The quickest way I have found to see what the spider sees is by using a good text browser such as Lynx. It is available for most OS platforms. You can also use Sim Spider tool [webdevstore.com]. It shows your text, links, and meta.
So while I do not have any suggestions to answer the immediate question, I am a bit leary of the old assumption that what Lynx sees is what Googlebot sees. The same, obviously, applies to bot simulators.