Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 101 Czech Style PilsnerShiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light copper color with professional grade clarity working for it and stiffs out around 1/3" white head. Grain and a noble hop aroma, very feint.

Taste is what you expect from this style, grain, hop bitterness from Europe, mild skunk, lots of carbonation in the mouth feel. These are pretty easy drinking. I prefer it to the Shiner bock, I know that. Light bodied barely toasted malts. Easy enough drinking to qualify as a hot summer kind of beer.

Ultimately, with the ubiquity of Pilsner Urquell, even if "not as good as it used to be" it still delivers better than this beer. Its decent, pretty average, no off flavors.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear brassy copper, a little dark and red for a pilsner. Head is a greyish light tan, very fluffy with good retention, but not too long before it becomes a micro-lattice of fine bubbles. First waft of smells is crackers and yeast, but then comes sweeter malt character, nearly dark fruit along the lines of certain bocks. Very bready to the taste, with slight rubbery funkiness and cherry-like sweetness that could be off-flavors but do not ruin the beer, just barely distracting from malt tartness and basic mild bitterness. Medium-bodied, sudsy, not the cleanest finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brief impressions from a twist-off cap bottle served into a pilsner glass:

Pours a healthy three finger wide head of off-white colour with nice frothiness and sufficient creaminess. Not weak or thin. Leaves light lacing as it recedes. Retention is nice - about 4 minutes.

Body colour is a clear yellow - clearly filtered. Clean and presentable.

Appears well-carbonated (if not overly so). Looks like most pilsners.

AROMA: Buttery diacetyl off-character, pilsner malts, clean barley, and some off-putting malty sweetness. Hopping is minimal and floral rather than grassy. Bready.

The diacetyl turns me off to it.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Buttery and strangely bready. The emphasis isn't on the pilsner malts, and the hop profile is overly prominent and has the wrong emphasis - on floral notes rather than grassy notes. Unbalanced.

No yeast character or booze comes through, but diacetyl off-character plagues the beer throughout. Simple and plain (to style).

TEXTURE: Lacks the extreme cleanliness needed in a pilsner. It's oddly medium-bodied rather than light-bodied. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing, with a standard smooth and wet feel. Has a subpar overall presence on the palate. This texture is wrong for the style, and fails to elevate the beer or to accentuate the taste.

OVERALL: More lackluster work from Spoetzl, Shiner 101 can be safely skipped - and the brewers might need to take a decoction 101 class. One of the less appealing pilsners I've tried in recent memory, and strangely undrinkable - which is a crime in a pilsner. Why brew this?

Low D (2.06)

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Photo of KajII
2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear medium brownish amber with a white fizzy head and has hints of grain malts, herbal hops, a touch of an adjunct and a moderte wet cardboard odor. This is a somewhat malty, grainy brew with a light bitter finish. Its smooth and easy drinkability, refreshing aftertaste and low ABV would make it a great lawn mowing brew...

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

2/13/15 - Bottle - Good Shiner offering, my favorite from this brewer to date. Light, crisp beer has a good taste, hops were noticeable but not very strong, taste was good and had character compared to other shiner offerings. Nice light offering, and would definitely order again.

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Photo of hophugger
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear golden in color. Minimal head dissapating quickly and minimal lacing. Aroma is very light with malt, toast and a touch of citrus coming through. Taste is very light with bready and earthiness being the dominant flavors. Carbonation is nice and mouthfeel is good. This beer, being a pilsner, is still lacking the flavor and balance that I would have expected.......

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Photo of barnzy78
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, date etched 04 17 15; thanks to my brother-in-law & father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday
A - deep golden body with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly
S - grain, earthy hops, faint biscuity pilsner malt
T - sweet, grain, a bit of caramel, biscuit, sourish and tart pilsner malt, earthy hop
M - thin-to-medium body, lower carbonation, finishes semi-dry and very clean
O - not a great example of a Czech style pilsner, but it's ok. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark yellow, lots of white foamy head, lots of lace.
S crisp some hops.
T crisp pilsnery goodness, some subtle hops.
M crisp refreshing well carbonated mf, and minor hop at.
O pretty enjoyable shiner brew fitting for the summer heat. Had in Alaskan Shaker pint at Metzlers in Denton paired with german potatoe salad.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw color with a good size head, but that dissipates quickly. Smells of a nice sweet grain profile, not that atypical of pilsner, but stronger than many adjuncts. Tastes of sweet grain, nice profile. Beer is light bodied, very drinkable, carbonated correctly. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brassy hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy pilsner malt with a faint grassiness.

The taste consisted of a grainy pilsner malt with a subtle noble hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent pils.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter amber color with good clarity. It's darker than I expect from a Czech pilsner, though. The head is a two finger white shade with crappy retention - seriously I'm watching it fade away to nothing as we speak. Still, it leaves patchy rings of lacing on the glass.

S: About bang-on what I expect from the style, no more, no less - grassy hops, minimal maltiness, and a touch of diacetyl. Quite pleasant, though I kind of want a bit more hoppiness here.

T: The maltiness provides a touch of caramel at first: while it's a bit unbefitting of the style, it does help balance the mild hoppiness, along with the diacetyl note. I enjoy the touches of citrus I find in the flavor profile. Decent, but a bit lacking in flavor.

M: This is ridiculously clean and bone dry, but then again, that's what the style dictates. On the other hand, it's a bit too 'big' feeling on the back end - this makes it seem more substantial, but harms drinkability somewhat. Honestly, I could use a bit more carbonation.

O: It's alright. The weak flavor holds it back more than anything. To be fair, though, I like my Czech pilsners hopped to fuck and back, so I can't hold it against this brew too much. Don't think I'd buy it again (if it appeared in a 6-pack), though.

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Photo of makersmarkers
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a double-walled Bodum glass. This was the sixth and final "mystery" pick in my case of Shiner Family Reunion.

It's got a nice, warm light amber color, but no lasting head and very little lacing. Malty, yeasty nose with very little hint of hops. The malty sweetness is prominent on the tongue. There is some mild citrus hop notes, but the hop bitterness is almost entirely in the finish, more than fine for the non-hop-heads among us. Not especially carbonated either, but sessionable and highly drinkable. Mildly recommended, although for the price I think I'd grab the more hop-forward Noble Pils from Sam Adams or the Summer Pils from one of Texas' other great breweries, St. Arnold's.

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Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle from the Shiner mixed box, that just started being distributed in my neck of the woods.

Pours clear medium almond. Minor of white head, film, thin colar and moderate low bits of lace.

Just a hint of malt on the nose.

Malty and quite dry pils. Dark malts, some light smoke and rye notes. Dry through the finish. Decent.

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Photo of Gmann
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear toasted straw color. A few shades darker than your traditional pils. The white head is fluffy and slowly dissipates leaving some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is quite light. Slightly bready malt provides a sweet aroma and there is a touch of grassy hops. Overall, a bit weak for the style.

The flavor is light and dry. A cracker flavor from the pils malt but there is some depth from a breadier malt. The hops are light but grassy. A sweeter breadier pils basically.

The feel is light and crisp, very easy to drink. Good balance, good summer time brew.

Not the most flavorful pils but no off flavors. Again, easy drinking brew.

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Photo of kshizzle101
3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - pours clear straw color. 1 inch white head which has medium duration

S - grainy/bready malts, sweet smell of honey or fruits

T - slight grain, malty, hops and a little booze come through in the after

M - light/medium bodied. proper carb

Overall - good beer overall. for a pilsner it has quite a bit of flavor, one of the hoppier pils I've had. worth a try.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thick frothy head.

Sweet malts, bready, grassy.

Rich pale malts, biscuit, slight caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, mainly grassy-herbal. Finish is crisp and lemony. Medium bodied, slight tangy, a little dry, refreshing.

Well made Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark straw color with hints of copper, fomy head about an inch thick that shrinks to just a small layer lying on top.

Smells clean and simple. A bit oft malt with slightly spicy hops on the back end

Taste is smooth and well balanced. Great balance of malt and hops, very clean.

Overall this is a great example of a great simple beer. If it were more readily available in my area, I would gladly replace this with any of your typical lagers or pilsners. Recommended!

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Photo of Francepants06
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a light yellow to light orange color with an average size head which dissipated fast. It smelled citrus, lemon grass, yeast, some bread, malt.
I tasted a slight fruit with a good malt with a little bit of yeast residue. It is a fairly light beer. It is a great beer for a good hot summer lawn mowing day. Not bad for football season.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.56/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color with half-inch head and lasting lace. It's aroma is citrusy with hints of bread and hops. The flavor has notes of lemon and dough with some vanilla in the background. There is a mild bitterness that fades quickly. This has a light mouthfeel and is very sessionable and refreshing. Spoetzl Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner is a good beer. Recommended.

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Photo of PokerGod
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass...

Appearance- A moderate golden color thats not at all hazy or cloudy, seems to have a lot of carbonation activity at the bottom of the glass. When first poured, it produced a very thick foamy head that quickly dissipated. Brought back with a little agitation, but then dissipates quickly again. Does leave a nice lacework that I really like.

Smell- Very mild aroma, not strong at all. Bready, and a little hoppy. It does have a nice 'fermented' smell to it that I like. Kind of like moldy bread, but I mean that in a very good way.

Taste- Smoothe at first, with a very malty pilsner taste up front, and then at the finish a bit of hops.

Mouthfeel- Fine, not great, not bad.

Overall: I really like Pilsner Beers. This isn't quite as good as others I've had, like Urquell, but a nice tasty beer. Only available for a little longer as Spoetzel should have the Shiner 102 out any day. But if I find more, I would buy again.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One day I'd love to sneak a good Pilsener into an "American Adjunct" drinking friend's glass when they ask for a pint fill of fizz...Just to rattle the cage a bit and see what happens...Perhaps I'd use a Shiner 101 for the experiment. Into a brandy glass this reveals a clear and yellow golden color under a blotchy thin head with a good lacing. Aroma is a light but bright one with the classic pilsener malt nose and those sharp metallic and hop notes. A sweet and bright, generously bodied malt feel quenches over the palate with an equally crisp and refreshing finish. It truly is "simple and refined" as the brewer states. A simple and refined display of Saaz hops. Prosit!

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Jan 20, 2011.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is noble hops with some grass and musty notes along with some lemony citrus and biscuit.

Flavor is grassy hops, a little musty, a little adjunct-lagery, some sweetness, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, medium to high carbonation.

Average Pils.

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Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a fair head that fades slowly to lacing.

S: Mild herbal aroma with some traces of malt sweetness.

T: Has a mild malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Easy Drinker. Not quite a Czech Pilsner but a good everyday beer. Beter than most lawnmower or BBQ beers.

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Photo of titusgroan
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

shiner - just got done kicking your ass on another beer - but THIS ONE I LIKE. 101, BOCK and BLACK should be your main focus. this is good like BUD should be - simple beer.. nice and cold. good flavor - tastes like beer. not watery. now stop trickin up your line up and concentrate on getting more hops and flavor into your main stays!

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Photo of IoniaAtlantic
4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours with a nice fluffy white head, that dissipates to a thin layer with nice legs left on the glass. Gold and clear as it should be.

Smell: Light malts notes, with an earthy straw-like aroma

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, more on the light side for a Czech Pilsner and not as bitter as most that I have had. overall I think it a good representation for an American production.

Mouth Feel: Medium body. Nice carbonation, with the finish lasting a good 20 seconds that ends clean.

Drinkability: Very Drinkable, easy going down and not too bad on the budget.

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