Shiner Ryes & Shine - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tdm168 on 01-19-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Medium-bodied, dark brown lager brewed with rye malt and chocolate rye from Germany, caramel malt and three hop varieties.
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in snifter.

Poured a very dark brown color; clear with nice orange-ruby highlights. The off-white head is not very durable and lonly a few spots of lace are left on the glass. A thin ring endures quite a bit longer. Looks promising, but the aroma is very faint. The medium-dark roasted malts and some spice from the hops and/or rye are just barely detectable.

Taste: sweet and bitter are balanced; more flavor than the aroma suggests, but still by no means a strongly flavored beer. Nice level of spiciness from the hops and rye. The quality of flavor is very good, so the limited strength and brief aftertaste are disappointing.

M: Medium-light bodied; crisp feel from moderate+ carbonation and rye; nicely dry from mid-taste to the finish.

Overall: a pleasant surprise; probably the best I've had from this brewer, although that's faint praise.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Clear garnet

SMELL: Caramel, toasted bread, spicy rye, herbal tea, clean

TASTE: Smooth, creamy, clean, malty, mild caramel, toasted grain, spicy rye, modest hopping, semidry grainy finish

Hands-down one of the most quaffable rye beers to date. So why is Shiner not in all 50 states yet? Straight-up great beer with no frills, even though they are going out on a limb with the rye. Great to see where a lager can go.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden-brown color with a white head. The aroma is full of rye and a little bit of toffee malt -- about what I expected. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of rye and some toffee and bread from the malt, as well as a hint of orange citrus. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but definitely nothing to seek out.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a clear dark ruby brown with an off white head. Not very much visible carbonation. Head dissipates to a thin film in a minute or so leaving a few spots of lacing.

S: Bit of a sweet aroma with a bready aspect to it. Hints of dark fruit and also a moderate yeastiness. Light chocolate as it warms.

T: Solid flavor on this one. The chocolate malts come through nicely and add depth. Carmel sweetness is controlled and doesnt overpower. Great malt backbone.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Has a bit of a creamy aspect to it which is pleasant. Isnt overly sticky on the finish.

Overall I'm impressed with this one however am very biased toward rye beers. Comes through as a full flavored beer. Worth a try, just wish it came as a stand alone offer.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Shiner Family Tradition 12-pack. I split it with my brother-in-law on a recent trip to Texas.

I drank this one from the bottle while watching football. Some caramel, toffee, and chocolate can be smelled from the top of the bottle. The flavor is a balance of sweet and mildly spicy. The chocolate and caramel are strong and sweet up front followed by a smooth, mild spicy rye in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

For a Shiner beer this one is more complex, rich, and balanced than I have come to expect. The chocolate rye malt really is a great ingredient here. I wouldn’t mind having more of these, but I wouldn’t buy the family tradition 6- or 12-pack to get to it.

Photo of jtnelson40
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Bottle to mug, reddish brown color, light tan head that doesn't stay, leaves some lacing.

S- Fruit, sweet

T- Little bitter, metallic, spice

M- Medium bodied, goes down smooth

O- Not a bad beer, something different that I hadn't tried before. Got this in a reunion sixer, review from my notes. I would drink it again.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a thin white head and medium brown color. Crystal clear. Aroma is toasty malt, and a hint of brown sugar, cocoa and maple. Flavor is sweet grain oriented with nice toasty and nutty (pecans?) notes a nice carbonic bite at the end. Mouthfeel is light and slightly sticky. This is a unique brew that I really enjoy.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some rye. Taste is roasted malts, rye, a slight bitterness, decent but nothing special. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark & tawny amber leaning to light chestnut brown, bright and clear with big bubbles rising to a good-size cap of light khaki foam. Leaves some alright lacing.

S: A hint minty & spicy on lightly sweet and quite biscuity & doughy background. Some of the minty & spicy seems to be rye & some hops. A bit muted & soft, but nice overall.

T: Solid minty, earthy, & spicy rye. Plenty to be unmistakable, but not so much as to be one-dimensional. Background of doughy base with mildly caramel & sweet malts combining with some toasty grain. Moderate hops are a bit herbal but otherwise struggle to separate themselves from mint & spice of the rye.

M: Medium body with just barely slightly under-matched carbonation. Hint of chew and a nice broadly & slowly drying finish with just a touch of spicy bite. Works quite well for this beer.

D: Quite a tasty & easy drinking brew. Not super complex, nuanced, or robust – the focusis on the easy, approachable, drinkable nature. Nice to see a well-done rye beer in a gateway mix-pack. Very nice for the price point.

Photo of gtermi
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours a very nice dark copper with a pretty thin white head that quickly fades.

S: There is a bit caramel sweetness and a strong sense of malt. There is also a tiny bit of dark fruit that lingers.

T: There really is a lot of malt. As the beer lingers I get a lot of the same tastes as unhopped wort. Very sweet.

M: Shiner doesn't know how to make a smooth beer at all. There is just so much carbonation.

O: This is a pretty average beer. It has some good qualities, but also a lot of flaws. This beer just isn't for me

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a very thin head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel with hint of chocolate and rye bread.

The taste is of caramel with baker's chocolate. Sweet, but not sticky. A touch of rye gives it a minty aftertaste, especially as it progresses. Earthy, spicy hops come in in the finish to balance this malty brew.

Medium bodied and pretty, creamy, the soft to medium carbonation and malty smoothness makes it easy to drink.

Goes down easily enough, as a lager should. A nice altbier with a rye touch. It came in a mixed 6-pack or I would easily have had another!

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a variety six of Shiner pretty much out of curiosity, wanted to see what they could do as I had not had any of their beers. This one surprised me, pretty good looking beer but smell had me worried. But surprised me as it was tasty. Overall not a special beer but one I would enjoy again.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour a deep amber, almost black color with a small amount of pale white head.

The scent is of cocoa, bready malt, and roasted grains.

The taste is of roasted chocolate malt, toasted bread, and toated grains.

Light body, very creamy and smooth, very low carbonation.

This was an ok beer, even though there was a variety of flavor I thought it was a bit too light.

Photo of ronniebruner
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours relatively smooth, with a hint of foam and lace that sticks around. The aroma is of spice and earthy wooden barrels. The beer is a typical lager color and has a slight taste of the spice that you smell upon opening. HInts of barley are subtle and not overpowering. Slightly surprised by this beer, as Spoetzl, especially the Shiner line are up and comers.

Photo of constantine_272
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Brownish amber. Very clear. Off white foam that is continuously fed by extremely energetic carbonation.

S: Sweetness with honey, wheat bread and sunflower seeds. Mild almond nuttiness too. Wet oak.

T: Nice and light roasted grain, caramel and malt shines through at first. Spiciness of white pepper and fennel shines through towards the end and finishes crisp due to the high carbonation. A little bit of mineral steel flavor in the aftertaste. Slightly salty too.

M: Juicy. Nice and mellow, but still with a decent flavor profile. Bridges the gap in light beer and heavy micros. The aftertaste builds a little, but not overpowering.

O: I'm a sucker for highly carbonated beers. It helps this beer finish nicely and it really balances out the rye nicely. Not a flavor bomb like others, but I could drink a six pack of these happily.

Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of the shiner family reunion six pack

Pours a dark brown, almost pumpernickle color. Clear but still hard to see through. Decent offwhite heaf.

Aroma is subtle and inoffensive.

Flavor is rich and toasty. A little bit of hop and rye spicyness. I would describe this beer as a dry brown lager with some rye notes in the background.

Excellent mouthfeel. Silky smooth with medium body.

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again, I am going to go out on a limb and guess that this came to me via local in-person trader, tone77, but I am not certain. I am certain that I am going to winnow down my backlog of bottles so that I may refocus on what really matters - The CANQuest (TM)! For now, however, it is bottle time.

From the bottle: "Limited Edition Craft Brew Shiner Brewer's Pride Selection"; "Roasted sweetness [,] spicy rye notes"; "Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner"; "A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner"; "This Small Batch Brew is the second in our Limited Edition Brewer's Pride Craft Brew Series. It's a medium-bodied, dark brown lager brewed with rye malt and chocolate rye from Germany, caramel malt and three hop varieties. The result is a rich, roasted dry finish with a touch of sweetness and hops, which honors our old-world brewing traditions."; "Prosit!"; "Brewer's Pride in every drop!"

I have to say - if you are a visual person, Shiner beers are for you! My pour got me two fingers of dense, light-brown head with great retention. Color was a deep coppery-brown with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future. Nose was chocolaty with a black pepper spiciness. Mole! Mouthfeel was thick and full and the taste was initially chocolate until the rye spiciness kicked in and a peppery flavor took hold. Finish was semi-dry but the extreme finish was literally breathtaking as the pepper flavor just seemed to linger. Man, I could drink more of this, I'll tell you!

Photo of Beerevity
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber brown. Looks ruby red when holding the glass up to a light.

S - I'm picking up on chocolate and caramel. It has a lot of the same notes as some of the bigger imperial stouts actually.

T - A nice amount of hop character up front that's kept in check by a yummy malt backbone. Less chocolate than I got with the smell alone but the caramel is definitely there.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It's a very smooth and drinkable beer.

Overall I was impressed and not expecting this quality. It seems to be a worthy example of a rye beer, perhaps I need to seek out others? I'm not a huge Shiner fan but maybe I'll pay more attention to their "Brewers Pride" series.

Photo of shirasong
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was just very good. So good I was prompted to join this community. It was the perfect combination of richness and sweetness, without going overboard in either direction. I gave the appearance and smell both a 3.0 as I didn't find anything remarkable (or off-putting) about either one. I'd write a more specific review if my boyfriend didn't finish them...which is fairly disappointing considering it's a four-hour drive to the closest place that sells it, and even then I have to hope they haven't run out of the limited release beer.

Photo of Hergestridge
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Ryes & Shine is quite a good/great beer... Surprisingly good. I Mean Grrreat!!!!

Ryes has a nice Caramel colour, decent head about 1" and has semi-smoked overtones.
The Rye is subtle, but you know it's there with the slight sweet/dill taste.
I think this would pair quite well with a Reuben with a Stone Ground Mustard.
I must confess, this beer makes me hungry!!!

Thank you, Shiner! Spoetzl Brewery in Beautiful Texas!!!! ..I've never tasted a rye beer, but with this entry, I really don't care to as this beer is Excellent!!!

~Carry on Citizens!!!~
sMc

Photo of bmwats
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Thick, foamy head. Disintegrates fairly slowly leaving some persistent residue. A little less lacing as you drink it down.

S: Baked bread with a slightly pungent tone of rye.

T: Pretty standard lager stuff here. A little malt, really cardboard-y, just slightly more pungent. Very light flavor of caramel.

M: Light body, seems a little 'thin'. Lightly bitter finish.

D: Goes down easy, not much resistance.

Atmosphere is decent. Substantial head, and a fair amount of lacing. Nose is lite baked bread malt. Flavor is light and washed-out blend of pungent malt with a hefty infusion of wood. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice copper brown color with a thin light beige head quickly yielding to a slight ring.

Fragrances were grainy, sweet, barley.

Lighter bodied, toasted oak, wheat, touch of toffee.

Short finish that has just a bit of hops at the end. Clean, simple, drinkable. Nothing special but certainly an easy drinker. Lacking complexity and very straightforward....great for a sunny cool spring day like today.

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a brown color with a short 1/2" head that broke down quickly.

Smell: some malt and caramel is all the nose can detect.

Taste: caramel, mild bitterness, a hint of fruit sweetness, and a bit of an overall earthy tone. The rye brings a bit of dryness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: an easy drinking lager that doesn't overly excite.

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hops, hint of yeast, and hint of rye. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hops, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of rye. Overall, good aroma, blend, body, and feel.

Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, part of the “Shiner Family Reunion.” Pours dark brown, nearly cola-colored, but with good clarity, and a very small off white head. Not much retention and extremely minimal lacing. Roast is prominent first in the aroma; sweet and bready caramel malts follow; a hint of spicy rye emerges late.

Flavor is roasty, slightly smoky, with medium caramel sweetness, and a bitter, hoppy, semi-dry finish. The rye is pretty mild and is really detected more in the aftertaste. There are some nice elements combining in the flavor of this beer but they’re so muted they ultimately don’t make much of an impression.

Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Drinks fairly clean. This one has a decent enough flavor but it lacks depth and kind of just vanishes on you, making it distinctly unmemorable.

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