Shiner Old-Time Alt | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner Old-Time AltShiner Old-Time Alt
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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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Added by nickfl on 12-23-2010

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review # 61
Served On: 9/11/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass

Another one from the 2011 Shiner Family Reunion mixed 6 pack. Also I believe this is a limited offering.

Look: Poured an amber color with random carbonation bubbles rising. Head was a 1 finger kaki color. Head retention was not great as it reduced to a thin coating rather quickly. This is a trait I’ve noticed with most of Shiner’s beers.

Smell: Biscuity dark fruits. Some clean spicy hop notes and a roasted malt in the background.

Taste: Initial dark fruits like plum or raisin. Roasted malts kicked in somewhere in the middle. A fresh hop bitterness made the finish with roasted and biscuity malts in the aftertaste. I started to get some booze towards the end as the beer warmed up.

Overall this was a basic Altbier. It had all the notes that I was expecting. As usual, it was a very drinkable beer with a freshness that is characteristic to all Shiner offerings.

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Photo of aval89
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: copper color with clear body.. half finger of slightly off white head.. some active carbonation..

s: wow, salt water taffy is initially what i get... sweet malts pretty much.. some caramel.

t: upfront i get a slight hop bitterness & toasty malts.. middle of the tongue is sweet with caramel/toffee maltiness.. backend has some cereal grain.. finish is a bit spicy with more toasty malts.. also a bit of earthiness..

mf: light to medium body with good carbonation.. semi dry finish

o: a very well balanced brew.. hop & malt bill make for a good session brew.

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mralphabet
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from mix pack poured into pint glass

A: Pours copper colored with a good 2 fingers worth of head, that settles to a nice layer with great lacing from top to bottom. Great looking beer.

S: Sweet malt and a grassy hops.

T: Sweet malt right up front.... little biscuit like with a hint of caramel.... then a earthy hops kicks in mid palate... finish and aftertaste is on the bitter side.... also a little on the dry side.

M: Med bodied with a mild carbonation... Little heavier than I was expecting..

O: Overall a well balanced brew.... Sweet malt and hops come out pretty even and make for a pretty complex beer with a low ABV, so you could drink a few of these... not a bad session beer.. to bad it only comes as a single in the Shiner Family pack.

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Photo of ReyG006
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured amber with a small head which always stayed on top of the beer. Bubbly

S- Smelled bready with a slighty nutty smell.

T- Caramel is the dominant flavor but it is not overbearing. It seems to linger in the aftertaste as well. Very lighty hopped. Very well balanced and very easy to drink.

O- I enjoyed this more than any other shiner I've ever had. Its a very smooth beer and could be a great session beer and one to recommended to the bmc crowd. Although this was my first alt beer I would recommend checking this one out. I've been drinking a lot of big beers lately, at 4.2% its good to drink a small beer again with solid flavor.

First review!

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Old-Time Alt beer 4.2% alcohol poured for 12oz. glass to a Spaten Strange.

A- Pours a amber- brown fluid with a light tan half inch head that lingers the whole beer. Lacing is patchy and consistant.

S- Rich caramel malts upfront with a slight hint of earthy yeast in the back of the nose.

T-M- Sweet caramel and chocolate flavored malts upfront with mildly bitter citrus and grassy hops following. Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium high carbonation dancing on the buds leaving a sweet malty film on the tongue.

Great Alt beer from Shiner! Cheers!

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Photo of 2xHops
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had a copper color and the foaming head hung around for a while before fizzing down.

The taste was interesting. I'm not sure what to make of it, yet. It hit you with flavors but dies as you swallow.

The beer isn't as "thick" as I thought it would be. It just felt a bit thin.

Overall, it's not a bad beer, but it's nothing to write home about. To be honest, it's not a favorite style for me, and I think I actually preferred 512's Alt over this one.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.43/5  rDev +22%
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 claspada
2.46/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, amber body with a foaming, near white head.

Aromas are mildly nutty, biscuity with fleeting traces of spice and caramel.

The tastes begin with lightly nutty, lightly toasty malts with a hint of dry, stale biscuits in there as well. Lightly sweet with some slight caramel. Pretty watered-down in overall flavor profile to be honest. Lightly hopped, with light touches of spice and grassiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-plus carbonation. Crisp, drying, clean finish.

Overall this is a bit mild, as expected, but even more bland than I expected. I drank it down. Pass, next, much better around to offer esepcially in this category. Spend the extra few bucks for some quality.

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Photo of kkoz
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance & Aroma: It’s clear, and copper brown in color, with plenty of carbonation. There’s a decent, very creamy, cream-colored head on it, which left some decent lacing on the glass as I drank the beer. It’s got a good, caramelly, and slightly bready, Oktoberfest-like aroma.

Taste & Feel: The body is light, with a little bit of creaminess in the mouth feel, and a tinge of carbonation upfront. There were some nice bready and caramel malt like flavors in the middle, complemented by the creaminess. It finished very clean and light with a hint of bitterness masked by the caramel malt flavor.

Food Pairing: I would definitely have this with a thick, juicy burger, because of the bready and caramel flavors, but it would also go nicely with wienerschnitzel or other heavy German dish as it would add to the flavorfulness, but would also help to wash it down.

Overall Impression: I found this be be very drinkable, even in this summer heat. However, I think I would enjoy this a whole lot more in the fall, as I really enjoyed the bready and caramel malt flavors. This one only comes a single beer at a time in the Shiner mixed six pack, so put this one in the fridge and save it for a nice October evening.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dirty gold with a thick and foamy cream colored head

S-smells like molasses. very malty. some cinnamon. possibly some gingerbread

T-comes in with a very smooth and diluted taste of gingerbread. i like it, the quality isn't there, but the refreshness is. the after-taste is matching. this isn't too bad!

M-medium carbonation with a watery finish

O-no matter what the score reveals, i enjoyed this beer. it was quite different and enjoyable. i'm sure there are better alts out there but this is a fair example. i wouldn't mind having more.

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Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells of sweet malt with a very light hop aroma. Taste is malty but with a welcomed hop bitterness in the finish. Moderately carbonated and light to medium bodied.

Rather weak flavor profile and a little thin. Nothing really stands out here.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2.5 fingers of foamy off-white head over a reddish-amber body. Laces pretty well.

Nose is grainy, slightly corny... not an 'alt' smell.

Taste is mild, hops and malt in a balance... tastes more British than German, to be frank. In that sense, tastes like an ale, but there's some faint acrid taste that keeps this alt from hitting home.

Mouthfeel has some out-of place harsh carbonation... without which it would just be watery. A no-go.

This might qualify as a slightly hoppy British style, but I'm not buying the 'alt', and I'm not sold on it on the whole. Not bad, but not good either.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a variety 6 pack purchased today that Spoetzl sends out.

Poured into a wine glass. Amber colored. A decent head that still lingers as I type. Seems about the right color for an alt. Maybe a little less red colored than I see in Deutschland.

A balanced smell of malts and hops.

Carbonated a bit strong for the style. Burp. Flavor is smoother that the alt ales of Germany.

A nice brew, I like the beer, but not the best alt, and not the best by Spoetzl.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of cagocubs
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 JohnFatAss
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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 goldbot
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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 oberon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 BeerAmbassador
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Old-Time Alt has a medium, off-white head and a clear, amber appearance, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is mild, and is of toasted, sweet barley malt. Taste is likewise of barley and toast, with some mild sweetness. Hop bitterness is subdued. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shiner Old-Time Alt finishes crisp, refreshing, dry, and delicious. I recommend it!


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

A - Pours a ruddy copper color with solid offwhite head and lacing.

S - Grainy aroma entices the taste buds. A little bit of nuttness to the smell. Aroma could be a bit stronger.

T - Sold grain taste. Hops are nicely balanced for a Alt. This is what an Alt should taste like.

M - Dryness is there, but definitely not overwhelming. Body is just about right.

D - Very drinkable beer. Could be a session beer.

O - Very good Altbier that is accessible to all. Will be coming back even though Alt is not my favorite style.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.89/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked this one up in a mixer sixer from Shiner. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is clear medium golden color which looks similar to apple juice and an off-white soapy head. The nose is a mix of fruity malt and citrus notes. The taste is similar with sweet fruity maltiness intertwined with a citrusy hop presence; there is also an off putting bitter, buttery finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body with a creamy, inactive carbonation. Overall, not really impressive or remarkable, won't be searching this out in the future but wouldn't turn it down if someone gave it to me.

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Photo of Rayek
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another member of the Shiner Mixed 12-pack. Old-Time pours into my stange with a color that splits the difference between amber and gold. A dense eggshell cap fades fairly quickly to a thin film and leaves a bit of lace.

Lemon and bittersweet toffee dominate the experience. Balance is good, but leans toward the bitter side. The bitterness itself carries a pepper bite that gets a touch metallic in the finish. A light and dry body has about the right fizz.

This is a nice Alt overall. Shiner has done a good job with this one.

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Shiner Old-Time Alt from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 49.2% out of 100 with 179 ratings
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