THE BREWSKI REPORT

November 12, 2010

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Holiday Cheer Beer Review 11.12.2010

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

What do Holiday Cheer and Zombies have in common? Absolutely nothing.

The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen
File Date: 11.12.2010

File Name: Zombie Survival 101
The Beer: Shiner Holiday Cheer 
Type: Dunkelweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

tbr-cheer-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX. We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat. And Kräusening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying. May your days be merry and bright and your Shiner be cold. Prosit!
Label: ‘Tis the season for cheer.  Happy Holidays from the “Little Brewery” in Shiner, TX.  We hope you enjoy your Shiner Cheer, an Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans.  The malty flavors of this dark wheat ale are enhanced through the use of malted barley and wheat.  And Krausening ensures a smoothness that makes the subtle peach and pecan flavors all the more satisfying.  May your day be merry and bright and you Shiner be cold. Prosit!

The Brewski Review:  I generally don’t watch too much TV. When I’m with the kids it’s usually an animated show or DVD. In a rare moment when the kids aren’t around you can find me scanning the channels for a good movie. If one isn’t showing at that particular point in time I’ll list the movies I’ve captured on our DVR (a great invention by the way). This is also good for the very few series that I’ve actually liked to watch but are aired after my 10pm curfew. One more to add to the list is ‘The Walking Dead’. I love a good zombie movie. Who doesn’t? The idea of having to live amongst the ‘unliving’ is appealing in a survivalistic sort of way. Where would you go? What would you do? It’s all about strategy. Someone should start a Zombie Survival Course at the university educational level. There are so many variables: are they fast or slow zombies? Will they come out in the light or are they dark dwellers? Is the head shot really the universal method of incompacitation? How bad do they smell? There are so many questions that need answered. AND, I’d bet you’d get to watch some killer zombie flicks. And, when your at home doing your zombie ‘homework’ you should crack open one of these beers: Shiner’s Holiday Cheer. This beer was my first Dundelweizen.  To be up front, I hope they all don’t taste this way.  I thought this beer lacked flavor.  It didn’t jump out at me like, ‘Man, I have to have this again.’  I thought Shiner Bock was fabulous so I’m not down on the brewery. Maybe I’ll try another next holiday season.

Drinkability: Beer with Peaches and Pecans? 
Appearance: Dark amber in color.  Big head.
The Buds:  Didn’t hold out much flavor. 
TBR Cap Rating: 3.25 out of 5.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

Classic Zombie Business Attire.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

The Uber Killers - Nazi Zombie Dead Squad.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

There's even stripper zombies in case you were not aware.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

Also quite unknow to many, zombies follow a strict nutritional diet.

March 30, 2010

Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Bock Beer Review 3.30.2010

Shinger Bock On Tap Is Delicious.

Shinger Bock On Tap Is Delicious.

The Brewski Report Reviews Shiner Bock And A Ford Explorer Electrical Problem.
File Date: 3.30.2010

File Name: Man Drives 145,000 Miles To Find A Great Bock Beer.
The Beer: Shiner Bock
Type: Bock
Serving: Draft
Stats: 4.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

tbr-shiner-bock-label-insert1Brewer Brand Hype: Bock reflects the tradition of genuine Bavarian beers as a brew only a craftsman like Kosmos Spoetzl, trained in the “Old Country,” could bring to life. With its deep amber color, distinctive rich flavor and full body, Shiner Bock demonstrates the care of a handcrafted brewing process to bring forth a mellow taste free of the bitter aftertaste found in many micro, specialty and imported beers. Just think of it as Shiner smooth.
Label: Pulled straight from the keg.

The Brewski Review: My Ford Explorer has about 145,000 miles on the odom.  Some say ‘it’s just getting broken in’.  I say: ‘Let’s switch cars’.  ‘I’ll let you revel in the luxury of driving a car with the kinks already worked out.’  ‘And, I’ll suffer while I drive your new car.’  At this stage, it’s not a monthly payment so much as the nickle and dime repairs.  The other day the Exploder died on me.  I had taken the day off to get some work done around the house and my car quits.  (If there’s a silver lining to this story,  it’s that I didn’t get stranded at work.)  Click. Click. Click went the starter.  Battery right?  Yeah.  Later that evening my wife asked if I fixed the car.  Like a flash of lightening, it hit me: did I really fix it?  ‘I’m going to Auto Zone.’ I yelled upstairs to my wife who was struggling with two ornery kids.  The retail guy checks the system and says the alternator is fine.  I have an electrical short.  Arrg! The car sits for a week while I decide what to do.  I’m paralyzed with inaction.  I fix things myself because I don’t trust others and I like to save money.  (Yes.  I know I have issues.)  I call the dealer. ‘Well, we’ll start you out at $100 and work till we find it.’  Reading between the lines I replied, ‘So, you have a $100/hr service charge.  Correct?’  Silence for a moment then, ‘Uh. Yes.’  Apparently, he never had anyone call him out on his car-mechanic double-talk, super-secret covert pricing lingo.  Since I didn’t really consider this a viable option, I received names of other friend mechanics but decided to wait until Saturday to give it a good once over.  Good thing I did.  Aside from not seeing a wiring issue that would classify as a ’short’, I removed the + battery cable while the vehicle was running (Remember? I installed a new battery) to see if it would continue with just the alternator.  It didn’t.  Hmmmm.   That’s not right.  I drove back to Auto Zone to have another retailguy check the system.  This one tells me it’s my alternator.  I believe it this time and drive home with a new part in hand.  Problem solved.  New battery and alternator: $225.00.  Getting erroneous decision making info from a retailguy, losing 1/2 vacation day and wasting a week thinking about it?  Priceless as it is finding a fantastic Bock beer!  Absolutley delicious!  I’d highly recommend Spoetzl’s Shiner Bock beer to everyone.  I won’t verbosely expound on it, but it was gooooood.

Drinkability: Two thumbs up on this one.
Appearance: Amber Brown in color.  No head by the time it made it to my table.
The Buds: Very mild and crisp.  Minimal aftertaste as noted by the brewer.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5.

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