Saturday, April 11, 2009

Spaten Optimator

Ever play the game Connect 4? I'm sure you have. Since last Christmas, we've had the game here too. (Pretty sneaky, sis!)

But with the intended recipient, my almost 7 year old, the game has lost its luster. I must've beaten him 100 times in a row, but how do you lose on purpose? I just don't know. For the past month or more, my 2 year old has started playing. Playing meaning he puts all the chips in the game, then empties it and starts over. Lately, a little 3 year old from down the block has been coming over to play that with him. And this afternoon was hilarious. They were arguing over who was red and who was black, but finally the little black kid got his way. "I'm black! I'm black!" And my son, "OK, you're black!" What a gem these color-blind kids are.

It's strange but this is my first German beer, at least that I can remember. (Actually, it's my second, upon looking. St. Pauli Girl Lager was the first. Not sure how I forgot those boobs). I am talking about the Spaten Optimator, of course, brewed by Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu (Spaten-Bräu) in Munich, Germany.

This beer has a sweet and malty aroma. Instant maple syrup and molasses flavors, with a slight hint of toffee and chocolate as well. Those flavors are prominent and blend nicely with the 7.2% alcohol content. The alcohol flavors do evolve on your palate after a few seconds. I can also taste a slight roasted nut flavoring. All of these sleights prove to combine into a deceptively beautiful beer. Overall, I'd like to have seen some better carbonation and something to counterbalance the massive sweetness. But a great beer and I can see why it has an awesome reputation and is often listed as a favorite by many people.

Connect Four


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Unknown said...

I am drinking a Spaten Optimator as we speak (#4 actually) and I am really enjoying it as well. Your connect four story was great.

Beer Drinker Rob said...

Hey Colleen. Four is definitely better than one of this beer. Really nice beer.

I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks for stopping by.