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UncleKorm (39) Colorado Springs, Colorado | September 25, 2012
58 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 13/20
Made the pilgrimage to this piece of Texas & Beer history, surprisingly small given the volume they put out. Friendly guided tour, with samples after.
mmmbeer (56) Austin, Texas | July 8, 2011
70 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 15/20
You would think that with distribution to over 40 states, and me seeing Strohís brewery in itís heyday, you would think that it would be a huge place. Itís not- a very small brewery that I drove by-twice. Stopped by for the early 10am summer tour, which allowed me to pick over the tourguideís brain since the other 5 people there were only itching for something to drink. Got to see the inside of the brewhouse itself- they were making batches (Black Lager) as we were walking by. 24 hour operation was what I was told, with them getting in 4 new 5000 gallon fermenters next month- and they were running close to capacity now. Got the free samples ("No Alt?" Was told itís been itís most popular request since being shortly released) - milled around a bit... why all the hate Texans? Take some pride in it- not a whole lot breweries that opened before Prohibition are left, and that are halfway decent to consume now.
RudiNicole (77) Michigan | April 25, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 15/20
Nice, old brewery with a lot of history, which the locals are proud to share. The brewery tour, which is free, runs a little long..then you are itching to get down to the tap room, only to receive a couple small pulls from the taps. Shiner beer isnít amazing, but it is drinkable and tastes fine, and much better than the light beers from the big 3. The gift shop is really nice, and has lots of souvenirs with the Shiner logo. If you are in Texas, GO! It was about 1 1/2 hr outside Houston.
stephenj007 (15) Houston, Texas | November 14, 2009
74 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 15/20
This brewery holds alot of history in relation to the German influence on brewing, life, and foods in the central Texas area. The beer samples and tour were free, the gift shop is reasonably priced. Itís a short, but informative tour....keep in mind, youíre touring a small brewery, not AB or Coors. Shiner is a friendly, typical small Texas town....be sure to try Fridayís Restaurant just up the street from the brewery for a great meal.
RedBeardPT (2) , Texas | September 4, 2009
92 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 19/20
Great stop for any Texas beer fan, a must for Shiner Beer fans. The tour was free with five free samples given. Walked into the sample room/gift shop and was greated by "Want a Beer?" What more could you ask for?
graham515 (8) Houston, Texas | June 18, 2009
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 12/20
Wouldnít necessarily go out of my way to get there, but if you are passing through a stop at the brewery is essential. I think the price of admission was about 5 bucks and you get several tokens for samples. The tour is not all that informative and they hit on my biggest pet peeve by pronouncing wort as if it was the growth on someoneís foot and not WERT. The beers are good but dont expect to be wowed.
SudsMcDuff (183) .....Manchester United.........., Texas | June 3, 2008
52 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
As with many in Texas , I pretty much started drinking better beer with big help from Shiner beers so living in Houston I might as well make the long drive to Shiner and take a tour.. The people in Shiner do seem nice, we got lost and they pointed the way, we pull up and see a clean cut brewery, looks good! ... We walk inside and are treated to a short tour with the usual stops, not that informative but not terrible.. the smell of malt can be detected in the air... the tasting at the end is fun-ish.. nothing secretive about it, and when i asked about the 99, they had no clue what i was really talking about.??.... overall a nice little simple tour but not worth a few hours drive.. and on another note, what has happened to the new Shiner beers? .the 98 was barely passable, the 99 was god awful and their new Leicht is one of the worst beers on the market.. i shudder to think what the 100th anniversary beer will be...
MikeMcMahon (4) | January 25, 2006
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 20/20
If you came from a small town and love beer, you need to find your way to Shiner when youíre in Texas. Tours are on the weekdays because thatís when they work. It is a perfect "first brewery tour" for semi-interested relatives, but wonít hold up to repeated listenings by the already converted. The town is geared for beer and ANYONE in town or at the brewery is happy to meet you, and glad to talk with you. Just take the samples, and enjoy the anachronism of a town build around their very own brewery.
Braudog (701) Hampton, Virginia | July 31, 2005
36 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 8/20
My wife and I drove way out into the middle of nowhere to go on the tour here. What torture! The tour guide had the most irritating, grating delivery Iíve ever had on any tour anywhere; itís become an inside joke between us to mimic her overly scripted and theatrical speeches. The gift shop at the entrance is tiny and way overpriced. At least at the end they had a nice brand new tasting room to savor a sip or two. Shiner Bock was one of the beers that helped me on my way towards beer awakening, so I have to be thankful to them. And every once in a while weíll enjoy their Kolsch or something. Worth a visit if youíre bored in south Texas.
fly (224) austin, Tejas, Alabama | November 4, 2004
38 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 12/20
The hours make it difficult to go (unless itís changed - weekdays and only til 3 or 4) but if thereís some reason you find yourself out thisuh way, wayull hayull, gwon in an have yorseff a cornladen bock or whatever they be serving. I doubt Mr. Simms is still there. He was the 90 year old guy that always manned the taps. Sigh. And if I were rating this from the point that I LIKED their beer I would give it the highest rating from the time they re-opened after hours and stayed until dark drinking with the brewmaster.
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