Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.35/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours to a thin white head that dies off to almost nothing. Clear golden color. Lots of carbonation bubbles, but still no head? Aroma is not very strong but what little is there is malty and sweet with a slight butteriness that i don't mind at all. Flavor is clean and malt dominant with just enough German hops to balance. The hop presence and the overall look and smell disappoint when it comes to the style. I like the taste as a beer drinker, but as a judge I have to knock off points. I regularly drink beers rated this low with no problem. Easy to drink and very "sessionable". Not bad but has some technical glitches.
04-24-2009 19:50:42 | More by EagleTalon
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
2.83/5 rDev -15.8%
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 +2.7%
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 -5.4%
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 -8.3%
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 +5.1%
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 -6.3%
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 +7.1%
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 +14.6%
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 +48.8%
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 +1.2%
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
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
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
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.