This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Shiner 102 - Double Wheat Ale.
Fans of this little brewery in Shiner, Texas know that every year the Spoetzel Brewery produces a limited edition beer to commemorate the brewery's anniversary. Previous editions reviewed on this blog included Shiner 100 Commemorator (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/05/sunday-night-suds-shiner-commemorator.html) and Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner (reviewed here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-night-suds-shiner-101-czech.html).
The current anniversary beer is a unique wheat brew. Traditionally, wheat beers are unfiltered and have strong banana/clove like taste. This brew would have none of that. The beer is filtered, so for those of you who avoid wheat beer because of fear of floaters, there is no excuse not to try this one.
The lack of banana or clove taste in the brew is truly curious. I guess that there is no reason that a domestic wheat beer has to taste like a wit bier, but its just something that I have come to expect.
A pleasant surprise is the level of alcohol in the brew (6.2% abv) and the way that it helps the beer approach barley wine like status. I could see having a few of these with a meal as the mild flavors would work well with most poultry dishes. I just would not attempt to drive home afterwards.
Shiner 102 Double Wheat 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 102 Double Wheat, send me an e-mail and I will gladly oblige.
To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Shiner 102 Double Wheat, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/143/65524.
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