Brewery: Spaten-Franziskaner Bräu
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: München, Germany
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.2%
First Brewed: ca. 1890s
Optimator is a deeply dark amber in color, the taste is full bodied and sweet, a little bit sticky but also very malty. It lacks the bittersweet finish that is normally so typical for a strong beer of this style, though this is perhaps a concession to U.S. palates.
I have had this beer before. I dig a good German beer. My family is actually originally from Germany, so I guess it makes sense that I enjoy this style of beer. I didn’t realize that this beer was first brewed for Lent… learn something new every day. I also didn’t realize this beer had such a high ABV. We are going to Europe next week… not hitting Germany, but we will be close. We decided on Belgium instead.
In the Glass: It’s dark and looks awesome. We are headed to Europe next week, but not going to Germany. However, most beers that come from Munich are great. I have had this before, and according to Untappd I rated this 4/5. Let’s see if that holds true tonight!
Nose: We are drinking this right out of the fridge, but the malts are just rushing to the top. It has an almost chocolate aroma to it. Its nice, and while not overpowering, begs for a sip. Let’s see what she tastes like.
Flavor: Whoa. The aroma doesn’t hold a candle to the flavor. This is incredible. It’s smooth and sweet and malty and… and incredible! I love the flavor. I wonder if a lot of beers over there taste like this. If they do, I might move! This is delicious. It’s like a meal, but in a glass. Yummy!
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice… but that’s about it. It has subtle carbonation, but that’s it. It’s there… and gone. The flavor is the focus of this beer.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is malty and smoky. Or is it smokey? Anyway, it has a very polished finish and the burp is great. It is just an enjoyable, pretty high ABV, German beer.
Before I had this beer, I had a bottle of the Lagunitas 13th Anniversary. It’s big… 8.5%. We couldn’t get Lagunitas in Indiana, so I take advantage anytime a new one comes out. This is the shortest review I have written… we need to do these when the sun is up! But hey, it’s Saturday. Let’s party!
Optimator – The bottle says: “NA”
It’s been a few days since we did a beer, probably because I was out of town for a few days. I went back to Indy to visit family and friends and stop in at work for a couple days. But I’m back now. And we are drinking again!
Tonight’s beer is a very dark brown color in the glass. It doesn’t look too thick, but kind of like a brown. There is not much head to it, either. I can’t get a lot of smell out of it, but I can’t tell if that’s just the way the beer smells or if I am just too congested. It smells a little bit sour almost, from what I can tell. I’m curious to find out how it tastes.
It does taste a little sour, but not as much as I expected. It’s not the most prevalent flavor in the beer. It’s actually kind of hard to explain how the beer tastes. It does taste kind of like a sour or more flavorful brown. And that very same flavor sticks with you as the aftertaste for quite a while. I like it, but I’m not sure why and can’t even really explain how it tastes to me. It is very flavorful, only slightly sour and very slightly carbonated. Overall, it’s just a good mix. I would definitely buy this beer again if I were looking for something strong, flavorful, and balanced.