Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by katybee:
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My second round of this beer, to see how it compares to my first impressions, leaves me feeling its a good tasty all around joe, but not quite deserving of it's gold-foil "champagne" label, lol.
A bit of a glorified Budweiser, in my book, although it is a better mouthfeel, lightly medium-bodied and creamy. But a little high in carbonation, and predominant hop character, which couldn't fool the tastebuds if the eyes were blindfolded to the beautiful clear brown color of the ale. Maltiness tones down the hops, and there are no citrus notes, with a nice peppery spiciness its true. And there is some sweetness as well, but without any chocolate or coffee character, and lacking fruity esthers as well.... much more carbonation and hops than porter and stout.
Highly drinkable, perhaps more pairable with general foods than a barleywine, but not exceedingly unique...a bit of a glorified Budweiser-type lager in taste.
Serving type: on-tap
02-26-2011 05:30:41 | More by katybee
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4.09/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Half-pint glass
From: My wife’s dad
Purchased: July 4, 2014
Consumed: July 6, 2014
Poured a dark mahogany, almost brown color with one finger of tan head. No lacing along the sides of the glass. No retention on the top.
Smelled that 7.60% ABV right away. Also got caramel, toffee, plum, amber malts, light raspberry, light cherry and purple grapes.
Tasted a bit darker than the nose. Still that berry - raspberry, cherry and juniper - caramel and plum.
Medium body. Oily texture. Soft carbonation. Long finish.
Really liked this one. Wouldn’t hesitate to try it again later.
Serving type: bottle
07-09-2014 06:04:12 | More by BucannonXC5
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.