News Spoetzl Brewery (Shiner) keeps racking up the medals

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  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Black Equals Gold at European Beer Star Awards

    PRWeb – Sat, Nov 17, 2012EmailShare0Share0PrintShiner Bohemian Black Lager Wins Top Honors in Germany

    NUREMBERG, GERMANY and SHINER, TEXAS (PRWEB) November 15, 2012

    Continuing its impressive winning streak in world beer competitions, Shiner Bohemian Black Lager has earned the Spoetzl Brewery a gold medal from the European Beer Star Awards (EBSA), one of the world’s most prominent tasting competitions.

    Shiner Bohemian Black Lager won in the German Style Schwarzbier category. Because the EBSA limits categories to beer styles of European origin, breweries from that continent have long dominated the awards.

    Not only is the European Beer Star Awards one of the world’s most prestigious competitions, it’s also one of the fastest growing. Entries were up by 23% over 2011, which had seen a record number of competitors. More than 100 judges considered 1,366 beers, submitted from 44 countries across six continents.

    This is not Shiner’s first time to the podium in Nuremburg. Last year, Shiner Oktoberfest was a Silver medalist and Bohemian Black Lager and Old Time Alt won bronze. In 2010 Oktoberfest won gold and Shiner 101 Czech-style Pilsner brought home silver.

    And it’s not just in Europe that Shiner is impressing judges. This latest gold medal comes on the heels of an unprecedented triple-gold medal performance at last month’s Great American Beer Festival, where Black Lager was also a top winner, as were Spoetzl’s flagship Shiner Bock and Shiner Oktoberfest.

    Kosmos Spoetzl, the brewery’s first brewmaster, was born in Bavaria, not far from where the EBSA medal was presented this week. It’s where he first learned the beermaking craft that he eventually brought with him to the small Texas town of Shiner.

    We are very proud to see the beers Kosmos inspired competing and winning against the very best from his home country and around the world,” said current Spoetzl brewmaster Jimmy Mauric.

    About the European Beer Star Awards

    The European Beer Star Awards is organized by the Association of Private Breweries in Germany, the Association of Private Breweries in Bavaria and the Association of Small and Independent Breweries in Europe.

    About Spoetzl Brewery

    Founded in Shiner, Texas (population 2,071), the Spoetzl Brewery is one of America’s oldest independent breweries. While Spoetzl has grown to be the country’s fourth largest craft brewery, every drop of Shiner’s award-winning beer is still handcrafted and bottled by only 88 employees, very near the spot where it all started in 1909.

    Learn more at or contact: Eric Webber at eric(at) or 512 225 2600.

    Eric Webber
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  2. lionking

    lionking Aspirant (292) Nov 25, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Im a big fan of the Black Lager.
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  3. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Shiner makes really good beer, despite the "not much love here on BA" thang.
  4. crusian

    crusian Crusader (743) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    European beer star awards = shit

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  5. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,067) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I thought their Alt and Black Lager were worthy efforts- not top echelon, but good enough to be a really pleasant surprise.
  6. Compton25

    Compton25 Aspirant (279) Jan 25, 2011 Texas
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    Shiner was my gateway into craft beer. I may not always be able to find a top tier beer, but I can always find a decent Shiner in any gas station.
  7. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    It's a fine gateway beer. Nothing to sing about, nothing to hate.
  8. Ispeakforthetrees

    Ispeakforthetrees Aspirant (232) Apr 2, 2012 Colorado

    Shiner variety packs have been consumed in the masses here.
    They all session great, and they have top-notch QC.
    They don't get any love, I just find it odd. I could down anything they make, because they make it to be quaffable.
  9. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Exactly how I feel. Guys like them and Breckenridge and Rogue were what eased me into the mix, now I have to see some impressive feedback on one of their brews to go back to their products.
  10. emannths

    emannths Initiate (194) Sep 21, 2007 Massachusetts

    Heck, it seems like the quality of the beer is inversely proportional to the number of medals it has been awarded. For example...

  11. crusian

    crusian Crusader (743) May 14, 2010 Oregon
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    Ruby redbird...
  12. ncstateplaya

    ncstateplaya Initiate (0) Nov 8, 2008 North Carolina

  13. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    Amen. Loved that beer after getting out of the Comal and sitting down for BBQ at Cooper's. Good times.
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  14. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    LOL. Like, good call brah. LOL.
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  15. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    Oh my dear god... I can honestly say this was my least favorite beer I've ever had.... I couldn't even stomach a few gulps....

    I'm all for "for each his own"... but I personally would rather blend up some vomit mixed with smoked malt and consider that a better option....
  16. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    don't get how this one was ever enjoyed by a human pallet... unless you already had a mouthfull of amazing bbq'd pork or something... and anything wet was needed to wash it down.
  17. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    So, let me tell a Shiner Story.

    I recently visited family & friends in Texas. Upon exiting the airport on the way to my sister I stopped at a Specs Liquor Store (great selection of craft beer). I picked up a six-pack of Deschutes Fresh Hopped Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale, A big bottle of a Jester King Rye IPA/Saison, and a Shiner Variety Pack. Upon seeing me put the Variety Pack in the cart my wife exclaims: “You really aren’t going to buy that, are you?” I replied: “Yes, I am”. My sister is a big fan of Shiner Kosmos Reserve and unfortunately it only comes in the Variety Pack. I am a fan of the Black Bohemia and the Alt so I figured this purchase was a win-win. Unfortunately this year’s pack had Prickly Pear vs. Alt.:slight_frown:

    So the Variety Pack includes:

    · Shiner Bock: an American Adjunct Amber Lager which tastes very similar to Yuengling Lager to me.
    · Shiner Blonde: a lightly hopped Pilsner. A well-made beer (i.e., no off flavors) but too light tasting for my palate.
    · Shiner Black Bohemian Lager: Yum!
    · Shiner Hefeweizen: not a favorite hefeweizen of mine.
    · Shiner Kosmos Reserve: My sister ‘says’: two thumbs up!
    · Shiner Prickly Pear: an ‘interesting’ beer

    So, the ‘story’ behind Kosmos Reserve is: “Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all.” Well, I would call Kosmos Reserve an OK American Pale Lager but for some people (like my sister) this is a ‘fits just right’ beer. During the tour at Spoetzl Brewery my sister told the tour guide: “You should sell Kosmos Reserve by itself in six-packs” The tour guide intimated that they don’t brew enough Kosmos Reserve to distribute it other than in the variety pack. I was waiting for my sister to say: Well, brew more of it! But she didn’t. I was a bit disappointed. You have to ‘fight’ for the beers you like, right!?!

    The Shine Prickly Pear is what I would call an ‘acquired taste’. The Shiner tour guide described this beer as tasting like an apple Jolly Rancher; that is an apt description. I was shocked that my wife and my niece’s husband (he is an accomplished homebrewer) both liked Prickly Pear. I suppose to each their own!?!

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  18. kpacedo

    kpacedo Initiate (99) Nov 24, 2009 California
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    I put as much stock in the award shiner as I do the triple hops brewed process miller light advertises.

  19. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    My mileage, and that of the judges at WBC, GABF, EBSA, etc, apparently does vary.

    Maybe it's a conspiracy! :grimacing:
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  20. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,318) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    The Shiner Black is an excellent beer. I liked the Smokehouse. Shiner Bock not so much.

    Edit - If they won a medal in Europe, they were probably against some other black lagers, and the judges pick the best on the table in that flight's category.
  21. reverseapachemaster

    reverseapachemaster Aspirant (244) Sep 21, 2012 Texas
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    I also liked the Smokehaus. Smoke beers are not for everybody. Neither is any other style, really.
  22. canucklehead

    canucklehead Poo-Bah (2,464) Mar 7, 2003 British Columbia (Canada)

    I just remember that Shiner was one of the last indies standing when Michael Jackson wrote his first beers of the world book in 1978. I like their beers enough for the price they charge but totally repect their history and the fact that they are survivors.
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  23. Scalzo

    Scalzo Aspirant (244) Feb 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I have more respect for the brewery than their products
  24. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Pretty sure Miller is paying for their medals....ha.
  25. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
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    Shiner makes good stuff..... I never drink a Shiner Bock and think.. I wish I hadn't had that...

    I really like their Oktoberfest, Cheer and Wild Hare... Shiner 101 was also a great beer...
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  26. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I thought the 2012 Shiner Oktoberfest was very good. My family and I drank several pitchers of this beer at the Wurstfest in New Braunfels. It had a nice bready malt character and was not cloying sweet (in past years I found Shiner Oktoberfest too sweet for my palate). A BA reviewer mentioned: “I usually steer away from Oktoberfests due to being overly sweet, but Spoetzel has put enough bitter hopping in this beer to make it tasty.” Maybe Shiner upped the hopping a bit for 2012?

    Shiner Oktoberfest won the Gold Medal at this year’s GABF.

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  27. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Meyvn (1,318) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    I'm pretty sure the Craft breweries that take the time and effort to enter in the GABF would find that statement offensive. If you say medals can be bought, that implies all of the medals can be bought. So a Russian River, Founders, or Firestone Walker have bought their medals?
  28. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I will always have a soft spot for shiner beers.
  29. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (200) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    It says that it won gold in the German schwarzbier category but according to the list it won in the Bohemian schwarzbier category, same category in which it won a bronze in 2011 (Samuel Adams Black Lager won the gold in the German schwarzbier category this year). Minor slip-up, but the mix-up is a bit funny when Bohemian is in the name of the beer.
  30. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I love Shiner for one reason... everywhere that's BMC-only in Texas will 95% of the time have Shiner as an option, even if they don't do craft. Any podunk gas station in the middle of the Texas hill country or the valley (where a lot of my relatives live) will always have Shiner as well.

    BTW: you guys were talking about Smokehaus. I consider Smokehaus to be my favorite Shiner release of all time. I bought so much of that beer when it was out, it would make your head spin. I actually brought a 12-pack, in my luggage, to my family during a 4th of July party in Massachusetts the year it was out (2010?) and it was a huge hit at the BBQ.

    People don't talk about it much, but their Wild Hare Pale Ale is actually quite decent. Been drinkin' that lately at a lot of festivals that have BMC/Shiner. Not something I'd normally like, but it's nice to have a good pale ale available in places that wouldn't know Sierra Nevada from a hole in their head.

    Shiner Cheer is an excellent Christmas ale. Love to cook with it, especially. It's a dunkelweiss with peaches and pecans and is low ABV and very sessionable (unlike a lot of christmas releases). My routine this winter has been on Saturday... going to the farmer's market and picking up fresh Wild Boar bangers from Dai Due Butcher Shop, bringing them home, opening a Shiner Cheer, letting it simmer in it for about 10 minutes and then finishing them for a couple minutes on the grill. Nothing... better.

    Shiner Bock is also an excellent base (instead of water) when cooking corned beef in a dutch oven.
  31. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I am only familiar with the Schwartzbier style (German style I guess?).

    What distinguishes a German-Style Schwartzbier from a Bohemian-Style Schwartzbier?


    P.S. In a conversation with the guy who handles beer orders for the Total Wine & More in Claymont, DE he stated that Sam Adams is planning on discontinuing the production of their Black Lager; a sad thing if this is true.:slight_frown:
  32. Keffa

    Keffa Defender (634) Jan 8, 2009 Ohio
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    Shiner Cheer is quite solid.

    Other than their Bock and Hefeweizen, I don't think I've had a beer of theirs that I truly despised.
  33. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (200) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    These are the descriptions of the two styles from the website.
    10) German

    Style Schwarzbier
    Colour: dark brown up to almost black
    Malt: roast malt without the characteristic bitterness
    Malt flavour and aroma: clean to slightly sweet
    Hop bitterness: low up to medium
    Hop flavour and aroma: low but noticeable
    No fruity esters or Diacetyl
    Original gravity: 11.0 – 13.0 °Plato
    Apparent extract: 3.0 – 4.0 °Plato
    Alcohol: 3.0 – 4.4 % by weight, 3.8 – 5.5 % by volume
    Bitterness: 22 – 30 IBU
    Colour: > 60 EBC

    11) Bohemian

    Style Schwarzbier
    Colour: almost black up to deep black
    Malt: roast malt with the characteristic bitterness
    Malt flavour and aroma: clean, slightly sweet
    Hop bitterness: low to medium
    Hop flavour and aroma: slightly noticeable
    No fruity esters or Diacetyl
    Original gravity: 10.0

    12.9 °Plato
    Apparent extract: 2.0 – 5.0 °Plato
    Alcohol: 2.8

    4.4 % by weight, 3.5
    5.5 % by volume
    Bitterness: 18

    30 IBU
    Colour: > 60 EBC

    That's too bad if the Black Lager information is true, it's a really nice beer. Though I can understand that Samuel Adams have problems with maintaining sufficient sales for all of their brands since they have so many, some of them will inevitably become overlooked and fall in sales. Especially when it's such a non-spectacular beer style as a Schwarzbier, even if the product is excellent.
  34. Beerandraiderfan

    Beerandraiderfan Initiate (0) Apr 14, 2009 Nevada

    No. Dead wrong.

    Specific examples of an item's characteristics when said item belongs to a larger category of items, does not impute said characteristics to every example that falls into the larger category.

    If I say Bud Light sucks, it doesn't imply that Pliny the Younger sucks, much less every other liquid that qualifies as 'beer'.
  35. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Thank you for your reply. If I was thinking more thoroughly I would have gone to the beer contest website and researched the styles myself.

    So my read of the style guidelines is that the only ‘real’ difference between a German style Schwartzbier and a Bohemian style Schwartzbier is bittering levels (22-30 IBUs vs. 18 IBUs). Is that your understanding as well? It seems strange that they only listed a singular value (i.e., 18 IBUs) for the Bohemian style Schwartbier vs. a range.

    As an aside, Sam Adams Black Lager won the Gold medal for the German style Schwartzbier.

  36. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (200) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    Well the quote got messed up a bit due to formating, the Bohemian stats range withing 18-30IBUs. There are some slight differences across the different indicators but not very large ones which makes sense, I'd imagine that there are both German and Bohemian Schwarzbieren that would end up being categorized as an opposite style.
  37. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,122) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    “Bohemian stats range within 18-30IBUs.” Given that information I find it very strange that there are two categories of German style Schwartzbier and Bohemian style Schwartzbier; those two style description pretty much read identical to me.:confused:

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  38. HKUSPC40

    HKUSPC40 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2012 Washington

    Some guy once told me the best beer in the world comes from Texas...

    I told him that I heard only two things come from Texas...

    He gave me a very puzzled look...
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  39. Crusader

    Crusader Aspirant (200) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    Indeed, I'd wager it is mostly German/Czech national pride which generates two categories rather than one. The differences could easily be incorporated into one category.
  40. Ford

    Ford Defender (693) Sep 8, 2012 Texas
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    I was kidding, but if needed.. I imagine Miller could afford the money needed to buy medals... most craft breweries.. would not.

    Also, is the World Beer Cup Championship different from GABC? Is one more well thought of or prestigious?
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