Shiner 100 Commemorator - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 100 CommemoratorShiner 100 Commemorator

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by umustdrink:
Photo of umustdrink
2.47/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear dark orange/brown color. Offwhite head settles at a ring around the edge of the glass. Little to no lacing.

S - Burnt sugar caramel malty nose, kind of grassy and earthy.

T - Starts out with a cloying sugary sweetness, with a bitter baking soda like taste. Faint caramel malt flavor comes in and out. A sharp dandelion flavored oily bitterness hits, then dulls into the metallic finish.

M - Thin to medium consistency with slightly elevated carbonation.

D - Offputting tastes don't exactly invite you back for another sip.

Poured half of it into the drain.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ROBORB
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mempath
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...;)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

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.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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"

Photo of bashiba
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilser glass. 6.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to PerzentRizen for this bottle.

A - The slightly hazy copper colored beer is poured with a bit of vigor resulting in a damn-near four-finger tall, honeyed cream-colored head. Too bad it wasn't all that well retained. Tiny jagged little lines of legs were visible on the glass which looked like a seismograph. No lacing though.

S - From a foot away I could smell the sweet malts rise out. Tons of molasses on the nose, actually, molasses cookies with all the sugar granules in them. A bit of ginger bread comes out too. No hops are present. Definitely a good dopplebock nose reminiscent of the Optimator.

T - The heavy malts on the nose seemed to come across less in the flavor than anticipated. The sweetness tastes more like molasses, honey, and sugar than malts but is still good. Again, no hops here but the ginger bread does come back for a small encore.

M - Sweet, thick, and near full-bodied, the Shiner 100 is a fine, smooth feeling dopplebock with a mellow, crisp finish.

D - Probably one of the best beers to come out of their brewery thus far! A good dopplebock that I think doesn't rely heavily enough on the robust malt (found in the nose) character for it's sweet taste. Feels a tad too artificial but a good beer nonetheless. It's lower ABV for a dopple also aids in it's drinkability, making it a good all-around sessioner for sweet-beer lovers.

Photo of TexIndy
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but just released anniversary beer so I know it's fresh. It's a deep amber color with slight carb and no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy beige head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was barely there. Very weak sweet malt and caramel. The taste was a little better but pretty subdued for a doppelbock. Very sweet with no hop presence. Could have used something to offset the sweet. Really doesn't taste like a doppelbock to me. The mouthfeel had way too much carbonation.

Overall, a really disappointing beer. Don't recommend. One and done for me.

Photo of BeanBone
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish brown crystal clear body. Bubbly off-white finger high head that disappears quickly, leaving hardly any lace. Looks very much like the flagship, Shiner Bock.

Aroma: Not particularly intense. There's some sweet malt, with weird metallic tones.

Taste: Sweet, slightly caramelized malt is the bulk of the flavor profile. I'm still getting some of that weird metallic taste, but that's almost expected in a darker Shiner beer at this point. There's really nothing from the hops to speak of. Everything is just a little on the thin side, but it's not a major concern. The aftertaste is of rich malt and notes of booze.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body with lots of carbonation. Boozy in the finish, but not dry.

Drinkability: Solid enough with a mild profile and the near seven percent alcohol hidden well.

Verdict: I have to say I'm a little disappointed with this as the big finale. While Commemorator is a good beer, it's not really anything special compared to the rest of the anniversary collection. Perhaps my expectations were a little high, but we have been building up to this beer for five years now. Shiner 97 is still, by leaps and bounds, my favorite of the Shiner anniversary brews. Here's hoping for 101!

Photo of PEBKAC
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Separate bottles courtesy of Big Tex & Natalie. Thanks for the continued patronage. :)

Poured into my DFH rounded glass.

A rich, filtered, rusty maple brown, topped off with an inch of sandy cream head. Minimal lace.

Smells of wheat bread, sticky toasted malt, newspaper ink, & a bit of fumey alcohol.

Taste starts off with some really sharp malt, mild barky bitterness, followed by some burnt newspaper & toffee that sticks around till the end. Alcohol is solvent-like, but effectively warming. The yeast they're using is a little too clean for the style.

Carbonation is strong, but the body is just a too thin for a bock.

A little underwhelming for a big time commemorative, but as an affordable seasonal, pretty good. :)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one in a trader recently and was excited to get to try it. Not really sure what to make of it just dove right in. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this ne was consumed on 04/23/2009.
The pour was decent enough though nothing really jumping out at me here. Nice deep brown color with a tint of reddish along the sides and the bottom. Clear with ample amounts of carbonation that were very evident through the glass, though the head did not stick around for very long at all. The aroma was nutty, with hints of roasted malts and a sweet underpin of caramel. Light toffee notes as well as it starts to warm. Seems like a strong ale, but a light strong ale if that makes any sense. Same could be said for the flavor which was very solid, sweet malts dominated here with only the slightest bit of a dry hoppy and earthy note rounding out the back end. Easy to drink though as it was not too strong and the profile was not bad and kept me interested.
Overall I actually really liked this one, it was solid enough to keep me interested and session able enough to be something nice to throw down with dinner. I am pretty impressed with one of my first from them.

Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice dark brown which turns a ruby hue when held up to light. Leaves a medium tan, fluffy head with sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Phenolic sweet, cloying, bready malt with hints of corainder, anise, and caramel.

T: Strong bready molasses-flavored malts; very saccharine, sticky and cloying, like drinking sugar in the process of fermenting into alcohol. Strongly phenolic aftertaste that almost makes it feel like you're drinking the beer as it's distilling into something stronger.

M: Medium body with a strong stickiness that leaves the palate coated in a bed of sugar.

D: Very filling; can be a bit too much after a few sips just because of the overwhelming sweetness. The sugary, sticky sensation on your hands after a popsicle has melted onto them is the closest I can describe this beer's sensation on the palate. I think I'll pass on the next one.

Photo of wcudwight
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper/amber in color with some ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice cap of khaki foam rises to 1/2" in height then falls and holds at 1/4". Wet drippy lacing.
Caramel and metallic aromas. Not bad smelling but not very pleasing either.
The flavor starts off well. With heavy caramel flavors and bread dough. Very sweet. Par for the style. The finish kills it for me though. Sharp metallic finish that leaves a lasting metallic aftertaste. Almost copper tasting like putting a penny into your mouth.
Mouthfeel isn't bad but a bit light for the style.
I tried to cut the metallic aftertaste with a thick slice of sharp chedder but still had a hard time finishing the bottle.
I prefer the regular Shiner Bock to this. The Shiner Bock is great golf beer.

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Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
81 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.