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Shiner Bock is a stellar example of the German-style malty lager and over the past century has become synonymous with the great state of Texas. The bright yellow label evokes the feeling of driving across the vast prairies as tumbleweeds blow across the road, the sun setting just ahead across the farmland horizon. Bock, meaning “goat" in German, is a very typical beer from the old world and Shiner has done an impeccable job recreating this roasty, malt forward style of lager while maintaining a low alcohol percentage, making it ideal for enjoyment all day long.
Perhaps this beer is best enjoyed right out of the bottle in the same manner that the local farmhands would enjoy it after a hard day work outside the small town of Shiner, Texas. However, if you were to pour it into a pint glass you'd quickly notice that this is much darker than your typical American lager. Made with more caramel and toasted malts, it shines a wonderful shade of dark amber with a thin white head atop. The aromas are deep with those malty flavors. Caramel, toffee, toasted white bread, and just a slight hint of hops to keep it from being overpoweringly sweet. The flavor is similarly malt forward, but the carbonation, hops, and dry yeast keep it from being cloying, maintaining a refreshing quality, perfect for an afternoon in the Texas heat.
Shiner Bock pairs nicely with oh so many things. Unsurprisingly, it is a delightful addition to a heaping plate of slow smoked brisket with a crisp bark and tender center. The maltiness matches the sweet notes of hickory, but the underlying biscuity character refreshes the palate after each fatty bite of perfectly cooked meat. Pair it up with hush puppies, corn bread, or get your Austin on and pair it with some migas breakfast tacos. Drink a bottle while playing lawn games, sitting on your porch, or just spending an afternoon cuddling up with your dog.