Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,050 Ratings
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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 champ103
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Musky and metallic aroma at first. After it warms up some banana and light spice come through.
T: Again, a metallic taste but not as prevalent as in the nose. Some fruity flavors and spice. An odd buttery flavor.
M/D: A light body that is over carbonated. Thin and watery, like most Shiner beers IMO. Smooth and easy to drink.

Not my favorite style. After saying that, it is still substandard. This is not something I would recommend, unless nothing else is available.

Photo of projectflam86
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours hazy yellow with a nice thick 2" head that sadly leaves only mild lacing.

S- Strong citrus nose with the faintest bit of hops, wheat and malt.

T- Bitter tart citrus flavor with a honey tang aftertaste. Not much wheat or hop flavor.

M- Light bodied and high carbonation. Finishes crisp.

D- Pretty average hefe. Not bad but there are plenty of better ones out there.

Photo of katan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint. not dated

A - Yellow in color - perhaps a hint of gold. Very hazy and yeasty looking. Head formation is light, but that seems to run against the grain of the high amount of carbonation present.

S - Has the spent grain plus sweetness scent to it. Starts off with what I remember as a husky grain husk smell to it - like a cooked barley in fact. Does have a hair of sugar sweetness to it which is accentuated by the yeast. None of the orange and lemon peel described on the bottle.

T - Starts off with a strong tart lemon sweetness - not a malt forward drink whatsoever. This beer runs with its spicing. Mid-stream is boring with no bitter formation. At the end a stronger wheat astringency forms, which is then quickly overwhelmed by a lemonaide aftertaste.

M - Moderate body for a hefe - not at all watery for sure. Carbonation bite is strong enough to sting the tongue. Lemon leaves behind a fil of some sort.

D - Moderate to low drinkability for the style. The lemon bite is harsher than I would have liked. Aftertaste is clinging and bothersome. ABV is manageable. More of a summer drink for sure.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow in color and surprsingly, no head forms on the pour. Smell is somewhat spicy and adjuncts. Taste is disappointing. Not a refreshing, lemony, floral hefe, but more of a BMC. Nothing to note here in the nose, taste or mouthfeel. This may be good as a hot summer day pounder, but you're not going to get anything out of it. There are much better examples of the style out there.

Photo of TLove
1.8/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color is ample, but the beer does not possess the distinct cloudiness of typical hefeweizens. The smell is a tiny bit citrus-y, but the bitterness in the smell will likely scare away hefeweizen fans.

Quite frankly, I think this beer tastes like a stale, fruity version of bud light, which is to say, not refreshing at all. It does not finish well and does not render any additional flavor when lingering in the mouth.

I suggest that Shiner stick to its strengths and stay away from the Hefeweizen.

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

Poured a deep yellow/golden color into a pint glass. The scent is reminiscent of lemon grass...very light and airy This beer lets you know it's going to be refreshing right from the start. There is a nice unfiltered cloudiness going on here too. The taste is slightly sweet with the citrus hints that come with many wheat beers. A clean, but faint hops taste really balances this beer out. This is one of my favorite all around beers...especially when considering price and quantity consumed in a summertime sitting!

Photo of heath1agnew
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- pours a pale burnt orange with lively carbonation and a one finger head that comes down to a thin layer of foam. lacing is visible

smell- the first thing that hits me is a grassy smell with a bitter lemon scent. it actually smells good.

taste and mouthfeel- taste is almost a bit bitter and sour, but not in a bad way it all. lemon and hops seem to be what is coming through i think with a touch of sweetness. the mouthfeel is ok but i would prefer less carbonation.

drinkability- very drinkable brew

Photo of buschbeer
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured my Shiner Hefeweizen into a pint glass. It is a light yellow and very clear. It had very little head. I love getting head with every beer I drink. There was absolutely no lacing. It smelled lemon citrusy. I was immediately turned off, but then I took a taste. Not bad. Not good but not bad. It is citrusy. Very clean and crisp. My good friend has been raving about it, but then again, we like different styles of beer. It tastes better than it looks and smells. I just don't think I could drink a lot of these.

Photo of aeminter
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know that weizens are supposed to be cloudy, but this is almost opaque. Yellowy dark straw color with about half a finger worth of head that is leaving thin lacing.

The smell is a little spicy with a bit of yeast, and if you flex your olfactory receptors enough you might be able to find some bubblegum.

The first thing that hits me is the carbonation, medium mouthfeel and dry finish. There are hints of lemon in the background and some spiciness, but not much else.

For some reason I remember this beer being a whole lot better years ago...back when Shiner only distributed inside the state lines. *sigh*

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

Pours a nice cloudy orange/straw/sun color with some good initial head, a bit of later flaoting head, but no lacing. Good scent, crisp with straw/wheat attributes and a nice estery banana-citrus aroma. Excellent taste, nice and clean wheat ale with a good orange citrus flavor at the end, perhaps just a little too sweet and citrusy. Goes down very nice, easy to drink.

Photo of bowersdm
1.55/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a regular drinking glass

A - cloudy amber color with sediment clearly floating around. no head.

S - what the hell is this? it smells so sour: lemons, citrus, other fruit. there's a bread/yeast smell too.

T - as soon as this hit my tongue, I nearly vomited. It was one of the shittiest tastes I have ever had in my mouth. The lemon/citrus thing going on was entirely unexpected and not at all enjoyable. it basically covered up anything else that I could have tasted had I wanted to leave this abomination on my palate. As with other Shiner beers that I have had, it also had this funky/metallic flavor going on that made the flavor even worse.

M - i honestly couldn't say. i didn't get that far.

D - never again.

Photo of lonestar1836
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours cloudy pail yellow (i like the hefe pouring instructions)

S: light malty sweetness with slightly hoppy finish

T: starts off with very lemony flavor (could be a shock if you don't expect it) ends up with a nice dry hoppy flavor with no real aftertaset to speak of

M: good fizz in the front with a silky smooth finish

D: very good, i'd recommend it

Photo of pants678
1.95/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Decent look to this beer, nice and cloudy like a good hefe. Smells alright, but but doesn't give much expectation. However, it tastes like carbonated pine-sol to me... which is bad, by the way. Decent feel, but the citrus is overpowering and difficult to choke down. There are better Shiner brews.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a honey blond with an unimpressive head for a hefeweiss. Clumps of yeast are floating in the dense cloud.

Aroma is of citrus and honey. Lemon mostly with a hint of orange and maybe coriander? Aroma is kind of weak and not overly impressive.

Flavor is lemon and lemon. Lemon in the middle and lemon on the finish. Not being sarcastic here, I though I had a dusty lemonade, that's the best way to describe this one. The lovely yeast flavors of bubble gum and banana are not present. I have a hard time even pulling grain out of this.

Mouthfeel is thin and average, the only redeeming factor is the over carbonation cuts the sweetness enough to make it bearable.

Overall a poor example of hefeweiss. The brewers got a little overzealous with the citrus in the steep, I think. May appeal to cider and hard lemonade drinkers though.

Photo of bmwats
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a near-weizen glass.

A: Dark, dull, cloudy golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy white head. Quickly settles into a bubbly layer of carbonation. Very spotty lacing remains as you drink.

S: Wheat, citrus, freshly mowed grass, and dish soap.

T: Subdued wheat flavor, but citrus really stands out.

M: Light, but you can feel the acid burn from the citrus infusion. Kinda' like when you eat a lemon or lime. Has a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

D: Okay drinkability.

The atmosphere is okay. The nose is a bit unpleasant. The flavor is a bit shocking. The citrus overwhelms. The finish is harsh. This quaff is definitely distinctive, and probably not what you'll expect as far as a typical hefeweizen is concerned. It's a little unfortunate really. . . I can remember drinking this in the past, and it was frankly a completely different brew (back when the bottle was the odd two faces one on top of the other design). It once was a very traditional hefeweizen that I found to be very solid, now it's like a bastardized wheat beer with the orange and lemon already brewed in. I'm not sure why they've changed it up so much. Anyway. . . serviceable quaff.

Photo of Juggernaut
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was good, nice golden hue with a haze that indicates wheat, and a white head.

Smell was of wheat and malt with a hint of citrus.

Taste was ok, a Wheat and malt was well balanced with the hops, but the lemon was a little much.

Mouth feel was good, medium body went well with the beer.

Drinkability is generally pretty good, not sure it you would end up getting tired of the lemon taste or get used to it, probably depends on your tastes.

Photo of Bagman007
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very pale yellow coloring with a decent amount of head.

S- Initially a very sweet, citrus scent. Also smells somewhat hoppy as well.

T- Sweet citrus flavor with just a slightly dry finish.

M- Well carbonated, sweet, and a just a little hoppy.

D- Very drinkable beer. Very smooth. Much more drinkable than other hefeweizen's that I have had.

Overall this is a very solid Hefeweizen. Very smooth, nice taste. Highly recommended.

Photo of froghop
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-hazy pale yellow-orange with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, citrus, and a touch of spice.

taste is watery, orange, some lemon, a touch of honey, and wheat, end is very tart.

overall this was more citrus than wheat, and very tart.

Photo of skrib09
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blonde in color with a white creamy head. the exact appearance you would expect from a hefeweizen.

smells fruity... lots of citrus on the nose.

as the description says, there's definetly orange and lemon in it. lots of different tastes from the yeast added for bottle conditioning.

soft mouthfeel with some champagne bubbly detectable.

good drinkability.

Photo of elniko
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass from bottle.

A: Golden with pillowy head, carbonation quite apparent. Just slightly murky.

S: Has almost a lemon, zesty nose. More American wheat ale nose than typical hef.

T & M: Very crisp, mouthfeel a little thin. The zestiness in the nose comes out in the taste as well. Has an almost lemon quality.

D: Drinkable, this will definitely be a beer that I'll have again when the weather warms up.

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

Pours a 1 inch head, golden orange in color. Very cloudy with lots of sediment floating

Smell of some malts, Lemon peel which makes it smell a little sour and metallic

Tastes of subtle malts, sour lemon peel with medium bitter aftertaste

Mouth feel is average but does leave an akward sourness on the tongue

This beer is decent but i dont really taste the things in it that would make it a hefe weizen. There is no clove/spice to it, not much coriander or fruit besides lemon. Would not buy again but since i live in texas wouldnt turn one down if offered at a party as it is somewhat popular

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea, on to the beer:

Big and billowy is the head on top this cloudy pale blonde beer. Good lacing. In the nose, there are bits and pieces of banana and malted wheat. The malted wheat is more dominant in this case. The same holds true in the taste of this beer. There's a bit of banana, a hint of spiced cloves, but ovrerall the malted wheat is king, making me think I'm drinking liquid Cheerios. The mouthfeel is firm, not flat or watery like other wheat ale's I've had in the past.

Not a bad attempt at a wheat ale. The traditional German character is toned down and more Americanized in the wheat bill. Similar to Pyramid Hefeweizen overall.

Photo of cjgator3
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a weizen glass with the yeast added into the pour. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma features a noticeable wheat base with some citrus (orange and lemon peel) and yeast. There are no banana and clove flavors like I really enjoy in many of the German Hefeweizens, but this is a solid aroma that is very refreshing.

T- The taste like the aroma is very refreshing. There is some wheat with citrus and yeast as well. Not overly complex, but it is very drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is one drinkable beer that I could see myself drinking a few easily on a warm day.

Overall, this not a bad beer that is definitely worth a try. I would consider it more of an American Pale Wheat Ale than a Hefeweizen, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyability.

Photo of magictrokini
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ehh. Same boring hazy yellow with a tiny head. Musty wheat and lemon on the nose. Watery and weak in the taste department. And, no surprise here, metal. Stop using such cheap grain to produce this beer, and you can avoid the dreaded metal. Why do I continue to try American Wheats?

Photo of colts9016
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A cloudy golden yellow with hues of orange and a thin white head.
Smell: Wheat, malt,and citrus, with hints of floral and hops
Taste: A nice wheat malt complex that is really lemony with hints of yeast and hops.
Overall: This a good heffe from the US. There is a good complex wheat and malt characters with a nice lemony astringent finish.

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