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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: 246
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-09-2012 16:03:05 | More by TexAggie011
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-15-2011 00:50:13 | More by wyatt
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-07-2012 04:17:54 | More by FXRGuy
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-17-2013 05:23:29 | More by Nofear048
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-24-2011 19:14:40 | More by RedWeizen83
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-14-2014 20:36:10 | More by EGreen
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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
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-28-2013 00:56:03 | More by nheinzie57
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

06-18-2013 01:33:26 | More by lucasj82
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

11-16-2013 05:15:06 | More by V3XX069
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-18-2011 07:31:37 | More by duff247
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-27-2013 17:08:22 | More by herrburgess
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-14-2013 00:08:51 | More by djrn2
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

02-27-2014 01:07:38 | More by Mortarforker
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

12-24-2011 20:48:57 | More by zbooks
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-11-2013 02:58:31 | More by Giantspace
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.