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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 136
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: ebraun on 12-27-2009

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, slight hop, earthiness (grain), and slight vanilla. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Beer. Mouth feel is slightly smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight pale malt, slight hop, and a hint of citrus. Overall, good feel and a decent blend, the hop addition nicely cuts the sweetness.

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Photo of diamondc
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden hue, fluffy head, nice lacing. Excellent.

S: Grassy, bread-y, classic clean non-skunked Euro pilsner smell.

T: More bread, light citrus-earthy hops, saltine crackers. Decent.

M/D: Nothing really stands out except for the hops. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style, its clean and very 'sessionable'. You can drink alot of this and not get bored.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of lager yeast and grain that are quickly followed by some malt sweetness and a hint of lemon. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a good lighter beer that is worth pounding down several of over a long period of time.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy off-white head with good retention. Laced in thin, wide sheets that washed down the glass a bit. Decanted lightly.

S: Cirtus, hay and grass. Sweet grains. Peppery bittering hops.

T: Light, sweet and malty. Bready middle. Mild, building bitter brings a fair balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth up to a crisp and rather dry finish.

D: Easily drinkable. A nice malty beer with fair finish; not to light, not too heavy.

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Photo of rings
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours pale straw in color, but with a rich creamy white head that might be expected in a true pilsner. The first sip is full and hearty on the nose with a malty richness, with a hint of herb, which breaks off sharply in a clean hop bite that lingers long after the finish. It's not as dry as a northern pils, which lends to its "drinkability"--to borrow a macro term--but sweet and clean. This would be a very nice session beer.

While this certainly is NOT an explosive or big full-flavored craft beer, the likes of which we normally praise around here, this is an excellent offering for its style and highly recommended (as a fun training-wheels brew) as their winter seasonal offering or--even better--in place of a cold, wet macro-brew should the need arise after mowing the lawn on a summer day.

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Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark golden color with a moderate fluffy white head that retains fairly well and manages a bit of lacing on the way down.

The aroma is light sweet malt with a hint of biscuits or crackers and an herbal hops note.

The taste is clean, crisp malt with a bit of grassy hops finish.

Light/medium bodied, very smooth and easy to drink. Maybe not the greatest example of the style, but still an enjoyable lager in any case.

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Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden with an orange tint around the edges of the glasses and an adequate white head.

There's an herbal hoppiness on the nose that's more pronounced than expected, but it doesn't show up in the flavor other than a lingering grassy bitterness at the end of a swallow. Most of the palate is comprised of grainy malt with a dry, clean, and crisp finish.

Not a bad beer at all. I just feel like it's a kind of bastardized version of the style just like Shiner Bock is a bastardized Bock. Still it's a nice clean lager with a little bit of character.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass... not sure of the exact term, but a pure cylinder as opposed to tapered. (Mental note... look that up...)

I've never tried this style before... pours a golden color, bubbly, about an inch worth of white head with good retention and lacing. Looks pretty good!

Smells a little like a regular light lager, but as I get the nose into it there is definitely a malt and hop presence. Almost smells like vanilla or cinnamon faintly at first. Not bad, but nothing special.

The taste is better... very earthy, a good balance of malts and some hops as the beer crosses the back of the tongue. The slight vanilla flavor is still there at the very end of the sip. Not bad... a little light and definitely highly carbonated.

I'd absolutely drink another of these, seems like a great hot summer day beer after a softball game or mowing the lawn.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-amber body capped by two fingers of white head that leave clumpy lacing.

Aroma: Grassy, lemony hops and something coppery over a sweetish pale malt body.

Flavor: As promised; crisp, grassy hops over and exceedingly pale malt backbone. The same coppery notes are present throughout. It's a little thin, but that's not exactly surprising. Sweet grains and mildly bitter notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation. It dries just a hint in the end.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable and refreshing, though just a little too plain to keep interest high.

Verdict: Easily identifiable as a Shiner beer, Frost is bright and happy, though ultimately forgettable. A solid winter seasonal for the Shiner faithful, though nothing worthwhile for the rest of us.

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Photo of JAramini
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with active carbonation streaming up the glass and a thin head that subsides to the most meager collar of foam.

The smell and taste of Frost are pretty mild. It's light, crisp, and enjoyable. Not much in the way of hops, just enough to balance the flavor.

It's a very clean and drinkable beer. Generally I reach for something with more aggressive hops or more body, but as a smooth, sessionable lager this beer is a winner.

More interesting than the TX staple Shiner Bock. Frost would be a great gateway beer to the world of craft beer, or a nice change of pace for those looking for a light, straightforward lager that does a lot more tastewise than the macro staples.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery golden, with a nice head that quickly disipates, leaving only moderate lacing. Decent grainy aroma, though I would have enjoyed a bit more of a hops presence. Taste is a bit weak, though what was there was enjoyable. Again, there was a grainy presence that might have been better complemented with more hops presence. Mouthfeel was decent enough, but not really memorable in any respect. Overall, a drinkable beer, but I expect a bit more from this brewery.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear golden in color, with a moderate, one inch head of bright white foam
Aroma-Slight malt and biscuit notes
Taste-Muted malt and biscuit-very clean and crisp-almost macro-like in its lack of finish
Overall, not your beer if you like a lot of aggressive flavor, however it follows the Dortmunder standard pretty well, and would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of vdread
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Frost

my first dortmunder. Frost reminds me of a maltier, breadier pilsner. there's not a lot to say about this beer besides the flavor notes.

pours a golden yellow with a nice little head. the little smells i can detect are of bready malts.

taste is slightly hoppy over bready malts. nice clean taste, but lacking in any robust flavor that would make a good beer. on par for the Spoetzel brewery. interesting, but not much. it's highly carbonated and leaves a nice aftertaste. sure, it's sessionable, but easily forgettable.

+ probably Shiner's hoppiest beer, and one of the tastiest they make.

+ interesting taste

- but not interesting enough to keep my attention.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - Fröst pours quietly even with it being tall. A frothy, two-finger head lowers with moderate speed resulting in a lace-less glass and a thin white sheet. The beer is well-carbonated and brilliantly clear with a beautiful solid gold color.

S - Fröst smells crisp and light-bodied right away with a nicely balanced light floral hop nose and thin malt backing. Pilsner malts maybe? I'm getting a lot of mineral/hard water aroma from it too. The aroma is one-dimensional but not bad, just average.

T - Surprisingly, the flavor starts very soft with an underlying light maltiness. Not much is going on in this beer. Hops seem almost absent as the finish turns to the hard water mineral flavor. A tiny touch of astringency comes across on the finish.

M - Medium in body which is unexpected, Fröst starts out soft but quickly turns to a dry, astringent finish with a hard bite from hard water and minerals. The finish is crisp from strong carbonation.

D - A bit dry and hard for my taste, it's going down slow. I also don't understand Shiner calling this a "hearty, full-bodied ale" when Dortmunder Exports are, by definition, medium-bodied at their fullest. Still, not a bad beer though.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you really think about it there are not many beers of this style available in the USA. THis is a good beer but just one step down from Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. This one seems a little less hoppier and just a little more watered down. Still it is good to have another example of this style to drink.

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Photo of enfield249
3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color, extra clear, white head. The looks are the best thing about this beer. Beautiful presentation.

S - Not much, but most of what I get is nobel hops, and slight grainyness.

T - As far as lagers go, pretty good. Decent amount of flavor, nobel hops, a little grain.

M - Clean, dry, and a high amount of CO2.

D - I could knock a few of these back, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and deep golden. The white modest head settled to a thin cap and collar.

Smell was grains and vegetal. Maybe a little sweet corn aroma.

Taste was lightly bitter and faintly fruity. The finish was modestly bitter and short. Richer than your average macro lager. The label states this beer is brewed in the old dortmunder style, but then calls the beer an ale?

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly coarse in texture.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice looking beer when poured into my pilsner glass. About a two finger head and a crystal clear golden body. Head fades quickly, little to no lacing.
S: Nothing much to write about. Slightly malty, just a hint of hops.
T: Again, kind of boring. It does take on a sweet taste up front as you drink, but this taste quickly fades into a crisp, slightly hoppy finish.
M: Decently carbonated and medium bodied. Finishes relatively clean with just a slight aftertaste.
D: You could do worse if you're looking for a nice beer on a hot day, though I'm not sure this brew is available in spring/summer. It's not bad, but not entirely flavorful either.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Fröst (Frost)

Appearance: Amber, small-medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Hops, grains, and slight malt.

Taste: Malts, slight grain, and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

First taste is impressive, but after a bit, it becomes watery and almost bland.

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Photo of armock
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a clear gloden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is fairly light some sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt that's a little grainy

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

D - Another ho hum average beer from shiner on the plus side it's an easy drinking beer but unexciting or note worthy

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Photo of jsh420
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1+ finger white head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of macro adjuncts and some real malts

taste was better but still there are some adjuncts in this beer - sweet malts some bitter hops

mouthfeel good very light body good carbonation that gives it a nice crisp dry finish

drinkability is ok but the adjuncts kill it

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So the appearance...ya it looks pretty good i'd say. The smell....sweet with a hint of hops perhaps? Taste...a bit disappointing really. Not a lot going on. Mouthfeel a bit watery....but drinkable for sure. Give it a try, it might be right up your alley, plus the abv is not too high or too low, maybe even just right.

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Photo of david131
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- An extremely clear, solid gold color with a lot of streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The head is thin and white and settles to a splotchy covering.

S- A light fruitiness and toasted malt. Smells like a solid Dortmunder lager.

T- Fruity and biscuity with a slightly metallic finish.

M- Carbonation is nice, but the metallic/astringent finish is a bit of a let-down.

D- A decent beer that drinks alright. The aftertaste could maybe use just a bit of work.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured a dark golden color with almost no head and a lot of carbonation.

s - Smells very malty. Also smells a like like bread.

t - Tastes of sweet malts, but not that flavorful. Not overly impressive.

m - Light body and a lot of carbonation. Would have been better with a little less carbonation.

d - Overall it was a decent beer. I thought it was a little lacking in the flavor/taste department, but it is very light and drinkable. I was looking for something under 6% ABV and this did the job.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of Fratto.

Pours a clear macro yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong wheat with some basic macro notes. Nothing special. The flavor is more of the same with a adjunct corn flavor. Tastes about like a macro lager. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Not sure how this gets such high ratings, but this has nothing in common with the higher rated beers of this style such as Dortmunder Gold. This is just a basic lager targeted to BMC drinkers, packaged as craft beer.

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Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.