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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Reviews: 114 | Ratings: 295
Photo of waltertrush
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden Body. Nice Head.
Aroma: Barley and Hops.
Taste: Barley. Light. Moderate carbonation. Bitter Aftertaste.
I would post more but this post is the same on my Facebook posts so i would not be as accurate as i initially posted my findings.

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

Grabbed this one as part of a mixed sixer, probably because I enjoyed the smokehouse I had recently bought. If you compare this one to a BMC product, it is excellent. The light biscuity/hoppy aromas and flavors are far superior to the mass market versions. Compare it to a craft pilsner, and it fails. Whatever. It was only a buck and a half.

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Photo of miket163
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice Pils. Smelled of malts and grass, with a touch of hops. Pale orange colour, white head. The taste was very refreshing, very hoppy with a nice malt background. The only thing I would change would be to add more of a malt character to it. Overall a very nice summer lager.

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

Poured from 12 ounce bottle into a Unibroue tulip. White head, quickly dissipates, thin to zero lacing. Clear, bright beer, amber in color. Aroma is biscuity and slightly hoppy, slightly malty. Easy to drink, very smooth, easy drinking pilsner. Nice American version of the style.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i must say a success. looks the part and smells the part. but on a milder notion. the malt is not as robust as i would like if a true czech. some straw, some apple, and some honey. not sweet enough to make it pollen like sweet and floral but the hopy character is there. not hard on the mouth either. quite good for texas. great work for shiner.

had it again about a week later and it was rather more bitter but still crisp. not as rubust of a feel though.

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Photo of frosty01
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner's 101 caught my eye in the cold case and when I saw it was a Czech style Pilsner brewed with only water, barley, hops and yeast, I had to give it a try.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass, nice head which diminished quickly leaving some lace. Deep golden color. Adequate carbonation to enhance the slightly crisp mouthfeel. Taste notes include mild grass tones, grain, and medium bitterness from the saaz hops.

This is very drinkable beer and capable of quenching a summer thirst.

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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 oberon
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Bizz88
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear golden yellow with a nice two fingered head leaving a nice lacing throughout the glass. Aromas of light grains and malts. Light on the palate with nice carbonation. Hints of a hoppy citrus finish. Good enough of a brew from the Lone Star State. Found it drinkable.

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Photo of malty
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck bottle with no visible best before/date stamp.

Brilliantly clear golden color with a frothy, loose white head that diminished to 1/8" after a couple minutes. Moderate visible uprising carbonation. Beautiful thick broken rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of fresh mown hay, wet river rocks and zesty acidic apple.

The flavors are fresh, crisp & clean with pale malts, semi-bitter/dry hops, saltine crackers and a hint of lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is just a tad to the right of light bodied with a soft, airy and somewhat oily texture. The carbonation is perfectly fine and encompassing. A somewhat dry and chalky quick finish.

Overall a pretty darn near perfect feeling and looking Czech Pils. I was hoping for a little more malt presence, but the hops seemed to be on par with the malt element. I paid $1.79 for a single from a store that really doesn't mark-up their singles at all. So, by my math this must be going for around $11 a sixer? If this is so, it's too much coin IMHO. I'd stock up on it if it were closer to $7.49 or something. Good pils nonetheless.

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Photo of Redrover
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a couple of these at the Bus in Houston. The Bus is a bar across from the Astros park.

The beer is a gold/yellow with a chill haze. It had a thick white head and nice lacing.

Fresh aroma of grains, lots of yeast and a bit of apple.

The taste tracks the smell. Fresh grains backed by some spicy hops and a touch of fruit. I liked the balance.

The mouth is just about thick enough and the carbonation is well modulated.

This was an easy drinker and one I could have had the entire evening. Well done!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 mralphabet
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Clear, pale, golden yellow. About a fingers worth of head, that settles to a nice ring and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.... Very nice.

S: Toasted malt and floral hops right out of the bottle.

T: Alot like the nose here.... I'm getting toasted malt followed by bitter hops, Well balanced, after taste is on the bitter side.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation, yet it has a creaminess too it. Overall on the dry side.

D: Nice little Pils, low in ABV, very drinkable... Not a bad little session beer.

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

This pilsner comes out of the tap a clear, appetizing amber with a decent white head. Aroma is strong, fruity, yeasty and slightly malty. Fruity and somewhat malty flavor is rather pleasing, if not outstanding. Texture is very smooth and slightly fizzy.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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 copyguyadam
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Picked up as a single on a beer run in WI.

A - Looks like a classic pilsner, but the head disappears like a typical macrobrew.
S - Not much here except a stale grain smell. Not off-putting, but nothing to get too excited about.
T & M - Pretty good taste of the style, carbonation just right and light aftertaste.
D - Good tasting brew, but I couldn't see buying a six pack.

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Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing in a second. A light film of lace is left behind.
S: Grain and cereal are dominate. Light grassy aromas.
T: Follows the nose. Grainy and cereal malty flavors. Light grassy and yeast flavors.
M/D: A light body with medium carbonation. A little thin and watery. Not hard to drink, but I am looking for something else half way down.

Pretty bland overall. For a light lager, not the worst thing ever. Though long gone are the days when Spoetzl actually put out a good flavorful lager to drink.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My thanks to WJVII for his generousity.

A - Nice pour for a pilsner. Lots of carbonation through a pale tan body and topped with a white head about a half inch tall.

S - Slight bread and grain aromas.

T - Bread and malt flavors throughout with a kick of a sweet, almost alcohol flavor as the brew finishes. The bread flavor that's prevalent overall has a slight bitterness to it that I've found to be rather common in Czech sytle lagers.

M - Watery throughout with a slight stickiness between the start and the middle. The finish is clean but it does leave a begging to be quenched further.

~ This is one of those beers that many around my neck of the woods will simply overlook as "ordinary". This is a beer that has some complex characteristics even though its "only " a pilsner. If you can find this brew, I suggest you take a gulp or two. It's worth a sampling.

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Photo of WJVII
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass I was looking forward to enjoying a great tasting Czech brew taking me back to my travels there where I learned that beer was more important than, well most things. The color was a nice straw yellow with a 1 finger white head that dissipated to nothing. There was a faint malt nose, but some bready yeast and light floral hops. The taste was clean and simple with nice barley and hop balance. Not a WOW brew though. Just plain and simple and maybe that is all they were going for. If so this one gets it, but I was expecting more from the style and in that it fell a bit short.

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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 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 bristol2120
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium gold, with a significant head that slowly dissipates leaving a moderate foam layer. Not much lacing to speak of here. Smell features a pleasant, but understated hops character, as well as significant graininess. Taste is good, but there could be a bit more hops presence, as well as a bit more carbonation. Fairly decent mouthfeel, but again, there could be a bit more carbonation. A decent rendition of the style.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Roanoke College mug.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves behind little lace.

Smell: Some grains, with grassy and herbal hop notes. Slight floral hints.

Taste: Sweet and grainy beginning, finishing with a balanced, buttery hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with light carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Having lived in Slovakia for three months, I had many Czech pilsners. This is a faithful interpretation and a refreshing yet tasty summer beer.

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Photo of John_M
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Greg (twiggamortis420) for the opportunity to try this.

The beer pours a solid gold color with impressive, creamy head, good retention and decent lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what I detect is nice enough. It mostly consists of light honey and light black pepper. Flavors replicate the nose in this light, crisp, easy to appreciate and enjoy pilsner. The flavor profile is straight forward and uncomplicated, and the beer is a bit watery in the the mid palate. Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp, with a nice hint of bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is very good in this beer, with the light initial sweetness nicely balanced by the hoppy bitterness in the finish.

While this beer is pretty nice, it's probably just as well it isn't available in this market. It's a solid effort, but IMHO, it just doesn't compare to the excellent pilsners one can find from Victory, slyfox, troegs and stoudt in this part of the world.

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.54 out of 5 based on 295 ratings.
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