Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001)
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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
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a 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 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
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +25%
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
3.15/5  rDev -4%
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
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
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
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.05/5  rDev -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
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
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
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of coasterfreak75
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour was light yellow and very carbonated. It had a good one inch head that slowly dissapated and left a quarter inch of white foam. The foam held on throughout the drink.

The smell was acidic and sweet. Almost a lemon smell.

The drink started very carbonated, it almost tickled the nose. The middle was acidic and it finished with another kick of lemons and then was clean.

All and all this was a good example of hefewezen. Though it's not one of my favorite styles, I did rather enjoy this one.

Photo of garymuchow
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a fresh slightly phenol, slightly sweet, slightly fruity quality with pale malt and wheat aspects. Clove and bananas not noted.
Excessive head even when poured carefully, Cloudy yellow. Head is white and very firm.
Nice mix of subtle flavors. A little sweet then dry with a shot of bitterness at finish. Nice mix of pale malt wheat and hops. Also contains a thirst pleasing souness that is not citrus.
Extremely refreshing light and very easy to drink. Moderate smoothness. Moderate carbonation gives a tingly sensation on tongue.
Quite enjoyable. Good label.

Photo of MrNuggets
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full white head leaves chunky lace clinging to the sides of my tall pilsner glass. Hazy yellow colour, i can see the yeast spiralling to the bottom. Wheat on the nose. First sip gives me more of that wheat with hints of lemon and bananna dancing in the background. Finishes off with a hint of bitterness. Chrisp mouthfeel from this well carbonated brew. Very refreshing drink for this hot dry spring day.

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

I bought a 6 pack of this while in Hilton Head. I really like the labels on the bottles, nice playful packaging.

The beer poured a somewhat hazy light yellow with a nice fluffy head.

Nice nose of banana, clove and malt. Not as distinct as some of the better versions of this style, but not bad either.

The taste was refreshing. Nice spicy undertone to the bananaish taste. The beer had clear hints of citrus taste that lingered in the background. The beer was slightly improved by drinking with a lemon (I had it both ways). Turns slightly sour as you get 2/3rds through the glass.

The drinkabiltiy is pretty high. and the mouthfeel seemed fine for the style. This was an enjoyable wheat beer and one I would gladly have again.

Photo of Trentonator
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy yellow with an initially nice head, which quickly disappears. The taste is very fizzy, yeasty, some wheat- like aroma, and a dry aftertaste. Growing up as a farm kid in Western Kansas, I distinctly remember going out to bite into wheat kernels in the early summer to test our wheatfield's crops. If it was a good year, the taste was dry, and a in a bad year it was usually wet (meaning a later harvest). The taste of this beer reminds me of wet wheat.

Photo of jimdkc
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bizarre label which tries to be an optical illustion... but really isn't. Back of label describes how to pour the beer so that you "rouse the yeast" and proclaims, "It's cloudy? That's good." It also recommends serving with a wedge of lemon (Thanks... But, NO, thanks!) Up the right side of the label, it reads, "Ale brewed with wheat, honey, orange, and lemon peel."

Pour is that of a typical hefeweizen: Cloudy yellow color, voluminous white (slightly yellow) head. Initially large head falls back to a long lasting foam cap which leaves patches of lace down the glass. Really nice looking.

Smell is wheaty with a bit of citrus. Taste is very citrusy with some yeast flavor. Not as much wheat in the taste as expected, and the yeast flavor it different from most hefe's I've tried. Lacks any banana or spice notes expected in a hefe. A little hop kick at the end is surprising, but not unwelcome.

This beer is somewhere between an American wheat and a German hefe weizen... doesn't really fit well in either category. But, it's really not bad. Refreshing and very drinkable. But, drinking it makes me want a real hefe weizen!

Photo of Gruntlumber
4.28/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is the best wheat beer I've ever had. Notice I said "wheat" and not "hefeweisen" like this beer claims to be, as others have also pointed out. While many wheat beers can be short on flavor and sort of watered down, Shiner Hefeweisen packs a whollop of flavor. It almost seems like a Belgium Wit-style judging by appearence and smell. Serves as a fantistic summer session brew with an abundance of wheat malt spritzed with lemony/orange flavor. Well balanced and delicious.

Photo of Reidrover
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am intrigued by the weird bought a single to go with my Chicken burrito.
This is actually a nice looking hefe..its got the pale cloudy orange colour down..and a very attractive frothy pure white head.
Ok they got the looks but the aroma is average at best..some faint wheat sourness and thats about it.
Again the taste though it does threaten to get "spicy" is rather bland..but it seems very fresh.You casn taste the wheat no doubt ,but like most American "hefes" the yeast lets it down.
Pretty ok in the mouthfeel..maybe a tiny bit thin.
For all its faults it was extremelly drinkable with my burrito..and no doubt would be an acceptable beer in the Texas summer.

Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.