Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by MadeInOregon:
4.28/5 rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
I've seen this one at various stores so many times that I just had to try it.
Poured into a pilsner glass a huge light tan/off-white head erupted from the bottom but quickly disipated. The body is a nice deep bronze, reddish color.
First taste: Delicious! The Optimator features a very well balanced transition from sweet to chocolatey to malt to hops, with a nice warming from the 7.2% alcohol. There is also a slight yeast bite at the very beginning of the sip. The aftertaste is raisins/prunes. This is a very tasty beer and is amazing for $2.29 from Safeway!
The smell is a mix of malt, sweetness, and alcohol.
The feel is nothing special; not good or bad.
This is a very good beer although after a few sips I realized that this tastes like most of the American Winter Ales or Winter Warmers that I've had. In fact, it is extremely similar in taste and body to Pyramid's Snow Cap. I find this very interesting since American craft breweries seem to put so much effort into offering seasonal/winter ales that are unique and different, when in fact they seem to vary only slightly from German doppelbocks. That is news to me...good news, considering I like both and now won't need to wait until November to get the bold flavored beers that I enjoy.
Two thumbs up for Spaten's Optimator!
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2009 07:07:15 | More by MadeInOregon
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3.54/5 rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Pours with a beige head, very dark amber/brown with medium carbonation. Leaves little lacing as head weakens quickly. Aroma of hops, toffee & caramel. Taste of malty grain syrup some toffee, toasted oats (?) Mouthfeel is milky. Finish of malt richness with a little hop bitterness. Nice but a bit dull.
Serving type: bottle
04-08-2014 03:45:38 | More by Murphious
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.