Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by hiikeeba:
Photo of hiikeeba
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a pale straw colored with gold highlights, with a thin white head that disspates quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S - Honey like malt notes with noble hops in the aroma.

T - Slighty sweet grainy malt flavor with a hint of hops in the finish.

M - A little thin

D - Smooth. Although it reminds me of the Frost and of the Kosch-style. Nothing spectacularly new here.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Spoetzl makes some decent lager beers,a bit modest but still pretty good.Poured into a Czech lager glass a lighter golden shade with a nice fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly mineral-like with a bit of toasty grain,flavors are light and crisp with some of that iron/mineral,a bit of sweetness,and a decent shot of spicy saaz in the finish.Its a good drinker and better than basic,great to drink while grillin out on a hot North Carolia day like today.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few of these the day after drinking some Shiner Oktoberfest. While not a great beer, this one was light years ahead of the Ofest.
Nice clear gold color with a medium-sized white head.
Grassy, hay-like aroma. Some sweet malt.
Big malt presence in the taste. Little bit of hops.
A passable Czech pilsener. Pretty nice.

Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color which has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A tall bright white head sits on top and hangs on well. On the glass the head leaves decent lace patterns.

Smell: It's clean and light with pale biscuity malt and spicy floral hop notes.

Taste/Palate: A clean and pale bready/biscuity malt lays down a good base for a tasty and delicate spicy/floral come through. The finish is clean and the palate is snappy and refreshing.

Notes: This is straight up one of the cleanest Czech Pilsners that I have tried. I like to see delicate Pilsners in dark brown bottles!!!

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is wheat, malt and some grassy hops. I also get a slight butteryness. The flavor is similar with a nice touch of bitterness from the grassy hops. The butter is there as well, taking away from the overall flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An unremarkable beer, but one of the better ones from Shiner.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a nice clear golden color with a decent white head, that lasted for all but 30 seconds, however, the lacing is proving to be promising for the entire drink.

S: Smelled like a generic Czech pilsner.

T: Surprisingly this beer was bright and balanced, unlike the smell led me to believe. Where it did lead me to believe that it was a generic Czech pilsner, that would be a half hearted attempt, it didn't have the tin (or metallic) flavoring that goes with the majority of Czech style pilsner I've tasted.

M: Overall it left my mouth dry, which I like, and my tongue tingling for more.

D: I'd rate this higher if it wouldn't have just been a seasonal beer.

Overall, interesting try, would have been better if it wasn't just one run. Good luck in your findings.


Photo of nicnut45
2.86/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear golden color, transparent thin white head.

S-Asiago cheese smells at first. This quickly fades. Then I have to go searching for any smells. Definetly pick up those wet river rock smells as described in the other reviews. There is also a slight scotch tape smell.

T&M.F.-A narrow malt presence. Overtaken by bitter hops upfront. Hops lack flavor. Tastes like extract. Maybe a bit of rice too. M.f. is smooth, uneventful.

D-This tastes like a Miller Lite. Which they may have been going for. I thought I was going to get an American presentation of a Czech Pilsner as described on the label! But this is just American Macro knockoff. Back to the drawing boards with this one.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of ivory head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & cooked veggies & a touch of honey once warm, plus some floral hops

T: Lemony hops, a touch of grassyness with light breadyness up front. Honey malt & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, with mineral dryess & a nice bready sweetness

MF: Light bodied, crisp, carbonation is nicely done on this one, great balance too

Not the best Pils out there, but engaging enough to drink 3 or 4 watching the game or hanging out at the lake. Not a huge Shiner fan, but they did a pretty good job on this one

Photo of hophugger
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.......

Photo of Gmann
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Photo of digitalczech
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of icetrauma
4.08/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 101 into my pils glass and it poured a nice clear straw yellow color with a 3 finger head that hung around for quite some time. The head laced the glass on the way down. The carbonation is good in this brew. Never missed a bubble for the entire brew.

Smell was a nice crisp grassy and minerally on the nose.

Taste was very clean. Small amounts of lemon and butter on the palate and finished off in a traditional pils style.

Can't wait to make a session of this once the thermometer warms up here in Houston. As another poster stated. This beer should replace the subpar hefeweizen as a year round brew.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Lizardo's Pub & Sub in CC TX.

It poured a clear golden color with a white semi-foamy head. It quickly dissipated to a medium lace that stuck around till the end.

The taste was very crisp and refreshing. There was a pale hops flavor - kind of dry. It was a little bit toasty. As one BA member described it, it had a "saltine cracker" flavor - to me the "cracker" taste was the backdrop.
This seemed fairly standard, but overall I thought it was a pretty good pilsner.

Normally I think Shiner brews have too much of that carbonated bite, but this one was very good. Unlike other Shiner's I have drank, this one did not have a metallic aftertaste.

Most of the time I drink Shiner's brews straight from the bottle because IMO the experience between the bottle and glass is the same. However, I prefer this brew be poured in a glass. Pilsners are not usually my pint of brew, but this one was pretty darn good and refreshing - worth a try, and I'll probably have this again while in TX. At $2.50 a pint at Lizardo's, I'm down.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally. The search for a great session beer yields a good one. Too bad it's a seasonal. In fact, too bad it's a one-time brew. Gorgeous orange to pale amber in the glass with nice tan head that stayed briefly then laced the upper part of the pub glass. Fruity, somewhat light floral hops with an undercurrent of biscuity malt in the nose. Coupled with the surprisingly moderate mouthfeel and subtle carbonation, the nicely balanced flavor was incredibly satisfying and drinkable. Amazing beer. Nothing too complex, of course; but you could knock a few of these back and never get tired of it.

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.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Shiner's usually have the bottle date on the neck but this one didn't for some reason. It was a clear pale straw color with good carbonation. It had an average sized head that settled into a collar and foam patches. Some lacing that slowly slides back.

Aroma was grassy and floral hops along with a cooked veggie aroma. A little below average for the style. The taste was good for the style with biscuity malt base and slight spice from the hops. Mouthfeel was light with very crisp carbonation. Decent aftertaste.

Overall, an average CP that seems to fit the Shiner mold lately of not really pushing it. Obviously available here in TX. Rotation - not really one of my goto styles and it didn't stand out so one is enough for me. [N;N]

Photo of BeanBone
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a finger of white head that fades rather quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet pale malt, lemony hops, and a hint of something metallic.

Flavor: Crisp, grassy, and lemony hops over a cereal grain and pale malt backbone. It's a little thin. Sweet grains in the finish. Reminds me of the ill-fated Shiner Smokehaus from last year, sans the smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, though too plain to really hold interest.

Verdict: 101 is another pleasant, very Shiner-esque, though ultimately unmemorable pale lager from Shiner. 97 was so good that it's a shame to see yet another lackluster beer in this series. Guys, do us all a favor and be a little more daring next year--it paid off the last time.

Photo of copyguyadam
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Picked up as a single on a beer run in WI.

A - Looks like a classic pilsner, but the head disappears like a typical macrobrew.
S - Not much here except a stale grain smell. Not off-putting, but nothing to get too excited about.
T & M - Pretty good taste of the style, carbonation just right and light aftertaste.
D - Good tasting brew, but I couldn't see buying a six pack.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass; it has a light golden copper color and is crystal clear. It has lots of carbonation that's flows to a semi thick (about one and a half fingers) white bubbly head that stuck around for a while. There is some good lacing in this beer! It has a good malt aroma mixed in with some wheat and other grains. It's light on the tongue, crisp and clean. I can taste some malt flavors some mild hops (very mild hops) and a slight bitter aftertaste. The hops flavor stands out a little more after it warms up a bit. Overall not a bad beer, and I'll be buying another pack sometime soon.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.56/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner is a very good beer! It has a creamy, medium-sized, off-white head, and a bright, golden color. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is not strong, but smells of grain and hops. The taste is smooth, and it has just the right amount of hops, even though I usually prefer more bitterness. The beer is mild, without much bite. Mouth feel is light and watery. Shiner 101 finishes nicely with not much heaviness. Overall, this is one of the better Shiner products, which sometimes (like their bock) come across bland and limp.


Photo of HoustonTX
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very surprised there are not more reviews on this one. It's been available in the Houston area for almost 2 weeks now.

Body is mainly straw yellow, with amber high lights. Aroma is clean and malty with flowery/peppery undertones. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and medium-light bodied. Notes of assertive earthy pale malts hit the palate first, followed by lightly flowery/citrus saaz hop undertones.

Shiner 101, is very straight forward, no frills type of beer. It's a great choice for just casual drinking, and would pair nicely with barbeque. While, not deviated far from your typical macro lager - it deviates with much more mouthfeel, which provides a nice creaminess. A bit, more flavor, and good drinkability.

Photo of Riccymon
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a perfectly clear, golden color with about a finger of soapy white head. A layer of head persists for a long time as loads and loads of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell is a crisp blend of dominant Saaz hops, crushed grain, coriander, and lemon peel. Great traditional pilsner aroma.

Taste can only be described as a crisp, classic Czech pils. A grassy, peppery flavor dominates accompanied by a slightly mineral-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full for the style with a slightly oily/buttery texture. Finishes with a satisfyingly bitter wash.

This is a Shiner beer I'd drink over and over again in the warmer months. I'd love for this to become a year-round beer (in place of the Hefe, if I had my way!)

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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