Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Shiner Smokehaus

Shiner has just released a new seasonal beer for the "Sommer" called Smokehaus. The label boasts that "It's Smokin' Good" due to the fact that it's mesquite smoked. Their website explains it a bit more in depth: "Enjoy Shiner's Smokin' Sommer Bier! Brewed with pale malt that's been smoked with native mesquite in the backyard of our little brewery in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070), this refreshing Helles-style beer has a smoky flavor that goes great with all the flavors of summer."

I had to try it over the weekend, and while it was a tasty refreshing beer, I got about as much smoke flavor as a slice of Dickey's brisket...that's almost none.

- BBQ Snob


PM Summer said...

I'd say it has a lot more mesquite smoke flavor than the brisket at Dickey's (I know you didn't mean to imply that Dickey's uses mesquite).

While it's not an overwhelming smoky flavor like a true German Rauchbier, it's easily discernible, especially the nose. I recommend you drink it out of a glass. For me, every sip triggers strong flash memories of mesquite-smoking something in the back yard.

A true Rachbier would be almost undrinkable while standing around a smoker in Texas, anyway. This isn't meant to be sipping bier.

PM Summer said...

As a follow up: Drinking beer out of a long-necked bottle (which I often do) is like eating brisket while holding your nose... really.

As a work-around to the long-neck's cutting out the olfactory element of taste, I make sure plenty of beer soaks into my mustache. ;-)

Unknown said...

I'm gonna have to try this one!


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.