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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Handcrafted from two special varieties of hops and a blend of rich imported malts to make this the darkest lager possible.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Medium amber colored pour with a bit of white head and a touch of lacing. Smell of sweet malt and a subtle hop presence. Small bit of bitterness up front followed by a malt sweetness. Body is fairly light and watery, and not too flavorful. Ok, but nothing spectacular.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Pours amber, clear, effervescent, fluffy white dissipating head, very spare lacing. Weak aroma with the advertised floral hops along with some wet straw. Quite light-bodied, thin slightly oily texture, not much going on there. Flavor aggressively uncomplex: initial mild bitterness, fairly sweet... Finish is non-existent. Though nothing about this beer is really offensive, there is conversely little to praise. Mediocre.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 2, 2007
(12oz bottle): Pours a brown lightish color, whitish head, average but diminishing. Sugary malty aroma. Lots of hops too. Clean weak taste, watery, some malts. Some skunky malt flavor but not much else.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Poured nice amber color without a lot of head. Tasted similar to Abita Amber Lager to me. Pretty good stuff. I guess I liked it more than most.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. Light copper color with a large white ehad. Nice metallic hops, really not too bad. A decent attempt, I would check on the catagory of this eer I would not consider it to be an ADL.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2007
This is a nice change from regular Shiner, but has most of the same characteristics. Slight hoppy aroma, some earthy, vegetable characteristics. Flavor is mid-range, mostly malty, dry, and slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2752) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2007
Orange color, paler than true amber, a big foamy head. Aroma is slight butterscotch, a hint of brown sugar, a touch of herbal hops, and perhaps a vague vegetal character. Palate is lighter than I’d like - right up front this beer lacks body. Just a touch of caramel malt sweetness - moves into a nice spicy hop finish though. I wouldn’t say its watery, but I do like more malt backbone to amber lagers. I think this could serve as a refreshing beer with flavor, when such is needed, though.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2007
Amber color with just a little head. Nutty malt, caramel, not much else. Flavor is sweeter malts with some slightly spicy hops....but not much. It’s okay, but not great.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours a sparkling amber-orange with a small, fizzy, off-white head that diminishes completely. The aroma is of caramel malts and vegetables, oddly enough. The mouthfeel is thin and lively, despite the lack of head. The finish is somewhat astringent/sour. The flavor is of sweet malts and berries (not quite sure where that one comes from). Overly carbonated and generally uninspired, you won’t be missing much if you don’t try this one.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
theisti (3857) - Kansas, USA - JUN 8, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Zinister. Pour is dark golden, with a medium white head. Aroma is hop and malt sweetness. Flavor is a little too sharp, I get kind of an old grain and sour something in it. Not my favorite, but glad I got a chance to try it. Thanks again Michael!


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