ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark ruby color with touches of transparency when held up to a light. Thereís about a fingerís worth of light mocha-shaded head. Thereís only a modicum of lacing left on the glass, as well.
S: Itís more interesting than the other Shiner brews Iíve sampled, thatís for sure. There are touches of caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and cream. I also notice the slightest hint of adjuncts, but they honestly kind of work here.
T: I like the pleasant roastiness on the opening. This gives way to light dark fruit esters and some cocoa powder. While itís straightforward (a trait ever-so-common with Shiner, seemingly), it also has a richer flavor and an enjoyable subtlety to it others lack - even in the style.
M: Good schwarzbiers can pass for an Irish-style dry stout in terms of mouthfeel; I feel like this one passes that test, to an extent. Itís dry at first, but touches of sweetness lingers after a few sips. Carbonation is moderately low, so itís not particularly drinkable.
O: Not bad at all. Itís quite good, actually, especially for the style. Itís rich, subtle character almost belies its 4.9% ABV. Out of the mixed 6-pack from Shiner (other brewers, take note), this is probably the only one Iíd buy a 6-pack of in the future.
AlfredReece92 (28) - Taylor, Arkansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
All I can really say is wow... I love the dark color and the off white head. The smell is kinda just bleh, same old same old, but the taste is where itís at... This is definitely the best beer Iíve ever had, so glad I took the chance on buying. Highly recommended
raymow (962) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottled - not a bad attempt at all. Nice roasted malt flavor with some chocolate thrown in there. Good color. Not much aroma. Not bad.
LowBrau (99) - Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 21, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown with a tan head. Nose has roasted and chocolate notes. Dry with medium sourness, burnt aroma. Light bodied and fizzy. Slight sweetness emerges as it warms.
badhack (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Surprised this was a lager. Ale like, yeast, a nice porter like malt profile with a bit of darker malt as well. But still thin on the tongue like a porter. Slightly sweet. Dark cola pour.
patxa (201) - MEXICO - MAR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprisingly good for a mainstream beer. Tan, short head, light bodied, kind of flat. Nice liquorish aromas with smoked notes. Short, alcoholic palate.
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ordybill (525) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a decent hop aroma.
Appearance- A black colored beer with a small tannish head.
Taste- Has a nice coffee, malt and oat flavor.
Palate- Alight bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a fairly dry finish.
Overall- An average Schwarzbier, I really love Spoetzel Brewing but this one didnít drive me crazy.
Luvystypotables (943) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild aroma of malt and smoke, pours a black colour with a thick foamy tan head. Seeet malt taste with a watery feel minimal carbonation and malt finish.
dukeandduke (116) - Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
3/1 - Bottle. Very light, will minimal aroma. Smooth dark pour, very light texture. Light taste and pour, very light and easy going down. Decent beer.
jbuskirk (554) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - FEB 27, 2015
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Shiner 97 makes a good first impression. The cola-colored body and tan head are attractive. I liked the smells of soapy lager yeast and faint chocolate, too. It all falls apart after that. The taste is completely underwhelming. Watery, thin, and flat. Unfortunately, Iíd need similar adjectives to describe the mouthfeel. Black Lagers should be rich and unique (after all, you donít see too many of them). This one is bland and forgettable.
foyle (294) - Wyoming, USA - FEB 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a frothy 2" cream colored head that falls moderately with mild lacing. Color is dark reddish brown.
Aroma: yeasty bread dough, cocoa, a bit of grassiness.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied and soda like with a dry, somewhat astringent finish.
Flavor: rich roasted barley, a bit of cocoa and coffee, definite smoke flavor. Some grassy and slight citrus rind hops.
Overall: very good for the style