Shiner 100 Commemorator | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: 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 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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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 oberon
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 russpowell
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up locally:

Pours chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Apricot & a hint of booze

T: More apricot, leafy hops & a touch of toasty malt up front. I get a bit of metallic twang hiding behind the fruittyness as this warms, but it is brief, plus much dryness. Finishes with a some caramel. dryness & just a bit of leafy hops, plus some booze bite shows up at the end...

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & a bit of stickyness

Drinks very easy, not much of a dopple, but if this were presented as a dunkles, I'd bump it higher in taste & mouthfeel. Still one of Shiner's better offerings IMO, might pick up again when I feeling "fruitty"

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this one in a trader recently and was excited to get to try it. Not really sure what to make of it just dove right in. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this ne was consumed on 04/23/2009.
The pour was decent enough though nothing really jumping out at me here. Nice deep brown color with a tint of reddish along the sides and the bottom. Clear with ample amounts of carbonation that were very evident through the glass, though the head did not stick around for very long at all. The aroma was nutty, with hints of roasted malts and a sweet underpin of caramel. Light toffee notes as well as it starts to warm. Seems like a strong ale, but a light strong ale if that makes any sense. Same could be said for the flavor which was very solid, sweet malts dominated here with only the slightest bit of a dry hoppy and earthy note rounding out the back end. Easy to drink though as it was not too strong and the profile was not bad and kept me interested.
Overall I actually really liked this one, it was solid enough to keep me interested and session able enough to be something nice to throw down with dinner. I am pretty impressed with one of my first from them.

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

I picked this up at Outlet Wines and spirits in Rehoboth DE. Poured chilled from the 12 oz brown bottle into a mug.

A - A very clear bronze w/ about 2 fingers of off white capping. The head drops to a ring. The 'ale' as stated on the label is attractive w/ rising carbonation apparent after it is poured.

S - An intensely earthy nutty almost beefy nose w/ mild spice, bread and wood in the aroma. Mild caramel scents w/ mild maple notes and hints of hazelnut

M - A moderately high level of carbonation for the style w/ mild sweetness and light side of medium body w/ spice and nut texture but mainly creamy in the finish

T - A very tasty bock which has a caramel flavor and dark malt taste which is fruity like raisin and has a creamy bready taste w/ mild nut flavor which is from roasted malts but is sweet like candied almonds w/ a hint of rum as the alcohol is evident w/ a taste of dark cherry in the taste

D - I really enjoyed this but can't honestly give it a better score since it is a hard category w/ so many phenomenal bocks. It really was enjoyable and better than average drinkability. I wish I had more to sample I would buy this again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a thick light tan head that descends to a thin cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is husky/grainy with cocoa and plum.

The taste is of sweet syrup - caramel and cocoa. Some warming alcohol shows, but doesn't detract or interfere. It's a pretty straightforward, grainy db (on light side for the style, but what's there is nice enough.)

The body is on the thin side for the style, but holds together without being watery. Adequately carbonated.

A more subtle, easier drinking (despite abv) Doppelbock.

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Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. One inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, earthy malt, some yeast cleanliness, and some sweet malt aromas. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly chewy. Average carbonation level and a slight dryness associated. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast cleanliness, sweet malt, biscuit, and slight hop background. A good complex flavored beer that was fairly easy to drink. I think it's worth a try - a little less concentrated on the yeast flavors than many European counterparts.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Poured a clear, dark amber with a short off-white head. Funny, at first I thought this was just a legit bock, compared to Shiner Bock. As I sip this beer, however, I can taste the extra, dark fruit sweetness and richer licorice flavor that defines the style. This beer is on the lighter and more drinkable end of the spectrum, but it's a decent stab at the doppelbock.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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 cjgator3
2.65/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper color with a light tan colored head.

S- There is not much of an aroma, it is pretty faint. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt with very little hops.

T- The taste starts out very sweet with a lot of malt and caramel. Not bad, but too sweet for my tastes.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- The ABV and the sweetness limits the drinkibility of this beer for me, not something I would really want to drink more than one of in a sitting. Not bad, but not something I would purchase again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a half inch coiurse cap that held pretty well. Lacing washed down the glass with each drink.

A: Sweet bready malt and mild flavoring and bittering hops.

T: Caramel malt, brown sugar linger through an even bitter.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth then dry

D: Big beer with average flavor for the style. Five more to go, so maybe an update coming.

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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 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 scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very quick head, no foam or film and some small bubbling. Light cola and amber and caramel color. Looks bocky. Sweet toasted malt and a faint hint of roasted malt and molasses. Very malty taste, but still has some grassy hops for balance. Hints of caramel ad molasses from the malt. Ok amount of mat and just enough hops for balance. Not a bad drinkable beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 maximum12
3.14/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Bung
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Amber like pour. Enough cream colored head, recedes a bit. Sticks to the glass well enough. Aroma is quite sweet, malt, caramel, yellow raisin. Taste matches, but I don't find the sweetness overbearing. The carbonation cuts the sweetness for me. Lighter bodied than the typical, but that makes this pleasantly drinkable. There is a bit of mustiness throughout that is the only drawback. A fine enough dopplebock and worth trying.

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Photo of champ103
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber red. Clear with a large beige head that forms. Leaves some patchy lace.
S: A touch of caramel and roasted malt. An annoying grainy, metallic, musky aroma the detracts for me.
T: Toasted caramel malts dominate. An odd sweet grainy and metallic flavor. Maybe some dark fruits. There is a nice depth of flavor here, just not quite to my taste. This becomes almost cloyingly sweet as it warms up.
M/D: A medium body that is just a bit on the watery side. Well carbonated for my tastes. Easy to drink for nearly 7% ABV. Smooth and something I can session.

Not bad at all. Though the nose does nothing for me, and a bit too sweet for my liking. I will say it is a well crafted beer for Spoetz's 100th anniversary.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
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 ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a pilsener glass, this was on sale for $5 per sixer. Dark ruby red color, its got a pretty good malty aroma to it. The flavor is robust malts, fruity, nutty, a good dopplebock and for the price this really can't be beat. I am going to have to give all of the other Shiner beers a go just to see what's up.

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