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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner 98 Bavarian Style AmberShiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber

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BA SCORE
80
good

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%


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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 23:12:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 22:33:21 | More by Vengeance526
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 21:56:21 | More by jujubeast6000
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:07:08 | More by hopdog
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Bagman007

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 03:56:13 | More by Bagman007
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marc956

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 18:13:09 | More by marc956
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 22:56:14 | More by rabsten
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jayrod20

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:32:31 | More by jayrod20
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zeff80

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 05:55:14 | More by zeff80
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armock

New York

3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 02:11:21 | More by armock
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blakesell

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- A clear amber with a 2.5 finger head of foam that quickly dissapates to a thin layer over the top. Lacing doesn't cling to the sides of the glass.

Smell- A bready toasty scent similar to a marzen which technically is mostly a marzen as well, so the scent is up to snuff aside from a big metallic scent at the end that I really don't like. For some reason metal reminds me of bile.

Taste- Lightly malty and again with the graininess, but the metal is once again there in the aftertaste and lingers on. Last year's version of this was not like that. Very bitter with the metallic rusty taste.

Mouthfeel- Once again, thick with that bile/metal problem which is very cloying. Not an enjoyable brew. Thin bodied and highly carbonated.

Drinkability- I suppose this may have chuggability. I won't be pouring it down the drain, but I won't be having another again either. I'd much rather have a Dos Equis Amber instead.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 00:01:32 | More by blakesell
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Strix

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice bready smell to this one. Bready toasty notes in the taste as well, with grainy notes and a slight hop finish. Mouthfull nice, smooth and carbonated, not weak. Overall, not bad at all. I'm a fan of the Shiner Bock for what it is, and this is an easy drinker as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 06:53:58 | More by Strix
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JDV

Texas

3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber colored pour with a bit of white head and a touch of lacing. Smell of sweet malt and a subtle hop presence. Small bit of bitterness up front followed by a malt sweetness. Body is fairly light and watery, and not too flavorful. Ok, but nothing spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 19:03:12 | More by JDV
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 02:03:37 | More by Beerbuddha
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright pumpkin with amber accents when the glass is backlit with the rising sun outside my front window. A vigorous pour netted two fingers of tight-bubbled foam that is somewhere between ecru and ivory.

The nose is surprisingly good as well. It's fresh grain-like, with a toasted, earthy, Munich maltiness that doesn't need to be any more prominent. 80% pale and 20% Munich (see the pie chart on the website) seems about right for beer of this style.

Why are there so few Vienna lagers being brewed. It's a style that should appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers due to its balance and crisp, easy drinkability. An ABV of 4.9% makes this one tailor-made for sessioning.

Shiner 98 features a toasted bread maltiness whose modest sweetness is complemented by floral, herbal Hallertau hops (Hallertau Tradition for bittering/flavor and Hallertau Hersbrucker for aroma). 30 IBUs is another reason why this hophead approves.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light, but it's also a bit harshly bubbled rather than being creamy and smooth. More quality here *might* have bumped both taste and drinkablity scores another notch.

Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber is a better than adequate Vienna lager and is probably the best Spoetzl beer that I've reviewed so far (along with '96'). Maybe '99' will be at least as good. Or, better yet... better.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 13:54:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
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reggiekoko

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer at the local HEB store while visiting with relatives in TX.

Had a nice reddish-cooper hue with a short lingering head along with very little lacing.

My first sip revealed a smooth malty flavor followed by some perky hops.

98 reminded me very much of Yuengling Traditonal American Lager -- my steady brew -- except that it has a stronger aftertaste.

Shiner 98 is a terrific rendition of this beer style and I would certainly drink it again upon my return to Texas.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 23:44:02 | More by reggiekoko
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially fat one-finger thick (despite a vigorous pour), pale tan colored head that sits a top a brilliantly clear, deeply red, copper colored brew. The aroma is a nice mix of hop and malt, though the hop notes play a touch larger role. Aromatic notes of light citrus, green-herbal notes, a touch of berry notes, some biscuit malt notes, a nice breadiness. I like that this has a nice, chewy, malt driven aroma, but am a bit suprised (though pleasantly so) how hoppy & of what hop character that this brew is.

Quite well carbonated, the beer definitely fizzes up a bit as it hits my tongue. Somewhat dry, even a touch of tartness, though this does have a soft, caramelized malt sweetness. Grassy hop flavors and a solid, yet somewhat soft, hop bitterness is noticeable. The fruity / citrus hop notes of the aroma are mostly lacking in the flavor, but there is just a hint of bergamot towards the finish. Malt defived flavors of biscuits, a berry-like malt sweetness, some dusty soda cracker notes and a touch of grain husk astringency add a bit more to the malt perception.

This is not a bad amber, I don't know that I would characterize it as a traditional Bavarian one, but I like the extra, fresh hop character that is in this brew. It could perhaps use a touch more malt depth, and perhaps a touch cleaner malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 00:37:49 | More by Gueuzedude
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - tumbles into the glass with much churning, shaping up three fingers of head quickly. A creamy layer of foam on top that laces quite well with creamy smooth patterns. The head recedes slowly into the light caramel/amber beer.

Aroma - caramel malts, a sweet honey aroma reminding me of Dundee Honey Brown.

Taste - on first sip it is quite similar to a Honey Brown, too. There is a better roasted quality to these grains, though, and a minor but noticeable kiss of late hops. The swallow is evenly balanced between the roast and the sweetness, with any bitterness staying in the background but not fading completely. A pleasant finish. Still some hops low-riding here, very cool. I like this beer.

Mouthfeel - average crispness, moderately thin body, I'm okay with it.

Drinkability - a very nice session beer for fall, provided you don't mind a slight bend to the sweeter side of amber.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 17:41:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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smc143

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2007 18:17:46 | More by smc143
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:37:17 | More by BigBry
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, golden-amber body with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation. The aroma is sweet and the malts remind me of baked pretzels. A touch of wheat and a veggie-like organic note also present.

The taste is malty, almost beef-like in character with a little bit of hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin & watery with a decent vanilla aftertaste. Overall, this beer was easy to drink, and probably better than most of Shiner's other brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 17:42:26 | More by wagenvolks
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours from 12oz bottle a clear amber with a very small head of foam that recedes rapidly.

The smell is of sweet malt, some roastiness, and some hop.

The taste has a good biscuit malt flavour up front with a more than ample hop bitterness that moves in about midway through. When I swish it in my mouth, I taste some earthy and roasted malt notes and overall, this is a pretty good tasting little beer and I find it's quite quaffable.

The mouthfeel is medium light, the carbo is medium, and it finishes fairly dry. I'd buy this again, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 22:56:42 | More by Bitterbill
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a rocky head that leaves some lace

Smell: Caramel malt and grain

Taste: Opens with a malty flavor and a slight crisp bitterness arrives, mid-palate; after the swallow, the finish is sweet with that "lager twang"

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just another spin on an amber lager style; nothing special

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 21:45:19 | More by brentk56
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bboven

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orangy-copper color; very clear, head that clings to the edges the whole way through.

Very malty, but maybe a little stale.

Sour, malty taste. The sourness is a little over-powering for the style; definitely a detriment to this beer.

Very good for the style. I wish more lagers filled the mouth like this one.

Pretty drinkable on all accounts except the sour flavor. If you enjoy that, though, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 23:37:59 | More by bboven
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champ103

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A great copper/amber color. A 1.5 finger head that fades to leave a little lace. Looks great
S: Hard to detect. Nice hops and roasted malt when you put your nose into the glass.
T: Very enjoyable. A great balance of sweet hops and bread/bisquit malt. This is great.
D: Refereshing and a great session beer, it doesn't get any better than that.

A little watery, but not bad. This beer should be available all year. It is heads and shoulders above Shiner Bock One note, it took me a couple of tries to really get into this. It is a much more complex beer than the first try would suggest, which could be the reason for some of the low scores for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 19:30:27 | More by champ103
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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.