Shiner 100 Commemorator - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
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216 Ratings
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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Photo of mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hardtarget for the chance to sample this.

Aroma: Pleasant low-level biscuity notes. Just a touch of lager-like sulfur yeast derived character. Light earthy hop aroma. Light fruit tones. Nothing over the top but all well-knit and inviting.

Appearance: Hazy copper pour with a thick tan head.

Flavor: More bready and crusty notes up front. Just a touch of Munich sweetness and some sweet bread flavors as the beer warms up. An earthy bitterness balances the malt tone. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight carbonic bite but no alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A nice, drinkable bock. Seems a little light to be a dopplebock but a very well crafted, sessionable bock. Thanks again HT!

Photo of ballewblake
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip.

Hmm. I don't know, first impression, this is nasty. Heavy thick white head on a transparent purple body. Head falls fast, lacing is minimal. Nose is watery, and slightly malty. Boring. I get the doublebock flavors, but this is probably the most boring double bock I have tried. The taste was offensive on first inspection, it hasn't really improved on a warm up. Its looking more and more like this is a drain pour. Nasty is all that comes to mind.

At least my dogs liked it.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- an aggressive pour produces a 2 finger head that quickly comes down to a thin layer. i see literally no lacing. color is a clear amber.

smell- malty characteristics, with a faint smell off hops. some other kind of smell i can't put my finger on.

taste and mouthfeel- a good roasted malty taste with a sweet finish. the mouthfeel is really to thin for the style. hops are a little bit in the background.

drinkability- this is very drinkable and enjoyable.

i think it is important to note that i am trying to judge this by the style. it is suppose to be a doppelbock and it falls short in some of the typical characteristics. however, i really enjoy this beer and hope they keep it around.

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a local4local trade from ramielschild. Thanks!

When I first opened this one up, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Perhaps due to the fact that I'm not overly versed in Euro Dark Lagers? I'm not sure.

What I do know is that this is an unusual beer. No head to speak of. Somewhat complex taste. Mouthfeel was lacking. Not a bad beer by any stretch. Just odd for my taste.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very quick head, no foam or film and some small bubbling. Light cola and amber and caramel color. Looks bocky. Sweet toasted malt and a faint hint of roasted malt and molasses. Very malty taste, but still has some grassy hops for balance. Hints of caramel ad molasses from the malt. Ok amount of mat and just enough hops for balance. Not a bad drinkable beer.

Photo of umustdrink
2.38/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom at 100 years old with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other Texas brewers took the "artistic" road in their offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil's Backbone.

This doppelbock lager is offered in celebration of their 100th anniversary. I found it to be an interesting contrast to their other offerings in that it is the darkest in the product line. Not quite as boozy as those from the Rhein this makes a good break in a session of beers.

I feel this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 100th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.

Photo of HardTarget
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bad ass black label tells it how it is: This is 100 years of brewing know-how. Back when your daddy's daddy was sippin' Schlitz, these German Cowboys were cranking out a much better beer. With so many 10th anniversary beers, and some "old school" 20th anniversary beers coming out, the big 100 deserves some respect.
Label claims 6.75% abv. and to be in the Old-World "stark" style. BA currently lists as a Euro Dark Lager, and the -ator suffix would indicate a doppelbock.

Aroma: Mild purple grape jam sweetness with a yeast roll/white bread edge.

Appearance: Deep amber brown with excellent clarity. A slightly orange finger of head drops back to a thin spotty cover.

Flavor: Sweet juicy raisins race over the tongue and evaporate into a light alcohol mist that dries, almost sterilizes the mouth for the next pull. No hop flavors beyond a hint of earthy leaf in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I think this is where we fall down. The light body would be more acceptable with a higher OG/abv, where it is now just goes fizzy with the high carbonation level. Deeper in the glass with some of the CO2 bled off it gets better, but first sip is like inhaling froth.

Overall Impression: Ok, they went middle of the road. The standard yeast (as they should), dark, but not to the point of roasted flavors, sweet but not a malt bomb, everything in the middle as to offend the fewest and modestly please the most. An understandable take on a beer to celebrate a major milestone, something everyone can enjoy, even if few will love.
I'd kind of like to see this come out as their "Double Bock".

Photo of BryanCarey
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shiner 100 Commemorator pours to a dark copper color with a nice head of foam that has a creamy consistency and makes for a promising first impression. The foam leaves almost no lacing, which was a surprise, but it does last a good amount of time. The nose on this beer is a little prune- like, with notes of toffee and raisin.

This beer offers a taste that combines caramel malt, nuts, and lightly roasted malt. There is some fruity character, with tastes such as cherry trying to make their presence known. The beer finishes a little bit metallic and also tart, with an almost wine like sensation at the end.

Shiner 100 Commemorator leans toward the watery side, and this fact is probably its greatest fault because it ruins what could have been a much stronger and more enjoyable experience. The finish is also a little weird and a little too much like wine. So, when all of the qualities have been evaluated, Shiner 100 Commemorator winds up as a very average beer- typical of most of the products offered by Shiner and not what I would expect from a beer that was supposedly brewed as a celebratory brew.

Photo of bmwats
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Dark copper. Pours into a 1 finger, greyish white, bubbly head. Fairly quickly settles, leaving a little blanket covering of bubbly foam on the surface of your brew. No lacing to speak of.

S: Roasted malt, nuts, and butterscotch.

T: The malt is dark roasted, and you can definitely distinguish a sweet butterscotch or caramel. There may even be a hint of a dark chicory coffee in there.

M: A little "syrupy". Feels kinda' heavy on the palette; not in a hearty, robust way, as much as a thick and syrupy way. The sweet malty flavor is really prominent at first, it concedes to a nutty finish.

D: Solid. Balanced flavor, feel is not too offensive.

Nice complexity in the nose and flavor, good balance, feel is a little cloying but not overwhelming. Overall, solid quaff.

Photo of Squelch
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper colored. Crystal clear. Lasting head

Smell: Malty. No hop aroma. Interesting.

Taste: Sweet sweet malt. Tastes like grains. Complex. Some Wine like characteristics as well.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy. Heavy. Under carbed and underfermented IMHO.

Drinkability: a nice beer. Could use a little work to lighten it up and finish out the ferment.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.45/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A dark copper colored body that borders on amber. About a finger and a half of off-white head that has some retention but not so much lacing.

Smell has that same corny smell that I would expect from a macro lager, not so promising.

That rice/corn aroma domiantes the aroma also. Next there is a touch of caramel flavor that is followed by some more corny sweetness. Finishes with a touch of cherry and some alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel is pretty light bodied with a touch of alcohol bite.

I didn't find this one to be drinkable at all. I wanted to like this beer, but it didn't work out for me.

Photo of roblowther
2.65/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm excited about this one. I like doppelbocks but, as I type this, I notice the classification as "euro dark lager". Hmmm...I hope Shiner didn't dumb this one down. Let's find out. It is a clear dark copper with a foamy light tan head. Definitly lighter than I expected. The smell is right, though. Malt, a touch of charcoal, a sharp tang of hops. The taste is dark roast but finishes metallic. It is surpisingly dry with a slight chalkiness. The mouthfeel is all wrong. Way too thin. Decent carbonation but no real body to it. The drinkability is decent. I really wanted to like this one, but it is not as good as their black lager. I say this despite a strong preference for the style. Oh well...there's always 101.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. twist-top bottle into a pilsener glass.

Very attractive body, more so than I had anticipated, with a deep burnt amber hue and lots of carbonation. Excellent retention on the creamy, khaki-colored head, with minimal lacing. The aroma starts off faint, but gradually strings along some pleasing notes of light chocolate, toffee, caramel, and raisin, with a faint, floral hop presence in the background.

Commemorator starts out with a good malty sweetness of caramel and biscuit, then at mid-sip transitions to the hoppier/yeastier side with a crisp, Noble hop bitterness. Still, it's easy to tell that these brewers are not used to making higher alcohol beers, as the booziness feels a bit out of place and medicinal on the finish. Body is slightly undercarbonated and thin, and doesn't do much to refresh the palate or complement the flavors. Overall, I found this a decent attempt from a brewery to celebrate its long, storied history, but unfortunately this barely misses the mark.

Photo of bboven
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, dark copper to light mahogany body, a slim but thick head that lasts.

Lots of crystal malt with a non-descript English hop balancing things out very nicely.

Dusty darker malts prevail, no roastiness, but lots of dark crystal once again. Very heavy cherry finish, slightly warming alcohol noticeable but certainly not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, thicker than expected, high but very smooth carbonation, almost seems bottle aged.

By far the very best beer I have had from Shiner. Tis should become a regular and a launching pad for more good beers.

Photo of beeragent
1.95/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a deep amber, forming a 1 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace cling to the glass.

S - Strong malty aroma. Not much else is detectible.

T - Strong malt presence, and not much else. This beer seems to be very lacking in flavor.

M - Medium bodied. Good carbonation and smooth finish.

D - As Shiner Bock was my first beer to ever drink, I have a fondness for the brewery. With that said, I have to say this is thee worst beer I have ever had from Shiner. This beer just reminds me of the taste you wake up with in the morning, after a long night of drinking cheap beer. Sorry. Not recommended.

Photo of grs8313
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz twist top bottle with no bottling or best by date. Pours red with a thin brown head.

Smell: Malts, alcohol, caramel, and raisins. Lots of malt in the nose.

Taste: Malts, alcohol, apples, lemon and lime tartness. A very different taste than I am used to from a beer.

Mouthfeel: As thick as water, and carbonated. The mouth is left feeling clean.

Drinkability: I am not sure about this one. The tartness at the end is almost wine like. A very unique beer, like nothing I have tasted before. This is certainly a good beer, but I would only want it on a special occasion, and not as a fridge regular. Congratulations to Shiner on 100 years.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/13/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very clear amber colored body with a big tan head. Very fizzy. Has a sweet flowery fruity aroma. And is malty but not very strong. A fruity malty nutty taste. Very sweet almost sickly taste. Some alcohol. Some graininess.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark burnished copper with a creamy tan head.

Aroma is very malty, with caramel and a hint of brown sugar. There is a strong mineral quality. Earthy and nutty.

Taste is caramel malt up front. Mild light fruit, nutty, with pleasant earthy hops. Dry powdery chocolate makes an appearance. Finish is mildly bitter with a bit of a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly chewy.

This beer doesn't quite fit the Euro Dark Lager style. It is malty and flavorful with plenty of earthy character.

Photo of bashiba
2.53/5  rDev -28.7%
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 BeanBone
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 JonathanL7890
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color.
Smell is malty, not much hops. ok.
Taste -- like an improved Shiner Bock. Pretty good maltiness. A little sweet.
Mouthfeel: not bad. Best mouthfeel of any Shiner I've had.
Drinkability: Pretty good. I could drink a few of these.

A little bit better than a Shiner bock. I wouldn't pay a premium price for it.

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, so I fell into it. I was looking at this beer at the down town Spec's when the guy that works there see me and says "That's a pretty good beer if you like beers like Optimator". Well this surprised me as an unsolicited recommendation...and he even named one of my favorite beers in the world! Hmmm... Well talking to him some more he started throwing down names like Celebrator and Korbinian in comparison. Well, this guy knew his beer well enough to sell me at least because I was intrigued by even a Shiner product at this point...when hearing it "standing up against" the best beers in the world. I had to buy it. Are my expectations really THAT high? Um...no.

Appearance: Pours a very clear light garnet color with a small head of off white foam on top. The head was really active and only stuck around for about 30 seconds or so to end up totally back into the beer with so sign of foamage from then on. Even when swirled, there isn't much foam rising.

Aroma: The aroma is really reserved on this beer, and certainly not holding up to the beers that this guy used to play the beer up. I initially got some caramel sweetness along with a noticeable metallic aromatic. Other than this, there is little to no hops noticeable. The caramel malt is the dominant force in the aroma.

Taste: There is definitely some malt in there, with noticeable sweetness to dominate the flavor and not really let up til the end. The alcohol is reserved for being as high as it is. The beer is pretty attenuated and dry, but still the sweetness is the key player in the finish which suggests to me that the IBU's are pretty low...like 20-25 at the most. I don't get any adjunct driven alcohol, so I am thinking that this one is actually made mostly from real malt. Overall the flavors are pretty reserved. the caramel that was in the aroma is definitely the biggest player in the flavor. The toasty notes that you would get from copious amounts of Munich malt (typical in the world class beers mentioned earlier) is not in this beer, and I really miss that. I can't say that I can really pick up any hops. There may be a hint of floral in the flavor that is getting muddled with the caramel, but it is really reserved in bitterness and flavor.

Opinion: Well, I can definitely say that it doesn't hold a candle to a Korbinian or the likes (which is my NEXT beer tonight). That said, it is probably one of the best ones that I have had from Shiner is quite some time. I will definitely drink the rest of my glass, and I am sure that I will have no problem finishing the 6-pack. It isn't bad, and I bought it for just over $6, so that didn't hurt so bad either. If I find it again for that price, I will probably drink a couple more before it leaves the shelves. So does that mean I like it? I guess. I'd pay $6 for a 6-pack of it...along with a $9 6-pack of Optimator to use as a primer. LOL! In short, I would say to give it a shot.

Photo of allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a lovely beer, with a deep reddish-copper color and a consistent half-inch of foam on top. The nose, though, is so faint as to be almost non-existent--a touch of malty toffee perhaps, if one is generous. The flavor is better, with a good solid malt base, with a more pronounced toffeeish taste together with some nice kettle caramelization. It's sweet but not cloying. No hop flavor I can detect, and just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Very solid offering from Shiner, except for the disappointing aroma. Worthy of being put in their permanent lineup.

Photo of Bagman007
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber coloring with about two inches of head.

S- Doesn't really have that strong of a scent, but you can slightly smell some malts.

T- I would best describe the taste as being a slightly sweeter version of Shiner Bock, which is definitely a good thing.

M- Slightly creamy and a little smooth. Not really much bitterness at all.

D- Very drinkable. Can have several of them in a sitting.

Overall an extremely good beer. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Tastes like Shiner Bock with just a little twist to it.

Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.