For as long as I have been living in the US it has been one of those aims to find this beer and give it a go on the basis of having been made aware of this brewery prior to leaving Prague (Hi Matt); when I was given the opportunity to try it out there was very little in the way of hesitation. Knowing what I now know about this beer it is increasingly difficult to write anything else, so let’s discuss the weather…
The Beer: Shiner Bock, 4.4% abv, 13 IBU
Aroma: Malt. Reminds me of the stale beer smell you used to get in pubs when they had carpets
Appearance: Mid tone brown/tan, no head, plenty of fizz
Mouthfeel: Very fizzy to the point of being overly carbonated, light (horribly so).
My first hope was that this had gone off. My hopes were dashed when I did some more research. Since trying this – I think it is only fair to add that I had two mouthfuls, shared it around between two other people and barely got passed and eighth of the bottle – it has been a task to try to remember the Bocks from The Netherlands and Germany; none of them seemed to taste like this; put it this way I managed to finish the Heineken Bock. This is really not a beer for me. The only question that remain unanswered: why did pubs in Britain have carpets.