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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
75
okay

966 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 966
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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Morris729

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this particular beer as my first to review here at BeerAdvocate. Pours a nice cloudy golden-orange color with a creamy white head that fades into a thick and sticky lace. Nose is fresh wheat blended with some floral aromas. Taste is sweet malt, fruity banana, and a bit of a nutty yeast flavor. Mild hops are present in the background and provide a nice amount of balance. Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, and very refreshing. A great summertime brew. All in all, one of the best American wheat beers I’ve tried, and in my opinion, this is the best bottled beer brewed in Texas.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 22:37:32 | More by Morris729
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.38/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of citrus and a fair amount of citrus on the palate from the orange and lemon peel. Not much clove or banana, but more like an allspice, with an unidentifiable sundry of fruit. Pours an hazy orangeish amber, with a light coloured dense foam head. Taste of honey is light and feathery, not like a mead.

Shiner, with it’s own version of a "Hefeweizen", has done well. Not too unlike it’s German brethren, if your not a purest, you will like this Shiner rendition.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2002 14:27:18 | More by BeerBob
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Murph

Arizona

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy yellow with a thick billowy white head. The smell is very thin with a faint wheat characteristic. Some light wheat in the taste and that is about it. Very thin, not bad tasting just not much of a taste. Very thin, slightly creamy and somewhat drinkable. If someone offered this I would drink it but that is about the only scenario for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 15:43:36 | More by Murph
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marc77

California

2.93/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Huge, thick and billowy white head leaves an impressive trail down the glass. Tartness and graininess are most discernible in aroma, but slight bubblegum esters are present as well. There's also just a hint of citrus from the orange peel (or orange oil extract) The smooth mouthfeel and moderate body is not unlike that of a German hefeweizen. Sugary sweetness dominates while honey flavors are mild but perceptible. Finishes w/ a residual sweetness that borderlines on being cloying. This beer has both good attributes and bad ones. If it were more dry and there were hops to balance the sweetness this would be a very good American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2002 18:09:28 | More by marc77
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aracauna

Georgia

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

I have to agree with the guy right below me. I was not expecting much from this beer after having Shiner Bock. I was pleasantly surprised. The appearance is pretty much right on the money for a good Hefe. Nice cloudy dark yellow color, with a big foamy head that shrank a little bit but kept a good 1/2-1/4 inch head until the last sip. The flavor wasn't quite as on-spot at the appearance since it lacked the estery fruitiness (banana/bubble gum) the style usually comes with, but it did have a nice mild citrusy note that added nicely to the very wheaty flavor. After it warmed up it started finishing with a flavor that reminded me vaguely of biscuits. Not the best hefe ever, but definitely not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2002 06:58:27 | More by aracauna
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mickeymac

California

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being disappointed by the much-heralded (by Texans) Shiner Bock on a recent trip to San Antonio, my expectations were pretty low for their Hefeweizen. Shiner has actually put together a pretty good weissebier. It is a bit light, but that wheat flavor comes shining through and it's thoroughly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2002 21:44:17 | More by mickeymac
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ebraun

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the suspended yeast in the glass was very appealling and the head hung around for a good long time for a lighter style. In the aroma I found the lemon peel, yeast and could almost sense the sweetness of wheat. The taste of the beer was similar to that of a Paulaner but a little lighter and not quite as complex but it did give a sweetness and velvety coating to the palate. All the strong qualities of this beer packed into a lighter style made for a very drinkable beer. I avoided adding a lemon as is suggested on the bottle. I've done so in the past and I think the lemon in the brew is quite enough. It comes just shy of the level of Paulaner, but stands very strong on its own merits.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2002 07:46:47 | More by ebraun
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BeerAngel

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good beer! Mild wheat and fruit tastes are light and refreshing. It is a taste that allows you to have another and another ;-). Very, very smooth! The only thing I didn't rate high was appearance as it has a slightly "over-filtered" look for this type of beer, but again I still like it alot! Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2001 00:31:05 | More by BeerAngel
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck twist-off bottle, no freshness date. Directions on the back label on how to pour the beer, on the front it states “ale brewed with wheat, honey, orange and lemon peel”.

Appearance: Completely hazed and clouded over from the yeast as a hefe-weizen should be, big bubbled rocky white head foams up quickly then dissipates to a cake off lace on top.

Smell: Semi clean aroma with vague spice and a floral / nutty yeast smell. Bit of earth and a bready fermented wheat nose with hints of citrus.

Taste: Moderate body, with a cleansing crispness from a level carbonation and fermented wheat. Cracker like maltiness from the blend of wheat and barley that gets more grainy towards the end. Hops are in the back ground and aim for balancing the beer only. Earthy flavours from the yeast unveil some mild fruity and floral characteristics, citric sweetness and a light tartness is capture in the palate and refreshes quite well. After taste is amazingly clean and makes the mouth want more.

Notes: Right off the bat with the aroma is the tell tale signs of an American wheat beer, this is not a Bavarian hefe-weizen. This is not a bad thing but is it something that should be understood. Quite quaffable and could be a kick ass summer time brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2001 21:56:30 | More by Jason
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pbnagel

Texas

4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost authentic hefeweizen. It is not bottle fermented, so there isn't much yeast sediment.
The label suggests swirling the last bit of beer
before pouring to get the yeast. The label would
be better for pouring instructions since this beer
does produce a considerable head (like true hefeweizen beers) when poured improperly.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2001 12:30:37 | More by pbnagel
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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.