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 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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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 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 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 Spineypanda
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great pilsner! Has a nice straw color and a good at least 1.5 inch head with great retention time and lacing.
Smells of alcohol, which is different for me but has the yeasty smell that I look forward to. Has the smell of an authentic Czech Pilsner.
Tastes like a very good pilsner. Surprising that they made this taste the way it did, I expected a weak version of Shiner Bock.

Awesome beer!

Thanks Shiner.

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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 icetrauma
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured this 101 into my pils glass and it poured a nice clear straw yellow color with a 3 finger head that hung around for quite some time. The head laced the glass on the way down. The carbonation is good in this brew. Never missed a bubble for the entire brew.

Smell was a nice crisp grassy and minerally on the nose.

Taste was very clean. Small amounts of lemon and butter on the palate and finished off in a traditional pils style.

Can't wait to make a session of this once the thermometer warms up here in Houston. As another poster stated. This beer should replace the subpar hefeweizen as a year round brew.

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Photo of Riccymon
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a perfectly clear, golden color with about a finger of soapy white head. A layer of head persists for a long time as loads and loads of carbonation rise from the bottom of the glass. Smell is a crisp blend of dominant Saaz hops, crushed grain, coriander, and lemon peel. Great traditional pilsner aroma.

Taste can only be described as a crisp, classic Czech pils. A grassy, peppery flavor dominates accompanied by a slightly mineral-like aftertaste. Mouthfeel is rather full for the style with a slightly oily/buttery texture. Finishes with a satisfyingly bitter wash.

This is a Shiner beer I'd drink over and over again in the warmer months. I'd love for this to become a year-round beer (in place of the Hefe, if I had my way!)

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Photo of hoplover82
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep golden, amlost a honey color with a medium sized white fluffy head that was quick to leave the party with no trace of ever being there.

Smells of (after a vigerous swirl) soft, light spicy hops with pilsner malts and maybe some adjuncts, maybe...

The flavor reflects the aroma with pilnser sweetness and some hop spiciness and very soft bitterness.

The mouthfeel has a slightly creamy lighter body with a soft dryness in the end, but the sweet malt feel lingers long.

This is very sessionable given that this is probably low in abv. But I won't go for this again. Glad I tried it though.

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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 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 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 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 fjordhook
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just picked this up at the local HEB plus off Anderson Mill. Pours with a golden color with a fluffy head. Completely transparent in body. Smells like every czech pilsner I have had, reminds me exactly of Pilsner Urquell. I enjoy the bitterness czech pilsners usually have. This beer was no different, and even had less of a bite than I thought it would. This was smooth from start to finish, I definitely enjoyed this beer.

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Shiner 101 Czech Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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