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Shiner Old-Time Alt - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

174 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nickfl on 12-23-2010)
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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Decent amber color, minimal head and lacing.

S: Kinda hard to place, my best guess is some sort of herbal aroma that I can't figure out.

T: Pretty generic. Tastes a bit malty with some bland herbal taste mixed in.

M: Very thin, a bit overcarbonated.

D: Hard for me to drink - the herbal taste/smell is almost medicinal and I felt it was overcarbed too. Despite being very thin and low ABV I didn't find it particularly drinkable.

Dope, May 19, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deep bronze color with a very well defined sticky one finger white head,just a nice pour.Toast and caramel in the nose,its a bit warming in its toast.Again toasty with caramel/biscuit malt flavors,the hops are subdued lending a light smack of herb in the finish.A solid alt beer,it might be a little light in the hops but the warm toastiness makes up for it.

oberon, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +9.9%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Old-Time Alt beer 4.2% alcohol poured for 12oz. glass to a Spaten Strange.

A- Pours a amber- brown fluid with a light tan half inch head that lingers the whole beer. Lacing is patchy and consistant.

S- Rich caramel malts upfront with a slight hint of earthy yeast in the back of the nose.

T-M- Sweet caramel and chocolate flavored malts upfront with mildly bitter citrus and grassy hops following. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium high carbonation dancing on the buds leaving a sweet malty film on the tongue.

Great Alt beer from Shiner! Cheers!

wesbrownyeah, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Bubbly, patchy lacing has a nearly epic quality to it, and with a stunning, clear amber color, this brew ends up being a looker. Hints of caramel, taffy and spicy hops in the aroma. Oily hop feel and flavor; the solid medium body heavily brushes the palate with a smoothness. Bready maltiness flexes a bit; faintness of caramel and biscuit. Balance from the hops is sufficient, but the flavor just adds a greater quality to this brew. Clean, drinkable and interesting at that, as our palates continue to tell us that we would be able to quaff this beer all night long.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +9.9%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jjfoodie and yelof77 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, grain and nuts. Decent, but not too exciting. The flavor is toffee and nuts with a grassy hop character. There are no objectionable aspects in the flavor, but there is also nothing exciting or complex. Completely average. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Another new beer from Shiner that is decent, but nothing really worth seeking out. Still, it is a lot better than a lot of the other year-round beers made by Spoetzel.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of dacrza1
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: interesting marriage of roasted malts and flowering yeasts; almost perfumy esters are released at the pour... Appearance: thin off-white head that sits on a burnt orange body; tracings are negligable.... Palate: edium-bodieed; a bit crunchy as an ale would present, but also finishes at the throat... Taste: more hops than malts, but the malts show up late--not a big-tasting ale at all... Overall: Alts are always an odd tweener--thee hybrid linebacker of the beer world--and this one is representative, with an Oktoberfest/Munchen flavor and a freshness that throws some ale weight into it....

dacrza1, May 20, 2012
Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

javlin624, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of aval89
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: copper color with clear body.. half finger of slightly off white head.. some active carbonation..

s: wow, salt water taffy is initially what i get... sweet malts pretty much.. some caramel.

t: upfront i get a slight hop bitterness & toasty malts.. middle of the tongue is sweet with caramel/toffee maltiness.. backend has some cereal grain.. finish is a bit spicy with more toasty malts.. also a bit of earthiness..

mf: light to medium body with good carbonation.. semi dry finish

o: a very well balanced brew.. hop & malt bill make for a good session brew.

aval89, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells of sweet malt with a very light hop aroma. Taste is malty but with a welcomed hop bitterness in the finish. Moderately carbonated and light to medium bodied.

Rather weak flavor profile and a little thin. Nothing really stands out here.

tdm168, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Old-Time Alt is quite appropriate coming out of the old Spoetzl brewery down in Texas. Kosmos would be proud!

It's got the traditional dark-copper colored body and a short head of off-white foam. The head retention could be better, and the lacing is limited to minor spots and streaks, but it's still a good looking glass of ale.

The nose is clean, and it offers a nice combination of darkly-caramelish malt and spicy, grassy, and almost minty hops. It's fresh and welcoming.

The flavor follows suit, and you find a bit of yeasty character to it, but not the clear fruitiness of some of the better examples from Dusseldorf. Still, it's nicely rounded, and it's got a pretty good amount of malt and hop flavor to it. A solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes drying with some residual malt, and then hops, in the lingering finish.

It's a solid offering, and a solid beer coming out of a brewery that produces a lot of fairly mainstream products. They've been trying to produce some more interesting and flavorful beers recently and this one certainly fits the bill. Prosit!

NeroFiddled, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2.5 fingers of foamy off-white head over a reddish-amber body. Laces pretty well.

Nose is grainy, slightly corny... not an 'alt' smell.

Taste is mild, hops and malt in a balance... tastes more British than German, to be frank. In that sense, tastes like an ale, but there's some faint acrid taste that keeps this alt from hitting home.

Mouthfeel has some out-of place harsh carbonation... without which it would just be watery. A no-go.

This might qualify as a slightly hoppy British style, but I'm not buying the 'alt', and I'm not sold on it on the whole. Not bad, but not good either.

zaphodchak, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of JohnFatAss
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Time Alt was part of the Shiner family reunion six pack and is by far the best of the six.

It pours a gorgeous copper color, formed a big head and left some lacing on the sides of my pint glass.

It has a sweet malty taste with almost no bitterness. This beer did not have the weird card board taste some of the other shiners had.

I hope this becomes a regular offering from Shiner. I would buy this all the time.

JohnFatAss, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of jheezee
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jheezee, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish-orange, with a decent head that stuck around for a bit then left some nice lacing and a thin frothy layer as it dissipated. Bit of toffee on the nose along with a faint hop aroma. More of the same on the palate, this beer has pretty distinct front, mid and finish, with nice hop bitterness bringing up the rear. The carbonation is nice and creamy, I really like the mouthfeel. A beer that goes down easy, but has enough going on to keep you interested even after having a couple. Also, this is the first Alt I have had in a really long time, and right now I am wondering why that is...

BeerAmbassador, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes& cornyness, not much else

T: Cereal & caramel notes up front, a touch of cornyness, some herbal & metallic hops lurking in the background. Dryness & crackery notes as this warms, just a whisper of caramel & metallic notes. Finishes dry & crisp with leady & herbal hop bitterness

MF: Light/medium bodied, overcarbonated

This isn't a horrible beer, but my first batch homebrewed alt I made back in 94 was as good as or better than this. This is a light hearted attempt at the style at best

russpowell, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a tawny amber, fairly clear. With an aggressive pour, yields a massive head. Very nice. Sudsy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated as far as I can tell. Nice looking brew.

S - sweet bready malt dominates on the nose followed by with some floral and fruity aromas in there as well. Caramel maybe?

T - definitely strong malt flavored balanced w/ caramel and a bit of floralish hops on the finish. Very tasty.

M - medium bodied w/ moderate carbonation. A bit of dry feeling on the finish. Very nice.

O - overall, a very nice beer. This is my first foray into the altbier style, and if the rest can measure up to this guy, I'll be back for more.

lawlerj, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

DOCRW, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Jeffy5050
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Jeffy5050, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
2/5  rDev -45.1%

DonDirkA, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Old Time JALT
04/12/2011

C: 4.0 - Nice medium brown/amber color. Pours with about two inches of white/linen colored head.

S: 4.0 - Sweet. Malty. Citrus undertones. Not a complex combination of aromas, but it is pleasant.

T: 2.5 - Light sourness. Flat and watery. Minimal flavor. It's refreshing, but becasue its essentially cold water, not because of the aromas and complexities in its nature. Quite a dull tasting beer.

M: 3.0 - The beer is pretty watery, but has some body.

D: 2.5 - It's pretty light and easy to drink, but the poor taste doesn't make me want to drink another. Good thing I only bought one.

OVERALL: C-

negroobserver, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of astebelton
4/5  rDev +9.9%

astebelton, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of hoppy91
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

hoppy91, Jul 21, 2014
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Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.