Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner Bock

Purchased From: Plumsted Buy-Rite Liquors
Serving Type: 12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured into a fluted glass

Shiner Bock is a Texas favorite and the pride of Shiner. The beer pours a deep chestnut brown with mild amber highlights. The moderately sized head has a light tan coloration and sports modest retention. The nose is musty with a slight nuttiness. Semi-sweet toasted caramel malts add a hint of sweetness. Overall, the nose is very dry and dusty.

The beer has a metallic lager-like foretaste with bubbly carbonation. Noble-type hops provide a mild Pilsner-esque flavor. Toasted malts on top of the basic lager frame add a hint of caramel sweetness and mild biscuity notes. The initially pronounced, but later fading woodiness gives the beer a truer bock feel. The finish is semi-sweet with a lingering dryness. Shiner Bock is a totally competent and enjoyable beer from the Lone Star state.

Final Verdict: B-

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