Shiner Ryes & Shine - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 192
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 4.78%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (582 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,107 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
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! (1,517 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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 (531 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Reddish brown. Head is thin, slightly tanned. Decent retention on the head. Very clear.
S- The aroma is not as rye heavy as I would have supposed or liked. Very mild with some caramel and dark malt.
T- Very bready up front, and the rye picks up on the tongue. There is a noticable spicyness in the finish. A fairly assertive sweetness balances that out. Hop presence is very low.
M- Medium body, maybe a bit light. Carbonation is fairly smooth. Long aftertaste.
O- A decent to good rye beer. I would have liked a bit more rye compared to the sweetness, but still a decent exhibition. (586 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper in color, with a big head of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint spiciness
Taste-Subtle milk chocolate and caramel,some rye spiciness leading to a rather dry finish. Interesting flavor makes you want to take another sip. Would be a nice match for a plate of tacos. (333 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish-brown, good head.

Smell: Toast.

Taste: Hints of rye spice, toast a little bit of fruit.

Mouthfeel: Watery, not much body.

This rye beer is a lot less flavorful than the one from Schell's I recently tried. Pretty easy to drink since it is quite watery, but not much going on in the flavor department. (323 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the 2012 Family Reunion Variety Pack. According to the label, "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!" The beer is brewed in the style of a Rye Lager.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served in the mid 40ºs Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a tan cream head of a frothy consistency with a decent retention. Lacing is thin and spotty. Body color is a medium-dark copper brown with high clarity and medium carbonation. Not a bad appearance overall. 3.5

(Smell) Aroma is a faint caramel with some mild grassy hop aroma, mild bready grains with a husky bitterness are the only contradiction to an overall clean, crisp aroma. Aroma has a low potency. The rye character is hardly evident in the nose. In fact, the aroma is reminiscent of Shiner's Bock or any other caramel-forward lager. 3

(Taste) Flavor is certainly more bready and substantial than the nose, with a smooth, caramel rye bread malty sweetness and a mild bitter earthy-hopped finish. Spiciness is mellow for a rye beer but the flavor profile is substantial enough to make for an enjoyable flavor. A little sweeter and less bitter and spicy than the average Rye-integrated beer, but this is a pleasant change from that. 4

(Mouthfeel) Slick, smooth, clean profile with a very mild chewiness works out well for the style. Body is medium for a rye lager and low-medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is very low. Pleasant pairing for the style, goes well for a rye lager. 4

(Overall) This is a pretty good beer as far as my expectations for Shiner go. The rye doesn't add a lot of flavor characteristics but raise the body somewhat and give a slightly more flavorful drinking experience. As far as rye beers go, I enjoy one that can keep from becoming overly bitter or spicy and instead lends to an improved drinkability. 4

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Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 2: Ryes & Shine Rye Lager
3.78/5.00 (2,217 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of videofrog
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle from a Shiner Family Reunion 6er. Part of the Brewer's Pride Series.

A: Dark reddish brown with fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Rye grain up front, Czech Saaz hops in the background. Slight sweetness.

T: The spiciness and slight (very slight) sourness come through from the rye. Sweet caramel malt and hops balance out the rest.

M: A bit thin-bodied, but great for a crisp, clean easy-to-drink lager.

O: Solid rye lager from Shiner. Really wish they made 6ers of their Brewer's Pride Series. These aren't "big" beers, but definitely more flavorful than their regular lineup. Worth a try, especially since the classic Shiner "metallic" taste is absent. (707 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 8/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a pretty reddish-brown in color with a almost a one-finger foamy off-white head. Some spotty lacing is seen which each sip. Perfect carbonation. Lots going on with the aroma and what I can pick out is malts, dark fruit (cherry?) with some spice. Even more going on with the taste with caramel, barley with even a light hint of nuts in the mix. Medium bodied. Just a slight bitter finish. Overall, it was just OK. (535 characters)

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