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Shiner Spezial Leicht - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Spezial LeichtShiner Spezial Leicht

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BA SCORE
65
poor

37 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 37
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 24.8%


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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Onslow

Texas

1.2/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I knew it would be bad, and it was WORSE! .. why is shiner making a light low calorie beer??!?? it pours a very pale with a strange faint smell ... Taste is just FOUL! ... nasty nasty beer. I have lost respect for this brewery.. Just make your 100th anniversary beer (which at this rate will probably be an NA or a smirnoff cooler clone) and close down and let Saint Arnold take over as Texas's official beer!!

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 21:34:39 | More by Onslow
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mhewes

Colorado

1.25/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A : Pours a clear light pale yellow with a little bit of head

S : Some malt, hops, and lots of corn

T : Nasty. Lots of corn flavor. There's just something off with the taste that did not work

M : Crisp and light

D : Drainpour. I like a lot of Shiner's beer but this is one I will avoid like the plague.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 17:01:46 | More by mhewes
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

1.5 A: Extremely pale yellow, like diluted piss. No head and no lacing.

1.5 S: Nothing with a hint of grainy pungency.

1.5 T: Water. Not piss water like other macros, just plain water.

1.5 M: Carbonated water.

1.5 D: As drinkable as carbonated water.

This beer fucking sucks. The only thing it has going for it is that, unlike a lot of macros, I don't want to throw up while drinking it. But even that isn't good. Sometimes I'd rather taste something bad than nothing at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 01:23:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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tempest

Pennsylvania

1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a single bottle from the Central Market in Dallas. Appears pale, clear yelow with a white head and lacing.

"Brewed for that light, happy flavor."

Yeah, about that. There's nothing happy about this beer except the ensuing buzz if you can manage to slug this fast enough. The Shiner brand is a respectable line of beers, but this beer is nothing more than a upscale Coors Light. For an macro light beer, its disturbingly on-style for a brewery that should know better. The aroma has a dusty element along with very plain grains and sourdough. The flavor follows up with a hint of corn (DMS) and light fruitiness that's quickly burried under acrid, dry yeast character finish that's a drop of lemon with a lot of wet grain husk. No bueno. Avoid this one. Not even close to on par with the craft light beer. File this away with the frat house-party crap.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:26:16 | More by tempest
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JDV

Texas

2.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extremely pale yellow, and very clear. Fizzy, extremely short lived head. Smell is thin pale lager like, faintly corn-y malt. Taste is kind of corn like, with a strange unpleasant twang to it. Not particularly clean and with a metallic note to it. Prickly carbonation. Very thin and watery flavorwise with a hint of funky corn and metal. Not great, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 21:55:53 | More by JDV
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: snifter. pours a really light crystal clear yellow color, lighter than most. white head with a decent retention level. low to moderate retention level and really moderate lacing.

S: smells like an american maco lager. some corn, but some perfume as well. I am getting worried.

T: i am so nervous...I just read the back of the bottle, it says 99 calories. so light in flavor. Tastes like a watered down brew. some sweet malts, but not much. Mostly corn flavors....and water.

M: goes down like water. high carbonation. very unappealing mouthfeel to me.

D: its drinkable...hell I could drink tons of these. better than a Mich Ultra, but I don't drink that so I won't drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 04:04:00 | More by paulthebeerguru
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Shiner's dumbed down light beer for people who don't like pesky things like flavors to get in the way of their drinking.

Pours a clear, pale, straw color. A thin, fizzy, white head fades to a wispy film. The aroma is very light: slight malts and a faint bit of hops.

Light sweetness throughout, but not much else. There's a mild grassiness in the finish, shich is the only hint of flavor in this beer. A good dose of carbonation prevents this from being too watery.

Easy to drink, but why would you want too?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 05:21:55 | More by EPICAC
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whoneeds8

Texas

2.15/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours out a Light Gold/Yellow

White head that quickly disapates.

Taste is metallaic, and very light. Not much flavor at all.

I am generally a Shiner Fan and I can't believe they brewed this. When they first tried to make Shiner Light, they made sure to keep with the traditions of Shiner Quality, and even had the blessing of the City of Shiner's population.

There is no way this beer would have been approved by Shiner-ites.

I don't know what they're doing down there in Shiner, but so far with this and 99 it's not looking good.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 00:40:43 | More by whoneeds8
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very pale yellow, but with a decent finger of head that falls to a persistent white film. Some moderate lacing.

S - Horrible. This brew smells like a bag of old coins. Some graininess pulls through, but mostly it's just metal.

T - Pretty bland and somewhat gross. Flavor is non-existent until late palate, where a faint graininess and a metallic bitterness come through.

M - Average for the style. High carbonation and thin body.

D - If not for the absolutely terrible smell, this mind be an ok mindless brew to drink. I actually had high hopes for Shiner's take on a generally uninteresting style, but they've somehow made it worse.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 04:08:55 | More by PatrickJR
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foamee

Maryland

2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured with a very thin color but with a decent head. Mine smelled a little off, almost skunky. The first sip tasted like carbonated water, after that it got worse, there really wasn't any flavor to it. I really didn't like this beer at all. I'm glad I had only the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 00:41:39 | More by foamee
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

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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goochpunch

Texas

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
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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
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Zorro

California

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
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tmoneyba

Ohio

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
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turbine2475

Texas

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
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

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
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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
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spaceranger

Texas

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
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Pegasus

Texas

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
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

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
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HardTarget

Texas

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
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TenEighty

Minnesota

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
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Shiner Spezial Leicht from Spoetzl Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.