Sunday, October 17, 2010
Day 290 Drink: Spaten Optimator
What can you say about a brewery that can trace its roots back to 1397? Plenty, since the brewery is one of the mainstays of the Munich brewing scene. The Spatt family gave the brewery its name when they took control in 1622. Spaten's fame was secured when, as the smallest brewery in Munich, Gabriel Sedlmayr, master brewer for the Bavarian Royal Court, acquired the brewery in 1807.
Spaten Optimator is a classic doppel bock. It pours a lovely amber brown color with a tan head and malty aroma. The 7.2 percent alcohol by volume brew has a nice roasted malt flavor with a delicious sweet finish. The beer is perfect for a chilly fall night.