Spoetzl Brewery is churning out something new. And it’s as tart as it is Texan.
Shiner recently released its Dewberry Tart Ale, which is a limited edition Berliner Weisse style beer made with Texas dewberries. According to Austin Food Magazine, the beer utilizes a wild yeast and a longer fermentation period to yield its 5.9% ABV. It’ll run you $10.99 for a six-pack.
The Austin360 staff raised their glasses to the new Shiner offering and then shared their first impressions below. See if you can spot which of us still hasn’t completed their tasting assignment...
The Dewberry Tart Ale has a bitter fruit flavor, and a strong, almost wine-like, scent. The tart flavor is a little heavy but still has the taste of a light ale. It reminded me a lot of grape fruit juice, but mildly sour. If you've never tried sour or fruity beers, this would be a good introduction.
Shiner is going big with its new flavors this summer – but where the Sea Salt & Lime went too far (so salty as to border on undrinkable), the Dewberry Tart hits a home run: fruity and crisp, perfect for an August afternoon in Austin – and this one’s for you, sour beer lovers, because Shiner’s really not kidding about the "tart." As someone who still actively mourns the fact that I can no longer buy a six-pack of Prickly Pear, I’ve been looking for a new favorite Shiner, I think this is it.
Shiner’s Dewberry Tart Ale is definitely a sipper. I’m a sour girl. My mom had to outlaw Warheads in our house because I chemically burned my tongue too many times. That being said, I don’t think I could drink more than one of these in a row. I figured the dewberries (being berries and all) would bring some sweet note of forgiveness, but instead it tasted a lot like underripe blueberries, and left my mouth feeling a little dry.
I liked it so much more than Shiner’s Sea Salt & Lime flavor. This one almost tastes like a sour, which, why hasn’t Shiner tried that yet? The dewberries give it a nice sweet taste, like the Strawberry Blond with a stronger profile. I’d buy a six-pack of it whenever it lands in stores.
I loved the beer taste. I detected notes of beer.
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