What did I expect? Travelling to Texas as often as I do I’ve had plenty of opportunities to toss back the local Shiner Bock. Not a bad beer at all, but not something I’d generally review on this site. Just not an Alehead beer. Most of the ratings on this site are high because we all drink good beer and seek out new and exciting brews when we have a chance. We’re not really a rating site per se so most of our tasting notes are done as a way to bring attention to a cool beer or something we’ve all been talking about. Why bother bashing a beer or brewery when we already know that it’s not supposed to be good? When I saw the Shiner 102 Double Wheat though, I figured it would be worthy of a taste and even if it didn’t blow me away I thought it might provide an opportunity to post something on a non-craft brewery. I should have known better.
Shiner 102 Double Wheat
NOTES: 12oz bottle
STYLE: Wheat Ale
ABV: 6.2% ABV
APPEARANCE: Mmmm….Piss yellow. Sometimes that’s not a bad thing, but I fear my eyes are setting me up for failure
HEAD: Not much to speak of. It is a filtered ale so I’m not looking for a huge Hefe head or anything. Would have expected a little more though
LACING: Just a touch that disappears quickly
NOSE: Very sweet with some bready notes at the end. Some spicy aromatics floating up but overall it’s about as complex as a Coors Light
TASTE: Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, although certainly sweeter than I’d like in a Pale Wheat. Definite cereal taste going on. Not cereal grain mind you, more like Corn Pops. A slight bitter, grassy finish is the only thing that saves this from being an utter disaster. Where’s the booze though? We’re not talking about a huge beer here but being that there’s not much going on in the taste department you’d think it would have some bite. Guess not.
MOUTHFEEL: Ample carbonation, coats the mouth quite well. The overall nose and taste of this beer would have you believe it’s a light lager but it’s actually pretty full-bodied
DRINKABILITY: Don’t bother, there’s just too many better beers out there. It’s not necessarily what I’d consider a “Bad Beer”, but it’s not great either. I’d drink it over a Bud but I’d be desperate to find something else as soon as the next round hit.
RATING: 1 Hop