PW's Year of Beer: Shiner Oktoberfest

By Eric San Juan
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We love beer. That's why we're devoting an entire year to discovering (and drinking) cold ones from near and far. Know of a beer worth shouting out? Send us a note.

Shiner built its reputation in Texas, and more recently nationwide, on brewing traditional Bavarian and German styles of beer. Few styles are more traditionally German than the Oktoberfest, a style (and a celebration) that typifies the German beer-drinking experience. With its entry into the Oktoberfest category, Shiner does exactly what you expect: brew to tradition. That means those who want some wild and woolly American twist on the style are going to have to look elsewhere. For those who like tradition, though, this is a solid example of an Oktoberfest beer. A deep amber/light brown in color, caramel and toffee dominate both the flavor and aroma, while a slight graininess adds depth to the taste. On its own this beer may leave you unimpressed, but enjoy it with some brats, pretzels and kraut and you’ll be feeling your inner German. Try it at Field House, Jolly’s and Falls Taproom.

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