Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by NoLiberty:
3.88/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep chestnut brownish red color. Very clear. A two finger head sets up on top and quickly settles into almost no lasting head with slight foam around the edges and little lacing. Carbonation is soft and very active when swirled.
Aroma is very crisp and clean. Strong grain and cereal notes present themselves on top of a subtle alcohol backbone. Melds nicely into a malty sweet bouquet of pale malt, toasted wheat and sweet dried fruit.
Starts sweet and moves to a clean dried fruit flavor in the middle and smooths it's way into an alcohol warmth toward the back and all wrapped up in a blanket of malt richness.
The clean, crisp, refreshing quality of this beer makes it incredibly drinkable and digestible. Not the best of its style but certainly shows amazing use of malt as the "secret ingredient" and how sweet and luscious can translate into a sessionable beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-08-2009 22:37:39 | More by NoLiberty
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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 2,429 ratings.