Well, we finally got a chance to check out the birthday beer from Spoetzl Brewing from Shiner, TX as they celebrate their 106th anniversary. This offering is a chocolate stout. This beer comes in at 5% ABV and 20 IBU’s. So, while it could be a session beer, you probably wouldn’t want to drink more than one or two at a time due to it being a bit of a heavy beer with plenty of sweetness. That being said, this birthday beer from Shiner is very tasty and would make a great dessert beer. It pours very dark and has plenty of sweetness on the nose. The chocolate is very noticeable and maybe a touch of vanilla. The taste… definitely chocolate with some of that vanilla… a bit of maltiness. It tastes a bit like a chocolate birthday cake… which seems very appropriate! I really like it… but I am a chocolate lover, so that helps. It is medium bodied with not a whole lot of carbonation. Very smooth and quite tasty. This beer would finish off a nice meal, or even pair well with some chocolate dessert. This beer has limited availability so if you see it, grab some… and celebrate 106 years of good brewing from the folks down in Shiner, birthday beer shinerTX. Happy Birthday Spoetzl Brewing… thanks for the present!




Brewery: Spoetzl Brewery

Location: Shiner, TX

Beer: 106th Birthday Chocolate Stout

Rating: 4 Steins

Rater: Greg