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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: fjordhook on 01-29-2010)
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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 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 nicnut45


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 01:22:19 | More by nicnut45
Photo of budgood1


2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a perfectly clear straw yellow colour with an thin egg shell white head reducing quickly to nothing more than very wispy lace. a withdrawn bready pale maltiness is equaled by some very light floral hoppiness. really the first flavour i pick up is a mineral like watery taste...then intermingled by some cracker and white toast maltiness with a bit of grassy and herbal hop bitterness. wow, here we go again with the diluted flavours and character all backed up by a whole lot of seltzer notes. mouthfeel crisp and watery. overall body thin and cheap feeling. these shiner beers are a broken record. drinkability has a reputation along the lines of a mich ultra....why bother?

non of these pils/lager types from Shiner are worth buying. all share the same characteristic crappy watered down soul and extreme boring nature. avoid.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:12:56 | More by budgood1
Photo of TexasTowHead


2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.

The beer is quite beautiful, particularly given that it was poured from a bottle. Nice golden color with a finger-width head without an aggressive pour, and it stuck around for a good bit. Nice lacing left on the glass.

The aroma left a good deal to be desired--slight hint of malt but not much more. On every other count it was average--as another reviewer put it, it is a step up from a BMC offering but isn't up to snuff in comparison with other craft-brewed beers of the same style. Needs more malt to give the beer some character.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 23:09:14 | More by TexasTowHead
Photo of captainjferjado


3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thick head with large bubbles which quickly folds under its own weight. Light and steady carbonation run vertical through the sweet golden pilsner body. Light scent of citrus and barley. Lightly sweet. A clean pils taste with, how to say it?, a bitter crispness to it. Well balanced. Classic. Nicely carbonated, with the bite quickly rolling over the tongue; a little hop bitterness at the end keeps it from being too smooth. An easy drink in this warm weather, but not my preferred thirst quenching beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 19:00:24 | More by captainjferjado
Photo of champ103


3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. A light film of lace is left behind.
S: Grain and cereal are dominate. Light grassy aromas.
T: Follows the nose. Grainy and cereal malty flavors. Light grassy and yeast flavors.
M/D: A light body with medium carbonation. A little thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but I am looking for something else half way down.

Pretty bland overall. For a light lager, not the worst thing ever. Though long gone are the days when Spoetzl actually put out a good flavorful lager to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 00:10:07 | More by champ103
Photo of david131


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A very clear yellow liquid with a thin, white head that settles to a few thin splotches. Looks kind of dead after it settles down.

S- Toasted malt, white bread, and a hint of hoppiness. Kind of faint and not all that appealing.

T- Sweet malt, a bit of bread flavor, and a hop bite at the end. Not much here, even considering the style.

M- Smooth at first, but the carbonation comes in and gives a kick. Clean finish.

D- Not very interesting and pretty carbonated makes this not super drinkable and rather forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 04:06:38 | More by david131
Photo of beersheppard


3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden in color, three finger head lingers in pilz glass, minimal lacing, not as carbonated as I would expect.

Smell: light hop, mostly hay and malt, disappointing for a Czech Pilz.

Taste: mainly malt, not heavy on the saaz, hay, missing the hops.

Mouthfeel:carbnonation is okay on the tongue, adequate.

Drinkability: this is a decent beer, not my favorite beer of this style, I would prefer more saaz flavor. I wonder if Texas water is too hard for a Pilz as well? Maybe that has something to do with the taste? I probably wouldn't get again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 06:27:16 | More by beersheppard
Photo of copyguyadam


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:27:03 | More by copyguyadam
Photo of Bizz88


3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice two fingered head leaving a nice lacing throughout the glass. Aromas of light grains and malts. Light on the palate with nice carbonation. Hints of a hoppy citrus finish. Good enough of a brew from the Lone Star State. Found it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:15:12 | More by Bizz88
Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased 6-pack... poured beer into pilsner glass.

A- Nice golden color with thick head. Mass amounts of carbonation visable.

S- Not an very strong smell. Hint of hop aroma

T- Taste was decent for a Czech Pils. The hops weren't overpowering, but there was a tinge in the water that was too noticeable. I believe the water was far too hard for a pilsner, but that is just my guess.

M- A lot of carbonation was present, but it was refreshing. The only downside is hard to explain, but I would attribute it to too much minerals in the water

D- Pretty drinkable, not the best, but for a hot spring day, the carbonation was right and I was able to put down a few easily.

Overall, this is by no means the best from Spoetzl. I have had almost all Shiner beer available in Ohio, and I am a pretty big fan, but this one was a let down. The other thing that I can't help but get past, is that I think I am underrating this a bit because I had a Sam Adams Noble Pils the other week, and that was just by far my favorite Sam Adams and I am using that, unfortunately, as a basis for comparison on other Pilsners... I have a few more left in my 6-pack which I AM looking forward to drinking, but it may be awhile until I come back to Shiner for a Pils

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 18:38:55 | More by TheGordianKnot
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 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 emmasdad


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this one as part of a mixed sixer, probably because I enjoyed the smokehouse I had recently bought. If you compare this one to a BMC product, it is excellent. The light biscuity/hoppy aromas and flavors are far superior to the mass market versions. Compare it to a craft pilsner, and it fails. Whatever. It was only a buck and a half.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:59:25 | More by emmasdad
Photo of WJVII


3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass I was looking forward to enjoying a great tasting Czech brew taking me back to my travels there where I learned that beer was more important than, well most things. The color was a nice straw yellow with a 1 finger white head that dissipated to nothing. There was a faint malt nose, but some bready yeast and light floral hops. The taste was clean and simple with nice barley and hop balance. Not a WOW brew though. Just plain and simple and maybe that is all they were going for. If so this one gets it, but I was expecting more from the style and in that it fell a bit short.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 00:37:13 | More by WJVII
Photo of OlRasputin989


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: a golden brew, good clarity, with foamy white head that fades pretty slowly while leaving fluffy lacing

S: aromas of white sandwich bread crust with faint grassy, lemony hops.

T: clean, grainy flavor up front, fading into more breadcrust flavor, buttery with bitter grassy hops and lemon peel.

M: light body with a decent carbonation, finishes crisp and dry

Overall, this beer is on the fringe of being the everyday american lager that claims to be a pilsner, though the malts used are better, and there is a tad more hops(just a tad). Would be better if it were more bold. still drinkable, just not true to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 00:10:44 | More by OlRasputin989
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 Tunafever73


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner rarely puts out a bad product, this is no exception. This is a pilsner so don't expect to blown away with flavor but it is pretty good. From a glass, decent head, not much nose, nice aftertaste.

If we were rating bottle lable design, this would get an A in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 21:51:06 | More by Tunafever73
Photo of frosty01

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner's 101 caught my eye in the cold case and when I saw it was a Czech style Pilsner brewed with only water, barley, hops and yeast, I had to give it a try.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass, nice head which diminished quickly leaving some lace. Deep golden color. Adequate carbonation to enhance the slightly crisp mouthfeel. Taste notes include mild grass tones, grain, and medium bitterness from the saaz hops.

This is very drinkable beer and capable of quenching a summer thirst.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 01:23:01 | More by frosty01
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 pwsoldier


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear golden straw color with a modest white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent.

S - Grassy hops with underlying notes of sweet buttered corn.

T - Some crisp hop bitterness up front is quickly overpowered by buttery sweetness. The pilsner flavors are there, but considerably off-balance in favor of the sweetness.

M - Light-bodied with a crisp, clean finish.

D - Yet another mediocre beer from the Spoetzl Brewery. It's okay, but I won't be seeking it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:04:20 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of BeanBone


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 03:17:07 | More by BeanBone
Photo of alcurtsinger


3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with a head that subsided fairly fast.
S- Smell was not strong at all. Hints of hops.
T- Not strong at all, but pretty good. Malty with a hop undertone.
M- Light and clean
D- Very drinkable

It's good but nothing special. Probably the best Shiner beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 21:28:10 | More by alcurtsinger
Photo of rtepiak


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i must say a success. looks the part and smells the part. but on a milder notion. the malt is not as robust as i would like if a true czech. some straw, some apple, and some honey. not sweet enough to make it pollen like sweet and floral but the hopy character is there. not hard on the mouth either. quite good for texas. great work for shiner.

had it again about a week later and it was rather more bitter but still crisp. not as rubust of a feel though.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 09:40:41 | More by rtepiak
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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.