Shiner 100 Commemorator | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 100 CommemoratorShiner 100 Commemorator

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This 1 has been in the cellar for a couple years.

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber brown with a quarter inch khaki foamy head that dissipates into a thin film.

Melanoidin, deeply caramelized malt, forms the initial aroma. Very buttery, nutty, toffee notes blend with a sherry-like dark fruit note that is reminiscent of black cherries.

Flavor reveals dark fruit notes of plum and cherry, along with a hint of sherry. Prunes and raisins combine with deeply toasted caramel malt and roasted nuts. There's a hint of cardboard due to oxidation.

Body is a touch full, with low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

This has been interesting. Aged quite well. Probably close to being too old.

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Photo of mactrail
4.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rich, flavorful amber beer with modest alcohol.

Attractive red amber color and pours an excellent head even after being open for a while. Mouthful is just full of carbonation which combined with the robust body is very nice. Malt and more malt, with plenty of sweetness but not cloying. If you like malt, this is a excellent range of caramel flavors and roasted barley that is highly drinkable. Decent hops to make it well balanced, but they shyly emerge after savoring the malt, leaving some bitterness that includes a hint of scorched sugar.

This is another one that seems to improve on multiple tastings. I hope Spoetzl will recognize a winner and add this beer as a Doppelbock to their seasonal lineup-- maybe "Brew 101" just to give a historical resonance with the old Los Angeles Brew 102.

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Photo of megahurts4
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spoetzl Shiner 100 Commemorator

Appearance: Dark brown, small head with some lacing.

Smell: Caramel and sweet, inviting malts.

Taste: Caramel, spices, some hops, and a hint of cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Medium semi-thick.

This was a surprising brew. I didn't expect a sweeter, German styled brew. It is not as complex as some German brews, but it is a good brew.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #26:

Clear and tawny with a patch of tan lacing; a towering head that slowly dissipates. Sweet, dark breadiness owns the nose--a malt bomb for sure. Smooth and creamy with a solid medium body, not too thick, but the body holds together quite well. Layers of malt sweetness unfold with dark bread, faint raw cane sugar and a bit of toasted biscuit in the back. Hops drop a modest bitterness on the palate with a quick showing of spiciness that melds well with the light peppery alcohol warmth. Finishes semisweet with more of that dark breadiness.

Very traditional compared to some of the massive "in your face" alcoholic malt bombs that some craft brewers have taken the style to. More delicate and even a bit small when put against its German counterparts, aside from the fact that it's still one tasty beer. A fitting nod to their 100 years of brewing.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from the bottle

Visually this doesn't do it for me looks alot like dirty water. No head no lace just a thick red brown color.

Nose is sweet and malty with some viney fruits

I think I may have gone into this one expecting to much it's a traditional dope just seems very weak in all aspects of flavor. Mouth is thinner than I expected near light bodied. All and all it's easy to drink but it's kinda because it doesn't offer alot

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Photo of hangh
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark beer that looks very good when pouring. The small head dissapears more quickly than most beers.
S- The smell is definitely pretty sweet. You can smell a few malts at work which enhance the overall smell.
T- Great tasting beer. You can taste the malts and it is a kind of sweet tasting beer. It is medium body and the taste dies out kind of fast. Like other dopplebocks, there may be some chocolate at work there.
MF- Smooth beer with a medium body. Very palatable.
D- Easy and nice to drink, very refreshing and worthy of a celebratory beer

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Photo of EPICAC
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 100 pours a slightly hazed, amber color, and is topped by a thick, orange-brown head that rapidly fades with a soda-like sound to a thin ring. The aroma is rich and malty. There are notes of caramel, toffee, and sharp fruitiness.

Mildly sweet, bready malts upfront move into a richer center with notes of fruit, caramel, and toffee. The finish is mildly bitter with a slight astringency. This beer is medium-bodied, and has prickly carbonation.

I thought that this beer was pretty drinkable for the style. The malts could have been a bit stronger and the finish could have been beefed-up a bit, but pretty decent overall.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter. Deep clear ruby red color with a rather slight tan head that laced minimally. Aromas of the roasted malts were noticable, with a bit of a dark fruit presence leading the way. Taste is darker fruit and the malts. Alcohol is slightly present. Smooth feel with a definite medium to full body. Pleasently drinkable and enjoyable doppelbock.

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Photo of minnaow
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the centennial brew for one of my favorite brews, Shiner Bock. This beer carries nearly twice the alcohol by volume of the flagship brew, and is well worth the few extra bucks for a six pack.

Appearance: I drank from the bottle and later from a glass. In the bottle, there is very little head and a pleasant amber color; in the glass there is a good inch and a half of light brown head and a brilliant rich amber red, especially when held to the light.

Smell: A stronger malt smell than the normal Shiner Bock brew, but not overpowering. Upon further sniffing, I smelled an intoxicating mix of hops, mahogany, and malted oats.

Taste: An excellent taste, not overly bitter, nor too sweet like many commemorative beers are wont to be. A rich and well balanced hops and halts mix, and near the end of a bottle, I would also get a distinct yet subtle sweetness, much like a bit of butterscotch candy had been dropped in.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, but not a pushover. The taste will stay with you for a while, but you won't be turned off at all.

Drinkability: Just about perfect. Probably the best Bock I've ever had, and I would definitely buy it again (in fact, I'm going to get another six pack this week)

I can't recommend this beer highly enough. It's about as perfect a brew as I could imagine. It is everything a beer should be and nothing less.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Man I finally got this after finding it at my local mixer and sixer place.

A - Reddish brown in color with no head. Mild lacing in the glass.
S - Smells of choco malts and mild nuts. Interesting.
T - Malty good slight choco with grain bite
M - Light (maybe too light for 6.7?) and drinkable.
D - Watch knocking back a sixer because it is a pretty drinkable brew! Nice offering shiner!

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Reddish chestnut brown with a big, but short lived light brown head. Almost zero lace, and even a big swirl fails to build the head back up to even a fraction of the way it looked for the first five seconds after pouring.

S - Chocolate cuppy cakes. This has some nutty notes that remind me of those nut-stuffed chocolate things that come in mixed boxes of chocolate. Gooey and nougat-y smelling, with more than a hint of nuts.

T - Similar to the nose, this is all about nuts smothered in chocolate. There is a certain candy bar that this reminds me of, but I can't recall the name! Whatever it is, it had gooey nougat white stuff on the inside and chocolate on the outside. Charleston Chew maybe? Anyhow, some hops make a minor appearance after complete absence from the nose.

M - Medium bodied and nutty with low carbonation and a heavy load of sugar. This one is almost cloying, but some nutty notes and very mild hops barely keep it from falling apart. Alcohol is VERY detectable at 6.7%. Sip slowly, as big mouthfuls really hit that "booze gag reflex."

D - Meh. This is pretty wimpy and simple for a doppelbock, despite the overloaded sugary feel. Pass.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice caramel colored brew with decent head.

S: Malty and sweet, but not overpowering.

T: Too sweet for me, but not drastically. For people like beers on the sweeter side this is pretty good.

M: Nice. Good balance and weight for brew.

D: Pretty high. Too sweet to down a lot, but surely drinkable.

Conclusion: Definitely one of the more balance Shiner brews I have had. I enjoyed it with spicy creole food and it was delightful.

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Photo of naterock
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip, deep brownish red in color with little to no head.

Rich scents of vine fruits and esters with a rich malt backbone.

Taste is well a bit lacking rich malt and a hint of a caramel quality.

Mouth is also a bit lacking. Not as full as I was expecting but still dopplebock quality. finishes sweet and a tad dry. Drinks slowly but I would never drink a dopplebock quickly.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks great, with a rich dark appearance, off-white head, and a good, solid taste. The sufficient amount of bitterness is what sets this off. Mouth feel is good and balanced. Commemorator has a bold taste, and is probably the best thing out on the market by this brewer.


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Photo of BigRedN
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I had no idea that this was a doppelbock until I logged on to do a review. What a surprise. The beer pours a nice brownish/dark amber with a thick light brown head, about 1/2 inch in height. Head fades to near nothing with no lacing.

Smell: Nice malt-centric aroma (caramel malts?). The aromas of caramel and some nuttiness come through. Smells like it will be slightly sweet. Scent is reminiscent of an octoberfest.

Taste: As expected for the style, leans heavily to a malty beer, little if any hops. Touch to the sweet side. Still, as far as doppelbocks go this is good, not over-the-top good, but that's ok.

Mouthfeel: While this beer is medium in body it is light for a doppelbock. Slick going down, low carbonation. A relatively easy drinker.

Drinkability: While this has low ABV for a doppelbock (IMO) it is higher than average, making this a bit of a relaxing sipping beer (no where near a session beer). I'd call this a bit of a doppelbock light. Purchased a six pack which was worth it. A good beer and one that I would have again

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blood orange with bright topaz accents and crystal clarity. The two finger crown is equal parts pastel orange and beige. It's soft and faintly crackly, which results in very little lace. Not bad, but not a rousing start either.

The aroma is pleasant enough. Toasted, earthy and nutty lead the way, which translates to a slightly darker than normal Oktoberfest rather than a doppelbock. Then again, those styles can be pretty similar. Pale, Munich and caramel malts are in the house. Let's hope there are enough of them.

Commemorator tastes like a doppelbock that Spoetzl would brew. That is, it's lighter than the style average and isn't the sharpest knife in the block. That said, it's an easy drinking beer that has good balance and is actually quite tasty when all is said and done. Color me impressed.

Specific flavors include well-toasted bread, steely caramel, French Burnt Peanuts and iced tea sweetened with honey. Hallertau Tradition and Spalter Select hops (to the tune of 17 IBUs) keep things on the semi-balanced side without contributing much flavor. The lowish ABV means that several bottles can be enjoyed in one sitting.

The mouthfeel is light for the style, but not the ABV. It has the glassy smoothness that all big lagers possess (the good ones at least) and has a decent amount of 'hang on'. Laid back carbonation is right where it should be.

Shiner Commemorator (a great name for an anniversary beer that is also a doppelbock) is one of my two favorite Spoetzl Brewery brews. The under appreciated Smokehaus is the other. If you like good beer then you'll like this beer. Congratulations on the first century and best of luck on the second.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color. Has a thick, fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a rich, malty smell with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter and finishes sweet with hints of caramel. Also finishes with a slightly metallic taste. Kind of disappointing in my personal opinion.

Mouthfeel: Not as full-bodied as I'd expect from a doppelbock but still not that bad.

Drinkability: A decent doppelbock. Not great, but not bad. The taste is a little weak but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Reddish copper with a slight chill haze. A fizzy beige head comes and goes in a flash. Leaves a little lace.

S: Mostly toffee and licorice, plus some pepper and a touch of lemon.

T: Very sweet initially. Bittersweet toffee, plus a hint of coco provide it. Bitterness has a pepper bite that is a bit harsh. Gets a little vinous at the finish with a bit of cherry and mild alcohol heat.

M: The fizzy body is syrupy and has the right amount of heft.

D: I was generally pleased with this. The appearance was the only real letdown. A very pleasant doppel.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a thick, creamy pockmarked head of sand colored foam that sticks to the glass a little. Toasted malt and floral hops make up the nose. Dark brown sugar and buttery toffee with floral hops to balance out, not bad. Medium bodied and creamy, finishes sticky. A decent domestic D-bock and one of the better Shiner offerings I've tried. The label claims this beer is an ale in addition to being a doppelbock, is it indeed an ale or one of those "ale in Texas" designations I never really understand?

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slow pour yields a lovely,tan, three-finger head over a dark brown-red, nearly opaque body. Solid look for the style. Sadly, the head fades quickly to a thin ring, portending a less-than-chewy mouthfeel.

I was surprised at the depth and richness of the aroma of this beer. Anise, hoar-hound and sweet licorice are strong side-notes to the typical malt foundation of a D-b. Are there any hops in this brew? Who cares! It's a Doppelbock.

Taste is spot on to the aroma: the malt is definitely there, bready, doughy and rich, just in line with the style. The interesting notes of anise, hoar-hound and licorice are all quite present in the taste, and I find them a pleasant addition.

The place where this brew is lacking is indicated by the quick fade of the head: mouthfeel is way too thin for the style. Doppelbocks supposed to contain a substantial protein load, making them like drinkable bread, and therefore present a thick, chewy, glutenous mouthfeel. While thicker than a pilsner, this is nowhere near as chewy as the style should be: my "3" is a bit generous.

What makes this so drinkable is the price: $6.59 a six-pack most anywhere in northern Colorado. Also, it's pleasant, and though too thin for the style, still quite drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilser glass. 6.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to PerzentRizen for this bottle.

A - The slightly hazy copper colored beer is poured with a bit of vigor resulting in a damn-near four-finger tall, honeyed cream-colored head. Too bad it wasn't all that well retained. Tiny jagged little lines of legs were visible on the glass which looked like a seismograph. No lacing though.

S - From a foot away I could smell the sweet malts rise out. Tons of molasses on the nose, actually, molasses cookies with all the sugar granules in them. A bit of ginger bread comes out too. No hops are present. Definitely a good dopplebock nose reminiscent of the Optimator.

T - The heavy malts on the nose seemed to come across less in the flavor than anticipated. The sweetness tastes more like molasses, honey, and sugar than malts but is still good. Again, no hops here but the ginger bread does come back for a small encore.

M - Sweet, thick, and near full-bodied, the Shiner 100 is a fine, smooth feeling dopplebock with a mellow, crisp finish.

D - Probably one of the best beers to come out of their brewery thus far! A good dopplebock that I think doesn't rely heavily enough on the robust malt (found in the nose) character for it's sweet taste. Feels a tad too artificial but a good beer nonetheless. It's lower ABV for a dopple also aids in it's drinkability, making it a good all-around sessioner for sweet-beer lovers.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours reddish amber with a hint of haziness. The head is small and off-white, is composed of rather small bubbles, and retains well, with sticky, patchy lacing. Numerous streams of very small bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Sweet caramel vies with mild herbal hops, the aroma is very pleasant, but seems understated for the style. There is a hint of earth as well.

Taste: Opens with toasted and caramel malts, soon followed by mildly sweet alcohol. The malt presence is solid throughout. As the taste progresses, sweet alcohol is notable, as well as a late wave of floral and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft and pleasant, quite pleasing.

Drinkability/notes: A very good effort, certainly Shiner's best beer at present, and one which I hope continues to be porduced past its centennial year. A worthy effort.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is copper with an off white head that dissipates faster than i would like. a glass of no bubble and no foam. even when agitated. nose of burnt caramel, apple grape maltose. palate is hard on the tongue. a bit abrasive. but well balanced otherwise. not to sweet but with a nice apple quality of earth. caramel, smoke. a bit tight on the tongue but not a bad one for american german.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My review can be summed up in 4 words...It's a good offering. Ok, I don't know about summed up.

Good color and clarity. Looks more like a brown ale though, but it's only cosmetics. Decent head that was off white and faded quickly. Lots of carbonation. Burnt malts nose and taste. A little sweet as well. Not a lot of hops or bitterness to this beer. Medium bodied beer that is very dry and leaves the mouth dry too. Leaves an ashy alcoholy after taste that doesn't make this to drinkable, but it's still enjoyable because of the flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I applaude the Shiner brand for their longevity and interest in creating quality German innfluenced beers. The marketing suggests that this beer is both a Dopplebock and ale.

The look fits the bill. A stern mohogany color is crystal crear. Initial head formation straddles the fence of froathy and fizzy,but its staying power proves solid. Slight lacing.

Medium aromas of toast, caramelized molassas, dark and dried fruits, and a metalic grainy notee that I just cannot get pasture.

Medium on malt flavor, melanoidins, and sweetness. Higher on fruits and alcohol taste make the beer seem less like a dopplebock and more like an ale. Still, the grain taste and metal (almost blood-like) becomes a real drawback.

Again, medium malt texture but higher on graininess keep the beer from its potential. Rough alcohols show thaat the traditional aging of Dopplebocks wasn't important.

A fine beer and maybe one of the better ones from Spoetz, but it misse the mark when compared to German Dopplebocks. Shortcuts hurt the beer

Thanks Exiled!

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