This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Shiner's Oktoberfest.
As my good friend Charlie H. says, "fall is a great time for beer." Personally, I think that any season is a good time for beer, but I must admit that fall is a particularly good time because of the crisp Oktoberfest brews that the market.
Over the course of the three plus years that I have been blogging KB, I have had the pleasure and/or the privilege or perhaps just the pride to blog on various Oktoberfest beers such as Brooklyn Brewery's in October 2008 (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/10/sunday-night-suds-brooklyn-brewery.html); Saranac Brewery's in October 2009 (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/10/sunday-night-suds-saranac-octoberfest.html); New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale (http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/09/sunday-night-suds-new-belgium-hoptober.html) and Joseph's Brau's Oktoberfest in 2010(http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2010/10/sunday-night-suds-josephs-brau_31.html).
For 2011, I hope to i'yh review two more Oktoberfest brews, one from Texas and the other from Wisconsin. As you can see from the banner above, this week's SNS reviews Shiner's Oktoberfest.
The Shiner Oktoberfest poured a bright copper with a small amount of foam. Having been properly chilled the first sip was malt with a small amount of hops. Successive drinks revealed a little more floral hops, but the beer was mostly crisp without too much bite. By the end of my glass (Boddington's pint glass) I was ready for another of this crisp, easy drinking beer. The Shiner went well with our family burger night, but it would easily stand up to more complex meat dishes such as cholent or winter stews. If you can find them near where you live, I would recommend trying a few in the sukkah with various YT meals.
Speaking of finding Shiner - slowly but surely, Shiner has been making its way into the New York Metropolitan area. Although it is still not available in New York state, it can now be found in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If you are a fan of it like I am, e-mail the company to let them know you would like it in your state. Never underestimate the power of the consumer.
Shiner Oktoberfest is under the Kosher Supervision of the Va'ad of Detroit although there is no symbol on the the bottle. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about Shiner Oktoberfest, please follow this link http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/143/60642.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver. If you've tried this beer or any others which have been reviewed on the kosher beers site, please feel free to post your comments (anonymous comments are acceptable).
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