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Shiner Old-Time Alt - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

178 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 13
Gots: 10 | 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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1.04/5  rDev -71.3%

Gacho5, Oct 17, 2014
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

DonDirkA, Dec 14, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

NonicPanic, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a red-orange colour with a small tannish head. The smell was fairly insignificant. It smelled a little hoppy and a bit like fruit pits. Very faint smell, though.
The taste was somewhat faint as well. It tasted like it smelled: like fruity hops, but very light in flavour. It was high in carbonation and light in body. Lighter than I was expecting this style of beer to be, anyway. I did not really enjoy it as a result.

ElCommodoro, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of claspada
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber body with a foaming, near white head.

Aromas are mildly nutty, biscuity with fleeting traces of spice and caramel.

The tastes begin with lightly nutty, lightly toasty malts with a hint of dry, stale biscuits in there as well. Lightly sweet with some slight caramel. Pretty watered-down in overall flavor profile to be honest. Lightly hopped, with light touches of spice and grassiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-plus carbonation. Crisp, drying, clean finish.

Overall this is a bit mild, as expected, but even more bland than I expected. I drank it down. Pass, next, much better around to offer esepcially in this category. Spend the extra few bucks for some quality.

claspada, Aug 15, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

tigrstylz, Jan 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

mwar, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of drpimento
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welll. Poured with a nice fine, foamy, off white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a lovely garnet amber. Aroma was weird: skunk and funk. Flavor was totally different: more bitter than sweet, earthy. Like the commercial description. Body is a tad on the thin side. Carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and rather long.

drpimento, Dec 29, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

kpowledge, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of gmfessen
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up in a mixer sixer from Shiner. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is clear medium golden color which looks similar to apple juice and an off-white soapy head. The nose is a mix of fruity malt and citrus notes. The taste is similar with sweet fruity maltiness intertwined with a citrusy hop presence; there is also an off putting bitter, buttery finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a creamy, inactive carbonation. Overall, not really impressive or remarkable, won't be searching this out in the future but wouldn't turn it down if someone gave it to me.

gmfessen, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of Dope
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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
Photo of russpowell
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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
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2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Copper gold color w/ an okay head at first and a nice big fine head on the second pour. Nice.
Sm. Not too much. Caramel at first and some veggie?
Ta. A bit of malt and caramel and slow developing bitterness for the finish. A little bit of sweetness in there, too.
Mf. Light and a bit frothy.
Dr. A decent beer; I would not object to another.

deaconoflove, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of negroobserver
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
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
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Shafaegalo, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

canders0927, Mar 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Rozyravens, Apr 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

zbooks, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Obtained this as part of Shiner's mixed six pack of small batch brews. Pours a clear amber-orange, with a 1" head that unevenly pillows down. Moderate carbonation dances to the surface.

Malty, with plenty of grassy grains, barley, and faint lemon. Frankly, rather unremarkable in smell.

Moderately sweet, with very low bitterness, with plenty of grassy/straw taste, some floral notes, ending a bit lemony. Essentially, it tastes like it smells.

Light bodies and easy drinking.

I'm not familiar with this style beer, so I have no idea if alt biers typically are this sweet. All I know is that this beer is not really for me. I mean, it was good enough for one, but I'm not going to be rushing out to by another.

TheHoppiest, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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
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3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A- Pours a transparent copper/orange color with a decently creamy head of two fingers. Retention is mediocre, but I'm surprised at that even.

S - Caramel, toast, cream, and bright floral notes. Interesting.

T - Cream and caramel open to lovely floral notes and pear. Finishes a bit bitter to nicely contrast the otherwise sweet body. Simple, but well executed.

M - Crisp and light. The light body can't transport the flavors where they should be.

D - This beer has actually given me some hope for the brewery. It's nothing special, but it's an easy drinking beer I'd have again.

blakelive784, Dec 24, 2011
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Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.