Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Experienced from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a straw to medium golden color with a long-lasting white head. Slight notes of citrus come through in the nose, surprising given the fact that it is a lager. On the other hand, it was difficult to find any notes of malt or German noble hops. The bottle claims that the beer is a "hop-jacked lager." Actually tasting the beer reveals that it has nothing of the sort. No hop flavor is detectable, nor is any hop aroma. The palate tastes more like a MGD or a Rolling Rock than a real craft beer. Ghastly.
drowland (6662) - Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass. An interesting somewhat hopped up addition by Shiner. One of their better beers, but still doesn’t blow me away.
nearbeer (4053) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2009 12 oz. Darkish topaz with a lasting disc of bubbles. Mild aroma of grass, caramel and lightly tart apple. Flavor is a mix of the same, with some toasted grain and a crisp grassy finish. Tastes kinda like a marzen lite. Light-medium body is dry and tingly. One of the better Shiner products I’ve had.
Pershing (486) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another disappointing selection from Shiner. I’ve come to the conclusion that their beer is brewed for the masses. Pours a clear copper color with a decent white head that is gone quickly. Bland taste on the palate with a slight malt aroma. I’m glad only one came in the six pack.
HoppyAlesToYou (164) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - JUL 28, 2009
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Initial impression from the pour does not impress, as there is not much aroma and little head retention. The first sip reminds me a bit of Sam Adams Boston Lager, but that quickly fades as the long malty finish disappoints. There is a touch of sweetness to this medium bodied clear amber lager, but it leaves me wanting for more. While it may be a better alternative to the mass market lagers, I’ll not pursue it again.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - JUL 26, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Grain and sweet malts dominate the aroma. Flavor is much the same, with a slight metallic flavor in the mix. This really wasn’t all that bad... I’ve had worse.
graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2009
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours gold into the glass with a tiny white head. Aroma is metallic with a slight malty note. Flavor is minimal with an almost astringent bitterness at the end. Thin body. No thanks.
garthicus (2777) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks to blutt59 for sending this in a trade. Appearance: Copper body, and a huge amount of agitation barely produces a head. Aroma: grass and ammonia, copper, caramel and plastic. Flavour: Damp cardboard, grass, vegetables, grain, burnt plastic. Awful. Thanks Bob lol!
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2009
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared by garthicus with me and blankboy. Clear amber, no head. Grain and tupentine aroma, sweet and harsh. Tastes like fake maple syrup aged in an old LawnBoy bag - ugh. Light, slick, still mouthfeel, sweet, with an ugly aftertaste. Tick - and NEVER again.
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Everything about this beer is bringing up just one word to me, no matter what I try to think of differently to describe it: coppery. It looks coppery, it smells coppery, and God help me, it tastes coppery. I just hope coppery is a word.