Gut Rumbles

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.


Hey Rob,
How about a list of you favorite beers?
Enlighten us.


Posted by: Franky T on October 8, 2004 01:27 PM

that is way cool you used to brew!! i'm a hop head myself. how come you don't brew anymore?

Posted by: beerchick on October 8, 2004 02:00 PM

Hefeweizen is my tipple of choice when I go out. Of course I elect the role of designated driver so I drink at most one tall cool one. I like to make it worthwhile so I pick el Hefe.

It's usually served with a lemon wedge which does add to the ... dare I say ... nuance of the taste. It puts me in mind of the good ol Brit lager and lime.


Posted by: BlogDog on October 8, 2004 02:03 PM

Natty Ice all the way

Posted by: rightisright on October 8, 2004 02:06 PM

Have you been converted to the way of Shiner, now?

There are worse things, you know.

Posted by: Christina on October 8, 2004 02:23 PM

The world is starting to find out about Shiner Beer. What used to be available only in Texas is now distributed to over 20 states. The original brewmaster was trained in Germany and settled in the little town of Shiner, Texas (a predominantly Czech and German community) around the turn of the century. The story is that each type of brew is hand-crafted and naturally aged and from the original recipe. My favorite is the Shiner Bock.

Posted by: bedubya on October 8, 2004 02:58 PM

my stepdad lives in Michigan and one of his favorite beers is Shiner Bock. we treated to him many when he visited us in Texas.

Posted by: girl on October 8, 2004 03:09 PM
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