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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner 101 Czech Style PilsnerShiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of tubeyes


3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark yellow, lots of white foamy head, lots of lace.
S crisp some hops.
T crisp pilsnery goodness, some subtle hops.
M crisp refreshing well carbonated mf, and minor hop at.
O pretty enjoyable shiner brew fitting for the summer heat. Had in Alaskan Shaker pint at Metzlers in Denton paired with german potatoe salad.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:55:00 | More by tubeyes
Photo of cyclonece09


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw color with a good size head, but that dissipates quickly. Smells of a nice sweet grain profile, not that atypical of pilsner, but stronger than many adjuncts. Tastes of sweet grain, nice profile. Beer is light bodied, very drinkable, carbonated correctly. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:44:12 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brassy hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy pilsner malt with a faint grassiness.

The taste consisted of a grainy pilsner malt with a subtle noble hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 01:59:04 | More by plaid75
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter amber color with good clarity. It's darker than I expect from a Czech pilsner, though. The head is a two finger white shade with crappy retention - seriously I'm watching it fade away to nothing as we speak. Still, it leaves patchy rings of lacing on the glass.

S: About bang-on what I expect from the style, no more, no less - grassy hops, minimal maltiness, and a touch of diacetyl. Quite pleasant, though I kind of want a bit more hoppiness here.

T: The maltiness provides a touch of caramel at first: while it's a bit unbefitting of the style, it does help balance the mild hoppiness, along with the diacetyl note. I enjoy the touches of citrus I find in the flavor profile. Decent, but a bit lacking in flavor.

M: This is ridiculously clean and bone dry, but then again, that's what the style dictates. On the other hand, it's a bit too 'big' feeling on the back end - this makes it seem more substantial, but harms drinkability somewhat. Honestly, I could use a bit more carbonation.

O: It's alright. The weak flavor holds it back more than anything. To be fair, though, I like my Czech pilsners hopped to fuck and back, so I can't hold it against this brew too much. Don't think I'd buy it again (if it appeared in a 6-pack), though.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 22:15:54 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of makersmarkers


3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a double-walled Bodum glass. This was the sixth and final "mystery" pick in my case of Shiner Family Reunion.

It's got a nice, warm light amber color, but no lasting head and very little lacing. Malty, yeasty nose with very little hint of hops. The malty sweetness is prominent on the tongue. There is some mild citrus hop notes, but the hop bitterness is almost entirely in the finish, more than fine for the non-hop-heads among us. Not especially carbonated either, but sessionable and highly drinkable. Mildly recommended, although for the price I think I'd grab the more hop-forward Noble Pils from Sam Adams or the Summer Pils from one of Texas' other great breweries, St. Arnold's.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:17:40 | More by makersmarkers
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Shiner mixed box, that just started being distributed in my neck of the woods.

Pours clear medium almond. Minor of white head, film, thin colar and moderate low bits of lace.

Just a hint of malt on the nose.

Malty and quite dry pils. Dark malts, some light smoke and rye notes. Dry through the finish. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:57:04 | More by Billolick
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color. A few shades darker than your traditional pils. The white head is fluffy and slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite light. Slightly bready malt provides a sweet aroma and there is a touch of grassy hops. Overall, a bit weak for the style.

The flavor is light and dry. A cracker flavor from the pils malt but there is some depth from a breadier malt. The hops are light but grassy. A sweeter breadier pils basically.

The feel is light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good balance, good summer time brew.

Not the most flavorful pils but no off flavors. Again, easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 19:20:14 | More by Gmann
Photo of kshizzle101


3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - pours clear straw color. 1 inch white head which has medium duration

S - grainy/bready malts, sweet smell of honey or fruits

T - slight grain, malty, hops and a little booze come through in the after

M - light/medium bodied. proper carb

Overall - good beer overall. for a pilsner it has quite a bit of flavor, one of the hoppier pils I've had. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 02:16:48 | More by kshizzle101
Photo of mjurney


3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head.

Sweet malts, bready, grassy.

Rich pale malts, biscuit, slight caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, mainly grassy-herbal. Finish is crisp and lemony. Medium bodied, slight tangy, a little dry, refreshing.

Well made Czech Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 07:19:47 | More by mjurney
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with hints of copper, fomy head about an inch thick that shrinks to just a small layer lying on top.

Smells clean and simple. A bit oft malt with slightly spicy hops on the back end

Taste is smooth and well balanced. Great balance of malt and hops, very clean.

Overall this is a great example of a great simple beer. If it were more readily available in my area, I would gladly replace this with any of your typical lagers or pilsners. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 00:27:55 | More by Treyliff
Photo of Francepants06


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a light yellow to light orange color with an average size head which dissipated fast. It smelled citrus, lemon grass, yeast, some bread, malt.
I tasted a slight fruit with a good malt with a little bit of yeast residue. It is a fairly light beer. It is a great beer for a good hot summer lawn mowing day. Not bad for football season.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 08:45:31 | More by Francepants06
Photo of B967ierhunter177


2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color with half-inch head and lasting lace. It's aroma is citrusy with hints of bread and hops. The flavor has notes of lemon and dough with some vanilla in the background. There is a mild bitterness that fades quickly. This has a light mouthfeel and is very sessionable and refreshing. Spoetzl Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner is a good beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:28:57 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of PokerGod


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass...

Appearance- A moderate golden color thats not at all hazy or cloudy, seems to have a lot of carbonation activity at the bottom of the glass. When first poured, it produced a very thick foamy head that quickly dissipated. Brought back with a little agitation, but then dissipates quickly again. Does leave a nice lacework that I really like.

Smell- Very mild aroma, not strong at all. Bready, and a little hoppy. It does have a nice 'fermented' smell to it that I like. Kind of like moldy bread, but I mean that in a very good way.

Taste- Smoothe at first, with a very malty pilsner taste up front, and then at the finish a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel- Fine, not great, not bad.

Overall: I really like Pilsner Beers. This isn't quite as good as others I've had, like Urquell, but a nice tasty beer. Only available for a little longer as Spoetzel should have the Shiner 102 out any day. But if I find more, I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 02:27:46 | More by PokerGod
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One day I'd love to sneak a good Pilsener into an "American Adjunct" drinking friend's glass when they ask for a pint fill of fizz...Just to rattle the cage a bit and see what happens...Perhaps I'd use a Shiner 101 for the experiment. Into a brandy glass this reveals a clear and yellow golden color under a blotchy thin head with a good lacing. Aroma is a light but bright one with the classic pilsener malt nose and those sharp metallic and hop notes. A sweet and bright, generously bodied malt feel quenches over the palate with an equally crisp and refreshing finish. It truly is "simple and refined" as the brewer states. A simple and refined display of Saaz hops. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 17:15:19 | More by albertjr21
Photo of elgiacomo


3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Jan 20, 2011.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is noble hops with some grass and musty notes along with some lemony citrus and biscuit.

Flavor is grassy hops, a little musty, a little adjunct-lagery, some sweetness, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, medium to high carbonation.

Average Pils.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 02:24:23 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of soju6


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

A: Pours a golden color with a fair head that fades slowly to lacing.

S: Mild herbal aroma with some traces of malt sweetness.

T: Has a mild malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Easy Drinker. Not quite a Czech Pilsner but a good everyday beer. Beter than most lawnmower or BBQ beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 23:36:31 | More by soju6
Photo of titusgroan


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

shiner - just got done kicking your ass on another beer - but THIS ONE I LIKE. 101, BOCK and BLACK should be your main focus. this is good like BUD should be - simple beer.. nice and cold. good flavor - tastes like beer. not watery. now stop trickin up your line up and concentrate on getting more hops and flavor into your main stays!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 05:52:40 | More by titusgroan
Photo of IoniaAtlantic


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a nice fluffy white head, that dissipates to a thin layer with nice legs left on the glass. Gold and clear as it should be.

Smell: Light malts notes, with an earthy straw-like aroma

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, more on the light side for a Czech Pilsner and not as bitter as most that I have had. overall I think it a good representation for an American production.

Mouth Feel: Medium body. Nice carbonation, with the finish lasting a good 20 seconds that ends clean.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, easy going down and not too bad on the budget.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 00:20:03 | More by IoniaAtlantic
Photo of shand


3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Czech pilsner glass. This bottle is two weeks beyond it's pull date.

Poured a golden, transparent color with head cresting the top of the glass. The carbonation is very apparent. Looks like a good pilsner, leaves plenty of lacing on the way down the glass. Smell is about average, dominated by grainy malts with just a touch of Saaz hops. Smells like a theoretical Pilsner Urquell Light, if anything.

The taste also reminds me of the "Pilsner Urquell Light", but with less of the Saaz hops and more of the malts. This could be partially due to it being slightly past the pull date, causing the hops to fade. Either way, this is a pretty decent tasting Czech pilsner. The grainy malts work in tandem with the noble Saaz hops. It's less bitter than other Czech pislners I've had.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting. It's slightly heavier bodied than most pilsners of the type, and it's also very dry. It works though. It's also very drinkable. All in all, I'm glad I took a shot on the Shiner 101. This is the first beer of theirs I've had, and it makes me want to try more. There's nothing wrong with a brewery who focuses on drinkable lagers, in my book.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:59:16 | More by shand
Photo of digitalczech


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Czech style or not. It's a decent pilsener. While I've traveled in the CZR a few times and tried a lot of beer. I can see how this isn't a tradition CZ Pilsener but like some of the pilseners I've had there.

A - nice light color pouring with a decent head. Nothing special but not bad by any means.

S - Malty, grainy, something...

T - nice and smooth... more malty than I had expected making it slightly sweet and less hoppy (bitter).

M - light to medium bodied. I expected lighter

D - very drinkable. This beer goes down well and I enjoyed it. I was surprised on how much I liked it. I expected worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 19:35:24 | More by digitalczech
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of white head that fades down to a thin layer. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Noble grassy hops, pale biscuit malts. That is about it. Pretty simple.

Taste: Biscuit and pale malts. Grassy/crisp earthy hops. A little oily. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a touch of bitterness. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and a bit sticky.

Overall, I have had better pils. This one just wasn't too hoppy. Somewhat drinkable, but more flavor would be nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:37:56 | More by mothman
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a traditional pint glass. Poured a light to medium gold color with about a finger of off white head.

Smells grainy with some floral notes. Overall a pleasant scent.

Tastes crisp and smooth. A little sweetness on the front, with a bit of a bite on the finish. Smoother than most Pilsners.

Feels pretty smooth in the mouth, medium body and carbonation.

Very drinkable brew. I followed this one up with two more.

One of Shiner's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 16:10:55 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of Duff27


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours mid-golden. Nice one inch white head that lasts a few minutes. More lacing than normal for this style is left on the side of the glass. A few streams of carbonation bubbles speeding to the head. Looks very pleasant.

S- Sour lemon notes. Noble hops somewhat detectable.

T- Grassy, bread-like taste. Lemon zest.

M- Nice and full mouthfeel.

D/O- Overall, not a bad pilsner...an easy drinker. If I were in the mood for a pils and this was the best beer I could find...well, I certainly have had worse days than that. Thanks Spoetzl.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 04:03:15 | More by Duff27
Photo of chilidog


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got ahold of one, the last one, found on a singles shelve. I thought i missed thisone so i grabbed it.

Pours a well carbonated yellow. Off-white head was nice only to settle and fade to a colar. Though the trail of lace was nice.

The aroma is of grass, earthy hay.

The taste carries that grassyness with pine. Little hop or malt to be found. The colder the beer, the better it crisps up.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin or watered.

Drinkability is there esp cold. I'd like the chance to get six in the summer. A hot day try-out seems in order.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 16:12:18 | More by chilidog
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a quite drinkable beer. For the style, it's a bit light in hops and malt. If people who live on BMC but want a bit something different, go with this one. A semi light golden pour. The head starts as a fluffy mess, but it turns abit rocky with some soapiness. A bit more rock could make it look better.

aroma is light. slight grain and huskiness. i don't get a whole lot of spiciness or hops in the nose.

Flavor is good, just a bit light on all accounts: malt, hops, yeast. Flavors are there, they just don't pop.

All in all, though, this makes it easy drinking. Not filling or over powering. Good beer to start the Halloween party night.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 22:35:04 | More by Mebuzzard
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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.