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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%


Brewed by:
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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Longhorn22

Texas

2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I was less than impressed with this beer... shame.

A - Once again, I drank this out of a bottle, so I can't give a fair assessment to the color. But the bubbles were pretty good, and left an adequate head. It dissipated quickly, but a thin ring lasted on the outside.

S - This had a muted aroma, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't much of anything. I usually take a waft before I drink a beer to just see what I'm getting into, but this one sort of gave me nothing.

T - This was the most disappointing part of the beer to me. It didn't have any sort of spice that I could tell. If it did, then they hid it very well. That is forgivable, maybe they didn't intend to make it like other winter beers, so they didn't try to add winter spices. But the after taste is really what made me want to stop drinking the beer. It just sort of had a bitter after taste that didn't make you want to take another sip.

M/D - This loses points due to the after taste. I was anticipating the after taste, so I was sort of trying to drink it faster and in bigger gulps to lessen the number of sips I had to take.

Bottom Line: I am a Texas guy, but I was not a fan of this brew. Maybe it is because we don't have harsh winters here, so we don't need beers to bring winter cheer. This beer needs to be reworked for next year. Only get this beer if you enjoy bitter biting after tastes.

-Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 06:50:23 | More by Longhorn22
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Hopnobbin

Texas

2.35/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

How many different times will the brewers at Shiner try to repackage their Shiner Blonde? Or should I say Premium? or Kosmos? Now it's Frost, an incredibly average showing.

Clear pilsner style, clean, dry. Tastes like old, slightly skunky Blonde. Nothing special at all.

The brewers from Gambrinus cleverly try to market this brand as a German/Czech style beer....perhaps they should visit these areas to see what the beer tastes like, cause none of their brews are it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 15:08:42 | More by Hopnobbin
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.63/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium to dark golden color, with a fairly decent amount of white foam on top. On the nose, hoppy, slightly grainy with just a hint of vanilla. On the palate, light bodied, refreshing and moderately carbonated, with herbal hops, and a heavier pilsner-like character. Drinkable, and not much more.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 06:29:12 | More by emmasdad
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womencantsail

California

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow with a very short lived white head.

S: The nose is definitely on the sweet side with toasted malt and grain and perhaps even some honey. There's also that ever popular lager yeast.

T: The flavor is even more bland than the nose with simply some lightly toasted malts and a touch of sweetness. The yeast and skunk are pronounced.

M: Like most of these lagers, light in body with a full carbonation.

D: It's sad to say this is probably the best beer I've had from Shiner. A decent enough lager, but not something I'd be interested in having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 18:30:49 | More by womencantsail
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NicholasCasber

Iowa

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer had some pretty great lacing, and the head was fairly solid throughout and was a nice pure snow white. The beer itself was a bright golden color.

S: Smelled slightly of hops, but not overpowering at all.

T: The taste was a bit on the week side for me, but still slightly bitter, but great.

M: Fairly full for how thick it felt.

D: I'd rate it higher if it had a bigger taste to bring to my pallet.

Overall, good beer by Shiner. Best of luck in your findings.

-Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 00:35:44 | More by NicholasCasber
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mdfb79

New York

3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:01:40 | More by mdfb79
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:45:08 | More by Mora2000
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david131

California

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:03:18 | More by david131
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heath1agnew

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 21:26:44 | More by heath1agnew
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jsh420

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 03:56:57 | More by jsh420
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armock

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 17:06:20 | More by armock
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:14:32 | More by Infamous7100
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:22:16 | More by megahurts4
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 21:37:27 | More by Cresant
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 00:47:23 | More by ejimhof
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enfield249

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:31:38 | More by enfield249
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:42:46 | More by BeerFMAndy
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vdread

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 21:13:07 | More by vdread
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:51:30 | More by hosehead83
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bristol2120

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 00:55:12 | More by bristol2120
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JAramini

New York

3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 02:26:13 | More by JAramini
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BeanBone

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:22:30 | More by BeanBone
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:52:13 | More by bump8628
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 00:03:27 | More by theboozecruise
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whynot44

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 03:12:36 | More by whynot44
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Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery
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