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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2008   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2003
I found this Spaten to be pleasantly strange to put it mildly. The aroma begins with kicks of heavy malt and dark fruits..fairly simple but quaint. The pour appears brown with heavy heavy carbonation but is a nice fiery red when put up to a light source. Good sized head complete with a beige head leaving a slight bit of lacing on my glass.. a nice looking dark. The flavor however was a bit funky to say the least. At first the dark fruits and malt blended into a somewhat nutty taste..very strange. It then matured into the beer i was expecting which was a heavy dose of malt supported by a cast of plum, and grapefruit flavors..very nice indeed. It is a dopplebock, but geez the malt was a bit in excess here..i didnt care to much for the ending where the fruityness subsided. An average doppelbock, but a pleasant drink nonetheless once i got involved with it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
Copper colored beer w/ light beige head, nice lace on glass; Munich malt, caramel/melanoidin, clean aroma with some alcohol. No dark fruit like some examples; Malty flavor w/ some caramel, very well balanced, finishes a little dry, clean and slightly astringent. Slight hop flavor in the finish. Carbonation level is good for a dopplebock with a slight warming alcohol mouthfeel. Much better on tap as opposed to a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
akinm (282) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2003
the aroma is a malt lovers paradise, lots of maltyness, a slight roassted aroma and just a hint of fruityness. the dark brown and very clear body hold the tan head for longer than expected at this alcohol level. the flavor is a combination of malt and alcohol with just enough hops to rein it in and keep it from going crazy sweet. there are some dark fruit flavors and a touch of hop flavor and bitterness that fit the style perfectly. this thick, full-bodied beer has low carbonatino and coats the tongue with it goodness. it is a slightly warming beer with lots of flavors to enjoy and plenty of alcohol to make everything else enjoyable too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
666seth (229) - California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Not as goof as the "ayinger celebrator" but still very good. Complex malts with nice sweetness not too overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Complex malt flavors mildly sweet. Aroma is so so, filling. I miss a hop flavor I just may not be a Bock man

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9296) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 15, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 RE-RATE: Tried this on tap, and I swear I must have had an OLD bottle this first time I drank Optimator. Very dark amber pour, a small amount of light is visible through the glass. Smells of fruit, coffee, amaretto and cream. Flavors are tangy at first, sweet and hearty on my tongue. Enjoys a smooth finish of caramel and amaretto. Wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RDeschain (11) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2003
This is the first beer I""ve tasted ’by the book.’ Even took notes! I love doppelbocks, but this is not my favorite. The aroma is inviting, malty, and sweet with a hint of molasses. The color is dark, gorgeous and welcoming, teasing you with just the most obscure view of what""s on the other side of the glass. There was little head to speak of, and it disappeared rather quickly. The brew was very active and bubbled like champagne through to the last swallow. I expected a thicker, more maliable palate, but was very disappointed. It was thin and seemed to want to leave the mouth before it""s time. The flavor was rich and sharp, with initial chocolaty roasted malts coming through but quickly being overtaken by hoppiness and alcohol. The aftertaste was alcoholic and a little medicinal for my taste. Overall, a good beer, but somewhat disappointing compared to many of it""s doppelbock cousins.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bierlieber (49) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2003
good malt nose, head dissapates a bit fast but nice big, not too sweet malt taste with just the right amount of warm alchohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hoorayforbeer (105) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Looks good and tastes good. Malty/spice nose with caromel and dark fruit flavors.

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