1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

Not Rated.
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles LagerShiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

111 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 111
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goochpunch on 02-29-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 87 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brandoneast
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear, yellow straw color with ample suds. Smells of grain malts and a very faint sweetness/honey and hop spice. Taste of forward leaning malt with hops that lean to the back. Light-medium mouthfeel with calm carbonation and average drinkability for a Munich lager. A common representation of the style that pays tribute to Shiner's rich German tradition and heritage.

brandoneast, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like that Shiner is doing well enough to break out from the grip of their ordinary (but solid) Bock to brew some other styles. Their Shiner Black is a nice schwarzbier, and I already know, after having two prior to this review, the 99 is a good helles lager.

Pours a bright, crisp looking pale gold straw color. Big white fluffy head but it fades fast. Some lace, but not much. The nose is malty but unimpressive. Some buttery popcorn scent with a bit of lemon, but nothing overly special. The taste is smooth and malty and nice. Lightly fruity (mostly lemon, maybe some white grape juice) but with a solid malt punch. Good sweet malty aftertaste with the faintest hint of hops (maybe my mind playing tricks on me). Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy upon warming to room temp.

A fine beer from the crew at the Spoetzl Brewery. This is one of their best efforts, in my opinion. True to the style and very tasty. I would recommend this to fans of the style and fans of German lagers in general. A fine alternative to much other stuff out there, and a good example of an under-appreciated style.

Atlas1, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given a vigorous pour into a tall chalice, it comes out with a clear bright gold color and a large inch-tall head of frothy foam. The nose is a bit bland, though, with only a bit of light, grainy malt. Sweet maltiness predominates in the flavor. There are some hints of a some very slight melanoidins. Bitterness is low, with a clean finish.

Not an exciting beer--but it is closely to style. Helles just isn't a particularly interesting style.

allengarvin, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with one inch of bubbley white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is up to par. Familiar light malt tones boasting a little sweetness.

Taste is nice. A simple light malt character, very typical.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big carbonation bite.

Drinkability is high. Low alcohol, good flavor, crisp and refreshing makes for an easy drink and a summer pleasure.

Goliath, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a shiny, clear, light golden colour, with a few fingers of foamy white head, and lots of lace. It smells of soda cracker malt, a serious cereal grain aroma. The taste has a lot more of the cereal malt, with a light floral hop essence. There is a light carbonation; this beer goes down quite smoothly, with a strong grainy aftertaste. It would be good for a few rounds.

biboergosum, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle obtained in Virginia.

Appearance: Uninteresting pale golden/yellow. Lackluster head and bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and cornlike, akin to Miller High Life. I'm disappointed thus far.

Taste: Begins to shine. Begins with a nice mild hit of noble hops, rolling into a clean, refreshing lager. I was expecting some "skunky" element after smelling this beer, but this was happily absent.

Mouthfeel: Good light body. Inviting. Leaves the palate clean.

Drinkability: The taste more than overcomes the off smell. This beer goes down very easily. A very simple beer with a great taste. I could drink the end of a six-pack of this as easily as the first bottle.

drinksandeats, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw pale yellow. Crystal clear. Fleeting white head.

Smell: Smells of noble hops. Slightly skunked. Malt aromas present along with some crystal.

Taste: Skunked beer. Noble hops. moderate bitterness. Sweet malty aftertaste. Pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel: Slight tinge of carbonation. Light body.

Drinkability: Much better than BMC. kinda reminds me of Heineken with the skunky hop flavor. would buy again. This would be nicer with a longer lasting head. Hop bitterness, flavor and aroma dead on for style. Nice beer

Squelch, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Typical lager coloring, light golden amber. Minimal head, high level of carbonation. Decent looking brew.

S: Malty, grassy tones on the nose. Quite strong.

T & M: Very malty up front with a nice crisp slightly hoppy somewhat buttery finish.

D: Highly drinkable, this is my favorite Shiner offering and I hope they make it a regular brew.

elniko, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours an orange golden color with minimal head

S : Sweet malt aroma with some citrus notes

T : Starts with a slight malt flavor that turns into a nice hop flavor. A good bitterness at the finish

M : Crisp and light

D : Not one of their better anniversary beers but not bad at all. One that I can drink multiple ones of.

mhewes, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale-to-medium golden straw color with good clarity, plenty of head, and not-bad retention.

Has that clean, crisp Pilsner-kind-of lager aroma full of bright hops and toasty malt.

Pleasantly malt with a keen, soft sweetness. Clean toasty malt. Floral and bright hops dance around on top of the malt in a sort of Fantasia fashion. A subtle initial tartness grows. Medium-thin body is thicker, solider, and juicier than I would have expected. Finishes pretty clean, leaving only a pucker on the sides of my tongue.

Huzzah! I'm ecstatic to find that 99 took the path of 97 and avoided being another abortion of a beer 98 was. I can't say with any accuracy how close this brew is to a paradigm Helles Lager, but this is a fine offering from Shiner. They would do good to award this beer a membership to their permanent lineup, and maybe scratch the Blond.

MrHungryMonkey, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a small off-white head. Smell is of a German yeast strain and green apple. Taste is light, malt dominated, with a nice, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these. A good beer, one of the better Shiner Beer's I have had.

tronester, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle received in a trade, no bottled on or best by dates.

A- Pours a transparent, deep yellow. Haven't had a glass of water in 2 days yellow... Small white head formed after a rigorous pour but quickly faded leaving a thin sheet of collected carbonation.

S- Decent nose however. Lots of fresh fruit and fresh hops. Good balance. Roasty malts hold it all together.

T/M- Very bright initially, a sting of citrus, astringent. Tons of tiny bubbles embrace the tongue. It is growing on me though, the only downside to the taste is the lingering after taste of malty metal and some other breed of funk. A good lager, a bit to fruity, not bad though. A good representation, but by no means a great one.

D- It does go down very quick and very easy...

ATPete, May 20, 2008
Photo of churchillps
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Very nice. Clear, good carbonation. What little head there was dissipated rapidly and left no lacing, but that's to be expected. Carbonation continues throughout session.

S: Light, floral hop aroma faintly detected. Straw, hay, and grains make up the rest of the very faint aroma.

T/M/D: Great balance between sweet malty grains and subtle hop notes. Very clean and refreshing. Light bodied, highly drinkable. This beer won't blow you away, but it is a very accurate depiction of the style. And it's a $5 six pack in Texas!

churchillps, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap and retro-designed label that's quite appealing. 'Take One Down...Pass it Around' cleverly encircles a '99' on the cap; 'Open with Pride'. Created to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of the Spoetzl Brewery. Thanks to LarryKemp for this beer, brought from Ft. Worth to Portland.

Paired this one with a shrimp scampi my wife created; buttery rotini, sweet onions, garlic, mushrooms and thyme. Drank half with dinner, saving the last few ounces til afterward.

A: Pours to a tall pilsner glass, a crystal clear golden - the epitome of 'helles' (bright). Head is snow white and tops off at a fluffy/creamy 2-fingers before a rapid fall to a slender ring and patchy film. Plenty of rising carbonation, never tapering off even to the last drop. No lace.

S: Buttery/oily sweet corn with a thin citric twist of lemon.

T: Light sweet grain, vaguely vegetal with a drying mineral note in back. Honeyed biscuits, a soft fruitiness like overripe melon.

M: Buttery, malty smoothness. Creamy and light with a cleansing carbonation and a little sticky sweetness left on the lips with a spiced hopping gently curling the tongue. finishes clean.

D: An enjoyable, light-n-easy drinker. Seems suitable for drinking on a warm day (which today is NOT, another 60 degree mid-June evening), though it paired remarkably well with dinner. Pacing this out long enough for a review was difficult, especially knowing this was my only one. Not a stunning beer overall, but definitely a high scorer in the 'drinkability' category for me...wish I had more.

It's been a long time since my last brew from Spoetzl, back in the mid-90's when Shiner Bock was staple in our early craft beer forays. I've enjoyed plenty of beers since then, but I can always credit that beer for introducing me to the expansive world of beer. Thanks again, Larry, for reintroducing me to this brewer.

msubulldog25, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of clemtig76
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Pours a nice bright golden yellow with a quickly fading white head. Pleasing sweet malt aroma with a hint of spicy hops. Taste is on the malty side with a smooth as silk mouthfeel. Maybe I was just in the mood for something like this but I just really liked this beer.

clemtig76, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of biggmike
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear yellow with fluffy white head that hung around for a while. Aroma is subdued hoppiness with hints of citrus. Flavor is nicely malty that is balanced by the hops. Mouthfeel is good. Not my favorite style, but this is very high on the drinkability scale.

biggmike, May 13, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Bright golden color; they mean it when they say it was brewed to be bright. One finger head that quickly disappeared into nothing with no lacing. Nice stream of bubbles from the bottom.

S - A lot of corn and macro-lager smell, with a slight overtone of spicy hops.

T - More of the corn dominates at first, and soon gives way the spicy character of the hops. Tastes a lot like a suped-up macro. Slightly sweet on the finish, with hops not contributing much to bitterness. Very little malt profile.

M - Fairly thin and highly carbonated. Pretty refreshing.

D - Very easy to drink. Thin enough to down quickly, though the carbonation gets in the way some, but the flavor makes up for it. A decent, cheap, flavorful beer to make a night with.

This is my first Helles lager, but I've had a few Czech Pilsners and of course my fair share of American lagers. It's not a bad beer, but it isn't particularly engaging.

PatrickJR, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.o

Appearance: Pours blonde with a very minimal thin white head.

Smell: Sweet, fruity smell. Slightly spicy, too.

Taste: Very sweet at the beginning, and finishes with a slight taste similar to apple juice with a mild spiciness. Lacks the strange metallic taste other Shiner beers have, which is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Seems a little heavier-bodied than other Shiner beers and not as heavily carbonated, which is a good thing.

Drinkability: My only regret is that I didn't have this beer over the summer, as it is a good refresher. It is pretty solid, but not a stand out. A good beer and worth a taste.

Mosstrooper, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is pale gold with almost no head. It's brilliantly clear and a nice bit of carbonation. The nose on the beer is malty, but not as bready as I would have liked. Not much there. The beer has a nice spicy/noble hop, but not much malt back bone. There is a slight bit of bready/malty flavour. The mouthfeel is light and aqueous, and there is a nice carbonation bite and a crisp bite. This is quite drinkable.

swizzlenuts, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of MutualAid
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pale straw in color with a fluffy white head.

S - Very fruity malts up front, more than I am used to from a lager; nice spicy hop bouquet. These smells evoke a holiday dessert bread.

T - Nice fruity malts and yeast at first, but followed by a rather unfortunate metallic taste (not unusual for Shiner). A bit of an alpha tingle in the finish.

M - A good round mouthfeel, some interesting proteins at work here.

D - Definitely more of a "session" brew than I'm used to; no overwhelming flavors or sensations, and not too filling.

Overall, one of Shiner's better efforts, but that metallic flavor is hindering what could be a much better beer.

MutualAid, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of sharkboy
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

sharkboy, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very blonde beer that's crystal clear with medium carbonation and a thin, light tan head that quickly thins out. There's some mild lacing around the edge of the glass, but nothing fancy. It has a sweet semi malty aroma to it, its got a light feel to it, but it does have a clean crisp taste with a bit of spice and some mild malts as well, there is sweet undertone through out with a bitter aftertaste.

vickersspitfire, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weak head that has some decent retention. Could go to 3.25, but so could the smell.

Smell is of some lemony citrusyness and some cooked corn. The corn smell was horrible when I first started, but it died down a bit and wasn't so bad. They obviously used corn in this brew.

Clean flavors with a moderate pale and caramel malt sweetness. There is a little corn in there, but it doesn't come out on the palate as much as it does at first on the nose. It still is a little bit of a nuisance though.

Clings decently well to the palate. Could be a little bit fuller and a tiny bit more crisp for the style.

Not a bad beer at all. At first I smelled too much corn, but it died down a bit and the beer came together and was fairly decent. The corn still is a problem, but I could definetly have a few of these.

jasonjlewis, Jun 26, 2008
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.