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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.83/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Handcrafted from two special varieties of hops and a blend of rich imported malts to make this the darkest lager possible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CasperQuaffer (142) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pleasant toasty aroma. Great amber almost copper color with weak head. Flavor mild hops with caramel and a mild, earthy malt. Well balanced, but no strong flavors. Slight honey aftertaste. Good beer for casual drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Pours with a frothy, initially fat one-finger thick (despite a vigorous pour), pale tan colored head that sits a top a brilliantly clear, deeply red, copper colored brew. The aroma is a nice mix of hop and malt, though the hop notes play a touch larger role. Aromatic notes of light citrus, green-herbal notes, a touch of berry notes, some biscuit malt notes, a nice breadiness. I like that this has a nice, chewy, malt driven aroma, but am a bit suprised (though pleasantly so) how hoppy & of what hop character that this brew is.

Quite well carbonated, the beer definitely fizzes up a bit as it hits my tongue. Somewhat dry, even a touch of tartness, though this does have a soft, caramelized malt sweetness. Grassy hop flavors and a solid, yet somewhat soft, hop bitterness is noticeable. The fruity / citrus hop notes of the aroma are mostly lacking in the flavor, but there is just a hint of bergamot towards the finish. Malt defived flavors of biscuits, a berry-like malt sweetness, some dusty soda cracker notes and a touch of grain husk astringency add a bit more to the malt perception.

This is not a bad amber, I don’t know that I would characterize it as a traditional Bavarian one, but I like the extra, fresh hop character that is in this brew. It could perhaps use a touch more malt depth, and perhaps a touch cleaner malt profile.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Haslinger (909) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours amber, tastes grassy and sweet. Better than other Shiner products I’ve had

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - DEC 2, 2007
Amber colour, white head. Aroma has grassy hops, caramel and some medicine smell. Flavour is caramel and hoppy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
12 oz bottle from Beastiefan2K; Nose of grain, grass, caramel, with light vanilla and banana notes; Light amber with a medium beige head; flavor is sweet, light caramel, and a touch of fruitiness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badinplaid (106) - USA - NOV 28, 2007
A nice refreshing amber ale. Good product from that little brewry in south texas. Wonder what they will give us next year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
skortila (5340) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2007
Bottled. Aroma has some caramel malts in it, some hoppiness. Clear, copper-amber coloured with a thin, off-white lace. Taste is sweetish, with caramel malts, slightly roasted, some sugar and hoppiness. Carbonated, light bodied beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LearninBeer (486) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2007
The aroma is a little hoppy, but kinda stale smelling. The head is creamy,white with good lacing, mostly diminishing. The body is clear and copper in color. The initial flavor is a little watery, a touch bitter and a little acidic. The finish is short to average. The body is light, the texture watery and the carbonation a little fizzy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (9608) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2007
Clear brown, very brief off-white head, poor retention, no lace. Low caramel and corn syrup aroma. Very bland caramel palate, thin mouthfeel, metallic note in the finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
A pretty good brew... not as good as 97 though. Clear deep golden color... pretty malty, both in flavor and aroma. A little bit sweet as well. 12 oz. bottle

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