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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,030 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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Reviews by GossageBrewery:
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this Hefeweizen (American) from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy yellow colored brew, produced a nice white head, retention was below average and it produced some rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is very nice, smells of bread, soft wheat, and lemon peels. Medium body,very smooth and crisp. Great mouthfeel. A nice base of malted grain and wheat, flavors of traditional Hefe yeast, sweet lemon citrus flavor that is balanced with a touch of honey. Off the charts session beer, excellent summer beer, one of my new favorite American brewed Hefe's. Prost!

GossageBrewery, Jan 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

oberon, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

RoyalT, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +22.3%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Turbo
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Turbo, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

tectactoe, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

brownbeer, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.4/5  rDev +4%
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.

wesbrownyeah, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of jdg_0887
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%

jdg_0887, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of blackearth
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

blackearth, May 30, 2009
Photo of markallmon
4.25/5  rDev +30%

markallmon, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Brauntasaurus
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of Lazaro
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Lazaro, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +33%
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.

generallee, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Jason, Dec 08, 2001
Photo of merlin48
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

merlin48, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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

Billolick, May 09, 2013
Photo of nem2006
2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

nem2006, May 06, 2008
Photo of nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

nothunder, May 01, 2013
Photo of JayEvans813
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

JayEvans813, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of LyonsHead
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
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

LyonsHead, May 10, 2009
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Oct 02, 2003
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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,030 ratings.