I’m back, b*tches! Many, many things have happened since our little pause in posting, including the start of football, most of summer and just about all of Autumn – hell, even Thanksgiving has almost passed, and OccupyEverything; however, something’s never change such as the fact our economy is yet again on the verge of collapse thanks to the refusal of Elephants and Donkeys to compromise…
Thankfully, it appears that J Street writers have awaken from a beer-induced slumber/haze and are back to bloggin. Frankly, it’s been entirely too freakin’ long since I posted anything here; I almost forgot what we were doing and how we reviewed beer, but Pyzocha reminded me that I had this left over. So apologies for the delay (so much so that while it was available in the District, it’s not anymore), but here is my review of… Shiner Oktoberfest (seems fitting and a nice way to ease back into the show…)
The beer pours a nice bubbly off white head with orange/brown/bronze color and lots of visible bubbles. It doesn’t seem anything special, but sometimes that’s ok or preferred to something smelling awful…
The beer gives off a nice smell of mild malt sweetness, which makes me think of a sweet lager/pilsner.
As for the taste, it’s about what I’d expect – nothing special, although there is a slight sweetness as it is swallowed with hints of Shiner Bock.
The beer has a medium to light body with good carbonation but not quite that clean of a clearance.
On the grand scheme of things, this is not a terrible Shiner Seasonal/non-Bock beer (re: Shiner Summer). In fact, it’s pretty drinkable and seems to go with the season. That said, there are better Autumn/Oktoberfest beers around, but this one is definitely one of the more sessionable ones, so I wouldn’t put ‘meh’ and will go with ‘Good.’
— Shintern1909 (back in the saddle!)
That’s right, it’s time for a Shintern Shiner Review. To start off with, I’ll drink the… Shiner Bohemian Black Lager. (The Bock would have been unsurprising, and the Hef, which is starting to be widely distributed, is out of season and, if my memory serves me well, does not taste great — Blasphemy, I know.)
It might be equally surprising that I haven’t ever had this beer, as Shiner started distributing this and a handful of other varieties after I left Texas. More on those as they can be acquired.
The Shiner Black Lager label states that the beer was brewed to commemorate the Spoetzl Brewery’s 97th anniversary and “remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who started Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and select roasted malts make this ‘Schwarzbier.'”
Well, it does pour darker than Shiner Bock but is not black so much as a really dark crimson especially around the edges. The initial head is quite small and disappears until it is about three mm thick around the glass.
The aroma has a faint tinge of malt and bread.
The beer does not have a strong taste, but it does have a hint of smokiness and malt.
The body is on the lighter end as one would expect for a lager, and it does leave a filmy texture in your mouth.
Overall, I’m not blown away by this beer, but that’s not a big concern because I’ll just walk over to the fridge and help myself to the tried-and-true Shiner Bock.