Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Cavie. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is honey, cinnamon spice, a little nutty, and then old grain. Taste is a little roasted, some nice maltiness, cinnamon, and pie spices. Pretty good flavor is ruined by an almost compost-esque finish. Shares the same almost metallic feel that has been creeping into Shiners lately. Looking at the older ratings, I have a feeling it was better when it was the one-off. A step up from their last couple disasters at least.
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Soooo glad I am finally getting to try the 96 since I missed it the first time around. Poured into a dimpled mug, enjoyed while watching the Cowboys play. Rusty orange appearance with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Light aroma of caramel malts, and autumn spice. Flavor also has a bit of the same spice with a slightly old/bitter after-taste. Finish is the big drawback here. Kinda buttery.
djd07 (6275) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper orange with a large frothy off white head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is a sweet fruit malt with grain and wheat. Thin mouthfeel with a bready malt and metallic finish. Not much going on with this marzen from Shiner.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
[Bottle] Pours a light amber color with a quickly fading head. Aroma of caramel malts and light hops. Taste is of caramel, bread, metal and some hazelnut. Prickly carbonation and low-medium bodied. Pretty basic, but not too bad overall.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very light amber, really thick head with big bubbles - goes away quickly. Taste is a bit of roasted malt, but very light. Not much flavor or bitterness. Seems to be an Oktoberfest for the masses.
ttutony (789) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Some caramel flavors on the palate. Finishes dry. Fairly standard Shiner fare.
mar (5027) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear amber with a cream head. Nose is caramel, dirty socks, and malts. Thin on the palate, flavor is caramel malts and water.
llcooldave (1168) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2010 Good clear coppery orange color with nice lacing. Malty sweet flavor with some herbal hops presence. Slight alcohol & herbal hops fruit aroma. Overall its average at best but still drinkable.
BFassburg (23) - El Paso, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner-style glass it formed a thick white head that dissipated quickly, leaving plenty of lacing. Color is on the tan side of amber. It’s aroma is light, bright and clean, but smells primarily of light malt. It is very light in body and has a slightly tangy flavor with hints of grass and a mild bitter aftertaste.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 Pours golden amber, aroma caramel, bread, and alcohol. Medium sweetness dominated by vienna malt. Light bodied, thin texture, and low carbonation bring points down. A malty beer but trades in a potentially good beer with a watery palate.