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Old 03-28-2011, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Shiner Beer (Spoetzl Brewery)

I know they had a few bombs in the past, IE Smokehaus and Holiday Cheer, but latley they have been coming out with some good beers. I used to consider them the local non-BMC to buy at the gas station. Did they get a new brewmaster or something?

Some of the latest I have loved:

Dortmunder - Wow this one is really good. So good in fact I went to a block party a few weeks ago and met a guy that had his cooler full with it too. Amesome hop/malt balance.

Blonde Light - I know light is a curse word around here, but they came out with a light version of their Blonde. It is 99 calories and originally I bought it for the SWMBO, but couldnt stop drinking it mostly for drinkability with a good taste. Good non-BMC to consider when serving other non-beer enthusiasts.

Wheat 102 - Whoa what a mouthful of wheat flavor. Ive only had a six so far and still trying to process the experience.

Shiner 101 Czech Pilsner - Super drinkability and great aftertaste with the Saaz hops. These dont last long in my fridge.

Kosmos Reverve - This one isnt so new, but is a favorite when I can find it.

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Old 03-28-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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I don't know about them having a new brew master (other than the 2005 change), but Shiner was always one of my go-to beers when I lived in San Antonio. Of course, that was before I started brewing, but I still pick up a 6-er of Shiner Bock or Blonde (all I can get in Alaska) from time to time.

I basically subscribe to the theory that one should support their local brewers as much as possible (or YOURSELF!!!) so now I mostly live on Midnight Sun or one of the small local breweries. However, I do agree that Shiner is a great alternative for your BMC-loving company.

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I tried the 102 wheat and was not a fan

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Old 03-29-2011, 01:46 PM   #4
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what was the change in 2005?

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I just picked up their NEW one tonight. Shiner Ruby Redbird. It has ginger and grapefruit in it. I will let you guys know how it is tomorrow. My pallet has been shot by Saint Arnolds DR11 this evening.

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the Holiday Cheer is pretty roundly despised on here but I really love it. Dangerously good - its like a six pack of candy.

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I heard when the cheer first came out it was bad. I had some last year and the first half of the beer was all over the place, but then it kind of grew on me. I did not buy any more though.

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Is the Dortmunder the Shiner Frost from last year?

And I'm a huge fan of the Shiner 101. It's a go-to beer when I'm looking for something lighter.

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So, Ruby Redbird. . . . .

Hmmm . . . .

Sooo, I can't really taste the grapefruit. Its there, but not THERE. (If they had used a grapefruity hop, it would have came through more) The ginger is there for sure, but not over the top. More like a gingerale. Not a huge malt backbone. You could easily drink a 6 pack of these at a bar-b-q. While I am not complaining that I bought this, I am not sure if I will get them again. I just want more of the grapefruit . . . .

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Is the Dortmunder the Shiner Frost from last year?

And I'm a huge fan of the Shiner 101. It's a go-to beer when I'm looking for something lighter.
I dont think I had the Frost so i cant tell you. Frost says it was a dortmunder though. They are probably a bit different I would guess.

I cant drink the Ruby Red! Aghh on cholesterol medicine and that is the one thing I cant eat is grapefruit.
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