RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - APR 15, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from "Family Reunion" six pack.Golden blonde pour into thin white foamy head that quickly dissipates into melting lacing and a pool of swirling foam as carbonated bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass. Aroma of malty grain and yeasty biscuit. Initial flavor of malty straw that slowly fades into a grassy finish.
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from the "family" sixer, pours light gold with a medium white head. Aroma is pale grain and corn. Flavor is crisp pale malts, some corn and a nice finish of peppery hops. Seems like a nice light pils to me.
jeremytoni (3017) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle poured a straw color with a fair amount of head. Grassy malty flavor with a quick finish.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2011
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden amber with a very small amount of fizzy white head. The use of the phrase "hop-jacked" in the brewer’s description makes me wonder if anyone at Shiner has ever really had a hoppy beer. Half asses as most of their brews - lots of corn. Thin and watery.
suprchunk (2607) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a honey amber with a hefty white head. Carbonation continues to flow upwards the entire time, keeping the head up top.
Not much in the way of aroma. Surprising given the statement about hops being used in this one. Smells a little like watered down corn.
Again, a little like watered down corn. I would like to say there is some malty tastes contributing to the color, but I can’t.
Weird aftertaste. Almost like a powdery feeling. A bit of sourness lingers on the sides of the mouth and tongue.
Eh, you could pound them down. But why would you? It’s not very good and the overcarbonation gets annoying to look at.
Hangover (1092) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - MAR 11, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, I normally rate beers in a standard way...aroma, mouthfeel, flavor, finish and overall impression. I’m not doing it this time because I’m drinking this beer and reading the label... flavorful and hop-jacked? WTF? Don’t lie to me! This beer is weak, watery and has an aftertaste of corn and funk.
wlajwl (4622) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Does have a nice hop aroma and bite to it in the flavor, not a really balanced lager but still interesting considering how hoppy it is.
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.
brigg (549) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(bottle) A bubbling clear orange body with a big off-white head. Pale caramel malt and moderate hop aroma, grain, fruit notes (apple, orange) and light grass. Flavor, like the body, is thin. Up front there is some caramel malt as well as hops and some spice, but it quickly fades to a mostly tasteless(watery), dry finish.
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - APR 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Copper colored with a small white head that to its credit laces nicely down the glass, the beer is not visibly carbonated. A floral aroma with orange and vanilla with spice. The taste is mostly a cereal wheat with sweet mandarin and honey flavors. Its an ale that lacks a notable hops taste but ha enough to counteract the sweet citrus beginning. The palate is a tad thick and bloating for such a sweet ale. In summation I am glad they "reserve" this beer and release more of the preferable Shiner Bock to us consumers.