Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
12oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.
Pours a beautiful brown that reveals notes of red when held to the light. Head on the pour is quite nice and even has some bubbles cascading downwards, nice. Head goes down to a slight ring after a relatively short amount of time, even the rings goes away. First smell to hit is the "lager smell." Has a very prominent malty/grainy sort of smell.The taste is deliciously malty featuring some light roasted notes, some hop spiciness and a tiny bit of alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and medium carb, features a sharpness in the initial feel.
This is an excellent lager that is very malty. I've really found myself enjoying dark lagers lately and this one is exceptional. Surprisingly drinkable and hides its slcohol well. Only thing that bothers me at all is the sharp, metallic mouthfeel.
01-30-2012 01:22:30 | More by VaterRoss
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 12oz. green bottle.
A: Looked like a cola. A clear dark brown with a hint of red. Light tan to off-white head. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top.
S: Caramel, toasted malts
T: Slightly sweet, Molasses, lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramels and fruits. Slight hops bitterness that develops in the back of the tongue after the swallow.
M: Initially a heavier carbonation that disapears after the first couple of swallows leaving a smooth and creamy brew.
O: Ayinger Clelebrator is my most favorite Doppelbock and it is hard not to compare the Optimator to that beer. But I did enjoy it and would drink it. I will call it the little brother to Celebrator.
01-28-2012 18:01:21 | More by Giggy
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
Bottle to Glass, not very cold.
A: Very dark red, one finger of off-white head that dissipated rapidly
S: Malty, floral goodness with a hint of skunk.
T: Roasted malt flavor with some zing.
O: I know they aren't exactly in the same category, but i'm a bit of a noob, so i'll go there. I'll take this over Newcastle any day. This beer lives up to it's name, I feel optimized.
01-26-2012 05:16:02 | More by AllenJasper
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,482 ratings.