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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner 101 Czech Style PilsnerShiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner

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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: fjordhook on 01-29-2010

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Ratings: 285 | Reviews: 114
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2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brief impressions from a twist-off cap bottle served into a pilsner glass:

Pours a healthy three finger wide head of off-white colour with nice frothiness and sufficient creaminess. Not weak or thin. Leaves light lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear yellow - clearly filtered. Clean and presentable.

Appears well-carbonated (if not overly so). Looks like most pilsners.

AROMA: Buttery diacetyl off-character, pilsner malts, clean barley, and some off-putting malty sweetness. Hopping is minimal and floral rather than grassy. Bready.

The diacetyl turns me off to it.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery and strangely bready. The emphasis isn't on the pilsner malts, and the hop profile is overly prominent and has the wrong emphasis - on floral notes rather than grassy notes. Unbalanced.

No yeast character or booze comes through, but diacetyl off-character plagues the beer throughout. Simple and plain (to style).

TEXTURE: Lacks the extreme cleanliness needed in a pilsner. It's oddly medium-bodied rather than light-bodied. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing, with a standard smooth and wet feel. Has a subpar overall presence on the palate. This texture is wrong for the style, and fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate the taste.

OVERALL: More lackluster work from Spoetzl, Shiner 101 can be safely skipped - and the brewers might need to take a decoction 101 class. One of the less appealing pilsners I've tried in recent memory, and strangely undrinkable - which is a crime in a pilsner. Why brew this?

Low D (2.06)

Photo of KajII
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear medium brownish amber with a white fizzy head and has hints of grain malts, herbal hops, a touch of an adjunct and a moderte wet cardboard odor. This is a somewhat malty, grainy brew with a light bitter finish. Its smooth and easy drinkability, refreshing aftertaste and low ABV would make it a great lawn mowing brew...
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3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dukeandduke
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/13/15 - Bottle - Good Shiner offering, my favorite from this brewer to date. Light, crisp beer has a good taste, hops were noticeable but not very strong, taste was good and had character compared to other shiner offerings. Nice light offering, and would definitely order again.

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2.99/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden in color. Minimal head dissapating quickly and minimal lacing. Aroma is very light with malt, toast and a touch of citrus coming through. Taste is very light with bready and earthiness being the dominant flavors. Carbonation is nice and mouthfeel is good. This beer, being a pilsner, is still lacking the flavor and balance that I would have expected.......

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3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuddyZ
3.36/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Golden32
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, date etched 04 17 15; thanks to my brother-in-law & father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday
A - deep golden body with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly
S - grain, earthy hops, faint biscuity pilsner malt
T - sweet, grain, a bit of caramel, biscuit, sourish and tart pilsner malt, earthy hop
M - thin-to-medium body, lower carbonation, finishes semi-dry and very clean
O - not a great example of a Czech style pilsner, but it's ok. I wouldn't get this again.

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3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eddiehop
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZBowden
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Clear bronze color, small lining of head around the glass, nose of malt and nuttiness, smooth and light mouthfeel with a taste of lots of grain.

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2.32/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.6/5  rDev +3.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery
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