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Shiner 100 Commemorator - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

211 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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.

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umustdrink

Minnesota

2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2009 03:33:42 | More by umustdrink
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beerdiablo

Texas

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 02:00:29 | More by beerdiablo
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HardTarget

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 01:21:39 | More by HardTarget
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 04:55:47 | More by BryanCarey
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 23:03:06 | More by bmwats
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 01:47:10 | More by Squelch
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 03:57:29 | More by Hojaminbag
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roblowther

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 00:42:13 | More by roblowther
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 03:46:42 | More by wagenvolks
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bboven

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:33:53 | More by bboven
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beeragent

Texas

1.95/5  rDev -45.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 19:41:44 | More by beeragent
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grs8313

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 22:37:38 | More by grs8313
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 05:28:03 | More by jujubeast6000
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:21:46 | More by Blakaeris
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bashiba

Iowa

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:19:12 | More by bashiba
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BeanBone

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 22:08:27 | More by BeanBone
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JonathanL7890

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 21:11:11 | More by JonathanL7890
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:12:24 | More by SkeeterHawk
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allengarvin

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 01:07:36 | More by allengarvin
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Bagman007

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:34:31 | More by Bagman007
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiner's 100th Anniversary, quite an accomplishment.

This beer has a gorgeous appearance. Dark ruby gleaming body with a solid lacing of nice bubbly off-white head.

The aroma is quite subdued, it has some toasted/carmalized malt, along with that reminiscent Shiner yeast aroma.

Taste is a lot more full-bodied, rich and complex, than the aroma would lead you to believe. A big infusion of malt sweeps over the palate immediately. This has a bit of everything for every malt head out there. A nice base of toastiness along with a doughy breadiness. Followed closely with sweet chocolate and toffee fringes. Dry earthiness, raw leafiness, tobacco and smoked notes. The malt complexity of this beer is outstanding. Truly a lot of depth without any of the flavor notes overriding each other, or taking away from the balance of this beauty.

Definitely worthy of their 100th anniversary. The sheer complexity and depth of the malts is wonderful. They flow, and come together perfectly balanced, and offering much more than your initial thought would conceive.

Cheers to Spoetzel brewery, and congratulations on the 100th year. This is the perfect way to celebrate such an accomplishment.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 00:38:44 | More by HoustonTX
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Atlas1

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this brewery has been around for 100 years. Other brewers can learn a lesson from the Shiner model of business.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the 100 Commemorator is a nice looking brew. One finger of foam rests on top of the beer and settle evenly, leaving some lace but not much. The nose is malty, with that classic Shiner yeast scent (a dull but bitter aroma you get used to if you drink enough Shiner Bocks over the years). A slightly chalky, smoky scent as well. The taste is, in my opinion, quite nice. Malted caramel, dried fruit and nuts, faint smoke. Sweet, but not overly so, with a semi-dry finish that includes a small fruit burst at the end. A tasty beer all around, and more complex in flavor than most of their others. Mouthfeel is sturdy, almost chewy, but soft. A very unexpected, but pleasant, surprise.

This is a great brew in my opinion. One of the best from the folks at Shiner. I don't really know much about the "Euro Dark Lager" style, or whether this is a true representation of it or not, but it's a solid beer that exceeds expectations. I'd love it if they made this part of their annual brewing rotation. Cheers to Shiner. Here's hoping for another 100 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 23:57:10 | More by Atlas1
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Mosstrooper

California

4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a copper color, with amber hues. Small off-white head that leaves quickly with little lace.

Smell: Caramel malts with a bit of the standard Shiner metal smell, although this is less prevalent than usual. Smells good, but the smell is weak.

Taste: Very big, caramel malt flavor with a coffee finish. The Shiner metallic taste is completely absent- a huge plus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer, and my new favorite Shiner beer (replacing Bohemian Black). This is a good representation of the doppelbock style, and could be much less daunting to the less refined palate than German Doppelbocks.

Note: This is a doppelbock, right? I could have sworn it was, but the top says "Euro Dark Lager". It looks more like a Euro Dark, but has a definite doppelbock taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 04:04:42 | More by Mosstrooper
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AustinBeerLvr

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a traditional mug.

A: Absolutely spot on for the style. Deep, tawny reddish body, tan head, pretty good lacing on the glass as well. Looks almost identical to a Paulaner Salvator.

S: Caramel malts combined with Shiner's almost trademark like metallic like hop notes. Alcohol becomes more present as the beer warms a bit.

T&M: Caramel and some bread sweetness hits the tongue that are quickly accompanied by a somewhat seltzer like mouthfeel. Assertive metallic hop notes come through and leave a prickle on the tongue along with some faint caramel sweetness and a trace of alcohol to make for a somewhat weak finish. This brew actually has a decent amount of body, but Shiner's tingling carbonation that they seem to like to impart on a majority of their beers seems to be out of place for the style.

D&Notes: Well, let's first establish what style this beer is. It calls itself a "stark beer," which from my own research appears to mean "strong beer." I have seen other sources say this Shiner is a doppel bock. Well, while 6.7% ABV is certainly a strong beer, it's not strong enough to be classified as a double bock. That said, to be fair, this is actually a tasty beer, and I think of it as essentially an Americanized pedestrian version of a traditional German double bock. In other words, not as much body or ABV as the real thing, but still a beer with similar qualities, and this would be a good brew to introduce somebody who is wanting to give a strong beer a try for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 03:15:48 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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omnigrits

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Looked pretty good when I first poured it - nice colour, nice head - but the promise didn't hold up. There's an odd smell and taste to this beer that I can't put my finger on, but it reminds me of something from childhood, and not in a good way. Maybe something my mother made me eat on winter mornings to put hairs on my chest (did the trick, whatever it was). There's a cloying sweetness to the beer which is definitely not to my taste, but trying to be impartial, it's not actually a bad beer. I just don't much care for it. About halfway through the glass I'm left with something that has no life it at all. No head, no lacing, no carbonation... just that flavour that I still can't quite figure out.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 01:49:16 | More by omnigrits
Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.