drowland (4975) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 29, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is mainly helles, lacking smoke unfortunately. The flavor is helles with touches of smoke, mainly of the bacon/mesquite variety. Typical of Shiner - good but light and easier to drink than the real style.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This draft brew from a restaurant poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized white colored bubbles that were quickly diminishing and left behind a typically carbonated light orange colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was smoky and woody. The bubbly mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The very mild bubbly lingering flavor contained notes of barely noticeable smokiness and malt. An OK brew just nothing special. the bubbliness covers up the mild malt.
ads135 (1571) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is arguably the worst beer Iíve had from Shiner. As a helles, its not terrible even though itís a bit heavy on the caramelly sweetness. The smoke, however, is what was unnecessary. Overly smoked, chemically flavored.
sjohnny (253) - - OCT 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I wish they would bring this one back instead of that sorry grapefruit thing with which they replaced it. I really enjoyed this one with brisket and ribs on a hot summer day. Itís smokiness was a perfect accompaniment to a Fourth of July Barbecue.
jmagnus87 (1381) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. 12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Aroma of caramel and light wood smoke. Taste is about the same. Overall, very good. My first smoke beer. I really like this.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally reviewed: 6/16/10. 12oz bottle picked up from Whole Foods. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a darker orange with a thin off-white head on top. Little lace sticks to the glass. Scents of sweet malts, and just a faint whiff of smoked mesquite. Expected a bit more here, but canít say Iím disappointed. Glad itís not so in-your-face since this is a lighter style (Helles).
The body is crisp and clean. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of grains, sweet honey tones, and again, light smoke. Nothing too bold here. Just a background smokiness that complements the style well. I liked this. It didnít smack of smoke, but it played the part well. Not bad.
Tabednar (139) - - MAR 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very strong smoked BBQ taste that is a bit overwhelming. Hard to drink more than one of these or the beer by itself
Errl (563) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle- Nose is caramel, malts, smoke, Mesquite wood...Taste is Smoked meats, wood, caramel malts, earthy..Palats is smoke and smooth...My favorite brew from Spoetzl
NobleSquirrel (3286) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that kind of fizzles out. Nose is light smoked meat, caramel and sweetness. Not much in the way of malt in the nose. On tasting, far too sweet, hardwood smoke and just not particularly balanced. Sweetness is just not pleasant. Not for me.
dfinney23 (1000) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I likes me some smoked beers but this one didnít do it for me. Very little smokiness and whatís there seems more like Liquid Smoke than the authentic mesquite variety.
rougeau13 (1590) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear golden with a small whitish head. Aroma of smoked meat and grain. Taste is typical pale lager with a nice smoke flavor. Light bodied. Far from a masterpiece, but this is more than serviceable for yard work, grilling, etc.