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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Ratings: 1,058 | Reviews: 487
Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my favorite pint glass. Nice color and a lacy head dissipating into nothing after a moment or two. Smelled of malt with a twist of citrus. Taste was right down the middle with a touch of hops overpowered by malt and some more citrus. Mouthfeel and drinkability was average. i liked the flavor of this brew but not quite as thrilling as I would have liked. Just basic.

Photo of tatoodkelt
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another extra from a trade with gramatton, thanks again man!

Consumed 12/7/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A murky, light gold topped off by a bubbly two finger white head that dropped pretty quick to a thin skim. Decent lacing.

S- Faint wheat and citrus.

T- Pretty similar to the nose with an almost metallic note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

D- Pretty easy to drink but definitely not my first choice for a hefe.

Photo of Spidey13
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Hefeweizen pours the usual hazy straw color with a big white head. The nose has some light citrus notes and a bit of grass.

The falvor is crisp up front. The lemon zest really comes through. A quick finish with the bittering hops making a brief appearance. High carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall, this would be a really nice summer thirst quencher.

Photo of bilyboy65
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a bad Hefe. I don't generally like beers that need to be dressed. This one however has a good flavor all by itself. Fairly cloudy. Good head, but dissipated quickly leaving no traces behind. The nose is a citrus lemon, some sweet malts and a hint of floral hops. Little bit of a bitterness to this hefe which is a weird twist. Taste is as the nose foreshadows. A lemon citrus flavor with a sweet undertone. This beer is very smooth as it's light body passes over the tongue. I think it's a little to hefe for me, but if you enjoy this style a very good one.

Photo of aggiearcher13
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a Shiner mix-six a while back...

A: hazy straw-gold. Nothing outstanding from looking at it, doesn't seem particularly heavy-bodied from the pour.

S: A lot of citrus on the nose. Lemon dominates, but some orange. also, some wheat malt.

T: Wheaty and orange. Mostly the citrus. Not great balance.

M: Not a light mouthfeel, but I would hesitate to call it medium body.

D: On a hot summer day this rocks. As an authentic hefe, not so much.

Photo of biggred1
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy blonde with a million suspended yeast particles and a soapy eggshell cap that shrinks to a film after a moment. The nose on this one is citrus peel and wheat malt. The flavors are not very authentic for the style, more of an American wheat with orange/lemon peel and a faint skunky quality. Medium light bodied with crisp carbonation. A pretty average beer.

Photo of hooliganlife
2.18/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

pour was a ligth hazy orange with a light head

mainly citrus with a FAINT hint of wheat

citrus bomb and for all the wrong reasons. bitter citrus lemon that really dominates. i never found the wheat i have come come to known from a good hefeweizen.

body was decent, good carbonation.

overall, this was pretty terrible. i had to muster the strength to finish this. the citrus was just too powerful and too over whelming. no thanks... i like to taste wheat, not fruit. shiner is usually fairly solid but this was not.

Photo of maleman
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a hazy light orange with a two finger head that receded into a tight cap and spidery lacing.

S - lots of grain and some spice notes.

T - clean taste of grain. biscuity.

M - light to medium bodied, a bit above average carbonation, a light, clean finish with minimal aftertaste.

D - light and refreshing...could drink several of these, especially in warm weather. one of the better hefe's i've had as i'm not usually a fan of wheats.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy muted golden color. The head on this beer is smaller than is typical for most hefeweizens. The head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with strong aromas of oranges and bananas.

Taste: Very citrusy with strong banana notes as well. The fruit tastes are a bit stronger than normal in most American hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with a little stickiness towards the end.

Drinkability: A fairly decent hefeweizen. This beer (like most hefeweizens) is exceedingly drinkable. I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. Would probably be nice on a hot day.

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blond with a light haze, the head dissipates to a ring almost immediately. The nose is black pepper, paprika, paint, strong phenols. Pretty much terrible. The taste is no more impressive, with big up front orange zest, lemon, plastic and cardamom. Very phenolic and spicy, yet very watery and bland. The yeast really takes this one over, and a pleasant yeast profile it isn't. There's a touch of malty sweetness mid-palate, along with a bit of vitamin c flavor. The finish is lemony, tart, wet, wholly inappropriate for the style. This beer kinda blows.

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

Appearance: This beer had been in the back of a friend's fridge for at least a year. Needless to say, there were hefty chunks of sediment floating around the glass, but these dissipated as the beer was swirled around.

Smell: Mostly yeast.

Taste: Wheaty and yeasty. So-so compared to many hefes.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly punchy given its age. Not what I look for in hefes.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, given the age and chunkiness, but one was enough.

Overall, this is an average beer, but below the high standard for hefeweizens. The age did not seem to detract from nor improve the beer. Since hefes are not known for aging, I guess this speaks to the durability of this beer. There are better beers from Shiner and much better American hefes.

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

poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head. Hazy yellow body. Looks like a hefe should. Good lacing.

Smell: Doesn't have the flavor profile of a German hefe. Pale wheat and some citrus peel.

Taste: Much better taste than I was expecting. The citrus peel adds some much needed flavor to what would otherwise be a boring beer.

Photo of deaconoflove
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Nice cloudy golden color, but no head and no lacing, so not too pretty.
Sm. Very little smell, maybe some orange.
Ta. A very mild brew with some tangerine flavor I think. Kind of like a nice, non-sweet fruit drink. Very little beer flavor.
Mf. Minimal carbonation
Dr. Easily drinkable, but why?

Photo of xenolithic
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured my beer into my tall beer mug vigorously, creating a two finger head that slowly receded to about a half finger of white fluffy head. The beer itself is cloudy, as can be expected and a delightful honey-color. Personally I like more head on my hefe's but this might have been sitting in the bottle shop, so who knows.

The smell is rather weak, and somewhat metallic. I'm sensing some fruitiness without the usual scent of bananas. I'm not picking up the usual hefe spiciness either in this bottle.

In the taste I pick up much more of the spiciness. However, I get a certain metallic taste in my mouth that tastes like I'm chewing on a tin can. Looking at these other reviews, I might have to source another bottle elsewhere.

The mouthfeel of the beer is good, and is where it should be for the style, a little thick but not creamy. I still can't get over the metallic taste though.

Drinkability... unfortunately, this bottle has none. I have faith there's some in the hefe, just not this one.

Note: I'm not bashing the beer, but I am reviewing THIS bottle. If I come across another bottle, I will certainly rewrite my review and repost. These are just the feelings that I got from a single bottle taken from a bottle shop that's been there who-knows-how-long.

Photo of kevman527
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my Shiner reviews...

Cloudy light golden yellow color, with no head again like the other Shiner beers and no lacing, I wonder why this is? I still like its appearance though. I smell cloves and citrus with some grassy malt notes. It tastes very citrusy too me, almost like a dry riesling, lime and grapefruit notes, kind of sour, but in a good way. A medium bodied hefe, low carbonation with a high drinkability. So far this is my favorite of the Shiner Beers.

Photo of joozyboozy
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BrewDoc12
4.85/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GordonQuid
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Thur123
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bgreg3
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of johntangus
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of qpHalcy0n
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

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