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%
 
 
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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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2/5  rDev -43.5%

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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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.32/5  rDev -34.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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 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 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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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of white head that fades down to a thin layer. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Noble grassy hops, pale biscuit malts. That is about it. Pretty simple.

Taste: Biscuit and pale malts. Grassy/crisp earthy hops. A little oily. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a touch of bitterness. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and a bit sticky.

Overall, I have had better pils. This one just wasn't too hoppy. Somewhat drinkable, but more flavor would be nice.

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Photo of budgood1
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a perfectly clear straw yellow colour with an thin egg shell white head reducing quickly to nothing more than very wispy lace. a withdrawn bready pale maltiness is equaled by some very light floral hoppiness. really the first flavour i pick up is a mineral like watery taste...then intermingled by some cracker and white toast maltiness with a bit of grassy and herbal hop bitterness. wow, here we go again with the diluted flavours and character all backed up by a whole lot of seltzer notes. mouthfeel crisp and watery. overall body thin and cheap feeling. these shiner beers are a broken record. drinkability has a reputation along the lines of a mich ultra....why bother?

non of these pils/lager types from Shiner are worth buying. all share the same characteristic crappy watered down soul and extreme boring nature. avoid.

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Photo of nicnut45
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear golden color, transparent thin white head.

S-Asiago cheese smells at first. This quickly fades. Then I have to go searching for any smells. Definetly pick up those wet river rock smells as described in the other reviews. There is also a slight scotch tape smell.

T&M.F.-A narrow malt presence. Overtaken by bitter hops upfront. Hops lack flavor. Tastes like extract. Maybe a bit of rice too. M.f. is smooth, uneventful.

D-This tastes like a Miller Lite. Which they may have been going for. I thought I was going to get an American presentation of a Czech Pilsner as described on the label! But this is just American Macro knockoff. Back to the drawing boards with this one.

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2.88/5  rDev -18.6%

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

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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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