Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2016 DwightSchrute (51) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and malty. I remember this as the first beer of their "yearly countdown". I had no idea for 2 years why it was named 96, but I do recall that I liked it, as with all Shiners.
12 oz bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours lightly hazy burnt orange with a medium off white head that reduces quickly. Aroma is toast, caramel malt, some sort of fruits. The taste is caramel malts, bready, spice, a bit thin. Lighter and easy drinking. poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - NOV 11, 2016
12 oz bottle. Aroma is chalk, generic beer, caramel, hay, vague whiff of vomit. Pours clear copper with a one finger off-white head that falls into a skiff pretty quick; the skiff lasts, Bartholemew! Taste is sweet, toasty, grassy hop bitter. Not too bad, considering the bland/off-putting aroma. Grumpy55G (2) - Lansing, USA - NOV 9, 2016 does not count
12 oz. bottle, no date or alcohol percentage. Tasted pretty good, I don’t like caramel malts, but the off-putting was minimal. Clear in the brown bottle, I know it must have been near the outdate, because it was on clearance. Better than most Oktoberfest(s), no aftertaste. ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 2, 2016
12 oz. bottle courtesy of the Giestings; no bottle date that I can find. Aroma: Caramel in near balance with spicy bread, a little peanutty; reminds me a bit of Abita’s Mardi Gras Bock in some sense. Appearance: Transparent copper body with soft carbonation holding up a foamy tan head that settles into a thick ring. Flavor: Caramel loaf with peanut butter spread; more spiciness than you’d expect towards the finish, which actually has some measurable bitterness. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Huh. It’s a little unrefined, but it’s actually fairly good despite some shortcomings. A fun surprise. radio_nowhere (1472) - Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2016
Bottle into pint glass, bubbly clear golden-hued amber color with tan head. Aroma notes of caramel malt sweetness, hay and light green apple-like fruitiness. Taste adds roasty malt, malt, graininess, honey, grass and light earthy hop bitterness. Light-medium body, moderate-heavy carbonation, crisp, just a tad dry with clean earthy toast finish. Pretty solid oktoberfest as an even better price.
nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - OCT 8, 2016
Light malt/bread aroma, minimal head, light to medium carbonation. Golden color. Light malt taste with hop presence throughout. Palate tips towards hops. Finishes fairly clean. hershiser2 (3235) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2016
$1.99 bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Pours medium golden with only a dusting of a head. Smells of autumn leaves, Apple, grass, metal. Flavor is all of the above minus the Apple. Finishes bitter metallic.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Larry_Duffman (536) - - SEP 25, 2016
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2016 I had it from the bottle. It pours amber with an off-white head and lacing. The aroma is caramel and hay. The taste is caramel malt, hay, bread. It?s smooth and drinkable It?s a pretty standard Octoberfest. It?s solid though. UnicornBrewing (10) - - SEP 22, 2016
hunch neighbor’s pooch escaped, we let it be, figured he still favors survival, and the old guy was hanging out back when I went to pee. Couldn’t get him over fence but figured out how to open back gate easily. Sort of hushed sounding foam, you’d expect more hype from a beer with a marketing department, but keep it cool, bedroom voices. Balanced and light like a matching sheet and comforter set in a fall breeze. Rich as the middle class of Europe, talking in a cafe in gentile yet pithy tones. Wouldn’t feel bad paying twelve euro for a litre mug of this, because I could drink a few of em, but I bet they wouldn’t even cost that much in Munchen. Good match up with Abita Octoberfest, a little more bitter. Each of these southern fests light and refreshing, made to sell many six packs and spare tires. Grain bill one you find easy to pay. Dryness reminds of a wet dog toweled off and sitting in sun for a while.
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Bottle - Pours medium to deep amber, white head. Aroma. ..this was a bit of a letdown as it had a weak nose, but I did get a malt presence and caramel. Better flavor... of roasted sweet malts, caramel, hints of dark fruits, and a mild hops presence and hops linger in the finish.