Spoetzl Brewery, home of Shiner Beer, has rolled out quite a few tasty beers over the years, some of which have been reviewed here. Shiner Bock might be their flagship brand but they currently produce 16 beers. Sadly, not all of them are distributed as widely as Shiner Bock. However, they are continuing to advance their brand and bring their other flavors to more markets. One beer that recently made it to my market is their Wicked Juicy IPA.
Wicked Juicy IPA is advertised as a “dry hopped and unfiltered IPA…bursting with a rush of tropical hops for a bright, juicy kick.” The beer pours a hazy, cloudy orange. There were bits of yeast floating in the beer. The head was a creamy white that stood about two fingers at its height. There wasn’t much carbonation seen but a few lines of bubbles rising to the top. The aroma was kind of subdued. There were notes of citrus, hops, and cracker or biscuit that came through.
The first sip followed the nose. I was expecting much more of a hop forward flavor. That wasn’t the case. A refreshing, juicy note came forward with notes of orange and grapefruit as well as some hoppy pine. There was also a nice malty, biscuit flavor that came through as well. The beer felt medium-bodied in the mouth with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel that I wasn’t expecting with an IPA. The finish was slightly hoppy but not overwhelming. The carbonation was well done and there was some soapy lacing going on with the glass as it drank. The beer also held its flavor throughout the session.
Overall, this is a nice beer. If you love hops you might be disappointed. If you like hops but also like a refreshing beer you will be happy here. Wicked Juicy IPA clocks in at 5.7% ABV and 60 IBUs so this is a beer you can drink for a session and it would make a nice session beer given its refreshing nature. It is a good beer, it just seems a little subdued for an IPA but I certainly would drink it again, especially on a warm summer day.
One of the best things about the fall is the different offerings of Oktoberfest style beers that are offered. Shiner Oktoberfest is among those offerings. Their Oktoberfest clocks in at 5.8% ABV and, of course, is only offered in the fall.
Shiner Oktoberfest pours a color that is in between copper and amber but is clear with some light carbonation rising to the head that rose to a little over one finger at its height. The beer looks great in the glass. The head did start deflating rather quickly.
The aroma is somewhat subdued for an Oktoberfest. There are notes of hops and grain that one would expect with a German beer it just isn’t as prevalent.
The first sip offers notes of grain, some hops, and some caramel sweetness. There is a note of smoke that can be found as well. No one flavor dominates. In fact, they blend together in this rather pleasant, albeit mild, mixture. It is dry and smooth on the tongue with a somewhat creamy finish.
As the beer drank the flavors stayed consistent. The glass laced moderately and the carbonation level stayed level throughout the process.
Overall this is a good beer. It isn’t as in your face as some Oktoberfests can be with their malt and grain. Shiner has always produced good beer and this is no different. While this Oktoberfest might not be your typical Oktoberfest recipe it is true to the style and very smooth. This is a beer you can drink all night and the only real knock on it is that it isn’t offered year-round.
Shiner, Texas is home to Spoetzl Brewery which of course makes Shiner beer. We have reviewed some Shiner beer in the past which you can check out here. Up for review today is their Sea Salt & Lime offering. This is a seasonal brew if you didn’t guess that already.
Shiner Sea Salt & Lime pours a clear gold with a fairly thick, white head that stood about two fingers at its height. There is a fair amount of carbonation rushing to the head to reinforce it. This looks like summer in a glass. The aroma is one of lime and salt but with some hops and a little cracker teased.
The first sip puckers your mouth just a tad. The lime is at the forefront but the salt quickly mellows it. It is a pleasant taste, like a little summertime in a bottle. The lime isn’t overwhelming and it pairs well with the sea salt. I would imagine this is what everyone wishes a Corona tasted like. The brew has a light mouthfeel and finishes dry but still crisp and refreshing. The lime flavor tastes authentic and fresh, as if the lime was squeezed into the beer just moments ago.
The glass didn’t lace much as the beer drank. However, there was a fairly nice sized foam ring around the glass. Perhaps it was just my glass.
Overall this was a fun beer to drink. It captures flavors of summer in a unique way without being just another summer lager. Neither the lime nor the sea salt overwhelm the flavor but instead work nicely with the malt and hops to create a good beer. Is it a great beer? Depends on your flavor profile but this is definitely worth a try. At 4.0% ABV it is something you can drink all day and in any environment.