Shiner Brewer’s Pride Selection: Old-Time Alt

July 19th, 2011 by in Other Beer Reviews

The sixth and final member of the Shiner Family Reunion is the first brew from the Brewer’s Pride collection. Shiner calls this one its Old-Time Alt, or altbier. As far as I know this is the first altbier on Beers and Ears, so let’s start with a description from the bastion of truth and knowledge, Wikipedia.

The name Altbier, which means old beer, refers to the pre-lager brewing method of using a warm top-fermenting yeast. Over time the Alt yeast adjusted to lower temperatures, and the Alt brewers would store or lager the beer after fermentation, leading to a cleaner, crisper beer than is the norm for some other top-fermented beers such as British pale ale.

This copper-colored lager has a crisp, clean taste, a lot of malty flavor with a bit of a hoppy bite to it. I’m enjoying this beer and definitely recommend it. However, the only way to get this one is to purchase a Shiner Family Reunion six pack. Getting a Shiner Family Reunion is a great way to sample many Shiner beers, but unfortunately there’s no way to get a six pack of just this one.

Overall, the Shiner Family Reunion has been quite good; Shiner Blonde being the only exception, and even there there was nothing offensive about it. As a review, here are the other five beers in the pack:

  • David Kostel

    I’ve been to Europe drinking beer in Germany and the Czech Republic. There’s a lot of great beer to be had from European breweries. I bought a six pack of Shiner family reunion beer. All good beers, but the Lager was superb and had character much like the German and Czech beers you can buy there (not in the US). Ok, My question: WHY do you not sell the lager by six pack??? I recommend it to everyone. David Kostel


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