Shiner 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)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Nice dark brown which turns a ruby hue when held up to light. Leaves a medium tan, fluffy head with sticky lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Phenolic sweet, cloying, bready malt with hints of corainder, anise, and caramel.

T: Strong bready molasses-flavored malts; very saccharine, sticky and cloying, like drinking sugar in the process of fermenting into alcohol. Strongly phenolic aftertaste that almost makes it feel like you're drinking the beer as it's distilling into something stronger.

M: Medium body with a strong stickiness that leaves the palate coated in a bed of sugar.

D: Very filling; can be a bit too much after a few sips just because of the overwhelming sweetness. The sugary, sticky sensation on your hands after a popsicle has melted onto them is the closest I can describe this beer's sensation on the palate. I think I'll pass on the next one.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear ruby/amber color body with a thin offwhite head,light carbonation, slight lacing.Aroma of roastd grain,dark fruit and brown bread. Flavor is of sweet dark caramel , rost and a hint of cardboard with faint spicy hops. Light body with a slick mouthfeel , grainy toasted aftertaste , all flavors seem quite subtle for the style . Drinkable but nothing I would buy again.

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Photo of dabakemon
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of rfabian
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler is forms a small white head that leaves a little lacing. The appearance is amber and cloudy. The aroma is of strong malts or molasses. The taste is also strongly of molasses and malts with little hop bitterness. The feel is full bodied almost cloying with a sweet finish. This is a bit rich to be knocking down all evening.

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Photo of droomyster
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clark dark amber with a tan soda head that quickly recedes. Subdued nose with sweet aromas of caramel. Powerful raisin flavor is too sweet and too simple to be enjoyed for more than a few sips. The sweetness and alcohol overwhelm whatever nuances might otherwise be lurking beneath the surface.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of punkrkr27
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Rusty colored pour with a small, short-lived, white head. Toasty caramel aroma with hints of almond, vanilla, and ripe fruit. The flavor has some nutty caramel sweetness with subtle hints of dark fruit, cinnamon, and a slightly spicy finish. Slightly thin body with lots of carbonation.

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Photo of samie85
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a ruby/brown color with a very quickly dissipating tan head.

S-Toasty, caramel malts with a bit of dark fruit that is typical. Think I might be getting a hint of chocolate as well.

T-Nutty caramel upfront, then some dark fruit, finishing with a sweet malt note.

M-Medium bodied, pretty smooth, decent carbonation, but not a fan of the dryness that sticks with me after drinking this one.

D-Not bad, I prefer the richer end of the doppelbock spectrum, but a decent offering.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this

Pours a copper brown. Transparent with small bone white head and very little lacing. Smelled of roasted malt, dark fruit, and some caramel sweetness. Some alcohol bite came through the nostrils as well. Got a big rush of sweetness on first taste but then it settled down as roasty on the palate. The mouthfeel and drinkability on this beer is fair. I'm a large fan of doppelbocks and this was a terrible miss by Spoetzl. I felt disconnected from this beer throughout the whole experience.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
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 maximum12
3.14/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for mhewes for dropping this (gently) into a box not long ago.

Pretty little redhead, but bald, or decapitated, as the case may be - no head at all. Smell is unappealingly adjunct, not at all Dopplebockesque.

The taste is, therefore, a surprise. Tons of sweet malty, caramel, Wisconsin maple syrup all over this bad-boy. Pretty sure there are zero IBUs here. Taste is not at all in sync with the smell, after which I was weighing the odds of a drain-pour. Nope!

Really thick beer, with a s-ton of sweetness that outdoes most old-world barleywines. I wonder what the malt bill is on this puppy, or if they just pour sugar cane in. Stops just shy of cloying. But one is enough, maybe more than enough.

Decent enough beer. Those with a sweet tooth should be sure to seek it out.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single to give this anniversary brew a go...

Pours a surprisingly light color....its dark golden, not a warm brown like most doppels... It has a small fizzy head and the whole look reminds me of ginger ale or something...

Sweet candied malty aromas out of the glass... Not much in the way of chocolate like lots of other doppels...

Fairly thin mouthfeel with this one... The taste is that of those sweet malts again, overly sweet for my tastes. I didn't get much chocolate or caramel...just sweet malt with the merest hint of fruitiness..

A very average doppelbock for me... I'm used to Celebrator so I could have the bar too high...

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Photo of Onenote81
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured this bottle into my pilsner glass. Pours a ruby-tinted tawny brown. Good-sized off-white head on top. Pretty good retention, but little lacing. Smells like caramel, bread, and hints of butterscotch.

The mouth is a little thin and slick. Carbonation level seems to be on the low side. Kind of weak. The flavor is pretty average. Plenty of caramel sweetness and bready malts are there, but it's just not that bold. I think the drinkability level is pretty high for this beer. As it is not offensive in any way, I could see myself having a few of these at a time. I enjoyed this much more than the regular Bock from these guys.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/13/2009 (bottle):

Pours a very clear amber colored body with a big tan head. Very fizzy. Has a sweet flowery fruity aroma. And is malty but not very strong. A fruity malty nutty taste. Very sweet almost sickly taste. Some alcohol. Some graininess.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle
A-shiny copper rust color with initial 2 inch head that dissipated quickly, no lacing and after a while looks kind of lifeless. Starts off grea but doesn't look so great halfway down.
S-Doughy malt, bready smell, slight earthy scent
T-A better version of shiner to me, kind of sweet bread flavor, can taste the grain character, finishes with a little hop kick that leaves an dryingastringent flavor
M-Leaves a drying feel and is undercarbonated but has a smooth feel to it
D-At first I liked this but the more I drank the less I liked it-I could drink another but really wouldn't want to.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in a local4local trade from ramielschild. Thanks!

When I first opened this one up, I wasn't sure what to make of it. Perhaps due to the fact that I'm not overly versed in Euro Dark Lagers? I'm not sure.

What I do know is that this is an unusual beer. No head to speak of. Somewhat complex taste. Mouthfeel was lacking. Not a bad beer by any stretch. Just odd for my taste.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a redddish dark amber- a bit light for the style. Thin swirly head sticks around, just barely. Smells of sweet malt and molasses, a bit of minerality, and on th lighter side. The taste exhibits a bit of burnt caramel, which is nice, but also a good bit of molasses, which is too sweet. A little watery aside from the sweetness, but not bad. Slightly sticky to start with in the mouth, followed by a somewhat watery finish. The burnt caramel taste fades, but the molasses flavor lingers. A bit too sweet overall, needs some more bitterness or firm maltiness without the molasses sweetness. Not bad, but a fairly dumbed down version of the style, like most of this brewery's beers. That being said, at least they've succeeded over the long term with something other than the same adjunct so-called pilsner in the mass market, and for that- happy hundreth!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this while in Houston. The beer was dark brown and clear with a thin tan head. The aroma was malty and a little bready, not strongly doppelbockish but the style seems the right directive description. The taste was sweet but not sugary, just malt all the way. A thin body, thinner than the usual -ator beer, but maybe this enhances drinkability. This is maybe the most accessible doppelbock I've tried, very good to wean someone into the style.

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Photo of mugglesandhops
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wanted to try this for a while and finally picked up a single up at Joe's Place in Norman and I was fairly dissapointed. This is a very average Doppelbock. Nothing to write home to mother about. Pours a dark amber color, thin tan head, smells of brown sugar, caramel, fruit, and a strange after taste I can't put my finger on. Taste malty big time, I can taste no hop profile in this at all. thin-medium bodied. I won't seek this out again.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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 fatbatcat
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of ChaosKittyXJ9
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Robert84vette
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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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Photo of naterock
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
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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Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 219 ratings