Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spaten Optimator review

Spaten OptimatorI got a tip from one of my relatives back in Michigan about this beer and found one in my local store. It's called the Spaten Optimator. This is a classic imported German Doppelbock. A nice dark lager from the Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu brewery in Munich, Germany and belongs to the InBev family. To my knowledge, this is the first doppelbock that I've tried but after tasting it I could swear I've had this before. This beer comes in a 16.9 oz gold foil covered brown bottle. Best of all, they are sold individually for a very low price, so it was well worth a try.

Appearance: This doppelbock poured a dark brown color with faint red highlights around the edges of the glass. This beer had a nice thick tan head that quickly melted down to nearly no bead.

Aroma: Optimator had a sweet aroma, almost like spice bread. I could faintly smell the German hops, but what I really smelled was the rich malts that this brew contained.

Feel and Taste: The mouth feel was very creamy and it was carbonated just right. The malts hit me up front and lasted through to the end of the swallow. There were a lot of malts in this beer. It was mostly caramel malt that I tasted. I didn't detect anything roastier than that.

This beer was just modestly bittered. It was sweet, but with just enough hops to balance it out. I don't know the IBU rating but I'd guess it's fairly low. Being a doppelbock, it's alcohol content was slightly higher than regular lagers at 7.2% ABV. This beer drank easy and I'd have no problem having more than 1 bottle of this.

Ranking: This Spaten beer got decent ratings by the beer ranking sites. Beeradvocate gave it a B+ while Ratebeer put it in the 92nd percentile overall and a 3.67/5 ranking. I can see why my relatives back home recommended this beer. They've been to Germany on several occasions and know a good German beer when they taste one. Zum Wohlsein! I really enjoyed this beer and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try a good German Doppelbock. I'll give this beer a 3.6 out of 5 rating. Now I wish I had picked up a couple more of these.

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