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Spaten Optimator

Maibock / Helles Bock /7.5% ABV / Germany

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Product details

Maibock / Helles Bock
Tasting Notes
Malty, Strong, Balanced, Dark Fruit
Food Pairing
Dessert - Fruit, Pork
Suggested Glassware
Pint Glass, Stein/Pub Mug
Suggested Serving Temperature
50-55° F

Product description

A classic German double bock beer. Spaten Optimator is a bottom fermented dark beer "doppel bock" with a deep dark color and a rich roasted malt flavor.

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Community reviews

4.86 Reviews
  • Frank

    Love this beer! No thick “Bocky” aftertaste. Smooth robustness that doesn’t overwhelm the palette, but touches every tastebud in your mouth. Drinks well with everything except ice cream.

  • Catherine m.
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    Oh my husband LOVED this. Excellent beer

  • Marcelino
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    Taste Great. IAWAYS order this Dopplebock because it's the best I've ever had. Nice and Chocolatey.

  • ME

    This is the best dark beer I've been drinking in US. Rich taste, no bitterness like many other beers. It's my favorite!

  • Elizabeth B.
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    We feel like we are back in Germany for Octoberfest! Hurry, get on the Lederhose!!

  • Michael
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    This is a robust dark beer, strong (as a Bock should be) with a deep malt base, almost syrupy. If you like hoppy, not for you. If you like light amber, not for you. Probably best in winter or late fall, but tastes great in July, too.


Maibock – AKA heller bock or helles bock – is a helles lager brewed to bock strength. This mean it tends to have a higher ABV than other helles lagers, but it's lighter in color than other bocks and has a heavier hop kick to balance out the malt.
Maibock is actually a lager, not an ale. It's got a higher ABV and more of a hoppy kick than many lagers - this similarity to many popular ales may be the source of the confusion!
Maibock literally means "May beer," as in the beer you drink during springtime as you transition away from heavier, sweeter, maltier beers that are popular during the colder months, to lighter hoppier beers you'll want to drink in the summer.
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