Saturday, January 30, 2016

Shiner Birthday Beer 107: Hoppy Pilsner

I recently saw Shiner's 107th Birthday beer on the shelves of the local liquor store. This year they brewed a German-style pilsner with a hoppy twist. The story on the back tells you that and sets your expectations, finishing with the German phrase "alles Gute zum Geburtstag," translated Happy Birthday! 5.0% alcohol. 30 IBU.

Crackers with lemon and lightly grassy aroma. More crackers with a gentle malty sweet flavor to start. A definite grassy, flowery, lemony bitter hoppy answer follows. And while that stretch of adjectives might think you're in for a bitter monster, I'd personally say the beer barely met the qualifications to name the beer Hoppy Pilsner. The finish seemed a little off, maybe a hint of wet cardboard. Overall was OK. Happy Birthday!

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