Since starting this blog, I’ve become a great fan of the mixed beer cases you can get at the grocery store. I picked up the Shiner Family Reunion mixed pack from my local Albertson’s the other day. It’s a twelve pack with six different brews. There’s two of each, so I can write about one and share the other with a family member of my own.
Shiner is best known for Shiner Bock. Although their bock is included in the family reunion, I’ve been eager to try the Shiner Hefeweizen since having the PranQster Belgian Style Golden Ale. That put me in the mood for one of these sweet and sour brews, and I decided to start with the Shiner Hefeweizen.
As I poured this beer, I noticed it to be a bit clearer than the hefeweizens I’m familiar with. Tasting it proved to be a bit thin too. I’m not sure that this is even a hefeweizen. It tastes much more like any other beer than I would expect. I think my expectations prejudiced me against this beer. It still had a hint of that medicinal quality you’d expect from a hefeweizen, but none of the power that makes them appealing. If you’re looking for a good hefeweizen, don’t look to Shiner.
Would I buy this beer again? No. I expect something more from a hefeweizen than Shiner was able to give. I do hope to find a good hefeweizen in my beer adventure. If you know of any to recommend, please do. Should you try this beer? I’d say no. If you want to try a hefeweizen or are a fan of them, Shiner is not a good representation of this beer.
I give this beer 2/5 caps.