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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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1,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 487
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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...

ppoitras, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Had this along side Pyramid Hefeweizen. This one is a bit bolder. Golden hazy body, bubbles rose in fine columns from pouring til ending, forming an even head full of hops and citrus aromas.
Taste starts with citrus, green grass(ish) and hops. Hops stays a bit longer than I would have liked for this style, but it does add to the 'crispness' of the beer.

Mebuzzard, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

BillRoth, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

LXIXME, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

smakawhat, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

plaid75, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a good amount of head and nice retention. Smells bland with just faint yeast and citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, and mild orange peel. There is a little lemon here but it's masked and hard to discern. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; drinkable and refreshing.

This is a hefeweizen for those with their training wheels still on. Rather forgettable, but still a refreshing beer.

tdm168, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of billab914
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head covering the top. The color seems a light and bright, almost similar to pineapple juice.

Aroma is pretty muted, I'm getting a little wheat but not much else. The taste has wheat and a little bit of citrus to it but is pretty light in flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer but it just doesn't have much flavor. It feels like it's missing the big banana and clove yeastiness that I expect from a Hefe. This tastes more like a light wheat beer.

billab914, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of chinchill
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - apricot-gold in color, like apple juice, with a short-lived small head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is a rather with a quality more like an adjunct lagr than, say, a typical German Hefeweizen or replica thereof, such as the Baltika 8 that followed this beer. 2.75

T: Despite the claim to be a Hefeweizen, this is like a cross of that style with an Amer. lager. 2.75

M - Medium-light body; Somewhat low carbonation.

O - Not bad, certainly, but not true to style (o deduction for that in this review) and rather bland and low in flavor.

chinchill, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Bighuge, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

dmorgan310, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Tone, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -8.5%

harpus, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

beertunes, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Gusler, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of tobelerone
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, pale gold, with two fingers of fluffy white head that has good retention. Slippery, soapy-looking lacing. Aroma is floral, lots of honey, some citrusy pith and peel notes; cloves. None of the familiar banana esters of the style.

The flavor again is quite flowery and has a prominent honey sweetness; the clove and spice of the yeast is here but again no bananas make an appearance. Grainy, a little bready; wheat notes. Finish dries up a bit and has a citrus and floral hop note with more lingering bitterness in the aftertaste than is usual for the style.

Medium-light bodied, with crisp carbonation; it’s drinkable and pretty refreshing overall. Still, I am a bit more of a traditionalist when it comes to this style and this felt off-the-mark for a variety of reasons. Not terrible, but not at all exceptional either.

tobelerone, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
1.9/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

scruffwhor, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Bitterbill, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of ccrida
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

ccrida, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

avalon07, Aug 16, 2008
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.