Shiner White Wing - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
78
okay

477 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 16
Gots: 187 | 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 TheyCallMeYukon
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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.

Photo of BethanyB
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

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

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

Photo of Suds
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Jeaaej46
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Photo of Ben-Bur
4.26/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of mnrider
3.35/5  rDev -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.

Cheers!

Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +46.2%
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.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of ale1
2.35/5  rDev -31.3%
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

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of claytri
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of hosehead83
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
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...

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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%.

Shiner White Wing from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
78 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.