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Shiner Blonde

Shiner Blonde is Spoetzl’s version of the generic American lager, brewed to compete with Budweiser, Lone Star, Pearl, Pabst and so on.   I’m going to keep this short, and say that they pretty much hit the target, as Shiner Blonde tastes a great deal like those aforementioned brews. 

The brew pours a clear straw color, with no real head to speak of.  It smells slightly skunky, and that skunkiness carries through to the flavor department where it mingles with grain notes, a minuscule amount of hop flavor, and a clean finish.  The flavor made me think of the way an old livestock grain & feed store smelled when I was a kid back in rural Texas.  Also like the competition, the mouthfeel is extremely watery, and it weighs in at a very light 4.5% abv. 

There’s a place for beers like this, so I’m not going to snob out here and try to rate this as if it were trying to be some kind of amazing craft brew.  That being said, I don’t see anything here that should allow Shiner Blonde to command a price premium over Miller High Life or Lone Star.  More importantly though, anywhere you can get Shiner Blonde, you should be able to also buy the infinitely superior Shiner Bock, and that’s exactly what I do every time I’m presented with the option.  Spoetzl Brewing makes some great beers that should make Texans proud, but Shiner Blond isn’t one of them.


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