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Shiner Old-Time Alt - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 7 | 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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khargro2

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-11-2012 20:45:39 | More by khargro2
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Final bottle from my Shiner variety six pack adventure.

Pours out a transparent amber with reddish tinges around the edges of the glass when held up to the light. Head is nice and tall, two fingers almost, leaving behind medium levels of lacing. Smells of nice caramel and toffee notes, with an herbal hopping accent as well. Flavor leans more on spice hops than herbal characteristics, however...all on top of a nice smooth sweet toffee malt with well rounded character and medium body.

By far, this was the clear winner from the variety six pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:46:28 | More by WastingFreetime
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ABVerageJoe

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light-copper body with a tiny white head. Tiny bubbles both in the head and in the medium-light lacing.

S - Smelled malty with a little bit of caramel, old McDonalds fries; a weird but familiar smell.

T - Tasted great. Like a German dark beer should, reminded me of Celebrator but not as delicious or thick or flavorful. Tasted toasty brown sugar flavors, very clean and sweet, but not sticky.

M - Clean, dry, sweet with a light-medium body and it was very smooth and drinkable.

O - Delicious! My favorite from Shiner so far. At only $7 for the family reunion six-pack it's a steal to boot. I would love to drink more of this beer, a great one.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 23:03:14 | More by ABVerageJoe
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Cuttooth

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ABVerageJoe for this one. From the Shiner family six pack.

Pours a copper color. Nice looking beer.

Smells toasty. Solid combination of malts and hops.

The taste is where it gets interesting. Malts, hops and caramel, maybe some brown sugar in there.

Very smooth. Good drinkability.

This one was a pleasant surprise, didn't expect to taste as good as it did, especially after the weakish smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 22:52:57 | More by Cuttooth
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TexAggie011

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-09-2012 16:09:30 | More by TexAggie011
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beergoot

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presents a clear, amber body with light head. Not much head retention. Light toasted malt nose. Medium body with a tad too much carbonation. Subtle bitter aftertaste.

A fair but undistinguished beer. Maybe a hop presence and a bit more malt character would help with this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 22:52:42 | More by beergoot
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Florida9

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, transparent copper in color. Forms a small off white head that quickly reduces down to nearly nothing. Some very light lacing.

S: Smells of caramel malts and toast.

T: Flavor is thin caramel malts, some breadiness, and a little toast. There are some faint earthy/spicy hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel that almost feels out of place. Carbonation that is slightly on the lower side. Very mild bitterness.

O: A good Alt, easily drinkable, well balanced. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 01:08:04 | More by Florida9
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NoBeerLeftBehind

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-05-2012 22:30:19 | More by NoBeerLeftBehind
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negroobserver

New York

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-

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 04:58:43 | More by negroobserver
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klmcmachen

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-03-2012 22:50:52 | More by klmcmachen
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TheBishopco

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-03-2012 07:42:26 | More by TheBishopco
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A real pretty looking beer with a clear golden amber and a half inch of creamy white head that lingers for a while and sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S - Light grassy hops, sweet caramels, and a touch of graininess.

T - Very grainy and herbal at first but it does make way to some pretty smooth caramel malts. The graininess helps the beer from being too sweet or cloying but it could use a bit more balance and sweetness.

M - Not bad for a shiner a light to medium body makes it easy to drink.

Overall nothing I would actually seek out again but not very off putting to not enjoy my last couple. Pretty decent altbier.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:51:00 | More by DrDemento456
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plasma

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2012 19:20:11 | More by plasma
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-31-2011 21:17:26 | More by muddyh2oblues
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%

12-31-2011 20:56:27 | More by zbooks
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y2jrock60

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange, almost copper like, with a small white head that left behind moderate lacing.

S- Very sweet and caramely with hints of roasted malt and earthy hops at the finish.

T- Somewhat dry upfront with a mild bitterness that fades into an oily creamy sweetness which then gives way to a mild earthy hop lingering bitterness. There's a large presence of caramel in the middle which tastes wonderful. There's a roasted profile in the aroma that fails to make an appearance on the tongue.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. It starts dry upfront then thickens into an oily sweetness.

D- Highly drinkable, this beer has a lot going for it.

This beer really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much from Spoetzl after trying their Shiner Bock. Shiner Bock is their signatures brew, but I guess you shouldn't base your assumptions of their others brews off of it. Their Hefeweizen really surprised me as well.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 07:01:48 | More by y2jrock60
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Shiner family reunion variety pack into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with a decent one finger head. Pretty good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is flowery hops along with caramel and toffee.

The taste is flower hops along with some caramel malt. Bitterness is moderate and lasts throughout. The caramel and toffee flavors really come out towards the finish.

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I am very pleased that Shiner has come out with this and if offered in six packs I would definitely buy.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:03:48 | More by rangerred
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-28-2011 01:12:04 | More by justinm4bama
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:39:36 | More by blakelive784
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Amp

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-22-2011 16:44:19 | More by Amp
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2 finger head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S. Yeast, some floral hop bitterness. Has some moderate caramel malt smell.

T. Caramel malt, some hops, and a weird off flavor, maybe best described as grassy or herbal. Not a whole lot of flavor.

M. Light bodied. Medium low carbonation. Finishes dry.

O. Interesting beer. Smell promises some hops, but flavor does not live up to anything very malty or hoppy. Really kind of strange herbal flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 01:55:38 | More by siradmiralnelson
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match1112

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a two finger off white head sits atop a clear copper colored body. the head slowly fades to a spotty cap leaving some nice lacing behind. smells of caramel malts, bread and biscuits, a little sweetfruit and some floral hops. taste is a nice bready malt with some hops to blend and balance. mouthfeel has a medium body feel with decent carbonation and a slight dry finish. overall this is my favorite from these guys, i knew they could do it!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 14:47:15 | More by match1112
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DonDirkA

Arizona

2/5  rDev -45.1%

12-14-2011 03:10:01 | More by DonDirkA
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ROGUE16

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-08-2011 20:05:15 | More by ROGUE16
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Jwren5

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-01-2011 03:17:56 | More by Jwren5
Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.