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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
75
okay

965 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%


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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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 14 from Assurbanipaul. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" slightly off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is lightly of wheat, with citrus notes almost louder. Taste is also lightly of wheat, with a complementary citrus character. Would look for a bit deeper wheat flavor in hefe, but this one is quite well-balanced, that aside. Mouthfeel is alright, that citrus just perhaps a bit strong overall, and drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad hefeweizen, but there's better out there...

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 21:59:29 | More by ppoitras
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label, but right beer. The label describes it as "Wheat ale brewed with orange and lemon peels with honey added", but the back label's Step 4 mentions "...Enjoy with a wedge of lemon". WTF for?!? How lemony does it need to be? Whadda I look like - a tea drinker? Get on with it!

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in Shiner, Texas since 1909,the little brewery has been the source of every drop of Shiner brew."; "Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it's brewed with a hint of clover honey and orange and lemon peels."; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "Always Sunny"; "Unfiltered and Bottle-Conditioned"; "Wheat Ale brewed with orange and lemon peels - with honey added"; "This refreshing delight bottle-conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps fermenting until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky-smooth flavor. To properly enjoy 1) pour half the bottle into a glass, 2) swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3) pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon - Prosit!"; "For every true lover of life"

A finger of frothy white head that disappeared like my former roommate in the wake of bill collectors. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow, like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. The wheat was up front on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant citrus flavor on the tongue. I attended a Wheat Beer fest last year and left thinking that I wanted to drink a beer afterwards. This tasted like something! I am not convinced that they used a hefe yeast strain, as I got none of the usual flavors on the tongue, but given my dislike of banana-ish hefes, that may not be a bad thing. Finish had a lemon tart-like fruitiness that lingered. I like Shiner's beers more and more. Keep 'em coming, boys!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 18:20:45 | More by woodychandler
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DoubleJ

California

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea, on to the beer:

Big and billowy is the head on top this cloudy pale blonde beer. Good lacing. In the nose, there are bits and pieces of banana and malted wheat. The malted wheat is more dominant in this case. The same holds true in the taste of this beer. There's a bit of banana, a hint of spiced cloves, but ovrerall the malted wheat is king, making me think I'm drinking liquid Cheerios. The mouthfeel is firm, not flat or watery like other wheat ale's I've had in the past.

Not a bad attempt at a wheat ale. The traditional German character is toned down and more Americanized in the wheat bill. Similar to Pyramid Hefeweizen overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2008 05:31:23 | More by DoubleJ
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with several fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a finger or so of rich sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust lacing. The aroma smells of green banana, sweet crisp wheat, and spicy clove. This has a moderate airiness, with just a tiny bit of floral notes coming out.

The taste is ripe banana and wheat with a light earthy bitterness. This is feeling a bit too sweet and heavy at times on the palate. Spicy clove is sprinkled throughout the profile, lingering in the finish along with some dry pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling up front but then a bit silkier across the back. The overall feel here is pretty firm overall though, which helps control that sweetness.

I wanted to like this one more but it just isn’t a very good example of the style. It’s just overly sweet and fruity in some areas with no bubblegum character to help keep this breezy and light in its profiles. This seems like an Americanized take on a Hefe and I for one wasn’t much of a fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 14:13:33 | More by Kegatron
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy blonde with a 1 finger white head and some scattered lacing.
Smell is of crisp wheat with a funkiness that reminds me of the alt yeast that Widmer uses in their Hefe.
Taste is of a half decent wheat brew with some lemon citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, and a bit sour of lemon that is tingly and zesty.
Drinkability is ok but it is a tad funky.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 16:43:05 | More by weeare138
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plaid75

New York

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a murky copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a fuse of sourness.

The flavor was likewise sour with faint esters and a mild chew.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a less than impressive hefe.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 00:33:46 | More by plaid75
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy, soft white head about 3/4" in height. Aroma was grainy, wheat, grist full. Spotty hop existence, slight citrus in a light floral way, mild grapefruit and lemon.

Taste, chalky, dry, gritty, bready, lemon, slightly tart. A little bit of clove, thankfully this beer didn't overdo it. Completely a middle of the road beer, something I wouldn't recommend unless this is totally your favorite brewery/style or you need some beers that are mild to have less adventurous/geeky people over to drink at your place.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 17:27:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange. Decent sized white fluffy head that has excellent retention. The lace forms rings down the glass. This beer has a lot of Wheat Malt on the nose. Very nice. Also a tangy lemon characteristic. And a little vanilla. Decent tasting hefe. A lot of wheat malt and graininess. A little pepper, but not much. It's lacking in the clove, pepper area in my opinion. But otherwise, this is pretty thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is spritzy and lively. Body a little better than medium. Good enough hefe. Too bad it just showed up in our market as I would have probably drank a bit of this over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 02:27:42 | More by Bighuge
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Hefeweizen

LOOK: Pretty standard looking hazy straw colored brew. White soapy froth forms and leaves behind some lace.

SMELL: Dusty malts, wheat, citrus zest, bread. Smells like a mainstream American wheat.

TASTE: Wheat, German style yeast profile. A bit of clove and orange peel, faint citrus. Tangy citrus lingers in a wet finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

OVERALL.: Drinkable pale wheat ale, doesn't taste like the greatest Hefeweizen but not a bad wheat.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:11:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A “Chill Hazed” golden yellow color on the pour, the head is modest, brilliant white with decent lace to cover the glass. Nose is dominated by the malt, light yeast or bread dough tones also present and the start is slightly sweet, skimpy at the top. Finish is middling on the carbonation, nicely hopped, but I’m afraid it is a little on the weak or waterish side.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2002 08:03:31 | More by Gusler
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Good till Feb 16th 2012 I think if that's how I read it.

A nice off white almost creamy looking head, but mostly foamy is formed off the pour. Body color seems to be a simple dull yellow lemon with some orange hues. It looks a little hazy uneven for color, but otherwise pretty good. Some sticky lacing also.

Nose is kind of simple but good. Light clove and lemon spritzy, not so much banana.

Taste overall is kind of spicy and a little light bodied. Wet sense and very dry clove, with even perhaps a little hop bitter. Malt and chewy density not so apparent.

Overall this one is ok but a little dull. Certainly drinkable and tolerable, and I could have it over many other hefeweizens, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 23:20:01 | More by smakawhat
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a classic hefeweizen, but quite refreshing in the heat, and more body and spicy notes than I was expecting. It wouldn't be my first choice in the category, or even near the top. But it might very well be my top choice at any number of mediocre establishments that had this on tap near the in the summer. Quite refreshing. It lacks the classic yeast esters that give the banana and clove flavors, but it does have some nice lemon spritziness and quite a bit of spicy black pepper notes on a relatively clean, dry grainy base that is a little heavier than some. If anything it's a bit too dry. The pour is relatively classic with a hazy straw color and a white head that sticks around, but the head could be a bit more robust. Overall, quitr a bit better than I was expecting, and definitely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 20:22:13 | More by Georgiabeer
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.93/5  rDev -41%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 16:27:43 | More by mothman
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ccrida

Oregon

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with slight haze and aggressive carbonation that quickly subsides, leaving little very lace. The underwhelming aroma is the first clue that this wheat beer is not a true hefe-weizen, as there are absolutely no banana or clove esters, only a faint nose of straw and metal. Both of these aromas dominate the taste, which finishes dry and slightly bitter. The label indicates the use of clove honey, which is noticeable in the dryness, as well as orange and lemon rinds, which are barely detectable. The body is smooth and creamy, and makes for a very refreshing and highly drinkable, if slightly generic, American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 02:45:02 | More by ccrida
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some honey, slight lemon, and some very slight acidic aromas. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of wheat up front, then lemon and oranges, then there is an odd honey flavor, some yeast cleanliness comes through next, and some very slight sweet malt in the background. Overall, there a lot of flavors in the brew but it's still not that great. In my opinion there are way too many fruit/honey flavors and not near enough malt and/or hops to be a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 02:35:47 | More by Tone
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beertunes

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very dark and cloudy (much cloudier than typical) with only a thin cap of white head that had low retention and OK lacing. Not the big, fluffy, billowing head I like to see in a Hefe.

The aroma were fairly typical, grain, banana, and clove, but just in a very subdued manner. The flavor were the same low-key approach to the style. Nothing really wrong, but no feature stood out either.

The body was thinner than typical for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went quickly and easily. Overall, an OK take on the style, maybe worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 22:25:56 | More by beertunes
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly cloudy yellow-orange color with a thin white head that lasts pretty well. Thin and spotty lacing. Light citrus and spices in the nose. Light-bodied and fairly zesty with citrus up front along with some wheat and spices. The flavor mellows out pretty quickly though. The finish is round and wheaty. Really not worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2006 16:02:33 | More by Dogbrick
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with little retention or lacing on a hazy bright golden body.

S: toasted and musty grains, lemon custard, herbal hops.

T: clove, grains, light biscuit, herbal hops, banana and lemon.

M: nice body for the style with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Basically a standard hefe. Nothing to special but not bad, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:36:58 | More by kylehay2004
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big time cloud of light hay gold, emensly thick looking center and trimmed in white gold. Big rocky white top gains hold and slenders down to more creamy glazing. Adequate thick lacing.

Aroma is soft and creamy with a light cleanness of bready malts, some airy dishsoap citrus tang, and tiny showings of floral yeast and spice.

Taste is of a medium crisp tone, bready with wheat, not as tangy or sweet as some hefes but there in a moderate enough body for what is being displayed. Milding undertones of lemony citrus, banana, and floral spice make up the remaining balance. Continues to stay soft and clean and rounds off nicely in the finish, but there's just not a whole lot of anything to make it stand out.

Feel is close to medium with a frothy airyness about it. Light, not watery, tangy, downgraded citrus fruityness is placed throughout its duration.

Not a bad drinker though. A crisp, clean, close to fulfilling hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 16:42:04 | More by tavernjef
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a dominating citrus component, mainly lemon. Flavor is fairly typical of a wheat beer and has a nice lemony overtone. Texture is smooth, just a little bit on the watery side.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2008 00:28:59 | More by Cyberkedi
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, this beer had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of head, but it didn't last that long.

S: Aroma of wheat, citrus and some spices. Decently done.

T: The taste of lemon overwhelmed the taste to a certain degree.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't a bad beer, but it's not the greatest example of a hefeweizen I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 13:48:33 | More by avalon07
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a hazy, almost cloudy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Very good head retention with good lacing.

The smell is of wheat, yeast, some bready malt, a bit of citrus. The nose fades the more I sniff. Oh well.

The taste is big on the wheat with more graininess, mild citrus tartness, and a weirdish overall underlining flavour that I can't quite put my finger on but it's putting me off.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes on the lightly fruity side.

Drinkability? Each sip does not inspire me to take another sip. It's not a drain pour for me but more of a chore to drink it. I'm glad I didn't have to get a 6 pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 23:12:05 | More by Bitterbill
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largadeer

California

2.05/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:53:55 | More by largadeer
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twiggamortis420

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Glad they finally got rid of that godawful label with the two half faces merged...creeepy. Pours a very hazy medium yellow color with a large, fluffy off-white head that sticks around pretty well with slightly below average lacing.

Nose is fruity, but not yeasty ester fruity. Has notes of lemon pith and orange flesh. Noticeable wheat aroma with some clover and wildflowers. Smells ok, but not very naturally hefeweizen-like.

Taste pretty much follows suit with a overly large dose of citrus zest and wheat tang. Wow, why not let some Bavarian hefe yeast do the work instead of adding these unnatural flavors? This does not taste very good at all. I think I will be able to choke down this 12 oz'er, but no way am I ever buying a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 20:07:55 | More by twiggamortis420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. "Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned", no date or info.

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in it, this hefe has a nice bright yellow hazy hue topped by a large four-finger off-white head. Moderate retention but little lace is left over.

S - Mild yeast hints accentuate the soft wheat aroma but husky grains fall behind and disrupt it. Hints of lemony citrus and orange peel with the honey are at a low but reasonable level that balances well. It doesn't really smell like a hefe though. It's missing that potent German yeast and banana-bubblegum ester nose.

T - Again, the yeast is low but accentuates the full, soft wheat flavor that's backed up by some pale malts and graininess. A kiss of citrus comes out bit it's still lacking typical hefe characteristics.

M - Medium-bodied, the soft wheat gives a nice smooth texture backed by medium carbonation. Nicely smooth to the finish.

D - It's one average hefe that seems much more like and American Pale Wheat Ale than a hefe due to it's startling lack of typical hefe characteristics but it remains a fairly drinkable lawnmower brew regardless. Especially since I just mowed the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:38:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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