Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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Reviews by srqbrent:
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Follower of BA reviews for some time; decided it was high time to contribute. This is my first review, so take it with a grain of salt. Also, not familiar with the style, so can not comment on that.
From a bottle, chilled in the fridge for about an hour. After pouring inside in the light, I enjoyed this on my back porch at dusky-twilight.
Appearance: poured a brownish, 1" head. Dark tea color, a nice deep shade of red. Clear. Head fades to a lacy cover and finally a ring. Didn't read reviews ahead of time and not familiar with the style, so was pleasantly surprised by the nice color.
Smell: I get molasses and a little banana?
Taste: First impression-sweet raisins or maybe prunes and noticed the alcohol but not overbearing. Finishes a little bitter, made me pucker towards the end. After taste is like bitter banana peel, like if you try to eat one too green, but a nice flavor.
Overall: Very nice beer. Wouldn't sit down and drink two or three in a row, but would definitely purchase this again and recommend. Warms up an empty stomach.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2012 23:49:10 | More by srqbrent
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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
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