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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 11
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of Gruntlumber
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is the best wheat beer I've ever had. Notice I said "wheat" and not "hefeweisen" like this beer claims to be, as others have also pointed out. While many wheat beers can be short on flavor and sort of watered down, Shiner Hefeweisen packs a whollop of flavor. It almost seems like a Belgium Wit-style judging by appearence and smell. Serves as a fantistic summer session brew with an abundance of wheat malt spritzed with lemony/orange flavor. Well balanced and delicious.

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +29.6%

Photo of willyumlong
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a man i paid no attention to notice the directions on the label of how to pour the beer, but my wife pointed them out after i already had 2 or 3. be sure to follow them it does enhance the beer
very hazy
smells good little flowery/citrusy
definately a tasting experience, again there were more flavors in there than i could distinguish but i liked them all. really like this beer, kinda on the citrus side which i usually dont care for but it works in this case
unique textured feel
cant wait till this is back in the store again

Photo of hero27
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up this beer in a 6-pack of bottles from a gas station of all places on my way back from Des Moines, Iowa. I was intrigued by the label with the sad face when right-side up and the happy face when upside-down...we have since lovingly nicknamed this brew "Upside-Down Beer".

Appearance: Poured into a tall pilsner glass to appreciate fully. The snow-white head is fairly large....over two fingers thick to start and then trails off somewhat quickly leaving a rocky appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. This brew is noticeably cloudy and a golden, orangish-yellow color.

Smell: Smells of orange peel and lemons. Very citrousy, but you can pick up a hint of yeast.

Taste: Tastes of oranges, sweet malt, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth all the way. Urges you to drink more with every sip.

Drinkability: Can't be anything short of a 4-4.5, but I give it a solid 5 based on personal preference. Sitting by the pool on a hot summer day, you could drink these easily all afternoon and be refreshed with every sip.

Overall, I must commend Shiner on, what I think, is probably their finest beer. A fan favorite around these parts in the summer.

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4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The citrusy overtones really open your senses on the first smell of this beer, While never pouring into a glass, but beer tastes great right out of the bottle. Great summer beer with a light mouthfeel and a clean taste that will cool you down and make you want more. Definatly shiner has hit a spot with this beer and should be recomended for hefe-wiezen fans and beer drinkers in general. The availability of this beer is limited to non-existent in resturaunts, but it can be found in most grocery stores.

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 miket163
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy orange into a pint glass with a 2" white foamy head which hung around for a while; very nice lacing on this one.

The smell was great: Lemon and grapefruit up front, with very herbal quality's like fresh parsley and lemon grass. The taste was very nice: Citrus, grass, sourdough, and a touch of honey.

This is probably the best beer I have had from Spoetzl and a very competent brew in the Hefe catagory...great beer.

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a 12 FL. OZ. bottle out of a Spoetzl Mix Pack I bought @ Shop N' Save in Valley Park, MO for $15.99. Poured from the orange bottle w/ yellow writing, "ALWAYS SUNNY" & says With Honey Added on the front with no Freshness Date into my 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a very sweet and crisp aroma. Lemons come out very appropriate in here and can tell there are a medium amount of grains in the smell. All around good!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 Finger, bubbly head. Has a dark orange colored body with tons of cloudy and haze to it. Leaves good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Very sweet from the beginning with the malt and citrus flavor and then has a honey background that is perfect! Very light on the bitterness and hop is not tasted in here. A crisp finish sums up this tasting.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, HIgh Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a "Tangy" finish with tons of citrus pop! Cool!

Overall Impression- Is one of my top ones (besides the Holiday Cheer) from Spoetzl! Very easy, refreshing, but has a lemon/honey aroma and taste that will impress you! Wait til next season and enjoy this one during the summer! I'll be looking for this Hefe again!

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4.14/5  rDev +26.2%


Appearance (3.25) : 1 finger lightly fluffy head that seems to float on top like a jello mold. Body is light gold and fairly transparent. If I understand right, the style SHOULD be fairly cloudy...but man I'm not gonna get into semantics.

Aroma (4) : Honey. Molasses. A nice gingerly wheat smell. Some honey biscuit or cracker. I have to say it's different than anything I've ever laid nose to. At worst you could say it's processed or chemically, like paint, but I won't go there. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : Pleasantly sour and gingerly, man this is a tangy beer. And it's so unique! It's just got this THING going on...it's great! Honey, ginger, club soda tang, hard to describe. It's unique and that's great. Just what I needed tonight. The most wild hefeweizen I have ever had before.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light bodied, carbonated, champagne-like. Ends crispy and dry like a white wine. So easy to drink. It's like a favorite light lager of mine but it has the best tangy flavor to it!

Overall (4.14) : This Hefe is fabulous. And by fabulous I mean it's not the best beer in the world but I have never had anything quite like it. The double headed man on the label says it all - this beer is freakin' WEIRD. So, so pleasant. And I may be a little tipsy by now, but I can still call a good beer out when I have one - and this beer rocks my world. So incredibly tangy, so delicious. Shiner Hefe, if I find you in a six pack, I'm taking you home with me. An then I will build you a crib. And rock you to sleep. And... I'm out.

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4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner's Hefe-Weizen has always been something of a conundrum to me. It's profile is closer to a honey wheat beer than a true hefeweizen, but it still gets classified as a hefe. It's one hell of a good summertime beer either way. The Hefe-Weizen sports one of the coolest labels I've ever seen, and it also offers some good information on how to pour and enjoy the beer.

The beer looks fantastic on the pour. A thick head sits atop a dense, cloudy body. The nose is fragrant and citrusy.

The taste reminds me of Shiner's old Honey Wheat brand more than a true hefeweizen. Perhaps it's the same recipe, I don't know for sure. The dominant flavor is a tart and tangy lemon verbena, followed by a slight hint of cloves. Minimal hop presence, but it's there. The wheats are crisp and tight, fleshing this beer out nicely. The honey addition adds a gentle sweetness to the taste. Not a typical hefe taste profile, which tends to add to some of the confusion on how to approach this beer.

The mouthfeel is good, the finish clean and refreshing. This is one of my favorite summertime beers, light and satisfying on a hot Texas day. Pairs well with seafood or Tex-Mex. It's sometimes difficult to find this beer, so it often gets overlooked when one considers the Shiner lineup, but I wholeheartedly recommend picking up a sixer of this underappreciated gem if you get the chance. It's usually priced at around $5.99/sixer in most stores.

Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow straw color and was pretty hazy, as a true hefe should be. Huge frothy white head topped this one off. Some sweet and sour grainy notes rise up from the beer. The taste is light and flavorful with some fruity sweetness left on the tongue. Low in the banana and clove esters that I like to see. No biggie. Light in body, very easy to drink and Nicely blended. and overall I can say this is a very nice example of an American Hefe.

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4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle in the Shiner Reunion Pack in a pint glass.

A: Poured as directed on bottle and ended up with about a 2 finger head. Cloudy, golden appearance. The head sticks around a bit with some lacing.

S: Wonderful smell of citrus and hops come through. Malty smell towards the end.

T & D: I think this is one of the best Hefeweizen's I have ever had. I think that the flavor is very well balanced with a great hoppy bite. The beer is very smooth as well.

Overall this beer is amazing. I would pick this over many other Hefe's. The lacing is great, the smell is wonderful and appealing, and the taste is out of this world. Completely different to many of the other Hefeweizen's i have tasted. GREAT BEER SPOETZL BREWERY!!!

Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.