Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shiner Old-Time Alt




Shiner Old-Time Alt

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, Texas, USA

Altbier

4.20% ABV







Commercial Description:
The Shiner Brewing Association and original brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl began an old world brewing tradition that continues today in Shiner, Texas. This copper-colored, medium-to-full-bodied Dusseldorf-style alt features a balance of malt and hops, a long-lasting, creamy head, and a dry smooth finish. This small-batch brew is our first Brewer’s Pride selection, and we hope you savor every sip. Prosit!
(RateBeer.com)

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$7.00 6 pack

Background:
Kathy’s Uncle Jesse stopped by around Christmas time and gave me a 6 pack of Shiner beers. Most of which I have not had before so I’ve been saving them to review. I am finally getting around to them.

Review:
The beer pours a clear dark copper with a fairly rich white to off white head.

The nose is nice with caramel malt flavors and a touch of that classic Alt earthiness.

Hey, that was a pretty nice first sip.

The taste starts out with a touch of malt sweetness up front. That is followed by a cleansing effervesce over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. You can start to pick up that unique Alt earthiness toward the end of the swallow. The finish is nice with great caramel malt flavors and a touch of that Alt earthiness. There is just a slight lingering of the malt sweetness on the final aftertaste.

All and all this is a pretty good Alt. I am really enjoying this experience.

As this beer warms and opens up a little that unique earthiness becomes more pronounced.

Well, once again I have done more drinking than writing since the glass is empty.

This was a very nice but short experience. I don’t know if this Alt beer is available outside of this variety pack but it should be. I would buy a six pack of this one any day.

A- | Shiner Old-Time Alt is an excellent Altbier with great caramel malt flavors. smooth easy drinking mouthfeel followed by a great classic Alt finish with nice malt flavors and classic Altbier earthiness on the finishing notes. What a nice experience. 

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