Day 60 and I’m still trying to make up for the debacle of a beer on Monday. Sorry Shiner, but that one just plain sucked. On the other hand, I have a beer planned for today to continue on with my WEEK OF SHINER that is probably the best offering they have! Hooray beer!
Shiner 97 Bohemian Black Lager
This beer (affectionately referred to by the locals as “Shiner Black”) was the anniversary beer for their 97th year in business. We liked it so much that they decided to make it a year round offering. I’m thankful for that!
This beer is classified as a Schwarzbier, which is basically a black lager. All the smoothness that a lager has to offer with the tasty girth of a heavily malted beer. It rings in at 4.9% which reminds me of another interesting point. In Texas, if a beer is 4.9% or less it is labeled as “beer”. If it is 5% or higher, it is labeled as “ale” and falls into a higher tax bracket. So, even if a brewery releases a LAGER at 5%, it still has to stupidly be fitted with the label, ALE…….which is RIDICULOUS! Figure it out Texas, seriously.
Ok enough rant. On to the beer…
This beer pours a very dark brown color that almost touches on black, that shows a small bit of reddish color with held to the light. The head response can be seen quickly and stands tall with a light beige color. Appears quite foamy.
The aroma is fairly grainy with a heavily roasted nose. Lots of malts in this. Not much sweetness but there is a definite burnt/toasted characteristic.
Flavor is roasted nuts and malts, with a bready-toast bit and light smoke. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for it appearance, but it has enough smokiness to keep things interesting. This is very drinkable and tasty; one of the nicer offerings from Shiner indeed.