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 Billolick
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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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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 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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Photo of Duff27
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
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 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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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 wagenvolks
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Michelob pilsner glass.

If there is one category where Spoetzl Brewery has improved lately, it's been making their beer look great in the glass. Shiner 101 pours a rustic golden-auburn hue with a nice clarity that's interrupted by absolute torrents of carbonation. Excellent staying power to the eggshell-creme head, as the half inch of foam barely budges within the first ten minutes of pouring. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, but appropriate for the style with delicately toasted pilsner malt, bread crust, and a brief burst of grassy, German hops.

Minerals and grain husks hit the palate first, tasting slightly of sulfur and light Pilsner malt. The hops add a decent enough balance with notes of herbal grasses and a touch of bitter pine. Taste improves as the tongue adjusts to the carbonation level, as the light body goes down smooth but never suggests itself to be 'watery'. All in all, I found Shiner 101 to be a pretty decent Czech Pilsner. Nothing great, but, if anything--these guys are consistent. Happy One-hundred-and-first, Spoetzl.

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

Pours a golden straw in color, topped with a sizable tightly packed off-white head. The head falls at a moderately slow pace and leaves plenty of lacing behind.

Noble hop profile drives the nose, along with a touch of pale and crystal malt; lightly bready, and fairly true to the style . . .

Smooth and relatively creamy on the first sip, it's also semi-sweet and tangy-bitter. The aromatic hops and bittering hops work wonders here, making for a fairly textbook interpretation of the style*.

Good if-not excellent mouthfeel, and very good drinkability -- this is truly a beer worthy of being called "session-able".

* Note: when this beer is fresh it is much, much better. I was almost blown-away by the beer upon it's initial release, but over time it has really faded. Think on this when you buy those Pilseners imported from German and Czech Republik!

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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 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 twiggamortis420
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle pours a clear light gold color with a decently thick, creamy white foam. Retention is maybe a little above average and does leave a little bit of lacing.

Nose is lightly honeyed, grainy malts. I dont get a whole lot of saaz on the aroma, hops are pretty faint for the style. Very clean and fresh smelling lager.

Taste is light malts with a touch more sweetness than I am used to in a Czech style pilsner. Hops are more detectable in the taste than the nose indicated, but still pretty lightly hopped. There is a light lagery sulfur flavor in there as well. While Shiner 101 is pretty true to style, it is a pretty uninspiring version. Yes, it is crisp and refreshing but it is not the cleanest pilsner and the flavors are slightly dull.

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Photo of tubeyes
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark yellow, lots of white foamy head, lots of lace.
S crisp some hops.
T crisp pilsnery goodness, some subtle hops.
M crisp refreshing well carbonated mf, and minor hop at.
O pretty enjoyable shiner brew fitting for the summer heat. Had in Alaskan Shaker pint at Metzlers in Denton paired with german potatoe salad.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw color with a good size head, but that dissipates quickly. Smells of a nice sweet grain profile, not that atypical of pilsner, but stronger than many adjuncts. Tastes of sweet grain, nice profile. Beer is light bodied, very drinkable, carbonated correctly. Overall, an above average beer.

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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 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 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 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 Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a quite drinkable beer. For the style, it's a bit light in hops and malt. If people who live on BMC but want a bit something different, go with this one. A semi light golden pour. The head starts as a fluffy mess, but it turns abit rocky with some soapiness. A bit more rock could make it look better.

aroma is light. slight grain and huskiness. i don't get a whole lot of spiciness or hops in the nose.

Flavor is good, just a bit light on all accounts: malt, hops, yeast. Flavors are there, they just don't pop.

All in all, though, this makes it easy drinking. Not filling or over powering. Good beer to start the Halloween party night.

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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 digitalczech
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Czech style or not. It's a decent pilsener. While I've traveled in the CZR a few times and tried a lot of beer. I can see how this isn't a tradition CZ Pilsener but like some of the pilseners I've had there.

A - nice light color pouring with a decent head. Nothing special but not bad by any means.

S - Malty, grainy, something...

T - nice and smooth... more malty than I had expected making it slightly sweet and less hoppy (bitter).

M - light to medium bodied. I expected lighter

D - very drinkable. This beer goes down well and I enjoyed it. I was surprised on how much I liked it. I expected worse.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

4.0 A: Clear medium yellow color. Nearly three fingers of creamy/frothy white head. Decent retention and fair amounts of spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Nothing too exciting. Some graininess and not much else. Nothing bad in here either.

3.5 T: Taste is like the nose. A bit grainy and not much else. Moderately bitter for the style and a touch of herbal hops.

4.0 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Fairly creamy and super smooth.

4.0 D: It's boring, but well crafted. I'd drink this again without complain, but only if there wasn't anything better.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a traditional pint glass. Poured a light to medium gold color with about a finger of off white head.

Smells grainy with some floral notes. Overall a pleasant scent.

Tastes crisp and smooth. A little sweetness on the front, with a bit of a bite on the finish. Smoother than most Pilsners.

Feels pretty smooth in the mouth, medium body and carbonation.

Very drinkable brew. I followed this one up with two more.

One of Shiner's better brews.

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Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brassy hue with a one and a half finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy pilsner malt with a faint grassiness.

The taste consisted of a grainy pilsner malt with a subtle noble hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent pils.

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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 Aphexwolf
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear and golden, above average head, above average carbonation.
Smell: Can't identify anything other than barley and hops.
Taste: Slightly hoppy.
Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and crisp with a dry after taste.
Drinkability: Drinkability is high. It goes down very smooth and easy. I would (and did) drink several again.

Summary: This is a good beer. I gave it a 7.7/10, or a C+. This is a very simple anniversary beer. There's no bells and whistles attached and no hidden tastes or smells. It looks like a medium pilsner, and tastes somewhere between a light and medium pilsner. I can't compare with other Czech-style pilsners, because this is the first I've ever had. I would drink this beer again.

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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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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.54 out of 5 based on 296 ratings.
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