Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 18
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,444 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (525 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpretentious, clean, rich lager.

Amber color, clear, and head lasts nicely with great mouthfeel. Quite malty for the modest alcohol with a pleasant hoppy taste. The style throws a sheet over a multitude of sins, but at its best, should be a rich, warm beer without the sharpness of hoppy pale lagers. This one has a touch of pilsener tang but more body. If they called it an Oktoberfest that might be more descriptive. It's not for the hop-obsessed.

A beer to be gulped, but enjoyed for its solid, pleasing taste. (516 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 (516 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (597 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (305 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,251 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a very large, frothy white head. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. A very good looking beer and the clarity is amazing.

Nose is definitely Ritz cracker maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Not too much in the way of hops or yeast...pretty straightforward, clean and malty smelling brew. Nose is pretty big for a lager.

Taste has a pleasant balance of sweet and toffee malts that are followed by a quick carbonation and hop palate scrubbing. Smooth and creamy feeling in the mouth. There is a mild soapy taste that is really the only minor problem I have with this beer. Shiner has done a great job on this one and it is in my top three or four beers they have made. It's a great value to boot, as I am on my second twelve-pack of it since coming out in early January. (868 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (991 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
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 (369 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden pour, a scant cover of white with some stray ropes of lace.

Aroma - some diacetyl influence to the grain. Also some definite hoppiness on the initial sniff but it fades after a bit.

Taste - as in the sniff, the diacetyl is present with the grain. Interesting spice in there, like some licorice and maybe a touch of caramel. Pretty distinct for a dort, the finish is clean.

Mouthfeel - smooth, good carbonation and medium body, right on style.

Drinkability - not sure if the diacetyl means these are aging a bit, but they go down easily. (565 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice-looking beer, bordering on a 4.5, except for the smallness of the head. Poured into a Chimay chalice, it is a lovely copper color, with modest head, and fine streaming bubbles coming up from the Chimay logo on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is faint, offering smooth maltiness and a light touch of hops. The taste is just right for a Dortmunder, well balanced between lightly sweet malt that is fortunately not too grainy, and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay, though hop flavor is somewhat low.

Dortmunders are rarely produced by American micros because they're not exciting, and are all about good balance. This is a well-done one by a brewer known for as many misses as hits. Still, I can't imagine buying it very often. Dortmunder just isn't exciting. (785 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,176 characters)

Photo of armock
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 (361 characters)

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