fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 21, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
For some reason I wanted to like this. Felt almost betrayed. And as much as I wanted to like it, I was also suspicious, but had been told it was okay. Guess it is okay, but thin to my tastes and with a weird finish that makes me wonder what combination of malts/hops were used. This is one style that I’m particularly judgmental about and am possibly being more forgiving than my description appears.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2005 Sudsy, cream-white head that faded to a persistent film and brass-colored body with medium carbonation. Medium-light toast, some sweet caramel, and DMS in the aroma. Medium-low sweetness in the flavor with some mildly harsh graininess and notes of bitter black tea and cooked squash skin. Not something I would choose to drink again. Thanks for the winner Stan. ;)
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky.
Light to medium body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation.
Wow, is this ever watery, fizzy, and dull. Smells/tastes artificial. Yikes. Drain pour...not in a repulsive way, just...this is like...imitation beer.
jasonwamsley (3) - Norton, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2005 does not count
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really liked it. I’ve been a fan of anything Shiner for a while. Itt had a good aftertaste and the aroma I thought was nice. It definately isn’t my favorite beer but I would drink it again.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice enough looking yellow-orange beer with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet malt or wildflower honey. Notes of pine and spruce. Way dry on the palate. Too bitter for style, but quite quaffable. A good effort.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear, pale amber appearance; slim, whitish head.
Soft, malty aroma...actually, more vegetal than anything else. And all-in-all flat.
Taste: a mess in the mouth, a convoluted collection of oddments, and none of them too pleasant. A hotness at the front, a glimmer of malt that fades off the palate, a faint flurry of hops that, too, dies in a quick. If they meant to make a marzen, the malt’s too lean, and the balance way out of wack. It’s nothing you could call complex, just a ...a trainwreck. Cooked veggies dominates the flavor, and that’s not good.
Medium-ish body, long, yet unhappy finish. A struggles to get the entire contents down the throat. Eh...why bother, time to trade this in for a better brew.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear golden color. Typical sweet caramel malty aroma. Flavor continued the aroma but was also a little tart. Light bitter finish.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is light caramel amber with a small white head...smell is a little sweet with molasses and grain...taste is a little sweet and metallic turning strangely metallic sour bitter...interesting...
3fourths (7859) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad beer from Shiner, easily their best - but stylewise it’s not a great marzen. Good, but not great. Appearance is clear light copper hued with a perfect white head. Smells a bit grainy, some festive corn or hay with some brown sugar scents... a bit sour in the nose and on the tongue but I expect a little bit of that. Flavor is a bit light, some honey, grains, hay, light corn. Not bad, but there’s a bit of a sour, skunky flavor even in brand new bottles, so that’s where this beer suffers.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large, white, foamy head. Copper-orange color. Grains and grass in the nose, as well as malts. Flavorful, w/ a lagers crispness. Little spicy w/ a little lemon citus. Not a bad beer, esp. compared to shiners other ’specials’. I’ll look forward to their next offerings.