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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style AmberShiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber

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BA SCORE
80
good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beeragent on 05-17-2007)
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Reviews by halfwaytoheaven:
Photo of halfwaytoheaven
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle bearing the date 9.28.07 (followed by 06:05, whatever that's supposed to mean) into a pint glass. Consumed at about 45 degrees to start. Accompanied by some pork ribs and Spanish rice.

The beer pours a pretty reddish-orange with a thin head that dissipates briskly. Carbonation is minimal, as is lacing.

It has a very rich scent - just a little hoppy, and sort of, for lack of a better word, peppery. Very pleasing.

The taste doesn't quite hold up to the smell. I don't really get any hops here, nor much of anything to mull over. A little malty, for a lager, but not very complicated.

This brew is smooth, goes down easy, and without much of an aftertaste. I could probably drink a few of these without any problem, but I'm not sure why I would. I enjoyed it, but not enough that I would go looking for it again. It's a pretty looking beer that's easy to drink, and offers a little more than your typical macro lager, but it didn't really do anything for me. Here's looking forward to 99.

Edit: Why is this beer classified as an Amber Ale? It clearly identifies itself as an Amber Lager, and I have no reason to doubt that claim after drinking it. Does someone here know something that Spoetzl doesn't?

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Thin, fizzy head, with racing carbonation. Dull amber color. Nose is remeniscent of macro lager with kinda funky hops. Taste is pretty good with a crisp, light, fresh, flavor, but it doesn't quite pop like I'd like. Cracked grain or Vienna malt flavors I look for in the style are suppressed by something. It seems like a hefty body might be to blame. They are eventually taken over by creeping hop bitter. This is a very drinkable beer but I must say my expectations were higher, having loved both Shiner 96 and 97, and being a big fan of Vienna Lager. Mouthfeel is way stingy. I just look for a slightly brighter taste out of these beers.

Photo of smc143
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was brought to KC from Austin in the back of a family car, in a cooler, just for me. The beer poured golden-red into a room temperature pint glass, with a thin head of lacy froth. It smelled familiar, a little like the Shiner Bock I drank too much of at a conference in Austin. A little hoppy, a little malty, a little generically beery. (Man, can you believe that I don’t write for a living? What a grasp on the English language.)

The taste is slightly dry, and the hops really aren’t as aggressive as a hop-fearing light beer drinker might think. The carbonation is higher than I expected, with the low level of head it poured out of the bottle, but I liked it. Still has that "thick" beer mouthfeel. Better than Shiner Bock! This being my first limited release from Shiner, I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought it was quite nice. I had absolutely NO problem drinking the rest that were in the fridge, after beating the husband away from that shelf with a broom.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice, perfectly clear golden amber with a substantial, dense whitish head.

Aroma biscuity with a bit of leafy hop. In the mouth, light and well-carbonated. Biscuity malts contend with mineral hop bite and bitterness. Pretty straightforward, with a bit of honey-sweet undertone that lasts into the finish. Sweetness lingers enough to become a bit cloying and hurts the drinkability a bit, but definitely not bad all around.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed fresh from a tub of melted ice on a warm sunny afternoon under shade trees with good friends.

Typical appearance. Crystal-clear deep-copper body with a bit of a crimson cast and glowing orange highlights. The frothy light-tan head holds well and leaves some very decent lacing behind on the glass as it goes.

The aroma displays the "juicy" Vienna malt character that's to be expected. It's fruity and gently caramelish and bready backed by some softly grassy and floral hops (citrusy as well?).

That "juicy" Vienna malt character carries over into the flavor, and it's gently malty with a toasty and caramelish character and a splash of 'fruitiness'. Grassy and floral hop flavors and a firm bitterness round and balance it; and it finishes clean, dry, and refreshing.

A flavorful, refreshing lager that offers enough malt and hops to keep it interesting, and enough balance and drinkability to keep you coming back. Nicely done.

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent bronze/amber with 4+ fingers of fluffy eggshell colored head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Cereal notes

T: Cereal & metallic hop notes with dryness up front. Honey malt, a whisper of caramel, & herbal hops as this warms. Finishes dry with cereal, graint, lemony & metallic notes

MF: Light/Medium bodied with vigorous carbonation

Drinks good, but would've never guessed Vienna Lager, more malt please!! Would do in pinch

Photo of BeerZack
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, so I bought some of this... actually, I'm not too disappointed.

Brownish-"Amber" color with small head and about half-glass lacing left after the speedy deterioration.

Smells like Shiner, no, really... it does.

Slightly roasted malt flavor with slight bit of hop dryness.

The only reason I'm not trashing this one is because I'm from Texas and this '98 actually tastes better than Shiner Bock (or any other Shiner), so it's probably rated a point higher than it should be.
Basically, a lighter (yet, fuller?) Shiner Bock that should please people who can drink light beer.

Photo of dungaree
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What a bummer.... not good. After Shiner 96 and Shiner 97, I expected much better.

It looked promising as it poured into the glass. Nice 1/2 inch head retention. Not many bubbles though. Disappointing smell-- "phenolic macrobrew" I'll call it. Sort of toasty, sort of beery. Reddish amber hues make it look interesting but still looks kinda flat.

The taste was equally unimpressive. I'm not sure what style they were going for-- the "Bavarian" part is confusing. I think BA's description is a little more accurate- red ale. Nothing really sticks out in the taste. Definitely has some chemical-like tastes. Very bland, very pedestrian. Not really looking forward to drinking the six-er.

I'm a big fan on Shiner (I've made the pilgrimage) but they missed the mark on this one. Seems they are still trying to appeal to a mass beer market (the marketing, the bland taste, etc). Why not make the beer better and appeal to not only the masses but the beer advocates who are quickly becoming THE beer masses?

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like the stuff the mosquitoes were trapped in in Jurassic Park with a great, fluffy head and slants, slopes, and rings of lace. Smell is a clean lager smell with very faint sulfur notes in the background. Malt is toasty in the nose and I pick up some noble hops. Flavor is caramel, crackers, and herbal hops which leave a slightly drying and moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel leans toward a medium build with bubbles that work well with what is given here. It'd be great to see this one as a year-rounder.

Photo of TexIndy
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label was cool - had an old school style to it. It was a clear copper color. It had a decent white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing and almost no carb. The smell was wet grass and some malt. Kinda a mess and not very pleasing. The taste was a mess as well. It was very watery with little taste but what did pop up was not good. Overall, I generally like the Shiner offerings but this is a big miss for me. Not real sure about this anniversary offerings - here's hoping for next year. (2.5, NA, ML, N)

Photo of HotterThanHell
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Love the Spoetzl Brewery, made the pilgrimage with Ungespundit (drank too much and spilled beer on the floor) and have been drinking their beers since 1991. This one though is just average, I really wish it wasn't but it is.

Everything from the aroma to the taste is just kinda there but not memorable. They've got 2 years to come up with something great for the big 100 years.

To the ghost of Spoetzl, don't let the $ influence the beer.

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thick head – small bubbles and light lacing. The aroma is not strong, but is malty with a touch of hops. The taste is bitter and grainy. The mouthfeel is medium. This is a decent beer – I wouldn’t turn down another.

Photo of Shafaegalo
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of shroompod
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass , Crystal clear amber. Thin head.

Smell has a slight slight hop nose. Some breadiness.

Taste is slightly sweet, nice hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and expected out of Vienna lager.

Overall a decent and probably my favorite beer from Spoetzl.

Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of hiikeeba
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber/orange with a thin white head. Crystal clear. Looks good!

Aroma: Yeasty smell dominates followed by a hint of malt. No hops.

Taste: Hops overpower the malt. Second taste: a hint of malt, but very slight. Where's the caramel love? Bitter hop aftertaste is woody and somewhat piney.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not bad.

Drinkability: Honestly? I'm not a fan. It's kind of like a Killian's red, but without the malt flavor or mouthfeel.

I'm still a Shiner man, but this one was a let down.

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is decent with good retention.

Smell is awful. Must have some adjuncts. Smells almost skunky, but this beer is not skunked.

Taste is shallow and lacks a good hoppiness. Some of the bitterness is no control of tannins.

Mouthfeel is very watery. I find more mouthfeel in carbonated water.

This beer is chuggable, but not something I'd ever make a session out of.

Photo of BigBry
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of Shiner 98 the last time I was in Dallas, wanted something local, seasonal, and easy to drink - and this seemed to be the best option at the gas station I was in..
Poured a deep mahogany brown, clear liquid with a tan head, a very nice looking beer. Decent retention, and thin string of lace. Although not too strong, the aroma had sweet caramel. The flavor was more of that sweet malt, clean and fresh taste. Biscuit and roasted malt. Rich body, full carbonation, without getting cloying. Slightly bitter finish keep it refreshing.
A nice upgrade from the Shiner Bock I have had before. Very nice Vienna, drinkable, tastey.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured a copper color with a thin white head and had little lacing. Aroma was of malt sweetness and yeast. The taste was nice. It was a good amber. Similar to others I've had but with more taste to it. The mouthfeel as medium body with medium to high carbonation. Overall not a bad brew.

Photo of theozag
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a ruddy but clear, medium brown. settles clear without solids. thick eggshell-white head forms quickly but doesn't last. smells slightly sweet to me, but most of my sense of smell has been robbed by genetics, so don't judge a beer's aroma by my nose. just friendly advice. starts very clear and smooth, crisp on my tongue without the more sugary flavors i would have expected from the smell. settles full-bodied with grain and spice flavors, clean feeling and malty smoothness trailing off. finishes somewhat rough, but not an entirely unpleasant aftertaste. generally a pleasant experience, but a bit disappointing for a beer that was brewed to commemerate a special occasion.

Photo of roblowther
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden copper, clear with a frothy off-white head. Tiny bubble creep up from the bottom, joining the party above. The smell is hop noted, with a malt back. Definitely hoppier than I expected, but what does that mean, really? Thing taste is creamy and malty, with the hops showing up 'round the edges as it were. The finish is all hops, giving it a clean, crisp note. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and silky if a bit thin. The drinkability is best expressed as this. I'm on my third. Well, its Sunday afternoon and it seems a plan has been made. Prosit!

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!).

Poured a medum and clear amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of some breadiness, some caramel, and some roast. Some earthiness too. Tastes of caramel, lighter roastiness, and toasted nuts.

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Floral hop, toasty bread malt, tart. Lightly roasted chocolate.

Medium gold. Clear. Very mild head. Toasty bitter attack. Malty light sweet mid. Medium-low bitter finish. Low to medium-low hop flavor. Medium-low malt flavor. Kind of grainy. Medium to medium-high bitterness.

Impressive carbonation. Light bodied.

Always a pleasure to try the new Shiner release. As I can remember though, 97 was better. This is okay. Better the colder.

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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.