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July 6, 2013

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer Review 7.6.2013

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery.

TBR Reports on Spoetzl’s Shiner Blonde Pale Lager Beer
File Date: 7.6.2013

File Name: Drink For Yourself
The Beer: Shiner Blonde
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

Brewer Brand Hype: A true golden lager with a golden heritage of natural brewing.
Label: Shiner’s Own Classic Style Golden Lager. The local favorite. For over a century, we’ve been brewing this Bohemian-style golden lager at our small brewery right here in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070). And for just as long, it’s been a local favorite. Folks around here have always loved the blend of European and American hops that makes this blonde slightly sweet and full of flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as our locals do. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: Another fourth has come and gone. The fireworks were good and the margaritas were cold. I drank three and felt like falling asleep on blanket waiting for the festivities to start. We were lucky with the weather as well. It feels as though it’s been raining non-stop for about the last month. It must be global warming. If it’s too cold it’s global warming. Too hot? Again, global warming. Too much snow or rain. Global warming. I like the ‘scientific’ analysis of the weather conditions the Greenies like to tout – ALL weather related anomalies are attributed to global warming. They cover all the bases so no one can refute the ‘facts’. Then, it’s really sad when everything else is politicized as being caused by global warming such as Hurricane Sandy, the Oklahoma City tornado, forest fires in Colorado and the list goes on. I fear for the world my kids will inherit – like the movie Idiocracy – where everyone is dumbed down due to years of believing what the news media, movie stars, sports figures and politicians tell them. AND, that’s why you shouldn’t believe everything I say or any of the large industrial brewers with their multi-billion dollar ad campaigns – go out and buy some of these beers yourself and give ’em a try. Educate yourself so you can make informed decisions and exercise your freedom of choice. I think the first place to start is a Spoetzl sampler 12 pack. You can’t go wrong with this one including the Shiner Blonde I cracked open today. This mild pale lager is slightly on the sweet side and pours a pale golden color. The head was minimal and what did form didn’t stick around all but a couple minutes. It’s definitely worth a try especially on a nice warm day where it would go down very nicely. Not the downpour I’m witnessing outside my window as I type this.

Drinkability: Sure.
Appearance: Pale golden color.
The Buds: Slightly on the sweet side.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 Caps out of 5.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I've come to like.

I must visit this town one day. Spoetzl has put out quite a few beers I’ve come to like.

July 3, 2010

Abita Brewing’s Raspberry Flavored Purple Haze 7.3.10

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

No Jimi Hendrix or Cannabis Here. Just a Nice Raspberry Beer.

The Brewski Report Reviews Abita Brewing’s Purple Haze Raspberry Beer
File Date: 7.3.10

File Name: A Family Fireworks Extravanza Explosion
The Beer: Purple Haze
Type: Fruit/Vegetable Beer
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2% ABV
Brewer: Abita Brewing Co.
Web Site:
Country of Origin: LA, USA
Brewer Info: Founded in 1986, the Abita Brewing Company is nestled in the piney woods 30 miles north of New Orleans. Our lagers and ales are brewed in small batches, hand-crafted by a team of dedicated workers with only the highest ideals of quality. This pride, along with our brewing process, is what creates our great brews. Abita uses only the finest ingredients – British and North American malted barley, German and American yeast strains, Pacific Northwest hops and the pure artesian water of Abita Springs. In Abita, we are blessed with the purest of water. Drawn from our deep wells, our pristine water is not altered in any way. Abita Beer has no preservatives, additives or stabilizers and is cold filtered. The result is beer that is the finest and freshest tasting as proven by our loyal customers and great chefs of the south who use Abita Beer in their recipes. We’re proud of our brewery and the beers we make. Try Abita Beer today and taste a bit of the South!

purple-haze-label1Brewer Brand Hype: Purple Haze is a crisp, American style wheat beer with a fresh raspberry puree added after filtration. The result leaves a fruity raspberry presentation  in the beer. The premium raspberries provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, acidity and a tartly sweet taste. Each batch is handcrafted using the prisine artesian waters of Abita Springs, Louisiana, resulting in a crisp, refreshing brew. Guided by our principle of “quality before quantity,” Purple Haze is cold filteres and brewed in small batches using no additives or preservatives. Like all of our beers, Purple Haze is prepared with the attention to detail upon which we have built our reputation as one of the countries finest breweries.
Label: Malt beverage with raspberries added. Raspberry Wheat Brew.

The Brewski Review: Unlike the experience I had with the Strawberry Harvest from Abita, Purple Haze was much appreciated improvement in taste. The Raspberry aroma and taste is very noticable and very tasty to my buds. It’s a light summer beer that is crisp and light. The tartly sweet taste may be present but I didn’t detect it when I slugged down my drink. I normally don’t pound my beverages but this time around I was stressed. Our town was putting on a fireworks show and my wife invited two of her sisters and their kids over to watch the extravaganza from our back yard. Along with these ‘adults’ came about a dozen uninvited individuals. Not a big deal right? I can roll with the punches. But what was really disturbing was that no one thought to bring anything other than beer. No chairs, bug spray, beverages (other than beer), etc. Mind you, within this group there were 9 children ranging from 1 1/2 yrs old to approx. 13 years. And, since we weren’t expecting all these individuals to show up, we weren’t prepared to entertain or hydrate them. And don’t get me started on their kids…..Arggg!  No discipline and no respect (Do ya think parental upbringing?). Anyone have experiences like this? Guess I’m old school when it comes to manners. The sad thing out of this whole ordeal is that the underlying comment was that it would be a great location to watch the fireworks next year – implying that they’ll be back. It’s bad enough to come uninvited once. But to grease the tracks for a another uninvited showing really shows some moxie. Maybe next year we’ll go out of town (which, I’m sure, won’t stop them from coming over to our house and trashing it.)

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink this one again.
Appearance: Deep gold color. Slightly cloudy.
The Buds: Good. Raspberry flavor right out of the bottle.
TBR Cap Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

I'm Sure Hendrix Wasn't Singing About Purple Haze Beer.

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