Shiner Bohemian Black Lager 4.9% ABV
Shiner Week – Day 4
It is night, pitch black, not the tiniest sliver of the moon is present. I’m somewhere in Bohemia. The streets are all but vacant; I see a faint light spilling out of what I assume to be a tavern. I step inside, saddle up to the bar and ask for a dark complex beer, with local character. The barkeep looks at me up and down with aged eyes, snorts to himself and fills up a pint glass from the tap. Slamming the glass down in front of me, he says in a direct non jovial manner “Drink.” There is no threat, nor imploring, just a simple order. I grasp the glass. I can feel some of the beer that had spilled over when he slammed it down. I take the glass to my lips, pause for a moment as I look him straight in the eyes and then take a gulp. The brew washes across my tongue and down my throat. My pupils dilate slightly and a smile widens across my face. “Thank you, sir. Please pour me another as I’ll be done with this one soon.”
The Shiner Black Lager, know in Germany as a Schwarzbier or “black beer” was first introduced as Shiner 97 and due to popular demand has made it into the regular rotation. You can find this beer in its own 6 or 12 packs. The malt taste and the black hue remind me of a stout, while the finish is all lager. The stronger character makes it a bit more filling then the rest of the beers I’ve reviewed this week. If you are a fan of a dark beer with depth to it, give this one a try.
The Shiner Family Reunion 6 pack is now 3 for 4 and continues its streak of surpassing enjoyment from one beer to the next. Tomorrow, I review the gold standard of the Spoetzl Brewery. Not to give too much away but the use of the word “homerun” seems appropriate.