Friday, August 31, 2012

Shiner Oktoberfest

Shiner Oktoberfest

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, Texas USA

Märzen / Oktoberfest

5.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
Here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070), we’re suckers for tradition. Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops. It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrate with. So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.

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

I stopped in State Line Liquors the other day and noticed all the fall seasonals that are coming in. A six pack of Tumbler and a few other singles jumped into the cart. So it looks like the next few reviews will be some fall seasonal beers.

The beer pours a clear amber with orange hues and an off white head.

The nose is very pleasant with sweet caramel malt aromas and citrus notes.

Not a bad first sip. Not impressive but still pretty good with nice German malt flavors.

The taste starts out with a touch of caramel malt sweetness on front followed by a cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. There is an additional carbonation release during the swallow that adds a refreshing aspect to the experience. The finish is modest for an Oktoberfest but very present with light caramel malt flavors a touch of floral hops and a nice earthy almost nutty note. The final aftertaste is just a hint of caramel malts.

This is not the most flavorful Oktoberfest but is has all the right stuff.

B- | Shiner Oktoberfest is a nice Oktoberfest, fairly light and refreshing with nice German Malt flavors with an earthy caramel malt finish.

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