slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a good beer...2 shovels up indeed. i think of Optimator as a poor man’s Celebrator...it does all the same things, just not as well, but you don’t feel bad about downing one with a pizza."
firstsip (564) - Michigan, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Very dark ruby. Nice lingering head. Super malty nose. Nice body tastes of sharp malt, mild caramel.
Beachmaster (206) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a dimpled mug. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan head that slowly fades into a disk on the surface. Moderate lacing. Nose is very faint dark malt. Taste is dark roast malt and a hint of cocoa, with a moderate hop finish. Very smooth. A classic.
JHeath99 (1301) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Very solid doppel. Pours a dark opaque brown with minimal tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts.
andriesradu (548) - 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 (2505) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, 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 (983) - 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 (1489) - 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 (309) - 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 (1330) - 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.