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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: 15
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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Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -17.4%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +10.2%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -17.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of videofrog
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

videofrog, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of rings
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

rings, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

mjurney, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

mactrail, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

emmasdad, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

megahurts4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

generallee, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

champ103, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of heath1agnew
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

heath1agnew, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

B967ierhunter177, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Haybeerman, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Mosstrooper, May 31, 2010
Photo of ch473
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked a 6 pack up the other night, never seen this before. I love it.

Nice golden amber color and beautiful frothy head and lacing. Good steady carbonation.

Smell is nothing special, little bit of hops, mostly malt and honey.

Love the taste. Crisp, refreshing hops with a good balance of honey and caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but mellow.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and wet with a little fizzy burn around the edges and a good body. It feels thicker than it is.

I could drink this all night. This is a winter seasonal but it's not too heavy for spring or summer. I'm loving it with pork tacos at the moment but it would be better with a winter pot roast.

I'm not usually terribly impressed by new beers since I can't afford anything too fancy, but this was only $7 and it's one of my new favorites. I'm gonna buy it up before it disappears.

ch473, May 19, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

bristol2120, May 10, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 04, 2010
Photo of rednrag
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try at the Dortmunder style.
Color is very deep golden, looks appetizing. Smells good, more hops than malt.
Taste is a very nice balance between malt and hops, just a little dry, but just a little sweet. I like this. Very thirst-quenching. Must seek out others of this style.

rednrag, May 02, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

MurphyMacManus, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of marc956
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to try this "new" beer from the folks at Shiner .. it's on the hoppy side (which I like), refreshing (which I like), affordable (which I really like). Highly recommended and would be a great summer beer should Shiner decides to keep it available at that time. But just in case they don't, I plan on stocking up, especially as the store I bought it at has it on sale. Having this beer with chicken burgers btw - great combo!

marc956, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 18, 2010
Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.