Beer Reviews: Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager

Shiner is made by a brewery in Texas. The Spoetzl Brewery to be precise, giving us the impression of a distant German heritage. There’s nothing wrong with that, of cours, but let’s face facts. This is a Texan beer, and very much a regional brew. Which likely means that there are a fair amount of devout fans of the stuff. However, it should be pointed out that they’re owned by the Gambrinus Company, an American distribution company that was initially set up to import and sell Corona for the Mexican Grupo Modelo.

Appearance: An almost brass coloring, otherwise known as gold with hints of orange tones to them. Poured a nice head that was gone within minutes. No lace to speak of.

Aroma: Sharp acidic tones covering up whatever grain is there. Hops seemingly not present, unless it’s the cause of the acidic smell.

Taste: light, almost waterlike at first. Grain comes a bit later on the finish. Passable, but not a beer to bowl you over with flavor.

Mouthfeel: Sharp at first, but the carbonation quickly fades away to a watery limpness.

Drinkability: I suppose it’s okay. But it seems rather unremarkable. Neither bad not good. I won’t remember what this tasted like in a few hours.

Overall Rating: C