October 08, 2004
a beer tasting
I once won a contest at a bar in Athens, Georgia, because I was the only person out of 25 people to identify eight-out-of-eight beers in a blind taste-test. Yeah. I got them all right. I think I won $20 and a pitcher of my favorite beer for doing that.
I know my beer. I brewed my own for several years.
I have a case of exotic beer to explore now, and I'm going to write a critique of every one. So far, I've tried two bottles of Shiner Hefelweizen and I like that beer. It is obviously a wheat beer, light in color and smooth, with a full-bodied ale taste and just a hint of lemon in it. It doesn't have a really frothy head when you pour it into a glass, but the bubbles keep running up the side until the glass is empty. That tells me that the brewers didn't allow the yeast to fully digest before they bottled the beer.
That's not a bad thing. It makes for a robust ale.
The beer is not flavored with powerful hops. I believe that it was made with something along the line of a #5-- just enough so that you can taste it, but not enough to make the beer bitter. It is a beer that almost ANY beer drinker would like. I give it Four Stars.
I will update on other specimens later, as I drink them.
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