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Shiner Old-Time Alt | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Old-Time AltShiner Old-Time Alt

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 86 | Ratings: 179
Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
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!

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Time Alt was part of the Shiner family reunion six pack and is by far the best of the six.

It pours a gorgeous copper color, formed a big head and left some lacing on the sides of my pint glass.

It has a sweet malty taste with almost no bitterness. This beer did not have the weird card board taste some of the other shiners had.

I hope this becomes a regular offering from Shiner. I would buy this all the time.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light clear amber in color with a light tan head that has only mediocre retention.
Aroma: hops lead, floral and spicy along with a little malt, and maybe a hint of fruit esters.
Taste: Nice, just clean with a solid hoppiness , some sweet malt tones and a dry finish.
Drinkability is refreshing with some nice but simple character.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange, almost copper like, with a small white head that left behind moderate lacing.

S- Very sweet and caramely with hints of roasted malt and earthy hops at the finish.

T- Somewhat dry upfront with a mild bitterness that fades into an oily creamy sweetness which then gives way to a mild earthy hop lingering bitterness. There's a large presence of caramel in the middle which tastes wonderful. There's a roasted profile in the aroma that fails to make an appearance on the tongue.

M- Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. It starts dry upfront then thickens into an oily sweetness.

D- Highly drinkable, this beer has a lot going for it.

This beer really surprised me. I wasn't expecting much from Spoetzl after trying their Shiner Bock. Shiner Bock is their signatures brew, but I guess you shouldn't base your assumptions of their others brews off of it. Their Hefeweizen really surprised me as well.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First ever beer from Shiner, I've always heard about it but never got the chance to give them a whirl. Interesting to see a pretty rare in the alt, but I definitely enjoy Otter Creek and Long Trail's versions. Pours a good looking light brown color, some great caramel notes on the tongue, nice solid mouthfeel, medium bodied. Nice and crisp and drinkable with a nice spiciness to it, really liked this one. Not too bad for only $11.99 for a mixed 12 pack.. psyched to try the rest!

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Photo of goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to finally see something from Shiner on the shelf that's not the Bock. This pours a copper to amber color with plenty of carbonation and ample white head. Good head retention. Aroma is nice and malty with lots of caramel sweetness. Hops are well-hidden. A very drinkable beer - smooth, toasted malts; sweet but with a nice touch of bitterness. A solid, well-balanced beer. Shiner should sell this one in its own six pack.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: On the spectrum for altbiers, this one was lighter. It poured a dark copper with a 1.5 finger bone-white fluffy head. The head lingered and laced. Good active carbonation arising from the bottom. A great looking pour.

S: Hops, malts, sweet caramel, some citrus. Real balanced smells, reminded me of a red ale.

T: The roasted malts can be sensed right away. The sip gets sweet with the caramel and bitter with the hops/citrus. A somewhat bready finish.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, good aftertaste and great carbonation.

O: This was the first beer I have had from Shiner where I took a sip, shifted eyes, took another sip, put the beer down and simply said, "There it is". A great beer.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of dbtoe
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass
I don’t know enough about Alt beers to really have an informed opinion. The only other Alt I’ve had was from New Glarus and it was nothing like this one at all. This is a very good and very drinkable beer. I almost enjoyed it as much as the NG Alt.
Look Amber body with a small head.
Smell not much a little toasty and spice.
Taste is about the same with some very mild sweetness in the middle.
Feel good carbonation and finished clean.
Overall a good beer that I wouldn’t get sick of. I could drink a bunch of these if available.

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Photo of JMad
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle of this into my glass mug...

The beer was copper with red hues, there is a thin white head that quickly fades.

It smells a little smoky, with lemony hops and hints of dark fruit.

Tastes slightly metallic, notes of caramel malt, apricot, and a lemony hop bite.

There is a medium to light body with good carbonation and a dry finish.

I really enjoyed this beer, Shiner is stepping their game up for sure.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown color with decent white head that dissipates slowly, leaving some lacing

Smell: Some good malt up front, caramel, spicy hops

Taste: Caramely malts, spicy hops. Some bread in there. Very clean flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, dry finish

Overall: The best brew in the Shiner mixed 6 pack. Thoroughly enjoyable, too bad they don't make it available on its own.

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Photo of videofrog
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle from Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack into my strictly functional and not pretentious Weihenstephaner stange.

A: Poured a nicely carbonated amberish-burnt orange color. Head was about 2 finger and stayed fairly stable down the glass with sporadic lacing.

S: Aromas were very subtle. Citrusy hops with faint malts and fruitiness (dark?)

T: Caramel malts outweigh the hops while maintaining a good balance; didn't get the metallic aftertaste other Shiner brews sometimes suffer from, instead I really enjoyed the fruity/citrusy aftertaste; toasted grains common to Shiner also present.

M: Smooth, medium-body mouthfeel. Very sessionable.

O: Pleasantly surprised at the quality of this brew; was only disappointed in the lack of aroma. It would make a great six pack for the summer or spring. Nothing challenging here, but a great session beer.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a tawny amber, fairly clear. With an aggressive pour, yields a massive head. Very nice. Sudsy lacing. Appears to be moderately carbonated as far as I can tell. Nice looking brew.

S - sweet bready malt dominates on the nose followed by with some floral and fruity aromas in there as well. Caramel maybe?

T - definitely strong malt flavored balanced w/ caramel and a bit of floralish hops on the finish. Very tasty.

M - medium bodied w/ moderate carbonation. A bit of dry feeling on the finish. Very nice.

O - overall, a very nice beer. This is my first foray into the altbier style, and if the rest can measure up to this guy, I'll be back for more.

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Photo of beeragent
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a two finger off white head sits atop a clear copper colored body. the head slowly fades to a spotty cap leaving some nice lacing behind. smells of caramel malts, bread and biscuits, a little sweetfruit and some floral hops. taste is a nice bready malt with some hops to blend and balance. mouthfeel has a medium body feel with decent carbonation and a slight dry finish. overall this is my favorite from these guys, i knew they could do it!

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big Shiner basher, and I am a Texas resident and probably always will be. I never drink Shiner products and found a mixed 6 pack for 7 bucks. Figured I'd take a few nights off from my pricier selections and go with something different Texas brews. Lets do this.

Appearance-Brownish amber with a white 1 inch head. Little retention and little lacing remains.

Smell-Nutty and Fruity. Some sweet malts as well. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste-Sweet malts, very nutty and very fruity. Very similar to the aroma. An extremely nice Hop Bitterness balances it out. Very balanced and very impressed.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with alot of carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall-First beer out of the mixed 6 and impressed. Very nice beer that is sessionable and highly drinkable.

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Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Translucent light-copper body with a tiny white head. Tiny bubbles both in the head and in the medium-light lacing.

S - Smelled malty with a little bit of caramel, old McDonalds fries; a weird but familiar smell.

T - Tasted great. Like a German dark beer should, reminded me of Celebrator but not as delicious or thick or flavorful. Tasted toasty brown sugar flavors, very clean and sweet, but not sticky.

M - Clean, dry, sweet with a light-medium body and it was very smooth and drinkable.

O - Delicious! My favorite from Shiner so far. At only $7 for the family reunion six-pack it's a steal to boot. I would love to drink more of this beer, a great one.

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled a 12 FL. OZ. bottle out of a Spoetzl Mix Pack I bought @ Shop N' Save in Valley Park, MO for $15.99. Poured from the Brewer's Pride Selection/OLD-TIME Alt bottle with no Freshness Date into a Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Nice, malty, and sweet aroma. Ver lager like and clean. At the finish, has a brown and roasty aroma.

Appearance- Has less than 1 finger of head. A nice, dark copper body is in store that is very clear. Great lacing on the glass.

Flavor:- Has a perfect altbier taste! Bit of hop and good caramel note. Smooth, lager like at times but almost exactly like the Schlafly Enlgish Pale Ale. Has a nice noble hop flavor and then finishes with almost no bitterness. Easy Weezy.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves good malt on the palate.

Overall Impression- My second favorite from Shiner (Spoetzel) so far! Great! Has a nice clean and easy drinking taste but then has a good amount of character to it! Roastiness and caramel flavors come out big time at the finish of each drink. Recommend this one too!

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden/orange body, but a very thin head that falls very quickly to a thin cap. Alsmost no lacing.

S- Sweet malts up front, little grassy, some breadiness to it as well.

T- Toasted malts, slight caramel, little nutty and earthy. Some buttery flavors as well.

MF- Moderate body with very little carbonation.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent amber-red with a 1 finger head and nice lacing on the glass. Smells slightly metallic with a sweetness presented by the malt. Tastes more complex than the other Spoetzl brews-I perceived it as a brilliant upfront hoppy kick with sweetness settling in afterward-kind of opposite of most beers. Overall quite a delicious beer overall but could use a bit more malt backbone and more hops to really fill it out.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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...

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Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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