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Beer Review #150 Shiner Oktoberfest

When I lived in Texas I had a good number of Shiner beers before I really ventured into other waters. The main reason was two fold: 1. they make a huge variety of beer, 2. it’s cheap. I was without a job for the first two and a half months of living in Texas, so cheap anything was high on the priority list. In my year down there I never saw Shiner Oktoberfest. Shiner, err the Spoetzel Brewery, is located in Shiner, Texas, a town of just 2,070 people according to the bottle.

In my round-up of Oktoberfest beers this one found its way into my basket. I’ve been disappointed by some of their beers in the past, but I hoped that this one would change that trend around. The beer pours a really nice orange color with a fluffy white head. The head quickly fades to a thin lace on top of the clear beer. Shiner Oktoberfest’s nose was lightly malty with some toasted notes in there. There was some distant sulfur, but nothing to complain about.

On the first taste the malt sweetness from the nose carried over wonderfully onto the flavor realm. I never really got a hop kick in this one. The hops fade in a bit, but never fully make their presence known. The aftertaste is what killed this beer in my eyes. It was metallic and just took away anything the beer had going for it.

I was really digging this beer up until the aftertaste. The malt was light and the hops were as well. Everything seemed to be in a decent balance, though a bit malt forward, and wham! metal. This isn’t the first time I’ve tasted metal in Shiner’s beers before. I don’t know if it is the water or something else, but it just destroys an other wise good beer. (more…)

Michelob Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale Beer Review

When I first saw a case of this beer sitting at my local beer store, I was intriguing. A bit excited to tell the truth. There was a snowman holding a bottle of beer and wearing some sweet shades, all of this to advertise a bourbon cask ale. Sounded wonderful!

When I got home, I threw a six-pack in the fridge and noticed that this beer was made by Michelob. There was no evidence of this on the box (or else I would not of gotten it), but I already opened it so it was too late. I don’t hate Michelob, I just don’t like that they are pretending to be a craft brewery when you are really an InBev product. The bottles read:

“Winter ale aged on bourbon oak casks and whole Madagascar vanilla beans. 6.0% ABV.”

I waited from them to get cold and two hours later, they were ready to drink. When I think of a winter beer, I generally think of something dark and heavy and full of alcohol. I think the same thing when I hear of bourbon and cask. I popped the top to a nice little pfff and poured it into my glass. This stuff was a copper colored!?! Nothing like what I was expecting. It had a thin head that disappeared within seconds.

A bit annoyed, I cleared my head and decided to give the beer a chance to say something. The first smells were sweet and strongly vanilla. There is a hint of malt and no hops at all. Upon first sip I didn’t really enjoy it at all. It tasted like cream soda. There was also a strange metalic taste that I did not enjoy at all. There was also very little carbonation and no flavor of bourbon.┬áSome beers get better as you drink through the glass, this is not one of them. I let about half of the glass sit for a bit to see if it being warmed helped at all; no change.

I was very, very disappointed by this beer. I expected something totally different, and the flavor of the beer completly ruined any positives I held on to. Don’t get fooled, don’t buy this beer, don’t look at this beer! (more…)