A Glass of Friday – Shiner Black Lager by Spoetzl Brewery

Word is that the Spoetzl Brewery, maker of the Shiner line of beers, took some medals at this little beer fest we call the Great American Beer Festival.  Wish I could’ve been there.  That implies that I wasn’t there.  That implication is utterly veracious.

Upon reading that my favorite Texas brewery (for now, since I haven’t really had other Texas beers – what a horrible phrase to have written!  My very knuckles feel cursed after keyboarding such heresy!) won gold medals, I forthwith decided it was time for a series of Friday Glasses featuring the Shiner beers.

That Smell …
It smells like yellow fruit.  No, not lemons.  Nor is it honeydew melons.  No, as Yoda said, “there is another.” Hmmm.  I also sense some light marshmallow-ness.

In Appearance …
It is nicely dark, if not really black, like – no, better stop there else I could get myself into trouble.  Suffice to say it was nebulous with a red dwarf star embedded in its core somewhere.  The head was very light brown and creamy. The creaminess was foreshadowed by the marshmallowy aroma.  This, in turn, foreshadows the texture noted below.

But the Taste …
Hold on, hold on – it tastes creamy!  Honestly, the soft and billowing mouthfeel made me think of fresh cinnamon rolls with fluffy whipped cream-like icing.  Just the mouthfeel, mind you.  I did not taste any kind of cinnamon.  It tasted like burnt 7Up.  It is also athletically smooth, not pudgy.  It’s a beautiful body with a transcendent , slick, carbonated aftertaste.  Whssst & gone, that’s what it was like.

Join Me For A Plate Of …
The Black Lager is perfect with stew. The roared meat and roasted grains are like two Vulcans in a mind meld. Harmonious. It tasted even better with brownies. Yes, you heard it here:  brownies are better than dead cow.

The Conclusion Of The Matter Is …
Black Lager is my favorite of the Shiner beers thus far.  The texture sold me, it was such a southern belle as opposed to an outlaw.

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3 Comments

  1. I’m glad you liked “our” Shiner Black Lager. Shiner, Tx is a mere 4 hour drive from Dallas, Tx (where I live) and it is STILL sold as a foreign beer in some pubs. Go figure, guess Texas is too big for its own good! If you ever see Shiner Bock on draft, especially if its from a fresh keg – I HIGHLY recommend you give it a try. Not at all like the same labeled stuff in bottle form. Simple “wheaty” beer, but sometimes simple can really hit the spot.

    My favorite Texas beer so far is Endeavor by Saint Arnold Brewery near Houston Texas. Have you ever tried this? Do you guys get this imported in AZ? A great flavorful double IPA that has that full rounded character I adore, and the knock you on your ass after effect that comes from its 8.9% abv. IMO the best beer to come out of Texas, hands down!! Let me know if you’ve heard of it.

    1. I like many things Texan. Coincidentally, a local steakhouse does serve Shiner Bock on draft. I consumed one three nights ago. It was very refreshing. I need to drink a bottle and then immediately go to the steakhouse bar for comparison so that I may fully appreciate the draft experience.

      As for the Saint Arnold beer, I have not heard of nor tried it. Since you highly recommend it, and I was born in Bryan, Texas (just a hop,skip,and a jump outside Houston) I am now intrigued by it. IPAs are not my favorite but I still drink them. They show the personality of the brewer. I shall see if I can locate it in some way. Thanks for reading and recommending,

      1. Really wish there was a legal way for a consumer to exchange interesting beers through the mail. That would make this so much simpler and so much more interesting! Here’s a link to this beer on their site: http://www.saintarnold.com/beers/endeavour.html . It goes for under $6 a bomber locally, but has the taste to back it up in a head-to-head competition against its strong well-rounded rivals from Colorado. Good luck on getting your hands on one, and if/when you do It’d be great to know what you thought of it.

        Cheers!

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