Shiner Family Reunion – Shiner Blonde
By: Charles Teeman
First Impression: I am a big fan of the label on the Blonde; it has the look and feel of a nice European import. On the label it states: “In Shiner you’ll find Blonde on tap at gas stations, antique stores, and of course the Spoetzel Brewery“. So much for classy European import…
Pour: The Blonde has a beautiful blonde color (surprise!) with very little head that didn’t last too long. Additionally, the Blonde had a pleasant aroma – nothing fancy, just a nice, “classic” beer smell.
Taste: The Blonde has a subtle sweetness and a crisp flavor. A gentle hoppy flavor is left at the back of the mouth. The simplicity of the Blonde is something that can be easily messed up by a brewery trying to be too cute, but Spoetzel does a fantastic job keeping the Shiner Blonde short and sweet.
With some research, I seem to have gotten “lucky”. Apparently, Spoetzel has changed the name from Shiner Blonde to Shiner Premium. I probably got the old label because it came in the family pack (or family reunion).
Like the two other Shiners that I have reviewed, the Blonde just doesn’t have the crafty feel to it. While I did enjoy the overall experience that the Blonde has to offer, it doesn’t seem to differ from many un-craft beer brews.