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Shiner Hefeweizen - Spoetzl Brewery

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1,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,054
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 10
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is based on the attempt from a brewery that is a Lone Star staple and that has been expanding it's choice the past 10 years. Pours a light golden, hazy color. The aroma is pretty weak but you do get some lemon, wheat and an "old" smell. Not the norm but oh well. The taste is crisp. There is the lemon, grass and a bit of spice (just at the end). This is not anywhere near the top Hefe's and nor is it a great attempt at the style. But for those of us you don't ever want to drink a Shiner Bock again and this is the only other non-mega brew on tap at every eatery in town, it's very good. You can easily put these down all night.

Photo of AbitaBeer
2.57/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer taking a taste test of a few wheat beers i found in my area. This beer had a heavy flavor of lemon and other citrus fruit. The mouthfeel was adequate being it was not a dunkel style and more for the average tastebuds. It would be reasonable drinkable for a session beer though nothing impressive.

Photo of scottblaze
3.4/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, slight yellow/amber pretty much like a hefe should. Is this stuff filtered? Not much sediment if any.

Light citrusy smell w/no banana, Where is the bubble gum?

Nice taste w'/light carbonation - OK enough

Easy enough to drink but not noteworthy.

I know, a lot of people bitch about "bubble gum" flavors in beer but that is one of my guages that I look for in a hefe. Shiner ain't got it or it is imperceptible to me. Also little or no sediment.???

Someone said in a previous review that this not a true hefe...I agree.

Ok for the price and is drinkable enough but if I was looking for a hefe, it would be elsewhere.

Photo of acrawf6
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy orange color with a smaller white head that drops quickly.

Smell. Lots of citrus aromas of lemon and orange. Also has small but nice tartness to it. Under is some grainy smells that gives it a rawness.

Taste. It a bit tart, almost to a souring sensation. More citrus flavors come out with lemon and orange. Aftertaste is also tart.

Mouthfeel. Body is light and crisp with lots of carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable beer, but not a great example of the style. So much tart flavors, it almost tastes unbeerlike. I know i will have this in the future, but it is not one i seek out for.

Photo of saintwarrick
3.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a hefe weizen as it says, but wheat ales are all good as well. Pours a nice straw gold with a head that soon disappears. Aroma is almost totally overwhelmed by lemons with some tangerine and malt characteristics floating around. taste is almost completely lemony, like sprite or something. Very tart and tangy, I'm thinking this would make a good marinade, or use it to boil some meat in. Al in all, a decent beer, not up to the German standard and a little to tart for my tastes.

Photo of burnstar
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bright yellow and cloudy with a nice rocky head which sticks around for a while. Aroma is a touch of floral hops, yeasty, rather typical wheat beer aroma- nothing special. Taste is slightly sweet, a little weak. Again pretty typical and not all that interesting. Mouthfeel is about right for a wheat beer. Light to medium bodied. I'd say this is some pretty drinkable stuff. It would nice for an outdoor summer party. Had this with roast pork and red cabbage and it was quite satisfying. Okay overall.

Photo of Atlas1
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer earlier in the week and took notes. Just now getting around to typing up the review. Gotta love the funky label with the two-faced guy pouring into his better half's glass. Pretty cool.

Poured according to bottle instructions, this beer came out a nice looking cloudy golden color with a lovely foamy head. Decent head retention, but very little lace to speak of. Has a pleasant citrusy aroma, with lots of lemon scent and maybe some light orange as well. Curacao? Probably. Definitely some malty characters too. Tastes light and refreshing. Lemony, with some spices. Nice balance here. Mouthfeel is okay, but not great. Mostly dry but with a slightly oily alcohol finish. Still, this is a nice light and fluffy beer, perfect for a hot summer day. Not the best hefeweizen I've ever had, but a solid attempt. Advised to drink when fresh, as I'm not sure this beer would hold up that well over the long run.

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

I remember drinking one of these years before I knew what craft beer was. I just thought it was a Shiner with an interesting label. Only now do I appreciate it. Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a hazy light straw, forming a full white head. The aroma is very light citrus along with a mellow wheat aroma. The taste is first a full flavor of lemon, along with light malt, and a grassy and wheaty finish. Not bad. Thin mouthfeel. Smooth finish and low abv. makes for a decent drinkability. Overall, like most Shiner beers, this would be great for a summer day after mowing the yard, or during a lazy day tubing the river. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Mickelswit
1.85/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This one was low on flavor, even by the standards of American wheat beers. The beer poured into the glass more or less looking like lemonade, sort of yellowish-green. The smell was very sweet and citrusy, again like lemonade instead of from hops. Taste was cloying and overly tart, without noticeable hop bitterness. It reminded me of European beer cocktails involving lemonade or Sprite, though not as refreshing. Mouthfeel was watery and carbonation was low, but this did not contribute to drinkability. I finished this one to be polite to my host and will not buy it myself.

Photo of 2LBrew
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had heard good things about Shiner and their beers, and so I decided to try out their Hefeweizen. The packaging was appealing, and so I brought home the 6 pack and threw it in the fridge. Upon letting it cool, and preping my wheat glass, I poured the beer and swirled around the remaining 1/3 of the bottle. I poured in the rest of the beer and added a lemon slice to the beer. The beer has a dark golden cloudy hue to it, and the aromas that it gave off were much different than what I was accustomed to with other Hefe's. Definitely an American Hefe!

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, with a decent white head that settles quickly. Moderate carbonation. Smells of citrus peels, wheat, and yeast. Tastes of orange peels, maybe a little bit of honey too?. Not too complex on the flavor. It's nice to open a beer, and get exactly what you expect. Would definetly not mind having one of these again.

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

simple easy to drink wheat beer. Pours a cloudy yellow color with plenty of head. Smell is of wheat and yeast. mouthfeel is decent with medium carbonation and medium body. taste is light with wheat and yeast. very drinkable and a good beer for warm days.

Photo of chrhowe
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass with not a lot of head. Once I let it sit for a few, I noticed that it was quite cleaner than most hefe's and wheats I've had in the past. I like em dirty.
Smell was loaded with citrus, ready for summer to arrive and have a few in the backyard.
I'm not huge on the taste, or at least it didn't knock me off of my chair. However, I noticed that there was some smoothness in its mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Let's just say that if I show up to cookout this summer and there's a fridge full of these guys, I'm satisfied.

Photo of clemtig76
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshenss date. By following the directions on the bottle it pours a cloudy, pale golden color with a nice fluffy white head. Some slight clove and citrusy aroma. A bit of tartness and honey sweetness combines with some citrusy notes. Light body, with good carbonation. This is not a classic Bavarian Hefe, just a good thirst quenching American version.

Photo of July2Nov
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy and hazy, with a huge frothy head that gradually goes down.
S: Has that slight "natural earthy" smell with some citrus thrown in for good measure.
T&M: Very clean & crisp, with a slight bitter taste.
D: Perfect for those summer days.

Photo of vtfan77
3.52/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Um, this is a hefeweizen, right? Hefe meaning yeast, correct? Because this beer is crystal clear. Not that it looks bad; it's an attractive straw with a nice white head that lingers longer than expected. It's just that with a hefeweizen one expects some degree of cloudiness. This looks like a pilsner.

EDIT: After having some more of this, I have noticed a slight haze, presumably from the yeast. I guess the first bottle was an anomaly. I've raised the score accordingly.

S- Hey, not bad! Actually some nice yeasty aromas here. Even some traditional hefe smells like banana and spices come through. Not too shabby.

T- Now it gets pretty bland. A lemony tartness, starchy plantains, and a wheaty finish are all I get out of the flavor. Not bad, but there's not much going on here.

M- Kind of thin, but good carbonation.

D- Pretty drinkable. I could have a couple on a hot day no problem.

There's nothing terribly wrong with this beer; it's just kind of bland. Actually has the potential to be a decent summer quaffer. Better than a macro anyway. Recommended, but don't expect fireworks.

Photo of jdg204
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this brew in TN where the beer selection was a bit thin, and this one stuck out as worth a shot.

Appearance - Nice cloudy yellow color, nothing fancy here.

Smell - Very yeasty, wheaty smell with a touch of lemon undertone.

Taste - The taste is alright here, a bit too lemony and the wheat flavor isn't fantastic. There's also a bit of bitterness that isn't what it should be.

Mouthfeel - The aftertaste is pretty nice and the consistency isn't too poor.

Drinkability - I have to admit, I went into this one with pretty low expectations and pretty much got what I expected. This is still world's better than any Macro, but not highly recommended if you're in a state with better options.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear orange brown with a huge white head and nice sticky spotty lacing.

Smell: Bubble gum, jolly rancher orange vanilla (like a scented candle) and a touch of honey.

Taste:Very light flavor of wheat and orange and a hint of sweet honey. the majority of the (little) flavor there is, is in the yeasty bottom. Tasting it before and after the yeast is added. A bit watery through the center thought.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy feel in the mouth, medium body, substantial enough for a hefe.

Drinkability: certainly easy drinking beer that offers just enough flavor to be bearable and refreshing enough to drink.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Csims

Pours a cloudy yellow color, some carbonation, fizzy little head, no lacing afterwards. The nose is slight hops, slight yeast, slight spices. The taste is slightly yeasty and hoppy. Light-Medium body. Not drinkable, would not buy this brew. It's nothing like a average or better hefe at all, would not recommend.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy pale yellow with a hint of orange. A large bubbly head that has a decent retention. No real lacing.

S - Faint apricot, very faint mcintosh apples, coriander, allspice and wheat. The smell is very mild, but nice.

T - Mild bread character with a slight allspice character. A bit of a dry yeasty, slightly bitter finish maybe a touch of banana bread there. It tastes a wee bit watered down.

M - Carbonation is a bit high, very thin, it actually is a bit drying.

D - The mouthfeel really makes no effort to help this be drinkable. The flavor is mild though and the overall experience is alright. A weak hefeweizen, but it still isn't bad.

Photo of CU570M
2.95/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a cloudy orange yellow color with a very heavy head. The smell i liked, because it was of sweet flowers. Earthy kind of taste like eating sweet bread. Had a medium carbonation, but was a little thin feeling in my mouth. Worth a try, but nothing special in my opinion.

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

Served from 12 oz brown bottle
Appearance: pretty hazy yellow with thick white head
Smell: less smelly than expected
Taste: kind of bland; there is some clove and fruity and flowery flavors, but not much coming at you here
Mouthfeel: good but not great with a bit much carbonation
Drinkability: for its blandness, drinking more than 3 would be tough

Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass it forms a solid white head that leaves some ring lacing. Yellow body that is cloudy an unfiltered. Lots of rather large carbonation racing to the surface.

Typical in the nose of an American wheat beer, although as the label states the added honey comes through full force. Metallic twinges here and there are a distraction. There is a raw earthy backside and once again more honey. Grain bill is bread and crackers and some hay. Lemony bitterness towards the finish with another metallic spike. This one gets more bitter and zesty than most which makes it interesting.

Notes: Try as I may, this style loses me for the most part. I've had better and I've had worse. This is just a run of the mill offering w/ some extra zip at the finish.

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

This was the best shiner beer I've had to date. This had a little bit of a unique taste. It was interesting and citrusy. Not a true hefeweizen but not bad. The flavors were not bad but were a little odd, which effects drinkability. While this beer was easy to drink, I don't think I'd want to make a full session out of it.

Photo of dickroop
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours pale yellow, hazy, with a fast-fading head, a little of which hangs around but doesn't seem to produce any lacing. Aroma is a bit yeasty, but there's a definite sour smell.

The taste confirms to my low expectations and disappointment. Flavor is weak, only a hint of some ill-defined esters, no banana, perhaps a touch of cloves, no bubble gum, just sort of empty, with tangy sourness developing mid-palate. The finish is more of same, but includes some graininess. Seems to me like a poor imitation of a hefeweizen.

Carbonation delivers some satisfaction to the mouth, although overall it's just one step up from watery. The sourness in aroma and taste is all pervasive, not all that pleasant, detracts significantly from drinkability. I got this as a exchange single but won't buy more. If the world were to know hefeweizens from this specimen, it might quickly become an endangered species.

Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 1,054 ratings.