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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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1,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,034
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 8
Gots: 62 | 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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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

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2/5  rDev -39%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of TastyTaste
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like many-a hefes. Dark gold cloudy body, with a ridiculously large creamy white head. The bottle says this shoud be served with a lemon, which I omitted. The smell has enough of a citrus aroma without a lemon, and includes only light clove and yeast. Taste leaves much to be desired. Not much clove and citrus spiciness, or yeast present. SImply tastes like a skunked, slightly thicker and average, euro lager. Not very good, I would avoid.

TastyTaste, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of largadeer
2.05/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blond with a light haze, the head dissipates to a ring almost immediately. The nose is black pepper, paprika, paint, strong phenols. Pretty much terrible. The taste is no more impressive, with big up front orange zest, lemon, plastic and cardamom. Very phenolic and spicy, yet very watery and bland. The yeast really takes this one over, and a pleasant yeast profile it isn't. There's a touch of malty sweetness mid-palate, along with a bit of vitamin c flavor. The finish is lemony, tart, wet, wholly inappropriate for the style. This beer kinda blows.

largadeer, Oct 21, 2009
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2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

pour was a ligth hazy orange with a light head

mainly citrus with a FAINT hint of wheat

citrus bomb and for all the wrong reasons. bitter citrus lemon that really dominates. i never found the wheat i have come come to known from a good hefeweizen.

body was decent, good carbonation.

overall, this was pretty terrible. i had to muster the strength to finish this. the citrus was just too powerful and too over whelming. no thanks... i like to taste wheat, not fruit. shiner is usually fairly solid but this was not.

hooliganlife, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Mdog
2.1/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, good head.

Smell: Not much, a little artificial lemon aroma.

Taste: Underwhelming bread, artificial tasting lemon.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but a pretty bad representation of a hefe.

Another from the Shiner mixed 6, this is drinkable but probably the most disappointing tasting hefeweizen I've ever had. Weird bread and artificial lemon taste, no spices, no banana, not too good.

Mdog, Aug 02, 2012
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2.13/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright hazy yellow, more translucent than a traditional hefe. Two finger jiggly white head disappeared within two minutes to a rim liner. Aroma is light floral grass, a hint of lemon/cirtus, and hint of canned corn. Not impressed so far. Taste is NOT a hefeweizen. How can they can this a hefeweizen? Reminds me of a Saaz hopped lager (reminds me alot of Lhasa lager). I can't detect much of the lemon and orange that is supposed to be in here. Maybe a hint of earthy honey. Might be good on a hot day as a work beer, bit I'm not impressed.

atomicbeer, Apr 14, 2011
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2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle at Boiling Pot in Rockport, TX. Pours golden with a nice foamy, white head. Aroma is of wheat and some fruitiness. Light to medium, smooth body. Stale, sour taste does not remind me of Hefeweizen at all. Maybe it was a bad bottle. I will have to try it again when I'm in TX.

mikeg67, Nov 15, 2010
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2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Standard head with moderate staying power. Color is a a hazy yellow.

Smell has a lemony chemical smell, like a cleaning product. A hint of malt tries to make itself known. Taste is a sour lemon rind and a bit soapy.

This has a light body and thin carbonation. If it wasn't for the flavor, this could be a refreshing drink. I did not enjoy this one at all, and was on the verge of a drain pour.

bort11, Apr 28, 2008
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2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yet very bright yellow with a chunky off-white head that is billowing over the edges of my mug.It leaves some nice lacing after hanging around for a couple moments,this looks very delicious.The nose is citrusy and tangy,with a subtle spicyness.This is my third offering from Spoetzel,I was hoping for a better brew than the other two,this was not it!Upfront overpowering lemon(almost detergent like),sourness that goes way beyond what I can appreciate.The mouthfeel was a little bit oily/slimy reminded me of olive oil slickness(wierd),carbonation was to high as well.I just can't appreciate this,I'll pass on this one in the future.Nice appearance...I'll take taste over appearance anyday.

orangemoustache, Jul 15, 2008
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2.23/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a 14oz weizen glass.

A - Pale yellow brew with lots of rising suds. Very little head with poor retention. Little to no lacing. Completely transparent, this is obviously filtered. Looks like a pale wheat ale or maybe a blonde.

S - Lemon and other citrus notes fill the aroma. Very sweet.

T - Slightly bready, but mostly bitter. A bit sour in the aftertaste. Citrus tinge and a bit of yeast, but there are no redeeming qualities here. Reminds me of rotted fruit.

M - Very thin and light bodied. Decent carbonation, but everything is killed by the unpleasant aftertaste and residue.

D - I had to choke this one down. Unlike any other hefe I've ever tried. This is not for me. Maybe it has some good things going for it, but when I think to myself "Hmmm, I could really go for a good Hefeweizen", this will never even enter my thoughts. Not recommended.

PhageLab, Dec 03, 2007
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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a large, airy, short lived head. Very little lacing.
Aroma is slightly sour, lightly lemon, and just a touch of wheat.
Body is light
Flavor is light lemon with a short slightly bitter finish.
In my best Homer impression... Booooring!

Padron4KM, Apr 16, 2005
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,034 ratings.