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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,018 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 7
Gots: 52 | 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.

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Photo of joozyboozy


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%

this beer is a very cloudy orangish yellow, with hardly any head. not a very aromatic beer but it does have a pretty good taste, which consists mostly of lemon. i didnt like it a whole lot at first but i had another one a few hours later and found it better. i think the lemon just takes awhile to get used to. feel is of light carbonation. not sticky or silky.

09-12-2009 13:22:30 | More by joozyboozy
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.43/5  rDev +4.9%

Poured bottle into weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a golden color that was semi-transparent. Almost no head.

Smell: Had a very strong wheat smell without much of a hint of hops.

Taste: Very sweet taste with a bit of a bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin for the style.

Drinkability: This isn't bad, but I feel there are much better hefeweizens out there.

08-21-2009 01:36:29 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of BrewDoc12


4.88/5  rDev +49.2%

Outstanding beer. Not too crazy about some other Spoetzel brews, but this one is one of my favorites. Being a native Texan might play a role. Excellent color and smell. Silky mouthfeel,and rich flavor. Citrus overtones without being overpowering. Beautiful lacing and overall drinkability. One of my ol'faithfuls.

08-18-2009 02:56:41 | More by BrewDoc12
Photo of ArrogantB


2.4/5  rDev -26.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice clear orange color, decent head. Teh smell is bland and uninteresting. The flavor was sort of metallic and honestly not good at all. The drinkability for me was very low because after I finished one I had no desire to drink another one. Too bad I have a whole six-pack.

08-12-2009 19:21:31 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of gmfessen


3.55/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy golden color with a one finger, semi-active head. The nose is pretty non-distinct; a bit of wheat and mild fruitiness are all that are discernable. The taste is interesting; not like a traditional hefe, with cloves and banana. Very citrusy and zesty, a refreshing wheat beer. The mouthfeel is pretty light with a mild carbonation and a lip smacking citrus finish. Overall a drinkable beer, a good summer session beer. Much better than their blonde.

07-26-2009 00:10:12 | More by gmfessen
Photo of GordonQuid


3.58/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured ice cold to a pint glass. Poured half, swirled bottle and poured the rest of the bottle w/yaest sediment.

Hazy gold, good cloudyness from the yeast solid white 2 inch head that dissapates to a half inch head w/ consistant lacing.

Smells of cloves and bannana a tarty fruit ester from the yeast is apparent.

Tastes of fresh wheat malts and fruity yeast, refreshing on this hot day.

Good light mouth feel and good drinkability. Think I'll drink the whole six today. Good hot weather beer!

07-22-2009 20:00:32 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of Thur123


3.3/5  rDev +0.9%

bottle into a Tucher weizen glass

First review, certainly not first beer.

Appearance - Light gold with a bit of amber towards the center. SLightly less cloudy then expected, but nothing to complain about.

Smell - Not too powerful...citrus and a bit of corriander.

Taste - Not a lot going on, pleasant orangey citrus with yeast and a bit of grass? Rounds off with a good like citrus crispness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and with a medium to light body.

Drinkability - Very.

Notes - This is the first time I've reviewed a beer on BA, but long time reader. If anything about my palate seems wacky, lemme know. I would drink this if I had to or if it was at a great price, and since its SHiner, that could be the case. Not bad, but not exceptional at all. Good intro to hefes IMO.

07-20-2009 04:01:13 | More by Thur123
Photo of bgreg3


3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

App.-Nice light gold very murky though, but from my understanding that's how hefeweizens are meant to look. The head disipates very quickly, I'm guessing the citric acid gets to it.

Smell- Strong orange/lemon smell also malty sweetness.

Taste-Citric acid is absorbed immediately by the toungue then there is a malty sweetness in the middle and finally a strong just clean orange feeling.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light body that leaves a fresh orange taste, Kind of like orange gum on the finish.

Drinkability- Going sideways on this because I'm not a big fan or the aftertaste, but it is still an enjoyable brew.

Wish I had some fish to go with this.

07-03-2009 04:30:44 | More by bgreg3
Photo of johntangus

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -4.3%

Part of the Family Tradition mixed six. Poured into a yuengling pint glass.

Poured a hazy straw/golden color with an almost two-finger white fluffy head. Head dissipates to very thin, but with OK lacing.

A very slight citrusy smell - not a whole lot there.

Taste is very citrus - lemon mostly, some orange. Bitter back end almost like you get when drinking lemonade, but more refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Even though it is not very complex, i'm not having a hard time putting this one back.

After tasting the Shiner Light, i wish there was another Hefe in the box.

07-02-2009 00:05:49 | More by johntangus
Photo of qpHalcy0n


3.18/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured chilled from bottle to Weizen glass.

Pours a thin orange color. The orange tapers off very quickly to clear towards the edges of the glass. A good amount of suspended yeast followed. The head quickly settles to a one finger head with strong lacing.

I'm not getting the mellow citrus/clove smells I'd expect with a higher eschalon Hefe, but it is undeniably citrus with a strong lemon/orange presence.

The taste comes off citrus, but quickly leaves you with that fairly typical "Shiner" bitter aftertaste. This is the only reason I simply cant give this a very high rating on taste or mouthfeel. Aside from the bitter aftertaste, the beer is pretty well balanced and enjoyable.

Again, the poor wash leaves me unable to give it a great mouthfeel score. It feels sort of like I'm drinking a mix of shiner bock and a hefe, which isn't bad, but isn't good for a Hefe. It washes dry with a bitter aftertaste. Highly carbonated.

Overall, aside from it's residual taste and wash, it has a wonderful balanced taste and is very drinkable. Especially considering the price... $11/12 pack

06-24-2009 04:22:45 | More by qpHalcy0n
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with 1/2 inch head. Has a pleasant aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is fruity and flavorfull. Medium bodied in mouth and fairly drinkable. Not the best hefeweizen I have drank, but certainly a pretty good beer.

06-24-2009 00:55:55 | More by tone77
Photo of malcontent


2.63/5  rDev -19.6%

In the tradition of Pyramid and Widmer, American wheat ales masquerading as hefes. Just call it what it is, folks.

Pale straw body with nearly zero haze to it and a shockingly meager head. This is not what the style should look like.

Citrus peel is there (more orange than the lemon co-billed on the label) and the vaguely wheat-y twang. Really no yeasty esters to speak of. Once again, a let-down.

Even under the American Wheat category I'm not sure this holds up very well. Zingy wheat/citrus duality that crashes to earth amidst the completely overaggressive carbonation and unappealing cereal-meets-plastic aftertaste.

As noted, the mouthfeel is not full and chewy like a great hefe but soda-water-ish in its carbonation. Really just a fizzy nothing of a beer. And I actually LIKE Shiner Bock!

06-22-2009 06:13:03 | More by malcontent
Photo of stockingcpl


3.63/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: This brew pours as a nice light honey/straw color. While hazy, the liquid is still translucent. Head size is nothing special. Minimal lacings, yet plentiful surface spiderwebbing. Not bad.

Smell: Aroma has a sweet malt presence. The wheat components are very subdued. There is a very light citrus detercted. Spices are also in the distant background. I would have preferred a stronger aroma curve that is more consistent with this style.

Taste: Onset is typified by wheat & malt. Again subdued with nothing overpowering. Added orange would help.

Mouthfeel: Light...almost too light.

Drinkability: Light with less filling than most wheat beers. The standard use of an orange slice encourages the consumption poolside on a very hot day. :-) Good also for sitting on the porch on a hot afternoon.


06-14-2009 20:45:39 | More by stockingcpl
Photo of alfistheman


4.45/5  rDev +36.1%

A- Deep yellow gold color, thick lacing white head
S- Honey Cloves and orange Peels, hops distant
T- Honey Cloves and Orange/Lemon peels dominate followed by light bitter hops
M- Well carbonated, thick-medium oil feel
D- Very good, Strong for the style, i think higher ABV than rated, even higher than 5.6%!

05-30-2009 23:16:06 | More by alfistheman
Photo of blackearth


2.48/5  rDev -24.2%

Pours a cloudy, extra-light yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of spicy clove. Light bodied with standout clove flavors and a slightly bitter finish. This sounds like a one-note song for a Hefeweizen since all I can hear with my tongue is clove. There are much more interesting takes on this style out there, and I would not recommend Shiner's version.

05-30-2009 14:31:27 | More by blackearth
Photo of Kromes


3.6/5  rDev +10.1%

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with fluffy white haead. Lots of carbonation going on inside the glass. I noticed some white chunks floating around in the beer. A sweet yeasty and citrus aroma. It also does have a sort of wild yeast horse blanket smell too it. A sweet and funky flavor with a citrus kicker. Pretty good flavor actually. The yeast gives it some character and mixes well with the citrus. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is a little down due to the strong yeast flavors, but I would have a couple.

05-25-2009 22:44:03 | More by Kromes
Photo of IPhantom


3.48/5  rDev +6.4%

Presentation: Dark bottle with the classic retro Shiner graphics, and a helpful tutorial on how to pour a hefeweizen.

Appearance: This beer looks awesome. When swirled up as recommended, the head sort of spirals out of the bottle like soft-serve ice cream and accumulates in your glass. Golden-orange straw color, with some nice residual lacing once you take a few sips.

Smell: About what you would expect, malty yeasty citrusy goodness. Notably lacking in spice and banana-type aromas that you would find in prime examples of the style. Good because it's un-intimidating, but nothing special.

Taste: This is where this one falls flat. The taste doesn't really follow through. The overall impression is reminiscent of a typical American macro (but an above-average one), with some unique yeast and citrus notes. However, it's a great summer beer. Light, crisp mouthfeel, little to no noticeable alcohol, and just enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Notes: A hefeweizen that's proud to be an American. Have a few on hand for a cookout, and you'll probably have a few people that really enjoy it and a few that would sooner stick to Lite.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 16:51:57 | More by IPhantom
Photo of thekanna


2.3/5  rDev -29.7%

A: Pours an somewhat opaque yellow with tremendous head.

S: Very faint citrus with some cut grass and hay flavors thrown in there (somewhat haphazardly). There's not really much that's outstanding about the smell.

T: Grass clippings and yeast. Floral flavor and lemon zest tries to peak its head out but gets suppressed by the overall yeastiness. Otherwise, somewhat watery and lager-like feel to it.

M: Very gassy and filling.

D: I wasn't too impressed with this brew. I had some difficulty just finishing the bottle. The only time I would probably drink this again is if someone offered it to me.

05-24-2009 05:19:47 | More by thekanna
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.3/5  rDev -29.7%

Glad they finally got rid of that godawful label with the two half faces merged...creeepy. Pours a very hazy medium yellow color with a large, fluffy off-white head that sticks around pretty well with slightly below average lacing.

Nose is fruity, but not yeasty ester fruity. Has notes of lemon pith and orange flesh. Noticeable wheat aroma with some clover and wildflowers. Smells ok, but not very naturally hefeweizen-like.

Taste pretty much follows suit with a overly large dose of citrus zest and wheat tang. Wow, why not let some Bavarian hefe yeast do the work instead of adding these unnatural flavors? This does not taste very good at all. I think I will be able to choke down this 12 oz'er, but no way am I ever buying a six pack of this.

05-23-2009 20:07:55 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of hosehead83


3.98/5  rDev +21.7%

Poured a "100th Anniversary" bottle into a standard pint glass
Big, billowy two-inch head of foam-Hazy orange in color
Aroma-Subtle citrus fruits,mown hay
Taste-Subtle lemon and wheat-very refreshing and smooth-very drinkable, you want another one before you're done. Would be an excellent session beer on a warm summer day

05-21-2009 15:31:07 | More by hosehead83
Photo of JimBird


3.95/5  rDev +20.8%

Poured a dark yellow with a white, centimeter-thick head that stuck around for about thirty seconds before dissolving to a tight lace around the sides of the glass.
Couldn't really smell anything. The taste is the real deal, though. Definitely lemony (and I did not put any lemon in this one) and full of citrusy esters.

I have always enjoyed Shiner's stuff, and this brew is no exception. Very good.

05-21-2009 03:53:50 | More by JimBird
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.58/5  rDev +9.5%

Had in a imperial pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a massive fluffy head. The head dissipates within a few minutes and leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells of grains and very faintly of sweet yeasty esters. As it warms a bit you smell some citrus. I feel like this should smell better... or smell "more" I guess. Tastes better than it smells. A very light hefe, with a clean finish and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Considering the summers in Texas this may have been completely intentional. Theres a good amount of carbonation and a fairly strong citrus flavor. Not a bad beer at all.

05-16-2009 01:10:28 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of Fnord


3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Shiner Hefeweizen

Appearance - Pale, somewhat cloudy with a medium-sized white head. A lot of carbonation.

Smell - Citrus dominates the nose, with maybe a bit of wheat coming through.

Taste - As per the smell, very lemony, with only a bit of wheat. Fortunately, as it warms up the wheat becomes a tad less shy.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thick mouthfeel, with far too much carbonation. The carbonation luckily goes down a bit after about 10 minutes.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, especially on a hot and humid day.

Notes - The high carbonation combined with the lemon makes it a very sharp-tasting beer, which is kind of weird in a hefe. This is misplaced; it's really an American Pale Wheat, not a hefe. Not as good as I remember it, but I guess I'm just getting pickier about my wheat beers. Anyway, it's still good in certain circumstances, and I certainly wouldn't turn down a free one, but it's not on my 'buy' list.

05-13-2009 19:29:49 | More by Fnord
Photo of zdk9


3.4/5  rDev +4%

A- After a yeasty swirl a liquid of the utmost haze comes out of my bottle and into my glass. It's light yellow with hints of green. The head was a two fingers or fuller and this Shiner actually leaves some lacing. Not a bad start to a beer.

S- A light lemon flavor predominates the aroma. It's followed by just a touch of yeastiness, and some cracker like malt notes.

T- Some variety of flavors in the taste. There is the lemon, which spans between just shy of grapefruit pith, and rose petal floral. The malt flavor broadens out into more of a graham cracker. I notice some spice too, sort of a lighter mace or allspice.

M- Fairly creamy carbonation.

D- This is my favorite shiner beer so far, and maybe the first one that I would willfully buy another of. A decent taste and mouthfeel that doesn't overpower your tastebuds but still gives you something to chew on.

05-13-2009 03:03:40 | More by zdk9
Photo of aetnde


2.58/5  rDev -21.1%

I was really disappointed with this bottle. I think maybe I kept it too long. I will try again next time I am down South and find it on tap.

The color was right on but not cloudy at all like I thought it would be. The very thin head left rapidly.

Smell was alright and was what you would expect.

Taste was just wrong.

05-12-2009 20:26:03 | More by aetnde
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,018 ratings.