Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 101 Czech Style PilsnerShiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by fjordhook on 01-29-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
296
Reviews:
114
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
8
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37
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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 Squire123
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Zylod
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boku56
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Two10tim
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acbe
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeard89
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MKrauss
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 aklude
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 einman
3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Donkster46
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BuddyZ
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pens1967
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of buckyp
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Golden32
3.54/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.54 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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