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Shiner Ryes & Shine - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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47 Reviews
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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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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 192
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 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

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 2: Ryes & Shine Rye Lager
3.78/5.00 (2,217 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 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 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 shirasong
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (537 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 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 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 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 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 mjurney
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Ruby brown color, see through. Lots of carbonation raising. Thick frothy head that stick around. Lacing looks good on the glass.

Aroma:
Chocolate and caramel mostly.

Taste:
Malty up front. Bready, toasty, peppery (rye), slight candy caramel, grassy hops. Semi dry finish.

Mouthfeel:
Medium bodied. Light-medium carbonation. (339 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown in color. Poured with zero head and zero lacing. Seemed a bit thick as well.

S - Hints off coffee, clove, caramel and a slightly sour end.

T - Carmel sweetness right up front. Slightly roasted malts, a bit of coffee but the clove is gone. Finishes sweet.

M - A bit thick and carbonation is low. Could use a little work.

O - An average beer for the most part. Got this in a mixed six. I don't think I would ever drop the cash for a full sixer. Worth a try though. (481 characters)

Photo of SickGnar
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Beerevity
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (698 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 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 monnik
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This pours a deep, clear, mahogany. 1 1/2 fingers of head with little lacing. Almost non existent carbonation afterwards.

S - The first smell was rich sweet malt followed by the hint of hop and rye. Pleasant.

T - Spicy rye and malt. Wasn't sure what I was going to think about taste but afterward believe the hop fit for this beer.

M - Very smooth. It was a hot day and was glad this was not heavy bodied.

O - I really liked this beer. It was lightly aromatic and tasty without being overpowering. I recommend giving it a try if you can find it. I got mine in a trade. (576 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 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 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 intensify
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Dark-brown body with hints of amber when put in front of light. 1 finger head with fast retention.
Strong hints of malts, caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, and toffee. Taste follows closely behind with a rather smooth backbone that disappears into a chocolately finish. Fair amount of biterness, but balanced by the sweet flavours that the caramel and brown sugar provide.
A bit over carbonated but still excellent.

Im glad I picked this up in a mix and match 6 pack. Very interesting and tasty. Well balanced and easy to sip on. Awesome. (572 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (390 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 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)

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Shiner Ryes & Shine from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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