Posts Tagged ‘Shiner’


Day #305 – Shiner Holiday Cheer

November 2, 2011

Another holiday beer today!

Shiner Holiday Cheer


This beer is from Shiner Brewing and is their holiday fruit beer. It is brewed with peaches and pecans and other spices. ABV 5.4%.

This beer pours a clear orangish red color with a foamy white head.

The aroma is very intense peaches! Lots of peaches and some winter spices on the nose.

Flavor is lots of peaches as well. The pecan isn’t as large as I thought it might be and finishes a bit dry. Perhaps some ginger in this too? Hmm, interesting.


Holiday Cheers!


Day #240 – Shiner Oktoberfest

August 29, 2011


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

(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.




Day #168 – Shiner Ruby Redbird

June 18, 2011

Today is going to be a great day. It’s a beautiful day outside (albeit hot) and tonight is the start of Drum Corps season! For those of you that do not know, Drum Corps International is an organization made up of several drum corps. These drum corps can have up to 150 members that either play a brass or percussion instrument, or are members of the color guard. Each group travels around the country during the summer months and competes with other groups like them. At the end of the season all the corps compete in the World Championships. I was a member of the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps for 2 seasons in 2005 and 2006. In 2006 we won the world championship and it was one of the most fantastic experiences of my life! Today is the opening show of the season and they are holding it less than a mile from my house! In honor of drum corps season and summer officially arriving, I present a summer beer.

Shiner Ruby Redbird


I have tried this beer numerous times already in both bottles and on tap, and it seems to be a “love it or hate it” kind of beer. After speaking with several individuals who enjoy it, the common thread seems to be that this beer would best be enjoyed outside on a scorching hot day. As it is currently 104 degrees outside my apartment I think today qualifies as a ripe opportunity to try this beer!

The Ruby Redbird is Shiner’s new summer seasonal and it is said to have been brewed with real Texas grapefruit and ginger. ABV is 4.2%.

Outside I go to pour this beer and it looks quite nice lounging in the grass next to me. I pop the top and pour it into the glass. It has a slightly hazy yellowish orange color and if you notice in the picture, no head. That’s right no matter how hard I tried, the head on this beer fizzled up and out as fast as it could. It was almost laughable how quickly the head disappeared.

The aroma is lots of grapefruit, almost pungent so. There is also a fair amount of ginger sweetness giving this beer an almost floral nose.

The flavor is exactly like the nose. Lots of tart grapefruit and soft ginger. I hate to say it but this reminds me of hand soap. Almost like a detergent taste.

Ok so I have tried this numerous times and have not liked it any time, but I will admit when you are outside in 104 degree weather, your mind is on other things beside the taste of this beer. So if you are to drink this, I’d recommend sweating beforehand.


Go Green Machine!


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.




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.



Day #62 – Shiner Blonde

March 4, 2011

Well Shiner week is almost over, and I’ll be honest when I say it hasn’t turned out quite like I was hoping.  Several of these beers I haven’t tried in several years, and I’m noticing that as my palate changes and my knowledge of beer increases, several of the beers I used to love early on haven’t impressed me as much the second go-round.  Either way, I’ll still love Shiner no matter what.

Shiner Blonde

Shiner Blonde is classified as a Pilsener at 4.4%.  This one came out long before the horrendous Shiner Light Blonde which all but ruined my Monday night, so I’m hoping that this recipe will not offend me so.  It’s also my first Pilsener for my review which is way cool.  A Pilsener style is kind of a catch-all style for light, decently hopped lagers.  There are also German Pilseners and Bohemian Pilseners which make up most of the well known ones, which is why the Pilsener category is a bit odd.  Our beer tonight fits right in.

On we go!

This beer pours a very clear light golden color that touches on yellow.  It also has a fairly decent head response that billowed up and tumbled over the lip of the glass upon first pouring it.  It has a nice foamy white head that begins to dissipate not too long after the pour.

The aroma is fairly straight-forward.  Some peanutty-grains with a light light hoppy bite.  Altogether not too much going on but it’s also not offensive either.

The flavor is dry bready malts with some wheat grains.  Also some corny notes as well that remind me of a pale lager.  You know I’m trying so hard to find good things to say about this, but I guess the best thing I can say is that I also can’t find many bad things to say either.  It’s just kinda………there.



Day #61 – Shiner Kosmos Reserve

March 3, 2011

Kosmos Spoetzl was the first major brewmaster at Shiner way back in the early 1900’s.  With him he brought the brewing traditions and styles native to Bavaria and incorporated them into Shiner’s recipes and offerings.    He certainly shaped what the brewery was and what they would eventually become.  In 2009 Shiner released this beer in honor of him.  It is classified as a Premium Lager and has an ABV of 4.98%.  Remember what I said yesterday about Texas liquor laws?  Yeah.  Stupid law strikes again.

Shiner Kosmos Reserve

So I went a little crazy when pouring this beer, and held the bottle literally a foot above the glass, and the head went everywhere.  (Insert that’s what she said joke here) I can at least say that this beer has a decent head response!  It pours a clear, bright orange color with a tall foamy white head.

The aroma is a little watery and grainy, but what is there is fairly faint.  There are some corn elements also but it’s not too offensive.  The label said that this beer was “hop-jacked”.  Well I honestly couldn’t detect any hops until after the beer warmed up AND I read the label.  So there’s no telling whether I actually smelled hops or if it was implanted in my brain while I slept on a plane.

The flavor is very bready with lots of bitter grains.  It pushes to an increasingly bitter finish with some efforts of corn in the mix.  It also has a bit of a watery mouthfeel.  As it warms up there are more and more bitter, metallic notes.  I guess the bitterness comes from the hops?  Not impressed.  If there are hops in this they are hiding behind a kernel of corn.  Kosmos would be rolling over in his massive tomb filled with Bavarian hops after trying this.  At least I have an episode of Conan on my DVR to drink to!

Cheers to that!!!