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 skeetermoses
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, I was just hit with what appears to be a massive amount of orange, it almost tasted like peach. too much citrus for me. I enjoy the hefeviezen typically but I usually like a hint of citrus instead of getting hit in the face with the amount this has.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner.

Appearance: Pours cloudy straw color with a very thick white head that dissipates slowly, leaving behind a lot of lace. There are pieces of things floating around (yeast, I'm guessing) but it is unfiltered so no surprise.

Smell: Smells sweet and yeasty with lots of citrus notes. Very slight wheat smell.

Taste: Sweet (honey?) with a yeasty finish with notes of orange peel.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body with a good carbonation sting at the beginning.

Drinkability: Overall a good wheat beer and my favorite American Hefeweizen that I have tried thus far. Doesn't have much of a wheat flavor or smell, but that's okay with me because I'm not too big on that taste. A great refresher, perfect for the Houston summer.

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

This is my first Shiner, and after this one, i'll be sure to check out some of Shiner's other products. I killed a six pack of these bottles with out noticing, and when i did notice i was sad. I drink for flavour and I drink for drinkability, this Hefe-Weizen has both-i question if it is 50:50, and there is no need for a lemon or orange because there are plenty, maybe to many, in the bottle. A bit of an unpleasant acid/vinous aftertaste

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

It has a good color. A brass colored body with a nice off white head and lace. The body is hazy. It has a sharp grainy and grassy aroma. It has an odd grainy soda like taste to it. Mildly clove and hop bitter. It has little bit of fizz burn. Mainly it has light body. It is a refreshing summer beer.

Photo of HenrySwank
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle with twist off cap.

A - initial 2 inch head, dissipated into very thin head that held for about 5 min. No lacing. More yellow slightly orange appearance.

S- nice sugary (malt?), citrusy, clean smell. sweetness comes out more as beer warmed.

T - nice citrusy, clean flavor. slight hoppy bitterness at end.

MF - moderate body, significantly more carbonation released with each drink as beer warmed, unpleasant.

D - OK, may have one or two. Would go for a different wheat beer if having 6 pack at social gathering.

Photo of scruffwhor
1.9/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great, hazey, sunshine amber. Some small bits sediment suspended. Not much bubbling, and very no head retention or foam. The aroma is tart with lots of lemon juice. Like the kind you get in the little plastic lemon at the grocery store. Maybe some toasted are in there somewhere. The taste has lemon juice dripping on granny smith apple peels. Pretty tart, no to refreshing. Can't taste much malt or yeast in this heavy sediment beer.

Photo of tronester
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, with a medium white head. Smell is slightly floral and grainy. Taste is very citrusy, like a lemon was pre-dropped into the beer. A yeasty flavor in the middle. A very tart component likely from the wheat was there as well. Not much of the characteristic malt flavor, more wheaty than anything, but thats to be expected I suppose from a wheat beer. Very little hop presense but thats pretty normal for the style. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth medium carbonation. Somewhat drinkable, I wouldnt want more than 1 or 2 at a time of these. This is a decent beer, the bottle conditioning and unfiltered gets it brownie points, but overall it is just too citrusy and tart. It also does not really taste like a Hefeweizen, I would classify it more as an american pale or dark wheat ale.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a dominating citrus component, mainly lemon. Flavor is fairly typical of a wheat beer and has a nice lemony overtone. Texture is smooth, just a little bit on the watery side.

Photo of NHGrafx
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date of 11-15-08 06:58

Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Has a 2 finger head with bad retention. Good bit of yeast sediment swirled into glass. Not much lacing.

Aroma is a bit unusual for what most would consider a hefeweizen. Smells quite floral at first. There are also a lot of citrus aromas as well. A slightly hidden wheat and yeast aroma comes through, but becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Taste is also interesting. A clear citrus taste is there, like oranges. A nice crisp wheat flavor comes through with some yeast as well. Slight hop bitterness and bit of maltiness comes out too. Very slight bitterness on the finish. Good crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right. Good drinkability too.

This one would be great for the summer.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden with a thick, foamy, white head. It smells pretty malty with perhaps just a hit of banana. The flavor is about the same, except the finish has a bit more banana than in the nose. It's medium bodied and easily drinkable. Nothing exceptional but not bad either.

Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque pastel orange, three fingers of foam billow up, then settle into a one finger head. Some broken lacing rings the weizen glass.

Blended lemon/orange zest in the nose gives a good zing to to the nostrils. Some dusty wheat aroma behind it. So far so good.

Noticeable orange citrus, a very mild tart orange rind bitterness, with a full wheaty feel. Some floral hop notes, sort of oily/slick feeling on the end. Carbonation is strong, and lends a smooth feel to this drinkable Hefe.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, cloudy orange-gold color, with a big, fluffy white head with good retention. Some decent lacing clings to the glass.

S: Floral spice and a considerable doughy aroma, recalling sourdough bread. Hints of earth and lemon.

T: Some mild fruits and earth flavors are present, along with some wheat. Finish is a touch citrusy and definitely a bit sour. Hops are barely noticeable.

M: Medium bodied, with smooth carbonation and a refreshingly tart finish.

D: It's refreshing and nice to drink on a warm day. A pretty solid offering overall, although a touch sour.

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

Rocky head , good lacing. Bottle conditioned.Cloudy yellow in color.

Aroma of citrus rind , yeast.

Getting a sweet citrus flavor on the taste. Honey notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , heavier than I's expect from Spoetzl.Good carbonation

Overall a pretty easy drinking Hefe.

Photo of auxiliary
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance - No head after it sat for awhile. Looks like left out pineapple juice. Cliudy yellow color. No bubbles, no lace, awful looking.

smell - Lots of lemon smells here. Some wheat and honey mixed in. Pretty good smelling beer.

taste - Wheat taste up front, and the lemon and lime kicks in after it. I hate lime.

mouthfeel - Meium-light body.

drinkability - I can drink this beer, when i say this, but it was the wosrt hefe I have tasted. Dump the lime, make the head rise on this one.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a medium-sized, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Fresh wheat scent with minor notes of banana, spice, and tart lemons. Has a slight sourness to it, I must say.

Taste: Tangy wheat malt, slightly sweet. Light hint of banana fruitiness. Dash of spices. Mild spicy hops with a light bitterness. Drop of sweetened, tart-tasting lemon juice. Sourish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: While it's not terrible, it's not altogether great either.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Shiner brews. A great hefeweizen flavored with hints of orange, lemon, and honey

A- Hazy translucent (not transparent) golden/yellow amber with a lame ring of a head

S- Smell is mostly of wheat with a bit of honey and citrus

T- Tastes like it smells but relaxed hops come out in the aftertaste

M- I love the feel of an unfiltered brew. Feels like a real ale.

D- Drinks just fine but the added flavors detract

Photo of philipquarles
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a small white head that disappears quickly. Smells quite citric and a bit floral. Faint tangy wheat. Strange lack of typical hefeweizen yeast characteristics. Tastes quite grainy and sweet, with only a hint of wheat character. Citric with a bit of spice. Light-medium body. Nice on a hot day, but not a good hefe.

Photo of avalon07
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, this beer had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of head, but it didn't last that long.

S: Aroma of wheat, citrus and some spices. Decently done.

T: The taste of lemon overwhelmed the taste to a certain degree.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't a bad beer, but it's not the greatest example of a hefeweizen I've ever had.

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

Poured to a cloudy yellow color. Had a nice head that hung around for a while. Left a little lacing with every sip. Head was slightly offwhite in color. Had a fairly strong yeast odor with hints of lemon. Tasted of lemon and yeast. After taste was of lemon also. Carbonation was good, and felt about right in the mouth. A little to lemony for me. I couldnt make this a session beer. Was ok for a change. I dont think I would buy another sixer of it.

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The appearance is the best attribute of the beer, sadly. It poured a murky light orangish color with a nice light white more than 2 finger head that seemed to retain itself well. The only problem with the head is that when you tilted the glass back to take a drink, the head kind of broke apart. The aroma was pretty well non-existent, a very light yeast aroma with a very slight hint of some citrus. The taste was pretty much the same as the nose not much there. Sadly, the beer probably would have been better with an orange in it. The beer had the right amount of carbonation and the beer was smooth, light-to-medium body and pretty easy to drink. Overall, the beer is less than average and I will not be buying it again.

Photo of kinger
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is by far the best hefeweizen that I have tried to date. Best served in a tall glass with a slice of lemon. Be sure to agitate the yeast. Good all year round with an amazingly clean finish. The awesome bottle label is the icing on the cake 4/18/06 Revisited this review after a recent sampling. I still really enjoy this beer. The citrus notes and overall flavor are different from traditional hefeweizen's. I like how this one is distinctive and it is a very good American take on a traditional Bavarian style.

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

This beer pours like it has erectile dysfuntion. No life in it.

Smells like a sleezy hotel with cut grass clippings

Tastes like the bottom of the floor of a frat house after a keg party.

Not impressed, some sweetness.

They have a new label, but its like putting lipstick on a pig.

Photo of VipertheIV
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Notes of citrus. Also has a candied flavor to it. Is a good wheat beer with a sour smell and lemony scent. Great after a hot day at the beach. Have not seen it at any distros in PA, but found it at Hilton Head, SC.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow with white head.

Nose reminds of tart candies, citrus candies.

Palate has a wild sweet/sour orange taste, zesty high carbonation, and finishes tart/sour.

After inspection, it is now clear that they add stuff to this beer. It's not a traditional Bavarian example.

Gimmicky and deceptive.

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

My bottle must have the 'new' label, (Orange, beige and retro looking).

Given the proper yeast stirring pour into my 16 oz. Bass Ale pint glass. Somewhat cloudy pale golden color with a white 1/2" dense head. Kinetic visible upward rising carbonation. Splotchy lacework smatterings all the way down.

The scent is citrusy and sour with a faint remnant of green olive. Seeing this is an 'American Wheat Ale' - its not a let down.

Wow, as tart as any wheat ale I've ever tasted. I swear if I didn't see the bottle this came from, I might begin to think it might be Belgian. The wheat malt is evident more so in soft texture than in flavor as the lemon and orange peel dominate. An interesting stony/metallic/flinty flavor lingers after the sourness tapers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a light, fine and airy carbonation that keeps the tart flavors moving, keeping them sharp and boisterous. Definitely a sour and a tad chalky finish.

Drinkability in the summer is sky high. I don't think this is for everybody, but it would work with many lighter foods, (fish, salads, pork).

Overall a beer I thought I was going to not dig at all. I don't typically purchase wheat ales as I'd rather go for the traditional Bavarian Hefes, (which happens to be my favorite spring-early fall beer style). This weird little dude surprised the heck out of me. I'm a big fan of sour ales, so I gravitated to this very easily. I do not consider this a 'Hefeweizen' (as the label reads) AT ALL! But it does work for me in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek kinda way.

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