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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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1,058 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,058
Reviews: 487
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

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

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Ratings: 1,058 | Reviews: 487
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Photo of bowersdm
1.62/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a regular drinking glass

A - cloudy amber color with sediment clearly floating around. no head.

S - what the hell is this? it smells so sour: lemons, citrus, other fruit. there's a bread/yeast smell too.

T - as soon as this hit my tongue, I nearly vomited. It was one of the shittiest tastes I have ever had in my mouth. The lemon/citrus thing going on was entirely unexpected and not at all enjoyable. it basically covered up anything else that I could have tasted had I wanted to leave this abomination on my palate. As with other Shiner beers that I have had, it also had this funky/metallic flavor going on that made the flavor even worse.

M - i honestly couldn't say. i didn't get that far.

D - never again.

Photo of JMBSH
1.68/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Head quickly goes from a lttle more then a finger of head to a thin coating on top that by the time my beer is half finished, is now just around the sides of the beer. No lacing is left on sides of glass.

S - Slight yeast like scent. None of the citrusy scent I have gotten from other hefeweizens.

T - Tastes makes me reminds me of poorly made lemonade. The lemon like flavor comes up first but not that strong. But the aftertaste where some hops would be nice instead a slightly metalic taste is hovering in the background sticking in the back of my throat.

M - The lingering aftertaste sticks to the back of my mouth.

D - Maybe this is a bad bottle. I don't know. I can't see drinking this again if this is how this beer is normally. I even find myself thinking of doing a drain pour. Very disappointing.

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1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -46.6%

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1.83/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color is ample, but the beer does not possess the distinct cloudiness of typical hefeweizens. The smell is a tiny bit citrus-y, but the bitterness in the smell will likely scare away hefeweizen fans.

Quite frankly, I think this beer tastes like a stale, fruity version of bud light, which is to say, not refreshing at all. It does not finish well and does not render any additional flavor when lingering in the mouth.

I suggest that Shiner stick to its strengths and stay away from the Hefeweizen.

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1.83/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Appears a slightly hazed / golden yellow in color with a tiny amount of skim on top with no lacing left behind at all.

S. I am surprised by the presence of a distinct Berliner Weiss-like lemoney lactic sour tone in the nose, with wheat, lemon, and spice scents all playing second fiddle to this. It would be a really nice understated Berliner Weiss (if only it had been marketed as such), unfortunately I have to judge it as a Hefeweizen and it just plain flat out doesn't match up to style.

T. Same problem as the nose. Enough psuedo-lactic sourness is present to firmly plant this as a Berliner Weiss. No banana scent or flavor is present, cloves are present but at too low a level for a proper Hefe.. I have to take points off because the style on the label simply doesn't match the beer inside the bottle.

M. Medium thick, appropriately carbonated, no real surpises positive or negative present themselves to me here.

Overall, this is one of the most severe cases of "oops, we put the wrong style on the label" I have ever tasted.

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1.85/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one was low on flavor, even by the standards of American wheat beers. The beer poured into the glass more or less looking like lemonade, sort of yellowish-green. The smell was very sweet and citrusy, again like lemonade instead of from hops. Taste was cloying and overly tart, without noticeable hop bitterness. It reminded me of European beer cocktails involving lemonade or Sprite, though not as refreshing. Mouthfeel was watery and carbonation was low, but this did not contribute to drinkability. I finished this one to be polite to my host and will not buy it myself.

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1.91/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a hazed pale straw yellow. Head eventually fades down.

Aroma: Wheat, straw, lemon zest, and dry spice. Pretty boring.

Taste: More lemon zest and citrus fruit here. Wheat, hay, dry spice, and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some bitterness. Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one wasn't a very good hefe. There just wasn't a lot of flavor here. No bananas or cloves. Very boring.

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1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great, hazey, sunshine amber. Some small bits sediment suspended. Not much bubbling, and very no head retention or foam. The aroma is tart with lots of lemon juice. Like the kind you get in the little plastic lemon at the grocery store. Maybe some toasted are in there somewhere. The taste has lemon juice dripping on granny smith apple peels. Pretty tart, no to refreshing. Can't taste much malt or yeast in this heavy sediment beer.

Photo of SeanChouffe
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a murky (just following directions) orange amber color with plenty of flotilla and particulates swimming around the glass. A good presence of effervescence and an off-white head with poor retention. Aroma is like Lemon Pledge with a hint of fruity esters. A kind of perfumed synthetic smell rather than a natural one. Mouthfeel is effervescent with a tart finish. Flavor is tart with some sweetness in the background.

IMHO: Not impressive.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.