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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,039 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,039
Reviews: 487
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 66 | 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 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.

Clydesdale, Sep 05, 2008
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.

shroompod, Sep 03, 2008
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.

auxiliary, Aug 30, 2008
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 21, 2008
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

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 20, 2008
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.

philipquarles, Aug 19, 2008
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.

avalon07, Aug 16, 2008
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.

youngleo, Aug 14, 2008
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.

PhillyStyle, Aug 04, 2008
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.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
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.

Murchmac, Jul 29, 2008
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.

VipertheIV, Jul 29, 2008
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.

yemenmocha, Jul 28, 2008
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.

malty, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.88/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the bottle and how it proudly proclaims to be a weizen beer, I thought this would be a good bottle to pick up.

Pours a murky dirty water color.

smell is nice, but mainly citrus notes here.

Taste starts out with some citrus flavors and some hints of yeast and the finsih is heavily compiled of lemon peal, the finish is dry and smooth.

If this where classified as a belgian wit beer then I might not have been so disappointed, I was excecting some banana notes or something more along the lines of a hefe-weizen beer.

It's not a bad beer at all though, it's just not a normal weizen beer. It's more of a belgian wit beer.

weissbierdrinker, Jul 23, 2008
Photo of Strix
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a head that vanishes fairly fast.

A bit of citrus present in the smell, but is also somewhat grainy.

Taste is underwhelming. I get a fairly grainy standard macro flavor and a metallic taste, somewhat rescued by the taste of orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel fairly crisp.

This washed down food just fine, but doesn't stack up to the better hefes.

Strix, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.17/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yet very bright yellow with a chunky off-white head that is billowing over the edges of my mug.It leaves some nice lacing after hanging around for a couple moments,this looks very delicious.The nose is citrusy and tangy,with a subtle spicyness.This is my third offering from Spoetzel,I was hoping for a better brew than the other two,this was not it!Upfront overpowering lemon(almost detergent like),sourness that goes way beyond what I can appreciate.The mouthfeel was a little bit oily/slimy reminded me of olive oil slickness(wierd),carbonation was to high as well.I just can't appreciate this,I'll pass on this one in the future.Nice appearance...I'll take taste over appearance anyday.

orangemoustache, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Zadok
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-A half fingered pure white head that dissipates after a minute or two with no lacing left behind. Golden yellow in color and very clear unlike most Hefe's.

S-Faint smell of citrus and yeast, not much else going on here.

T-Nothing to complex citrus being the overwhelming flavor. Tastes more like a domestic lager and Hefe combined.

M-Moderate carbonation and very light and smooth on the palate.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about. Not a bad starter beer for a night but would probably never purchase again.

Zadok, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass but the once impressive head lasts nary a minute. Cloudy, golden body and sight lace. The nose is sweet with a heavy palate of wheat and yeast.

Wheat backbone and heavy citrus line the taste and the texture is light and refreshing but banana, clove, and bubble gum seem to be in short supply.

This is a passable summer drinking hefe. Not a patch on the Bavarians but not bad for Texas.

daliandragon, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Krogers in Finneytown, poured into a weizen glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice yellowish orange with a bit of hazing. I poured the yeast in, as I usually do, but I didn't pour half, swirl, empty, and garnish with a lemon wedge.... like they suggest to >.> Maybe a 1finger worth of white head forms and only holds a minute or so. A bit of lacing here and there.

S: Nice spicy yeast with a little added white pepper. Some of the clove smell comes through but lacks a lot of the banana aroma.

T/M: I really like the zesty and spicy yeast, very assertive and fits for this weizen. The clove is balanced a bit more with the banana and a touch of bubblegum flavor. I pick up just a slight trace of the added honey right add the very end but it's more of an afterthought. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew but nothing out of this world, either. Very Shiner. Will worth as a fall back this summer for when my Weihenstephaner runs out.

pwoods, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of ghostmech007
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I have to say the first thing you see when you walk into the Washington DC Folklife Festival is the section of America. At this section of America is a section of Texas the biggest booth at the Texas area was a Shiner bar. You can go up to the bar and order a Shiner Hefeweizen or Bock "ON TAP". Very crowded area.

Pours a nice hazy/cloudy/yeasty wheat color. Just like a Hefeweizen should look like. The head is big and bubbly but doesn't hang around.

Smells spicy, floral, nutty with a bit of a yeasty note. Hint of citrus as well.

A nice crisp medium body. Very active carbonation and lots of wheat taste. The wheat taste becomes more so when the brew gets warmer and you start to finish your beer. Lots of yeast in the brew and the hops are just kinda there to balance the whole act. Some fruity notes come into play at the end of the beer. Very clean finish that just wants you to drink more.

This is one of the best brews at the Festival. Everyone was drinking it and the line was always there. I mean I guess because they were the only tapped beer there they were so popular. Very very refreshing and a kick ass summer brew. Will go back to it in hot weather.

ghostmech007, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Hefe pours a deeply hazy pale lemon with an orange tint to it, and a large lid of fuzzy white.

Smells bring lemon and tangy, lightly toasted wheat with yeast. The flavor reflects the same. Pretty nice feel. Light-medium body with fuzzy-soft carbonation that is fairly creamy smooth.

Shiner's hefeweizen ain't bad at all, but it's not really good enough for me to purchase another sixer of.

Slynger, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer now sports a different label, with a slanted, retro-cool text popping off of a vibrant orange background. A 12 oz. twist-capped bottle poured to a pint glass. Gracias to Texas BA LarryKemp for toting this one to Portland.

Cap implores: "Drink Shiner Hefeweizen... It's Good!"

A: THAT is what a hefeweizen should look like: cloudy and deep golden/wheat-colored, crowned by a billowing dollop of rich white sea-foam. Head drops slowly over several minutes to a clumpy cream.

S: Damn! First smell, none of the big wheaty/yeasty goodness, the orange and clove adjuncts aromas, come forth. Served a little cold, so given some time - still not much, other than a mild citrus tang.

T: Odd! Fruity, REALLY fruity! Lots of orange upfront, like a juicy squeeze of ripe Valencia went right into the bottle. The first few sips had a fairly tart zip, but mellowed to spicy then sweet all within a few seconds. Strange, strange, strange...definitely not the 'hefeweizen' I thought I was getting. Mulling this over, behind that citrusy start, there is enough grainy wheat, a honey sweetness and a soft herbal/grassy hop quality that I recognize this as a 'hefeweizen', but it's different. I don't dislike it and actually give it points for uniqueness.

M: Zesty, light-medium mouthfeel with a little carbonation zip and a cleansing, rather refreshing finish.

D: Struggled with what score to give here...it's an enticingly different take on a 'hefeweizen' (finally placed it - this reminds me more of a Belgian WITBIER, oddly enough). Glad to have tried it, but it's not going to win me over from the traditional bananas and cloves of the German originals. Seems refreshing on a hot day; thanks for the try, but I'll pass on another.

msubulldog25, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to standard pint, pours a hazy golden foamy shade - reminds me of the flesh of a pear, very nice

smells of wheat, slight metallic, wheat, malts, yeast

taste is crisp, easy drinking wheat beer, light wheaty/yeasty flavor is good, high carbonation, citrus, honey, caramel malts, nice on the palate and very quaffable

mouthfeel is high carbonation bringing out malts and other flavors nicely,slightly dry finish, great for hot weather :D

drxandy, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a great looking hefe. Color and clarity is a bit off - only very slightly hazy, the first pour was almost clear gold like a lager. Smell was very mild, not quite the citrusy, bubble gum, astringent wheat flavor that I would expect with a good hefe. The head was ok to start, big with lots of small bubbles. Head retention below average. Light spotty lacing.

Taste is not bad, but more like a mixture of a lager and a hefe. A little crisp bitterness mixed with mild sour citrus taste. Mouthfeel is about right, not too watery. Drinkability is ok...nothing I would seek out, but serviceable enough for a session or a thirst quencher.

JayQue, Jun 14, 2008
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,039 ratings.