RATINGS: 423   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070), we’re suckers for tradition. Which is why this classic Oktoberfest brew is made with the highest quality two-row barley, Munich and caramel malts, along with German grown Hallertau Tradition and Hersbrucker hops. It’s our way of honoring our ancestors and the beer they loved to celebrate with. So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2010
12 oz. bottle from plaza Liquors - Pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is toasted malt and spicy hops. Flavor is toasted malt, but the hops are toned down a little. Medium body. Nothing bad about this one. I’d drink it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2010
This beer pours a caramel amber with a thin off white head leaving no lacing down the sides. The aromas are bread and dough. The mouthfeel is watery and mildly sweet with a little more sweetness on the back end. This was not a great representation of the style, but it was drinkable. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Pours light amber with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor is light caramel, buttery sugar cookie, and a little grassy hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2010
The beer pours an amber/copper color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, earthy hops and surprisingly, some flowery notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel and light earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the best beers of this style that I have tried, but one of the better offerings from Shiner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Bottle pours orange-amber with an off-white head. Aroma is toffee and cardboard. Flavor shows the same with a weak earthy/grassy hop presence lingering on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (2732) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2010
A better than average Oktoberfest in my alarmingly amateur opinion. Nice vintage label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmbeer (1405) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured transparent dull copper color, medium and lively carbonation, half finger white bubbly head wafted away within minutes to produce a white ring around the glass. Aroma of a hearty caramel malt, nuts, and a slight note of maple. Hits the mouth with a low medium body, malt is there and has alot of carmel to it, middle is a little sweet, finish is lingering and begs for colder weather. I have to say, nice showing Shiner, I’ll have to get some more!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4874) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2010
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Ah, a return of the old Shiner 96, eh? Strikingly clear, dark gold nearing copper body with a tall, foaming, off-white head. Blots of lace on the way down. Smell: Whelmingly malty, with tones of pale, toasted, nutty, and caramel malts all playing an equal part. A modest herbaceousness from the Noble hops is present in the background. Taste: Pale, toasty malts with an accent of sweet caramel and a slight, unyielding nuttiness in the background. Medium-light sweetness. Lightly spicy, vaguely herbal German hop character with a light, easy-breezy bitterness. Very minute carbonic bite to it. A touch more malt on the dry, lightly, lowly bitter finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is both smooth and a bit crackling carbonation-wise. Drinkability: A tad muted, though perfectly drinkable, acceptable Oktoberfest.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
stephenj007 (123) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle pour, medium head, very clear and lighter in color than expected. Not much in the aroma....a bit of malty sweetness, caramel tones. Taste is not true to the style, very mild, very light, a bit of smoky sweetness. Nice finish, but again, lighter than a Marzen style should be. I think this brew was designed for the typical warm Texas fall season. We don’t really have an autumn in Texas, and this brew is certainly more drinkable on a warm day than other Marzen style brews. A nice brew for this time of year, but not much more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boomerbrew (143) - Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
12 oz. bottle - Golden amber with carbonation at first but does not create much additon CO2 afterwards. Aroma a little grassy hop but hop flavors are better. I don’t recognize any German/noble hops, maybe U.S. Low to no malt flavors for an Oktoberfest, but still a good tasting beer. Palate has a little snap following. Overall a good tasting beer that may be pushing the limits to style.

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