ChainGangGuy (4941) - 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. stephenj007 (125) - 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. boomerbrew (147) - 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. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 6, 2010
bottle pours amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is light and grassy with some toffee. Flavor is pepper, caramel, finishes like I’m chewing on pennies, unpleasant. TizzleJizzle (792) - Garland, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Is this really an oktoberfest? Sure doesn’t taste like it. Aroma of decaying malts. Boring golden brown color with a head that vanished quickly. Watery palate. Wow average as can be!
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Copper color with a foamy white head. Hops with roasted malts that give off a slight smokey aroma. Flavor of caramel and a blend off hops with a rich and malty body. bhensonb (15975) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle from Total Wine in Roseville, CA. Pours light amber with a foamy off-white head. Sort of a burnt caramel aroma. Medium body with frothy carbonation. Flavor is pretty much scorched caramel with a little grassy hop. It’s drinkable, but it’s not to die for. aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
I picked this one up just to give it a try, as I usually enjoy a good marzen style beer. I wasn’t all that impressed by the outcome, but I do have to applaud Shiner for continuing to experiment and release new styles every now and again. This one just made me miss the 99(that one was pretty good). RasterMaster (258) - , Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Golden copper pour into thick pillowy off white head that slowly dissipates into sticky lacing that melts into a ring of foamy bubbles. Aroma of sweet malts and yeasty bread. Initial flavor of sweet toasty malt that fades int a slighly hoppy finish. Finhead (1849) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2010
A clear copper pour with white head and good lacing. The aroma caramel and bready malt mixed with a hint of hops. The taste begins crisp with a semi-sweet flavor and finishes smooth and clean. Its a little on the light side.