Instead of writing a new posting for every new beer, I’d lie to sum up the last few tastings here in one. The beers are:
Shiner Kosmos Reserve
The Shiner Kosmos Reserve is, as I’d call it, a slightly “ale-ish” beer, a tad more amber in colour than a Pilsner. It is faintly sweet, but mainly pils-like dry, and medium to well carbonated, creating a nice head. It has a pleasant faint to medium malty taste. As to hops? I can’t really say. I tjink I’ll have to sample it again some time.
The label on the back of the bottle explains the name:
“The original brewmaster of Shiner, Kosmos Spoetzl, knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery of german brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way ro the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellent brewing. This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. Prosit!”
The label on the back of the bottle explains:
“The local favorite: for over a century, we’ve been brewing this Bohemian style golden lager beer at our small brewery here in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070). And for just as long it’s been a local favorite. Folks around here have always loved the blend of European and American hops that make this Blonde slightly sweet and full of flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as the locals do. – Prosit!”
The beer is not too dry and not too much malted. In fact, there’s not much malt to be tasted at all. As to the hops: it does leave a slightly bitter, Pilsner-like aftertaste on your tongue after the beer has gone down. In colour it is light yellow, “blond” that is, again like a Pilsner. Well, it’s called a “Bohemian style golden lager”, and that’s pretty close to calling it a Pilsner, isn’t it? It is well carbonated, which creates nice bubbles rising in te glass and also makes for a great head. The Shiner Blonde really is a refreshing brew.
St. Peter’s Old-Style Porter (Ale)
This beer is not too dry, just like a Pilsner, with a pleasant hoppy-bitter finish on the tongue. It is quite malty, (dark) amber in colour, pleasantly carbonated and thus produces a nice, light brown head.
The label on te back of the bottle reads – about the beer and the brewery:
“Old-Style Porter (Ale)
A Porter of traditional style and complex taste. Brewed with skill and patience in one of Britain’s finest small breweries.
The headquarters of St. Peter’s Brewery is situated in a medieval hall in a remote and beautiful corner of Suffolk. St. Peter’s Hall, the centrepiece of the site, is a half-moated large house with the earliest part of the property dating back to c1280. It was extended in 1539 when the east wing was built using ecclesiastical salvage from the nearby Plixton Priory which had been closed by King Henry VIII at the time of the Dissolution Monasteries two years previously.”
Shiner Bohemian Black Lager
From the label on the back of the bottle:
“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Here in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070), we’ve been handcrafting beer since 1909. The passion of our original brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, continues to inspire our efforts today. First brewed to commemorate our 97th anniversary, this Bohemian Black Lager remains true to the old-world heritage of the German and Czech who settled Shiner. Imported Czech Saaz and Styrian hops, and selected roasted malts make this “Schwarzbier” our darkest brew yet. – Prosit!”
The Shiner Bohemian Black Lager is quite a flavoursome beer with a faint finish of bitter hops as well as a medium malty taste, quite mellow and not too dry. It is mildly carbonated, creating a nice dark brown head, and the beer itself is, as befits a “Schwarzbier”, very dark brown, nearly black. It is really close to a Warsteiner Dunkel or a Koestritzer Schwarzbier.
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