Tex-Czech! Texas has a love affair with all things Czech, from the Czech Stop just North of Waco to the Czech Museum in Houston. With a handful of annual Czech and Slavic festivals, Texas has shown time and time again that if we aren’t Tex-Czech then we’re obsessed. So it makes sense that Texans would make a Czech beer.
For Shiner’s 101st Anniversary, Shiner released Shiner 101, a Czech-style Pilsner. Taking it back to the basics Shiner 101 is brewed with bohemian grown “Hanka” barley, Czech Saaz Hops and water with a reduced mineral content.
Okay there are a few Shiner Beers that I am in love with and in order they are: Hefeweizen, Blonde, Bock, and 101…now don’t get me wrong the others are great too but there is something about these 4 that makes me excited to drink beer.
Poured into my new Shiner 101 Pint glass, 101 is a Czech-style pilsner that pours a deep golden color with a thick creamy white head that leaves a beautiful lacing that breaks up down the glass. 101 has a great grassy hop smell with some grain behind it.
This is a highly drinkable beer, that starts with a slightly sweet taste followed by a perfect slightly bitter hop taste all with a very slight bready taste that is more apparent in the after-taste as it fades leaving a light but nice taste on the tongue.
This is definitely a beer to buy, but though I often say you should keep certain beers in your fridge this is a beer you need to buy with a purpose. If you’re planning a movie night, poker night or if you’re having a dinner with Slavic influences this is what you want around.