Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Night Suds - Shiner Ryes & Shiner Rye Lager

With Pesach on the near horizon, what better beer to send you off with than a true chametz brew - Shiner's Ryes & Shine Rye Lager!

You are probably thinking, what is a Rye Lager? Is it a beer made with rye bread? Not exactly, but that's not so far off either. As explained by the folks at BA, a Rye Beer is:

Not to be confused with a German Roggenbier, beers that fall into this category contain a notable amount of rye grain in the grist bill. Bitterness tends to be moderate, to allow the often spicy and sour-like rye characteristics to pull through.

The Shiner Ryes & Shine is neither sour nor overly spicy. It also falls at the low end of the spectrum for Rye beers as it is only 4.9% abv. Having said that, the beer is a nicely balanced lager with a little bit of bite on the back end. 

I have only seen the Shiner Ryes & Shiner Lager in Shiner Family mix packs and have not seen it sold in six or twelve packs. I consumed my only bottle of the Ryes & Shine with shabbos leftovers this evening and did not find that it was obtrusive or overly well paired. If I had a few more of these I might experiment with some lighter pairing. 

Bottom line - if you are looking for a lager with a little more body than a macro this will fill your bill. 

Shiner Ryes & Shine Rye Lager 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 the Ryes & Shine Rye Lager, please follow this link

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