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Shiner 100 Commemorator - Spoetzl Brewery

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213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | 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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4/5  rDev +12%

jhenson1, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

ROGUE16, Dec 05, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Exiled, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

Daniellobo, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

mtrcop, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, flavorful amber beer with modest alcohol.

Attractive red amber color and pours an excellent head even after being open for a while. Mouthful is just full of carbonation which combined with the robust body is very nice. Malt and more malt, with plenty of sweetness but not cloying. If you like malt, this is a excellent range of caramel flavors and roasted barley that is highly drinkable. Decent hops to make it well balanced, but they shyly emerge after savoring the malt, leaving some bitterness that includes a hint of scorched sugar.

This is another one that seems to improve on multiple tastings. I hope Spoetzl will recognize a winner and add this beer as a Doppelbock to their seasonal lineup-- maybe "Brew 101" just to give a historical resonance with the old Los Angeles Brew 102.

mactrail, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spoetzl Shiner 100 Commemorator

Appearance: Dark brown, small head with some lacing.

Smell: Caramel and sweet, inviting malts.

Taste: Caramel, spices, some hops, and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Medium semi-thick.

This was a surprising brew. I didn't expect a sweeter, German styled brew. It is not as complex as some German brews, but it is a good brew.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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

SpecialK088, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark beer that looks very good when pouring. The small head dissapears more quickly than most beers.
S- The smell is definitely pretty sweet. You can smell a few malts at work which enhance the overall smell.
T- Great tasting beer. You can taste the malts and it is a kind of sweet tasting beer. It is medium body and the taste dies out kind of fast. Like other dopplebocks, there may be some chocolate at work there.
MF- Smooth beer with a medium body. Very palatable.
D- Easy and nice to drink, very refreshing and worthy of a celebratory beer

hangh, May 19, 2010
Photo of EPICAC
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 100 pours a slightly hazed, amber color, and is topped by a thick, orange-brown head that rapidly fades with a soda-like sound to a thin ring. The aroma is rich and malty. There are notes of caramel, toffee, and sharp fruitiness.

Mildly sweet, bready malts upfront move into a richer center with notes of fruit, caramel, and toffee. The finish is mildly bitter with a slight astringency. This beer is medium-bodied, and has prickly carbonation.

I thought that this beer was pretty drinkable for the style. The malts could have been a bit stronger and the finish could have been beefed-up a bit, but pretty decent overall.

EPICAC, Apr 06, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

jacobseyb, Mar 27, 2010
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4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the centennial brew for one of my favorite brews, Shiner Bock. This beer carries nearly twice the alcohol by volume of the flagship brew, and is well worth the few extra bucks for a six pack.

Appearance: I drank from the bottle and later from a glass. In the bottle, there is very little head and a pleasant amber color; in the glass there is a good inch and a half of light brown head and a brilliant rich amber red, especially when held to the light.

Smell: A stronger malt smell than the normal Shiner Bock brew, but not overpowering. Upon further sniffing, I smelled an intoxicating mix of hops, mahogany, and malted oats.

Taste: An excellent taste, not overly bitter, nor too sweet like many commemorative beers are wont to be. A rich and well balanced hops and halts mix, and near the end of a bottle, I would also get a distinct yet subtle sweetness, much like a bit of butterscotch candy had been dropped in.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but not a pushover. The taste will stay with you for a while, but you won't be turned off at all.

Drinkability: Just about perfect. Probably the best Bock I've ever had, and I would definitely buy it again (in fact, I'm going to get another six pack this week)

I can't recommend this beer highly enough. It's about as perfect a brew as I could imagine. It is everything a beer should be and nothing less.

minnaow, Mar 15, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man I finally got this after finding it at my local mixer and sixer place.

A - Reddish brown in color with no head. Mild lacing in the glass.
S - Smells of choco malts and mild nuts. Interesting.
T - Malty good slight choco with grain bite
M - Light (maybe too light for 6.7?) and drinkable.
D - Watch knocking back a sixer because it is a pretty drinkable brew! Nice offering shiner!

DrDemento456, Feb 24, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

pmcadamis, Feb 22, 2010
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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice caramel colored brew with decent head.

S: Malty and sweet, but not overpowering.

T: Too sweet for me, but not drastically. For people like beers on the sweeter side this is pretty good.

M: Nice. Good balance and weight for brew.

D: Pretty high. Too sweet to down a lot, but surely drinkable.

Conclusion: Definitely one of the more balance Shiner brews I have had. I enjoyed it with spicy creole food and it was delightful.

HiGravShawn, Feb 22, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, deep brownish red in color with little to no head.

Rich scents of vine fruits and esters with a rich malt backbone.

Taste is well a bit lacking rich malt and a hint of a caramel quality.

Mouth is also a bit lacking. Not as full as I was expecting but still dopplebock quality. finishes sweet and a tad dry. Drinks slowly but I would never drink a dopplebock quickly.

naterock, Feb 22, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great, with a rich dark appearance, off-white head, and a good, solid taste. The sufficient amount of bitterness is what sets this off. Mouth feel is good and balanced. Commemorator has a bold taste, and is probably the best thing out on the market by this brewer.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 15, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

BigRedN, Feb 05, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blood orange with bright topaz accents and crystal clarity. The two finger crown is equal parts pastel orange and beige. It's soft and faintly crackly, which results in very little lace. Not bad, but not a rousing start either.

The aroma is pleasant enough. Toasted, earthy and nutty lead the way, which translates to a slightly darker than normal Oktoberfest rather than a doppelbock. Then again, those styles can be pretty similar. Pale, Munich and caramel malts are in the house. Let's hope there are enough of them.

Commemorator tastes like a doppelbock that Spoetzl would brew. That is, it's lighter than the style average and isn't the sharpest knife in the block. That said, it's an easy drinking beer that has good balance and is actually quite tasty when all is said and done. Color me impressed.

Specific flavors include well-toasted bread, steely caramel, French Burnt Peanuts and iced tea sweetened with honey. Hallertau Tradition and Spalter Select hops (to the tune of 17 IBUs) keep things on the semi-balanced side without contributing much flavor. The lowish ABV means that several bottles can be enjoyed in one sitting.

The mouthfeel is light for the style, but not the ABV. It has the glassy smoothness that all big lagers possess (the good ones at least) and has a decent amount of 'hang on'. Laid back carbonation is right where it should be.

Shiner Commemorator (a great name for an anniversary beer that is also a doppelbock) is one of my two favorite Spoetzl Brewery brews. The under appreciated Smokehaus is the other. If you like good beer then you'll like this beer. Congratulations on the first century and best of luck on the second.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 02, 2010
Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.