Shiner Old-Time Alt - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 15
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: nickfl on 12-23-2010

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Reviews by brewemstrong:
Photo of brewemstrong
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light amber with a one finger, creamy, off white head that appears to lace well. Lots of carbonation even minutes after the pour. This almost has the appearance of a dark cider

S: Toasty malt, caramel and an unexpected alcohol note. Hops are mild but certainly there.

T: Mostly malt, it's fairly smooth but has a light body. Nut flavor holds the middle together and bittering hops finish. Not too much complexity

M: Light bodied and slightly creamy, this is an easy drink. The finish is dry and to the point. The carbonation helps the finish

O: Again, this isn't a complex beer but it's a good selection. Straightforward malt and hop combo

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
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....

Photo of aval89
3.47/5  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.

Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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!

Photo of zaphodchak
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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...

Photo of russpowell
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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

Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of negroobserver
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Old Time JALT

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.


Photo of EagleTalon
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick buff head and clear copper color. Aroma presents a sweet, spicy hop nose with Munich malt and hint of English toffee (or seems like it). Flavor is perfectly balanced with hop bitterness, malt sweetness, noble hop flavors, warm, toasty, biscuity finish. Medium co2 and light mouthfeel that feels a bit sugary. Overall, very good selection from TX.

Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark honey color with a big frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing behind.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of raisins and dried fruit.

T: Toasted malt flavor up front with a dry slightly bitter finish. Spot on.

O: This is probably my favorite offering from Spoetzl to date. Everything fits just right with this one.

Photo of Bung
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Light amber/orange pour. Finger of white head, actually retains pretty well.

Aroma, Just about non-existent. A little caramelly malt, some hay, and light grain.

Taste, some pale malt and herbal hops. A little grainy, but not too bad. A little bread in the middle. Finish just a faint bit of hops.

Lively, easy drinking thinner bodied brew. Maybe a tad watery, but comparable to the others I've had in the style.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a Stange/Altbier glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly toasted malt, along with some caramel and hops. The aroma is nice, but it's also weak. The brew tastes just like the aroma (but stronger), it's mostly toasted malt but also some caramel and hops are noticable. There's a nice lingering bitter grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it sure goes down easy enough. I thought this brew was a pleasant surprise, I liked it.

Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to finally see something from Shiner on the shelf that's not the Bock. This pours a copper to amber color with plenty of carbonation and ample white head. Good head retention. Aroma is nice and malty with lots of caramel sweetness. Hops are well-hidden. A very drinkable beer - smooth, toasted malts; sweet but with a nice touch of bitterness. A solid, well-balanced beer. Shiner should sell this one in its own six pack.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review # 61
Served On: 9/11/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Another one from the 2011 Shiner Family Reunion mixed 6 pack. Also I believe this is a limited offering.

Look: Poured an amber color with random carbonation bubbles rising. Head was a 1 finger kaki color. Head retention was not great as it reduced to a thin coating rather quickly. This is a trait I’ve noticed with most of Shiner’s beers.

Smell: Biscuity dark fruits. Some clean spicy hop notes and a roasted malt in the background.

Taste: Initial dark fruits like plum or raisin. Roasted malts kicked in somewhere in the middle. A fresh hop bitterness made the finish with roasted and biscuity malts in the aftertaste. I started to get some booze towards the end as the beer warmed up.

Overall this was a basic Altbier. It had all the notes that I was expecting. As usual, it was a very drinkable beer with a freshness that is characteristic to all Shiner offerings.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, copper, ruby in color. Head was light tan/yellow, about a finger. No lace.

S - Malty, fruity nose with some nice herbal hop notes.

T - Malty, fruity, tangy with an herbal, spicy hop bite/finish.

M - Crisp, clean finish, light in body, with a slightly effervescent-like carbonation profile.

D/O - Drinkability is pretty easy, and its a decent Altbier. It's worry a revisit while it's around, but I likely won't.

Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel Kolsch stange glass.

A very large bubbled head is made off white and faint tan in color. Sitting on a nice copper amber brown body, crystal clear with lots of cola sized bubbles on the glass. Head manages some retention and there is also some tiny rising carbonation in the middle.

Nose is a light bread malt, small touch of honey. Fairly simple but good and solid.

Taste is fairly interesting. At first mid palate doesn't present much malt tones, and it's slightly wet and watery. Sweetness comes out with a little brown sugar, but then a real nice baked bread as well. Slightly spicy too.

Kind of an interesting Alt, almost "refreshing", in a sense. This one's pretty good from this brewery considering the rest of their lineup. I'd probably choose a different altbier though if I had the choice.

Photo of kkoz
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: It’s clear, and copper brown in color, with plenty of carbonation. There’s a decent, very creamy, cream-colored head on it, which left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank the beer. It’s got a good, caramelly, and slightly bready, Oktoberfest-like aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, with a little bit of creaminess in the mouth feel, and a tinge of carbonation upfront. There were some nice bready and caramel malt like flavors in the middle, complemented by the creaminess. It finished very clean and light with a hint of bitterness masked by the caramel malt flavor.

Food Pairing: I would definitely have this with a thick, juicy burger, because of the bready and caramel flavors, but it would also go nicely with wienerschnitzel or other heavy German dish as it would add to the flavorfulness, but would also help to wash it down.

Overall Impression: I found this be be very drinkable, even in this summer heat. However, I think I would enjoy this a whole lot more in the fall, as I really enjoyed the bready and caramel malt flavors. This one only comes a single beer at a time in the Shiner mixed six pack, so put this one in the fridge and save it for a nice October evening.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Old-Time Alt has a medium, off-white head and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is mild, and is of toasted, sweet barley malt. Taste is likewise of barley and toast, with some mild sweetness. Hop bitterness is subdued. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shiner Old-Time Alt finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. I recommend it!


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Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
82 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.