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 hosehead83
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Straw-gold in color, with a moderate head of foam
Aroma-Malt, biscuit
Taste-Buttered biscuit, sweet malt, subtle hop note. Crisp, clean finish.
Overall, a nice pilsener, which can be a difficult style to do well. Saaz hops definitely help this one with overall flavor.

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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 bmwats
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into standard pilsner.

A: Dark golden color. Pours into 2 finger, frothy, white head. Bubbly carbonation clings to the sides of the glass, and continues to rise throughout. Settles fairly slowly, leaving a blanket of inconsistent foam on the surface. Substantial thick and sticky spider web lacing remains.

S: Sharp malty, hoppiness with a little citrus, sage, and thyme.

T: Nice hearty malt, but not too heavy. A little hoppy, and bitter. Nice subtle touch of citrus. Really great balance. No components stand out and overshadow the others.

M: The bitterness bites in the beginning, but not too hard. Lightly hoppy and malty in the middle. Slightly dry finish.

D: This is a medium drinker, as I'd call it. Don't sip, but don't power down either.... something in the middle. Goes down really easy though. Nice, light, and refreshing.

Atmosphere is really solid. Great appearance, and a really nice combination of grain and spice in the nose. The flavor is an outstanding balance of components, all pure and pristine, with nothing really standing out of the others. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of beersheppard
3.02/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden in color, three finger head lingers in pilz glass, minimal lacing, not as carbonated as I would expect.

Smell: light hop, mostly hay and malt, disappointing for a Czech Pilz.

Taste: mainly malt, not heavy on the saaz, hay, missing the hops.

Mouthfeel:carbnonation is okay on the tongue, adequate.

Drinkability: this is a decent beer, not my favorite beer of this style, I would prefer more saaz flavor. I wonder if Texas water is too hard for a Pilz as well? Maybe that has something to do with the taste? I probably wouldn't get again.

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Photo of alcurtsinger
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Golden color with a head that subsided fairly fast.
S- Smell was not strong at all. Hints of hops.
T- Not strong at all, but pretty good. Malty with a hop undertone.
M- Light and clean
D- Very drinkable

It's good but nothing special. Probably the best Shiner beer I've had.

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

Well, I was surprised and impressed with Shiner's 100 anniv. Doppelbock, so I have some high hopes with 101.

A -- Bright, clear, yellow gold with a fluffy, off white head that holds up well.

S -- Vague noble hops in the nose with some light, bready malts back. Just a bit lighter in hop nose than I'd expect for a Czech Pils.

T -- Hmm, very nice bready malts up front with some citrus hops in quick balance, then a smooth malt to finish off. Aftertaste is citrus in a Saaz character and there's some mild bitterness in the finish. Czech Pils? How about German Pils?

M -- Light body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel that ends dry.

D -- Very good drinkability. The flavors reflect a well-made brew, just not quite to style for what the label is advertising.

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Photo of NicholasCasber
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a nice clear golden color with a decent white head, that lasted for all but 30 seconds, however, the lacing is proving to be promising for the entire drink.

S: Smelled like a generic Czech pilsner.

T: Surprisingly this beer was bright and balanced, unlike the smell led me to believe. Where it did lead me to believe that it was a generic Czech pilsner, that would be a half hearted attempt, it didn't have the tin (or metallic) flavoring that goes with the majority of Czech style pilsner I've tasted.

M: Overall it left my mouth dry, which I like, and my tongue tingling for more.

D: I'd rate this higher if it wouldn't have just been a seasonal beer.

Overall, interesting try, would have been better if it wasn't just one run. Good luck in your findings.


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Photo of Rayek
3.57/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pokal.

A: Bright gold with excellent clarity and big carbonation bubbles. A small and foamy white head quickly recedes to a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves no lace.

S: Quite musty and grassy at first. Also smells of raw malts and some straw.

T: Starts out with a dry malt flavor that is only slightly sweet. Bitterness is balanced and has a light lemongrass flavor. Finishes fairly clean, with some lingering lemon bitterness.

M: Medium light body is somewhat dry. Carbonation level is right where it should be.

D: I didn't find anything all that special about this. Still, it's fairly well done and a fine session brew.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Clear, pale, golden yellow. Half-inch, pillowy white head with average retention and good lacing. Large stream of bubbles.

S - Toasted malt, and spicy, floral hops. Slight sour smell when it gets too warm. Don't let that happen.

T - Pale, toasted malt. Slightly bitter finish that lingers into the aftertaste. It is dry throughout. It tastes balanced between the toasted malt and bitter hops.

M - Thin-bodied with full carbonation. It has a mostly wet feel with some creaminess.

D - Excellent. Very thirst quenching. Overall dry, crisp, and pleasant.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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 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 russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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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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 gordavidson
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A very clear yellow liquid with a thin, white head that settles to a few thin splotches. Looks kind of dead after it settles down.

S- Toasted malt, white bread, and a hint of hoppiness. Kind of faint and not all that appealing.

T- Sweet malt, a bit of bread flavor, and a hop bite at the end. Not much here, even considering the style.

M- Smooth at first, but the carbonation comes in and gives a kick. Clean finish.

D- Not very interesting and pretty carbonated makes this not super drinkable and rather forgettable.

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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 Fnord
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and straw-colored, with a lot of bubbles and a decent-sized white head that stubbornly clings to the glass. 4.5

Smell - Grassy and citrusy hops are prominent in the nose. Honestly I don't think I can discern anything else.

Taste - The hop taste is as advertised by the nose, but there's some bready malt flavors in the finish. Crisp but balanced.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin and highly carbonated.

Notes - This is probably the best Czech-style Pils I've had, though I admit my experience with the style is limited. I'm guessing it's because it's much fresher than the real Czech stuff we get over here. In particular, I like how the bready aftertaste balances the sharp hops so well.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a pale straw colored with gold highlights, with a thin white head that disspates quickly to a thin layer of foam.

S - Honey like malt notes with noble hops in the aroma.

T - Slighty sweet grainy malt flavor with a hint of hops in the finish.

M - A little thin

D - Smooth. Although it reminds me of the Frost and of the Kosch-style. Nothing spectacularly new here.

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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 vdread
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner 101 pours a clear vibrant yellow with a tiny cap that disappears to absolutely nothing. no collar, just...nothing.

smells like grains, slightly spicy hops.

tastes of grainy husk, light malt, and saaz hops, all in equal amounts. it's slightly sweet, slightly spicy. bitterness low.

medium body, very dry, with a lingering bitterness.

+ yea, it's another safe beer from Shiner. but as far as pilsners go, i can enjoy this one. this is what my craft fence sitting friends drink, and i've been having it a lot lately.

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Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a solid deep golden color. Light head formation, off white in color. Limited bubbling. Very clear beer.

S - Light pilsner malt sweetness comes through. Some caramel, perhaps even roasted notes come through. A hair of noble hops.

T - Starts off with some 2 row sweetness, malty - cleanly sweet before moving into some pilsner malts and floral saaz hops. Finishes with the most astringent grain note of the pilsner.

M - Moderate to light beer body, however much more strong carbonation bite. A light clinging sweetness left over.

D - Easy drinking. Seems lightly filling at times. No idea on the ABV, but as a pils it can't beat me up too bad.

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