Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 80
Hads: 136
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 17
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 NicholasCasber
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: sits a brilliantly clear golden yellow

Smell: pleasant Pils malt sweetness with supporting noble hop aroma

Taste: good balance of malt and hops throughout, neither stand out in front. the finish has a touch of malt sweetness with a slight bitter linger

Mouthfeel: low-medium body with medium carbonation

Notes: good example of the style though not my favorite (370 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 enfield249
3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of JAramini
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (707 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 vdread
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (681 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 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 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 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 TXJACK
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a iced mason jar.

Appearance is golden with a decent 1 1/2 finger head, retention and lacing.

Smells malty!

Taste is malty with little hops bitterness, it ends with a slight flowery sweet taste that leaves your pallet ready for the next sip.

Feels very crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

I found this beer very drinkable and could easily enjoy several.

This seasonal brew is very good. It is best served ice cold to accent its strong malt and seasonal elements that really put you in the mood for the great Texas summers ahead. This is one of my favorites from Shiners limited brew runs. (609 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 pasdachuri
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow with a healthy white head.

Strong malty scent.

There is a nice malt and hop balance here. Does not taste as sweet as the malty scent suggested. Very smooth and balanced, nicely done.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a quick finish.

A very sessional beer, I believe I will be opening another. (309 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 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 Riccymon
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (721 characters)

Photo of Fnord
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Effervescent clear yellow with a small but dense off-white head.

Smell - Mostly grass and straw, a little honey.

Taste - More straw and grass, with the sweetness more evident in the taste. There's a flowery middle and a nice bready finish to this one. A bit of wheat is also noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp. Thin body and high carbonation.

Notes - It's a good session beer, drinkable and tasty but not demanding. Enough so that I wonder why it's a winter beer. It seems like it would be more at home in the spring or summer. The name is also a bad idea in this season: nobody wants to be reminded about how ball-shrivellingly cold it is outside. Drinking a "Frost" would sound good in the summer, though.

It's also the first Dortmunder style beer I've ever had. It's quite a bit like a German style pilsener, though maybe a little breadier. I'm not sure about its authenticity, though. Either way, definitely worth a try for pilsener fans. (960 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 fjordhook
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First seasonal I've tried from Shiner so I poured this puppy into a 12 oz pint glass. It's light golden in color with has a completely transparent body. The head was light in color and dissipated quickly. The taste from the beer was a nice blend, kinda high on carbonation from what I could tell. I enjoyed the bite the beer had, it almost reminded me of an ipa. I thought it was a really good beer and more drinkable than most beers that shiner makes (451 characters)

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

Another interesting seasonal from Shiner. Pours a deep golden colour with a nice head which vanishes a bit too quickly and leaves little lace. It has be swirled around in the glass to get much of an aroma but what's there isn't bad - unusually hoppy for a lager. It's my first crack at a Dortmunder.

Good malty backbone with a dry finish that's much to my taste. bready and biscuity. Very nice mouthfeel - weighty.

Definitely sessionable. (440 characters)

Photo of sayerofthelaw
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Gives a solid 1 inch white head. Nice golden color, especially when held up to the light. It leaves solid lacing all the way down the glass while drinking.

S - Not much there for me, but growing up in Texas has turned my nose into merely a decoration.

T - Surprisingly (and pleasantly) malty at first, finishes slightly bitter on the back of the tongue. The hops are there, but linger in the background.

M - Thin and crisp, but not watery.

D - Sessionable. The maltiness and the bitterness of this beer are both petty mellow, making an overall easy-drinking beer.

I wouldn't normally label this style of beer as being a Winter seasonal, but I'm pretty happy with it overall. I am a little disappointed to hear that it is replacing the Shiner Cheer, which was one of my favorite Shiner beers. (852 characters)

Photo of mrfootball
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great new beer from Shiner. Probably my favorite offering. Very clean, terrific aroma. Excellent taste.

Discovered this fine new beer the other day at the HEB. I was expecting a typical winterfest type beer. This is much better. I've never had a Dortmunder style, seems I've been missing out.

It's hard to find good malty beers here in the states. This one has a nice hoppy ending too!

Good stuff Shiner! (409 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 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)

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