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)

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 vdread
2.77/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Shiner 100 Commemorator
bottle into glass

appearance- pours amber color with barely any head.

smell- sweet caramel. not so sweet it's sour, like most doppelbocks i've tried.

taste- way too sweet for me. all i can really taste is the sugary malt

mouthfeel- full bodied with a definate alcohol taste.

drinkability- low for me. way too sweet to drink more than one.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce poured into a pint.

A - Poured amber with a huge off white head that settled down to an eighth inch layer. Color is light for style.

S - Sweet fruit, caramel.

T - Sweet malts, kind of bready/biscuity.
Slightly bitter linger.

M - Medium thickness, good carbonation

D - This one is ok, not sure about the taste though.

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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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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 diamondc
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Light copper red, fluffy head doesn't last too long though. little lacing to be found.

smell: Maple syrup, caramel, molasses, a little bacon-y.

taste: Molasses, semi-sweet chocolate, fresh out of the oven oatmeal cookies, Jack & Coke-like at the end. I'm also reminded of the white goo in those cheap chocolate covered fake cherries that come in boxes. Hops are close to non-existant here.

mouthfeel/drinkability : This is a really carbonated doppelbock. I would have liked it to be a bit creamier. Drinking one is more than enough for one night since the sweetness might be too cloying. This has to be the most complex tasting Shiner beer to date. Definitely worth trying at least once.

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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 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 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 OlRasputin989
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark red brew with a huge fluffy off-white head

S: peach cobbler and caramel

T: Brown sugar, fuitiness, corn syrup, butter, with sweet fade

M: Medium-Heavy body, high carbonation, fades with the slightest hint of dryness

Overall, a good dopplebock that is easy to find and cost me about 7 bucks a sixer. I hope Spoetzl continues to brew new styles with their own twist.

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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 Tilley4
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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 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 JimBird
2.02/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Dark transparent brown with a light head that fades into lace.
Although this was a really pretty-looking beer, it did not entice me at all with the scent and even less with the taste. It tasted like straight up molasses that had been fermented at too high a temperature with a very estery yeast that left behind something that tasted like soy sauce. On top of that, the really oily sensation I had while drinking it made me want less as I went along.

Overall, this was disappointing; I have always enjoyed Shiner's products, but lately they have gone downhill. Celebrating 100 years of great beer with a bad beer? I just don't understand...

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Chimay glass. Deep dark reddish-brown with very little head. The head dissipated real quick like leaving little lacing. Smells sweet. A lot of Munich malt. Sweet, malty flavors dominate the beer when you taste it. The finish is a bit cloying, but I kind of like that in doppelbocks. Not a bad attempt, although I would like a stronger alcohol presence in it. There are definitely better doppels out there, but few that are this cheap.

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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 Kromes
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head. The aroma isn't too strong on this, but it is caramel and toffee. A nice caramel and toffee malt flavor with a little bit of hop bitterness. That's about it, nice and simple. I did detect a slight metallic tang in there. The carbonation is a little high and gives the beer a spicy quality and the feel is a little thick, but in a good way. Good drinkability.

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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 tatoodkelt
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A- Copperish brown with red tints when held up to the light. Two finger head with about average retention. A little fizzy.

S- A little fruity sweet and caramel, almost maple syrup.

T- Not too different from the smell.

M- Not as thick as I expected from a dopplebock. Smooth though.

D- Pretty easy to drink. I could see having a few if you like it. Not my favorite from Shiner though. Probably wont get it again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade even though I've since spotted this one in my area, ce la vie. 12oz bottle into a Lucifer tulip pours a dense but crisp dark copper with a nice frothy off-white head that lasted as a thin layer but left no lacing. Aroma is a bit of sweet malts and slight caramel. The taste is a nice amount of crisp sweet malts, a little bit edgier than a traditional bock, but not quite in dopplebock territory in my opinion. The beer is medium bodied with smooth carbonation and is somewhat refreshing, a bit of booziness is present, however. I have to raise this one and say "Cheers" to 100 years of Spoetzl Brewery, but for a milestone that impressive, I'd expect a slightly more impressive beer.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Separate bottles courtesy of Big Tex & Natalie. Thanks for the continued patronage. :)

Poured into my DFH rounded glass.

A rich, filtered, rusty maple brown, topped off with an inch of sandy cream head. Minimal lace.

Smells of wheat bread, sticky toasted malt, newspaper ink, & a bit of fumey alcohol.

Taste starts off with some really sharp malt, mild barky bitterness, followed by some burnt newspaper & toffee that sticks around till the end. Alcohol is solvent-like, but effectively warming. The yeast they're using is a little too clean for the style.

Carbonation is strong, but the body is just a too thin for a bock.

A little underwhelming for a big time commemorative, but as an affordable seasonal, pretty good. :)

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Photo of mwa423
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Almost jet black with brown notes if you hold it up to a light. Solid two fingers of head which die down to a good lacing.

S - Sweet, caramel, good bock smells. Surprising for the brewery!

T - Malty sweetness, bready notes, some caramel flavors. By no means the best doppelbock I've ever had, it's damn near the best beer I've ever bought for under $7.

M - Not bad, thick enough to be faithful to its type, but not nearly as thick as usual doppelbocks.

D - Easily sessionable and great for the price. I may have to go get a case so I have something cheap and easy to take to parties.

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Photo of aristeros
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First doppelbock. Got a six-pack at the AAFES Class 6 on post because it won't be around when I'm back from my deployment.

Poured into a mug; burnished copper, a bit of carbonation visible, a two-finger beige head with little retention. Very sweet smell, malts and biscuit. Isn't it supposed to be darker? Hm.

Tastes sweet, and the mouthfeel is almost syrupy. More specific than biscuit, because there's a little caramel or vanilla--`Nilla Wafers--sweet malts, and a nip of hops and alcohol at the end.

Got a lot of density to it, almost like a malt liquor, but with a 6.7% ABV that might be expected.

This combined with the syrupy feel and the sweet taste makes it the liquid lunch it's probably supposed to be, but I'll have to have a few more examples of the style before I'm sure of how it fits in with its cousins.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to ottovon in a recent trade..poured into my battlefield bock glass

a-coppery ruby color with a 1/4 inch head that fell fast..nice bubbles from carbonation...

s-i think it misses here..a malty sweetness in the nose is all i can detect

t-surprised me from the look i thought it would be weak but its actually quite flavorful...malty sweetness with some bread note...not too boozy ...finishes nice

m-again surprised it looks kind of thin but does not feel thin in the mouth...its actually a little chewy and oily...quite nice

d-i could have a couple of these in a night but it is slightly sweet and im not sure id want to have more than that..

seen this beer at the store several times and never tried it...glad ottovon sent it to was quite enjoyable and a true surprise

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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 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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Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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