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Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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Photo of stumac
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

stumac, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a small off-white head. Smell is of a German yeast strain and green apple. Taste is light, malt dominated, with a nice, hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly high carbonation. Very drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these. A good beer, one of the better Shiner Beer's I have had.

tronester, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Typical lager coloring, light golden amber. Minimal head, high level of carbonation. Decent looking brew.

S: Malty, grassy tones on the nose. Quite strong.

T & M: Very malty up front with a nice crisp slightly hoppy somewhat buttery finish.

D: Highly drinkable, this is my favorite Shiner offering and I hope they make it a regular brew.

elniko, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to assurbanipaul for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my trusty Chimay goblet. This beer pours a light straw golden with a little white head that melted away into a what reminds me a slight film on the top of the beer. The aroma is a mild sweetness, with just a kiss of hops and a little biscuit. The taste is odd. Sweet but there is a touch of what reminds me of wheat malt. Not much discernable flavors. The mouthfeel is light and mildly carbonated. It reminds me of every other Shiner beer I've had. They are all all right, nothing great, but easily drinkable.

hwwty4, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured this brew into a pint glass and was surprised at how much it resembled your average commercial lager in color - pure straw. I know it's a lager but I was expecting something a little more. I should have predicted the taste by the color. There was simply nothing there. It tasted like a Coors to me. Not too good.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of hellomcfly
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

A - Pours a bright gold color with about a 1 finger white head that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet corny malts dominate

T - Clean and refreshing. Bready malts and tiny bit of citrus. Little bit of bitterness.

M - Light bodied and a lot of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable. Makes for a good summer beer in my mind.

hellomcfly, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.68/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. Poured a golden color with an almost white head. The smell is grainey, with a touch of malts. The taste is very light, kinda malty, but I do sense a hint of wheat maybe? Anyways, it is a very good clean taste. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. A very fine beer that if made year round, I would put into constant rotation. The drinkability is very good, I would recomend this beer to anyone. Another great beer from Shiner

KodyBrannon, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good shiner brew but nothing exemplary/special

A- Settles in the glass a light-copper/amber with not much head to speak of

S- Smells pretty good with a balance of sweet malts and spicy Noble hops. Unfortunately has a mettalic tone from the bottle.

T- Taste is what sticks out in this beer. Sweet, relaxed malt with a balanced spike of Hallertau Noble hops. The description on the bottle describes it well

M- Sorta grainy and harsh like most pils but not light and refreshing enough to capture the style

D- Drinks well like most Shiner brews

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BeerSox, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of claytri
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a suprisingly rich bright gold, a little darker than I associate with the style, but a very appetizing color with a fine white lace. The aroma was of light malt. The taste is lightly malty, as expected, with just a hint of hops to finish. The beer is light and dry. This was a suprisingly robust Helles and one I would be happy to purchase again.

claytri, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of xare
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brought this back in the bottle from Austin. Popped it open tonight to finally try it out as it's available in my area and I wanted to know if it was worth buying a sixer of before they all disappeared.

Appearance - golden orange with light head that goes away almost immediately. It's appetizing but a bit bland at the same time.

Smell - Malty with touches of skunkiness (like Heinkenen) and a dash of citrus hops but that's very very ephemeral and very much so in the background.

Taste - Very malty with earthen hints. A bit of a light bitter finish from hops but you can't even discern their taste, just that the bitterness of the carbonation finish comes from hops. Overall, it's nice but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - clean and smooth, with a full body that lingers well past the final drop swallowed. There's a bit of bitterness with a hint of carbonation and definitely not enough carbonation. It's a bit subpar.

Drinkability - quite average, I'm happy to finish this beer, would drink another if it was free, but I wouldn't go and buy a sixer of this. It doesn't really offer me anything new that another Munich Helles wouldn't fulfill.

xare, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Haybeerman, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: snifter. pours a light, clear bronze/copper color. White head that dissipates rather quickly. very faint lacing.

S: smells like a helles. some sweet malts, mostly corn in the nose. some odd spices, like mint and thyme.

T: decent corn malts. some spices still lurking in the flavors. very sweet and spicy flavors in the finish.

M: good carbonation, shockingly with the lack of a good head. a little too bitter on the palate.

D: not a bad take on the style, but not that close either. it is a very easy drinking session beer. could drink quite a few if I was in the mood.

paulthebeerguru, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of mhewes
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours an orange golden color with minimal head

S : Sweet malt aroma with some citrus notes

T : Starts with a slight malt flavor that turns into a nice hop flavor. A good bitterness at the finish

M : Crisp and light

D : Not one of their better anniversary beers but not bad at all. One that I can drink multiple ones of.

mhewes, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfect a nice clear and shiny gold with a fizzy white head that doesn't stay around long. Aroma is mostly malty, dried sweet bread and other grains and herbs, with a kick of citrusy lemon. Lots of MHL flavor in it, but the hops chracter falls a bit by the wayside. Very smooth, and refreshing.

Not a bad little number, but after a couple weeks of Stoudts, Lagunitas and Left Hand lagers, this one doesn't quite add up.

saintwarrick, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The predominant color is gold, however it has an ever-so-slight orange tint to it. I suppose that this is expected of a lager. Excessive carbonation rises quickly to the top then dissapates. Minimal head forms - not quite one finger.

Smell:
A sweet aroma permeates deeply. Upon deep inhalation, there seems to be just an ever-so-slight hint of lemon. It's quite an inviting aroma.

Taste:
Quite refreshing; slightly sweet and definately not overpowering. The beer is quite hoppy, as this seems to be the predominant flavor. Having only "officially" reviewed a few beers, my palate is not as defined; I can't quite identify the more subtle flavors but they add good "character."

Mouthfeel:
Smooth and clean finishing - just like a good lager. The beer isn't too "heavy" and it doesn't leave much of an after taste.

Drinkability:
It would be quite easy to get carried away with this beer, but for the purposes of this review I'll abstain from doing so. I suppose that this would be a compliment to the brewer properly emulating the style; lagers are typically renowned for their "easy drinkability" (if that is such a phrase).

Summary:
For a specialty beer, I was expecting a little "more." I don't know quite how to explain that, but I guess I was looking for more of a "unique" flavor. However, I can't really rate anything less than "good" because it's still a pretty good beer. I've only gotten to experience the Bock back home in Illinois, so I'm fortunate that I've gotten the opportunity to try and review some of Shiner's other brews out-of-state.

diabecktic, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle obtained in Virginia.

Appearance: Uninteresting pale golden/yellow. Lackluster head and bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and cornlike, akin to Miller High Life. I'm disappointed thus far.

Taste: Begins to shine. Begins with a nice mild hit of noble hops, rolling into a clean, refreshing lager. I was expecting some "skunky" element after smelling this beer, but this was happily absent.

Mouthfeel: Good light body. Inviting. Leaves the palate clean.

Drinkability: The taste more than overcomes the off smell. This beer goes down very easily. A very simple beer with a great taste. I could drink the end of a six-pack of this as easily as the first bottle.

drinksandeats, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of OHLRangers
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as part of a trade with mhewes. Thanks Michael!

Poured into standard pint glass. Deep gold color, with lots of carbonation, yielded a less-than-one-finger creamy white head that quickly dissipated with minimal lacing.

Aroma lemony and corn on the cob-eqsue. Not a whole lot of body in this one, but it is a drinkable brew, especially on a warm summer evening. I much prefer ales to lagers, but this one works as an occasional summer brew.

OHLRangers, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weak head that has some decent retention. Could go to 3.25, but so could the smell.

Smell is of some lemony citrusyness and some cooked corn. The corn smell was horrible when I first started, but it died down a bit and wasn't so bad. They obviously used corn in this brew.

Clean flavors with a moderate pale and caramel malt sweetness. There is a little corn in there, but it doesn't come out on the palate as much as it does at first on the nose. It still is a little bit of a nuisance though.

Clings decently well to the palate. Could be a little bit fuller and a tiny bit more crisp for the style.

Not a bad beer at all. At first I smelled too much corn, but it died down a bit and the beer came together and was fairly decent. The corn still is a problem, but I could definetly have a few of these.

jasonjlewis, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of ralree
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

ralree, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Beerbuddha, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Goliath, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

msubulldog25, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
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
.

joe1510, Jun 04, 2008
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.