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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery

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82
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ebraun on 12-27-2009)
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pasdachuri

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured a golden yellow with a healthy white head.

Strong malty scent.

There is a nice malt and hop balance here. Does not taste as sweet as the malty scent suggested. Very smooth and balanced, nicely done.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a quick finish.

A very sessional beer, I believe I will be opening another.

01-20-2010 02:33:05 | More by pasdachuri
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katan

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden to almost brown color. Decent head formation, about 1 to 2mm in height. Very clear. A decent amount of carbonation bubbles present.

S - A light pilsner malt sweetness is strongest, with just a hint of american hopping behind it.

T - A fairly strong pilsner note is present throughout. The grainy smoky pils malt is cut with some vienna or caramel malt like notes. Mid-stream does show some bitterness, but subdued hopping. Finishes clean with a sweeter pils malt note.

M - Moderate body - both beer and carbonation profile are decent. Finishes clean, no noticeable remains on the palette.

D - Decent drinkability. Solid but manageable ABV. A bit potent in the carbonation area does make this one moderately more filling.

A good session beer in my book - solidly malty for the winter months.

01-22-2010 06:24:34 | More by katan
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

My first Dortmunder. 12oz into Firestone Walker pint glass.

A- Pale copper, golden highlights, good head that fizzes out and moderate lacing.

S- Pale malt sweetness, faint floral hops, not too much to write about.

T- Good malt base, faint hop kiss. Good, none of the beer-y taste I expected. A tasty lager, infinitely sessionable.

M- Crisp, not enough hops for my liking but nothing to complain about, pretty good. Malt backbone is pale but enough to hold up to the mild hops.

D- High, I could go through a bunch of these. Worth having if you see it, I wouldn't trade for it unless you're a lager junkie but it's a damn good beer.

02-17-2010 01:16:10 | More by ShogoKawada
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Frosty80

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Color: sits a brilliantly clear golden yellow

Smell: pleasant Pils malt sweetness with supporting noble hop aroma

Taste: good balance of malt and hops throughout, neither stand out in front. the finish has a touch of malt sweetness with a slight bitter linger

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: good example of the style though not my favorite

02-01-2010 20:44:12 | More by Frosty80
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tapman

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Light and very pale with only a tinge of something slightly darker, say some Victory or Vienna malt. Head is tightly compressed foam that lingers, but definitely is too good for real ale, but I didn't expect it to be. Carbonation looks rambunctious. In my fancy Sam Adams glass the bubbles put on quite a show. As this is perhaps my first Dortmunder/export lager (though the bottle says it is an ale), I'm not sure as to the carb levels being appropriate or not. However them Germans like their bubbles so... Either way, served in true 'crystal' fashion.

Low malt aroma similar to some BMCs. I dig Shiner so lets give them the benefit of the doubt--- Continental Pilsner malt? or just a tinge of noble hops covering up some domestic two-row. It is hard to decide but as I've said I'll give it to them that their base grain is Pilsner 2-row. Smells sweet, but an acetaldehyde/sour apple sweetness which, in a beer this light, is not uncommon, though I would say undesirable, for the style.

Malt flavor rounds out big-time, well as big as this beer can be I suppose. I have no doubt now that they used a decent quality Pilsner 2-row for their base grain as the body is nice and round, better than any Macro malt character and that includes the new Noble Pils. Hops are or the noble variety, though the bitterness is just a wee harsh and I could see some high-alpha American Magnum or CTZ for bittering to save a little $$$. It's no Stiegl or Ayinger, but I wold drink this over a Bitburger. If all the Macros tasted like this more people would get into better beer drinking.

Full, yet refreshing. Carbonation not as annoying as I thought it would be and complements the rest of the beer.

Why is this a winter brew? So we get bock year round, but a refreshing blonde ale in the winter? I don't know about that. On the other hand I enjoyed this brew...for what it is. For my money better than Dortmunder Export, or a Rock Bottom Golden Ale, or any of the American Standard Lagers for that matter. I wonder how much it cost them to brew this and why couldn't the other big companies hit this standard of quality. I think a lot of people could enjoy this potential gateway brew.

02-17-2010 19:28:18 | More by tapman
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Mosstrooper

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale caramel color with a fairly large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and slight candy aromas with a generic grain/malt backing.

Taste: Sugary and sweet with a caramel aftertaste. Actually tastes a lot like a very light doppelbock with a bit more of a balanced malt/hop character.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with sharp carbonation and a crips, warming finish.

Drinkability: I'd definitely have this one again, but given its warming characteristic it isn't well-suited for Houston summers.

05-31-2010 21:30:35 | More by Mosstrooper
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billab914

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured clear and golden in color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles rising to the top.

Aroma shows some caramel malt sweetness with slight herbal earthy hop aroma. The taste has some grainy flavors with a little caramel malt to it as well. It has a crisp finish with a little hop character to it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average, which works well for the style. Drinkability is good, a nice lighter beer with some good flavors. This isn't one of my favorite styles but it's a pretty good version of the style.

02-12-2010 22:38:02 | More by billab914
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Fnord

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Appearance - Effervescent clear yellow with a small but dense off-white head.

Smell - Mostly grass and straw, a little honey.

Taste - More straw and grass, with the sweetness more evident in the taste. There's a flowery middle and a nice bready finish to this one. A bit of wheat is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Thin body and high carbonation.

Notes - It's a good session beer, drinkable and tasty but not demanding. Enough so that I wonder why it's a winter beer. It seems like it would be more at home in the spring or summer. The name is also a bad idea in this season: nobody wants to be reminded about how ball-shrivellingly cold it is outside. Drinking a "Frost" would sound good in the summer, though.

It's also the first Dortmunder style beer I've ever had. It's quite a bit like a German style pilsener, though maybe a little breadier. I'm not sure about its authenticity, though. Either way, definitely worth a try for pilsener fans.

01-16-2010 22:08:51 | More by Fnord
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-23-2014 03:40:34 | More by jaydoc
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Riccymon

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours from the bottle a golden yellow color with a four-finger--check that, fist worth of pillowy white head. My choice of a weizen glass was fortunate. A little sticky head clings to the glass, but after a while just a few small patches of lacing remain.

Smells lightly of lemon and apple juice, as well as wet, fresh-cut grass/flowers. Taste also contains lemon notes, though it's not quite as herbal/fruity as the nose, with pale malts that feel a little grainy. Nothing special here, just easy-drinking flavors.

Body is on the light side, and mouthfeel is very clean, with just a slight bitterness throughout the mouth upon the swallow. Frost is a very, very drinkable lager, one I'd reach to in far warmer weather.

01-17-2010 19:53:53 | More by Riccymon
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

12-14-2013 22:04:58 | More by greenspointexas
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-31-2013 03:57:35 | More by thatoneguymike
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napetry

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-15-2013 21:42:55 | More by napetry
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

09-17-2013 20:53:33 | More by Jame515
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match1112

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-16-2013 13:09:25 | More by match1112
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

02-09-2013 23:42:57 | More by t0rin0
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ebraun

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into tulip pint glass.

A: Bright gold colored beer with surprisingly fluffy head that faded away and left nice lacing down the glass.

S: Biscuit, sweet and the typical Shiner metallic/grain smell. (Not a bad thing)

T: Crisp, clean. Not unlike Shiner Blonde but with a more pronounced sweetness and the aforementioned head.

M: Lots of carbonation fizz with dry finish.

D: Supremely drinkable. Very nice.

It's not going to give Great Lakes' Dortmunder a run for its money, but its a good beer ... and it's not like we can get Great Lakes in San Antonio anyway.

12-27-2009 22:52:29 | More by ebraun
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

I just noticed this beer on the shelf at Spec's today, so I thought that I would pick up some. I came in there for the Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout, which I will review after this one...since this one is a whole lot milder on the palate...or is SHOULD be as a Dortmunder. Here we go.

Appearance: Pours a very crisp and clear golden color with a small head of tight creamy-like bubbles on top. The head faded pretty quickly to end up as just a small ring on top of the beer where it meets the glass.

Aroma: My first impression of the aroma was actually that of a German beer, so this is a good start. I get quite a bit of grainyness (sp?) and a very noticeable chalky aroma which is quite appropriate for this style. After the beer settles a bit, the aroma is settling into a sweet honey-malt like character.

Taste: The flavor is dominated by the malt, but there is a chalky thing going on in the flavor as well, along with a metallic note somewhere in the background. The finish is actually balanced toward the sweet, which is a tad unusual for this style. The carbonation is adequate, but it doesn't do much to give the beer a creamy impression as the finer examples of this style exhibit (like Ayinger JahrHundert (sp?)). Overall, the drinkability is good. With the sweetness, it goes down sortof like a Helles.

Opinion: Well, this is a pretty decent beer, and I am surely going to drink the six-pack that I got. I am not sure how much more I will be buying. The price was reasonable <$7, so we'll see what happens in the future. It is worth a shot, but you may want to split some with a buddy or two so you can make up your own mind.

01-22-2010 00:54:43 | More by SkeeterHawk
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oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Not a style you find very often.Poured into a .5 liter stein a clear rich golden with a large fluffy white crown atop,a majestic pour.Light in the aroma department,just some lightly toasted grain,and some light honey.Flavors wont knock your socks off but have some nice subtle qualities,lightly toasted and grainy,some hoeny malt sweetness,and a smack of herbal hop in the finish.This was made for the wrong season,its refreshing but "sturdy" enough,I could see mylef drinkin this out tin the yard over the spring and summer.

03-17-2010 22:14:31 | More by oberon
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers of rocky ivory colored head.Average lacing & head retention

S: Grassy & perfumy hops

T: Breadyness, slight pear & apricot blend with grassy & a slight lemon hops profile up front. More of the same as this warms along with some honey malt & grainyness. Finishes fruitty & grainy, plus with a touch of mineral dryness

MF: Medium bodied, softly carbonated & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid shot at the style, I'd happily drink a few on a warm summer's day

03-12-2010 04:13:14 | More by russpowell
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MurphyMacManus

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle into pilsener glass.

A: Gold with a fairly delicate white head. Head doesn't stick around long and fades to a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.

S: Lager yeast -- clean, crisp. German hops (spicy?) and pale malt.

T/M: Lots of hop bitterness, but not like an IPA. Different kind of bitter. More herbal/spicy than citrus. Malt profile is like a cracker. Pretty aggressively carbonated and no distinct flavors from the yeast -- as it should be. Great for drinking in hot weather, though it's supposed to be a winter beer.

D: Easy to drink and has more flavor than typical pale lagers. A bit stronger than I'd like for a session beer, but I can't taste the alcohol, so it's easy to get carried away.

04-30-2010 22:32:19 | More by MurphyMacManus
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Tone

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

04-02-2010 16:34:32 | More by Tone
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Nice-looking pour, with a clear golden hue and a few attractive streams of carbonation percolating upwards. The head retains well, as the creamy, eggshell-white foam leaves behind a few splotches of lacing. The aroma, while mild, is pleasant with a soft grassiness from the hops balanced by toasted buttermilk biscuits. Really feelin' the honey notes on this one. It doesn't jump out and grab you, but the subtlety and craftsmanship is easily identifiable.

The taste is a bit more muted than the aroma, unfortunately, because the flavor that is present is quite good. Crisp, crackery german pilsner malts on the front of the palate are followed by a combination of sulfur minerals and hops. Traces of grassy bitterness linger into the finish as this Dortmunder dries the back of the palate. Light body with a good carbonation level, not exactly "full-bodied" as the neck label claims, but there is very little in the way of off-flavors or undesirable consistencies. I enjoyed this beer a little more than my review's score suggested. Not sure if Fröst fits as a winter seasonal, but I am looking forward to the rest of my six-pack.

01-22-2010 02:41:04 | More by wagenvolks
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rings

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

02-11-2011 19:20:03 | More by rings
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

04-18-2010 01:52:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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