andriesradu (513) - ROMANIA - SEP 29, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep clear amber with a small white head. Heavy malty aroma also some caramel malt and bread. Flavor is sweet, again dominated by malt and some bread. Quite full-bodied
Bulk_Carrier (2247) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured this into a weizen glass thinking it was a weizen bock, woops my bad.
Anyways, here’s the rest.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown close to black color with a thick two and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some speckled light lacing glossing all around the glass.
The smell had a nice roasty to sweet bready chocolate cinnamon baked sticky glazed honey. This was really nice.
The taste was mainly bready sweet backed up by a nice sticky glaze of caramel bready malts.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. There’s a nice sweet sticky caramel to cinnamon aftertaste with a super nice sweet roasty finish. Overall, big wow from me and the fact that I didn’t have it in proper glassware - I can only hope it would taste just as good and believe it would.
nealblind (910) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
red brown pour aroma cherry caramel. Tastes big tang caramel. creamy dry finish.
mikedR (1334) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice. Really, perfect all the way around. My only nit, if that, is that there is a bit of alcohol heat I wasn’t expecting, at the back end.
two7offsuit (237) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours brown with a light tan head. Aroma is sweet and strong alcohol. Flavor is alcohol, malt, raisin, and more alcohol.
Chad9976 (1243) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewing a doppelbock at the end of summer might not be a completely fair review. However, I have had Spaten Optimator many times in the past and it’s only been slightly better than the bottle I’m reviewing now. This is definitely a German doppelbock personified – plenty of sweet malty notes, slightly nutty, but some bitterness to balance it out. Not bad for an InBev product.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It was bottled on 2/2/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful chestnut/mahogany hue. Translucent with carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, tan, foamy head which laces and retains somewhat well.
Smell: Slight skunkiness from the green bottle; otherwise very malty with an overt lager character.
Taste: The first thing I notice here is the classic macro lager character. While I’m quite sure Spaten Optimator is an all-malt brew, there’s something to it that screams “lager!” as soon as it touches the tongue. It’s actually quite tangy at first, maybe even a little sour (I’m chalking that up to green bottle and lightstrike), but it’s easily overlooked. Once I get invested in the palette I start to notice flavors of roasted peanuts, a touch of caramel, maybe toffee. The doppelbock style is actually not too far off from the brown ale style in terms of flavor characteristics and this beer is a good example of that. There’s still some bitterness here, but actual hop flavor is mild. Slightly dry, maybe even a bit metallic. Again, this is a fairly old bottle, so I’ll bet a fresh serving would be more complex and less flawed, but as it stands it’s still pretty good for a relatively inexpensive import made by a macro brewery.
Drinkability: Spaten Optimator may taste like and ale, but it drinks like the lager it is. The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but not overly fizzy. There’s a slightly slick or sour aftertaste, but I don’t mind it. At 7.6% ABV there is mild warmth from the alcohol, and it does play a factor in the taste as well. It doesn’t feel as heavy as those numbers would indicate, but one serving is satisfactory to be sure.
arnold931 (625) - Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark ruby with very small off white head. Nose is brown sugar and raisin. Taste is nice dark fruit. Great mouthfeel.
JMCtime (24) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark and heavily spiced. Lots of aroma and flavor. Lots of savory with a little bit of sweetness.
RobertDale (3701) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a nice khaki head. Aroma of malt, fruit, and caramel. Taste is sweet malt, dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of chocolate. Very nice!
edwardbass (547) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Deep brown color with a beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma is prunes, some tropical fruit. Taste is sweet dried fruit, some tropical fruit, some chocolate, roasty malt. I haven’t tried many doppelbocks, but I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.