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

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-splashed goldenrod with a rising rush of sparkling bubbles whose final destination is a plaster colored crown that has a rugged moonscape surface. A decent amount of soap sudsy lace makes it to the glass... and doesn't melt too quickly.

The nose smells like fresh grain, with the usual Saaz musky grassiness. More power and presence would have been good, but it's hard to find much fault given the style.

CSP tastes like a better than average American macro (American pale lager) brewed with quite a few more hops than is typical. Think Schlitz Gusto with less malt and a more crisp bitterness. Does that make it a great Czech pils? No, but it does make it a pretty good warm weather cookout beer if you can't stomach BMC (like me).

A shortage of barley hurts the cause the most. As a lupulin lover, I don't mind the bright spicy-grassy-musky hop jolt, but a more solid malt base would have given the flavor profile some needed balance and contrast. That's a lot to ask at this ABV, at least for most breweries. Nevertheless...

The mouthfeel does its job pretty well, all things considered. It's at least light-medium, without being the least bit watery, and has the gently stinging sort of carbonation that keeps the mouth party jumping.

Congratulations to Shiner for 101 years of brewing... and counting. Czech-Style Pilsner isn't as good as Commemorator Doppelbock or Smokehaus, but it's one of their better efforts for sure. Bottom line: fire up the lawnmower.

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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, thin, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace after rapidly receding.

S - It smelled slightly earthy with a good deal of grass. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of grains and caramel with some nice sweetness. A very mild hop bitterness is present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied lager that finished dry.

D - This is a nice attempt at a Czech Pils. Well done by Shiner.

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

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Issues from the tap a clear, yellow-hued body with a thinnish layer of white fizz up on top.

Smell: Fairly light scent here, just a bit of soft barley yielding a teensy hint of whole-grain bread and some vague hop notes.

Taste: Light taste of Moravian-grown malts imparting a touch of breadiness, though this eventually transitions into a more grainy flavor. Modestly sweet. Floral hop tones with no more than the bitterness required to balance our the brew. One last crackle of bread before the drying, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficiently sessionable, I suppose, but, for me, it just lacks that Saaz hop bite I'm looking for. On a side note, I'll say it is nice to see Shiner continuing the series beyond the Shiner 100 Commemorator.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain up front, but not a lot of sweetness. Then a decently strong hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder beer that is worth pounding down for a long time.

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 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 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 mothman
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a rich gold hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, almost metallic gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay, some spicy herbal hop aromatics, cracker like malt and perhaps a hint of herbal menthol as the beer warms up.

A bit prickly from the carbonation as it first hits my tongue, the beer also has a soft sweetness to it and perhaps not enough biting bitterness to it (though this is here). The finish is mostly hop bitterness, but does have a touch of herbal honey notes to it as well as some bread-like malt character. Very light and refreshing and it doesn't really have the richness of a properly decocted Czech Pilsner. As the beer warms up the honey-like notes become a bit more prominent.

Not bad, but definitely falls short of a well made Czech Pilsner. It is refreshing if drunk cold on a hot day though.

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 Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg (twiggamortis420) for the opportunity to try this.

The beer pours a solid gold color with impressive, creamy head, good retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I detect is nice enough. It mostly consists of light honey and light black pepper. Flavors replicate the nose in this light, crisp, easy to appreciate and enjoy pilsner. The flavor profile is straight forward and uncomplicated, and the beer is a bit watery in the the mid palate. Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp, with a nice hint of bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is very good in this beer, with the light initial sweetness nicely balanced by the hoppy bitterness in the finish.

While this beer is pretty nice, it's probably just as well it isn't available in this market. It's a solid effort, but IMHO, it just doesn't compare to the excellent pilsners one can find from Victory, slyfox, troegs and stoudt in this part of the world.

Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew on a hot night.

Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear golden brew. Head falls at reasonable pace, with average lacing. Aroma is balanced between sweet pale malt and earthy Saaz. Taste follows the nose, with a crsip close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Good stuff.

Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of grain. Overall, a good pils; good body, blend, and aroma.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark golden color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to a thick skim and held. Lightly decanted. Broken lacing that slipped in streaks.

S: Bready malt, citrus; grass and wet hay.

T: Malt, lots of malt, but not heavy. Citrus zest in the middle with a nice balancing bitter to finish. Nicely blended.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and dry with a significant bitter bite.

D: Easy drinkable. Light, refreshing and goes down smooth.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pilsner comes out of the tap a clear, appetizing amber with a decent white head. Aroma is strong, fruity, yeasty and slightly malty. Fruity and somewhat malty flavor is rather pleasing, if not outstanding. Texture is very smooth and slightly fizzy.

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle pours a clear light gold color with a decently thick, creamy white foam. Retention is maybe a little above average and does leave a little bit of lacing.

Nose is lightly honeyed, grainy malts. I dont get a whole lot of saaz on the aroma, hops are pretty faint for the style. Very clean and fresh smelling lager.

Taste is light malts with a touch more sweetness than I am used to in a Czech style pilsner. Hops are more detectable in the taste than the nose indicated, but still pretty lightly hopped. There is a light lagery sulfur flavor in there as well. While Shiner 101 is pretty true to style, it is a pretty uninspiring version. Yes, it is crisp and refreshing but it is not the cleanest pilsner and the flavors are slightly dull.

Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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 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.

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
79 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.