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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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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

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#41,446
Reviews:
114
Ratings:
296
pDev:
13.83%
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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of t0rin0
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of kojevergas
2.06/5  rDev -40.6%
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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, thin, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace after rapidly receding.

S - It smelled slightly earthy with a good deal of grass. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of grains and caramel with some nice sweetness. A very mild hop bitterness is present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied lager that finished dry.

D - This is a nice attempt at a Czech Pils. Well done by Shiner.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
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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3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light malts and a good amount hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and grain up front, but not a lot of sweetness. Then a decently strong hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid milder beer that is worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think Spoetzl makes some decent lager beers,a bit modest but still pretty good.Poured into a Czech lager glass a lighter golden shade with a nice fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly mineral-like with a bit of toasty grain,flavors are light and crisp with some of that iron/mineral,a bit of sweetness,and a decent shot of spicy saaz in the finish.Its a good drinker and better than basic,great to drink while grillin out on a hot North Carolia day like today.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey color with one finger of ivory head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & cooked veggies & a touch of honey once warm, plus some floral hops

T: Lemony hops, a touch of grassyness with light breadyness up front. Honey malt & lemony hops as this warms. Finishes crisp, with mineral dryess & a nice bready sweetness

MF: Light bodied, crisp, carbonation is nicely done on this one, great balance too

Not the best Pils out there, but engaging enough to drink 3 or 4 watching the game or hanging out at the lake. Not a huge Shiner fan, but they did a pretty good job on this one

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3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Issues from the tap a clear, yellow-hued body with a thinnish layer of white fizz up on top.

Smell: Fairly light scent here, just a bit of soft barley yielding a teensy hint of whole-grain bread and some vague hop notes.

Taste: Light taste of Moravian-grown malts imparting a touch of breadiness, though this eventually transitions into a more grainy flavor. Modestly sweet. Floral hop tones with no more than the bitterness required to balance our the brew. One last crackle of bread before the drying, lightly effervescent finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Sufficiently sessionable, I suppose, but, for me, it just lacks that Saaz hop bite I'm looking for. On a side note, I'll say it is nice to see Shiner continuing the series beyond the Shiner 100 Commemorator.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sun-splashed goldenrod with a rising rush of sparkling bubbles whose final destination is a plaster colored crown that has a rugged moonscape surface. A decent amount of soap sudsy lace makes it to the glass... and doesn't melt too quickly.

The nose smells like fresh grain, with the usual Saaz musky grassiness. More power and presence would have been good, but it's hard to find much fault given the style.

CSP tastes like a better than average American macro (American pale lager) brewed with quite a few more hops than is typical. Think Schlitz Gusto with less malt and a more crisp bitterness. Does that make it a great Czech pils? No, but it does make it a pretty good warm weather cookout beer if you can't stomach BMC (like me).

A shortage of barley hurts the cause the most. As a lupulin lover, I don't mind the bright spicy-grassy-musky hop jolt, but a more solid malt base would have given the flavor profile some needed balance and contrast. That's a lot to ask at this ABV, at least for most breweries. Nevertheless...

The mouthfeel does its job pretty well, all things considered. It's at least light-medium, without being the least bit watery, and has the gently stinging sort of carbonation that keeps the mouth party jumping.

Congratulations to Shiner for 101 years of brewing... and counting. Czech-Style Pilsner isn't as good as Commemorator Doppelbock or Smokehaus, but it's one of their better efforts for sure. Bottom line: fire up the lawnmower.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Billolick
3.54/5  rDev +2%
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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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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 Duff27
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours mid-golden. Nice one inch white head that lasts a few minutes. More lacing than normal for this style is left on the side of the glass. A few streams of carbonation bubbles speeding to the head. Looks very pleasant.

S- Sour lemon notes. Noble hops somewhat detectable.

T- Grassy, bread-like taste. Lemon zest.

M- Nice and full mouthfeel.

D/O- Overall, not a bad pilsner...an easy drinker. If I were in the mood for a pils and this was the best beer I could find...well, I certainly have had worse days than that. Thanks Spoetzl.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew on a hot night.

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