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Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles LagerShiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager

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109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.07%


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)
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ralree

Maryland

2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty cloudy, golden, 1-finger head, no retention, no lacing. I can't say it's too attractive.

S: Lemon, toasted bread, sugary fruit. Smells a little cloying, but we'll see...

T: Nice fruity bite in the front, good malt. A little cloying, as I thought. Aftertaste of alcohol and fruit, along with a bit of yeasty bread. I'm not a fan of this one.

M: Too carbonated for my taste. Non-astringent, medium-light bodied, slightly syrupy. A bit watery.

D: Drinks alright, but it's not doing it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:49:15 | More by ralree
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This beer poured a nice golden straw color with a thick white head which dissapates quickly. Lacing was present but minimal

Smell- Nice crisp, malty smell with hint of floral hoppiness.

Taste- Very crisp and clean. Nice sweet maltiness witha hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light body with medium-high carbonation.

Overall- Overall this beer is a nice crisp, clean lager which is very drinkable during the hot days of summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 20:06:47 | More by Beerbuddha
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Goliath

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 20:03:25 | More by Goliath
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 02:35:02 | More by msubulldog25
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joe1510

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Received this as an extra in a recent trade with TPoling, thanks Travis! Shiner Helles pours a crystal clear straw golden with a glassful of large carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. A minimal half finger fizzy white head formed on the pour and settled to a skimming rather quickly. No lacing left behind.

A clean raw graininess is the first and last thing that hits the nose. A slightly sweet maltiness flashes here and there. Seems to be a fairly standard, crisp helles aroma that is enjoyable but somewhat one dimensional.

The flavor contains a little more breadiness then the nose led on but the raw graininess is still the main component. The malt adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the grain. Not a bad example of the style but not one I'd drink very often.

I liked the mouthfeel at first but the more I drink the more I notice a slight stickiness on the swallow. I'd prefer a much more crisp lager as opposed to the stick.

This is an easy helles to put away. Refreshing and easy to drink. A good summer afternoon beer to sip away when planning on having a few in a sitting.

A decent helles that I wouldn't mind drinking occasionally but I wouldn't necessarily seek out either. Thanks for the sample Travis
.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 00:17:44 | More by joe1510
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oberon

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 12:54:38 | More by oberon
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 02:05:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ruckzuck

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up randomly.

A - pours a golden transparent color with a very thin white head that quickly subsided

S - hints of hops give notes of citrus and fruit held together by a malty backbone

T - almost tart initially, maltiness really dominates

M - light bodied and pretty bright, definitely some carbonation present

D - this isn't my favorite style, but I had several of these the other night and enjoyed knocking them back. Pretty drinkable I'd say.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:06:44 | More by ruckzuck
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 23:21:50 | More by ATPete
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daythree16

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a honey golden color with a small head and no retention, but it does leave a little lace on the glass.

Smells like apple juice with a hint of grain. The taste is lightly toasted grain and just enough hop oiliness and bitterness to finish it off. However, the metallic aftertaste kind of ruins the whole thing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, albeit a little thick and not what I was expecting at all. As far as drinkability goes, judging from the metallic aftertaste and the heartburn I'm getting as I'm drinking the beer (and I rarely get heartburn), I definitely don't want another.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:45:17 | More by daythree16
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 07:33:51 | More by biggmike
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jayrod20

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 03:33:37 | More by jayrod20
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champ103

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 17:03:42 | More by champ103
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 05:51:08 | More by PatrickJR
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zeff80

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 01:36:27 | More by zeff80
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Atlas1

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:19:36 | More by Atlas1
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Domingo

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An American Helles - sounds cool to me. It's a style we probably should see more of, considering the typical American beer palate could easily adjust to it.

Pours a standard yellow to golden color. Looks just like most German helles beers I've had, and I've had a lot. It's always funny to see people say a color isn't impressive when an American brewery does it, but when someone else does, it's "spot on." Head's there and with a proper pour, forms normally per the style.
Smells grainy and a little malty. It's headed in the right direction, but it's not quite there. It's too subdued.
Tastes sweet and slightly toasted, with a hint of hops in the finish. Much like the smell, they seem to have the style understood, but their attempt isn't strong enough. It's like they took a Bavarian example and watered it down. It's good, but just needs more flavor.
Mouthfeel's fine. Not too thin, but not a carbonated monster either.
I could certainly have a couple of these, but because the flavor's so mild, these would serve better as a lawnmower brew.
Looks and feels like a Helles, and even tastes and smells like one. Too bad it tastes and smells like one mixed with an extra 1/3 cup of water. Close...but not quite there. Still, an appreciated effort.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 14:59:22 | More by Domingo
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2008 03:11:49 | More by Squelch
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BeerBrotha

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My boys in Texas. Good to be home. Beer is a bit on the malty side. I actually liked it better a bit warmed up. Straw colored with with white fleeting head. Subtle malt on flavor and smell with very low aftertaste. Not bad, but I'm looking forward to the 100th anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 18:05:40 | More by BeerBrotha
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:46:32 | More by vickersspitfire
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JDV

Texas

2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:06:49 | More by JDV
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beeragent

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light straw, forming a 1 inch white head that fades quickly. Very light spots of lace slide down the glass. The aroma is a light hop presence, along with a slightly stronger grassy smell. The taste starts out with a light fruity/hop flavor, leading to a grass middle, and ending with a smooth light malt finish. Light smooth mouthfeel. Light refreshing flavor and low abv. make for a highly drinkable beer. Overall, not a bad beer, and definitely one with a summer feel. A fine offering from Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:09:46 | More by beeragent
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rowew

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Nice retro label, no date.

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and golden, nice head fades to almost no lacing, light bubbling.

Smell: Grain, noble hops, and just a hint of sulphur.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, very high carbonation. Taste is mainly clean grain, a bit of hops in the finish, but fairly smooth.

Overall impression: Very sessionable, but not the most exciting beer I've tried. The carbonation is a bit high for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 02:11:05 | More by rowew
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HardTarget

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 03:15:19 | More by HardTarget
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Ryno98

Texas

2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The Shiner line-up is usually my cheap beer of choice, and the anniversary editions have been fairly decent, though generally not as good as the regular Shiner Bock.

Shiner 99, however, is the most disappointing brew to come out of Shiner. All I could think of from the time I opened to bottle until the last sip was "Shiner has re-bottled Bud Light and slapped their logo on it". Utterly disappointing, indeed. I hope they can redeem themselves with Shiner 100.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 23:10:11 | More by Ryno98
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.