Shiner 100 Commemorator - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by BigRedN:
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I had no idea that this was a doppelbock until I logged on to do a review. What a surprise. The beer pours a nice brownish/dark amber with a thick light brown head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to near nothing with no lacing.
Smell: Nice malt-centric aroma (caramel malts?). The aromas of caramel and some nuttiness come through. Smells like it will be slightly sweet. Scent is reminiscent of an octoberfest.
Taste: As expected for the style, leans heavily to a malty beer, little if any hops. Touch to the sweet side. Still, as far as doppelbocks go this is good, not over-the-top good, but that's ok.
Mouthfeel: While this beer is medium in body it is light for a doppelbock. Slick going down, low carbonation. A relatively easy drinker.
Drinkability: While this has low ABV for a doppelbock (IMO) it is higher than average, making this a bit of a relaxing sipping beer (no where near a session beer). I'd call this a bit of a doppelbock light. Purchased a six pack which was worth it. A good beer and one that I would have again
02-05-2010 03:03:10 | More by BigRedN
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3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
Iam not sure what a German "stark" ale is but this a German-style doppelbock and honestly its not bad in my opinion.I poured two bottles into a .5 liter stein,it pored a clear rich deep amber with a thinner frothy off white head atop, leaving a creamy mass after it settled.Aromas are lighter but pleasant,soft toasted notes with hints of iron and caramel malt,quite German in in the nose.Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than many of the style but not as light as expected,it goes down quite easy without any emptiness to it.Flavors are toasty and mildly sweet upfront,caramel sticks out mainly,there is a note of star anise and peppery hop in the finish wich is nice.I liked it better than most and was quite surprised by it,its very drinkable with good flavors.I would buy again for sure.
02-25-2009 21:48:42 | More by oberon
3.18/5 rDev -10.7%
12 oz bottle
A-shiny copper rust color with initial 2 inch head that dissipated quickly, no lacing and after a while looks kind of lifeless. Starts off grea but doesn't look so great halfway down.
S-Doughy malt, bready smell, slight earthy scent
T-A better version of shiner to me, kind of sweet bread flavor, can taste the grain character, finishes with a little hop kick that leaves an dryingastringent flavor
M-Leaves a drying feel and is undercarbonated but has a smooth feel to it
D-At first I liked this but the more I drank the less I liked it-I could drink another but really wouldn't want to.
01-13-2009 23:31:34 | More by hopsleeroy
3.73/5 rDev +4.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:
Clear and tawny with a patch of tan lacing; a towering head that slowly dissipates. Sweet, dark breadiness owns the nose--a malt bomb for sure. Smooth and creamy with a solid medium body, not too thick, but the body holds together quite well. Layers of malt sweetness unfold with dark bread, faint raw cane sugar and a bit of toasted biscuit in the back. Hops drop a modest bitterness on the palate with a quick showing of spiciness that melds well with the light peppery alcohol warmth. Finishes semisweet with more of that dark breadiness.
Very traditional compared to some of the massive "in your face" alcoholic malt bombs that some craft brewers have taken the style to. More delicate and even a bit small when put against its German counterparts, aside from the fact that it's still one tasty beer. A fitting nod to their 100 years of brewing.
09-20-2010 19:59:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.4/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle via trade from JDV, thanks for the extra! The aroma consists of dark fruits, grain and caramel. The pour left a 1 inch thick head that dissipated quickly and little to no lacing. The taste was a surprise for me. It was rather refreshing and I think I would enjoy it more on a hot day. It had a good solid finish. I could drink this as a session beer with no problems. Nice beer from Shiner and looking forward to some more.
02-27-2009 02:05:00 | More by ROBORB
4.15/5 rDev +16.6%
Pours out red with a good size white head. Minimal lacing on the head that disapates quickly.
Smells alot like a Pilsner, with a very strong hop smell. A little metallic also.
Taste has a hint of carmel, with a hop finish, and the "patented" shiner metallic aftertaste.
The mouthfeel is probably the best part, very smooth with nice amount of carbonation. Leaves your mouth wanting more.
Shiner has out done themselves, FINALLY. This is a very fitting 100th Anniversary beer for the little brewery. This is one of there best efforts yet.
01-09-2009 01:05:54 | More by whoneeds8
3.5/5 rDev -1.7%
More thanks to JJFoodie for including this with a lot of extras in a fantastic trade.
This one's a sort of reddish brown color. A light tan head pours about one finger and manages to leave a little thin lacing around after dissipating to a small but tight foam.
The smell is a caramel malt with accompanying sweetness, possibly some dark fruits in there as well. It's a bit light, with minimal hops presence.
The taste follows suit very well; good at base, if not a bit simple and light. Malt makes up the foundation with caramel and raisin-like dark fruits notes and a bit of a toasted note as well.
The body is a little light, maybe a thinnish medium, but nicely balanced between creamy and crisp with a moderate carbonation.
I would have a difficult time pegging this for a doppelbock without knowing beforehand; still, it has a pretty good flavor and feel and is very sessionable and drinkable.
10-31-2009 13:22:18 | More by Brenden
2.88/5 rDev -19.1%
A - Reddish chestnut brown with a big, but short lived light brown head. Almost zero lace, and even a big swirl fails to build the head back up to even a fraction of the way it looked for the first five seconds after pouring.
S - Chocolate cuppy cakes. This has some nutty notes that remind me of those nut-stuffed chocolate things that come in mixed boxes of chocolate. Gooey and nougat-y smelling, with more than a hint of nuts.
T - Similar to the nose, this is all about nuts smothered in chocolate. There is a certain candy bar that this reminds me of, but I can't recall the name! Whatever it is, it had gooey nougat white stuff on the inside and chocolate on the outside. Charleston Chew maybe? Anyhow, some hops make a minor appearance after complete absence from the nose.
M - Medium bodied and nutty with low carbonation and a heavy load of sugar. This one is almost cloying, but some nutty notes and very mild hops barely keep it from falling apart. Alcohol is VERY detectable at 6.7%. Sip slowly, as big mouthfuls really hit that "booze gag reflex."
D - Meh. This is pretty wimpy and simple for a doppelbock, despite the overloaded sugary feel. Pass.
02-22-2010 21:01:36 | More by pmcadamis
4.33/5 rDev +21.6%
deep cola red with ok lacing and quick settling tan head.
smells of sweet/tangy molasses (black strap). more tangy than sweet.
sure, there's a cloying sweetness (something i actually don't like to embrace), but the perfectly balanced carbonation creates an excellent oscillation between full-bodied thickness and crispness. which in turn makes this very drinkable but worthy of being savored.
it runs a fine line near the margins of tastes i do not enjoy often in brews (sweetness, extreme maltiness), but this is just right. for what it is supposed to be, a pretty good 'commemoration' for this decent brewery. i'd still take most yuenglings over shiners though...;)
06-17-2009 22:45:28 | More by mempath
4/5 rDev +12.4%
Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a ruby cast. Creamy, yellowed light-tan head. Good retention, fair lacing.
Aroma: Brown malts? Oats? Nicely malty! A whiff of mild, floral, gently grassy, and leafy hops sneak through as well.
Taste: Whoah! Much bolder than the aroma suggests, there's a whole lot of brown sugar going on! Rich and sweet! Some toastiness appears across the middle, and it's nicely caramelish. It's much more like Vienna malt than what I though might have been brown malt in the nose. And it has that "juicy" note that Michael Jackson used to refer to. Oddly, I still get what seems like oat flavor to me. And I certainly wouldn't label this as a doppelbock. It's rich, but it doesn't have the true depth of flavor required of a doppelbock.
As it warms it becomes wider and wider, and the maltiness takes on greater depth. What initially seemed like "commercial" beer now seems more like "craft" brew, so take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 5 minutes before opening it.
The floral hops found in the nose remain in the flavor, and it's balanced by a limited bitterness that cuts through just enough to keep it from becoming too sweet; although some sweetish malt does linger in the finish. Some other hops make it through as well, and it's a touch leafy with some scorched sugar that lingers pleasantly in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous edge that bumps it to medium-full status. Standard carbonation that lends a gentle bristle to the tongue.
Drinkability: Although I'm not compelled to go out and find more of this, I did find it quite enjoyable and I'd gladly have more. It does fall a little bit on the sweetish side though. But it's nice to see a richer beer coming out of Spoetzel. It's certainly enjoyable, and certainly worth trying!
08-23-2009 22:49:07 | More by NeroFiddled
2.63/5 rDev -26.1%
A- Pours a dark copper color with a light tan colored head.
S- There is not much of an aroma, it is pretty faint. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt with very little hops.
T- The taste starts out very sweet with a lot of malt and caramel. Not bad, but too sweet for my tastes.
M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- The ABV and the sweetness limits the drinkibility of this beer for me, not something I would really want to drink more than one of in a sitting. Not bad, but not something I would purchase again.
03-10-2009 03:19:10 | More by cjgator3
3.65/5 rDev +2.5%
Picked up a single bottle from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Poured a clear, dark amber with a short off-white head. Funny, at first I thought this was just a legit bock, compared to Shiner Bock. As I sip this beer, however, I can taste the extra, dark fruit sweetness and richer licorice flavor that defines the style. This beer is on the lighter and more drinkable end of the spectrum, but it's a decent stab at the doppelbock.
09-03-2009 03:23:03 | More by tempest
3.58/5 rDev +0.6%
Picked this up locally:
Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Apricot & a hint of booze
T: More apricot, leafy hops & a touch of toasty malt up front. I get a bit of metallic twang hiding behind the fruittyness as this warms, but it is brief, plus much dryness. Finishes with a some caramel. dryness & just a bit of leafy hops, plus some booze bite shows up at the end...
MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & a bit of stickyness
Drinks very easy, not much of a dopple, but if this were presented as a dunkles, I'd bump it higher in taste & mouthfeel. Still one of Shiner's better offerings IMO, might pick up again when I feeling "fruitty"
02-28-2009 00:41:38 | More by russpowell
2.53/5 rDev -28.9%
Poured a clear amber with a thin yet persistent off white head and lots of carbonation bubbles running throughout.
Has a very earthy and musty odor with a bit of wet sourness to it.
The flavor has a slightly sour woodyness to it with some nice earth and nut flavors along with a touch of cherry sweetness. Finishes with a long lingering musty basement like flavor.
The mouthfeel is oily and lingering with a long dry finish.
Overall a strange beer that kind of straddles the line of several styles without fully committing making it a bit of a muddled mess.
01-20-2009 02:19:12 | More by bashiba
4.03/5 rDev +13.2%
I am not a doppelbock expert. I do like this beer. Pours to thin off-white head and amber-brown color. Aroma is a complex mixture of sweet malt and a hint of nuttiness and vanilla. Flavor is a rich malty experience with the same flavors as in the aroma. Hops are adequate to balance sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium CO2. Drinks easy for a doppelbock. Good call.
07-11-2009 18:03:14 | More by EagleTalon
3.78/5 rDev +6.2%
12 oz. Amber like pour. Enough cream colored head, recedes a bit. Sticks to the glass well enough. Aroma is quite sweet, malt, caramel, yellow raisin. Taste matches, but I don't find the sweetness overbearing. The carbonation cuts the sweetness for me. Lighter bodied than the typical, but that makes this pleasantly drinkable. There is a bit of mustiness throughout that is the only drawback. A fine enough dopplebock and worth trying.
07-26-2009 04:42:31 | More by Bung
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Deep clear ruby red color with a rather slight tan head that laced minimally. Aromas of the roasted malts were noticable, with a bit of a dark fruit presence leading the way. Taste is darker fruit and the malts. Alcohol is slightly present. Smooth feel with a definite medium to full body. Pleasently drinkable and enjoyable doppelbock.
03-27-2010 23:44:50 | More by jacobseyb
3.1/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured into a tulip from the bottle
Visually this doesn't do it for me looks alot like dirty water. No head no lace just a thick red brown color.
Nose is sweet and malty with some viney fruits
I think I may have gone into this one expecting to much it's a traditional dope just seems very weak in all aspects of flavor. Mouth is thinner than I expected near light bodied. All and all it's easy to drink but it's kinda because it doesn't offer alot
08-11-2010 22:46:53 | More by SpecialK088
Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery
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