Not that long ago a good friend of mine offered me a brew suggestion. It is not often that he and I are able to do this considering that I am in New Jersey and he is in Texas. However, a couple weeks ago he told me that he had enjoyed an imported doppelbock that I should try. Luckily the name of the brewery was familiar to me and knew I could probably find it eventually. As much as I love suggesting good beer to others, I equally love being suggested good beers! As I was in my local brew store I stumbled upon the beer my buddy suggested, Spaten Optimator. Without a thought I picked up a 6-pack for around $7.50. Next I sent a picture message to my buddy to show him my find! I was excited to not only try a beer I have not had yet, but also connect with a friend who is half a country away over said beer!
It poured a beautiful dark cloudy amber, topped with a beige one finger thick head that left almost as quickly as it came. It produced sweet aromas of candied fruit, almost like the filling in a Fig Newton. There were also hints of caramelized sugar, alcohol and the faint smell of a dank basement. The taste was pretty much on point with the smell. It was sweet, with a roasted malt backbone, and wisps of chocolate coming and going. There was that slight dank basement funk that made it interesting. I don’t believe this was a bad thing. The 7.2% abv was also a permanent layer in this beer, it was never bashful. The finish was long and dry with a small bitter hop bite. Over all it was smooth and malty, with a medium mouthfeel and good amount of carbonation. The lacing was minimal along the glass but this is not a beer for show, it is a solid German beer that is big on flavor! If you come across this beer, I totally suggest you try it! I know a guy in Texas that will back me up on that! Here’s to Good Beers!