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Shiner Fröst - Spoetzl Brewery

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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 theboozecruise
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

theboozecruise, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

ejimhof, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Tone, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Brenden, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

oberon, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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

russpowell, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of rexbock
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very satisfied with this beer.. One of Spoetzl's finer brews..

A - light golden, a little bit of head and fizz..
S - slightly bitter, sour notes
T - bitter but smooth, close to a pilsner, distinct bitter malts and hops
F - smooth, creamy but crisp carbonation, sharp finish
D - little aftertaste, very satisfying, gets better as you drink..

rexbock, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of lanechaffin
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's good beer yeah, it taste similar to Coors to me. i notice little or no hops but some malt. very attractive labeling and packaging. bought a dozen at HEB for 11.99 enjoyed them all they go quickly. not much more to say its frosty goodness from shiner texas. agree it may be a tad sweet if allowed to warm a bit.

lanechaffin, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice looking beer when poured into my pilsner glass. About a two finger head and a crystal clear golden body. Head fades quickly, little to no lacing.
S: Nothing much to write about. Slightly malty, just a hint of hops.
T: Again, kind of boring. It does take on a sweet taste up front as you drink, but this taste quickly fades into a crisp, slightly hoppy finish.
M: Decently carbonated and medium bodied. Finishes relatively clean with just a slight aftertaste.
D: You could do worse if you're looking for a nice beer on a hot day, though I'm not sure this brew is available in spring/summer. It's not bad, but not entirely flavorful either.

Infamous7100, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

womencantsail, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

allengarvin, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

jmbranum, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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

EnojysAnyBeer, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of tapman
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

tapman, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

ShogoKawada, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

billab914, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of david131
3.05/5  rDev -16%
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.

david131, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spoetzl Brewery's take on the Dortmunder style is an outstanding drinkable beer. A frothy, tawny gold colored pour that is a gentle reminder that beer was an important refuge to the working class, In this case, the Dortmund coal miners, who probably found this style of brew to be not only a throat 'cutter" but also also an elixir of restorative malts. "Frosty goodness" throughout the straight forward flavors, complimented by an outstanding semi-dry finish.

thebeerdoctor, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of Longhorn22
2.3/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well I was less than impressed with this beer... shame.

A - Once again, I drank this out of a bottle, so I can't give a fair assessment to the color. But the bubbles were pretty good, and left an adequate head. It dissipated quickly, but a thin ring lasted on the outside.

S - This had a muted aroma, it wasn't bad, but it wasn't much of anything. I usually take a waft before I drink a beer to just see what I'm getting into, but this one sort of gave me nothing.

T - This was the most disappointing part of the beer to me. It didn't have any sort of spice that I could tell. If it did, then they hid it very well. That is forgivable, maybe they didn't intend to make it like other winter beers, so they didn't try to add winter spices. But the after taste is really what made me want to stop drinking the beer. It just sort of had a bitter after taste that didn't make you want to take another sip.

M/D - This loses points due to the after taste. I was anticipating the after taste, so I was sort of trying to drink it faster and in bigger gulps to lessen the number of sips I had to take.

Bottom Line: I am a Texas guy, but I was not a fan of this brew. Maybe it is because we don't have harsh winters here, so we don't need beers to bring winter cheer. This beer needs to be reworked for next year. Only get this beer if you enjoy bitter biting after tastes.

-Cheers!

Longhorn22, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

whynot44, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

jkrich, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BeanBone, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of armock
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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

armock, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

twiggamortis420, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Cresant, Feb 04, 2010
Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.