Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery
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2.4/5 rDev -28.4%
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
2.83/5 rDev -15.5%
Appearance: An almost brass coloring, otherwise known as gold with hints of orange tones to them. Poured a nice head that was gone within minutes. No lace to speak of.
Aroma: Sharp acidic tones covering up whatever grain is there. Hops seemingly not present, unless it's the cause of the acidic smell.
Taste: light, almost waterlike at first. Grain comes a bit later on the finish. Passable, but not a beer to bowl you over with flavor.
Mouthfeel: Sharp at first, but the carbonation quickly fades away to a watery limpness.
Drinkability: I suppose it's okay for a regional brew. But it seems rather unremarkable. Neither bad not good. I won't remember what this tasted like in a few hours.
04-19-2009 23:57:53 | More by AccidentalKate
3.45/5 rDev +3%
Bought a bottle of this at the Corner Store. Tupelo MS
Poors a golden yellow, what little head there was disappeared very fast. Smells like a lager,light on the malt, nothing special there. Pretty crisp, the carbonation is just right. Light citrussy malty flavor, a munich lager done right although a little on the light side on flavor. Not my favorite Shiner though.
04-19-2009 00:05:08 | More by yesferro
3.18/5 rDev -5.1%
Reviewed 4/17/2009 (bottle):
Pours a clear yellow colored body, with some white creamy head, diminishing. Has a funky malty wheaty aroma, some nutiness, fruitiness. Fruity malty taste, somewhat fruity aftertaste. Maybe apple, banana, berry? Fizzy, malty.
03-12-2009 04:35:09 | More by jujubeast6000
3.08/5 rDev -8.1%
12 oz. bottle tried 24 May 2008.
Pours with a small light yellow head. Medium carbonation that quickly dissipates. Clear honey golden color. Smells mineraly, sour, like tonic and apple juice. Starts quite sweet, appley. Somewhat grainy. Very slight bitterness in finish. Light body, light alcohol.
Good thirst quencher on a warm spring day.
03-12-2009 03:31:57 | More by htomsirveaux
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
03-10-2009 02:30:14 | More by swizzlenuts
3.15/5 rDev -6%
Pours a medium golden color with about a half finger white head that lasts for a little while before subsiding to a thin ring and leaving a small amount of lacing.
Aroma of malt and wheat with some slight notes of spice.
Taste is quite malty with a little bit of citrus and spice.
Medium bodied and medium carbonation. This is another fairly drinkable, but rather bland offering from Shiner. All of their offerings seem to be decent but still leave much to be desired. Compared to the 98, I'd say they lowered the bar a little bit from the previous year.
02-25-2009 23:09:30 | More by Vengeance526
3.6/5 rDev +7.5%
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.
02-16-2009 19:40:38 | More by clemtig76
3.85/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a clear, bright golden. A one finger, white head quickly fades to a patchy film. Light bready malts, and a spicy, leafy hop character in the aroma.
Clean and crisp. Light, slightly grainy malts are followed by an herbal, peppery hop character that imparts a subtle hop bitterness to the finish. Its light body and vigorous carbonation give the beer a refreshing quality, while a bit of dryness from the hops keeps you drinking.
Overall a pretty good lager, light and refreshing, but far from bland.
02-13-2009 04:59:45 | More by EPICAC
5/5 rDev +49.3%
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 Helles lager is offered in celebration of their 99th anniversary. I found it to be refreshing and an interesting contrast to their other offerings.
I feel this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 99th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.
02-09-2009 01:57:40 | More by beerdiablo
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
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
3.9/5 rDev +16.4%
appearance- great golden color with lively carbonation. poured a two finger head that came down to a very thin layer of foam. no real lacing to mention
smell- smells of malt and a sweet smell with a touch of mild hops.
taste- malty, sweet, and crisp. really enjoyed the taste. mouthfeel was nice and even.
drinkability- good session beer.
one of my favorite shiner beers so far.
01-28-2009 14:02:22 | More by heath1agnew
3.05/5 rDev -9%
Shiner 99 pours a light golden with a medium white head. Little lacing. Smell is yeast & sweet malts. Taste is mostly sweet malts, faint hops, apples, soapy, and slight spiciness. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too much acidity. This is a sessionable beer, but nothing to get excited about.
01-18-2009 04:11:33 | More by theghost3
2.85/5 rDev -14.9%
The aroma is corn malt, sour kraut, and grass hops. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma but not as cheap or sour as I was expecting. The palate is thin but right for the style. Overall its not a good beer but I find it drinkable none the less.
01-15-2009 06:20:51 | More by nick76
2.88/5 rDev -14%
Had it on tap at Cain and Abels in Austin.
Appearance- A golden straw color. Had a very thin head that disappeared quickly and no real lacing.
Smell- Hints of citrus and perhaps some wheat.
Taste- Malty and what seemed almost like corn. Weak aftertaste that was almost metallic. Not very complex.
Mouthfeel- Fairly watery. Once again, nothing complex or special.
Drinkability- I like Shiner beers usually, but I was not overly impressed with this one. To me it tasted like a better Lonestar, which is nice but nothing special, especially for a limited time beer. I could see myself ordering a few of these if there wasn't much else, but I'm in no hurry to have it again.
01-06-2009 08:41:39 | More by mizzourah
3.4/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Deep straw color with a very thin head.
Aroma: Malty, grassy, hint of citrus. Very strong aroma.
Taste: Strong maltiness, nuts, lemons and hint of spices.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, harsh aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.
It's alright beer, I really love the maltiness in this beer, but the harsh aftertaste makes this beer hard to drink.
01-04-2009 22:16:47 | More by mjurney
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
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
3.33/5 rDev -0.6%
Appearance: A golden amber color with some carbonation. There was a foamy one finger head that came as quick as it was lost. There are like little lily pads of the head on top of the beer with a very, very thin ring around the lager glass.
Nose: Toasted malt and yeast. There are hints of ester, citrus, and pears or apples not sure.
Taste: Toasted malt, some fruit, and a sweet bread yeast. There are notes of citrus, esters, and straw.
Overall. The mouth feel is some carbonation. There is no finish. It isn't a too bad of a beer. I think all those Budweiser fans should up grade to this beer. I think it is a good game beer when you want something to pound or drink in large quantities. Not a beer to enjoy per say.
12-23-2008 07:22:03 | More by colts9016
3.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass. I'm a big fan of Shiner beers, but this is not one of my favorites. It has a light yellow color without much head. You can smell the hops and malts with a hint of spices. The taste is a little too malty for me. Slight hops, but not much. It's drinkable, but not one I'd drink several of. I liked the 98 much better.
12-02-2008 03:47:48 | More by Bagman007
3.48/5 rDev +3.9%
Good beer, although I would say this is one of the beers that could be used with most any food it felt like it was a little floaty. by floaty I mean too carbonated, or I dunno it just felt kind of full bodied but it seemed to miss something in it. I cannot put my finger on it. It is good I do like it but I felt like some thing was missing from this beer.
12-01-2008 05:15:06 | More by skeetermoses
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
11-28-2008 20:36:30 | More by Mosstrooper
2.5/5 rDev -25.4%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It was a light golden color with a ton of carbonation and no lacing. It had a finger of fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipated into almost nothing.
The aroma was very weak. It was malty, bready and sweet. Really didn't get the light hops that others mentioned. I'm not a big fan of the style so it would already have gotten a low score but even for the style this one seemed weak in aroma and taste. The taste was barely there. Had as much taste as a BMC really. Again, even for the style it seemed weak. Mouthfeel was decent.
Overall, it's just not a very good beer. It really lacks in aroma and taste. The whole series has been lacking which is a shame. When I first moved to Texas 15 years ago, Shiner really turned me on to good beers but they seem to have lost their way since getting bigger. One and done for me. Don't recommend.
11-10-2008 02:19:06 | More by TexIndy
3.5/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
11-07-2008 23:43:18 | More by MutualAid
3.73/5 rDev +11.3%
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
3.1/5 rDev -7.5%
this brew pours up a clear straw yellow color with a decent sized white frothy head. the nose is hay, lemons, floral hops, sweet pale malts. the taste is crisp, lemon zest, faint crisp hops, sweet malts. light bodied, low smoothe carbo. Out of the 97, 98, and the 99 this is my least fave...
10-31-2008 17:13:19 | More by stumac
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.