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 beerdiablo
5/5  rDev +41.2%
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 smgordo13
4.77/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark caramel color. Thick head that stays around for a little while.

Smell: Caramel and Maple (???) either way it smelled phenomenal.

The 1st sip I could feel the ever so slight alcohol burn. The flavors were sweet and strong. A lot of caramel and what I think was maple came right to the top. I felt that it was surprisingly smooth for the alcohol content (6.7 I think???) It was GOOD!

Not as heavy as I had expected it to be from the pour and the coloring. If you held it in your mouth you could feel the ever so slight burn from the alcohol encouraging you to swallow it.

Very drinkable. Sweet and strong. For the price it is a winner!.

I spotted this beer at the store and I was instantly intrigued. Shiner is not known for making high alcohol strong beers. According to the bottle though this is what they were trying for though. I picked up a six pack ($6.49) and headed home to try it. I can't say I am surprised that it is good, I have never had a bad Shiner. What shocked me was how similar they had made it to a German style ale and how different it is from everything else they have. I went back the next day and grabbed a case of it. My understanding is that it is only going to be around for a limited amount of time and I didn't want to miss it.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.58/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Texas take on a dopple weizenbock and what a marvelous brew this is. Modestly priced, this is a genuine tribute to the German side of their brewing roots. For those who are shocked by its original flavor, it would be good to remember that Spoetzl is using their own strain of yeast, just as Schneider & Sohn use their own proprietary version for Aventinus.
That's what I find marvelous about this brew, it is an Anniversary original brew. Poured into a wide tall glass, the richness of the ale quickly becomes apparent. Best enjoyed in moderation, but a few of these would not be hard to do.

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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 deaconoflove
4.41/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Color is a fabulous copper amber brown. Unfortunately, the head is very small and short-lived. Almost no lacing.
Sm. Sweet caramel with a little coffee and malt.
Ta. Again, very nice sweet and caramelly flavor, but with a healthy counterbalance of bitterness. Well balanced IMHO.
Mf. Filling and smooth with nice carbonation. Lightness not expected w/ the sweet caramel.
Dr. I could easily demolish the six-pack too quickly. A very drinkable beer.

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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 mempath
4.29/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep cola red with ok lacing and quick settling tan head.

smells of sweet/tangy molasses (black strap). more tangy than sweet.

sure, there's a cloying sweetness (something i actually don't like to embrace), but the perfectly balanced carbonation creates an excellent oscillation between full-bodied thickness and crispness. which in turn makes this very drinkable but worthy of being savored.

it runs a fine line near the margins of tastes i do not enjoy often in brews (sweetness, extreme maltiness), but this is just right. for what it is supposed to be, a pretty good 'commemoration' for this decent brewery. i'd still take most yuenglings over shiners though...;)

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.24/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


A- Nice dark red-brown transparent body with an OK head and no lace/retention. Weakest aspect of this beer

S- Smell is of caramelized malts. Sweet and grainy

T- WOW! greatest tasting Shiner brew I've had so far(besides the Bohemian Black, which is unbelievable). Butt-loads of sweet, grainy malt and hints of spicy, floral, noble hops.

M- Alike most Shiners but with more of a chewy body. Medium body with thin, prickly carbonation

D- I couldn't tell it was elevated ABV% Could you?

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours a copper color, with amber hues. Small off-white head that leaves quickly with little lace.

Smell: Caramel malts with a bit of the standard Shiner metal smell, although this is less prevalent than usual. Smells good, but the smell is weak.

Taste: Very big, caramel malt flavor with a coffee finish. The Shiner metallic taste is completely absent- a huge plus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a very smooth finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer, and my new favorite Shiner beer (replacing Bohemian Black). This is a good representation of the doppelbock style, and could be much less daunting to the less refined palate than German Doppelbocks.

Note: This is a doppelbock, right? I could have sworn it was, but the top says "Euro Dark Lager". It looks more like a Euro Dark, but has a definite doppelbock taste.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a dark reddish bourban color with a small amount of organic eggshell colored head.

S: smells very sweet. Like caramel.

T: sweet caramel malts are nicely balanced by a quick dose of refreshing hopps. They linger on the back of the tongue for just long enough to make you want another sip.

D: fantastic. Really highly enjoyable. Will certainly drink again.

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Photo of Dallasjohn
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I write this review I hear thunder and see lightening in Dallas. This beer has a cozy effect. It has a fast head, but still maintains it's carbonation. Easy drinkability with a smooth finish. Not harsh at all. I like this beer and would love to try it on tap.

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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 whoneeds8
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours out red with a good size white head. Minimal lacing on the head that disapates quickly.

Smells alot like a Pilsner, with a very strong hop smell. A little metallic also.

Taste has a hint of carmel, with a hop finish, and the "patented" shiner metallic aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is probably the best part, very smooth with nice amount of carbonation. Leaves your mouth wanting more.

Shiner has out done themselves, FINALLY. This is a very fitting 100th Anniversary beer for the little brewery. This is one of there best efforts yet.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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 HoustonTX
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shiner's 100th Anniversary, quite an accomplishment.

This beer has a gorgeous appearance. Dark ruby gleaming body with a solid lacing of nice bubbly off-white head.

The aroma is quite subdued, it has some toasted/carmalized malt, along with that reminiscent Shiner yeast aroma.

Taste is a lot more full-bodied, rich and complex, than the aroma would lead you to believe. A big infusion of malt sweeps over the palate immediately. This has a bit of everything for every malt head out there. A nice base of toastiness along with a doughy breadiness. Followed closely with sweet chocolate and toffee fringes. Dry earthiness, raw leafiness, tobacco and smoked notes. The malt complexity of this beer is outstanding. Truly a lot of depth without any of the flavor notes overriding each other, or taking away from the balance of this beauty.

Definitely worthy of their 100th anniversary. The sheer complexity and depth of the malts is wonderful. They flow, and come together perfectly balanced, and offering much more than your initial thought would conceive.

Cheers to Spoetzel brewery, and congratulations on the 100th year. This is the perfect way to celebrate such an accomplishment.

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Photo of steveh
4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
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 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 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 Bagman007
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber coloring with about two inches of head.

S- Doesn't really have that strong of a scent, but you can slightly smell some malts.

T- I would best describe the taste as being a slightly sweeter version of Shiner Bock, which is definitely a good thing.

M- Slightly creamy and a little smooth. Not really much bitterness at all.

D- Very drinkable. Can have several of them in a sitting.

Overall an extremely good beer. I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. Tastes like Shiner Bock with just a little twist to it.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Know what this tates like? Capn'Crunch's Crunch Berries cereal!

A - pours a dark amber with very good head retention.

S - smells great, like a floral hop and potpourri combination, really lends credibility to the beer itself. I'm already impressed.

T - like an old favorite, like they put crunch berries in a bottle. I had never heard of a 'starkbier' before but apparently, I like 'em.

D - I wouldn't gulp this one, nor pound more than two at a time. This beer deserves attention to its detail. It's not a sipper, but it still requires you to pay attention to the complexity.

Another great beer from Shiner. Happy 100th anniversary - Prosit!

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, red-brown with a small head that reduced to a bare collar. The aroma was musty. The taste was caramel sweet, but a little thin. I was expecting more of a stout like taste, but I have to realize, this is not an Ayinger doppelbock. The feel was medium bodied with low carbonation. Drinkability was good. This was a good beer, despite paling in comparison the "goat", and the price was right.

And now, for my last beer of the weekend, I shall visit with an old friend...Dreadnought.

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Photo of bboven
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, dark copper to light mahogany body, a slim but thick head that lasts.

Lots of crystal malt with a non-descript English hop balancing things out very nicely.

Dusty darker malts prevail, no roastiness, but lots of dark crystal once again. Very heavy cherry finish, slightly warming alcohol noticeable but certainly not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, thicker than expected, high but very smooth carbonation, almost seems bottle aged.

By far the very best beer I have had from Shiner. Tis should become a regular and a launching pad for more good beers.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this brewery has been around for 100 years. Other brewers can learn a lesson from the Shiner model of business.

Poured into a barrel pint glass, the 100 Commemorator is a nice looking brew. One finger of foam rests on top of the beer and settle evenly, leaving some lace but not much. The nose is malty, with that classic Shiner yeast scent (a dull but bitter aroma you get used to if you drink enough Shiner Bocks over the years). A slightly chalky, smoky scent as well. The taste is, in my opinion, quite nice. Malted caramel, dried fruit and nuts, faint smoke. Sweet, but not overly so, with a semi-dry finish that includes a small fruit burst at the end. A tasty beer all around, and more complex in flavor than most of their others. Mouthfeel is sturdy, almost chewy, but soft. A very unexpected, but pleasant, surprise.

This is a great brew in my opinion. One of the best from the folks at Shiner. I don't really know much about the "Euro Dark Lager" style, or whether this is a true representation of it or not, but it's a solid beer that exceeds expectations. I'd love it if they made this part of their annual brewing rotation. Cheers to Shiner. Here's hoping for another 100 years.

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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 BrewAskew
4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
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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