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Shiner Smokehaus - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
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247 Ratings
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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 23.82%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
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 roblowther:
Photo of roblowther
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden clear brew with thin white head and visibly active carbonation (ie- the bubbles want to come see me). Smells smoky and floral, with a malt lurking around in the shadows. Tastes of soft malt and then a wallop of smoke. Not subtle. There is a nice summery malt/hops thing going on but then it just gets beaten over the head with the big stick of smoke flavor. Mouthfeel is good, soft and tingly. Drinkability just isn't there for me. I'm biased as this isn't my favorite style but I'm thinking that going with the like/like approach and drinking it with BBQ is probably the way to go.

roblowther, Sep 07, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of legalag11
3/5  rDev -6%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

Shakerman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
1.5/5  rDev -53%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

tigg924, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Mora2000, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of smares2
4.05/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

smares2, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of Dello
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Dello, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of whoneeds8
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

whoneeds8, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of jaredseaman77
1.5/5  rDev -53%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of hughesm4
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

hughesm4, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

LXIXME, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

jbphoto88, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of pmcadamis
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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!

pmcadamis, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

brewerburgundy, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of McNealc31
3.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

McNealc31, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tempest, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of jheezee
2/5  rDev -37.3%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

silver0rlead, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!!

russpowell, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of bashiba
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

bashiba, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

morimech, Jul 25, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

GenericWarrior, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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Shiner Smokehaus from Spoetzl Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.