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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,058 | Reviews: 487
Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of my least favorite Hefe's I can recall. However, our bartender poured this perfectly, swilling the half empty bottle around as he poured a perfect head in the glass. Hazy golden color combined with a yeasty/malty taste. Not good enough to consider ordering another.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't my favorite variety of hefewiezen, though I'm sure I'll be drinking more during the summer. The beer pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick white foamy head, as is expected of a hefeweizen. The smell is dominated by lemon, and the taste is not far off track. Even though I was in the mood to drink something a little more stout (afterall, it is winter time), this was quite a refreshing brew. I'm sure I'll buy more when the weather warms up and the crouqet course is set up in the back yard, but until then, I require hops.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: This has one of the coolest labels ever- 2 guys, one head. M.C. Escher inspired (I assume). "pour in a glass" it says on the cap. It even gives well-designed pouring instructions on the back- what more can you need? How about beer?

Appearance: pours a moderately cloudy, medium yellow with a huge head than quickly drops to a thin film over the beer. Aroma is semi-sweet orangy, slightly lemony, with gentle yeast aroma.

Flavor is nice and orangy/lemony, with a smooth, moderately creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, not complex.

I reviewed this up against the Allagash White, and in general, this is a much easier drinking beer, a lot less complex, but because of it, also less rough around the edges as well. Which is better? I guess it's a matter of mood at the time of drinking. This is the better yard beer, the Allagash is better for talking philosphy.. Rated Allagash higher, though, because it has more going on...

Photo of freed
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight haze to the golden facade. Lots of carbonation action though no head.

Aroma is of cidery yeast and a hint of clove, a slight malt sweetness.

Taste is apple tart, with very mild wheat contribution. Body is somewhat thin and fruity and almost juice-like.

This is a very simple beer with very simple flavors. Not enough body to make much of a drink though.

Photo of donnebaby
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, creamy gold yellow pulsing color. Thick, wheat foam screen, dry and uneven. Nose is real sour, lemon and mash, not overly enjoyable.

Taste is almost nil. Full of blistering carbonation that really injures its drinkability. Taste is light and sweet and really tastes more like a macro pilsener than any hefe I've had. I think the looks are the only thing that might distinguish this brew as anything other than normal swill. Cleanish, lemon after.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - just a little hazy on the pour. Lemony yellow with a large rocky head. Nice lacing but the beer looks a little too transparent for the style.

Aroma - a tiny whiff of yeast and citrus, pretty underachieving.

Taste - somewhat thin on taste when first starting out, but it has good balance and gets tastier as it airs out a bit. A breath of wheat, a brief snap of citrusy sweetness and a little dab o' hops at the end. Very middle of the road as hefes go but the evidence of effort is there. Finishes sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp with an element of smoothness. On the high side with the carbonation, but I like it.

Drinkability - light and refreshing, a good summer picnic beer.

Photo of Higravity
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I realy like the tap handle and the picture on it. Also the bar had glass with the weird picture on it and even though it was Shiner I figured I give it a try. Well it pour nicely and the blonde beer with a nice haze had a very decent white head that lasted a long time. I had to fight for my first sip throught he generous head and was greeted with a bland hefe. As I was eating with the first beer I waited until after dinner and tried a second glass. This time I spent a moment smell the beer and could not really detect any of the usual Hefe-Weizen smells it seemed muted, but overall I found it lacking. The taste was good and solid but it lacked the nuance of complexity I find in many other hefe's and there was no citrusy or spices nodes, maybe they are using a wrong yeast or something. In my third try of it I had the barmaid put a big lemon wedge on the side and I squeezed it in there and the beer was actually much better with the lemon which I don't usually use. Overall an easy drinking beer and I wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

Photo of ppoitras
3.51/5  rDev +7%
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...

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly milky pastel amber with lemon highlights. The generous head is bone white in color, airily creamy, hangs around for a bit, melts in sections and leaves no more than small scraps of bubbly froth. The nose is on the mild side. I smell fresh grain, a subdued yeasty spiciness and a hint of lemon. Not bad so far.

The flavor keeps me onboard. Although Hefe-Weizen isn't spectacular beer, it is the best Spoetzl Brewery product that I've had to date. It's sufficiently malted with a smooth, lightly sweet wheatiness that I like. There isn't as much spiciness now and the lemon peel is still evident, but minimally so.

The rear label instructs me to add a lemon wedge... after instructing me on the proper way to pour a beer! I have an aversion to adding anything to my beer (or whisky for that matter), but a little more lemon flavor might improve things in this case. I won't do it on principle though and I'd never even consider it in a higher quality hefe weizen.

The mouthfeel--as alluded to above--is medium in heft, smooth and properly carbonated. The finish is rather short which either impacts positively or negatively on drinkability depending on one's point of view. The final pour doesn't noticeably change the appearance or the flavor profile.

Shiner Hefe-Weizen is far from a top-notch example of the style, but it ain't bad, especially considering what else emanates from this brewery. In fact, it's the only Shiner beer that I've had so far that doesn't give a 'black eye' to its brewers.

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of hero27
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up this beer in a 6-pack of bottles from a gas station of all places on my way back from Des Moines, Iowa. I was intrigued by the label with the sad face when right-side up and the happy face when upside-down...we have since lovingly nicknamed this brew "Upside-Down Beer".

Appearance: Poured into a tall pilsner glass to appreciate fully. The snow-white head is fairly large....over two fingers thick to start and then trails off somewhat quickly leaving a rocky appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. This brew is noticeably cloudy and a golden, orangish-yellow color.

Smell: Smells of orange peel and lemons. Very citrousy, but you can pick up a hint of yeast.

Taste: Tastes of oranges, sweet malt, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth all the way. Urges you to drink more with every sip.

Drinkability: Can't be anything short of a 4-4.5, but I give it a solid 5 based on personal preference. Sitting by the pool on a hot summer day, you could drink these easily all afternoon and be refreshed with every sip.

Overall, I must commend Shiner on, what I think, is probably their finest beer. A fan favorite around these parts in the summer.

Photo of oelergud
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden very hazy body as a hefe should be. White head with tiny to medium sized bubbles, little lace and retention, very low carbonation.
Not much in the sense of smell, some wheat-beer fruit scents. Sweet apple/pear, subtle cherry and banana.
Sour apple taste assaults the palate followed by a sweet malty flavor again with some cherry in it. Aftertaste is short lived but a true replica of the initial flavors.
Excellent wheat-beer texture, little coating but not too thin.
Decent drinkability.


Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very cloudy orange-yellow color with only one finger of head on even a vigorous pour. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little bit of wheat malt and some citrusy lemon. Doesn't have the classic hefe-weizen smell though. The taste is also very citrusy. Lots of lemon, some yeasty character. Different. The mouthfeel is pretty thick for a hefe. The drinkability is pretty good. Not much like the classic hefe, but a good hot weather thirst quencher.

Photo of ZAP
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a Hefe...an OK American wheat with a decidedly strong lemon/citrus flavor....yeasty, sourish nose..big head....mouthfeel is charged up...spritzy like champagne almost...a real strong citrus flavor...big on the sweet lemons..backed by some subtle wheat cracker maltiness....no hints of spices or bananas...for an American Wheat this has a bit more character than most....decent enough quencher...worth a six-pack a summer considering the relatively low price...

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.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy light orange with tall, sticky head. Aroma is of wheat with strong citrus component. Taste is very good, this is a nice, smooth beer that ends with zesty lemon and orange twang. This is a really good wheat beer, taste is smooth, but always leaves the tongue wanting more. Probably the best beer I've had from the Shiner line-up.

Photo of Rio
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper golden shade from a 12 oz. twist-off bottle without freshness dating. Bottle suggests pouring half the beer, then swirling and pouring the other half. It also suggests enjoying with a slice of lemon. No fruit in my beer, thank you very much. Moderate head that fades to a cloudy layer across the top.

Clean smell with a bit of an earthy tone to it, nothing too impressive, though.

Heavy wheat to the taste, moderate hoppiness hiding in the background. Crisp and not too thin at all.

A very good beer, I think. Good representation of the style as I've experienced it so far.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale gold with an impressive white head that leaves behind a great lace. A nice looking beer.

The smell is pretty citrusy and clean. Not bad.

The flavor is a little too bland for the style. It tastes like a "muted" wheat beer. It just needs a little more of everything--the citrus, the clove, the wheat.

This has the mouthfeel of a good wheat beer. It is smooth and refreshing to drink. You could easily drink a few of these in one sitting.

I expected a bit more from this beer but found that it's pretty good with appearance and mouthfeel. This could be much better if the aroma and taste were a touch stronger.

Photo of finepaws
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured like a usual hefe. Lemon yellow and cloudy. Not much smell, some wheat, and maybe hints of citrus. Tasted crisp, hoppy, and sweet. Mouthfeel was carbonated and smooth. It is slightly watery. I would have preferred more flavor though. I have had better, and probably won't get this one again.

Photo of kfoss99
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. Pouring instructions located on the back label, even the cap says “Pour in a glass.”

Appearance is a lemon-flesh yellow with a large, thick, white head. The foam leaves tree ring lace to the very end of the glass.
Smell is of yeast and citrus notes
Sweet and grassy taste with hops adding a nice balance to the finish
Smooth but sticky mouthfeel
A nicely drinkable American hefeweizen, in a style I don’t expect much from, this delivered a good drinking experience.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

Photo of beertaster13
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a very cool bottle, tells how to pour the beer and a great 2 manned picture on the front. Pours a hazy gold with a gorgeous white head that fades to a fizzle. The smell is very spring like, fresh citrus with slight hints of honey. Spiced notes and slight hops are faint but are there. The taste is very citrusy, add a lemon and it really adds a tang to the sweet and bitter of this beer. Lighter than some hefs, still a good beer to have around, not a bad price either. Goes down good kicking back on the deck on a hot day.

Photo of Southernbrew
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy orange color with a big sudsy head.

Pleasant lemon and orange scent with a slight grain note coming through as well.

Medium body, very smooth. Light lemon flavor starts it off and becomes slightly flowery with grain flavors showing up. Finishes with a light dryness and banana flavors as well.

Enjoyable wheat beer, perfect for summer time.

Photo of pezoids
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow straw color and was pretty hazy, as a true hefe should be. Huge frothy white head topped this one off. Some sweet and sour grainy notes rise up from the beer. The taste is light and flavorful with some fruity sweetness left on the tongue. Low in the banana and clove esters that I like to see. No biggie. Light in body, very easy to drink and Nicely blended. and overall I can say this is a very nice example of an American Hefe.

Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me a six pack of these,hey at least she tried.Anyways pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent fluffy head.Aroma is slightly clovey and malt tilted,a grainy feel on the tongue with some citric notes and some clove as it warms a little.Not a bad beer not up to par with German wheats but drinkable none the less.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a set of 3 directions for optimal pouring. I followed the first two and skipped #3 which says to add a wedge of lemon. No thanks.Straw colored with nice white head about an inch. Smell is very faint. Good amount of carbonation provides lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Very flavorful in the back of the mouth with a hint of citrus, not surprising from the ingredients of honey, wheat, orange and lemon.

The cloudy pale color has an abundant and very nice lace that clings to the glass all the way to the bottom. Very drinkable and one that I would recommend for a hot day.

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