This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Shiner 107 - the Hoppy Pilsner.
Over the last dozen or so years, Shiner has produced a limited edition brew in honor of the number of years that the Spoetzel Brewery has been in existence. Each of these brews is preceded by the number which designates the number of years that Spoetzel has been around, followed by the name of the brew. Last year, they added a new twist by actually calling the beer a "birthday beer" (see link here http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2015/03/sunday-night-suds-shiner-birthday-beer.html for my reviews of last year's Birthday Beer - the Chocolate Stout).
This year's version of the birthday features what Shiner calls a "Hoppy Pilsner." Yes, it does sound like an oxymoron, but don't let the beer's name fool you. The brew poured a rich golden color with more than average carbonation. Even though I consumed this with some deeply charred meat (not burned, just flavorful charred) the beer was not overwhelmed. There was some sweetness which was characteristic of the pilsner, but the back end had some hops as well. The end result is a non-offensive brew which tries to be a little bit of everything, but does not fail miserably.
The Shiner Birthday Beer 107 - Hoppy Pilsner 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 Shiner Hoppy Pilsner, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/143/205930.
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