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Shiner White Wing - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 506
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 42.77%
Wants: 15
Gots: 207 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Hoganlaw on 11-14-2013

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Photo of ale1
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

shiner promotion local Publix buy 2 get 1 free.. ok that's all fine such a deal
wheat , rice , corn nose not a Tucher or other weiss, claims this a belgian,
real lite weiss finish ..fizzy carbo

not really a Belgian if you have had a Belgian ale, you know

..i start cussin ' now for about 10 minutes ... ok much better now

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Photo of Jeaaej46
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. A: Clear, golden yellow. Some effervescence moving up the glass, a few bubbles at the top of the beer but no head and almost no lacing. S: Orange peel. Mild sweetness. I tried getting the coriander but I couldn't. Slight bit of malt. No hops. T: The taste pretty much follows the nose. Lots of orange, lots of sweetness. No hops at all. No bitterness for most of the drink. There is a very mild bitterness toward the bottom of the glass, but not much. M: Light bodied. Good carbonation. Very refreshing mouthfeel. O: This is not a bad beer, although there's not much happening with it. I would not pay for it again - especially at 8 bucks a sixer. However, if it was offered to be at a party or BBQ, I wouldn't refuse it. As a beer goes, it's rather boring. This is the first Belgian white I've ever had, so I can't rate it based on the style. If this is what the style usually is then I probably won't be a witbier drinker. I would have preferred a little hops. I think a beer needs some bitterness to make it a beer, even if it's just a little. On the other hand, as an all-around cold drink on a hot day, I certainly would not pass it up.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is mild honey and grain.
The taste is watery, mild honey sweet, the faintest touch of lemon. Not much.
The texture is crisp and thin.
Not much of anything here.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. The appearance was a thin yellow with a bit of haze and a head that dissipated quickly. The smell was mostly citrus with a little bit of wheat. The taste was the same with a little bit of mint and then orange peel in the finish. Very comparable to Blue Moon. Was not overall very impressed.

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Photo of GMB
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of Shiner's White Wing yields a hazy straw body topped by a fizzy snow-white head that disappears quickly. Carbonation is slightly aggressive, but if the taste is sharp and crisp, I won't mind.

The nose is evenly balanced between ground coriander seed and a slightly off-putting macro-malt aroma. Hmm. Have we used fresh barley?

Fortunately, the taste is better than the nose. Coriander dominates, and is complemented by sweet malt and the typically fruity characteristics of Belgian lager yeast. The mouthfeel isn't bad; crisp and clean.

Overall, White Wing is much better than most of the beers that Shiner produces. It's not even in the same league as what I would consider good Witbiers, and I doubt I'd buy another bottle, but I don't regret sipping this one.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: August 21, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos wit... OCCASION: saying goodbye to summer camp--with The Battle of the Five Armies... APPEARANCE: slightly hazy, suggesting an unfiltered creation... light, golden yellow body with small, copious bubbles... reasonably thick white head that shows surprising retention... AROMA: strong wafts of orange peel and lemon, with banana and biscuit rounding out the profile; bubblegum and yeasts develop a predictable yet appreciable draw ... PALATE: rather flat, malty and watery--easily refreshing but also lacking in substance and texture... little aftertaste, save a bit of beefiness... TASTE: some spiciness early, with bubblegum and orange peel providing the majority of the profile; the coriander is present, but light; the flavor is soft, watery and, at best, of the style... OVERALL: a good accompaniment for a arm, humid night such as this; not outstanding by any stretch, this still fulfills its promise of refreshment...not as engaging, flavorful or nuanced as other summer offerings....

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Photo of Gote
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing exceptional here but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Very mild flavor so I assume it would go well with a couple of hot dogs at the end of a summer's day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

As the great bottle purge continues here at Chez Woody, I am more aligned with the Summer season, suddenly (I seem to be on an alliterative kick lately). I am a big fan of Shiner and I am happy to have their beers available here in PA.

From the bottle: "Brewed with Coriander"; "Brewed with Orange Peel"; "A delightfully odd bird from Shiner [-] As we finish our 104th year, we are excited to take on brewing this Belgian-style white. Authentic Belgian yeast is essential to brew a true-to-style Belgian wheat ale. During the brewing process. something unique and wonderful happens when this yeast and the addition of coriander and orange peel bland to deliver the spice and citrus aroma and taste distinctive of a white ale. Barley and wheat malts and Saaz hops find the right flavor balance and the light carbonation makes this a delightful white ale. Prosit!"

I utilized an agitating pour, involving continually swirling the beer in the bottle as it was being decanted into a glass. This prevented any cascading, but it did produce two rocky, fizzy fingers of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a slightly hazy light-yellow (SRM = 2). Nose smelled more like lemon zest than orange peel and with a black pepper spiciness. Oooh. It is already a hot, humid day, so I am hoping for something refreshing from this beer. Mouthfeel was thin, but fizzy, with loads of carbonation. The taste was kind of light for the style, but I definitely tasted the orange peel at this point. The finish was semi-dry with the coriander giving it a black pepper bite. It was, indeed, a refreshing beer, but it was lacking in taste.

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Photo of Suds
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a clear, pale yellow color. It's mostly clear, with just a slight haze and a small head. It's not as attractive as I'd hoped. Some wheat-like tartness is notable in the smell...along with a hint of spice and citrus. No malt, and no real hop aroma. The taste is spritzy and a nice spice character comes out. On the sweet side. Moderate to light in body. It's a recognizable wit, but not much beyond average.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian whites. I guess this beer is good for its style...I just don't love the style. I can be a snob, so I'd prefer this to a macro Belgian white. But to be honest, I'm not sure it's any better than a blue moon.

But I love Shiner. I've had a myriad of their beers, and I always walk away happy. Even the ones I don't love are still good beers.

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Photo of bmwats
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Pours a light golden hue. Slight, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, not much else.

T: White bread, accentuated with some indistinct spice.'

M: Light, crisp, and starchy.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is bready and yeasty. Tastes like it smells, bread with some indiscernible spices. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by 7/13/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing virtually none
Body very light yellow, hazy
Flavor is sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops bitterness
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nice little beer which, to me, tastes more like a Belgium witte than an IPA.

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Photo of Jason
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Shiner branching out again with their rendition of a Witbier. I made sure to stir up the dregs to ensure that cloudy muddle character know in most. Subtle all around with any kind of spicing, bready wheat is very smooth and there is a mild sweetness within.

Not half bad bit nothing really pops here, nothing lively.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow haze in color with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops, cloves, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of wheat and cloves with mild hops.

Overall: Not a bad take on a Belgian White.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 29, 2014

Pale yellow pour under a quick fizzy white head and then nothing.

Aroma of toasted breaded malts, white malts (you know that feeling), pepper, spice, and lemongrass.

Light body.

Taste: Toasted biscuit, spice and then a flush of bitterness.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner White Wing has a pretty thick, fluffy, white head, an initially clear, yellow-gold appearance, which displays a descending gray-yellow cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured in, lots of rapid bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma and flavor are just as the company describes- bready, with a hint of orange peel and coriander. No banana or bubble gum with this one. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Shiner White Wing finishes dry, refreshing, and very easy going. Overall, for a subtle, mellow witbier, this one if interesting and worth sampling.


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Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Not sure what the guy below is talking about it's not a Belgium pale ale but more of a Witbeir. Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - Well it looks mildly hazy bright yellow in color with just a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out rather quickly. Looks Dull.
S - Well it does have a distinct sourness to the nose which smells inviting not too many venture into this just making another bland Hefeweizen. Another smell opens up to more orange and coriander smells.
T - As other said really dull taste. Doesn't really venture too deep in any direction be it sour lemon, coriander spice or even orange peel taste. Heck hardly any sweetness I can't even taste any orange flavor.
M - Light and very fizzy even for the style. Still hangs heavy on the palate.

Overall very light if any Witbier flavors make this a very lackluster take on the style. Avoid.

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Photo of TheyCallMeYukon
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

It beats some of the Macro Belgian Whites out there (ahem! Shock Top ahem!) but then again that doesn't speak that highly of this brew. Honestly I would drink again but I wouldn't pick it up anywhere.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent light straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Pears, white grapes, a touch of white pepper, fades once warm

T: White grape, golden delicious apple & a bit of lemon, plus a little coriander up front. A little bit of orange peel as this warms, lemon,& white pepper. Finishes a bit watery with coriander & lemon & a bit of juicy fruit

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, body thins out even more when warm

Drinks very easy, but not one to session on. I was already a little tired of the flavor profile after about 4 ounces. Could do a few in August I'm sure. Would rather have a blue moon...

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pale lemon-orange coloring with a good clarity and a fast moving, glass consuming display of effervesce. Chalky white head has a skimmy surface texture, slight in size, but retains rather nicely leaving behind a broken eye lash lacing.

S: The nose was of fresh wheat and oranges, fairly wet in nature with some lemon. A bit of bubblegum and yeastiness of moderate strength.

T: Spritzy flavor of lemon-orange and wheat, lightly tart with some slight barnyard funk. Musky nature, crisp bite on the finish of lemony hops. Fresh wet nature with some apple floral rounds things out.

M: Lively mouthful that was crisp, light bodied and somewhat creamy.

O: Overall an easy drinking wit, good snap and crisp carbonation. Worthy a try for a summer time quencher of a light affair.

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Photo of matjack85
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date on my bottle, although i see some reviewers found one on theirs.

The beer poured a hazy golden/yellow color but only made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

The beer smells like orange peels, wheat, and spices.

Very very orangey. After that you get a crackery wheat malt and a good dose of coriander. Very little Saaz hop flavor and bitterness. Kind of bland but very drinkable.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a great example of the style, but it will quench your thirst.

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Photo of Uanof
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: hazy light orange with an average receding fluffy white head.

S: quite much like belgian malt with some spices and citrus aromatics.

T: big splash of oranges upfront that quickly fades.

M: somewhat flat, the malt gives some body upfront and then it leaves the palate silently taking pretty much everythin else with it. Slightly sticky and carbonated.

O: not impressed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spice, yeast, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but the flavors are a bit watery in my opinion.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

Appearance: A crystal clear light gold body showcases a constant flurry of bubbles. The white head goes from creamy to frothy in a matter of seconds, before sinking into a sad little dollop of foam. 2/3

Aroma: An intoxicating bouquet of coriander, lemon peel, grapefruit, and even some bubblegum esters. Bready, pale malt brings some balance to the smell. 11/12

Taste: Pale malt outweighs the complex fruitiness promised by the aroma. Sour lemon and spicy hops help to accentuate a lingering mild bitterness. The sparse collection of flavors fail to work in harmony. In spite of the spiciness, this is less zesty and refreshing than a preferred BPA, as well as more bitter and malty. A disappointment. 12/20

Mouthfeel: A watery quality keeps things dull, although the light carbonation manages to build and linger on the tongue and throat. Goes down light and easy. 3/5

Overall: A sweet smelling, yet ultimately sad and unimaginative Belgian Pale Ale. Not off-putting, but still one to skip. 5/10

TOTAL: 33/50

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Photo of mnrider
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. Brown Bottle "Twist Off and Let Fly".

A: Semi-clear pale yellow. Medium sized bubbly white head. Good retention. Little retention.

S: Crisp. Cool. Wheat. Spicy. Orange and coriander. Pepper.

T/M: Wheat. Sweet. Orange. Spicy coriander. Light taste. Summery. Small bodied. Creamy. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a little wheat left over.

O: An okay Witbier. What it lacks in taste it makes up for in drinkabilty. Has an almost soda like feel to it. A good but not great decision for summer drinking.


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Shiner White Wing from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
79 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.