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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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Photo of allengarvin
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other Texas brewers took the “artistic” road in their offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil’s Backbone.

A Bavarian Amber lager is offered in celebration of their 98th anniversary. I found it to be variation of their Kolsch, though thinner with more carbonation and hops have a larger prescence for a Shiner product, though this is no IPA.

However, I feel this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 98th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.

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Photo of dungaree
2.35/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What a bummer.... not good. After Shiner 96 and Shiner 97, I expected much better.

It looked promising as it poured into the glass. Nice 1/2 inch head retention. Not many bubbles though. Disappointing smell-- "phenolic macrobrew" I'll call it. Sort of toasty, sort of beery. Reddish amber hues make it look interesting but still looks kinda flat.

The taste was equally unimpressive. I'm not sure what style they were going for-- the "Bavarian" part is confusing. I think BA's description is a little more accurate- red ale. Nothing really sticks out in the taste. Definitely has some chemical-like tastes. Very bland, very pedestrian. Not really looking forward to drinking the six-er.

I'm a big fan on Shiner (I've made the pilgrimage) but they missed the mark on this one. Seems they are still trying to appeal to a mass beer market (the marketing, the bland taste, etc). Why not make the beer better and appeal to not only the masses but the beer advocates who are quickly becoming THE beer masses?

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Photo of BeerZack
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alright, so I bought some of this... actually, I'm not too disappointed.

Brownish-"Amber" color with small head and about half-glass lacing left after the speedy deterioration.

Smells like Shiner, no, really... it does.

Slightly roasted malt flavor with slight bit of hop dryness.

The only reason I'm not trashing this one is because I'm from Texas and this '98 actually tastes better than Shiner Bock (or any other Shiner), so it's probably rated a point higher than it should be.
Basically, a lighter (yet, fuller?) Shiner Bock that should please people who can drink light beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like the stuff the mosquitoes were trapped in in Jurassic Park with a great, fluffy head and slants, slopes, and rings of lace. Smell is a clean lager smell with very faint sulfur notes in the background. Malt is toasty in the nose and I pick up some noble hops. Flavor is caramel, crackers, and herbal hops which leave a slightly drying and moderately bitter finish. Mouthfeel leans toward a medium build with bubbles that work well with what is given here. It'd be great to see this one as a year-rounder.

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Photo of nickl
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The retro graphics on the bottle are great. The appearance of the bottle itself almost tells the experience of drinking the beer.

A nice bit of head on the beer but it went away rather quickly. A great crystal clear amber color.

Has a good aroma. Smells German but not skunky.

The taste is very malty. The hops are noticeable but not overpowering. I have only lived in Texas for 3 years but i would say that this is the best tasting Shiners that i can remember (my memory of the 96 is fading).

The feels great in my mouth. Great carbonation level. Thick and chewing.

i could drink this the rest of the night and probably will.

Overall a good experience from seeing it in the store to the bottom of the glass.

I bought the beer warm and cooled it down. $6.99 at Grapevine in Austin Texas

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Photo of Onslow
2.92/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought at Clear LAke Specs for $6.50, not bad price at all!...

...Pours a bit darker than standard shiner...

..smell is quite nice, more rustic than ole bock...

..some lacing and good head at pour..

..taste is where this lacks, very shy, BUT not offensive...

...the least likeable of the anniversary series....

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Photo of HardTarget
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: Nice retro looking label, the back notes some Munich malt and German hops. There’s a faded neck laser code I can’t read (another bottle shows 09 11 07, which I’m 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 that’s 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? I’m probably wrong, as it’s 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.

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Photo of Mitchel
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner 98 pours a medium ocher color with an off-white head that is about an inch thick. It smells pretty good! Light malt in the nose with just enough of a hop body. There is a faint biscuit aroma and a hint of…..cherries? Yes, Bing cherries.

The taste is understated, but not in a bad way. It is relatively mild and has just enough of a sweet biscuit-y flavor. I think that the hops are just right and the mouth feel is okay. It feels a little thinner than I was expecting and the carbonation seems a little high, but I like it. It leaves just a insinuation of fruitiness on the palate.

Overall, it is a pretty good beer. Not great, but pretty good. Having said all of that, I would like to point out that this is probably my favorite offering from the Spoetzl Brewery (although it is slightly reminiscent of the original Shiner, no?). Also, the label is pretty cool looking. Glad to see that they didn’t just repeat the old label again. After Shiner 96 and 97 were so average….okay slightly above average, this is a breath of fresh air. This beer is definitely worth checking out.

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

Had to try this, being the new brew from Shiner. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light amber, forming a thin 1/4 inch white head. Aroma is very much like any other Shiner product, meaning it doesnt change much from one style to the next as far as Shiner goes. Light malt aroma, with a hint of hop presence. Nothing complex. Taste is very much the same. Sweet malt, a hint of caramel, and light floral hops. More complex than the aroma, but not as full in flavor as other beers of this style. Light smooth mouthfeel. I could easily enjoy a few of these on a hot summer day. Overall, light in flavor, but easily a summer ale. Worth a try.

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