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Day #240 – Shiner Oktoberfest

August 29, 2011

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Well it’s about that time of year. We will now start to see the emergence of every brewery’s version of the Oktoberfest beer. Oktoberfest if you don’t remember is a 16-18 day festival held in Munich, Germany in celebration of everything Bavarian. It starts in late September and runs through the first week of October. I will plan on having at least 1 week dedicated to the Oktoberfest/Märzen style of beer at some point. Today is merely a preview.

Shiner Oktoberfest

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(Sorry, really bad lighting. I’ll try to find a better one.)

Beginning in their 96th year of production, Spoetzl Brewing decided to release 1 special anniversary beer every year as they geared up for 100. Their first one was Shiner 96 and was a Märzen beer. It was shortly thereafter retired as Shiner 97 grew massively in popularity. No one thought we would ever see the likes of the 96 again. Then out of the blue last year, Shiner releases a press statement saying they have plans to come out with a Shiner Oktoberfest and they will be using the 96 recipe! How cool is that?!? Now I finally got to try it! That was last year and it is time for Shiner Oktoberfest once again. ABV 5.7%.

Rusty orange appearance with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Light aroma of caramel malts, and autumn spice. There is a little something here, but it honestly seems a tad bit watery.

Flavor also has a bit of the same spice with a slightly old/bitter after-taste. Finish is the big drawback here. Kinda buttery. Very watery also as the flavor is super lacking. Man, disappointment.

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Cheers!

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