GnarlyGnome (770) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014 unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was recommended to me by a co-worker, and based on my overall experience with Shiner brews I didn’t know what to expect. The aroma is slightly sweet, with smoky, woody and grassy undertones. This is what I imagine smoked cornflakes would smell like, though not a very strong degree of smoke. The color is perfectly clear gold, with hardly any head. The taste seems to vary a lot (like many beers do) depending on whether it was straight from the bottle or poured into a glass. For purposes of this rating, it’s in a glass. It is mildly sweet, with lingering tastes of corn, mesquite ash, and malt. The other thing noticeable about the taste is a moderate bitterness which does not go away easily. In fact, it’s a bitter-sweet finish, no pun intended. Very thin body, but expected that. Overall, not a bad hot weather beer, but really it’s just another average-to-slightly-above average Shiner product.
Bottle: Pours a nice golden straw color with a foamy white head. The aromas of woody smoke hit my nose as soon as it crossed the top of the glass. It’s nice and grainy, but that is hidden behind the smoke. It all seems very forced IMO. Not something that I have missed since. hotstuff (5232) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Rated on 7-26-2010 at Smokey Bones in Fort Wayne, IN. This bottled beer pours a small white head with a lengthy retention, transparent yellow body, fast rising carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, crisp, refreshing, and smoke. The taste is semi-sweet, malty, crisp, refreshing, mildly smokey, and has a short dry finish. The palate is soft carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. A so-so session and/or lawnmower beer. It does not have a lot of character or flavor. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a bright, clear straw gold color with two finger white foam head. Smells of yeast, pale malt, and slight grain. Tastes of smoke up front, then strong yeast, some pale malt, sweet malt, also slight hop in the background. Smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle:   Pale coppery color, translucent, light white head, a little foamy, nice lacing.   Certainly smokey
on the nose, but also a lot of that band-aid like malts.   Some smoked meat, salty too.   Grainy sort of smokiness
up front, a little plastic like, some band-aid.   Yeah, this one seems to have a bit more plastic and band-aid than
most.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   At least it has a decent malt base.   Seems a little too
artificial, with too much band-aid and plastic.   Not bad, but not enough smoked/burnt/charred wood. sudzn8r (8) - Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2013 does not count
Not a huge fan of drinking a beer that has an overly smoke taste. Smoke taste is way too strong...might be a good beer to cook with;
thedm (6306) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
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 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 22, 2012
This is arguably the worst beer I’ve had from Shiner. As a helles, its not terrible even though it’s a bit heavy on the caramelly sweetness. The smoke, however, is what was unnecessary. Overly smoked, chemically flavored. sjohnny (662) - - OCT 29, 2012
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. It’s smokiness was a perfect accompaniment to a Fourth of July Barbecue. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2012
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
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 can’t say I’m disappointed. Glad it’s 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 didn’t smack of smoke, but it played the part well. Not bad.