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100 Commemorator | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Jasel:
Photo of Jasel
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Don't expect to much from this beer. It's thin fizzy weak taste is like no doppleboch I've drunk before.

Appearance - Poured into a tulip with a quick thin head with no lacing. It has a nice amber color.

Smell - Hardly any...I got a tiny bit of caramel but that was it.

Taste - A lackluster malty, sweet, caramel taste.

Mouthfeel - Light with an almost champagne like carbonation that burns the tongue.

Drinkability - Pretty good as this seems like a light beer to me.

Over all I don't think I'll revisit this. I'm a good fan of Shiner bock but this is how I imagine Shiner light to taste.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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 oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Iam not sure what a German "stark" ale is but this a German-style doppelbock and honestly its not bad in my opinion.I poured two bottles into a .5 liter stein,it pored a clear rich deep amber with a thinner frothy off white head atop, leaving a creamy mass after it settled.Aromas are lighter but pleasant,soft toasted notes with hints of iron and caramel malt,quite German in in the nose.Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than many of the style but not as light as expected,it goes down quite easy without any emptiness to it.Flavors are toasty and mildly sweet upfront,caramel sticks out mainly,there is a note of star anise and peppery hop in the finish wich is nice.I liked it better than most and was quite surprised by it,its very drinkable with good flavors.I would buy again for sure.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.02/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am not a doppelbock expert. I do like this beer. Pours to thin off-white head and amber-brown color. Aroma is a complex mixture of sweet malt and a hint of nuttiness and vanilla. Flavor is a rich malty experience with the same flavors as in the aroma. Hops are adequate to balance sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium CO2. Drinks easy for a doppelbock. Good call.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep mahogany body with a ruby cast. Creamy, yellowed light-tan head. Good retention, fair lacing.

Aroma: Brown malts? Oats? Nicely malty! A whiff of mild, floral, gently grassy, and leafy hops sneak through as well.

Taste: Whoah! Much bolder than the aroma suggests, there's a whole lot of brown sugar going on! Rich and sweet! Some toastiness appears across the middle, and it's nicely caramelish. It's much more like Vienna malt than what I though might have been brown malt in the nose. And it has that "juicy" note that Michael Jackson used to refer to. Oddly, I still get what seems like oat flavor to me. And I certainly wouldn't label this as a doppelbock. It's rich, but it doesn't have the true depth of flavor required of a doppelbock.

As it warms it becomes wider and wider, and the maltiness takes on greater depth. What initially seemed like "commercial" beer now seems more like "craft" brew, so take it out of the fridge and let it sit for 5 minutes before opening it.

The floral hops found in the nose remain in the flavor, and it's balanced by a limited bitterness that cuts through just enough to keep it from becoming too sweet; although some sweetish malt does linger in the finish. Some other hops make it through as well, and it's a touch leafy with some scorched sugar that lingers pleasantly in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with a dextrinous edge that bumps it to medium-full status. Standard carbonation that lends a gentle bristle to the tongue.

Drinkability: Although I'm not compelled to go out and find more of this, I did find it quite enjoyable and I'd gladly have more. It does fall a little bit on the sweetish side though. But it's nice to see a richer beer coming out of Spoetzel. It's certainly enjoyable, and certainly worth trying!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Toasting the end of March LNBA edition, and kicking off the first of the April reviews tonight. Cheers!

Appearance - pours a pretty caramel, darkish red color with a few fingers of light tan lace. It's a bit on the watery side and as such doesn't have much staying power. It posts a few stray dollops of lace as it falls back.

Aroma - sweetish grains, a caramel presence, nothing grand but it's alright.

Taste - good amount of roast to the grain, fairly sweet as doppelbocks go. A touch of caramel, a touch of heat, and she's gone. Finishes as it started with a hint of roast and sweetness. lower level doppel that comes across slightly too sweet. For their 100th, they could have attenuated that up to 7 or 7.5 and made a statement. Oh well, it's a decent brew still.

Mouthfeel - a moderately good body with some weight to it but nothing excessive. The carbonation is tamped down a bit, enhancing the body and allowing some smoothness through.

Drinkability - this is sessionable due to it's lighter abv. That lightness detracts from the flavor profile, but it's a sixer that will be enjoyed nonetheless.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but just released anniversary beer so I know it's fresh. It's a deep amber color with slight carb and no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy beige head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was barely there. Very weak sweet malt and caramel. The taste was a little better but pretty subdued for a doppelbock. Very sweet with no hop presence. Could have used something to offset the sweet. Really doesn't taste like a doppelbock to me. The mouthfeel had way too much carbonation.

Overall, a really disappointing beer. Don't recommend. One and done for me.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Inspection: Bad ass black label tells it how it is: This is 100 years of brewing know-how. Back when your daddy's daddy was sippin' Schlitz, these German Cowboys were cranking out a much better beer. With so many 10th anniversary beers, and some "old school" 20th anniversary beers coming out, the big 100 deserves some respect.
Label claims 6.75% abv. and to be in the Old-World "stark" style. BA currently lists as a Euro Dark Lager, and the -ator suffix would indicate a doppelbock.

Aroma: Mild purple grape jam sweetness with a yeast roll/white bread edge.

Appearance: Deep amber brown with excellent clarity. A slightly orange finger of head drops back to a thin spotty cover.

Flavor: Sweet juicy raisins race over the tongue and evaporate into a light alcohol mist that dries, almost sterilizes the mouth for the next pull. No hop flavors beyond a hint of earthy leaf in the finish.

Mouthfeel: I think this is where we fall down. The light body would be more acceptable with a higher OG/abv, where it is now just goes fizzy with the high carbonation level. Deeper in the glass with some of the CO2 bled off it gets better, but first sip is like inhaling froth.

Overall Impression: Ok, they went middle of the road. The standard yeast (as they should), dark, but not to the point of roasted flavors, sweet but not a malt bomb, everything in the middle as to offend the fewest and modestly please the most. An understandable take on a beer to celebrate a major milestone, something everyone can enjoy, even if few will love.
I'd kind of like to see this come out as their "Double Bock".

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Photo of EPICAC
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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 clemtig76
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner 100 Commemorator pours a dark mahogany/copper color with a nice fluffy biege head. Aroma is of dried fruit (raisins, figs and prunes) with some burnt grain. Taste is of roasted malts with toffee and caramel notes. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side which greatly distracts from an otherwise solid brew. The claimed 6.7% ABV is well hidden. I was expecting a little more from a 100th year anniversary brew though.

Green's at Harbison in Columbia, SC has this for $4.99 a six.

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Photo of steveh
4.11/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, "Brewed in the Doppelbock tradition, this full bodied ale..."

Ale? Do you suppose they're saying that because of the Texas ABV law?

A -- Clear, deep walnut color with a good, light tan head that settles slow and lingers.

S -- Bready malts, a little thin, with some vague spicy hops and DMS.

T -- Bready malts with some nuttiness -- even mild dark fruit and caramel. Starts sweet and finishes dry with some peppery alcohol in the finish. Alcohol definitely makes it a warming beer.

M -- Soft to syrupy mouth-feel with a medium body.

D -- Actually pretty darn good. I decided to give it a try after enjoying their Helles, and I'm pretty surprised -- especially after I glanced at some of the other notes. You guys need to open your minds a little, this is a good Doppelbock.

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Photo of kobeer
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom at 100 years old with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other Texas brewers took the "artistic" road in their offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil's Backbone.

This doppelbock lager is offered in celebration of their 100th anniversary. I found it to be an interesting contrast to their other offerings in that it is the darkest in the product line. Not quite as boozy as those from the Rhein this makes a good break in a session of beers.

I feel this beer is FANtastic. This has to be the BEST 100th year anniversary beer from a South Texas brewery that I've ever had.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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 BigRedN
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
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 mattcrill
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hardtarget for the chance to sample this.

Aroma: Pleasant low-level biscuity notes. Just a touch of lager-like sulfur yeast derived character. Light earthy hop aroma. Light fruit tones. Nothing over the top but all well-knit and inviting.

Appearance: Hazy copper pour with a thick tan head.

Flavor: More bready and crusty notes up front. Just a touch of Munich sweetness and some sweet bread flavors as the beer warms up. An earthy bitterness balances the malt tone. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slight carbonic bite but no alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A nice, drinkable bock. Seems a little light to be a dopplebock but a very well crafted, sessionable bock. Thanks again HT!

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Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that leaves a few splashes of lace

Smell: Caramel dominates, with underlying tones of dried dark fruit

Taste: Starts out bready, with a building caramel and dried dark fruit flavor; after the swallow, the sweet caramel flavors predominate

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Doesn't have the subtle complexity of the great doppelbocks but is esay to drink and a good crossover into the style

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to my boy Greg for hooking me up!

Pours a clear dark red, some brown highlights, thick off white head forms, drops to a thick ring and leaves plenty of lace spots on the glass, looks pretty nice. Smell is neat, very sweet and caramelized, some biscuity malt, lightly fruity, touch of butter, sherry, light alcohol, quite rich in the nose, pretty good. Taste is similar, classic doppelbock, caramel and toasty biscuits, some raisin/dark fruit, light alcohol, sweet and first but dries out in the finish, light buttery, very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable. Nothing crazy but a very solid doppelbock, nice stuff. Thanks Greg!

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Photo of allengarvin
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12-oz mug, this is a lovely beer, with a deep reddish-copper color and a consistent half-inch of foam on top. The nose, though, is so faint as to be almost non-existent--a touch of malty toffee perhaps, if one is generous. The flavor is better, with a good solid malt base, with a more pronounced toffeeish taste together with some nice kettle caramelization. It's sweet but not cloying. No hop flavor I can detect, and just enough bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Very solid offering from Shiner, except for the disappointing aroma. Worthy of being put in their permanent lineup.

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Photo of bashiba
2.52/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear amber with a thin yet persistent off white head and lots of carbonation bubbles running throughout.

Has a very earthy and musty odor with a bit of wet sourness to it.

The flavor has a slightly sour woodyness to it with some nice earth and nut flavors along with a touch of cherry sweetness. Finishes with a long lingering musty basement like flavor.

The mouthfeel is oily and lingering with a long dry finish.

Overall a strange beer that kind of straddles the line of several styles without fully committing making it a bit of a muddled mess.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, garnet-hued body with a lavish, large, off-white head.

Smell: Highly toasted bread crusts with some sugary, sweetish qualities about it. Faint earthy, leafy hop notes. Some pitted dates as well.

Taste: Darkly toasted, bready Munich maltiness gently coated with a full helping of sweet, dark Dutch stroop. Fruitiness coming across as a taste of candied dates. A mildly earthy, leafy hop character and bitterness. Teeny bit of honey butter and maybe a pinch of cocoa mix. Very minor hint of alcohol on the tail end. Finishes smooth but rather sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: True, it's a bit sweet, a bit simplistic, but it's by no means a bad beer and certainly one of the better brews to roll out of the Spoetzl Brewery.

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Photo of rowew
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Black and gold label, large 100 in the background. No date, 6.7 % abv.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown color, average head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet malt, a bit of a vinuous smell.

Taste: Pretty sweet, some bready malt with a bit of dark fruit. Medium body.

Overall impression: As I've come to expect from Shiner, this is a very drinkable beer with some decent flavors, but nothing overly exciting.

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100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 219 ratings