Shiner Old-Time Alt
Spoetzl Brewery

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3.67 | pDev: 14.17%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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FickleBeast from New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear pale copper color with a finger of sticky foam that coats the glass. Aroma is sweet, munich malt, with just a hint of oxidation.

First sip is... Chewy, thick, sweet, and a bit minerally. Decent bitter kick at the end. Bit of a strange aftertaste - really the best way I can describe it is mineral-like. There isn't much hop flavor or aroma, but you certainly taste the firm bitterness on the aftertaste.

All in all - decent. A little too heavy for my liking, and I think the bitterness comes across a little harsh. This is chewy, yet not sweet so the bitterness cuts right through.

Oct 16, 2011
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dshansen1184 from Washington

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Sep 21, 2014
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Bubbly, patchy lacing has a nearly epic quality to it, and with a stunning, clear amber color, this brew ends up being a looker. Hints of caramel, taffy and spicy hops in the aroma. Oily hop feel and flavor; the solid medium body heavily brushes the palate with a smoothness. Bready maltiness flexes a bit; faintness of caramel and biscuit. Balance from the hops is sufficient, but the flavor just adds a greater quality to this brew. Clean, drinkable and interesting at that, as our palates continue to tell us that we would be able to quaff this beer all night long.

Apr 07, 2011
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oberon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deep bronze color with a very well defined sticky one finger white head,just a nice pour.Toast and caramel in the nose,its a bit warming in its toast.Again toasty with caramel/biscuit malt flavors,the hops are subdued lending a light smack of herb in the finish.A solid alt beer,it might be a little light in the hops but the warm toastiness makes up for it.

Jul 04, 2011
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Skywave from Oklahoma

4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thick buff head and clear copper color. Aroma presents a sweet, spicy hop nose with Munich malt and hint of English toffee (or seems like it). Flavor is perfectly balanced with hop bitterness, malt sweetness, noble hop flavors, warm, toasty, biscuity finish. Medium co2 and light mouthfeel that feels a bit sugary. Overall, very good selection from TX.

Apr 26, 2012
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Pegasus from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish-amber body adorned with a moderate, somewhat coarse, and persistent off-white head, with scattered, Belgian-style lacing, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Prominent toasted malt, with strong caramel and distinct fruit notes, and a somewhat spicy and smoky character.

Taste: Opens with dark caramel, toasted malt, and slightly spicy hops. As the taste progresses, strong black bread notes appear. Later in the taste, a nutty character appears, quite pleasant against the abundant caramel. Finishes with a lingering note of burnt caramel, smoky malt, and grassy hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing, well-balanced example, which deserves to be a year-round offering.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Feb 14, 2014
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Old-Time Alt is quite appropriate coming out of the old Spoetzl brewery down in Texas. Kosmos would be proud!

It's got the traditional dark-copper colored body and a short head of off-white foam. The head retention could be better, and the lacing is limited to minor spots and streaks, but it's still a good looking glass of ale.

The nose is clean, and it offers a nice combination of darkly-caramelish malt and spicy, grassy, and almost minty hops. It's fresh and welcoming.

The flavor follows suit, and you find a bit of yeasty character to it, but not the clear fruitiness of some of the better examples from Dusseldorf. Still, it's nicely rounded, and it's got a pretty good amount of malt and hop flavor to it. A solid bitterness balances it, and it finishes drying with some residual malt, and then hops, in the lingering finish.

It's a solid offering, and a solid beer coming out of a brewery that produces a lot of fairly mainstream products. They've been trying to produce some more interesting and flavorful beers recently and this one certainly fits the bill. Prosit!

Jul 20, 2011
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rebel1771 from Florida

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark honey color with a big frothy white head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing behind.

S: Sweet malty aroma with hints of raisins and dried fruit.

T: Toasted malt flavor up front with a dry slightly bitter finish. Spot on.

O: This is probably my favorite offering from Spoetzl to date. Everything fits just right with this one.

Nov 09, 2011
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kobeer from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Jul 23, 2012
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Shiner Family Reunion is nearing its close. I am really glad that I picked up this mixed-six pack while in DC and I would encourage others to try it.

From the bottle: "Brewed in Shiner, Born in Dusseldorf"; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "True to Tradition Since 1909"; "The Shiner Brewing Association (pictured) and original brewmaster Kosmos Spoetzl began an old world brewing tradition that continues today in hiner, Texas. This copper-colored, medium to full-bodied Dusseldorf-style alt features a balance of malts and hops. A long-lasting, creamy head. And a dry, smooth finish. This small batch brew is out first Brewer's Pride selection, and we hope you savor every sip. Prosit!"; "Brewers pride in every drop."

I got a finger-and-a-half of rocky, light-tan head with good retention from my pour. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose was very biscuit malty with hints of dark fruit. Mouthfeel was very full, creamy and smooth. The initial taste was of fresh bread, followed by a molasses tartness and then a gentle grassy hoppiness. This was as pleasant a drink as I have had in a while and I could easily see why they would take pride in it. Finish was semi-dry with an emphasis on the biscuit malt interacting with the grassy hops. More, please!

Aug 20, 2011
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drpimento from Wisconsin

2.74/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Welll. Poured with a nice fine, foamy, off white head that lasts and good lace. Color is a lovely garnet amber. Aroma was weird: skunk and funk. Flavor was totally different: more bitter than sweet, earthy. Like the commercial description. Body is a tad on the thin side. Carbonation is good. Finish is like flavor and rather long.

Dec 29, 2010
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-hued body with a foaming, near white head.

Smell: Nutty, biscuity aroma with fleeting traces of spice and herbs and caramel.

Taste: Lightly nutty, lightly toasty malts with a hint of dry, stale biscuits in there as well. Lightly sweet with some slight caramel. Sip of still mineral water. Lightly hopped, with light touches of spice and grassiness to it. Crisp, drying, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: A bit mild, as expected, but pretty decent. I drank it down. No, really, I did!

Apr 25, 2011
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Mortarforker from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Sep 08, 2012
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russpowell from Arkansas

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber with 3 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes& cornyness, not much else

T: Cereal & caramel notes up front, a touch of cornyness, some herbal & metallic hops lurking in the background. Dryness & crackery notes as this warms, just a whisper of caramel & metallic notes. Finishes dry & crisp with leady & herbal hop bitterness

MF: Light/medium bodied, overcarbonated

This isn't a horrible beer, but my first batch homebrewed alt I made back in 94 was as good as or better than this. This is a light hearted attempt at the style at best

Apr 30, 2011
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a Stange/Altbier glass, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with an inch and a half off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly toasted malt, along with some caramel and hops. The aroma is nice, but it's also weak. The brew tastes just like the aroma (but stronger), it's mostly toasted malt but also some caramel and hops are noticable. There's a nice lingering bitter grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it sure goes down easy enough. I thought this brew was a pleasant surprise, I liked it.

Dec 26, 2010
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beeragent from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a medium copper, forming a creamy 1 inch head. Medium rings of lace stick to the glass.

S - Nice balanced aroma of sweet malt and floral hops.

T - The malt presence takes the front with a nice bready taste, with just a hint of caramel, before finishing with a taste of light floral hops. Very well balanced.

M - Light bodied and good carboantion. Very smooth and clean.

D - Very nicely balanced ale from Shiner. Light and easy drinker. Although it has its own taste, you can still tell that this is a Shiner product. I would love to see this as a six pack for the summertime.

Jan 30, 2011
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

May 28, 2014
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted over three months ago - reviewed from notes.

Pours copper with a thin off-white head that descends to a thin wispy cover. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of carmalized grain. Inoffensive, but not very aromatic.

The taste is of caramel, nuts (almonds) with a slight hop-touch that gives it a dry-ish finish.

It is on the light side and rather fizzy.

It's a beer with a nice balance and easy enough to drink.

Sep 21, 2011
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My initial impressions of this are not too good. I suppose it could be worse. It has character, but I'm not sure I like the character.

It has a kind of dark malty taste. Not much hops in either the taste or nose. I suppose it's right for the style, but the style has never been one of my favorites. I will try to avoid.

Apr 30, 2011
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color with a dense cap of cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing, really a good looking brew here.

Nose is interesting - burnt caramel, toast and hay. Mild fruit and bread declare the yeast presence. Some sweetness, but not overly so.

Toasty, wet grain is bold and lends a burnt quality to it. Somewhat like a cross between an Anchor Steam Beer and a bock. Earthy and some sulfurous lager flavors as it warms. I am not sure I would want to drink alot of this, but it was a fun brew to drink and makes you think a bit, lots of subtle complexities here.

Jul 30, 2011
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly copper color with a one-finger, head of tan foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled floral and malty. An overall sweet aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel with a malty backbone. A very slight spicy bite.

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

O - This is a nice altbier. Nicely done my Shiner. They consistently put out good lagers.

Jan 25, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of off-white foam on top of an amber colored body with perfect clarity. The head settles rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Light toasted malt with a hint of hops and little else.

T - Toasted malt up front with some slightly sweet caramel. The toasted notes continue through the middle and light bitterness creeps in at the finish with a dry toasted note that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, this isn't the best Alt out there, but it is a reasonable interpretation of the style. The aroma is a bit subdued with little to enjoy, but the flavor is very nice with lots of toast and some caramel to keep things interesting.

Dec 23, 2010
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BeerAmbassador from Arizona

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish-orange, with a decent head that stuck around for a bit then left some nice lacing and a thin frothy layer as it dissipated. Bit of toffee on the nose along with a faint hop aroma. More of the same on the palate, this beer has pretty distinct front, mid and finish, with nice hop bitterness bringing up the rear. The carbonation is nice and creamy, I really like the mouthfeel. A beer that goes down easy, but has enough going on to keep you interested even after having a couple. Also, this is the first Alt I have had in a really long time, and right now I am wondering why that is...

Jul 02, 2011
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

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

Pours a copper color with a thin head. Smells slightly sweet and fruity with some orchard fruits, a light yeastiness, and even a touch of banana. The taste is also quite fruity, but there is some graininess to balance and a bit of herbal hops as well. More of that banana in the finish. This is actually fairly tasty. It doesn't have the bite that you usually find in an alt, and it isn't quite as dry either, but it's still relatively crisp and the fruitiness is quite pleasant. I enjoyed it.

May 29, 2011
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ROGUE16 from Delaware

4/5  rDev +9%

Dec 08, 2011
Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery
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