Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
02-06-2008 00:01:32 | More by blakesell
3.75/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
02-02-2008 06:53:58 | More by Strix
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
3.23/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-28-2008 02:03:37 | More by Beerbuddha
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
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
12-25-2007 23:44:02 | More by reggiekoko
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
3.83/5 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
3.78/5 rDev +8%
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 dont write for a living? What a grasp on the English language.)
The taste is slightly dry, and the hops really arent 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.
11-13-2007 18:17:46 | More by smc143
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
3.55/5 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
3.78/5 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
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
3.13/5 rDev -10.6%
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.
09-09-2007 23:37:59 | More by bboven
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
3.9/5 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
3.18/5 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
3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
I was glad to find the 98 for as I was just about to order it in, there it was.
It poured a copper bronze with an off-white/light tan head that reduces to a film.
The aroma is sweet vienna malts with vanilla, and toffee.
The taste is smooth, thick malts with caramel and toffee. Some hop to crisp things up and aids the drinkability.
The mouth is left a sweet dry.
I do like this style and Shiner pulled it off real close, say "98"% close?
08-28-2007 02:40:33 | More by chilidog
4.43/5 rDev +26.6%
I poured this beer from a regular 12oz bottle, When I poured it, it poured a copper color with an off white 2 finger head. The head didn't last long and made way for a little ring on the glass that went down with the beer. The smell was a little musky, with a slight hint of toffee in it. The mouthfeel of this beer is suprisingly light, and clean. The taste was a little bit malty with kind of a toffeish taste to it. But a ver good taste at that. My overall opinion of this beer is that it is another winner from shiner. My only problem is that this will be a limited release for this year only. I can only hope they turn this beer into an year round brew after the anniversary series.
08-26-2007 14:16:48 | More by KodyBrannon
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -10%
A: Amber/orange and clear with a thin white head. Fairly carbonated. Pretty.
S: Kinda weak. Sweet and Malty. No Hops.
M: A little thin and light. Nicely carbonated.
T: Malty up front with a decent hoppiness on the finish. There is a little bit of a nasty adjunct aftertaste.
D: Fairly easy to drink except for the adjunct aftertaste.
I have had about 5 Shiner products at this is probably the best, but for me that's not saying alot. I was even born and bred in Texas, but I just don't like Shiner products that much. Out here they love Shiner. I think that they run it through the pipes in some cities instead of water! Anyway, I would choose ths one over thier "Bock" any day.
08-13-2007 01:50:58 | More by lawman834
2.1/5 rDev -40%
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.
08-11-2007 02:36:46 | More by jasonjlewis
3.4/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
08-08-2007 19:07:56 | More by hiikeeba
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-05-2007 01:13:48 | More by Melchizedek
Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.