Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
05-07-2009 23:12:34 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev 0%
Pours a medium amber color with a 1 finger white head that lasts for a little while before slowly subsiding and leaving a moderate amount of lacing.
Smell revealed a good bit of malt but no real hop presence. A lot of caramel to be found here.
Taste of caramel and light notes of honey and citrus. Hops a little more noticeable in the taste but still not a strong presence.
Light bodied and light carbonation. Not bad but for being labeled as a sort of special anniversary beer, it really just felt like a weak clone of SABL.
02-23-2009 22:33:21 | More by Vengeance526
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
Reviewed 7/2/2007 (12oz bottle):
Pours a brown lightish colored body, with a whitish head, average but diminishing. Has a sugary malty aroma, and lots of hops too. Has a clean weak taste, watery, with some malts. Some skunky malt flavor but not much else there.
02-14-2009 21:56:21 | More by jujubeast6000
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-27-2009 01:07:08 | More by hopdog
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.
A- Amber coloring without a great deal of head.
S- Sweet caramel scent with some hops thrown in.
T- Probably my favorite Shiner beer. Great mixture of malts and hops. Not too bitter at all. I like to consider this an improved version of Shiner Bock, which is one of my favorite beers.
M- Goes down smoothly with a hoppy finish.
D- Very drinkable. Can have several in one sitting when they still made it. Wish they would make this permanent.
12-02-2008 03:56:13 | More by Bagman007
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
Going to college in Texas it's practically (if it
isn't already) required to try all Shiner beers -
while I liked their Bock, this one reminded me of
quality European beers, good flavor without being
overwhelming like the 97, which is like a thicker
and slightly hoppier version of Guiness. !Enjoy!
05-30-2008 18:13:09 | More by marc956
3.78/5 rDev +8%
Last bottle from a sixer bought, oh, about last August. I took notes on the first bottle back when it was fresh, but lost 'em. Anyway, nothing much has changed since then, as best I can recall. Here goes.
Poured into a pint glass, nice thick head, light tan, but it goes away pretty quickly. The beer itself is a cloudy amber with moderate carbonation. Looks very much like an english-style ale, despite it's "Bavarian" label. I like this look a lot, so kudos there.
High quantity of malt in the nose, not too sweet, but a definite sweetness present. No hop presence to speak of.
Taste is a solid, mildly malty lager. Not a big hop presence. Starts smooth, ends crisper. Malt grows with the aftertaste. Mouthfeel takes a hit for the inconsistency (the whole smooth-to-crisp effect), which was a bit unsettling. Good but not great drinkability.
I'm enjoying these Shiner one-offs. This one isn't as good as the 97, which I'd like to see Shine add as a full-time brew, but it was good, nonetheless. If you happen across one that doesn't have too much dust on it it's worth a try.
05-28-2008 22:56:14 | More by rabsten
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured a deep golden color with moderate white head. No lacing.
Smell is very light and almost undectable. Taste is enjoyable. A strong malt character is balanced nicely by a firm hop background.
Leaves a pleasurable sensation in the mouth. A nice easy easy drinking beer. Very refreshing when drinking in summertime.
05-06-2008 03:32:31 | More by jayrod20
3.5/5 rDev 0%
Reviewed from notes. I misplaced a notebook and discovered I hadn't reviewed this one.
A - Poured out a copper/amber color with a foamy, bubbly one finger head. Not much in the way of lacing.
S - It smelled of caramel malt and some hops. Also, a sweet candy or honey aroma.
T - It tasted of roasted malt and some sweet caramel flavor. It had a subtle bitterness.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - Overall, a descent beer for a fairly uninsipring style.
03-03-2008 05:55:14 | More by zeff80
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
A - Poured an amber color with an off white head
S - Is of sweet caramel malt with a touch of honey
T - Theres more of a roasted malt taste with some hops getting through
M - I thought that this one felt a little thin with light carbonation
D - Only if Shiner could make there regular beers at a level like this one sure its not the best beer in the world but for the price its a damn good beer
02-20-2008 02:11:21 | More by armock
Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.