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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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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 9
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of malty
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck bottle with no visible best before/date stamp.

Brilliantly clear golden color with a frothy, loose white head that diminished to 1/8" after a couple minutes. Moderate visible uprising carbonation. Beautiful thick broken rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of fresh mown hay, wet river rocks and zesty acidic apple.

The flavors are fresh, crisp & clean with pale malts, semi-bitter/dry hops, saltine crackers and a hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is just a tad to the right of light bodied with a soft, airy and somewhat oily texture. The carbonation is perfectly fine and encompassing. A somewhat dry and chalky quick finish.

Overall a pretty darn near perfect feeling and looking Czech Pils. I was hoping for a little more malt presence, but the hops seemed to be on par with the malt element. I paid $1.79 for a single from a store that really doesn't mark-up their singles at all. So, by my math this must be going for around $11 a sixer? If this is so, it's too much coin IMHO. I'd stock up on it if it were closer to $7.49 or something. Good pils nonetheless.

malty, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the Bus in Houston. The Bus is a bar across from the Astros park.

The beer is a gold/yellow with a chill haze. It had a thick white head and nice lacing.

Fresh aroma of grains, lots of yeast and a bit of apple.

The taste tracks the smell. Fresh grains backed by some spicy hops and a touch of fruit. I liked the balance.

The mouth is just about thick enough and the carbonation is well modulated.

This was an easy drinker and one I could have had the entire evening. Well done!

Redrover, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear, pale, golden yellow. About a fingers worth of head, that settles to a nice ring and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.... Very nice.

S: Toasted malt and floral hops right out of the bottle.

T: Alot like the nose here.... I'm getting toasted malt followed by bitter hops, Well balanced, after taste is on the bitter side.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation, yet it has a creaminess too it. Overall on the dry side.

D: Nice little Pils, low in ABV, very drinkable... Not a bad little session beer.

mralphabet, May 31, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Cyberkedi, May 31, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

BuckeyeNation, May 29, 2010
Photo of copyguyadam
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

copyguyadam, May 23, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

champ103, May 22, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to WJVII for his generousity.

A - Nice pour for a pilsner. Lots of carbonation through a pale tan body and topped with a white head about a half inch tall.

S - Slight bread and grain aromas.

T - Bread and malt flavors throughout with a kick of a sweet, almost alcohol flavor as the brew finishes. The bread flavor that's prevalent overall has a slight bitterness to it that I've found to be rather common in Czech sytle lagers.

M - Watery throughout with a slight stickiness between the start and the middle. The finish is clean but it does leave a begging to be quenched further.

~ This is one of those beers that many around my neck of the woods will simply overlook as "ordinary". This is a beer that has some complex characteristics even though its "only " a pilsner. If you can find this brew, I suggest you take a gulp or two. It's worth a sampling.

cdkrenz, May 17, 2010
Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

WJVII, May 15, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +12%
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.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear great golden color, nice head, lingers for a while and enhances drink
S- Great smell, not too strong, can smell the hops, grassy and pleasant
T- Excellent taste, starts sweet and moves into a tasteful buttery finish, great to drink, very smooth
MF- Little carbonation at first but pretty good mouthfeel
D- Easy to drink and very refreshing, quite a good summer drink

hangh, May 14, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold, with a significant head that slowly dissipates leaving a moderate foam layer. Not much lacing to speak of here. Smell features a pleasant, but understated hops character, as well as significant graininess. Taste is good, but there could be a bit more hops presence, as well as a bit more carbonation. Fairly decent mouthfeel, but again, there could be a bit more carbonation. A decent rendition of the style.

bristol2120, May 09, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College mug.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind little lace.

Smell: Some grains, with grassy and herbal hop notes. Slight floral hints.

Taste: Sweet and grainy beginning, finishing with a balanced, buttery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Having lived in Slovakia for three months, I had many Czech pilsners. This is a faithful interpretation and a refreshing yet tasty summer beer.

Mosstrooper, May 07, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

John_M, May 05, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Straw-gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Malt, biscuit
Taste-Buttered biscuit, sweet malt, subtle hop note. Crisp, clean finish.
Overall, a nice pilsener, which can be a difficult style to do well. Saaz hops definitely help this one with overall flavor.

hosehead83, May 03, 2010
Photo of vickersspitfire
4/5  rDev +14%
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.

vickersspitfire, May 02, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Pours into 2 finger, frothy, white head. Bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and continues to rise throughout. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of inconsistent foam on the surface. Substantial thick and sticky spider web lacing remains.

S: Sharp malty, hoppiness with a little citrus, sage, and thyme.

T: Nice hearty malt, but not too heavy. A little hoppy, and bitter. Nice subtle touch of citrus. Really great balance. No components stand out and overshadow the others.

M: The bitterness bites in the beginning, but not too hard. Lightly hoppy and malty in the middle. Slightly dry finish.

D: This is a medium drinker, as I'd call it. Don't sip, but don't power down either.... something in the middle. Goes down really easy though. Nice, light, and refreshing.

Atmosphere is really solid. Great appearance, and a really nice combination of grain and spice in the nose. The flavor is an outstanding balance of components, all pure and pristine, with nothing really standing out of the others. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of beersheppard
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

beersheppard, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of alcurtsinger
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

alcurtsinger, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
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

TheGordianKnot, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a creamy 1/8" head of white bubbles sitting on top that was pretty solid for at least 30 seconds. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really maintain the head, but just leave a consistent layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: My first impression was of toasty malt mixed with some reserved floral hops. After the head falls, the aroma doesn't change much except that the hops are a bit more noticeable. As you really get into the aroma there is a bit of graininess, but it is nothing like you get with some commercial Pilsners where they have obviously over-sparged it so it is unbearably grainy...this is a good thing.

Taste: The flavor is led by the malt with lots of sweet toasty flavors up-front and they are pretty much in charge the entire time. There is some floral hops coming in about mid-way and they give you a mild green impression to go with the malt into the finish. There is a little hops in here for bittering, but the finish is owned by the malt. Overall the beer is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

Opinion: Well, overall I think that this is a pretty decent beer. It is a little closer to a Helles in style than a Pilsner from the overall balance, which I like but is going to cost it some points. I definitely don't get the Saaz up-side the head like some Czech style lagers are. I only have a single of this beer, but I wouldn't mind drinking more so I may pick some more up here pretty soon if the price is right. Either way, I would recommend giving this beer a shot. It is clean and well brewed.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

ppoitras, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of steveh
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I was surprised and impressed with Shiner's 100 anniv. Doppelbock, so I have some high hopes with 101.

A -- Bright, clear, yellow gold with a fluffy, off white head that holds up well.

S -- Vague noble hops in the nose with some light, bready malts back. Just a bit lighter in hop nose than I'd expect for a Czech Pils.

T -- Hmm, very nice bready malts up front with some citrus hops in quick balance, then a smooth malt to finish off. Aftertaste is citrus in a Saaz character and there's some mild bitterness in the finish. Czech Pils? How about German Pils?

M -- Light body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel that ends dry.

D -- Very good drinkability. The flavors reflect a well-made brew, just not quite to style for what the label is advertising.

steveh, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of NicholasCasber
3.58/5  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.


NicholasCasber, Mar 22, 2010
Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.