Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday Night Suds - Shiner Commemorator

This week's Sunday Night Suds continues the review of Shiner beers with look at the limited edition Shiner 100 Commemorator.

Although I have only recently become a chassid of the Shiner beers, they have been brewed at the Spoetzel Brewery in Shiner, Texas for 100 years. (No word on how long they have been under the Va'ad of Detroit, though). In honor of their one hundredth year, the good folks at Shiner have concocted a limited edition brew entitled the "Commemorator" which has been brewed in the style of the Dopplebock. As noted by the experts at BA:

Bocks--you know, those beers with goats on the label--are relatively strong German lagers. Doppelbocks--as the name might suggest--are typically even stronger and contain enough malty goodness that they’ve been considered a meal in a glass for centuries. Generally they have a very full-bodied flavor and are darker than their little Bock brothers and sisters and a higher level of alcohol too. They range in color from dark amber to nearly black, and dark versions often have slight chocolate or roasted characters.

Much like the Shiner Bock (reviewed last week here ) the Shiner Commemorator falls on the low end of the alcohol content for its style, coming in at a 6.7% abv. When compared with the other dopplebocks listed on BA, the Shiner Commemorator ranks 319 out of 340 for alcohol content among dopplebocks.

While the brew may be low on alcohol in comparison with others of its style, it certainly is not light on taste. There is a strong caramel flavor to the beer with a nice amount of sweetness and little aftertaste. I enjoyed mine tonight with chocolate chip cookies, but I have found that the Commemorator goes equally well with standard dinner fare.

Shiner Commemorator is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit, although the brew does not bear the Va'ad symbol on its label. If you would like me to e-mail you the Va'ad LOC for Shiner Commemorator, send me an e-mail and I will gladly oblige.

To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Shiner Commemorator, please follow this link . As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.

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