Keeping It Simple – Shiner 101 Czech Pilsner
Posted on June 25, 2010 by mike
The Czech Pilsner is not a style of beer that I have tried all that many of. I think my knowledge of this style goes as far as a Pilsner Urquell that I drank a few years ago. It is always nice to open the doors wider with a new selection for a style. Today, Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner from Spoetzl Brewing in Shiner, TX is going to teach me a thing or two about the Czech Pilsner style. Established in 1909, Spoetzl is another one of the oldest, still operating breweries in America, so I better sit down and really listen to what this beer is trying to tell me. But that is just it, this beer isn’t saying much, but what it was brewed to speak only one message. “Simple.”
Review of Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner
Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner has nice looking packaging. It has an old world like flare to it. The colors are simple black and white with a pop of red. I like the “seal” that says “Every drop of Shiners brewed in Shiner.” It gives me a feeling of approval. The bottle is riddled with little sayings about the simple recipe, ingredients and the 101 years that Spoetzl Brewing has been around. You’ll have to pick up a bottle or watch the video to hear what they say as there is just to much to write.
A light golden straw color with a light fluffy head just hanging out on the top. My head didn’t stick around long or lace to the sides over time.
Spoetzl takes great pride in the tradition of using barley, water, hops and yeast to make beer and that is exactly what I smell in this beer. I get malt and hop aroma with a pinch of hay like smell. I also get that sweet/spice that is quickly becoming something I am associating with all lager beers.
Very clean and crisp flavor. It isn’t complicated at all. Malty sweet with a hop bitterness that hangs out on the tongue long after you have swallowed the mouthful.
Light bodied, smooth and goes down easy. It has a quenching quality to it that would be very good with some spicy nachos! A light army of carbonation bubbles dances on my tongue with each sip.
Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner is very good. This beer is a perfect summer beer that would be refreshing out on the lake or in the heat of the day. It is a sipping beer that taste excellent as it warms up slightly, but is also very tasty crisp cold as you gulp it if the situation calls for it.
I have not had a lot of Czech Pilsners in my life, or I haven’t known they were Czech Pilsners, so if I take one thing away from this beer to apply to future recipes it is that things do not have to be complex to be good. You don’t have to put this and that into a recipe to make it special or tasty. Simple can please, refresh and should not be overlooked.
Have you tried Shiner 101 Czech-Style Pilsner? What did you think?