Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery
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2.8/5 rDev -16.4%
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
2.6/5 rDev -22.4%
I'm not a fan of Pilsners. But I am a fan of Shiner, so I had to try it.
Pours out to a nice Golden Color, with a white head. Aroma is strong. But the taste is bland. It's not bad, but it's nothing that will make you say "whoa".
This will be my first and last 6'er of 99
03-08-2008 00:42:44 | More by whoneeds8
3.63/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
03-07-2008 02:41:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
3.35/5 rDev 0%
Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner style glass.
A: Pours to a very nice golden color with a good looking amount of body to the beer as well. Pretty good head, as well as lacing on the glass.
S: Nose of this brew is good, but reminds me a whole lot of a Pabst Blue Ribbon (which is not a bad thing). I would call it your basic "Helles" aroma of mostly sweet malt but a nice touch of hops in there as well.
T & M: Starts off with a good dose of sweet malt, kind of has some pear like sweetness in there that nicely mixes with the hops. The graininess that I taste in other Shiner Beers is there as well, which seems out of place for the style. The finish is probably its biggest downfall, as it's fairly weak and more sour than bitter. Mouthfeel is solid for the style, as it isn't watery.
D & Notes: Overall, this is a decent stab at the Munich Helles Lager style. I cannot confirm this, but I think there are probably some cheapened ingredients that go into this brew (a true Helles brewed in Germany can only be brewed with water, hops, malt, and yeast), but I can't confirm this. The graininess in the flavor seems to point to that being the case though. That being said, this is a pretty decent drinking brew. Not a "helles" I would probably buy again, but certainly not a half bad effort.
03-07-2008 01:47:11 | More by AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5 rDev +17.9%
This beer is a crystal clear gold(bright). It has a small head that fades fast. Nice sweet malt aroma with a bit of hops in it. I don't detect any adjuncts in the flavor at all. I would say this beer is true to style. Very good malt and hop balance and extremly easy drinking. Leaves a little residual sweet flavor on the palate. I hope Shiner keeps this beer around. The bottle looks good too.
03-06-2008 04:13:42 | More by ttu94
3.83/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
03-05-2008 05:19:21 | More by brandoneast
2.78/5 rDev -17%
Pours a deep honeyed gold with very little carbonation and a quickly dissipating head. Extra points because the color is nice. Predominant smell is a sweet bready malt plus grains and a faint hop presence.
Taste is fairly disappointing with excessive graininess and that metallic shiner taste. Hops redeem the finish followed by a lingering vanilla malt sweetness on the tongue, but these characteristics are too subtle and don't make a big impact on the overall taste. Nice carbonation but this is fairly thick and hard to put down.
03-03-2008 04:18:02 | More by jwff
4.22/5 rDev +26%
Despite the fact that Shiner's standard lineup is less than stellar (OK, they pretty much suck, being terrible examples of the styles they purport to be), I think that they have done OK with their anniversary series. Not great, but OK. Picked up this one because I am a fan of the style, and this one deserves a decent appraisal.
I am kind of surprised at the previous reviews...my opinion is that this beer is a very good example of the Munich Helles style and just a well-executed beer overall.
Aroma: Grainy malt character, with a hint of sweetness, very light DMS (OK for style), with a low floral, slightly spicy hop aroma. The label says Hallertau hops, and that fits. Without a doubt an all-malt beer. No adjuncts in this one, which fits the style too.
Appearance: Pale gold, brilliant clarity with a fluffy white head that diminishes a bit too rapidly. Moderate carbonation is apparent.
Taste: Grainy, malty sweetness that is almost, but not quite, balanced by a low level of hop bitterness. Hop flavor is apparent but in the background - again, very spicy and herbal German hops. I imagine this is all pils malt (contributing the graininess) and all Hallertauer.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, with moderate carbonation that does not overwhelm the palate. No astringency. Despite the fact that this is a malt-forward beer, it is fairly crisp and not at all underattenuated.
Drinkability: Very good - This is one that goes well with light meals. It has enough flavor but is still easy-drinking enough to be a good beer for quaffing sans food.
In short, I am impressed with this beer. It hits the style markers, and is an enjoyable beer to drink as well.
03-02-2008 18:58:31 | More by beertastegood
2.83/5 rDev -15.5%
Clear golden straw color with adequate bubbly white head.
Smells of grainy light malts with a metallic edge, some carbonic whiffs Smells like BMC.
Tastes pretty much as the aroma would imply, mostly a grainy light flavor with plenty of carbonation, somewhat crisp but a bit sweet. Has that grainy (corn?) flavor that every Shiner beer has, so you know youre drinking a Shiner product.
Not bad. Could be more to style, bit heavier malt and less carbonation.
03-01-2008 00:17:44 | More by BeerZack
1.88/5 rDev -43.9%
Pours out a very clear brassy honey with some sparse bubble movement. Head starts off thinnish and eggshell but then soon disappears, leaving just a white ring around the inside of the glass. Smell is rather grainy with some cooked vegetable smell mixed in. As I poured it, I could get a good whiff of some earthy hops, but as I smell it now, it's hard to pick out over the grain. Taste starts off with some faint malt sweetness then gets really grainy and sticky sweet in the middle. Towards the end, I get a slight medicinal quality and some "corniness" (although, I'm almost positive that this would be all-malt). I can really only pick out the herbal hops in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is kind of light but kind of sticky. Carbonation feels like it's foaming in the mouth. Yeah, I don't like this. This is to helles lager what Shiner Bock is to bocks. Is this the blonde relabeled (only half-joking)?
02-29-2008 03:08:57 | More by goochpunch
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.