Shiner Old-Time Alt Beer is the first beer that I tried from the famous Texas beer-makers at Spoetzl Brewery. From what I understand, their beers are referred to as “Shiner”, which is the town in Texas that the brewery is located, rather than the name of the brewery itself. So this is Shiner Old-Time Alt and not Spoetzl Alt, but I suppose its one in the same.
I always heard of ‘Shiner Bock’, but it wasn’t until recently that their Texas-brewed suds were being distributed way up here in Jersey. So, when I was this ‘Family Reunion’ six pack which had a variety of Shiner beers, including the Shiner Bock, I thought what better way to acquaint myself with some of their offerings than a little variety pack! One bottle of each gives me six different Shiner beers to try. Hard to beat.
So, this beer review is about the “Old Time Alt” beer, which is a beer style that originates from Dusseldorf, Germany. Its also Shiner’s first ‘Berwer’s Pride’ selection, which means its a small-batch beer available for a limited time and I think might only be available in this variety pack.
As you can see, this beer spawned a huge head! I think I might have let the pour get away a little bit, but this thing was something of a force of nature and I’m glad I used an over-sized glass. Its a very nice, clear dark-amber color that is quite nice to look at overall.
The aroma finds me thinking of bread in a big way, and perhaps some sweetness too like caramel malt, but its definitely a ‘bready’ smelling beer. I’m not able to really pinpoint the other aspects of the beer’s smell, but I do find something off-putting about it that I just can’t finger that I don’t recall noticing in the other alt biers I’ve tried from Otter Creek and Long Trail.
The taste, I found, is pretty close to the aroma. Bready-tasting malts, some roasty-sweetness like caramel or toffee, but overall I’m just not thrilled so far by this beer’s taste.
Its got good body, that I’d say is medium, and it wasn’t overly carbonated either. At 4.2% ABV, its certainly a drinkable ale, sessionable even, but there’s just something about the style that doesn’t excite me.
So, I’d say that the Old-Time Alt is a good beer if you like the Alt Bier style. It doesn’t happen to be one of my favorite beer styles, and I think that reflects in my underwhelming reaction to it. I’m not, however, going to necessarily let that get in the way of trying the rest of the 5 varieties of Shiner beers that came in the Family Reunion six-pack.