Monday, June 18, 2007

Episode 10: Shiner Hefe-Weizen - Don't Mess with Texas

This week we look at the beer I think of when I think of Texas, Shiner Hefe-Weizen.


More of a general story today, something that I have been hearing a lot in the past couple weeks, and that is that because of the rise in ethanol use for fuel, the cost of beer may be going up. This is due to the fact that they use some of the same ingredients, such as corn…thats all really, discuss amongst yourselves.

Shiner Hefe-Weizen

  • The beer we are talking about today is Shiner Hefe-Weizen, produced by Spoetzl Brewing Company in Shiner, Texas. This is also the oldest independent brewery in Texas, having been incorporated in 1909.
  • You can find it in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin
  • The vitals: 5.6% ABV, brewed year round.
  • The look: hazy, which is exactly how it should look.
  • The taste: Actually I find it rather citrusy, a lot of orange seems to come through.
  • This beer is not pasteurized, which means it is not heated up right after bottling, so the yeast should be alive in the bottle.
  • The label on this one is also pretty cool, it has a character on it named Flip, which at first is a little trippy because he looks like a guy with to head attached at the top of the head.

Next Week

Our next show, we will be hopping across the pond again to look at some imported version of hefeweizens, in particular Hogarden, a beer that most people should be able to get on tap at some of the nicer bars. We will also briefly talk about some other imports such as Franziskaner and Paulener Hefewies beer.

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