Review: Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Optimator | Craft Beer & Brewing
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Optimator
90 out of 100

Style: Dopplebock

ABV: 7.5 IBU: 25

90/100
Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 18
Mouthfeel: 4

Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Optimator

What the brewers say

“Classic German Double Bock Beer. Bottom-fermented Dark Beer ‘Doppel Bock’ with a deep dark color and a rich roasted malt flavor.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Toasty, malty sweetness in the nose. Little to no hops aroma. Some mineral or sulfur character. Melanoidins, chocolate, and baked cookies. Aroma seems a bit muted.”

Flavor: “Crisp hops flavor competes with the malt, but malt wins in the aftertaste. Smooth malt offers caramel, toast, and toffee. Hops flavors are a bit distracting but flavor is ultimately about malt. Alcohol lightens the body and is not overly hot.”

Overall: “Well made with nice malt complexity. This is a well-crafted beer with more hops flavor than most. A little thin in the body but a great middle-of-the-road example of a doppelbock. Doesn’t take many chances but hits most of the stylistic marks.”

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