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 shand
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Czech pilsner glass. This bottle is two weeks beyond it's pull date.

Poured a golden, transparent color with head cresting the top of the glass. The carbonation is very apparent. Looks like a good pilsner, leaves plenty of lacing on the way down the glass. Smell is about average, dominated by grainy malts with just a touch of Saaz hops. Smells like a theoretical Pilsner Urquell Light, if anything.

The taste also reminds me of the "Pilsner Urquell Light", but with less of the Saaz hops and more of the malts. This could be partially due to it being slightly past the pull date, causing the hops to fade. Either way, this is a pretty decent tasting Czech pilsner. The grainy malts work in tandem with the noble Saaz hops. It's less bitter than other Czech pislners I've had.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting. It's slightly heavier bodied than most pilsners of the type, and it's also very dry. It works though. It's also very drinkable. All in all, I'm glad I took a shot on the Shiner 101. This is the first beer of theirs I've had, and it makes me want to try more. There's nothing wrong with a brewery who focuses on drinkable lagers, in my book.

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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 mothman
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of white head that fades down to a thin layer. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Noble grassy hops, pale biscuit malts. That is about it. Pretty simple.

Taste: Biscuit and pale malts. Grassy/crisp earthy hops. A little oily. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with a touch of bitterness. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and a bit sticky.

Overall, I have had better pils. This one just wasn't too hoppy. Somewhat drinkable, but more flavor would be nice.

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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 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 chilidog
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got ahold of one, the last one, found on a singles shelve. I thought i missed thisone so i grabbed it.

Pours a well carbonated yellow. Off-white head was nice only to settle and fade to a colar. Though the trail of lace was nice.

The aroma is of grass, earthy hay.

The taste carries that grassyness with pine. Little hop or malt to be found. The colder the beer, the better it crisps up.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin or watered.

Drinkability is there esp cold. I'd like the chance to get six in the summer. A hot day try-out seems in order.

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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 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 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 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 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 grittybrews
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dull straw yellow into a chalice with a finger of quick-receding fluffy white head. Slight grassy aroma with lemon citrus.

Moderate carbonation and a crisp, full mouthfeel. Good malty backbone with slight caramel sweetness and some mild lemon on the finish. Not overly complex, but drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of captainjferjado
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thick head with large bubbles which quickly folds under its own weight. Light and steady carbonation run vertical through the sweet golden pilsner body. Light scent of citrus and barley. Lightly sweet. A clean pils taste with, how to say it?, a bitter crispness to it. Well balanced. Classic. Nicely carbonated, with the bite quickly rolling over the tongue; a little hop bitterness at the end keeps it from being too smooth. An easy drink in this warm weather, but not my preferred thirst quenching beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a small, thin, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lace after rapidly receding.

S - It smelled slightly earthy with a good deal of grass. Some floral notes.

T - It tasted of grains and caramel with some nice sweetness. A very mild hop bitterness is present, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A light bodied lager that finished dry.

D - This is a nice attempt at a Czech Pils. Well done by Shiner.

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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 generallee
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color which has good clarity and some visible carbonation. A tall bright white head sits on top and hangs on well. On the glass the head leaves decent lace patterns.

Smell: It's clean and light with pale biscuity malt and spicy floral hop notes.

Taste/Palate: A clean and pale bready/biscuity malt lays down a good base for a tasty and delicate spicy/floral come through. The finish is clean and the palate is snappy and refreshing.

Notes: This is straight up one of the cleanest Czech Pilsners that I have tried. I like to see delicate Pilsners in dark brown bottles!!!

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

Thanks goes out to spycow for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice fizzy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose malty, with some hop notes, and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a very tasty brew on a hot night.

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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 Tunafever73
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner rarely puts out a bad product, this is no exception. This is a pilsner so don't expect to blown away with flavor but it is pretty good. From a glass, decent head, not much nose, nice aftertaste.

If we were rating bottle lable design, this would get an A in my opinion.

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Photo of LacquerHead
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Lizardo's Pub & Sub in CC TX.

It poured a clear golden color with a white semi-foamy head. It quickly dissipated to a medium lace that stuck around till the end.

The taste was very crisp and refreshing. There was a pale hops flavor - kind of dry. It was a little bit toasty. As one BA member described it, it had a "saltine cracker" flavor - to me the "cracker" taste was the backdrop.
This seemed fairly standard, but overall I thought it was a pretty good pilsner.

Normally I think Shiner brews have too much of that carbonated bite, but this one was very good. Unlike other Shiner's I have drank, this one did not have a metallic aftertaste.

Most of the time I drink Shiner's brews straight from the bottle because IMO the experience between the bottle and glass is the same. However, I prefer this brew be poured in a glass. Pilsners are not usually my pint of brew, but this one was pretty darn good and refreshing - worth a try, and I'll probably have this again while in TX. At $2.50 a pint at Lizardo's, I'm down.

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Photo of OverToad
4.2/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at the local Kroger's. Taste is very nice and too easy to drink. Shiner has been offering some very nice beers as of late.

Mine left some nice lacing behind and had a slight bitterness that was refreshing.I like this one much better than their Shiner Blonde. I wished they would make this one year round.

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Photo of nicnut45
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear golden color, transparent thin white head.

S-Asiago cheese smells at first. This quickly fades. Then I have to go searching for any smells. Definetly pick up those wet river rock smells as described in the other reviews. There is also a slight scotch tape smell.

T&M.F.-A narrow malt presence. Overtaken by bitter hops upfront. Hops lack flavor. Tastes like extract. Maybe a bit of rice too. M.f. is smooth, uneventful.

D-This tastes like a Miller Lite. Which they may have been going for. I thought I was going to get an American presentation of a Czech Pilsner as described on the label! But this is just American Macro knockoff. Back to the drawing boards with this one.

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Photo of TexasTowHead
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.

The beer is quite beautiful, particularly given that it was poured from a bottle. Nice golden color with a finger-width head without an aggressive pour, and it stuck around for a good bit. Nice lacing left on the glass.

The aroma left a good deal to be desired--slight hint of malt but not much more. On every other count it was average--as another reviewer put it, it is a step up from a BMC offering but isn't up to snuff in comparison with other craft-brewed beers of the same style. Needs more malt to give the beer some character.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: a golden brew, good clarity, with foamy white head that fades pretty slowly while leaving fluffy lacing

S: aromas of white sandwich bread crust with faint grassy, lemony hops.

T: clean, grainy flavor up front, fading into more breadcrust flavor, buttery with bitter grassy hops and lemon peel.

M: light body with a decent carbonation, finishes crisp and dry

Overall, this beer is on the fringe of being the everyday american lager that claims to be a pilsner, though the malts used are better, and there is a tad more hops(just a tad). Would be better if it were more bold. still drinkable, just not true to style.

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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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