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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery

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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ebraun on 12-27-2009)
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Photo of meylo
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shiner Fröst!!! Shiner's fall/winter seasonal sequel to the 2008 Shiner Holiday Cheer. Another great German/Czech masterpiece from the little town in Texas. As they say, "Where beer is made, life is good."

Fröst is a easy drink. Pour it into your favorite glass and notice the gold amber tone. The taste is sharp, bold and crisp with a neutral hoppy finish. The sweet malt flavor carries out until you sip again. And you know what? ...the sipping process can feel like an infinite loop. Yah, it's that good!!!

Allow me to suggest a little munchiness to compliment said brew....a tortilla toasted on a gas stove, with a comal, smother with a healthy(or unhealthy) pat of butter and a dash of salt. Sounds good doesn't it?

Enjoy this Dortmunder while it lasts!!! Shiner has CLEARLY out done themselves again.

P.S. Package design is the SHhhheeeeiii***!!!!

meylo, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spoetzl Brewery's take on the Dortmunder style is an outstanding drinkable beer. A frothy, tawny gold colored pour that is a gentle reminder that beer was an important refuge to the working class, In this case, the Dortmund coal miners, who probably found this style of brew to be not only a throat 'cutter" but also also an elixir of restorative malts. "Frosty goodness" throughout the straight forward flavors, complimented by an outstanding semi-dry finish.

thebeerdoctor, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of mrfootball
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great new beer from Shiner. Probably my favorite offering. Very clean, terrific aroma. Excellent taste.

Discovered this fine new beer the other day at the HEB. I was expecting a typical winterfest type beer. This is much better. I've never had a Dortmunder style, seems I've been missing out.

It's hard to find good malty beers here in the states. This one has a nice hoppy ending too!

Good stuff Shiner!

mrfootball, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of lanechaffin
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's good beer yeah, it taste similar to Coors to me. i notice little or no hops but some malt. very attractive labeling and packaging. bought a dozen at HEB for 11.99 enjoyed them all they go quickly. not much more to say its frosty goodness from shiner texas. agree it may be a tad sweet if allowed to warm a bit.

lanechaffin, Feb 26, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

MaddDogg84, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of TXJACK
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a iced mason jar.

Appearance is golden with a decent 1 1/2 finger head, retention and lacing.

Smells malty!

Taste is malty with little hops bitterness, it ends with a slight flowery sweet taste that leaves your pallet ready for the next sip.

Feels very crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

I found this beer very drinkable and could easily enjoy several.

This seasonal brew is very good. It is best served ice cold to accent its strong malt and seasonal elements that really put you in the mood for the great Texas summers ahead. This is one of my favorites from Shiners limited brew runs.

TXJACK, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of marc956
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to try this "new" beer from the folks at Shiner .. it's on the hoppy side (which I like), refreshing (which I like), affordable (which I really like). Highly recommended and would be a great summer beer should Shiner decides to keep it available at that time. But just in case they don't, I plan on stocking up, especially as the store I bought it at has it on sale. Having this beer with chicken burgers btw - great combo!

marc956, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a spicy and peppery aroma. Some yeast as well. Floral and herbal hoppy aromas. Citrus and grassy hops. Lots of bread and biscuit malt for balance. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of spicy character from the yeast, I assume. Phenolic, herbal, and, flowery. Fruit citrus hops with a nice bitterness. Some fruity esters of banana and pears as well. Lots of biscuit malt. Again, very nice.
M/D: A light to medium body. Though perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. Very easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

An excellent example of Dortmunder. There are a lot of subtle flavors that are excellent. After trying most of Shiner's new beers and being very disappointed ( Smokehaus, 99, 100, 101) I am very surprised that this is a well made beer. Put Live Oak or Great Lakes in front, and this is considered a great lager. Something I highly recommend.

champ103, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden color with a white head that thinned out but left some nice lacing.
The aroma is that of a good German lager, Euro-hops.
The taste is good a nice balance of malts and hops in a German style beer.
Light, crisp and refreshing.
Very easy to drink.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful rich golden color with great clarity. There is a nice level of active carbonation streaming up to the head which I like see as it gives some life to a beer. This also helps support the tall white head.

Smell: In the nose I pick up light aroma with faint grain notes and pale malt with hints of light leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is bright grainy flavor with a touch of the hops leafy spice. The finish is very clean, crisp and fresh. Its medium body and lively carbonation make for an easy drinking refreshing beer.

Notes: There is not much to say here. Frost does everything well for the style and I enjoyed it.

generallee, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of deadliest
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

deadliest, May 14, 2013
Photo of fjordhook
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First seasonal I've tried from Shiner so I poured this puppy into a 12 oz pint glass. It's light golden in color with has a completely transparent body. The head was light in color and dissipated quickly. The taste from the beer was a nice blend, kinda high on carbonation from what I could tell. I enjoyed the bite the beer had, it almost reminded me of an ipa. I thought it was a really good beer and more drinkable than most beers that shiner makes

fjordhook, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of hiikeeba
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear gold, with a white head that forms a little cap on the top.

S - Malt aroma with a slight hop accent

T - Grainy malt flavor, with hops in the finish. Both very subtle and balanced.

M - Slightly thin with a lot of carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy drinking.

hiikeeba, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This showed up as an extra in a CANQuest trade and frankly, I CAN always drink a good lager, even when the label identifies it as an ale.

My pour resulted in almost two fingers' worth of eggshell-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a good biscuity sweetness that made my mouth begin to water. Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full with an initial wash of a biscuity, malty flavor on the tongue. No doubt in my mind that of all of the Texas beers which I have had of late, this was the best (although that ain't sayin' much)! Finish had a slight hoppiness that did not overwhelm the sweetness that I noticed earlier, but instead acted as a nice compliment. I could easily drink another of these.

woodychandler, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crisp golden color with a one and a half finger thick eggshell head that disappated rather quickly but left some nice lacing on the sides.
S- Smells of sweetness and a bit of European hops. Rather much like a more powerful Pilsner aroma.
T- Started sweet and malty, had a little bit of hop in there to balanced it out nicely.
M- Medium, maybe even a little fuller than medium for the style. Crisp.
D- A very drinkably beer. Light and crisp, throughly enjoyable. Possibly my new favorite shiner product.

jsprain1, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright tangelo orange with bright lemon yellow accents beneath a fluffy chunk of skinned almond colored foam that filled one-third of the glass on the pour. A gentle rockiness and pretty good frost deposition solidify the above score.

The nose is a pleasant melange of lightly toasted grains and floral-herbal hoppiness. So far, this Dortmunder is hitting every one of its style marks with ease. Hopefully, good things await on the taste buds.

Frost is damn good beer and gives me some newfound respect for the boys from Shiner. They seem to have stepped up their game recently. Too bad this is a seasonal release (and a winter seasonal at that) because it's an wonderful all-rounder that is good solo and should go well with... just about everything.

The lightly toasted, lightly sugar-crusted cereal grains and gently bittering hops put me in mind of Schlitz Gusto. Both are 'old school' offerings that prove that basic beer can be as delicious and as drinkable as all that new-fangled stuff being brewed these days.

Keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel is outstanding. It's at least as good as the mouthfeel on the best Dortmunder in America (see below), with plenty of expansive creaminess and an ideal amount of enlivening bubbles.

Shiner Frost isn't quite as good as the gold standard (Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold), but it's still a tremendous achievement for Spoetzl Brewery. Is this their best beer? Yeah, it just might be.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a sparkling, clear, golden body with a white head that's a full inch high, though it soon settles into a thinnish ring.

Smell: Soft, subtle aroma of malted barley alongside floral, delicately spicy notes from the noble hops. Also small hints of honey and lemon.

Taste: Opens with a light touch of particularly pale maltiness which offers up just a small, lightly sweet hint of honey. Floral, lightly spicy hop character, though there's also a wee hint of lemon to be found. Small pinch of bitterness to balance. Semi-dry, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation keeps things a bit lively.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. Quaffable, refreshing, Fröst is simply a tasty little lager.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are about a week old.

The color is a deep amber-copper.A white head sits with good retention at about a finger and a half and leaves fairly thick, spotty lacing behind.
There was a nice biscuity malt aroma appropriate to the style. There's also an interesting earthy aspect to the nose complementing a nice buttery note with a nicely balancing honey-like sweetness. The smell would be outstanding if it was a bit stronger.
The taste follows suit, very crisp in the malt presence with a balancing hops flavor. The buttery notes usually attributed to diacetyl are here, proper for the Dortmunder style. A grains backing lingers all the way.
The body is medium with a light carbonation. There's a crisp bite to it with a mellow finish.
This is well crafted to the guides set for the style, and the best of the Shiner series in my opinion.

Brenden, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice gold color with thick white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: There is a big clean malt aroma with some hop. This beer is very aromatic.

T: The flavor is biscuity and malty with some floral hop that adds a little bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation gives the beer a little body and spice and it finishes somewhat dry but with a slight sweetness.

D: I think this is an all around solid lager. It has some nice clean aromas and flavors.

Kromes, Jan 08, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I've had this style before, but it is interesting.

The bottle pours into a pint glass a clear gold liquid with a gigantic head. Aroma is sweetish with a little malt. The flavor starts off sweet then has a nice backbone of hops. Reminds me a bit of a shortbread cookie as far as the sweetness part. Lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

I would say this beer is better cold. As it warms up, I think the sweetness gets to be too much. But when it is cold, it has a perfect crispness.

Overall an excellent offering by Shiner. I do recommend this one.

jmbranum, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of ch473
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked a 6 pack up the other night, never seen this before. I love it.

Nice golden amber color and beautiful frothy head and lacing. Good steady carbonation.

Smell is nothing special, little bit of hops, mostly malt and honey.

Love the taste. Crisp, refreshing hops with a good balance of honey and caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but mellow.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and wet with a little fizzy burn around the edges and a good body. It feels thicker than it is.

I could drink this all night. This is a winter seasonal but it's not too heavy for spring or summer. I'm loving it with pork tacos at the moment but it would be better with a winter pot roast.

I'm not usually terribly impressed by new beers since I can't afford anything too fancy, but this was only $7 and it's one of my new favorites. I'm gonna buy it up before it disappears.

ch473, May 19, 2010
Photo of KyleMWood
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - gold with slight copper hue; slight white lace around glass

S - very malty, not much hop on the nose

T - sweet malt, don't get much hop flavor

M - dry

D - highly drinkable, great session beer

Overall, a good beer from Shiner, much better than their other xmas seasonal effot (the xmas beer, "cheer" is absolutely awful in my opinion). I'd buy and drink this again.

KyleMWood, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug and served at approximately 45 degrees.

A: poured a rich gold color with quarter inch head and no lacing

S: balanced between biscuits, hay, vanilla and some hop notes

T: malt and hops consisting of bread, banana, and notes of molasses

M: smooth, medium mouthfeel coating the entire palate evenly throughout

D: good high quality session beer, not too filling

Overall a very good beer and went well with some Jarlsberg Swiss cheese. Highly recommended.

B967ierhunter177, Jun 16, 2010
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Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.