FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A - Copper color and somewhat dark for the style. Average to slightly below average sized head of a light foamy white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.
S - Fairly hoppy for the style although not really all that hoppy. Slight lemony aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Strong pilsner/pale malt. Some grainy aroma and maybe a hint of herbal hops. Nothing great, just a slightly hoppy pale lager.
T - Slight grain and bready malt flavor is the strongest. Somewhat hoppy, at least for the style with a touch of grassy and even less herbal and tea flavors. A decent lemony flavor. Subtle mineral flavor as well.
M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp light feel.
D - Goes down easy, but I have no reason to want to drink more. Slightly hoppy for the style, but pretty bland overall.
Notes: Not horrible for the style, but not great either. Slightly hoppy and slightly bready malt. Nothing special just average or slightly above average beer for the style. Nothing I would come back to, even on a hot summer day there are other beers I’d rather have.
tennessejed420 (927) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
bottle. Pours orange tined gold with frothy white head. Aroma is lemon, grass, soft skunk. Balanced flavor with lemon, hay, some grassy hops on the finish, which evolve into a watery skunk like flavor. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied, but not resembling a light beer or anything. As it warms a little bit of a soapiness. Not the worst lager - although its uninteresting and there are some weird flavors going on in here none of them are outright bad, it is drinkable to be sure.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 30, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a golden to orange with off white head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is bitter corn and grain.
Maverick34 (2185) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Poureda goldish gold. Mild aroma with some grassiness mild hops finish. Session.
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is grains, straw and grass. Flavors of grains, straw, stale bread, and a hint of minerals. Somewhat herbal and muddled finish. Even though it isn’t a winner it is more drinkable than say.... Weinhard’s reserve. Ah, whatever.
cmc619 (386) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Continuing through the Shiner/Spoetzel variety 6-pack. This one smells and pours the best of the three I’ve had so far. Head starts at about 2" and recedes to .5" foamy top layer. Color is between deep gold and amber. Smell is still metallic. This is like Shiner Bock with a bit more caramel/roasted malt. I definitely prefer this to Shiner Bock, but it’s still a forgettable lager. I certainly wouldn’t call it "hop jacked." Easy to drink, nothing terribly offensive, but also nothing terribly attractive.
Finhead (1152) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A clear, golden pour with white head. The light aroma is mostly grains. The light body has a thin texture and clean finish.
bluejacket74 (1284) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers included in Shiner’s Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is toasted and bready malt, along with some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s a nice herbal/spicy taste noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think it’s a pretty decent brew, I enjoyed it.
nuplastikk (4304) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Steady, thin, white head. Medium bodied, sessionable Lager. Smooth malty tones, nice Lager tones. Unimpressive soapy, peppery hop balance. A little too harsh and biting, kind of throws the beer off. I can dig the concept, but it certainly isn’t done well here. OK and sessionable.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
From the bottle - an American Pale Lager pale lager described as over-hopped. It is, resulting in an astringent brew. Its clean aroma is actually a bit more attractive than the actual super-dry taste. There is a bit of a vegetable taste to the beer while the body seems rather light and thin. More like the Shiner 101, nice concept but not to my taste.