Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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3.31/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pretty dark brown but transparent with very thin tan/white head. Appears highly carbonated based on the bubbles racing to the surface.
Smell: Was surprised a bit to pick up some pretty heavy caramel malt notes, almost smells sweet.
Taste: Malts make this a little heavy and the higher ABV is apparent. No alcohol burn but definitely taste it. Pretty bitter or tart I guess, I am a little concerned this beer might be skunked (who knows how long it was on the shelf) but it is self-described as "malt liquor" so maybe it's what they were going for.
Mouthfeel: Light and pleasant, enjoy the carbonation which balances the malt notes.
Overall: Wasn't a huge fan of this beer but I've only had a couple of dopplebocks so maybe I'll appreciate it more when I've expanded my pallet a bit. Prefer something with a lower ABV and less sour/bitter notes. Again, possible this particular beer was skunked.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 01:48:47 | More by Aleks_P
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