Monday, September 13, 2010

Shiner Light Review

Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery | Beer: Shiner Light
Style: Light Lager | ABV: 4.0% | IBUs: 13
Serving Method: 12 oz. bottle poured into Pilsener glass

Shiner LightLet's be frank, light beer sucks. But there are those out there that for whatever reason prefer or insist upon it and I'm eager to chase down a good one (or, at least, the best one). There's not much out there in the way of craft lights, but the local mass-market craft brewers at Spoetzl brew a popular one called Shiner Light. Perhaps this is what I've been looking for.

The brewery doesn't give away much in the way of ingredients or process, but does mention the backbone is built from Munich malts and that "select" hops are employed. Whewhere I was fearing there were random hops in the bottle!

Here's how they pitch the finished product:

Shiner Light sacrifices none of the taste or satisfaction while reducing calories and carbs. Light just doesn't quite capture the complex character of this handcrafted Shiner beer.
Let's dive in and see if that's all just marketing or if the beer really does rise above the typical light beer.

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of white head that fizzes out quickly and leaves no lacing. Much darker than the typical American light beer.

Aroma: A thin, grainy malt body with not much in the way of hops. Pretty bland.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A thin and watery malt body that's frankly boring as hell. A little more lively than most light beers, but no revelation. The aftertaste is grainy and short lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dries a bit in the finish.

Drinkability: All that's holding you back is the general blandness of it all.

Verdict: This is a step, albeit not a massive one, up from Bud/Miller/Coors Light. Despite being pretty bland and boring, I still think this beer still serves it's purpose. Texans used to the normal light beers aren't going to be scared off by this, and hopefully they'll start exploring the rest of the Shiner line and beyond.

Grade: C-

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