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Shiner Spezial Leicht - Spoetzl Brewery

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37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 24.8%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: turbine2475 on 04-19-2008)
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Photo of lanechaffin


3.9/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything I want in a light beer. Very easy to drink, has a good taste. 99 calories. Shiner Spezial Leicht is one of the better light beers I've drank.
The bottle says "A De-Lightful Refreshment" and I would certainly agree. In the Shiner family reunion case of brews, I like this just about as good as Shiner Light.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 23:19:49 | More by lanechaffin
Photo of TenEighty


3.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very light and transparent amber, typical of macro beers.

S: Not much here, a slight maltiness is there, but not prominently.

T: This is one of the best light macros I have come across. It has a nice flavor that is akin to apples.

M: Well carbonated, not much else to write home about.

D: This would be a good party beer, I could drink a lot of these. It is very smooth, with no harshness, bitterness, or any intense flavors. It fits all the qualities of a good macro.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 19:46:23 | More by TenEighty
Photo of HardTarget


3.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Leicht
Bottle Inspection: Calories: 99; Carbs: 4.7; Protein 7g; Fat 0g. Not the specs I like to see on my beer, as it shows they are shooting at a completely different audience than I belong to.

Aroma: Watery sweetness that doesn't seem malt driven, more of a candy sweet. Light European hop, maybe Saaz, maybe Hallertauer, earthy and spicy/peppery.

Appearance: I swear the thin bottom of my Sam Adams glass looks clear as water, maybe with a drop of yellow. As the glass thickens, the yellow becomes a little more evident, but lordy that's one see through beer. For what very little appears to be in the glass, the beer holds an almost complete cover of white tiny bubbles that don't lace. The head dropped off about half way down.

Flavor: There is flavor, just not much. Not surprisingly it's pretty watery, but the sweetness is at a nice level and there is just a faint touch of hop, but you really have to reach for it.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated, gives it a bit of an Alka-seltzer quality. Body is light as air, texture is watery.

Overall Impression: After degassing (swirling to burn off head) the beer improves a bit. There's no getting around the fact it's a light beer, and approached from the lawnmower perspective, there's nothing wrong here. It's an easy to chug thirst quencher, I could even see buying another 6er in the dead of a Texas summer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 04:20:21 | More by HardTarget
Photo of jmbranum


3.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is great for it's style, a super low-carb/calorie light. Compared to others of its style, it actually is quite tasty.

Best aspects of this beer are the mouthfeel and drinkability. Very pleasant and dry, without any offensive macro aftertaste.

I think it would be improved with more hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:35:54 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Pegasus


3.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear, very pale golden in color, with a modest white head, which quickly settles to a scattering of foam. An occasional fat bubble rises lazily to the surface, there is a sparse scattering of thin lace.

Aroma: Mild steely hop aroma, rather weak pale malt, abundant cooked vegetable aromas.

Taste: Crisp, slightly tart pale malt at the open, this carries fairly well throughout the taste. At the close, there is a bit of very restrained herbal bitterness. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Seems a bit thin for the style, the carbonation is slightly rough, although not extremely so.

Drinkability/notes: A quite well-made example of a dull and uninspiring style. Well suited as a lawnmower beer, and certain not to unnerve those unfamiliar with craft beer. Perhaps Shiner Spezial Leicht will inspire macro drinkers to try Shiner's other products, thus sending them down the path to better beer.

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

Many thanks to my friend and fellow BA HardTarget for sharing this example.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 18:55:58 | More by Pegasus
Photo of spaceranger


3.03/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, o.k. it sucks compared to real beer. But does it suck compared to light beer? I think many critics on the site here forget just how terrible light beer generally is. In the realm of the lights (Coors, Bud, Miller, ULTRAAAA..gag...etc.) this Texas brew is....well..decent. The regular Shiner Light tastes better BUT it's not a true light compared to the big boys. At 120 calories and over 9 carbs it's in the same league as the major's heavies. Not everybody wants a big ass belly. So...Leicht has it's place...like ALL beers..it has it's place....let's enjoy them all.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 03:12:45 | More by spaceranger
Photo of ByMySword

3/5  rDev +18.1%

05-21-2012 21:52:50 | More by ByMySword
Photo of Stoffel


3/5  rDev +18.1%

01-07-2012 03:58:52 | More by Stoffel
Photo of Moose44


3/5  rDev +18.1%

01-23-2012 14:18:31 | More by Moose44
Photo of Mortarforker


3/5  rDev +18.1%

09-08-2012 21:11:01 | More by Mortarforker
Photo of armock

New York

2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very light and clear straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates

S - Is of grainy malt corn typical macro smell

T - Is much like the smell its not any better or worse really than any other light macro lager

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Yesterday it was a lot more drinkable while I was all hot slaving away making a batch of beer now today just sitting around it isn't really hitting the spot its more enjoyable when your hot and just want a cold beer

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 16:24:12 | More by armock
Photo of skeetermoses


2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was very dissapointed in this one, the mouthfeel of this beer really dissapointed me. This was the first Shiner beer I was ever unhappy with. I was very disapointed in this beer. I had a lot of hopes for this one. but came out very dissapointed, too bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 02:49:54 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of turbine2475


2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light yellow with a quickly disipating white head that leaves no lace.
S - Slight corn and yeasty butter...All very light.
T - Corn and slight toasty butters and yeast. Not much in the hop department, but was not expecting much from the start. EDIT: Second bottle was less butter and more of a slightly salty accent.
M - Light and smooth with a decently high carbonation.
D - Not a bad beer, definately not what I would look for at the store but on a hot day it might not be a bad choice. So light it was hard to pull too much out of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 18:28:46 | More by turbine2475
Photo of jaydoc


2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

01-23-2014 03:43:52 | More by jaydoc
Photo of matjack85


2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

02-07-2013 00:57:59 | More by matjack85
Photo of Zachtheporter


2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

05-01-2013 02:19:23 | More by Zachtheporter
Photo of Danobold


2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

09-06-2012 01:00:37 | More by Danobold
Photo of tmoneyba


2.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Town.

A - Poured a clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

S- Light grainy aroma.

T - Light to medium sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of moderate duration.

M -Light body with a thin texture and soft carbonation.

D - Cold, wet and alcohol that did not meet my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 13:40:50 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of Zorro


2.68/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like seeing a beer you just bought has no love here at BA with a less than C rating but I will give it a fair shot.

Ultra clear and pale yellow beer with a small white head.

Smell is light and seltzer like with aromas of corn flakes and cooked vegetables. Light citrus hop aroma, quite a lot like Coors. Pick up a faint vanilla aroma.

The taste starts out light and sort of flat tasting. Light citrus hop flavor with a clean aftertaste. Flavor seems to be missing any sort of zing, like the ring of a lead bell.

Mouthfeel is light.

Easy enough to drink but I can't say I really want another one. After one of these I would probably get a Coors Light instead. This REALLY belongs in the Light Beer category.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 01:54:45 | More by Zorro
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acid-washed amber with nearly colorless edges. Lighter than the style average for sure. The bright white lid is better looking than the heads on most light beer. It's a bit crackly, lasts for several minutes, and manages to decorate the pint glass with a respectable amount of residue.

Leicht means Light, so Spezial Leicht is a light lager. In a few minutes we'll know just how spezial it is. A 4.0% ABV and 99 calories are further evidence. Therefore, I'll be scoring it in comparison to beer of that style. The nose is more aromatic than most and consists of grain that is both lightly sweet and lightly sour.

Spezial Leicht isn't a bad drinker... considering. On the good side, it manages to pack a decent amount of flavor in only 99 calories and a small handful of carbs. On the not-so-good side, it's a little grainy, has an underlying tartness that isn't welcome and tends to coarsen as it warms.

Sweetness and bitterness pretty much cancel one another out. As usual, the former is slightly favored early and the latter is slightly favored late. More hop flavor would be nice, even if beer of this style is notoriously deficient on that front.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. It isn't watery and it manages to deliver a small amount of light creaminess due to abundant carbonation that stays just this side of buzzy. If you plan on sessioning, be prepared for abundant burpage.

Shiner Spezial Leicht is a pretty good shot across the bows of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, et al. My advice is to drink it cold when you're hot. And don't expect fireworks.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 12:09:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear body with only a touch of yellow hue to it and topped with a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Surprisingly weak nose with only the merest hints of sweetish ultra-pale malts.

Taste: Altogether light pale maltiness with a hint of grain and mild cereal sweetness. Almost no hop character or bitterness. Finishes quick and clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, it's definitely light, er...leicht. Sometimes I just don't get the light beers - when it's so far removed from beer and is more akin to water, why not just skip those pesky 99 calories and go for the water? Ah well.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 16:33:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.55/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with a slick white head that shows some retention and clings to the side of the glass some. Not a bad looking AAL.

Smell is lightly grainy with a bit of light lager fruitiness...almost like a hint of cheap chablis wine. Touch of sweet maltiness as well. Smells a bit better than most BMC light beers.

Taste is not very good, although not sure how old this bottle is, has a faint bottle stamp that looks like it says J9 12 08 15:18. Why do these damn things have to be so hard to decipher?! If it was brewed in 2008, it has held up well. I cannot find any info whether they brewed this beer in '09, but by the slightly sour and un-crisp taste, I am guessing '08. Flavor is basically a maltier version of a bud light. It's ok, but why pay a couple extra bucks for something that tastes virtually the same?

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 23:18:02 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of goochpunch


2.5/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a still, watered-down pale straw with no head. Aroma has a mild sweetness to it. I get some unmalted grain aromas. Some crackers too. Graininess isn't really overwhelming but it is surely there. Some crackery malts are present. No hops to pick out. Like beer cut with club soda. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Drinkability is pretty good considering the warm weather we're having. I won't be buying this again, but it's damn sure better than their 99 anniversary brew. However, this is pretty bad compared to their other light beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 01:01:13 | More by goochpunch
Photo of cervezatejas


2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

09-25-2012 02:54:46 | More by cervezatejas
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale straw, very clear, fizzy moderately-sized head.

Powdery toasty malt whiff, along with a bitter sensation.

Light toast, light applefruit, and a hint at tartness. Mild unpleasant bitterness. Clean finish.

Another diet beer. Better than the big guys, but...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 02:26:45 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Shiner Spezial Leicht from Spoetzl Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.