THE BREWSKI REPORT Tommy Brewski: My Beer. My Life.

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: www.shiner.com
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.

June 30, 2013

Spoetzl’s Shiner Kosmos Reserve American Pale Lager 6.30.2013

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TBR Reports on Shiner Kosmos Reserve Beer
File Date: 6.30.2013

File Name: Maybe my Son is onto something….
The Beer: Shiner Kosmos
Type: American Pale Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.0% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

TBR-Kosmos-InsertBrewer Brand Hype: Named after founder Kosmos Spoetzl, this all-malt lager is hopjacked for additional aroma and flavor. Robust with a clean finish, it’s a beer that’s as every bit unique as the man himself.
Label: Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. This Aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all. The original brewmaster of Shiner. Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: I’m watching my son this afternoon as I review this beer. My daughter had a birthday party to attend and my wife was the designated chauffeur – as usual. Unfortunately, this arrangement usually doesn’t bode well for me digging deep into house projects so I’m usually just tinkering around keeping an eye on my son. Today he was playing out in the sandbox and decided it would be fun to fill his shorts with wet sand. Then he filled his pockets. Then his underwear. Then his shirt. I had to laugh, it was hilarious. I grabbed my compact and snapped one off for your enjoyment. He probably wouldn’t have done it if he knew I was watching through the window. Anyway, I guess a pant load full of sand is a great thing when your a little dude. The beer? Kosmos was enjoyable to drink. It had a hoppy flavor but the bitterness was subdued and didn’t linger in the aftertaste. The head was minimal at the pour and dissipated quickly leaving no lingering residue on the glass. I don’t know if this is a limited edition beer since it wasn’t profiled on the brewer’s web site. I purchased it in a Shiner sampler 12 pack so if you want to try one you better get looking. Enjoying this beer is no surprise to me since Spoetzl has yet to dissapoint.

Drinkability: Certainly.
Appearance: Deep golden color.
The Buds: Excellent lager with minimal aftertaste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 caps out of 5.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts - with the dog's approval of course.

My son adding wet sand to his shorts – with the dog’s approval of course.

May 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal Beer Review 5.6.2013

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TX Grapefruit. TX Brewed. TX Proud.

TBR Reports on Spoetzel’s Ruby Redbird Summer Seasonal
File Date: 5.6.2013

File Name: Drink the beer first. Then mow the lawn.
The Beer: Ruby Redbird
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.2%
Brewer: Spoetzel Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

tbr-ruby-redbird-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Shiner Ruby Redbird is brewed with genuine Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer. Shiner Ruby Redbird is now available in cans, too.
Label: Summer Seasonal. Beer brewed with Texas red ruby grapefruit juice and with ginger and natural flavor added. Grapefruit – Sweet citrus of teh Rio Grande Valley. Ginger – all natural tropical spice. Serve Ice Cold on Hot Days. This crisp, refreshing summer seasonal is brewed with Texas Ruby Red grapefruit juice, the signature citrus of the Rio Grande Valley. Tartness from the grapefruit juice and a delightful kick from ginger combine for a taste that’s perfect for hot summer days. It’s deep gold color and full body come from pure Munich malt and Mt. Hood, Citra and Cascade hops balance the flavor well.

The Brewski Review: I love Rube Red Grapefruit. It’s one of my favorite fruits. So, it was no surprise that when I saw Spoetzel Brewery’s version I grabbed a couple off the shelf. Up to this point, I don’t recall being disappointed by any beer brewed in this Texas hotspot and this is no exception. Although it wasn’t as grapefruit tasting as I’d like it was still exceptional. Slightly on the sweet side, a dark golden color and a nice, tight creamy white foamy head to top it off makes it a good choice for a hot day. Technically not summer, I came home from work today realizing we’d be having Cinco de Mayo leftovers so I made a point of reaching into the fridge to pull this beverage out. If I couldn’t get it out before dinner I doubt I would have pulled it out at all. There seems to be limited opportunities to get things done. Take, for example, my hard work outside yesterday: it was a georgous day and while I was working I thought how great it would be to drink a beer. I also realize that if I stopped doing what I was doing to go inside the house for a beer (I haven’t stocked the garage fridge yet), that much less would get done. So I keep working and think about having one afterward. Well, that didn’t happen. Even though I have a beer blog I probably drink a heck of alot less than you may think. As I stated in my Mission Statement (or, the  ‘About’ page for those not in the know) I’m only doing this to find the beers I enjoy drinking; not to enrich myself with huge brewery endorsements (none yet, but open to offers) and to set the world on fire with my alcoholic pontifications.

Drinkability: Sure. Would drink this again.
Appearance: Dark golden color.
The Buds: No overpowering grapefruit flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

Love this promotional piece. Reminds me of a vintage ad.

April 6, 2013

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager Beer Review 4.6.2013

Shiner goodness in every drop of Bohemian Black Lager.

Shiner goodness in every drop of Bohemian Black Lager.

TBR Reports On Spoetzl’s Bohemian Black Lager
File Date: 4.6.2013

File Name: Fishing For Memories
The Beer: Shiner Bohemian Black Lager
Type: Schwarzbier
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

shiner-black-insertBrewer Brand Hype: Bohemian Black Lager, crafted according to exacting old-world standards with imported Czech Saaz, Styrians Hops and selected roasted malts, is the darkest beer we brew. Initially added to the Shiner family as our 97 Anniversary Brew, the unique and complex flavor of this rare brew found such a following among our customers that we brought it back for good!
Label: This rare and deliscious style beer is referred to in Germany as a ‘Schwarzbier’, or black beer. This handcrafted Bohemian black beauty is brewed with select roasted malts and imported hops. ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’. Here in Shiner Texas (pop.2,070) we’ve been handcrafting beer since 1909. The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continues to inspire our efforts today. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech immigrants who settled Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and select roasted malts make this ‘Schwarzbier’ our darkest brew yet. PROSIT!

The Brewski Review: The sky wasn’t as sunny as they predicted. I wanted to give my two kids a nice fishing experience this afternoon but the wind was blowing and the air still had a chill. So much for a nice memorable first time fishing experience. It lasted about 15 minutes tops before the chorus of ‘I want to go home.’ sounded. We were only at my parents house 1/2 mile down the street so thankfully we didn’t have a long trip invested. I didn’t see many other fishermen on the river so figured it was just too unseasonably cold. The sun needs to warm the water a bit more before the fish get more active. Maybe we’ll try again next weekend. I want to expose my kids to as many things as possible. When it warms, we’ll camp in my parents back yard, have a fire, fish and read stories. I’ve got a couple years to plant some memories before they bail for a life of their own. I remember fishing with my grandfather years ago and that still sticks with me. I haven’t fished since then. Life got in the way. When I came home I popped open this Shiner Bohemian Black Lager. It was tasty. Nice chocolate colored, tight laced head and a strong malty aroma filled my nose. It was exceptionally tasty with the roasted malts and a rather sweet flavor. I would suggest you try this one.

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Almost black with a light muddy colored head.
The Buds: Beautiful roasted malt taste.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Lady fisherman No.1 fellas. Soak it up.

Lady fisherman No.1 fellas.

Lady fisherman No. 2 knocking out the trophy pose.

Lady fisherman No. 2 knocking out the trophy pose.

Lady fisherman No. 3 working those thigh highs.

Lady fisherman No. 3 working those thigh highs.

January 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Prickly Pear Beer Review 1.6.2013

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

TBR Reports on Shiner’s Prickly Pear
File Date: 1.6.2013

File Name: The India Fig Opuntia Like You Never Knew
The Beer: Prickly Pear
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: N/A
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

tbr-prickly-pear-insertBrewer Brand Hype: (This is a limited run craft beer from Spoetzl Brewery. There is no mention of it on their web site.)
Label: Drink one down. End your drought. Beer brewed  with Prickly Pear fruit and with natural flavor added.  Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 3. A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner. This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s a hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique ~ qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit.

The Brewski Review: Beautiful light, citrus tasting lager from Shiner. It pours with a nice, deep copper color and with ample head that dissipates rather quickly. It has a wonderful citrus, almost sweet flavor to it with minimal hoppy bitterness. I told my wife to try it and she takes about 5 rather large gulps. ‘I’d drink that one.’ she says. Since I only recieved two of these in a Shiner/Spoetzl sampler 12 pack I better take the other bottle out and hide it in the garage. I’ll have to try and track down a few more of these before they are extinct. Excellent taste. And, if you don’t know what a Prickly Pear is, here is a quick educational rundown: Born of the Opuntia cacti or, Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica) to be precise, and most often used in culinary applications. There are others but this is the primary genus. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Dangerous to pick, so stick to drinking the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Deep coppercolor with ample head
The Buds: Light, sweet taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Indian Fig Opuntia with golades

Indian Fig Opuntia cacti cladodes or better known at prickly pear fruit.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

February 13, 2011

TBR Reviews Spoetzl’s Shiner Hefeweizen 2.13.2011

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

Maximum head attainment on the pour. Shameful waste.

The Brewski Report Reviews Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Hefeweizen and My Selfish Ways
File Date: 2.13.2011

File Name: The Giving Only Goes So Far.
The Beer: Shiner Hefeweizen
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
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.

tbr-hefe-drft-pullBrewer Brand Hype: Hefeweizen (Hef-ay-vite-zen) recalls the classic beers of Bavaria as a true unfiltered wheat brew. This beer captures old-world Munich Malt, wheat grist used in a scant 1% of all brews worldwide, orange and lemon zest in a frothy classic example of bottle-conditioned beer. Adding clover honey and yeast just before it’s bottled touches off a unique, secondary fermentation process inside every keg and bottle before its final release from the brewery. Follow these step-by-step directions to POUR YOURSELF AN OUT-OF-BOTTLE EXPERIENCE:
– POUR half of the bottle into a glass.
– ROUSE the yeast by swirling the bottle and pouring what’s left into the glass.
– ENJOY this unfiltered brew with a generous wedge of lemon.
Label:  Handcrafted in Shiner, TX since 1909. The ‘Little Brewery’ has been the source of every drop of Shiner Brew. Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it’s brewed with a hint of clover, honey and orange and lemon peels. Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This refreshing delight is bottle conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps brewing until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky smooth flavor. To properly enjoy, 1. pour half the bottle into a glass, 2. swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3. pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon. Prosit!

The Brewski Review: Very good. Poured with an overabundance of head which dissapated quickly. Very mild and creamy tasting even without the lemon. I’m sure the wedge of lemon would have enhanced the flavor that much more. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Liked it so much I purchased a six pack and took it to a BYOB family party. Of course, I didn’t share any of it. I kept it all to myself.

Drinkability: Bought a six pack if that says anything.
Appearance: Cloudy golden w/ maximum head.
The Buds: Smooth and buttery.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.

Is it?

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Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

Shiner, TX in the 1930's. For the curious.

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.

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