Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
I bought this as more of a throw back beer after work and it served its purpose last night.Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a well formed bone white head that had good defination,a nice pour. Cooked vegetal notes are real strong in the nose for me to strong a passing iron/metallic and a light hop presence is there as well.Not bad on the palate slightly toasted and grainy with some iron and a light leafy hop presence in the finish.Pretty basic but a cut above a macro lager,tru to style well not so sure.
05-31-2008 12:54:38 | More by oberon
3.25/5 rDev -3.3%
A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, bubbly, white head.
S - It smelled of corn and light caramel malt.
T - It had a smooth blend of grains and light caramel maltiness. Also, a very subtle spice kick.
M - It was crisp and sharp. A very light-bodied beer.
D - This isn't bad, but I'd rather have a true German brew of this style.
04-25-2008 01:36:27 | More by zeff80
3.73/5 rDev +11%
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.
11-07-2008 08:34:07 | More by biboergosum
2.98/5 rDev -11.3%
Acquired via trade from briety, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light gold color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves no lace on the glass at all.
S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, grain and a touch of hops.
T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grainy malts and some spice. There's a very mild hops presence that provides a little balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.
D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, other than the "Munich Style Helles" in the name of the beer, I didn't really find much of anything that separates this beer from the average macro.
05-25-2008 02:05:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.95/5 rDev +17.6%
Standard pint glass works for this one.
Clear light golden color. Head thinned out into nothingness all too quickly.
Pale sweet malts dominate the nose. Hints of clover, red grapes, honey and hawaiian bread. A pleasant aroma that is pretty big for such a light colored beer.
Taste follows suit nicely with plenty of that pale malt flavor, tastes alot more carbonated than the appearence would indicate. A lager with plenty 'o flava. Small amount of hops provide a nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is nice for a lager.
One of Shiner's finest, a good American interpretation of this style. Snap some of these limited release six-packs up while they last.
08-09-2008 04:24:18 | More by twiggamortis420
3.05/5 rDev -9.2%
A: A golden straw color. Small white head forms and recedes fast with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Just a touch of lace.
S: Grainy, musky aroma at first. A touch of hops and some light malt aromas.
T: On first sip, a nice sweet caramel malt flavor that I enjoy, but almost immediately gives way to a grainy and metallic macro lager taste. Not a lot of hop content.
M/D: Highly carbonated with a light and fizzy feel. Fairly smooth though. I could session several of these during a hot afternoon.
I am disappointed with this for the most part. Shiner beers are hit and miss with me, and this is a miss. I will be looking forward to their Shiner 100 though.
05-04-2008 17:03:42 | More by champ103
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
A: Bright orange/gold color. Big carbonation that quickly delivers a one inch coarse head that very quickly disapates to nothing. Minimal lacing at the start, then nothing.
S: Sightly sweet malt smell up front with a citrusy background. Detect slight hop bitter if I agitate it a bit.
T: Slightly sweet with the hops presenting more dominantly than in smell. Subtle flavors that are very well-balanced.
M: Very crisp and very smooth finish. Medium body.
D: Leaves me wanting more - especially sitting outside on a warm dry summer evening. Very easy to drink and not a bit filling.
07-26-2008 01:45:54 | More by Haybeerman
3.63/5 rDev +8%
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.
06-10-2008 02:35:02 | More by msubulldog25
3.83/5 rDev +14%
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.
03-09-2008 18:13:05 | More by allengarvin
2.4/5 rDev -28.6%
12oz bottle barely past its prime (a best by date of 03/04/2009), into a Pilsner glass.
Pours a clear, pale golden body with an overactive carbonation level. Not much head to speak of, in fact what little amount of off-white foam that did show up quickly vanished to nothingness--Nada. Zilch. The smell is nice, but nothing to write home about. A hint of corn cereal here, a touch of sweetness from the crystal malt there. A slight balance from some German hop varieties, but they've certainly faded with time (thus I adjusted my score accordingly).
Tastes like an over-carbonated Miller Lite (WITHOUT the triple hops!). Some cooked corn, rice, and cereal, very little sweetness or zestiness. Ugh...pretty unimpressive stuff all things considered. Body is uber-fizzy and paper-thin, with a slightly metallic finish. The carbonation level reminds me of seltzer water, imparting an almost sour note to the experience. Now, this wasn't exactly a drainpour for me, but it sure was close. Shiner hasn't really impressed me yet since my move to TX, and unfortunately their Munich Helles is another miss.
04-23-2009 04:08:15 | More by wagenvolks
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
Gold colored with a constant pillar of bubbles emanating from the glass bottom. Decent white head that is quick to fade to a thin skim.
Smells of light malt, mild pepper, and Thomas' English muffins.
Sweet with a mild pepper and noble hop presence. Full bodied, though not as crisp as many lagers. Very drinkable "whatever" beer.
02-07-2009 02:46:06 | More by donkeyrunner
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
A - Poured a golden color with a white head
S - Is of sweet grainy malt close to a macro
T - Disappointing really just a notch above a macro grainy malt stands out
M - Has a medium body with light to med carbonation
D - This is nothing more than a fancy lawn mower beer I thought the 98 was good but this one is a down grade
03-09-2008 00:47:23 | More by armock
2.9/5 rDev -13.7%
Pours a rich golden color with a medium shortly lasting head in a lager glass. Smell is lemony almost with light sweet malt mainly and some stale-ish cardboardy grain notes. Taste is malty, refreshing and simple, much like a kolsch. Hint of bittering hops to balance, but still slightly sweet overall, and very easy drinking. Nothing fancy but an acceptable lawnmower beer.
04-06-2008 18:06:49 | More by JDV
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
Shiner '99 Helles
Bottle Inspection: A lot of words talking about how this is celebrating the 99th year of brewing by Spoetzl brewing, and a note about Hallertau hops.
Aroma: Grainy malt with a firm earthy hop note. Hops seem noble (oh, the label claims Hallertau, I should read first) and there is a yeast element.
Appearance: Bright, painfully bright yellow gold with lots of carbonation streams that struggle to hold a thin white head that failed to lace or last.
Flavor: Lightly sweet with a slightly metallic earthy hop bitterness that keeps the package balanced.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is extremely high which with the light body makes for almost painful drinking. Body seems a bit thin.
Overall Impression: Not a bad taste, easy to session, but the carbonation level is a flaw in my book. This is one of the brightest beers I've seen; it just has a glow about it.
I'm happy to celebrate Shiner's upcoming 100th year, but I hope they bring a heavier beer to the party next year.
04-02-2008 03:15:19 | More by HardTarget
3/5 rDev -10.7%
12oz bottle into pilsner glass.
Crystal clear light golden hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to almost nothing.
Very light grain aromas. Not much hopiness to speak of.
The flavor is very light, with only a little sweet grain. Barely any bitterness, which is uncharacteristic of the style. Light bodied with good carbonation. Clean finish.
I guess this would be refreshing in the summer but there really isn't much flavor to it. It's almost bland for a regular all-malt lager.
08-18-2008 00:06:29 | More by BeerSox
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
Poured into a pilsner.
A: Dark straw, light golden. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a one finger white bubbly head which dissipates quickly into a thin layer of carbonation on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. No real lacing to speak of.
S: Light malt, hops, yeast, wheat.
T: Yeast and wheat. Light malt. Hint of citrus. A bit of a soapy palette.
M: Light feel. Yeast and wheat to start, hops to finish. The soapy trail, unfortunately, also lingers.
D: Solid drinkability. Refreshing, light but flavorful.
Good overall quaff. Worth a try if you can get one, as they claim it's a one time only brew. . . we'll see.
12-26-2008 02:21:23 | More by bmwats
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.