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 RonaldTheriot
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner is a very good beer! It has a creamy, medium-sized, off-white head, and a bright, golden color. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is not strong, but smells of grain and hops. The taste is smooth, and it has just the right amount of hops, even though I usually prefer more bitterness. The beer is mild, without much bite. Mouth feel is light and watery. Shiner 101 finishes nicely with not much heaviness. Overall, this is one of the better Shiner products, which sometimes (like their bock) come across bland and limp.


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Photo of heath1agnew
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For what this beer is, it is very good. The appear is golden yellow with a head that shows up and fades after a while. Smells like grains, maybe light hops. The taste is excellent for what it is, toasty flavor with hops way in the background in the finish. Mouthfeel was clean, light and crisp. Drinkability is top notch. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of meeekyh
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Rather old-style black and white label, into a pilsner-style glass.

The beer is light golden in color and clear. The head is bone-white, ample and leaves little lacing. I would expect a bit more lacing, but it looks nice.

Smell is grainy,slightly floral and a little bit musty. Not bright but beery.

Taste is slighlty tart, a bit metallic, grainy and subdued, balanced to be sure.

The mouthfeel is light and even a little creamy. Carbonation is also on the light side and the finish is pleasantly and invitingly dry.

This one is an easy drinker and does a fine job of representing this style. Not as hoppy as the Lagunita's Pils and lacking the brightness and the buttery feel of the Urquell but holds its own and is supremely drinkable.

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Photo of hangh
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear great golden color, nice head, lingers for a while and enhances drink
S- Great smell, not too strong, can smell the hops, grassy and pleasant
T- Excellent taste, starts sweet and moves into a tasteful buttery finish, great to drink, very smooth
MF- Little carbonation at first but pretty good mouthfeel
D- Easy to drink and very refreshing, quite a good summer drink

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Photo of Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great pilsner! Has a nice straw color and a good at least 1.5 inch head with great retention time and lacing.
Smells of alcohol, which is different for me but has the yeasty smell that I look forward to. Has the smell of an authentic Czech Pilsner.
Tastes like a very good pilsner. Surprising that they made this taste the way it did, I expected a weak version of Shiner Bock.

Awesome beer!

Thanks Shiner.

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Photo of OverToad
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at the local Kroger's. Taste is very nice and too easy to drink. Shiner has been offering some very nice beers as of late.

Mine left some nice lacing behind and had a slight bitterness that was refreshing.I like this one much better than their Shiner Blonde. I wished they would make this one year round.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a perfectly clear, golden color with about a finger of soapy white head. A layer of head persists for a long time as loads and loads of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell is a crisp blend of dominant Saaz hops, crushed grain, coriander, and lemon peel. Great traditional pilsner aroma.

Taste can only be described as a crisp, classic Czech pils. A grassy, peppery flavor dominates accompanied by a slightly mineral-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full for the style with a slightly oily/buttery texture. Finishes with a satisfyingly bitter wash.

This is a Shiner beer I'd drink over and over again in the warmer months. I'd love for this to become a year-round beer (in place of the Hefe, if I had my way!)

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Photo of Kromes
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A straw/yellow color with some really nice carbonation in the glass. The head was finger width and slowly died down to a thin line of bubbles leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: A simple aroma of sweet honey malts and a little bit of czech hops. That's about what you should expect.

T: Up front there are some really sweet honey malts that are quickly subdued by the earthy hop. The hops never get to the bitter point, but they come in and perfectly balance out the sweetness to give a nice even smooth pilsner flavor. There is also a nice fruity, floral flavor in the background. It finishes with a somewhat grainy taste and almost disappears.

M: I think it is pretty good. A rather silky feel. Some pilsners are overcarbonated and this one comes in almost on the money.

D: Very drinkable beer. You can drink a ton of this on a hot summer day. I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasently surprised with this. With all the specialty and extreme beers on the market, I think it's rather refreshing that shiner has put out a well crafted pilsner.

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Photo of generallee
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color which has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A tall bright white head sits on top and hangs on well. On the glass the head leaves decent lace patterns.

Smell: It's clean and light with pale biscuity malt and spicy floral hop notes.

Taste/Palate: A clean and pale bready/biscuity malt lays down a good base for a tasty and delicate spicy/floral come through. The finish is clean and the palate is snappy and refreshing.

Notes: This is straight up one of the cleanest Czech Pilsners that I have tried. I like to see delicate Pilsners in dark brown bottles!!!

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally. The search for a great session beer yields a good one. Too bad it's a seasonal. In fact, too bad it's a one-time brew. Gorgeous orange to pale amber in the glass with nice tan head that stayed briefly then laced the upper part of the pub glass. Fruity, somewhat light floral hops with an undercurrent of biscuity malt in the nose. Coupled with the surprisingly moderate mouthfeel and subtle carbonation, the nicely balanced flavor was incredibly satisfying and drinkable. Amazing beer. Nothing too complex, of course; but you could knock a few of these back and never get tired of it.

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Photo of Cresant
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a golden yellow, bright and clear. The modest sized, fine white head left light lacing.

Smell was lemons and grainy malts. Freash and earthy. Sweaty Saaz hops aroma. Floral. Not in your face but nice and right on for the style.

Taste was husky malts and crisp drying hops. Minerals. Well balanced and very easy to drink. Very solid pilsner , I'd drink this one regularly.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with adequate carbonation.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 101 into my pils glass and it poured a nice clear straw yellow color with a 3 finger head that hung around for quite some time. The head laced the glass on the way down. The carbonation is good in this brew. Never missed a bubble for the entire brew.

Smell was a nice crisp grassy and minerally on the nose.

Taste was very clean. Small amounts of lemon and butter on the palate and finished off in a traditional pils style.

Can't wait to make a session of this once the thermometer warms up here in Houston. As another poster stated. This beer should replace the subpar hefeweizen as a year round brew.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head above the clear golden brew. Head falls at reasonable pace, with average lacing. Aroma is balanced between sweet pale malt and earthy Saaz. Taste follows the nose, with a crsip close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is very easy. Good stuff.

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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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a creamy 1/8" head of white bubbles sitting on top that was pretty solid for at least 30 seconds. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really maintain the head, but just leave a consistent layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma: My first impression was of toasty malt mixed with some reserved floral hops. After the head falls, the aroma doesn't change much except that the hops are a bit more noticeable. As you really get into the aroma there is a bit of graininess, but it is nothing like you get with some commercial Pilsners where they have obviously over-sparged it so it is unbearably grainy...this is a good thing.

Taste: The flavor is led by the malt with lots of sweet toasty flavors up-front and they are pretty much in charge the entire time. There is some floral hops coming in about mid-way and they give you a mild green impression to go with the malt into the finish. There is a little hops in here for bittering, but the finish is owned by the malt. Overall the beer is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

Opinion: Well, overall I think that this is a pretty decent beer. It is a little closer to a Helles in style than a Pilsner from the overall balance, which I like but is going to cost it some points. I definitely don't get the Saaz up-side the head like some Czech style lagers are. I only have a single of this beer, but I wouldn't mind drinking more so I may pick some more up here pretty soon if the price is right. Either way, I would recommend giving this beer a shot. It is clean and well brewed.

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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 vickersspitfire
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass; it has a light golden copper color and is crystal clear. It has lots of carbonation that's flows to a semi thick (about one and a half fingers) white bubbly head that stuck around for a while. There is some good lacing in this beer! It has a good malt aroma mixed in with some wheat and other grains. It's light on the tongue, crisp and clean. I can taste some malt flavors some mild hops (very mild hops) and a slight bitter aftertaste. The hops flavor stands out a little more after it warms up a bit. Overall not a bad beer, and I'll be buying another pack sometime soon.

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Photo of rowew
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Label is black and white, retro style. Couldn't find a date, but this just hit the shelves here recently.

Appearance: Clear and golden, average sized head .. just what I'd expect from a pilsner.

Smell: Clean grain, just a hint of sulphur.

Taste: Fairly typical pilsner flavor profile, clean grain, noble hops, and a bit of mineral flavors.

Overall impression: Is this the most exciting beer out there? Not by a long shot. But it is a solid offering, highly drinkable with some nice pilsner flavors.

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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 Tone
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw/golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of grain. Overall, a good pils; good body, blend, and aroma.

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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 shand
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Czech pilsner glass. This bottle is two weeks beyond it's pull date.

Poured a golden, transparent color with head cresting the top of the glass. The carbonation is very apparent. Looks like a good pilsner, leaves plenty of lacing on the way down the glass. Smell is about average, dominated by grainy malts with just a touch of Saaz hops. Smells like a theoretical Pilsner Urquell Light, if anything.

The taste also reminds me of the "Pilsner Urquell Light", but with less of the Saaz hops and more of the malts. This could be partially due to it being slightly past the pull date, causing the hops to fade. Either way, this is a pretty decent tasting Czech pilsner. The grainy malts work in tandem with the noble Saaz hops. It's less bitter than other Czech pislners I've had.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting. It's slightly heavier bodied than most pilsners of the type, and it's also very dry. It works though. It's also very drinkable. All in all, I'm glad I took a shot on the Shiner 101. This is the first beer of theirs I've had, and it makes me want to try more. There's nothing wrong with a brewery who focuses on drinkable lagers, in my book.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark golden color. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to a thick skim and held. Lightly decanted. Broken lacing that slipped in streaks.

S: Bready malt, citrus; grass and wet hay.

T: Malt, lots of malt, but not heavy. Citrus zest in the middle with a nice balancing bitter to finish. Nicely blended.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp, clean and dry with a significant bitter bite.

D: Easy drinkable. Light, refreshing and goes down smooth.

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

Had this on-tap at Lizardo's Pub & Sub in CC TX.

It poured a clear golden color with a white semi-foamy head. It quickly dissipated to a medium lace that stuck around till the end.

The taste was very crisp and refreshing. There was a pale hops flavor - kind of dry. It was a little bit toasty. As one BA member described it, it had a "saltine cracker" flavor - to me the "cracker" taste was the backdrop.
This seemed fairly standard, but overall I thought it was a pretty good pilsner.

Normally I think Shiner brews have too much of that carbonated bite, but this one was very good. Unlike other Shiner's I have drank, this one did not have a metallic aftertaste.

Most of the time I drink Shiner's brews straight from the bottle because IMO the experience between the bottle and glass is the same. However, I prefer this brew be poured in a glass. Pilsners are not usually my pint of brew, but this one was pretty darn good and refreshing - worth a try, and I'll probably have this again while in TX. At $2.50 a pint at Lizardo's, I'm down.

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