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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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Reviews: 80 | Hads: 136
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crisp golden color with a one and a half finger thick eggshell head that disappated rather quickly but left some nice lacing on the sides.
S- Smells of sweetness and a bit of European hops. Rather much like a more powerful Pilsner aroma.
T- Started sweet and malty, had a little bit of hop in there to balanced it out nicely.
M- Medium, maybe even a little fuller than medium for the style. Crisp.
D- A very drinkably beer. Light and crisp, throughly enjoyable. Possibly my new favorite shiner product. (515 characters)

Photo of david131
3.08/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (482 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (548 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful rich golden color with great clarity. There is a nice level of active carbonation streaming up to the head which I like see as it gives some life to a beer. This also helps support the tall white head.

Smell: In the nose I pick up light aroma with faint grain notes and pale malt with hints of light leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is bright grainy flavor with a touch of the hops leafy spice. The finish is very clean, crisp and fresh. Its medium body and lively carbonation make for an easy drinking refreshing beer.

Notes: There is not much to say here. Frost does everything well for the style and I enjoyed it. (825 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,649 characters)

Photo of katan
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (838 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Big head on top of a golden amber colored body. Clarity is brilliant

S- Cracked, toasted barley with a hint of dank, cheesy yeast funk

T- The flavor is subtle and sweet with a refreshing lager twang that says hello and good night.

M- Watery with filmy carbonation

D- Another lager from Shiner that fails to really shine, but does provide a lasting impression (366 characters)

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

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. (637 characters)

Photo of Kromes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice gold color with thick white head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: There is a big clean malt aroma with some hop. This beer is very aromatic.

T: The flavor is biscuity and malty with some floral hop that adds a little bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation gives the beer a little body and spice and it finishes somewhat dry but with a slight sweetness.

D: I think this is an all around solid lager. It has some nice clean aromas and flavors. (481 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose is grainy and softly corn-like with moderate toastiness and soft spicy hop. Mild vegetal. Smells good.

Pours clear dark yellow (light honey) with large head and plenty of lace. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose with toasty grainy malt and spicy hop. Moderate corn-like cooked vegetal flavor. Moderately malty and fairly thick bodied for a light lager. Moderate hop bitterness, moderate hop flavor - clean and spicy with some minor herbal and floral tones. Mild carbonation. Finishes slightly dry and toasty. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Another fun offering from the boys at Spoetzl. Always a pleasure checking out their seasonal and one-offs. Kudos! (678 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (632 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (427 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Golden-Amber color, clear. Lots of nice carbonation. Head looks very nice, bright white.

Aroma:
Sweet malts, biscuity, subtle hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Rich pale malts, biscuity, slight nutty and caramelly, a little touch grainy. Grassy hops that blends it very well. I notice there's a faint fruitiness in the flavor. Body and carbonation is very soft.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Crisp finish, slight sweet malty aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
It's a damn good beer!! My favorite from Shiner. (505 characters)

Photo of megahurts4
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure I've had this style before, but it is interesting.

The bottle pours into a pint glass a clear gold liquid with a gigantic head. Aroma is sweetish with a little malt. The flavor starts off sweet then has a nice backbone of hops. Reminds me a bit of a shortbread cookie as far as the sweetness part. Lingering aftertaste. Very drinkable.

I would say this beer is better cold. As it warms up, I think the sweetness gets to be too much. But when it is cold, it has a perfect crispness.

Overall an excellent offering by Shiner. I do recommend this one. (563 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle poured into a stein: clear, deep golden color with a fluffy, sustained head.

Smells largely of malt and faint european hops.

Tastes of tangy, sweet malt with a little grain and bread flavors coming through. This is very refreshing and crisp, despite the emphasis on the malts.

Rather thick mouthfeel, possibly from the maltiness, with restrained carbonation.

This one is very close to the style, malt forward like a helles yet fuller in body. This brewery should consider this as a year round offering. I am confused that the bottle states, this is "a seasonal ale." This is a lager. (607 characters)

Photo of tapman
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,179 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a golden yellow with a nice thick white head. Good lacing down the glass. Smells of strong malts. The taste has alot of malt taste, and for the first time, actually tastes the way the back label on a shiner says. There is a sense of hops on the back end of the flavor. The mouthfeel is pretty good, not watered down like I've come to expect from other Shiner seasonals. (379 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug and served at approximately 45 degrees.

A: poured a rich gold color with quarter inch head and no lacing

S: balanced between biscuits, hay, vanilla and some hop notes

T: malt and hops consisting of bread, banana, and notes of molasses

M: smooth, medium mouthfeel coating the entire palate evenly throughout

D: good high quality session beer, not too filling

Overall a very good beer and went well with some Jarlsberg Swiss cheese. Highly recommended. (494 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat darker than usual golden color, with a nice little head, that does not have a long retention time.
Smells to me like what Shiner Bock smells like with a bit more yeast to it.
Tastes like a lighter Bock as well, and is actually really great to drink!
It is a winter beer, and after all the spiced up holiday beers this hits the spot.

Will enjoy until I no longer can this year! (394 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear gold, with a white head that forms a little cap on the top.

S - Malt aroma with a slight hop accent

T - Grainy malt flavor, with hops in the finish. Both very subtle and balanced.

M - Slightly thin with a lot of carbonation.

D - Smooth and easy drinking. (288 characters)

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