Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by BitterLover:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12oz bottle. The first one that I opened seemed to have 'skunked', so I'm reviewing the second one that I opened.
Appearance: Looks like the color of Dr. Pepper, with a rich one finger+ head that settles quickly, leaving very little lacing. Very slight carbonation.
Smell: Brown yeast bread, brown sugar.
Taste: Malty sweetness dominates, hints of dark caramel, finishes with a slight bitterness more reminscent of dark chocolate than hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy, no carbonation.
Drinkability: A little sweet for my taste, but a nice beer nonetheless. I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting, especially with a plate of crunchy bratwursts, some sauerkraut, and a tub of spicy mustard to go along with them! Yum.
Serving type: bottle
02-11-2009 03:22:50 | More by BitterLover
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3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours very dark brown, very poor tan head that goes to a very thin lace in seconds.
Smell is very nutty (peanut, Brazilian nut, faint almond, cashew), with caramel, some faint sugar, roasted grains, low dark fruit and tiny bit of skunk.
Taste starts with sweet dark malts and caramel, a bit fruity with some apricots, plums, raisin, faint sweet cherry. Toffee follows, sweet dark bread, spices with clove, cinnamon, faint licorice and anise, hints of honey. Touch of roast and light coffee in the finish, lots of (somewhat minty) herbs and a mild hoppy bitterness.
Very light bodied for its style, a bit syrupy tho, medium carbonation. Aftertaste is damaged by some cloying syrupy sweetness and a bit of booze, otherwise quite fruity.
A weirder doppelbock, highs and lows, so it falls somewhere in between.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 18:29:18 | More by dcmchew
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.