Shiner Birthday Beer 108 - Cold Brew Coffee Ale | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Birthday Beer 108 - Cold Brew Coffee AleShiner Birthday Beer 108 - Cold Brew Coffee Ale

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
For our 108th birthday, we’ve brewed up something special. Our first coffee ale, crafted in collaboration with Austin’s own Chameleon Cold-Brew, made with dark-roasted specialty malt and Chameleon’s beloved cold-brewed coffee, it’s sure to wake up your tastebuds. But it won’t be here forever, so pour yourself a fresh cup while you can.

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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 149
Photo of seedyone
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle at home. Nice surprise. Not bitter nor sweet, well balanced. The coffee is there, for sure, but barely in the aroma, which is where I'm used to it being. Could be the cold-brew technique. At 5%, I could get used to this. They got this right & at a friendly price. Not a backyard, by the pool drink, but after sundown this can fill the bill.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled December 2016; drank 4/22/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE khaki head (careful pouring!); minimal lace.

Light roast coffee bean, mildly curdled cream & faint hop bite notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Light roast coffee bean & slightly curdled cream flavors up front; mild citrus & soda water bite on the finish.

Coffee pale ale vibes here, which turn me off; also, this ain't no porter. Drinkable in a pinch, but this is a permanent pass for me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.
The sales guy at the beer store lamented that this is a good ale but most customers avoid it because it's made by Shiner. Well, perhaps Shiner doesn't make great beer but they don't make bad beer either, at least for the most part. This ale is a bit better than the average Shiner offering, and has a more equally balanced mix of brown ale and coffee flavors than many coffee beers. Particularly nice, lingering aftertaste. Mild bitterness. Excellent appearance with a durable, dense tan head over a clear dark reddish-brown body.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.21/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the cold brewed coffee notes but wish there was a touch more bitterness.

But overall I kinda like the literal take that Shiner has taken on this coffee beer.

Smooth and easy drinking. Very good and a great value but not excellent.

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Photo of TerryMills
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very roasted flavor almost reminds me more of a roasted Chile like a Pablano or something that was burnt..

Decent but its not much coffee if,that's what you're expecting..

Glad I tried it as always but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: Crisp, complex, gentle coffee, tart notes, semi sweet, roasted caramel malts. Same with the nose. Dark Mahogany, mostly clear appearance, tan head with delicate lace on glass. Medium body.

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Photo of dsa7783
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single twelve ounce bottle copped from Total Wine and More in West Orange. Pours a malty brown hue with moderate frothing. Mellow coffee flavor with hints of caramel.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 9.53 (Including tax and discount)/six pack ($ 0.132/oz) at Oppermann’s, Saginaw, MI.
Undated bottle at 34 degrees (Hotel reefer temp). Served in a hand washed and dried (To no avail) Brewery Vivant snifter; allowed to warm to 42 degrees.
Aroma – coffee, weak. Gets much stronger as it warms.
Head small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, medium density froth, average retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and thin partial layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark brown/black, clear.
Flavor – Strong coffee with some caramel. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – light, watery, soft carbonation.

A little on the thin side for an English Porter, but still drinkable. At the price point, an extreme bargin.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

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Photo of MichaelProcton
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark chestnut brown that lets a bit of light through, with a thinly-stacked cappuccino-tinged head. Looks a good bit like an iced coffee, come to think of it. Smell is of richly roasted coffee beans (perhaps even a bit burnt), and some malts to go with them. Taste has a lot more depth, and some sweetness comes through to cut the bitterness apparent in the smell. In fact, I'd say it's even a little too sweet, though it's not heavy. The mouthfeel is quite thin, and then you get some slickness that lingers on the back end. Interesting offering, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.77/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: pours dark brown body with red hues with off white head with ok retention and lacing
S: strong, bitter coffee notes
T: bitter, coffee taste; a little acidic with almost a balck pepper aftertaste. Not that impressive
M: light bodied and crisp
D: ok beer but nothing too impressive

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a beer cold pressed through coffee ruby red hues beneath a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch of frothy head slightly tinted. Smells of chocolate some roast and mostly mild coffee notes. Smells good. Nice porter base a bit dry but smooth with very balanced coffee taste. Body is a bit lighter than the "Early Riser" I had yesterday so its easier to chug.

Overall a very good beer from Shiner one of the best and a really tasty coffee porter.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

French press coffee taste instead of brewed in coffee taste without much beer taste coming through at all.
I would prefer more straight up beer taste blended with a brewed in coffee taste myself.

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Photo of ShoeIn-BrewWin
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a well-balanced beer with very smooth coffee and heavy chocolate notes. A nice sweet milky flavor at the back-end to balance out any bitterness. I'm usually not a big fan of Shiner but this is the best I've had from them and one of the best coffee-inspired beers I've had that isn't a heavy stout or porter. In fact, one of the things I like most about this beer is that it isn't particularly filling, so I can drink a few without being full.

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Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown or nearly black color with a small head of foam. It smelled of coffee and hints of chocolate. The taste is totally cold brew coffee. Not much else.

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Photo of Ahumphrey79
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Smelled good in the glass looked good in the glass. Smelled like a beer that they added coffee to not really like it was brewed in. Then took two mouthfuls before it went down the sink.
Tasted of jalapeño spice and seaport coffee. With an average beer. Not for me.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Shiner 108 has a thin-to-medium, ivory head, a semi-opaque brick-red appearance, fierce bubbles, and no lacing left behind. Aroma is muted, but I can pick up some very low-level coffee and roasted malt. Taste is likewise muted, with traces of coffee and roasted malt, with just the smallest amount of bitterness. This tastes somewhat like Pabst Blue Ribbon and coffee, mixed together. Mouthfeel is thin, and Shiner 108th Birthday Ale finishes mid-way between wet & dry.


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Photo of Coolguy_chris
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Coffee coffee coffee. If you're a fan of cold coffee, this is the beer for you. Poured from a bottle to a pint. Very light in color for a stout, dizzy 1/8" head. Smell of straight up cold brew coffee and the taste was the same. Kind of a watery feel, and very carbonated. Overall a nice, tasty coffee beer. Probably the most coffee taste of any stout I've had, but kind of lacked in all the supportive stout flavors I've come to enjoy. In a pinch, I'd definitely buy again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark reddish brown color with light tan head with great retention and lacing around the glass. The nose features sweet malt, caramel, a hint of molasses and coffee. The taste like the aroma is sweet malt up front that lingers well into the finish. The coffee provides some underlying roastiness.

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Photo of teromous
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: The body is a dark brown mahogany with deep burnt orange hues. It has a nice transparency despite the darkness. The head is a light tan, short, and fizzy. It fizzes out shortly to a flat surface with film and a ring.

Aroma: It has a coffee ground aroma.

Taste: There is a coffee flavor to the beer.

Mouthfeel: It feels very thin and watery. It just doesn't have any texture or weight on the palate and the only real presence is the carbonation.

Overall: It wasn't a very enjoyable beer. It reminded me a bit of getting a soda from a fountain when the syrup is out. On the positive side the coffee aroma was unmistakable and it did taste like coffee. The coffee flavor was pretty good but there wasn't any other flavor to support it. In the end it is just a mediocre beer with some coffee. I wouldn't drink it again and I wouldn't recommend it even as a casual buy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I do not know precisely how I got on this coffee kick recently, but as long as it furthers the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, I am in favor of it. This will mark my last for the time being as I embark on new adventures before a lengthy horizontal.

From the bottle: "Twist & Make a Wish!"; "Here's to 108 years! Enjoy!"; "A Collaboration with Chameleon Cold-Brew"; "Happy Beer-Day to Shiner!"; "To celebrate our 108th birthday, we called another Texas original - Austin's own Chameleon Cold-Brews - and asked if they'd join us for a drink. This limited-edition collaboration combines our dark-roasted specialty malt and hops with Chameleon's consciously sourced coffee beans (and plenty of their beloved cold-brew coffee). This brew has a unique, malty aroma and a bold, yet exceptionally smooth, finish. But it won't be around for long, so pour yourself a fresh cup while it lasts! Prosit!"

I appreciated their forthright honesty in alerting me to the fact that it was a Twist-off cap. I wasted no time in getting it open and commencing a heavy-handed pour which resulted in two-fingers of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head with modest retention. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity & ruby highlights. Gorgeous! Nose had a distinct coffee odor & I was ready for a taste. I love coffee - hot, black, unadulterated coffee & I have since my first shipboard duty station with the U.S. Navy back in 1983. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but no great shakes, either. The taste was unmistakably, unquestionably coffee! It had the familiar roasty bitterness that I love & by extension, I was loving this beer. Finish was dry, but more bitter than dry, since I tend to think of coffee in terms of its bitterness. This was probably not easy for them to make & I hate that it is a one-off anniversary beer, but I am really digging it during its availability.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a fizzy head.

Aroma of malts and light coffee, not a very strong smell.

The taste has a little watery malt and some watery coffee. Light malts and a faint notion of hop bitterness.

Not much of a body on this one, it's medium bodied with a medium carbonation level.

Overall, a watery coffee beer.

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Photo of GStone899
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definite caramel notes and a nice sweetness that plays with the coffee. Not the best coffee ale in the world but a nice attempt and still a refreshing beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear, but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short beige head that left wisps of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee beans and nutty malts are present in the smell.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutty malts along with notes of coffee beans and cola. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes like a hybrid between an English Porter and an English Brown Ale with some added coffee flavors. It is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of HardTarget
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep brown, almost black but shows light through it. Bright light shows some clarity. Holds most of a tan head that leaves some lace.

Aroma; Earthy hop, slight burnt grain, and early on a firm house yeast that reminds me of Shiner Bock. A light metallic edge that fades as the glass starts to drop.

Taste: Fairly mild profile, goes a bit like a German dark lager more than an English Porter, but some burnt grain and dark coffee notes give some depth of character.

Mouthfeel: Light body, slick coating, low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Tasty! A little light for my preferences, and it's either the house yeast or grain profile but this seems to be down the Shiner Bock road in a few ways. I'm a fan boy of the brewery so this is just fine by me, but others may not agree. I still recommend a 6 pack.

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Photo of BlackBeerDown
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love dark beers and I love coffee, but this beer didn't blow me away. I couldn't really taste the coffee while my wife said she could. And while it wasn't the best coffee type beer I've ever had it wasn't a bad beer at all. It was a decent ale but likely forgettable.

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Shiner Birthday Beer 108 - Cold Brew Coffee Ale from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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