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Shiner Winter Ale - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Winter AleShiner Winter Ale

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77
okay

41 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-26-2001)
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Reviews by beerceller99:
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Reddish brown hue with an off white head. Sweet caramel and tart malt smell. Medium to heavy bodied. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Caramel sweet flavor blends perfectly with a tart , slightly bitter roasted malt finish.
Smooth and easy drinking; the best dark wheat brew I've had in a long time. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 01:20:27 | More by beerceller99
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Kansas

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Washington

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Texas

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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +20.5%

01-03-2012 22:51:30 | More by klmcmachen
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valkyre65

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.6%

12-13-2011 17:05:45 | More by valkyre65
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled after the Shiner dunkleweizen, the two beers could easily be mistaken for eachother. Medium brown pour puffs up 2 fingers of tan fluff that quickly falls, leaving tiny whisps of lace.

Aroma is caramel, toasted bread, sour rotten wood, and earthy, grassy hops. Only a slight trace of anything wheaty.

Flavor not quite as good as the nose and that's being nice. Bready, caramel malts, light roasty notes, dry minerality that borders on sour, and an earthy, dirty hops finish just doesn't do the trick for me.

Body medium, carbonation excessive, mouthfeel dry and chalky. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 00:00:14 | More by AlexJ
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allengarvin

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark, woody brown color. Malty aroma, with some low wheat notes. Flavor is moderately wheaty and malty, but not much else. No off flavors, and a clean finish. Moderate body and carbonation.

A disappointing beer that completely fails to stand out. There's nothing intrinsically bad here, but nothing worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 20:13:56 | More by allengarvin
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beerdiablo

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other brands have taken the “artistic” road in their line of offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil’s Backbone.

Shiner’s Winter Ale claims to be a Dunkelweizen and some people classify it as American Dark Wheat Ale but it’s a decent macro-esque dark beer offering.

This release features a bit more alcohol but the bite is lessened by a pronounced malt presence with hints of roasted coffee which comes across in the mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 04:41:55 | More by beerdiablo
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance -- Good garnet color with a 1/4" off-white head. Alot of carbonation. Head falls to a cap in less tham 30 seconds and stays at a cap. No lace.

Aroma -- Faint sour wheat. Nice toffee. Some tangy hops.

Taste -- No taste evident to mark this as a dunkelweizen. Earthy with just a hint of spice. Some malt. Butter?

Mouthfeel -- Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Sticky sweet aftertaste.

Drinkability -- This is an OK beer. Not a dunkelweizen in the traditional sense, or in the sense that I recognize a dunkelweizen. I kept waiting for this beer to "open up" and it never did. Unfortunately, not much for me to come back for.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 23:37:50 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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OatherS

Kansas

2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle has white label with a horned animal on it flying through the air, maybe a reindeer??

Appearance: Amber in color, not very characteristic of a dunkelweizen as it preports. Absolutely NO head.

Smell: Slight banana odor which should be present.

Taste: No wheat flavor present as there should be. Somewhat of a burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: From a mix a six, so not that dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 01:31:40 | More by OatherS
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured crystal clear deep amber brown with a slightly tan head which rose exceptionally tall and fell very slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was grainy and deeply malty with caramel maltiness leading the charge. Dark wheat aroma with some dark fruit aroma to boot.

The flavor was malty, but not as complex as the aroma would lead one to believe. The flavor was slightly roasty and slightly wheat with some chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting slight chocolate and lasting wheat which becomes slightly acidic in the aftertaste. The body was medium. The flavor was really lacking in this beer, the aroma is pretty nice however.

12 ounce bottle. The label says the beer is krausened and the label also says the beer is a Bavarian Style Dunkelweizen. There was no sediment in the bottle whatsoever, so krausening didn't happen and there was no banana or close so Bavarian is out as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2005 20:24:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale is not bad, and it's cheap. It is, in my opinion, more of a dopplebock than a dunkelweizen, but has characteristics of both. Pours a deep mahogany color with a white 1-finger head that lingers for a bit but leaves no lacing. Aroma is of caramel, chestnuts and toasted (not roasted) malts. Taste has some caramel sweetness with some nutty flavors. Wheat flavor is not prevalent. Whatever hoppy bitterness is there is cancelled by the malts. There is a bit of citrus, perhaps some very sweet, dark orange. The mouthfeel is smooth and phenolic, oily with a bit less carbonation than is needed. Pretty drinkable, though, just enough body to qualify as a winter ale, but should be classified as a bock in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 23:00:20 | More by kosmoraios
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karst

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Floresville HEB with ten pounds of fresh shrimp.

Pours dark amber with brief tan head. Some hints of grain and malt aroma.
The taste is strong grain flavor. Lightly hopped, it finishes dry with a lingering bitterness. Medium- mouthfeel. A little bit on thin side. First bottle is drinkable but you hesitate to unscrew a second.

Something to drink while your heating up the potatos and corn for the shrimp gumbo but I wasn't taking a chance on drinking it with the meal.

Now what do you think goes with shrimp and is easily available in S. Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2005 12:50:27 | More by karst
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67cuda

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, with about 2 fingers of light tan head... Seems to be quite carbonated... It smells rather malty, and kind of sweet, with a somewhat tart note, if that makes sense, hard to explain... As for the taste, it was very malty, much like the smell, it seemed to have a sort of molasses or oatmeal type flavor, and was mildly bitter, but mostly sweet. This beer seemed to be very thick, and its mouthfeel kind of reminded me of pudding or something.. Not bad, but not great either... I found this beer to be very drinkable, though I think it goes down sort of heavy, and would likely be best enjoyed with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 13:43:30 | More by 67cuda
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured at room temp into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

It pours a chestnut color w/ 1 finger of fizzy, thin head that dissipates rather quickly. Slight edge layer on the glass, but not too much else. Looks to be pretty thin, but clean looking also. Smells of caramel or toffee malts; maybe some fruitiness (plums) in there somewhere and some almonds. Not too much hops aroma either. Rather weak in aroma. Taking a sip, I notice some plum flavor that gives way to the slightly sweet caramel and almond flavor. The swallow is a little dry and oak barrelled flavor. However, not to exciting. Feel of the beer is thin bodied w/ lots and lots of carbonation that kills much of the flavors IMO. One nice thing was the slightly dry finish of this one and the wheaty aftertaste. A very easy beer to drink a lot of IMO, but for flavor sake and experience, this one is nothing to write home and tell momma about. Kinda like Texas's version of Yeungling Lager; not a bad drinking beer, but not a "sit and enjoy just 1 type" if you get my meaning.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 21:48:18 | More by Fish113d
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assurbanipaul

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark amber with a tall, tan, lasting head of foam. Nose is rich caramel malt and some yeast and faint spice.

Taste is malty and bitter. Lacks the sweetness of traditional dunkelweiss but has some yeast presence. Light elements of cola, raisins and refined sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat astringent. Label declares this a "Bavarian-style dunkelweiss" but it's a bit lacking either as a dunkelweiss or as a winter ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2005 04:28:39 | More by assurbanipaul
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively carbonated punch of cloves and chocolate malts. Some mid sip sugar, then sour afteraste. On dark side. Cheers for #10 at Doug Shoemaker party. An experiment on a German beer with spice , malts, and wheat. Syrup in there. Avoidable, but worth 3 ounces.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 04:47:23 | More by Sammy
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Pours a clear ruby/brownish color with a thick off-white fluffy head. Head retention was good, and there was a good amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Slight fruity nose, maybe some banana in there. Carmel-like malt flavors mixed with some fruityness. Spiced apples and bananas. Dry finish, very little hop bitterness. Light body, moderate carbonation. Seems a bit too dry in the finish. Still, a nice beer, maybe not called the correct style, but that certainly is not a big deal.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2004 04:10:24 | More by Bierguy5
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark ruby-amber capped with large, foamy light-brown head. Many rings are left inside my weizen glass. Smell isn't strong, light maltiness with a bit of spice. Taste is mainly malty, not much hops here. Initial taste is a little bit like apple, which quickly disapears. Malt style is fairly bready, with some lingering sweetness. Maybe a little too sweet. Spice taste is also noted, not sure which spice it resembles. Good beer, but not my favorite winter seasonal or wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2004 03:10:37 | More by Gagnonsux
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HardTarget

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: A nice level of roasted malt and black patent. Sweet, with no hint of hop.
Appearance: Deep brown showing ruby amber with backlight. Tan head collapsed pretty quickly into a clumpy cover. Thin globs try to cling to the side, but fall back to the beer pretty quickly.
Flavor: Starting cold, it comes across as a dark amber ale. The roasted barley characters take the lead, but as it warms more flavors start to show up. A light white grape aftertaste gives a nice counterpoint to the darker flavor, and a lightly sugared roasted wheat flavor settles in after a few drinks.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice level of carbonation; lively but not bubbly. Some oils leave a thin coat and a mild numbing. Has a sweet lip smacking quality.
Overall Impression: A very nice ale. I can see why it won an award at this year’s GABF. It is complex but a complete package. Dark enough for just one, light enough for a session, a solid offering from Shiner.
Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 01:03:05 | More by HardTarget
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Shiner Winter Ale from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.