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 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 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 elgiacomo
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Jan 20, 2011.

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head that leaves some spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is noble hops with some grass and musty notes along with some lemony citrus and biscuit.

Flavor is grassy hops, a little musty, a little adjunct-lagery, some sweetness, mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, medium to high carbonation.

Average Pils.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear golden straw color with a modest white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent.

S - Grassy hops with underlying notes of sweet buttered corn.

T - Some crisp hop bitterness up front is quickly overpowered by buttery sweetness. The pilsner flavors are there, but considerably off-balance in favor of the sweetness.

M - Light-bodied with a crisp, clean finish.

D - Yet another mediocre beer from the Spoetzl Brewery. It's okay, but I won't be seeking it out again.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by a finger of white head that fades rather quickly and leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet pale malt, lemony hops, and a hint of something metallic.

Flavor: Crisp, grassy, and lemony hops over a cereal grain and pale malt backbone. It's a little thin. Sweet grains in the finish. Reminds me of the ill-fated Shiner Smokehaus from last year, sans the smoke.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable, though too plain to really hold interest.

Verdict: 101 is another pleasant, very Shiner-esque, though ultimately unmemorable pale lager from Shiner. 97 was so good that it's a shame to see yet another lackluster beer in this series. Guys, do us all a favor and be a little more daring next year--it paid off the last time.

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Photo of makersmarkers
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a double-walled Bodum glass. This was the sixth and final "mystery" pick in my case of Shiner Family Reunion.

It's got a nice, warm light amber color, but no lasting head and very little lacing. Malty, yeasty nose with very little hint of hops. The malty sweetness is prominent on the tongue. There is some mild citrus hop notes, but the hop bitterness is almost entirely in the finish, more than fine for the non-hop-heads among us. Not especially carbonated either, but sessionable and highly drinkable. Mildly recommended, although for the price I think I'd grab the more hop-forward Noble Pils from Sam Adams or the Summer Pils from one of Texas' other great breweries, St. Arnold's.

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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 TexIndy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Shiner's usually have the bottle date on the neck but this one didn't for some reason. It was a clear pale straw color with good carbonation. It had an average sized head that settled into a collar and foam patches. Some lacing that slowly slides back.

Aroma was grassy and floral hops along with a cooked veggie aroma. A little below average for the style. The taste was good for the style with biscuity malt base and slight spice from the hops. Mouthfeel was light with very crisp carbonation. Decent aftertaste.

Overall, an average CP that seems to fit the Shiner mold lately of not really pushing it. Obviously available here in TX. Rotation - not really one of my goto styles and it didn't stand out so one is enough for me. [N;N]

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip produces a two finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a rich gold hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright, almost metallic gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried hay, some spicy herbal hop aromatics, cracker like malt and perhaps a hint of herbal menthol as the beer warms up.

A bit prickly from the carbonation as it first hits my tongue, the beer also has a soft sweetness to it and perhaps not enough biting bitterness to it (though this is here). The finish is mostly hop bitterness, but does have a touch of herbal honey notes to it as well as some bread-like malt character. Very light and refreshing and it doesn't really have the richness of a properly decocted Czech Pilsner. As the beer warms up the honey-like notes become a bit more prominent.

Not bad, but definitely falls short of a well made Czech Pilsner. It is refreshing if drunk cold on a hot day though.

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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 elniko
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Bitburger pilsener glass.

A: Standard pilsener coloring with one finger head and solid lacing. Pretty high level of carbonation.

S: Just not much nose, especially for a pilsener. Slight hop tones but pretty disappointing.

T & M: Rating to style the taste was far better than the nose. Definitely had the distinct Czech pils spiciness with the hops. Mouthfeel fairly thin bodied and I would have liked a little more malt backing. With that being said I think Shiner did good job brewing a good representation of a Czech pils.

D: Quite drinkable although I still prefer the Frost overall in comparing recent Shiner offerings. This brew was about what I would expect from a Shiner pilsener in that it is a little conservative.

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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 HoustonTX
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm very surprised there are not more reviews on this one. It's been available in the Houston area for almost 2 weeks now.

Body is mainly straw yellow, with amber high lights. Aroma is clean and malty with flowery/peppery undertones. The mouthfeel is creamy, refreshing, and medium-light bodied. Notes of assertive earthy pale malts hit the palate first, followed by lightly flowery/citrus saaz hop undertones.

Shiner 101, is very straight forward, no frills type of beer. It's a great choice for just casual drinking, and would pair nicely with barbeque. While, not deviated far from your typical macro lager - it deviates with much more mouthfeel, which provides a nice creaminess. A bit, more flavor, and good drinkability.

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Photo of cameraman
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium to dark golden color is pored into the glass, with a slightly visible carbonation moving up the glass. A white, creamy half inch head forms and stays there as if saying, "I am not going anywhere." A bread fragrance comes in at first scent that is followed by a light grassy fragrance, finishing with a mild cabbage scent. Bread and biscuit dominate the taste right at the beginning, then it blends itself to the hop bitterness. The bitterness brings grassy and mild citrus flavors , that stay on the palate long after each taste is gone. A watery feel at the front with the cleansing sensation of carbonation coming through midway. The finish is dry and the palate is left with a strong, lingering arid feel. A solid Czech style pilsner, with a strong and appealing color. The aroma may not be as spicy as I would have expected, but the solid flavor and classic feel make up fot it in the end.

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Photo of bump8628
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner 101 exhibits a clear golden body with stark white foam, clean sweet pilsener malt, and an herbal, grassy, noble hop presence. All requisites for the style, the only problem is that each component lacks just a bit compared to the standards of the style. The head recedes quickly, the malt becomes a bit watery at the end, and the hops don't pop nearly enough, especially in the aroma. That said, 101 is still a pleasant beer to drink, and one that I would gladly consume again, especially on a warm afternoon.

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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 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 soju6
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden color with a fair head that fades slowly to lacing.

S: Mild herbal aroma with some traces of malt sweetness.

T: Has a mild malty sweetness with a touch of bitterness and a fairly dry finish.

F: Light body, crisp, clean and refreshing.

D: Easy Drinker. Not quite a Czech Pilsner but a good everyday beer. Beter than most lawnmower or BBQ beers.

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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 Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head. The beer is very clear. The aroma is wheat, malt and some grassy hops. I also get a slight butteryness. The flavor is similar with a nice touch of bitterness from the grassy hops. The butter is there as well, taking away from the overall flavor. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An unremarkable beer, but one of the better ones from Shiner.

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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 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 lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a few of these the day after drinking some Shiner Oktoberfest. While not a great beer, this one was light years ahead of the Ofest.
Nice clear gold color with a medium-sized white head.
Grassy, hay-like aroma. Some sweet malt.
Big malt presence in the taste. Little bit of hops.
A passable Czech pilsener. Pretty nice.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It poured a light yellow to light orange color with an average size head which dissipated fast. It smelled citrus, lemon grass, yeast, some bread, malt.
I tasted a slight fruit with a good malt with a little bit of yeast residue. It is a fairly light beer. It is a great beer for a good hot summer lawn mowing day. Not bad for football season.

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Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of pale malt and grassy hops

T - Follows the nose pale malt some spine from the hops

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a pretty good beer not a style that I seek out but it has a decent taste thats light and refreshing worth trying sometime

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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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