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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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995 Ratings

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very thin cloudiness in appearance. Murky tangerine but the cloudiness seems kind of forced or faked in some way. Slight white head that dissolves completely and then the beer appears completely flat. Nose is more malty than wheaty but I do pick up some slight hints of citrus.

Flavor is a very weak hefeweizen. Just a slight hint of wwheat with the malts more prominent. Even slighter cloves and banana with an orange flavor that comes through the strongest but is by no means a bold flavor. Also, picking up a slight metallic flavor. Mouthfeel is rather thin and not the heavy, moistness I kind of expect from the style. However, still a decently drinkable beer that does go down easy. Nothing revolting or a turn-off but not a great example fo the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 23:22:56 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of BuffaloBilly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnce was orangish/yellow, cloudy from the yeast. Smelled wheaty with citrus hints. The bottle tells you how to pour it, i did not go with the lemon slice though. I could taste the fruitiness in this beer, which is something i don't like, this beer tasted pretty good though, but not something I would buy again. The thing was this beer tasted better as it got warmer. The head on this beer was tall and frothy lasted about 40 seconds with minimal lacing. The bottle I had had been in the fridge for quite some time, im sure this is much better fresh though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 19:22:10 | More by BuffaloBilly
Photo of mmmbeer


3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. It pours an opaque peach/gold with medium carbonation and a 2" whitish head that leaves little lacing. The aroma is lemonyorangey with grassy hops and tastes of wheat, citric zest, hops, and a light spiciness on top of a medium to light body that has an equal finish. An easy drinking summer beer, but I'd say it's more like an American wheat than a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 18:56:53 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of watermelonman


3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a fairly solid yellow with a medium head that slowly faded. It's leaving a small amount of lace.

The smell is not very strong but has nice flavor. Light amounts of honey and citrus come along with wheat malt. The taste is has a solid amount of wheat content and finishes with honey. The mouthfeel is smooth while drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 05:51:13 | More by watermelonman
Photo of alexgash


2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light haze in a golden apricot body. Solid finger of thick, glass-licking, powder-white head. Nose is sugar-dusted malt with a very light banana fruitiness/yeastiness. Not very hefeweizen-like, but not bad. Soft, mellow wheaty bread malt. Soapy. Honey-glazed imitation banana (barely) that gets lost in mild, generic bitterness. Medium bodied, proteiny feel. Not a bad beer, but not a good hefe. A fine American wheat? Sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 00:22:16 | More by alexgash
Photo of HoustonTX


3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale straw yellow, slight orange tint, and slightly cloudy.

S - Light malt, citrus, and wheat.

T - Taste upfront is a sweeping bitterness, fades to a light malty sweet banana clove aftertaste. The banana is there, but nothing overwhelming, very subtle. Excellent balance, and extremely easy to drink. Mouthfeel is exciting and bites the palate. Grasping and makes you want another sip. Great drinkability.

A solid Hefe, and one that I'm proud of recommending.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 01:39:27 | More by HoustonTX
Photo of mntlover


3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with some haze a big off white head forms fed by lots of rissing bubbles some decent lace left behind.

Aroma is some light citrus and banana on wheat malt some light breadiness and hints of spice.

Taste is actually good, overall suprised by this much better then their so called bock its a real hefe not some water down American Wheat pos. Lemony citrus flavors mellow with some orange hints on a bready wheaty malt base. Some lingering spice and yeast hints in the finish.

Mouthfeel is hovering close to medium good zesty carbonation but not quite the feel of better hefe's.

Drinkability is good better then I was expecting, would be a goood choice if out at a grocery store with limited selection. Not the best but actually pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 22:19:07 | More by mntlover
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2.3/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden yellow, and head dissipated very fast. Not cloudy. Is there really yeast in there? I smelled nothing in the way of fruitiness or spiciness from this beer, although it was apparent from the smell that wheat was used in the grainbill. The only thing keeping me from calling this bland was the slightly off-putting chemical aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 20:43:26 | More by pweis909
Photo of BEERchitect


3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (October 15, 09):
A recent tasting shows that is beer balances pretty heavily toward the spicy, clove, and peppery phenols with a sharp lemon-lime zest. Lighter on bananna, fruity esters, and smoother wheat notes, this beer is a bit more acidic and sharp. Hop bitterness further accentuate the sharpness but I do like the fresh-cut grass note that the hops give to the aroma and taste. Certainly a thirst quincher meant for those hot Texas summers.

Thanks Exiled!

Certainly better than most American Wheats, but not as good as traditional Hefeweizens. Sure, the clove, bananna, estery, bubble-gum flavors are there, but don't show enough character to brag about. Citrus (lemon and orange) have a nice showing with good wheat-y, bread-y flavors. The texture is where the beer could have been better. The feel of the citrus character makes the beer a little thinner and acidic than prefered. Just not as creamy or juicy as the best Hefe's are. But, a good American attempt.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 01:53:09 | More by BEERchitect
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3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. Poured a hazy straw color with thick, white head on it.

Aromas of the honey and some fruitiness. Can't pin down which fruit. Not as strong as other Hefe Weizens I've had, but not completely lacking.

Tastes again of the honey, with a clean, lightly hoppy finish. Decent balance to the flavors. Once again, it's hard to place the fruit, which makes me think the flavors could be stronger.

Good carbonation. Complements the flavors, brings out the honey a little stronger.

Good cold on a warm summer evening. Overall, not as strong as other Hefes I've tried, but definitely not a complete waste of time.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2006 03:43:59 | More by ndekke39
Photo of UberWasser


3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle poured into a 16oz glass.

An uninspiring golden hued beer lowers itself into my glassware with a small flurry of fizzy pop-like bubbles that fizzle out just as quickly. Just slightly cloudy, not very active.

When I lean in to enjoy the aroma I find myself confused. Did I somehow imagine pouring a beer into my glass, only to find myself sniffing empty space? I look down...nope, it's there. I guess that means that it really does smell like...well, just about nothing. Not a BAD thing, at least it doesn't smell like a big city sewage system, but its far from thrilling either.

I take a taste and find something there this time...thankfully. A bit of non-descript sweetness, a bit of lemon zest, a bit of bread. That's about it though. Nothing that makes me think "mmm, now this is a hefe-weizen". I guess it was refreshing, though, served on the cool side. Mouthfeel was light and left the mouth quickly.

No doubt a drinkable beer. There is nothing offensive about it. Held up against others of the same style, though, and I would say that this beer is far closer to a "Budweiser" than a "Weissebier".

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 07:11:39 | More by UberWasser
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3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to standard cylindrical beer mug, per "instructions" to pour 1/2 into glass, swirl remains in bottle, finish pour.

Appearance: Urine coloured, lacy white head that evaporates quickly.
Smell: Slightly sour scent, slightly reminicent of rotting fruit.
Taste: Surprisingly good. Mildly fruity, but not overpowering; some hint of sweetness (probably the honey).
Mouth feel: Above average.
Drinkability: Very good, especialy for a beer of this complexity and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:45:33 | More by beowulfgus
Photo of ccrida


3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with slight haze and aggressive carbonation that quickly subsides, leaving little very lace. The underwhelming aroma is the first clue that this wheat beer is not a true hefe-weizen, as there are absolutely no banana or clove esters, only a faint nose of straw and metal. Both of these aromas dominate the taste, which finishes dry and slightly bitter. The label indicates the use of clove honey, which is noticeable in the dryness, as well as orange and lemon rinds, which are barely detectable. The body is smooth and creamy, and makes for a very refreshing and highly drinkable, if slightly generic, American wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 02:45:02 | More by ccrida
Photo of villainchiwwin


3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass
yellow tinged with orange with fitting cloudiness from suspended yeast and a thick, white creamy head that eventually dropped.
primarily lemon in the nose with yeasty undertones and some faint sweetness or butter.
citric flavor - lemon with mild hop tang right on its heels slowly fading to a lemony-banana finish. noticable hops make for some spicy aggressiveness that produces a less delicate but not unbalanced hefe.
substantial light body with initial creaminess and then spicy tingles.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 23:55:46 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im dissapointed they changed the label on this one, it was way cooler before. Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a nice white head that retains ok. The aroma has some lemony citrus character, along with a wheaty twang, grain husk, slight sweetness, bread and a hint of yeast. The flavor starts off citrusy again, with some wheaty notes, grain husk, bread dough and a yeasty flavor. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing and drinkability is good. A solid pale wheat ale, really shouldnt be labelled a hefe, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 23:35:52 | More by silver0rlead
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3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is lookin good, it has a nice cloudy orange body with a nice head that dissipates into a creamy covering. Smells like a dirty orange rind and some mild yeast and spices. No banana or clove traces so this is a perfect American hefe. Taste is pretty decent, but nothing extroardinary. Kind of a lemony-orange mix with some bread on the backburner. Simple. This is pretty carbonated (like most Shiner products) but an aggressive pour exposes more flavor and makes for a creamier mouthfeel. This would pair well with spicy food, but there is a lingering sweetness that hurts the drinkability a little. Always on sale at Kroger and if not I can pick it up for 4.99 a 6 at Food Town. They do send cash to Mexico, afterall.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2006 03:48:32 | More by jwff
Photo of Pegasus


3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Hazy golden color, with a massive white head, slight carbonation, and thick glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Strong bread wheat aroma with hints of lemon and earth.

Taste: Opens with a slightly tart, robust note of wheat and yeast, with a punch of lemony citrus, followed by a strong, lingering noble hop note, finishes moderately dry with a mild lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with mild, soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very pleasant example of the style, a supremely drinkable summer beer. The ubiquitous banana and clove notes are completely absent from the flavor and taste, nonetheless, this is a quite pleasant, drinkable, and very refeshing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 02:46:11 | More by Pegasus
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2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored and cloudy to style with a large foamy head, also to style.
Floral and slight spicy smell, but no real clove or banana noticable.
Taste was slightly yeasty, bready, and slightly sweet.
For the amount of suspended yeast present, mouthfeel was pretty weak, not very much there.
Overall this was a 'OK' hefewiezen, but not your best sample for the style. Enjoyable summer beer still, and easily drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 19:34:38 | More by ibrewaletx
Photo of thaichile

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, yellow colour with a nice white head. Nose is completely citrus with some spice and no banana. Flavors continue to be abundently lemon with spice. Taste did not match the potential that the appearance delivered. More of a cloudy wit, a middle-of-the-road brew but certainly not unpleasent. Could be a session brew especially in the warmer months. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 17:21:34 | More by thaichile
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3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle. Pours out to a cloudy yellow color. Big head of white foam remains intact after the pour. Lots of lace. Aromas of maltiness and yeast, some floral notes as well, but very light overall. Taste is slightly bland, but is of the hefe variety; flavors of dry malts and grain, with floral hops and traces of yeast. Very mild. Mouthfeel is unexceptional; not bad, but boring. Drinkability is average. Nothing special here. My thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 19:20:09 | More by Frozensoul327
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3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body on this one is gorgeous. It’s yellow and very, very hazy. The head is good as well.

Smell – The American yeast aroma is subdued but present. It seems that I can almost pick up some malty notes along with a floral hop note or two.

Taste – The yeast is a little smaller at the taste, but otherwise the promise of the nose comes through. This one is malty with some noticeable hop and spice.

Mouthfeel – This is heavy for a Hefe Weizen, almost medium-bodied, and creamy. The lack of abundant carbonation hurts the Mouthfeel rating, though.

Drinkability – I liked this offering from Shiner, but I hazard to say it’s not my idea of a Hefe Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 00:28:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Dithyramb


3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a few weeks back when I was in the mood for a different heffy to try. Straw blond color with tiny white head of limited retention. No yeasties swirling about. Citrus aroma accented with some booze.

Crisp citrus finished with some grassy hops. A bit of warmth on the tongue from the EOH in the aroma. Light bodied, but leaving some stickiness. Decent and nice, would enjoy over fizzy, tasteless lager anyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 19:50:46 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Had this along side Pyramid Hefeweizen. This one is a bit bolder. Golden hazy body, bubbles rose in fine columns from pouring til ending, forming an even head full of hops and citrus aromas.
Taste starts with citrus, green grass(ish) and hops. Hops stays a bit longer than I would have liked for this style, but it does add to the 'crispness' of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 16:37:12 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of blackie


3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Pours a bone white 1.5" head that gradually recedes partially, leaving a nice layer on top in the weizen glass. The beer is a hazy pale golden color.

smell: Big yeast and wheat aromas up front. Hints of lemon, honey florals, and light fruits. Light, green noble hop aroma. There are none of the banana like esters that I usually associate with, and appreciate in, a hefeweizen. Seems more of a wheat than hefe at times.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the low end of the high range. The body is a light medium.

taste: Wheat and lemon up front, some light yeastiness about it...clean and refreshing but nothing special. Light hop flavor and bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink. Seems more of a wheat than hefe at times.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 06:38:32 | More by blackie
Photo of biergeniesser


2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Shiner Hefeweizen poured straw to blond in color. Uncharacteristically for a Hefeweizen, its thin white head dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles evolved from the size of the glass. Shiner Hefeweizen was hazy at first and then cleared up as it warmed, but had no yeast sediment (hey, where’s the hefe?).

Shiner Hefeweizen has an aroma dominated by a clean citrus scent. It has no noticeable hop aroma. The only other noticeable aroma component was a slight degree of solevnty alcohol.

The flavor was light and crisp with a light degree of bitterness. The dominant flavor characteristics were lemony citrus and grassy/wheaty flavors. There was a slight degree of a solventy alcohol flavor, which developed as the beer warmed.

The body of this beer was light and it had a moderate degree of carbonation.

All in all Shiner Hefeweizen is a decent beer. I would recommend it as a starting place for someone who is trying to acquire a taste for real German Hefeweissbiers. However, if you are used to the complex flavors and ester profiles of some of the Bavarian classics… this one might disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 15:37:38 | More by biergeniesser
Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.