. badgerben (5316) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2003
A small head that disapates quickly. Typical dark brown color of a doppelbock. I found the aroma somewhat lacking, nothing very definative about it. Flavor is great. I'd compare this to Capital Dark Doppelbock. Both are very good, yet just slightly less bold than Celebrator. It's sweet and malty. Has a syrupy taste as well. Very good beer indeed. hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2003
Beautiful beer with a deep and clear copper/crimson hue. Small well-tanned fizzy head. Somewhat diminishing with no lacing, but a thin layer lasts throughout the session.
The aroma is of an American standard beer. Aluminum, light malt, cheap perfume and alcohol.
Flavor? Wow!! The weak aroma hides a bold, rich flavor! Very malty and sweet up front. The bitter and pungent hop addition doesn't quite balance-out the sweet malt on the backside. Who cares? Bursts of dark fruit, maple syrup and light molasses. A tad acetic as well.
Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lenthy, lightly sweet, straw and clover laden finish.
Very nice beer. Don't let the very mundane aroma fool you. bythe40 (64) - USA - APR 28, 2003
i was expecting a little more of that great german bitterness but over all a decent beer not much mouth feel carmel taste but good alc. content.
YogiBeera (2569) - New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2003
What memories came back - skying 87 in Berchtesgarden - oh yeah - we were so drunk - back on the beer: Coffe and caramal nose. Dark brown brew with a little foamy fast diminishing head. Malty and chocolatey. Syrupy fullmouth taste. Esche (11) - Dresden, GERMANY - APR 27, 2003
Maybe a little bit too sweet, but all in all very good taste of chocolate and some sense of nuts. Dark brown in color with a sense of red in it. Very nice beer. pivo (2688) - GERMANY - APR 22, 2003
Caramelly, sugary, spicy nose; dark brown color with red tones; Nice low, tan head. Fully heavy body that is really really sweet. Hints of dark fruits and a slightly spiced finish. There is a nice toasted, roasted sensation after the swallow. Excellent double bock by all means. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - APR 4, 2003
Nice beer. Invitingly thick head, light brown.
Dark brown in color. Some malt in the aroma, light alcohol, and a potato-like smell. Odd, but not unpleasant.
Toasty malt flavor, fairly sweet, low bitterness, slightly sour. Slightly vinous.
Finishes a bit flat.
Alcohol hidden very well. Warming, but never obvious. ThePollinator (4) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 3, 2003 does not count
Good beer. Malty but goes down smoother than expected. Enjoyable for 7.2%. A unique doppelbock with good head.