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: 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 pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Reddish chestnut brown with a big, but short lived light brown head. Almost zero lace, and even a big swirl fails to build the head back up to even a fraction of the way it looked for the first five seconds after pouring.

S - Chocolate cuppy cakes. This has some nutty notes that remind me of those nut-stuffed chocolate things that come in mixed boxes of chocolate. Gooey and nougat-y smelling, with more than a hint of nuts.

T - Similar to the nose, this is all about nuts smothered in chocolate. There is a certain candy bar that this reminds me of, but I can't recall the name! Whatever it is, it had gooey nougat white stuff on the inside and chocolate on the outside. Charleston Chew maybe? Anyhow, some hops make a minor appearance after complete absence from the nose.

M - Medium bodied and nutty with low carbonation and a heavy load of sugar. This one is almost cloying, but some nutty notes and very mild hops barely keep it from falling apart. Alcohol is VERY detectable at 6.7%. Sip slowly, as big mouthfuls really hit that "booze gag reflex."

D - Meh. This is pretty wimpy and simple for a doppelbock, despite the overloaded sugary feel. Pass.

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Photo of HiGravShawn
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice caramel colored brew with decent head.

S: Malty and sweet, but not overpowering.

T: Too sweet for me, but not drastically. For people like beers on the sweeter side this is pretty good.

M: Nice. Good balance and weight for brew.

D: Pretty high. Too sweet to down a lot, but surely drinkable.

Conclusion: Definitely one of the more balance Shiner brews I have had. I enjoyed it with spicy creole food and it was delightful.

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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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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
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 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 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 wahhmaster
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy dark brown color. Has a thick, fluffy head that dissipates slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a rich, malty smell with hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Starts slightly bitter and finishes sweet with hints of caramel. Also finishes with a slightly metallic taste. Kind of disappointing in my personal opinion.

Mouthfeel: Not as full-bodied as I'd expect from a doppelbock but still not that bad.

Drinkability: A decent doppelbock. Not great, but not bad. The taste is a little weak but overall a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Reddish copper with a slight chill haze. A fizzy beige head comes and goes in a flash. Leaves a little lace.

S: Mostly toffee and licorice, plus some pepper and a touch of lemon.

T: Very sweet initially. Bittersweet toffee, plus a hint of coco provide it. Bitterness has a pepper bite that is a bit harsh. Gets a little vinous at the finish with a bit of cherry and mild alcohol heat.

M: The fizzy body is syrupy and has the right amount of heft.

D: I was generally pleased with this. The appearance was the only real letdown. A very pleasant doppel.

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Photo of biggred1
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a thick, creamy pockmarked head of sand colored foam that sticks to the glass a little. Toasted malt and floral hops make up the nose. Dark brown sugar and buttery toffee with floral hops to balance out, not bad. Medium bodied and creamy, finishes sticky. A decent domestic D-bock and one of the better Shiner offerings I've tried. The label claims this beer is an ale in addition to being a doppelbock, is it indeed an ale or one of those "ale in Texas" designations I never really understand?

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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 BeerFMAndy
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilser glass. 6.7% ABV, no date.

Thanks to PerzentRizen for this bottle.

A - The slightly hazy copper colored beer is poured with a bit of vigor resulting in a damn-near four-finger tall, honeyed cream-colored head. Too bad it wasn't all that well retained. Tiny jagged little lines of legs were visible on the glass which looked like a seismograph. No lacing though.

S - From a foot away I could smell the sweet malts rise out. Tons of molasses on the nose, actually, molasses cookies with all the sugar granules in them. A bit of ginger bread comes out too. No hops are present. Definitely a good dopplebock nose reminiscent of the Optimator.

T - The heavy malts on the nose seemed to come across less in the flavor than anticipated. The sweetness tastes more like molasses, honey, and sugar than malts but is still good. Again, no hops here but the ginger bread does come back for a small encore.

M - Sweet, thick, and near full-bodied, the Shiner 100 is a fine, smooth feeling dopplebock with a mellow, crisp finish.

D - Probably one of the best beers to come out of their brewery thus far! A good dopplebock that I think doesn't rely heavily enough on the robust malt (found in the nose) character for it's sweet taste. Feels a tad too artificial but a good beer nonetheless. It's lower ABV for a dopple also aids in it's drinkability, making it a good all-around sessioner for sweet-beer lovers.

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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 rtepiak
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is copper with an off white head that dissipates faster than i would like. a glass of no bubble and no foam. even when agitated. nose of burnt caramel, apple grape maltose. palate is hard on the tongue. a bit abrasive. but well balanced otherwise. not to sweet but with a nice apple quality of earth. caramel, smoke. a bit tight on the tongue but not a bad one for american german.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My review can be summed up in 4 words...It's a good offering. Ok, I don't know about summed up.

Good color and clarity. Looks more like a brown ale though, but it's only cosmetics. Decent head that was off white and faded quickly. Lots of carbonation. Burnt malts nose and taste. A little sweet as well. Not a lot of hops or bitterness to this beer. Medium bodied beer that is very dry and leaves the mouth dry too. Leaves an ashy alcoholy after taste that doesn't make this to drinkable, but it's still enjoyable because of the flavor.

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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 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 AleWatcher
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
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 Brenden
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More thanks to JJFoodie for including this with a lot of extras in a fantastic trade.

This one's a sort of reddish brown color. A light tan head pours about one finger and manages to leave a little thin lacing around after dissipating to a small but tight foam.
The smell is a caramel malt with accompanying sweetness, possibly some dark fruits in there as well. It's a bit light, with minimal hops presence.
The taste follows suit very well; good at base, if not a bit simple and light. Malt makes up the foundation with caramel and raisin-like dark fruits notes and a bit of a toasted note as well.
The body is a little light, maybe a thinnish medium, but nicely balanced between creamy and crisp with a moderate carbonation.
I would have a difficult time pegging this for a doppelbock without knowing beforehand; still, it has a pretty good flavor and feel and is very sessionable and drinkable.

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Photo of beer2day
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep maple. 1-finger head with very faint retention. Very faint lacing.

Big sweet bread nose. Maple again with lots of malt and fruit on the backend.

Hits sweet. A very slow roast flavor builds with each sip. Slightly thick and syrupy. Slight indication of hop bite in mid sip.

Very easy to drink. A little sweeter than most, though. Nice effort from Shiner and worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a fluted pilsner glass.

Pours a nice clear, deep ruby-mahogany hue with a two-fingered head of tan foam that fades away pretty quickly and fails to leave any trace of lacing behind on the sides of the glass.

Rich and malty in the nose, with caramel and mild chocolatey notes and no detectable hop aroma. Very clean.

Medium-bodied and mild-to-moderately carbonated; body is a bit light for a Doppelbock, detracting heavily from the beer's overall character. Flavors ring in as true-to-style, with a sweet milk-chocoloate-caramel malt character and a middling bitter, somewhat spicy noble hop character, finishing clean and just a little sweet.

Overall not a half-bad brew, but a bit too thin to stand out amongst the greater brews out there.

To the Spoetzl brewery, Pros't! Here's to another successful 100!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
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 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 kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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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Shiner 100 Commemorator from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 219 ratings