Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
2.1/5 rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a light straw color. The head is a typical-looking one finger white shade. It seems to retain itself more strongly than others in the style, which isn't saying much.
S: Unfortunately, it's not far off (at all) from a typical adjunct lager here. Notes of corn and cooked veggies emanate from the aroma. These notes aren't as strong as they are in, say, Bud; if they had a healthy backing of hops behind them I could easily view this as a pre-pro pils and be done with it - alas, it's not the case. Meh.
T: Flavors are as straightforward as they can be - some sweet cream and a touch of corn. No cooked veggies from the aroma are here, thankfully. If this does anything right, it's the fact that the adjunct notes here aren't as off-putting like they'd be in a typical BMC product. Actually, my main problem here stems back to what I said about the aroma: where are the hops? The malt backbone is perfectly acceptable for the style, but without any balancing hops, it's simply too sweet.
M: Typical of a lager, it's light and easy to drink. But it finishes too sweetly, and as such, isn't as quaffable as it could be.
O: This seriously needs more hoppiness to it. What's sad is that this missing feature is all that stands between Shiner Blonde being just another crappy AAL (which it is) and a wholly solid pre-pro pils. A shame, really.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2013 20:10:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
2.99/5 rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
This is another decent, fairly enjoyable but basic Shiner beer that is not remotely close to their best in my book but is definitely better than the characterless Shiner Bock. In the end, it is a light, standard but reasaonbly good basic American pale lager.
Very pale gold, it has a small white head soon thinning to thin ring, no wisps or lace.
Aroma is slightly soapy perfumy apple, grain, hint of grass - standard basic pale lager but nice.
Taste is similar, grain, apple peels, grass, hint of 7-up, dryish mineral water throughout, faint sweetness amd bitterness lingering with grassy element, lingering hint of grain.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 01:44:18 | More by Offa
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.