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Day #63 – Shiner Old-Time Alt

March 5, 2011

Well as soon as it began, Shiner Week is coming to a close.  It was a nice stroll down memory lane, but I quickly realized it was a past viewed through rose-tinted lenses.  Some of the beers were fairly disappointing, yet some were just as I remembered and very quaffable.  (It’s a real word.  Look it up!)  I saved one of the Shiner beers for today that I am *hoping* will be a solid beer to end on.  It’s a new style regardless so that in itself is always cool.  It always enjoy adding new links to my beer styles page.  I may do another week devoted to a brewery again sometime….but not in the near future.

Shiner Old-Time Alt

Shiner Old-Time Alt was released just a few months ago in their Brewer’s Pride series.  This series is supposed to be a small batch offering of a rotating style.  This beer is classified as an Altbier, which is a well hopped and malty lager that originated in the Germanic areas.  “Alt” is the German word for “old” and is basically their easy-drinking ale that can be drank several in succession.

This beer pours a very attractive clear copper orange color with a nice white frothy head.  This is pretty clear but it is certainly attractive to look at.

The aroma is sweet malts and caramel grains.  Nice gentle aroma without any notes of corn!!!  This small batch must have been brewed with REAL ingredients and what a difference it makes!  2 for 2 so far Shiner.

The flavor is slightly bitter upfront, with bitter bready grains and semi-sweet malts.  The finish is a bit dry with a lingering touch of bready malts.  Hell yeah.

Maybe this isn’t the best beer I’ve ever had, but after the week I just experienced I am very very pleased with this.  Either way, it’s a shame that this is a limited-release small batch that is only available in the Shiner Family Reunion mix pack.  I’m going to enjoy every bit of this glass tonight.

Prosit!

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