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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 14
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-24-2011 20:46:20 | More by zbooks
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-15-2012 19:18:50 | More by imperialking
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JAramini

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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

Louisiana

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

04-12-2010 00:03:27 | More by theboozecruise
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

02-03-2010 04:52:13 | More by bump8628
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whynot44

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-09-2010 03:12:36 | More by whynot44
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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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diamondc

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

02-02-2010 10:57:14 | More by diamondc
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

06-07-2010 00:21:14 | More by Haybeerman
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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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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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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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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
Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.