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Shiner Ryes & Shine - Spoetzl Brewery

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79
okay

179 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Medium-bodied, dark brown lager brewed with rye malt and chocolate rye from Germany, caramel malt and three hop varieties.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 01-19-2012)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt, rye, toast, biscuit, and nutty aromas. Taste is much the same with malt and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of solid grain forward aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:48:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -13%

06-02-2012 03:12:39 | More by djrn2
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +15.9%

05-11-2012 23:35:14 | More by kjkinsey
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with an aggressive pour and poor retention on a very deep amber body.

S: toffee with caramel and toasted malts. very nice milk chocolate note.

T: toasted malts, burnt toast, coffee, rye breads. Milk chocolate is less so in the flavor than the aroma. The flavor follows the smell nicely.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: the rye is excellent but almost makes this one roasty and coffee like. A lot of flavor in this one but still not that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:49:11 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with a one-finger, off-white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of spicy rye and some sweet caramel.

T - Good roasted malt flavor with a spice rye bite. It had a light caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty rye beer. A nice new brew from the folks at Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:16:13 | More by zeff80
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

04-18-2014 02:52:12 | More by Jason
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 06:17:27 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 20:26:25 | More by jwc215
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 20:13:13 | More by Gavage
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +15.9%

07-11-2012 01:50:06 | More by MarkyMOD
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +28.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:28:48 | More by woodychandler
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 06:53:47 | More by mothman
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superspak

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/11/2012. Pours a fairly crystal clear red copper color with a small light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, molasses, light rye, and herbal earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, bread, light fruits, earth, herbal, light chocolate, light rye spiciness; and a light metallic note. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toast, bread, toffee, light fruits, earth, herbal, and light rye on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; not as much rye flavor as I was expecting; zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice rye amber lager. A nice amount of robust flavor for being under 5%; and very smooth to drink as expected. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 07:58:52 | More by superspak
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tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2012 09:20:22 | More by tdm168
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Tone

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 20:52:36 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

S: 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. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 01:17:40 | More by chinchill
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:13:40 | More by tobelerone
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 19:54:23 | More by tone77
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cdwil

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

04-20-2012 14:09:30 | More by cdwil
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

2/5  rDev -42%

06-09-2014 17:56:36 | More by Whiskeydeez
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gtermi

Texas

3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 01:13:50 | More by gtermi
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:13:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13%

02-04-2014 16:04:53 | More by JohnK17
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-11-2012 05:15:13 | More by cliff1066
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jheezee

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

08-27-2012 21:42:21 | More by jheezee
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Shiner Ryes & Shine from Spoetzl Brewery
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