Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by LyonsHead:
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
A:Dark ruby, brilliant clarity, off white head that doesn't stick around as long as the guidelines suggest it should
S:Very rich maltiness. toasted bread, slightly overdone raison cookies. there is a malty sweetness in the aroma as well
T: melanoidan rich, slight bitter chocolate flavor. lots of toasted bread notes with an underlying caramel sweetness. the toasted raison cookies comes through here as well. I am getting a little too much dark fruit character. The finish is quite sweet.
M: way too thin for a doppelbock in my opinion. medium-light body at best
D: This beer finishes real sweet (as it should) but combine it with 7.2% and its not exactly a session beer. It is really good though, the only part that missed the mark for me was the mouth feel. I would have liked to see a fuller a body out of a beer with just a high starting gravity
Serving type: bottle
02-16-2010 17:51:27 | More by LyonsHead
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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 2,438 ratings.