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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style AmberShiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber

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60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beeragent on 05-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 75
Photo of tgbljb
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
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

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Photo of chilidog
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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?

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.4/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.66/5  rDev -23.8%
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)

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of lawman834
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.1/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Melchizedek
3.31/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of theozag
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of biggmike
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured nice amber color without a lot of head, and it disappeared pretty quickly. Tasted similar to Abita Amber Lager to me. Pretty good stuff. I guess I liked it more than most. Lacing was minimal. Flavor was malty with caramel notes. Not their best effort especially after the 97, but drinkability was good.

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Photo of rowew
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Nice retro looking label. No date information, but I guess since this is an anniversary beer you would at least know the year.

Appearance: Clear amber color, white head fades quickly.

Smell: Clean malt, just a hint of noble hops, but very muted.

Taste: Again, clean malt - a bit of bready flavor. Some hops, but they are faint.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, and it seems well made, but this isn't a very exciting beer.

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Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale, clear copper color with a fairly large light tan head. The head was a little thin but still looked okay. Nose was fairly clean; some toast/biscuit, a smattering of malt, and some hops in the background. Good malt-leaning taste. Not overly sweet but well-balanced by a lingering bitterness. The Munich malt was apparent but not overwhelming. Mouthfeel was good; some prickliness there from the carbonation. Drinkability was very good.

Another solid effort from Shiner. I don't like it quite as much as the 97 but it's in the ballpark. Reminds me of an altbier in some ways. The label is cool, too. Go find some of this before it's gone.

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Photo of shroompod
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.07/5  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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Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright clear copper amber color with a thick creamy head. Nose is toasted malt along with a bit of fresh yeast. More toasty malt in the taste and a sweet fruitiness up front followed by some biscuity notes. Clean and crisp. Enjoyable but not as good as the 97 release. Hopefully the future special releases will have more complexity.

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Photo of boblog
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Clear dark copper color. Small head with little retention.
Smell: Hoppy scents with sweet malt. Kind of skunky to be honest.
Taste: Sweet malt is very evident, with a slight skunk flavor to it, prehaps these bottles got too much sun light.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, alot of carbonation.
Drinkablility: Fairly drinkable.
Overall: One of shiners better brews, but nothing to amazing about it.

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Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of ttu94
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After what I thought were really good beers in the 96 and 97, I was slightly disappointed with this years offering. Shiner 98 has no head or lacing at all. Their is no red in "The red house over yonder". It smells like "a beer", very non descript. The taste fortunately is the best part of it. I find it to be a solid tasting beer. everything bud or miller wish they were and much better than the faux shiner BOCK. In fact I rated the drinkability high cause on hot Texas days this would be a really good choice.
Shiner should really think about ditching the blonde and keeping this puppy.

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Photo of halfwaytoheaven
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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?

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Photo of Commandogeraldo
2.23/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Decent head retention, nothing fancy in the nose, nor is it a particularly strong nose. Taste is a lot like Shiner Bock, only lighter. Same afterfunk as Shiner Bock too, kinda that "huh, what is that?" sort of taste. Not a strong lingering finish, and not particularly pleasant. I personally did not garner enough enthusiasm for this beer to finish the entire bottle. I did come up with an ad slogan though - Shiner 98 - It's not that terrible!

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Shiner 98 Bavarian Style Amber from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.