Shiner 96

Spoetzl Brewing Co

USA

I'm pissed. I've been hearing buzz about this beer for at least a month, but none of my local retailers have grown a pair and stocked it. Even Steve got it before I did. Well, someone finally took a chance and put some on the shelf. About time, fellas. Turns out, Shiner 96 was worth the wait. Lovely. Lovely, lovely. Billowy head, lots of carbonation, deep golden in the pint glass. Malty aroma and full flavor. Too darn bad Shiner is only putting this out 'til the end of December (they bottled it to celebrate 96 years in business); this is far and away the best beer they've bottled. This should be a year-round offering. Then again, maybe they'll offer a 97. And a 98. And a...

Reviewed: December 31, 2005

Rating: 7/10

This is one of the countdown anniversary beers in preparation for Spoetzl's 100 anniversary in 4 years, but that's not what made this memorable. What made it a beer to remember is the fact that this was my daughter Sarah's first beer. I should point out that at the time she had a swig, she was about 9-1/2 months old. And what better beer for her to cut her teeth on (literally, as she was teething heavily) then Shiner 96, an Oktoberfest Maerzen style? My friend John witnessed it, the second she had that first taste, she was instantly addicted. A site to behold. The beer itself is OK, I would've preferred something a little heavier, but it was a good effort.

Reviewed: May 13, 2006

Rating: 6/10

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