Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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4.48/5 rDev +15.2%
Poured from the 12oz bottle.
A: Absolutely gorgeous brew, with a color and depth I'd describe as dark red mahogany. Beautiful! The head is just right and surprisingly creamy. Quite the stunning view.
S: The smell somewhat reminded me of a sweeter, fuller pilsner with hints of fruit. Nothing too outstanding, but very pleasant.
T: Some strong honey, caramel and molasses flavors, with a distinct hint of iron or copper which actuallly works very well for this beer. The sweetness is not overpowering (thank god), and masks the ABV rather well. This is one tasty beer!
F: Not syrupy at all, with just the right amount of carbonation.
O: A fantastic Doppelbock, I'm definitely going back for some more!
02-20-2012 17:44:37 | More by KuehneBe
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
A very nice, somewhat ticker beer. The beer pours a nice golden brown hue with a steady amount of carbonation and lace. The aroma is of lighter fruits and grains. The beer tastes the same, with a hint of molasses and caramel in the mix, without the burn. Leaves an okay aftertaste after each swig and goes down relatively smooth for being a tad bit bitter. Not a bad effort, I would recommend.
02-20-2012 02:44:11 | More by ronniebruner
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Deep red in color with orange and brown hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that quickly dissipated. Delicate, smooth, oily feel. Sweet caramel and toasted malts with dark fruit aromas, with bready and biscuit undertones. Flavors are much the same as aromas. Caramel and toasted malts with dark fruit through the front and middle, a bit of hop bitterness is introduced thru the middle, finishes very cleanly. Generally, very sweet, malty and very enjoyable.
02-19-2012 21:16:45 | More by IronLover
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from bottle into Sam Adams turbolator
A: deep mahogany brown - 2 finger head with decent retention, not much lacing... nice, smooth looking beer
S: caramel malt notes, some honey, molasses
T: roasted malt with a sweet character of molasses and honey... bready and sweet. Some caramel and dark fruit notes.
F: medium to full body - but doesn't strike me as quite the mouthfull as, say, Salvator or Celebrator. Balanced carbonation, and a slightly dry finish - keeping things somewhat crisp, and not too syrupy. Really nice.
O: I always enjoy Optimator - smooth, easy drinking and very flavorful. I tend to prefer Salvator - but still, a good beer at a great value.
02-15-2012 03:26:30 | More by bbHOP
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,502 ratings.