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Shiner White Wing - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Hoganlaw on 11-14-2013

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Photo of Jeaaej46
2.38/5  rDev -31.4%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Ben-Bur
4.26/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

EDIT: See the review by woodychandler instead. Its a bit pedantic, but its a better review and and hell, its a white so maybe thats fitting. I think he said it well though, "It was, indeed, a refreshing beer, but it was lacking in taste." (Probably why I liked it since I generally do not like white beers)

Firstly, I should say I have been a rabid IPA drinker for about 5 or 6 years. Partly because I moved to the eastern US where the IPA's lack the qualities I love, and partly because I have been wanting to expand my beer experience beyond IPA's (which I have drunk all variants and types I could find), I have been trying to explore beers of styles I would not traditionally drink (i.e. non-ales).

Secondly, I should say I give this beer a 4.25 out of 5.00 for whites, not for beer styles overall.

Anyway, my opinion:

Serving Type: While I have poured in a glass, I really feel beers with light notes should be consumed from the bottle (though I do not have glasses appropriated for beer styles). I lose much of the sharp smells and taste when I do not do as such.

I give this beer a high score because its the best white I have had up to this point. I've tried several, and I generally think there is a poor, sour aftertaste for this style of beer. I really Spoetzl's White Wing because it has a clear and crisp finish. (1,332 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 tronester
3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a creamy medium white head. Aromas of citrus peel and coriander. The flavors begin with some lemon, then light bread, and finishes with some spices and a hint of bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is decent. Overall a good witbier. (254 characters)

Photo of mnrider
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Cheers! (524 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 DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always reach for Spoetzl Brewed Products for my Goto brew. Got me a sixxer as soon as it hit the shelves. Appeared orange with an off white creamy head. Everything about this beer was good. Smells of citrus, oranges, sweet grains, hops, and a small bit of cream. Very tasty drinkable beer ESP on a hot summer day. (315 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of ale1
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
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
24oz
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 (329 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 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 claytri
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice light gold, that's pretty clear, not a lot of evidence that it hasn't been filtered. The aroma is a full wit aroma with flowery hops melding with the orange and coriander. The taste is outstanding covering all the basics for a wit, malt, hops, yeast, and spices blending well. A nice light feel, just as you'd expect from a wit. I thought this was a very nice effort from Spoetzl. While they usually give a nice low end version of most styles, a subtle style like a wit plays right into their sweet spot. One of their best offerings, I will be drinking more. (580 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 hosehead83
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Chill-hazed pale gold, with a nice white cloud-deck of foam.
Aroma-faint spice notes
Taste-Wheat, orange peel,coriander. Light and refreshing, a nice spring/summer brew, that would go down nicely on a warm day. (264 characters)

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 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 Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (427 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 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 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 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 magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Ken for this sample from Shiner. Poured vertically into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pale amber in color, with some golden streaks within the glass. Slightly cloudy, as a witbier should be, with some minor gentle carbonation throughout. A frothy white creamy head coats the top of the glass and lasts a good long while throughout consumption. Looks as good as any witbier should be.

The aroma displays instant notes of citrus and bready characteristics, but doesn't really offer anything new to the style, either. Orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, some white pepper, and then a brief crackly wheat bready flavor with notes of toffee and caramel, and maybe a little bit of vanilla. Don't think it's too complex, however - as soon as the wheat flavor disappears there's nothing more than a faded herbal and citrus flavor that lingers about. A good definition of the style, but quite simplistic.

Tastes slightly better - definitely refreshing and embodies what the average, expectative witbier tends to offer. Sharp zest from the coriander and lemon peel, with faded orange notes, as well as a slightly spicy, crisp wheat flavor at the finish. The aftertaste is loaded with grainy notes and sweet flavors of toffee and light vanilla, as well as a sugar cream. The flavors are rather nice, but the texture needed some pruning to back them up - it turns out to be rather thinned, slightly watery, and with a dulled grainy characteristic that does nothing for the citrus notes that continue to rise in power the more that this warms up. Definitely not bad, but nothing that's worth raving about too much.

Witbiers are never usually my favorite, but this at least is a decent take on the style, and on par with Lost Coast's Great White beer - inoffensive, simple, and does the trick if all there's only a bunch of adjunct lagers otherwise laying around. I do wish the body were thicker to accentuate the playful wheat notes, but it's definitely a decent option for those looking for a simple beer to sip on during the lazy, warmer days of the year. (2,073 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 Uanof
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes.

A: Cloudy gold, very small white head.

S: Clove and honey, some coriander.

T: A bit of spice, but smooth and balanced. Very Belgian.

M: Medium carbonation with some mouth slickness.

O: Really a decent Witbier. Nice attempt at the style by Shiner. (333 characters)

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