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Day #259 – Spaten Münchner Hell / München / Premium

September 18, 2011

Late post today because all last night I was at OKTOBERFEST!!! Every year the city of Addison, TX holds an Oktoberfest celebration and it is rated as one of the best in North America. After going last night, I certainly concur. There was plenty of German food, music, games and oh yes…lots of beer! Since I reviewed the Spaten Oktoberfest beer on Tuesday, I will feature their Premium Lager today.

Spaten Münchner Hell / München / Premium


This beer goes by 3 different names depending on what part of the world you are in. Mostly in DFW you will see the Premium variety. This beer is classified as a Helles which is a light lager. It has an ABV of 5.2%, and it comes with an awesome mug to go with it!

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a light white head. The head dissipated pretty quickly as you can see from the picture.

Aroma is pretty straightforward. Mainly dry notes of grains and malts, with a light sweetness.

The flavor is much of the same out of the nose. Malts, grains and quite bready. It finishes lightly bitter but very refreshing. This is something I could drink on all night, but I only had one and then went to the Oktoberfest variety from Spaten. It was a fun night and I will certainly be going back!




Day #113 – Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager

April 24, 2011

Reviewing this beer on the road today. I am LIVE from the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington watching the Rangers play the Kansas City Royals. They have a pretty good record so far and hopefully they will keep it up!


Rahr & Sons Blonde Lager

I am quite the baseball fan and have grown up with the Rangers. I remember my mom pulling me out of school to go to opening day every year, and the most memorable was when their current ballpark opened in 1994. I’ve been hooked ever since. I was lucky to stumble upon this lovely beer stand called “Beers of Texas” and how could I pass that up?


I found plenty of great Texas beer available and a Rahr beer that I have yet to review! And what better time to review a Texas beer than under the Texas sky in the Rangers Ballpark? Let’s do this.


Rahr Blonde is classified as a Helles Lager which is in the pale lager family but has a little more “oomph” to it. Alcohol is at 4.6%. Sorry, no sweet glassware today. They served it in this dinky plastic cup. Whatever.

The appearance is a clear golden color with absolutely no head. Seriously I had to sip the cup before I could even pick it up. I KNOW this beer usually has a tall white head, it just wasn’t poured that way today.

The aroma is lots of grain. Grain and bread with some sweet malts. Light floral notes.

Flavor is sweet bread and fresh grain. It has the usual Rahr floral notes which I am now convinced are due to the house yeast strain they use. Very refreshing altogether. Just wish I didn’t pay $9 for a tall glass.


Cheers anyway! Oh and go Rangers!!


Day #109 – Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder

April 20, 2011

Another new style today and yes….another Shiner. I promise I’ll be nice!

Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder


This is the new spring seasonal from Shiner. It is classified as a Dortmunder which is in the pale lager family. This style happens to be slightly stronger than a regular pale lager, (this one is 5.5%. First beer above 5 I’ve reviewed from Shiner) and should be fairly malty. This beer is also a relabel. Shiner first released this beer about 2 years ago under the name Shiner Frost. They relabeled it and made it their spring seasonal so I guess it did fairly well. Here’s an old picture I took of the Frost bottle:

This beer pours a very clear golden hue with a nice white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into the beer, but I snapped the picture at just the right time! And yes, that is a Texas flag in the background.

The aroma is fairly fresh and crisp. Lots of malts and pilsener grains on the nose with maybe a hint of corn. Not too bad.

Flavor is grainy and bready. Smooth tasting with a bit of bitterness on the finish. Drink it fast though as warmth does not do this beer any favors.  This is fairly refreshing and would go down well if I was parched. That’ll do Shiner….that’ll do.