Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Shiner 98

I'm going to try a YouTube insert here...

That's the story on Shiner 98 from the Spoetzel brewery in Shiner, Texas; you'll find it an unusually fact-filled bit of marketing, even giving specific malt and hop information. I got some samples of this a few weeks ago, and we've been enjoying it -- slowly, because we aren't sure where we can get more! Shiner 98 is the third in a series of five beers leading up to the brewery's 100th anniversary in 2009. Shiner 96 was a Märzenish lager, Shiner 97 was a damned nice schwarzbier.

Shiner 98 is a "Bavarian Amber Lager." What's that? I asked, and was told that it was a helles, but they just decided to make it darker. More of that vaunted American innovation, I guess... The malt comes through big and clear -- this is a decocted beer, with a full 20% share of Munich malt in the mashbill -- and although it's supposed to have 30 IBU, the hops are unobtrusive, German-style. Mmmm, full and delicious, and it's very good with food, sausages and stuff. I'm going to finish off my samples tomorrow at our 4th of July picnic. And then... I think maybe a trip to Delaware is in order. I saw Shiner 97 there last year; might get lucky.

3 comments:

okbrewer said...

LEW! If ya can't find it up your way, then it sounds like maybe a road trip is needed! We can get it here in OKC, but if you want to get it at the source we can swing down to TX! When should I expect you!?
I recently had the '98' and I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised. Good things can come outta Texas!

Steven said...

Did he say Shiner has a toasty flavor?

Sorry Lew, couldn't pass it up!! ;-D

Lew Bryson said...

Grrrrr...

For those of you wondering what the hell's going on...I refer you to the last quote in "Talk to me about beer" on the left side of the main blog page. Toasty...