Saturday, April 18, 2015

Shiner Haymaker

Shiner beers come from the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070). This 4.5% ABV extra pale ale is a limited edition Brewer's Pride selection (No. 6) available in their "Family Reunion" sampler six pack.

The beer pours a dark, golden yellow in color. There is nearly an inch of white, foamy head, but it is not too long lasting. The aroma is lemony, a touch of grapefruit, a light herbal note, with some underlying sweet grain. The taste follows the aromas, lemon, sweet grain, honey, light herbal. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. The beer drinks easy, carbonated, and thirst quenching. This is one of those nice enough, yet underwhelming, beers. Shiner does best when they stick to lager variations.

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