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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
75
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1,060 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,060
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,060 | Reviews: 487
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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me a six pack of these,hey at least she tried.Anyways pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent fluffy head.Aroma is slightly clovey and malt tilted,a grainy feel on the tongue with some citric notes and some clove as it warms a little.Not a bad beer not up to par with German wheats but drinkable none the less.

Photo of RoyalT
3.01/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body on this one is gorgeous. It’s yellow and very, very hazy. The head is good as well.

Smell – The American yeast aroma is subdued but present. It seems that I can almost pick up some malty notes along with a floral hop note or two.

Taste – The yeast is a little smaller at the taste, but otherwise the promise of the nose comes through. This one is malty with some noticeable hop and spice.

Mouthfeel – This is heavy for a Hefe Weizen, almost medium-bodied, and creamy. The lack of abundant carbonation hurts the Mouthfeel rating, though.

Drinkability – I liked this offering from Shiner, but I hazard to say it’s not my idea of a Hefe Weizen.

Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip, fairly aggressive. Pours a banana-straw color, highly opaque; hazy and cloudy in the body. Super fluffy, white head forms that lasts for a long time and is easy to bring back to life - however, little to no lacing is left behind. The initial aroma hits almost like a kolsch or witbier, rather than a true hefeweizen. Green apple skins, sweet and tart, tickling the edge of the nose. Taste leads on with grapes, pears, and more green apple; high fruitiness; very sweet and even borderline tart at certain moments. Heavy yeast tones all around the mouth; big wheat flavors are abundant as well. Very low bitterness (I'm thinking 0 IBU here) with basically no hop/floral essence to be found anywhere - all sweetness here with the bread-like yeast and malt tones. Biscuity on the ending, crisp from the heavy carbonation with a thin-medium body.

I can't decide if I like this one or not. It doesn't follow closely to the great hefes out there, and actually it seems more like a tart Kolsch or even a Berliner, but not a hefe... It's kind of weird. Not terrible, but a little to sweet and tart for what it's supposed to be (I mean, it's not a lambic or anything, but there isn't much to counter the malt). Meh.

Photo of brownbeer
3.09/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with an orange hue that runs up the center of the glass. Nice carbonation and actually looks pretty good.

Smells pretty musty, almost like a wet dog with a hint of clove.

Taste adds a touch of lemony citrus zip but lets not get too excited. Finishes dry with a hint of noble hops, which is a plus.

One of their better offerings but I can't wait to be done with this mixed pack. Thanks.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Hefeweizen 5.4% alcohol poured from 12oz. orange labeled bottle into Weizen glass.

A- Active pour produces a glowing yellow- orange hazed fluid that rolls up a one inch head falling to a quarter inch frothy top. Lacing is patchy and sticks to the glass with vigor.

S- Upfront orange and citrus notes followed by a musky yeast in the nose.

T-M- Taste is a balance between citrusy hops, yeast, malts and wheat. Musky yeast and rich malts upfront only push on to lemon and orange peel hops in the end. Mouthfeel is mildly lingering with medium high carbonation letting the beer roll over the buds with ease.

Nice beer for sessioning.

Photo of blackearth
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, extra-light yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of spicy clove. Light bodied with standout clove flavors and a slightly bitter finish. This sounds like a one-note song for a Hefeweizen since all I can hear with my tongue is clove. There are much more interesting takes on this style out there, and I would not recommend Shiner's version.

Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date

Appearance: It has a cloudy yellow/tan colored body with a tall three finger tall head. The head is off white in color and has a thick and creamy look that makes some nice sticky lace rings at the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light yeasty/bready character with some hints of fresh citrus.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a modest medium body with a light bready and yeasty character which is both earthy and fruity. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice touch of lemon and orange citrus zest before the hops come in and add a slight bitterness and dryness. Light hop bitterness and dry yeast notes quickly fade from the tongue in the finish.

Notes: The light easy drinking nature of this Hefeweizen is perfect for heat of the summer and the lemon and orange zest is a nice touch to a classic style.

Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck twist-off bottle, no freshness date. Directions on the back label on how to pour the beer, on the front it states “ale brewed with wheat, honey, orange and lemon peel”.

Appearance: Completely hazed and clouded over from the yeast as a hefe-weizen should be, big bubbled rocky white head foams up quickly then dissipates to a cake off lace on top.

Smell: Semi clean aroma with vague spice and a floral / nutty yeast smell. Bit of earth and a bready fermented wheat nose with hints of citrus.

Taste: Moderate body, with a cleansing crispness from a level carbonation and fermented wheat. Cracker like maltiness from the blend of wheat and barley that gets more grainy towards the end. Hops are in the back ground and aim for balancing the beer only. Earthy flavours from the yeast unveil some mild fruity and floral characteristics, citric sweetness and a light tartness is capture in the palate and refreshes quite well. After taste is amazingly clean and makes the mouth want more.

Notes: Right off the bat with the aroma is the tell tale signs of an American wheat beer, this is not a Bavarian hefe-weizen. This is not a bad thing but is it something that should be understood. Quite quaffable and could be a kick ass summer time brew.

Photo of merlin48
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, cute label. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate white head. Plenty of small bubbles and a few yeast particles can be seen in the glass. Patchy lacing. Not much of an aroma, but I detect some lemony citrus and hay. Fizzy in the mouth, with medium carbonation. Light bodied. Taste is unremarkable, with wheat malt and a decent hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelming, but would be very drinkable on a hot, summer, day. Not a bad American wheat beer, but there are many better ones.

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Shiner mixed box. No freshness info.

Pours clouded apricot, off white head, that stays nicely. Leaves a band or two of stick.

Muted lemons on the nose

Servicable Hefe, more lemons, some oranges, wheaty malts, a bit of nuttyness from the yeast. Moderate complexity and depth of flavors.

Nothing special but would work fine on a warm summer day

Photo of nem2006
2.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this beer in a nonic glass. Had a nice head which did not last and did not leave much lacing on the glass. Smell was a little hard to place outside of the citrus notes in it.

I was not very impressed by the taste. Had an odd finish and aftertaste. Almost like it was a little old. Alright, but definitely not one of my favorite hefe-weizens.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of banana. It smells more like a regular American Wheat beer than a hefeweizen. The flavor is more like a traditional hefeweizen, but it is not that impressive. I get some bananas and wheat, but I also get some wheat. There is just the tiniest bit of cloves. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing offensive about the beer, but like a lot of beers from Shiner, it is nothing special.

Photo of LyonsHead
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a bright hazy yellow with a Very quickly dissipating head and a little stirred up yeast sediment throughout.

S: Fruity esters, but none so distinct you can really pinpoint them. there is a wheat background

T: Starts with a banana flavor and then moves to a more bread-like, wheat flavor and finishes with a highly carbonated lemon flavor

M: rather on the thin side with a slicker mouthfeel

D: this one from shiner didn't do it for me. No real complexities with this hefe, everything was just average at best

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. amber bottle with instructions on how to pour. Label states this beer is made with wheat, honey, orange and lemon peel.

Poured a cloudy (It's cloudy? That's good.) golden orange in color. Monstrous bright white head billows beautifully following an aggressive pour. The head is very, very thick at first, but quickly dies away to nothing but a slight film. Aromas are yeasty/bready mixed with citrus. Flavor is not as..."wheaty" as expected. Flavor has some sharp sweetness to it. Well-balanced by the hops. Finished with a creamy aftertaste, with the citrus notes really shining. A great summer "mass quantity" beer.

Props to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

Photo of magictrokini
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ehh. Same boring hazy yellow with a tiny head. Musty wheat and lemon on the nose. Watery and weak in the taste department. And, no surprise here, metal. Stop using such cheap grain to produce this beer, and you can avoid the dreaded metal. Why do I continue to try American Wheats?

Photo of AbitaBeer
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer taking a taste test of a few wheat beers i found in my area. This beer had a heavy flavor of lemon and other citrus fruit. The mouthfeel was adequate being it was not a dunkel style and more for the average tastebuds. It would be reasonable drinkable for a session beer though nothing impressive.

Photo of quickF4i
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my 1st review. poured bottle into a weizen glass, rich golden color that appeared somewhat cloudy, with an unfiltered look. decent head that went away quickly, with some lacing leftover. smelled like a dark lager, with moderate carbonation. had a strange but short-lived aftertaste that i could best describe as artificial banana-vanilla-orange. got a little better as i went along.

Photo of VipertheIV
4.17/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Notes of citrus. Also has a candied flavor to it. Is a good wheat beer with a sour smell and lemony scent. Great after a hot day at the beach. Have not seen it at any distros in PA, but found it at Hilton Head, SC.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy, soft white head about 3/4" in height. Aroma was grainy, wheat, grist full. Spotty hop existence, slight citrus in a light floral way, mild grapefruit and lemon.

Taste, chalky, dry, gritty, bready, lemon, slightly tart. A little bit of clove, thankfully this beer didn't overdo it. Completely a middle of the road beer, something I wouldn't recommend unless this is totally your favorite brewery/style or you need some beers that are mild to have less adventurous/geeky people over to drink at your place.

Photo of MOShepp
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yeast wheat color. Not much of a head but constant carbonation, nice to watch.

Aromas of lemon peel and bread.

Tastes of Clover, apple cider vinegar, metallic and apricots. I'm having a hard time deciding if the flavors work, it's interesting to say the least, but the slight sour taste is a bit too much.

Light and cisp, lots of tiny bubbles throughout that works well.

One's alright but I wouldn't want more, just a little too quirky.

Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uniformly lightly hazy and palish yellow/orange in color. Nice and high puffy head of good duration and leaving thisk ropes for laces. Smell is vaguely citric, could be yeastier. Mouthfeel is somewhat sub par and the flavor is in a mellon category with some notes of lemon and hardly an estery cotton. Finishes just north of watery and with low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but like many American Wheats, not a lot happening -- though I could see this as a session brew for a blazing summer afternoon in College Station...

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy golden orange color with a mountainous rocky white head, and the massive layer of foam leaves thick patches of ringed lacing throughout my session with the brew. Aromatics going on include a citrusy lemonpeel tone with some spices, and banana hints are also there. By the bottle I would have guessed this to be a horrible hefe, but after smelling and tasting I realize wow this is pretty good. Definitely doesn't sit up there with Ayinger, Weheinstephaner, or anyother German counterpart however this serves up one great refresing summer beer. Spiced up with some soft banana edge to it the wheat malt is doing it's magic with that sharp sweetness and there are no cloying or off flavors to be found like some American made hefeweizens. Mouthfeel is light bodied and the texture is a little thin with no fluffy mouthfeel or high carbonation causing a bubbly feel on the palate. Drinkability what can I say definitely a beer you should pick up a sixer of for after work, and mowing the lawn summer session brew all the way.

Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - apricot-gold in color, like apple juice, with a short-lived small head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is a rather with a quality more like an adjunct lagr than, say, a typical German Hefeweizen or replica thereof, such as the Baltika 8 that followed this beer.

T: Despite the claim to be a Hefeweizen, this is like a cross of that style with an Amer. lager.

M - Medium-light body; Somewhat low carbonation.

O - Not bad, certainly, but not true to style (no deduction for that in this review) and rather bland and low in flavor.

Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Krogers in Finneytown, poured into a weizen glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice yellowish orange with a bit of hazing. I poured the yeast in, as I usually do, but I didn't pour half, swirl, empty, and garnish with a lemon wedge.... like they suggest to >.> Maybe a 1finger worth of white head forms and only holds a minute or so. A bit of lacing here and there.

S: Nice spicy yeast with a little added white pepper. Some of the clove smell comes through but lacks a lot of the banana aroma.

T/M: I really like the zesty and spicy yeast, very assertive and fits for this weizen. The clove is balanced a bit more with the banana and a touch of bubblegum flavor. I pick up just a slight trace of the added honey right add the very end but it's more of an afterthought. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew but nothing out of this world, either. Very Shiner. Will worth as a fall back this summer for when my Weihenstephaner runs out.

Photo of brewQ
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The juicelike haze of apple cider topped by a medium head of fine bubbles that recedes quickly after pouring. Not unappealing.

Despite searching I could not smell nor taste the "subtle" orange and lemon peel promised on the label. Maybe a whiff of grain.

Decent mouth fell and body for the style. Better than average for a Texas brew in the heat. Nice quaffabilitiy.

( Part of me almost hates the fact I somewhat like this beer. I don't want to support Gambinus' Corona kingdom).

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
75 out of 100 based on 1,060 ratings.