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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

1,025 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 1,025
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 57 | 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 russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & acing

S: Grassy & floral, some apple skin, all pick up as this warms

T: Follows the nose with a touch of white grape & apple skin up front & a touch of whole grain bread as well. Dryness, green apple & a touch lemon zest as this warms, a whisper of juicy fruit as well. Finishes fairly crisp, with hints of white grape & juicy fruit

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, slight grainyness

This one drinks easy, would better as an American Wheat ale & the hefe side of this is fairly muted IMO. Thought this was a little better on tap, but that was a few years ago. This would do in a pinch

russpowell, May 04, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love on the label on this one! He's a gloomy, unshaven moper, until you empty out your bottle, then he's a smiling dapper chap! Clever!
Okay...appearance: deep, murky orange hue, bright lemony yellow at bottom, with a fine fluffy white head resting atop.
Aroma: spicy and citric, sharp, lively, very promising.
Taste: beautiful play on the tongue on first meeting the lips, tasty, tingly, but light and mellow thereafter. Citric flavor remains throughout, and wheaten texture is appreciated, though the body feels light, and the finish is swift.
Starts out rather nicely, with good flavor, well-held citric taste and a spicy kick, reminding me of some fine Bavarians, but all in all, rounds out to be a nice, average, very drinkable and refreshing American weizen. I'll look for it again next summer, now that it's entered our market.
Thanks to morris 729 for my first taste.

feloniousmonk, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I want to be clear -- I hated this beer and I love hefe. This is probably one of the worst hefe's I've ever had.

Beer is yellow and hazy forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that falls away to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine but there should be more head, more lacing and more carbonation.

The aroma causes me to check the label. Its very lactic. "Is this a Berleinerweiss?" I ask myself. No, there is no cloves, no banana, no wheat, no wet, just this odd subtle lactic aroma. Maybe it will taste like a Berleinerweiss...

No. I would have thought it more favorable if this was just a berleiner in a hefe bottle. Its bland, flat on the palate, its like grainy water with no carbonation. Its just gross.

drabmuh, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry wheat scent with some lemon. It is a bit refreshing, but nothing special. The taste is decent as well. It has a bland wheat flavor with a bit of lemon. It goes down smooth with a dry wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average hefeweizen, but nothing more. It has decent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

WesWes, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of banana. It smells more like a regular American Wheat beer than a hefeweizen. The flavor is more like a traditional hefeweizen, but it is not that impressive. I get some bananas and wheat, but I also get some wheat. There is just the tiniest bit of cloves. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing offensive about the beer, but like a lot of beers from Shiner, it is nothing special.

Mora2000, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A murky golden color, very little carbonation and head.

s - Smells of fruit, mostly oranges and lemons, with a little bit of honey.

t - Not much taste to it. Very light traces of lemon and some citrus. Also a little bit or orange. Don't taste the honey at all.

m - Light body and very little carbonation.

d - This was an ok Hefeweizen, but not that great. I thought it did not have much taste to it and was very light. It wasn't bad but I would pass on this beer for another Hefeweizen next time.

mdfb79, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Poured into weizen glass -

Pours clouded golden yellow with an ample white head. Some patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with clove and a hint of honey.

The taste is bready with some dry, tang spicing from cloves and orange and lemon peels. It has a slight honey sweetness. It finishes semi-dry.

This is a refreshing brew that is more of a spiced American wheat than a traditional Hefeweizen, in my opinion. (I didn't follow the suggestion of having it with a lemon wedge.) Overall, it's a nice wheat ale!

jwc215, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -8.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: lemon and clove is the only tones detectable.

Taste: wheat, tart lemon juice, clove, some cracked pepper, and barely any bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a mediocre hefeweizen, not one that refreshes like it should. Too heavy on the tart lemon side for me.

Gavage, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served into a Busch glass in a Las Vegas restaurant. Cost was 5.50 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Hazy cloudy dark yellow colour. It's kind of appealing.

Sm: Wheat, old (stale!?) orange peel, light lemon esters, and maybe a tinge of honey. A mild strength scent.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops are present, especially on the finish. Lemon esters sit atop a full barley foundation. Wheat is present throughout except on the climax. It's simple but effective and refreshing. A decent build and a good balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit tingly. Complements the flavour mostly, but is a touch too sharp on the climax. Thickness is about right.

Dr: It's easy to drink, carries a high price, and is of good quality. Certainly worth a try for any beer advocate, or serious fan of the style.

kojevergas, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack, one of my more favorite styles.

Pours a cloudy orange, nothing too different than a usual Hefe. Faint banana like smell. Medium bodied, taste is a bit subdued in my opinion. Some decent yeastiness to it but doesn't have that nice crispness others of this style have. Drinkable for sure, but just an average (it not below average Hefe).

oriolesfan4, May 07, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

InspectorBob, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
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!

woodychandler, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of weeare138
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.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Shiner mixed box. No freshness info.

Pours clouded apricot, off white head, that stays nicely. Leaves a band or two of stick.

Muted lemons on the nose

Servicable Hefe, more lemons, some oranges, wheaty malts, a bit of nuttyness from the yeast. Moderate complexity and depth of flavors.

Nothing special but would work fine on a warm summer day

Billolick, May 09, 2013
Photo of Georgiabeer
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.

Georgiabeer, May 10, 2011
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +7%

duceswild, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow beer with a tall white head that stick around for a while. This is exactly how it should look.

Smell is mostly neutral. Faint banana, apples, and bubblegum in the scent. Faint whiff of spearmint detected, weird.

Taste is buttery wheat and faint banana with a notable alcohol flavor and noticeable hops in the finish. Different take on the wheat beer. Mixes German, American and British wheat beer characteristics into one beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

A different drinkable wheat beer that is worth trying once. Not a great wheat beer but an interesting one that is not a cookie cutter wheat beer. Don't spend a lot on this one but if you see it on sale for $5.99 give it a shot.

Zorro, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of mothman
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.

mothman, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

ejimhof, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Csims

Pours a cloudy yellow color, some carbonation, fizzy little head, no lacing afterwards. The nose is slight hops, slight yeast, slight spices. The taste is slightly yeasty and hoppy. Light-Medium body. Not drinkable, would not buy this brew. It's nothing like a average or better hefe at all, would not recommend.

Wasatch, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 15, 2013
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.