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Shiner White Wing - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 495
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 201 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peels are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of orange peels along with hints of coriander and wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot more orangey compared to other beers in the style. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle (682 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Highly floral and smoothly citrusy, the Shiner brands step into the Belgo-brew world with a wheated ale that takes on the fruit and spice balance that's uniquely Witbier.

As the ale pours a cloudy straw color while the head floats above with a creamy and ivory tinted lather. Its fairly resilient foam structure endures most of the session and laces the glass with broken frothy rings at each drink.

Popping with a highly floral perfume, overtones of coriander and orange peels gives the scent a soft spiciness and juicy citrus character. Supporting wheat seems to give the fruit and spice a candied aroma while hints of apple and lemon acidity link up with peppery spice for a piquant balance.

Wheat and grain sweetness settle on the initial taste like powdered sugar- this candied taste gives a juiciness to the orange, apple, and lemon flavor that grows in the middle. Wafts of coriander offer its own spicy fruitiness while echoes of perfume return in aftertaste. Its finish of minty bitterness is met with light vanilla for a smooth and summery taste.

Creamy and medium-bodied, the ale starts off with just enough body to imply fullness. But as the sweetness dissolves and the carbonation fades, it leaves behind a the slight acidity of citrus and white wine to resonate in finish.

White Wing might be overly simplistic in taste and body, but the overwhelming perfume of orange peels and coriander completely seduce the senses even as the ale carries an orange soda pop character. (1,490 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.24/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (361 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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... (664 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very nice witbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,476 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with a touch of sourness along with light aromas of lemon citrus and coriander spice. Slightly yeasty.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of wheat with just a hint of traditional wheat sourness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus lemon rind and citrus lemon along with light to moderate amounts of coriander spice. Slightly yeasty with a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an easy drinking beer and one that pairs well with spicier foods - I'm having it today with some chili. Light and refreshing. (1,150 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (1,628 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of coriander, orange, hint of hop, slight yeast, slight sweet malt, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Witbier. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of orange, coriander, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, decent appearance, aroma, good feel, and decent blend. Still, nothing special as a Witibier. (477 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of oranges, wheat, grains. Taste is oranges, spices, malts, clean and refreshing. Feels medium-light in the mouth and overall a good thirst quencher, and a beer I could drink several of. (277 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (299 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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. (868 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Shiner's White Wing a few days ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and since this one just showed up I thought I would give it a try, so let see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got simple a look it so I don't think it's too eye catching, but it has some nice information about the beer. It poured a pretty hazy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, wheaty, sweet malt, and bready aroma with some spicy Belgian yeast like aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the coriander which is pretty noticeable and it's followed by big orange aroma showing up the most and imparting a nice orange rind aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, I thought the coriander and orange rind aspects are enhanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with a white bread aroma seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some Belgian yeast like flavors with some coriander and orange peel aromas showing up a fair amount lighter than they did in the aroma. This was a nice tasting beer, it's what I expect from the style and coriander and orange weren't overdone.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little fizzy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slight higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little light for the style.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a slightly above average example of a Belgian White Ale, I was a little worried that the taste might be too coriander and orange peel forward since the aroma was pretty intense with it, but it was fairly balanced when I got to the taste and that helped the drinkability. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, a little fizzy, not filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these in a row but I think I might start to get bored with it after that and I think this would make for a nice spring time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance in the taste, no aspect was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but I thought it was a little too light and fizzy for the style. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I might consider it if I'm really in the mood for this style and I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I didn't love this beer, but I didn't hate it either, it kind of fell right in the middle for me and I don't find it to be that memorable but I would say it's still pretty solid as far as the Style goes, keep up the solid works guys. (3,290 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.74/5  rDev -21%
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. (218 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rather clear paper yellow, for a witbier. Excellent head formation and head retention, however.

Eggy witbier nose with lots of wheat malt representation. Standard recipe of coriander and lemon peel. Mellow strength. Which is to say, it's rather mild.

Woah, lots of coriander and flowery elements. Floral spice and everything nice, I could say. Standing tall is the backdrop of wheat ale. Yeast leans toward Belgian-y esters with musty citrus and creamed sour mix.

Lean body with a medium-light carbonation. Washes down with little difficulty. Could use a little bit of heap or girth. Otherwise, a friendly witte. (615 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

RJT (610 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is a bright gold beer with a nice thick finger's worth of head. The aroma is actually pretty good for the style--lemony, very fruity, a touch of coriander--and the coriander comes through quite clearly when drinking. It's thirst-quenchingly acidic, and very fruity. It's actually not that bed of a witbier--heck, I'd even say it's on par with Hoegarden--2014 Hoegarden I mean, not 1990s Hoegarden, before it got dumbed down. Unusually good beer from Shiner. (497 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Rather hazy light golden body, with a moderate off-white head, which slowly fades to just a scattering of foam. Fine-beaded lacing adorns the glass walls. Slight carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Coriander and orange rind dominate the aroma, with lesser spicy wheat aromas.

Taste: Opens with bready and spicy wheat notes, soon followed by coriander and orange rind. As the taste progresses, the wheat malt dominates, with the coriander and orange fading a bit. Finishes with lingering bready notes and a subtle herbal hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A decent, very drinkable example of the style.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (816 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, partially cloudy body with a nice, soft head. Soft grain notes in the aroma with a very pleasant orange and lemon character. Light malted grain flavors; wheat smoothness very noticeable; hint of black pepper spice. Light bodied with a dry, crisp finish.

A very fine witbier that comes across well-balanced, decently complex, and delightfully tasty. Smoothness, warmth, and a subtle yet varied fruitiness and spiciness all come together and make a tasty beverage. Perfect for anyone looking for a lighter bodied and flavored beer but with substance and intrigue. (575 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow with good vision of tiny bubbles coming up through out the glass.

Smell: Bready wheat, vanilla, coriander, orange peel, noble hops, and some sweetness.

Taste: Same as above. Tart when with a slight hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice witbier from the TX boys. Been enjoying the sampler pack. (536 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6 because I tend to like wheat beers. Okay appearance, not the murky look that i like of wheat beer and decent smell, but kinda weak. Taste was much better than expected after look and smell. Overall a decent beer but not one I will revisit unless the cost is good. Also loses points due to being below 5%. (340 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow glass holds a thin white head that leaves a little soapy lace.

Smell: As a wit should, has a strong coriander based spicy note with a lemon peel edge. It goes just a bit sour.

Taste: A bready yeasty base, I think they actually went with a wit yeast, Shiner normally likes their house yeast for a unifying element in their beers, nice to see them step out. The spice note is light, and while there is a slight sour edge, I like my wits to pucker a little more than this does. A classic Shiner brew, towards the middle of the road, which is smart for a large brewer.

Mouthfeel: A bit light, a bit fizzy but loses it's sparkle before the glass is done. Could use a bit more base.

Overall: A nice light refreshing beer, a good beer to bring to a party, different enough to be of interest, light enough not to offend most. (853 characters)

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Shiner White Wing from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
80 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.