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Shiner Smokehaus - Spoetzl Brewery

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74
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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 23.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.89% ABV

Availability: Summer

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

Helles-style lager made with Texas mesquite wood-smoked pale malts. 16 IBU

(Beer added by: drunkboxer1 on 06-04-2009)
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -11%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Bright gold, perfectly clear. A half inch or less of white foam rises but fades quickly into almost nothing. No lacing.

S - Little to no aroma, especially when I'm expecting a good deal of smoke. There's a little bit of expected helles bready sweetness and just a touch of spice in the background from the hops. Something a bit strange is lurking around; I can't put my finger on it but I suppose it's the smoke's contribution; although I'd have no way to know any of the malt used was actually smoked.

T - A moderate to decent helles is all that Smokehaus has going for it. Bready, moderately sweet malt takes center stage with just a hair of smoke riding atop. Mid to late palate Smokehaus takes a grainy/minerally turn while some grassiness tries to take hold. Finish is slightly metallic.

M - Medium-light body with a nice moderate to high carbonation. Very smooth and refreshing. The best part is that at no point does this brew feel watery.

D - Pretty decent in the quaffing department. It's not blowing me away with flavor, and I think "smoke" is a bit of a misnomer, but otherwise it's a fairly average helles without too many problems.

11-03-2009 01:55:19 | More by PatrickJR
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oberon

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +13.2%

I gotta say I was quite skeptical before trying this beer but in the end I kinda liked it.Poured a clear lemony yellow with a thinner white head atop,light aromas of sweet mesquite wood and toasy malt mainly,a tinge of iron is there as well.The smoke is light on the palate but it is crisp and a little toasty,the sweet mesquite flavors as mentioned before are lighter but to me its quite drinkable.Could this beer match up to a Franconian Rauchbier?...Of course it can't, but its crisp and clean with a little smoke making a refreshing summer lager in my mind.

08-26-2009 21:15:01 | More by oberon
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legalag11

Texas

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-17-2014 02:53:02 | More by legalag11
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Shakerman

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -45%

08-13-2012 22:24:27 | More by Shakerman
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

04-09-2013 02:54:21 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +32.7%

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: campfire smoke and bacon

Taste: sweet toasted malt with smokiness at the end. A light bacon flavor.

Mouthfeel: This one is a bit too highly carbonated. It is light and sweet.

Drinkability: This one was a pleasant surprise. It is good for how light it is. This is a smoke beer that is crisp and refreshing. I could have six and wish I picked up more of this.

10-26-2009 19:12:30 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a slight orange tint and a white head. The aroma is biscuit malt and quite a bit of smoke. The flavor is a lot of biscuit and bready malt, but there is a strong meaty BBQ smoke flavor in there as well. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not a great drinking beer, but this has enough smoke that it works great when cooking. Add it to the broth in a slow cooker and it imparts great flavor to the meat.

09-22-2010 04:20:30 | More by Mora2000
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smares2

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev +27.4%

This beer bills itself as a perfect addition for a summer barbeque, which is very appropriate. What I mean is it's distinct taste relies a lot on what you're having with it. The first couple times I had it was with some hot wings, bbq meat and then with a big ol' burger. It was great, the smoky taste complemented the meaty, saucy items well.

I've since had it other times both with other types of food and not having eaten in a couple of hours and it just didn't compare. It those had been my first experiences I may not have come back to it.

But when matched with the right food, it's a very smooth drinking flavorful beer. Intense but not overpowering.

03-03-2010 04:16:04 | More by smares2
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Dello

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

07-19-2014 22:42:45 | More by Dello
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured into pint glass golden yellow with a nice white head that disapaits quickly. No lacing. Smells quite malted, however there isn't a sign of smoking (I'm not sure if there is supposed to be). The taste is smooth, there's actually a little hop bite to it, which is odd for Shiner. There's alot more flavor than any other beer shiner has made in a long time. However, again, there still is no mesquite taste to it. Which is dissappointing because I love mesquite smoked BBQ. The moutfeel causes a little tingle in the mouth which is nice. Overall, this is Shiner's best "sommer" beer yet.

06-11-2009 22:17:24 | More by whoneeds8
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jaredseaman77

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -52.8%

01-04-2012 17:18:12 | More by jaredseaman77
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hughesm4

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -12.6%

Drank from a bottle poured into a glass

A. A very light color with not much head.

S. Smells of Budweiser with a ham sandwich added to it. Very little if any smoke smell

T. There is not much flavor at all. The only way to get a smoked taste is to inhale with your nose right above the glass and then take a drink.

M. Very light bodied with a slight ham aftertaste

D. Struggled to get through the bottle. But it has inspired us to homebrew while adding a ham sandwich and a cigar to the wort.

07-21-2009 02:03:45 | More by hughesm4
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-18-2014 16:53:21 | More by LXIXME
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jbphoto88

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Pours a yellow golden color with a macro looking clarity. The head is white and ugly... good thing it fades to nothing. So far not so good.

The scent is in line with the pour, I'm thinking cheap american lager. Stale malts and old musty grains. No bueno.

Taste is the same. Watered down but with a distinct biscuit taste. The evidence of mesquite smoke only appears in the form of slight throat irritation.

This is a poor beer. There is nothing distinct about it and nothing really interesting. This is one you should totally pass on.

06-20-2009 21:37:51 | More by jbphoto88
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

A - The label on the bottle looks very retro, and describes this smoked brew as a helles style lager. That piqued my interest... I wouldn't expect a brewer to smoke such a light style. The head is initially two inches, and settles down to a nice thick orangish cap on top of a "first morning void" amber/orange brew.

S - Im not getting a whole helluva lot from the nose. Minerals (coppery notes) and cedar chips.

T - Bland, overly sweet, and soapy at first, this shows some mesquite notes on the back end, but they are only gentle hints. Salty and medicinal.

M - On the thicker end of light bodied, in the same way that a Euro lager is slightly heavier than a Mexican or American lager, but still light. Weak carbonation and high sugars make this flabby despite its light weight, like your skinny (but far from athletic) buddy that has developed little man titties in his thirties.

D - This is a miss for sure. I don't know how this got such a high average score. I think its plain and below average at best. I didn't drain pour this one, and I could see how a BMC person would enjoy this with some BBQ in place of their usual silver bullet, but when I see the words "smoked" and "mesquite" I want some heavy hittin' flavor dammit! Good thing I happen to have a bottle of Aecht Schlenkerla around somewhere... now that is some serious smoke!

02-22-2010 20:07:57 | More by pmcadamis
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brewerburgundy

California

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%

12oz twist-off, pilsener, no freshness date.

Exceptionally clear yellow verging on sunny orange tones. Active white head from a manly pour recedes quickly and leaves an even thin cap. Some visible rising bubbles.

Smells crisp with saltine and grain. Only faint mesquite smoke back on the third sniff.

Taste is of the same lager yeast, cracker, and grain with more smoke. Rather bar-b-que like and refreshing. The hopping is minimal, offering a slight balancing bitterness.

Good mouth for a helles lager, not overly bubbly, it could even stand more bubble. I can't believe I just typed that.

For $2.99 a six closeout this was an amazing bargain. I'll drink it in these tough times.

02-06-2010 04:45:12 | More by brewerburgundy
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McNealc31

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

The first thing that surprised me about Shiner Smokehaus was the color. Every smoked beer I've had before this was dark brown or black, but this is as light as crisp as any macrobrew. Perhaps a shade more orange than yellow. But the smoke aroma is certainly there. The taste is pretty good, too. Starts out sweet, a little bit of hops, then that mesquite smokey flavor. Almost like liquid BBQ chips. This isn't one I'd go for often, but at just under 5% ABV, the crisp texture, and easy drinkability, it's perfect for a day of grilling!

01-23-2011 23:48:38 | More by McNealc31
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev 0%

Picked up a single at Liquor World in Fayetteville, AR. The beer appears clear amber with a tall white head that quickly fades. This beer tastes like liquid smoke and bacon, but the label says the malts are smoked. The malts leave a slight background taste and there are zero hops. It's drinkable, but simple, if you want something smokey for your BBQ, this'll work.

09-23-2009 02:57:29 | More by tempest
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jheezee

Texas

2/5  rDev -37.1%

12-15-2011 03:08:17 | More by jheezee
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours gold with a nice fluffy white head that retains and leaves nice lacing, good clarity too. The aroma has some smokey notes upfront (hickory smoked bacon), along with biscuit and bread dough, a little caramel and some flinty hops. The flavor is similar to the aroma with a mild smokiness upfront, along with some biscuit and bread dough, honey,floral hops and a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light and drinkability is very good. A pretty tasty smoked helles, not on part with Schlenkerla but still good.

07-12-2010 03:31:01 | More by silver0rlead
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours pear colored with a pinky of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing, dragging the whole beer's rating down...

S: Smokey notes, some honey, pear juice & a touch of sulphur that fades as this warms

T: Honey malts, pear notes & slight smokeyness up front. Pear juice, slight citrus hops notes, along with a tinge of metallic notes as this warms. Finishes slightly dry, with honey notes & near zero smokeyness at the end

MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation

Doesn't drink half bad, enough flavor profile that I could do about 1/2 a sixer during a BBQ or fishing trip. A little more smokeyness would've pleased me, not bad though, as usual I ask Spoetzl, MORE MALT please!!

07-22-2009 03:28:14 | More by russpowell
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bashiba

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured a light golden yellow with a small soap ring of a head.

The smell has a bad burnt smell like overcooked pork fat.

The taste has a big smokey flavor up front with a bit of light toasted malt sneaking through, then the hickory and pork flavor seem to take over in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a touch of slickness.

A weird one dimensional beer, not bad, but nothing I would drink regularly.

08-27-2009 17:50:25 | More by bashiba
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morimech

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that slowly settled to a thin cap. Spotty lacing is left on the glass. Smells like a Helles which this uses as a base but no hint of smoke. I pick up the Munich malt but that is about it. The smoke does play a minor role in the flavor but it fades as more beer is consumed. As a Helles lager it is mediocre but the slight smokiness boosts the score slightly. It needs some hop presence as well as more smokey flavor to really improve this beer. Has a nice texture but the body is on the thin side. A decent initiation to smoke beers.

07-25-2009 18:52:28 | More by morimech
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GenericWarrior

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-17-2013 00:59:34 | More by GenericWarrior
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JamLand

Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

07-01-2013 23:05:50 | More by JamLand
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Shiner Smokehaus from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.