9. Spoetzl – Shiner Bock

Spoetzl Shiner Bock in TexasYou’ve heard the phrase, “When it Rome…”  Well, this week I’m in Texas, and it seems that the beer of choice here is Shiner Bock, brewed by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas.  They’ve been brewing this beer since 1913, almost as long as they’ve been in business.  I wasn’t even until a few decades ago that Shiner began producing Bock year-round. Today 80% of the beer the Spoetzl Brewery makes  is Bock. (Thanks Wikipedia for making me seem so knowledgeable on them)

We just finished up a morning of work in Houston and lugged about 300 lbs of video gear with us through the airport.  After checking the gear, we headed to lunch at Pappadeaux Sea Food House in Houston Hobby Airport.  Out of breath, I immediately ordered a Shiner Bock.  I didn’t even bother pouring it in a glass, I was just ready for a clean refreshing beer.

Fortunately, I’ve had plenty of Shiner Bock, especially during my trip to SXSW Interactive in Austin last month, so I knew what to expect.  I know that it’s a lighter amber color with a decent head.  It’s clean and refreshing, with a bit of a bready, almost yeasty aftertaste.  It’s very light in body, making it easy to drink a couple of these without even noticing.

Being so light, it goes well with just about everything.  If you’re in Texas, you’ll have to try one.  If not, you can still probably get it to try it out, but I wouldn’t say at $8.99 a six pack (as it is in Central IL), that it’s worth it.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good beer, but being local to Texas, it’s a bit cheaper here.  Glad I’m in Texas.

My Rating: ★★½☆☆

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