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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Handcrafted from two special varieties of hops and a blend of rich imported malts to make this the darkest lager possible.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, 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 (3175) - Leawood, 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!

1.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Bottle. Pours beautiful, clear, ambient amber with a subtle head and giggly lacing. Smells of tomato paste with mashed potatoes and corn. Tastes of syrupy corn cob with a hint of floral hops. Thin mouthfeel. This is utterly despicable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
By far the best shiner product ive had yet. thats not saying much bu tits still good. perfect summer beer for those of us that like dark beer year round.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
djd07 (3282) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Poured an amber color with thin white head frothy head that stays. A very hoppy aroma and malt. Laces nicely but dissipates quickly. Not too much to offer on the taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Yeah, Im from Texas so the beer gets a little higher rating than it should.... Hey, its not horrible- Shiner Bock would be better if it tasted like this I think. But then again, they should just make a real bock already.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
churchill00 (154) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2007
The packaging is the best so far of their annual special releases...but the taste falls short. I’m drinking it right now, and the nutty aroma of roasted almonds is better than the dull, watery taste. I’ll probably keep an unopened bottle, because, hey, I’m not really going to miss it. And, per commercial description..."darkest lager possible"...wha?

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JNSTEX (12) - Bryan, Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Pours light-amber color with a So, So, smell to it. Taste is not complex and has a watery finish....not much else to say about this beer,but this..."WAKE UP" SPOETZL BREWERY....THIS BEER IS A SORRY EXCUSE FOR AN AMBER BEER......

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5789) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Bought at Clear LAke Specs for $6.50, not bad price at all!... ...Pours a bit darker than standard shiner... ..smell is quite nice, more rustic than ole bock... ..some lacing and good head at pour.. ..taste is where this lacks, very shy, BUT not offensive... ...the least likeable of the anniversary series....

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Nice packaging! The label is different from all the other shiner offerings and it is an upgrade in my opinion. The beer pours a deep gold into the glass with about an inch of white head that remains much longer than the head on other shiner beers. The aroma is quite nice with nice hopping much different from other shiners. (are you noticing a trend here?) The beer leaves a little more to be desired on the flavor end though as it is a little weaker than the aroma might suggest. Still, there are many nice aspects in the taste with a sweet malt backbone and some spicy hops. Overall a real nice beer from the Shiner camp. I like to see the anniversary offerings and hope they continue even after the 100th anniversary!


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