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Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles LagerShiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager

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78
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112 Ratings
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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 Jame515
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Jame515, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of armock
2.8/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

armock, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

HardTarget, Apr 02, 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 bigbeers84
3.25/5  rDev -3%

bigbeers84, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bmwats, Dec 26, 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
Photo of Danobold
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Danobold, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

htomsirveaux, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

TexIndy, Nov 10, 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 Domingo
3.45/5  rDev +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.

Domingo, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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 rowew
3.05/5  rDev -9%
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.

rowew, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of grahamboudreaux
2.72/5  rDev -18.8%

grahamboudreaux, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
1.88/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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)?

goochpunch, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

colts9016, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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...

ATPete, May 20, 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 EagleTalon
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

EagleTalon, Apr 24, 2009
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 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
Shiner 99 Munich Style Helles Lager from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.