Shiner, Texas, has been the hometown of drinkability since Spoetzl Brewery opened in 1909. More than a century has passed since then, and in that time the brewery’s flagship Shiner Bock has gone from local favorite to national standby. Now, Shiner Bock is available in 49 states. Day Quencher, Shiner’s latest offering, is the low-weight, dry-hopped session ale that the brewery hopes will take a permanent spot next to it in your beer fridge.
Shiner calls Day Quencher the “not-so-everyday everyday beer,” but there’s not much to separate it from your average macro when you see it poured off draft. Golden and clear, it screams Coors or Lonestar. In most beer circles, that consistency is a mark of honor, even if it looks unremarkable in the glass.
The master stroke of Day Quencher is that it’s dry-hopped with Mosaic hops, giving it a bouquet of lemon and grapefruit. The aroma isn’t bowl-you-over tropical, but it’s enough to separate Day Quencher from the field of budget beers it’s trying to one-up. There’s not much else beneath the initial hop character—a modicum of roastiness, maybe the ghost of some yeast—but the closest referent is probably Wonder Bread.
It’ll quench your thirst, but not much else.”
The tropical flavors of the Mosaic hop leap into the mouth, giving you plenty of fruit and bitterness right away, with a finish that’s bitingly dry. That’ll keep you drawing quick, shallow sips, which is an unsatisfying way to drink beer. Cans of Day Quencher disappear more quickly than they should, despite its sessionable ABV.
Shiner’s beers have always been more about gratification rather than satisfaction, but Day Quencher tries to adjust its place on the spectrum. It’s a step toward becoming a genuine craft beer—at least in the 2018 understanding of the term “craft”—but ultimately it’s just an increment on that dial. It’ll quench your thirst, but not much else.