Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-14-2008 13:54:25 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.35/5 rDev -4.3%
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
09-24-2007 21:45:19 | More by brentk56
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
3.63/5 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
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
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
08-31-2007 02:18:26 | More by russpowell
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-04-2007 00:37:49 | More by Gueuzedude
3.78/5 rDev +8%
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.
09-27-2007 22:56:42 | More by Bitterbill
4.38/5 rDev +25.1%
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.
09-08-2007 19:30:27 | More by champ103
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
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured a deep golden color with moderate white head. No lacing.
Smell is very light and almost undectable.
Taste is enjoaybel. 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.
09-02-2007 21:44:50 | More by tgbljb
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-15-2007 17:41:56 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5 rDev -2%
Bottle and a half, poured into a half-liter mug. It's certainly a pretty pour: brilliantly clear, copper color, with a half inch of foam. Nose is bland, with some moderate malt and just a whiff of hops. Sweet, grainy malt taste, moderate bitterness with a little citrusy, floral hop flavor that comes through at the finish, which is clean.
Nothing too exciting about this year's special. I hope they ratchet things up for the 99 & 100.
06-08-2007 01:49:02 | More by allengarvin
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-21-2007 17:42:26 | More by wagenvolks
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
3/5 rDev -14.3%
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.
01-31-2008 19:03:12 | More by JDV
4.25/5 rDev +21.4%
Bottle Inspection: Nice retro looking label, the back notes some Munich malt and German hops. Theres a faded neck laser code I cant read (another bottle shows 09 11 07, which Im assuming is the best by date). I broke out my Shiner pint glass for the occasion.
Aroma: Nice toasted malt, some earthy noble hops, and a familiar Shiner note that I have to assume is the house yeast.
Appearance: A rough pour left 3 fingers of frothy white that settled down after a couple minutes to a solid cover of off white with clinging lace. Glass is a bright clear brown.
Flavor: Very well balanced with quality at both ends. Malt is toasted and full bodied but very little sweetness as the hops are fresh and a bit earthy and really bring the taste to the center. There is a yeast quality thats soft and bready as well.
Mouthfeel: Some heft in the body but short of a chew, somewhere in the medium to medium heavy range. Carbonation is soft but present.
Overall Impression: Old friend, is that you? Im probably wrong, as its been close to twenty years, but this might just be the old Shiner Bock before they changed the recipe.
I downed this beer in large and rapid swallows. Massive drinkability.
Grab it whilst ye can.
05-23-2007 05:35:47 | More by HardTarget
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
10-28-2007 18:37:17 | More by BigBry
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
Appearance: Pours a clear light brown with a small off white head that dissipated within a very few seconds. After the head was gone, there was a really small ring at the top of the beer where it meets the glass. There are a few bubbles rising, but they don't do much to maintain the head.
Aroma: There is some toasty notes from the Munich or Vienna malts as well as a subtle caramel presence. There is a noticeable metallic presence here along with what I perceive as a subtle hop character. As the beer warms the metallic character comes out even more. As it warms even further, there is a little more hops coming out.
Taste: The flavor is really dry with the metallic presence coming out in the flavor as well. I do get some toasty notes in the flavor to compliment the metal. In the finish there is a mild hop presence coming out as some bitterness, but there is very little body or anything to challenge the hops and attenuation. As the beer warms, there is a mild, but unusual, citrus presence coming out.
Opinion: Well, I certainly think that this could be a better beer. The metallic contribution really sets me off. I would much rather have a Negra Modelo than this beer. It would probably do in a pinch, and I would probably take it over the original Shiner...but when up against just about any other beer...I'd take the other one.
08-16-2007 00:52:55 | More by SkeeterHawk
2.65/5 rDev -24.3%
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)
08-23-2007 01:09:40 | More by TexIndy
Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.