932-933. Two More from Spoetzl

Because my dad had a specific itinerary in mind, I got an early start (made earlier by my flight's three hour delay) to catch my flight from Austin to San Francisco the day after Christmas. My dad has a knack for finding good, hole-in-the-wall, Mexican restaurants, and he wanted to share his newest discovery, Taqueria Tres Magueyes in Temple. After lunch we drove to Green's Sausage house in Zabcikville for Kolaches for dessert, and for beer for me. There were two new Shiner beers that I hadn't had before so I tried them. The second was purchased for me by a couple who were impressed that I'd had so many different beers.

932. Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery
Alcohol: 5.00%
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: Munich Helles Lager, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.5 | Smell: 4.0 | Taste: 3.5 | Mouthfeel: 4.0 | Drinkability: 4.5

Overall: 3.7

Pours a clear, bright golden. A one finger, white head quickly fades to a patchy film. Light bready malts, and a spicy, leafy hop character in the aroma.

Clean and crisp. Light, slightly grainy malts are followed by an herbal, peppery hop character that imparts a subtle hop bitterness to the finish. Its light body and vigorous carbonation give the beer a refreshing quality, while a bit of dryness from the hops keeps you drinking.

Overall a pretty good lager, light and refreshing, but far from bland.

933. Shiner Spezial Leicht

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery
Alcohol: ?
Serving: Bottle, 12 oz.
Style: American Adjunct Lager, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance: 3.0 | Smell: 2.0 | Taste: 1.5 | Mouthfeel: 3.0| Drinkability: 3.0


This is Shiner's dumbed-down light beer for people who don't like pesky things like flavors to get in the way of their drinking.

Pours a clear, pale, straw color. A thin, fizzy, white head fades to a wispy film. The aroma is very light: slight malts and a faint bit of hops.

Light sweetness throughout, but not much else. There's a mild grassiness in the finish, shich is the only hint of flavor in this beer. A good dose of carbonation prevents this from being too watery.

Easy to drink, but why would you want too?

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