I love when I have a conversation one day, and then a couple days later that conversation’s topic jumps up again elsewhere.
Monday night, I was talking about how Shiner has been doing a yearly brew for the last several years. Specifically:
- Shiner 96 â€” MÃ¤rzen/Oktoberfest
- Shiner 97 â€” Bohemian Black Lager
- Shiner 98 â€” Bavarian Style Amber
- Shiner 99 â€” Munich Style Helles Lager
- Shiner 100 Commemorator â€” Starkbier
- Shiner 101 â€” Czech-style Pilsner
- Shiner 102 â€” American Style Double Wheat Ale
- Shiner 103 â€” Wild Hare Pale Ale
I mentioned they had to be on 104, but I had no idea what it was. Then two days later it appears on my Facebook feed. Shiner White Wing. Then today, I snagged myself a six pack of it. Serious. Joy.
Now, anyone familiar with my beer preferences knows I call myself a “wheat beer girl,” so when I found out 104 was a Belgian-style wheat ale I might have squealed. Out loud. In fact, no might to it… I did.
That cloudy, golden color. That bright white head. I’ll take that over any other beer ANY day.
If you’re looking for the next Blue Moon, Â you’re not looking in the right place. Personally, I compare it more to the classic HoegaardenÂ and I can’t wait to try my next glass with a squeeze of lemon. It’s more about the wheat than it is the orange and coriander, so it ends very dry on the palette.
Hoegaarden was my first favoriteÂ witbier, and I regret having strayed from it over the last five years. I’ve become a big fan of Shocktop, even over Blue Moon, because its much more fruity of a flavor. But when I took my first drink of Shiner’s White Wing, I was slammed back in my memory of my first favorite. I love me a fruity beer (see Abita Strawberry Harvest) but sometimes… sometimes you gotta go back to the flavors of the standards that have stood the test of time. Â I’d expect nothing less fromÂ oldest independent brewery in Texas than to bring to my taste buds a classic witbier flavoring. And boy did they deliver! Love it!