How's this for my first beer tasting blog of the new year. A post to celebrate Texas's own Shiner and their 100th anniversary. Since 2005 Shiner has been releasing a beer leading up to 2009 and their hundredth anniversary. Shiner 96 was a Marzen, 97 was a black lager that was so good it became a regular part of their line up. 98 was a bit of step back in my opinion with a Bavarian Amber, and 99 was a pretty solid Helles. So what was 100? Well if you know German beer and you've noticed the name in the title its a Dopplebock which is appropriate since Shiner's flagship brew is a Bock. As excited as I am that Shiner put out a dopplebock to celebrate this special year, the question remains, how does it taste? Fear not, I'm hear to help answer that question.
The Beer: The beer pours a rich mahogany with a thin taupe colored head. The nose is malty, rich with raisins, and bready notes. The mouthfeel starts full with rich dark fruits, figs, raisins, and dark rye bread, nicely sweet, and easy drinking. Sometimes easy drinking can be a good thing, but in this case it's almost a negative. Its a good beer don't get me wrong, and up front there is some good flavors there, but it seems very 2 dimensional...meaning there's no depth to the flavor. It hits you and then disappears lost forever. A good beer, but not a great one. I'd pick up more, and I'll seek it out on draft to see how it compares. Its not a miss, but it's not a homerun either. Call it a standup double. This one gets a B- from me.