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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 8
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of BeanBone
4.08/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pleasantly cloudy straw to pale orange body with a decent off-white dimpled head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing

Aroma: Sour citrus dominates, with some faint sweetness on top of a subtlety hoppy and grainy body

Taste: Very crisp and tart with huge citrus notes (that linger well into the aftertaste) with slight hints of the added honey - the hops and wheat are very much in the background here

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a bit thin, but that's what you are looking for in a summer's day thirst quencher like this

Drinkability: This a great beer for Texas summers: goes down easy, refreshes and has a moderate ABV so you can keep drinking all afternoon

Verdict: Sour citrus flavors absolutely dominate this beer, so if you aren't a fan of those flavors you probably aren't going to like Shiner Hefeweizen much. If you happen to like sour citrus flavors though, you're going to find a great refreshing beer that is quite affordable (depending on where you live). I've always have a fondness for this beer, and although I will always miss the creepy guy(s) on the label, the beer still doesn't disappoint me.

BeanBone, May 13, 2008
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
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Shiner brews. A great hefeweizen flavored with hints of orange, lemon, and honey

A- Hazy translucent (not transparent) golden/yellow amber with a lame ring of a head

S- Smell is mostly of wheat with a bit of honey and citrus

T- Tastes like it smells but relaxed hops come out in the aftertaste

M- I love the feel of an unfiltered brew. Feels like a real ale.

D- Drinks just fine but the added flavors detract

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of inbeertruth
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my favorite weissbier glass.

Appearance: Starts out like a kristal weizen, but when you rouse the wheat, it becomes hazy golden. Head lasts for a good while.

Smell: Slightly fruity and wheaty, with those lovely lemon characters.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy, with a banana afternote.

Mouthfeel: Smooth if the yeast is roused.

Drinkability: While this isn’t as good Franziskaner or Paulaner, I don’t think people give this beer enough credit. It is a good hefeweizen made in the finest tradition of weissbier brewing. As a Texan and hefe lover, I salute it!

inbeertruth, Aug 17, 2007
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4.04/5  rDev +23.5%

Jamila10ten, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Shiner Bock, with which I was decidedly unimpressed, I have tended not to expect much, but this pleasantly surprised me. Though hardly outstanding and not really in the style of a true German hefeweizen, it is a good, characterful beer, with nice light but firm grain-yeast character.

Cloudy dark gold, it has a rich, medium off-white head very slowly shrinking to a rich foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is a lot of grain and bread dough, hints of apple and citrus and mineral (a bit more like a kolsch or American wheat ale than a real hefeweizen, but still good), and a hint of perfume with the faintest soapy element.

Taste is grain, light sweetness up front, faintly honeyish, with hints of yeasty dough and citrus rind, a fairly good feel that is solid and a bit lively. It almost gets watery but doesn't. It has light, lingering aftertaste, a bit grassy with citrus rind and just a touch rough, but with light dough and yeast, hints of honey. It is very pleasant overall, light and simple, but engaging and characterful enough to keep it going. If there is citrus zest or the like added, it is not overdone and thankfully doesn't give that sharp, chemically-citrus character of some beers with such ingredients, the peel basically not really noticeable as such and seemingly only adding gently to the overall, very nice, well-rounded and somewhat complex character. Having revisited this again in Oct 2012, after some time, I find that this continues to be a surprisingly good and satisfying beer.

Offa, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +22.3%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of pbnagel
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost authentic hefeweizen. It is not bottle fermented, so there isn't much yeast sediment.
The label suggests swirling the last bit of beer
before pouring to get the yeast. The label would
be better for pouring instructions since this beer
does produce a considerable head (like true hefeweizen beers) when poured improperly.

pbnagel, Sep 18, 2001
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Travix1516, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of maleman
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a hazy light orange with a two finger head that receded into a tight cap and spidery lacing.

S - lots of grain and some spice notes.

T - clean taste of grain. biscuity.

M - light to medium bodied, a bit above average carbonation, a light, clean finish with minimal aftertaste.

D - light and refreshing...could drink several of these, especially in warm weather. one of the better hefe's i've had as i'm not usually a fan of wheats.

maleman, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Jasoncolliver, May 15, 2014
Photo of grg001
4/5  rDev +22.3%

First tried at the brewery in Shiner. Excellent and smooth.

grg001, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Shafaegalo, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

ange1, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Tumble, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

yankinwis, Feb 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

sgrobben, May 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

thatoneguymike, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Beer_Slayer, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

TOP, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Jimmy_Grizz, Aug 13, 2014
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.