Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: welldigger888 on 01-18-2011

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Reviews by enfield249:
Photo of enfield249
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright gold color, perfectly clear. No head to speak off, but what is there is white.

S - Sweet malt, apricot? Slight grain and straw.

T - Malty! No real hop character to speak of. Not a bad flavor but it could stand to be a little more balanced.

M - Fairly full for the style, lots of sparkle from the CO2.

D - Very tasty, and I really like the 5.5% ABV. Could drink these all night.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Dortmunder style ale?Thats different.Poured two bottles into a 1/2 liter stein,a nice brilliant golden with a fluffy one finger white crown atop that left a frothy ring of lace as it settled.Aromas were pretty light just some toastd grain and mineral,not much hop presence wich would have been nice.Toasty flavors at the onset with light honey-like sweetness,a German malt driven iron quality underneath,a decent lemony hop flavor comes in the finish.Not a bad beer at all,I could see drinking this grilling this spring without any problem at all.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Ale? Doesn't matter as long as the brewer hits the mark, right? Bright and clear and golden. Quite a spicy nose, but light on the malt. Lager-like smoothness and crispness take the palate for a ride. Thick herbal flavor pushes hard against a dried grassy maltiness. That soon leads to a spicy dry finish. This beer gets right to the point; complex it is not, but it makes up for that with a clean drive to be as drinkable as possible. We were too impressed with that drinkability to really start nitpicking the style--a refreshing Spring Ale it will be.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dortmunder style spring ale, did somebody just make up a style? Anyways I'm guessing this is basically an export style lager brewed with an ale yeast to turn it out quicker and not hold up any tank space. Pours brilliant golden crystal clear completely filtered with a bright white foamy head that sticks arounds and coats the glass at the same time. Aroma has pale malts a bit of biscuit/bread dough baking complemented by an assertive herbal/citrus/grassy hop character. Flavor wise it has a honey drizzled biscuit like malt profile with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying sweet, the herbal/citrus/hay like hops dry out the sweet bread malt base so that things just seem to work. Even a bit of mineral water/metallic edge that doesn't offend me or take away from the drinking experience. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a crisp smooth natural feeling carbonation level. Overall a nice drinking spring/summer beer that will wow your bud/miller/coors friends. The uber beer geek will say this tastes like elephant piss, but I think it's awesome great spin on a classic German style.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Darker gold, almost bronze, in color, Shiner Dortmunder has a thick white marshmallow head that very slowly fades leaving spotty lacing. It has slow and lazy carbonation.

S: It does not have a large aroma. Biscuit (with slight sweetness), floral hops, and a slight metal tinge dominate.

T: Herbal and grassy with slight bitterness leads into a dryer and spicier finish.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied.

O: This is not a complex beer, but it is not a bad beer. I was searching for better than average easy drinking beer, and this dortmunder does offer that. However, it also does not do anything to distinguish itself in an already crowded market.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden color in my pint, this brew develops a big, soft, fluffy yellow-tinted head on the pour. It doesn't stick around very long, and a bit of foam is left when it fades that leaves behind a bit of spotty lacing.
This aroma is grassy and herbal up front with quite a spicy nip to it and some dry malts that also give up a touch of almost honey-like sweetness.
A bit more of grains presence comes out in the flavor, but otherwise mainly grassy and herbal with a complement of a sweetness similar to honey with a light sulfuric note that's not strong enough to be off-putting. This seems to style, and I wonder if the bottle only says ale because of that ludicrous Texas law.
Mouthfeel is appropriately light with just a light crispness to it moving into a smooth feel.

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a thick layer of soft, foamy, creamy head that has great retention. The nose is caramelly and lightly musty. The flavor is caramelly and sweet up front followed by a mild bitterness that is earthy and grassy. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This isn't a bad beer. It's drinkable and refreshing, but it's not incredibly flavorful and a bit too sweet. I'll probably pass in the future.

Photo of secondtooth
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw gold, decent head, but only light lace.

Sweet and malty nose, with hints of honey and yeast. The supposed hops presence isn't there.

Disappointing taste. Like an American adjunct/light lager, with no snappiness or crispness. Maybe my bottle was bad? Absolutely nothing special.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wasn't impressed with Shiner's 102. Hopefully this one will be better. It looks very appetizing, with a clear amber color and a foamy-bubbly and tad off white head. A little bit of lacing is left after the pour. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is grainy with some hops in there too. It has a sort of vegetable smell too. Nothing too interesting there.

There is a sort of sweetness in this Dortmunder style brew. It's mostly a light flavor of grainy malts with hops adding a very slight bitterness but are barely noticeable. The carbonation is as prominent or more so than the flavor. All in all it's not very complex and nothing is too interesting. It is very drinkable though.

This is another special beer from Shiner that doesn't impress. It's not bad but it's nothing I'd want to purposefully drink again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Spring Ale is brewed in the Dortmunder style, and they've really nailed it.

It pours a crystal-clear golden body beneath a good sized head of antique-white foam. The head retention is fairly good, but the lacing is just average.

In the nose it displays fresh grainy malt and delicate noble hops. The malt is lightly sweet, and the hops are floral and lightly grassy.

In the flavor, the malt and hops seem almost completely fused together, and it delivers the same taste from start to finish. Sure, there's some increasing bitterness across the middle and then into the finish, but there are no bumps or changes. It's quite smooth in its transition, and in that way, it's completely balanced. Beyond that, the bready and grainy malt sweetness is also perfectly balanced by the moderate bitterness (somewhere in the 20-28 I.B.U. range).

The drawback to all of that is that although it may be a very good beer, and really quite balanced and drinkable, it lacks a bit of complexity, and it doesn't raise any eyebrows - and in our current beer climate, that's unfortunately what's necessary to get attention and keep sales going. Even in Germany, the Dortmunder or "export" style is dying out. It just falls too readily between the Munich Helles and southern Pils styles. Overall, however, it's a great style that should really be appreciated more, and thankfully Shiner has put out a really good version of it!

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into pint. From notes.

A: Straw body, with a white head, low formation and retention.

S: Medium intensity, very grainy and Pilsen influenced.

T/m: crisp front, with a well balanced noble Pilsen taste, classic to the Dortmunder style.
O: overall a classic style and ahold representation of it.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Mid-Town in Tulsa...

Pours an effervescent bronze wit2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal & pears

T: Grassy & lemony hops mix with some mineral dryness & a slight bit of breadyness up front, plus raes & golden delicious apples in the background. Breadyness & a slight honey malt profile surface as this warms along with more pears & grassy , plus herbal hops. Finishes dry, bready & with lemony & grassy hops

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, not a world beater here, but one would happily sip on while watching sports on TV or having pizza. There's a few from Shiner I can't stand, but this one is pretty tasty

Photo of lawlerj
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A - orangey amber, translucent. Has a solid two finger head w/ an agressive pour but dissipates rather quickly. Doesn't appear to leave much lacing,

S - bready malt, some hops, and some aroma that I can't quite place. I don't even quite know how to describe it - a bit fragrant and heavy, almost like flowers in bloom I guess.

T - mild malt flavor up front, followed by bitter and some citrus hops. The finish is what really drew my attention: there's a really interesting burst of fruity sweetness right at the end which I like. It's not syrupy, but finishes rather nicely.

M - medium bodied, and the finish is lovely as I mentioned above. Probably my favorite part about this beer.

O - overall, a very nice beer. My first foray into this specific style, and I really enjoyed. In comparison to other lager offerings, the flavor profile seems relatively complex. However, that's not to say that this is a great "hot day" type beer. I bought this as part of mixed sixer, but I might have to get a sixer of just this now.

Photo of slackerlack
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden with slight copper color. The head is an amazing bright white that lasted a good while. It was a good finger width head for a while then stuck around as about half a finger.

S - Smells similar to regular shiner. Smells of hops, strong wheat, spice, honey, citrus, grassy.

T - Tastes like it smells. Slight hop flavor, strong wheat and honey flavor.

M - Nice carbonation. Tastes kind of thick and sticky, which is weird to me. Leaves aftertaste of honey and roasty.

D - This one goes down fast and leaves you wanting more of it.

The brilliant bright white head on this beer is stunning. This was my first time to try this beer and I am pretty sure I like it better than Shiner Bock.

Photo of thagr81us
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, nutty, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. The aroma on this one was unfortunately a little lackluster in my personal opinion. However, the flavor was not too bad and was quite refreshing. I could probably drink this one again if given to me, but doubt I could see myself going out and buying a 6-pack on my own.

Photo of imasloth
3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had a love/hate relationship with Shiner beers. Even from sixer to sixer, draft to draft I have varying impressions of their flagship Shiner Bock. Just giving some background ...

A- Poured from bottle into pint glass, yielding a very clear, orange beer with high effervescence. My pour gave good head that remained for some time, even if thinly.

S- Right as I cracked open the bottle I got a whiff of a fresh, floral aroma, buoyed by malt as I smelled from glass.

F- Started bitter with some grainy malt, followed by the aforementioned floral notes. I dug it.

M- Medium-bodied, surprising given the beer's color and general appearance.

O- Good drinkable beer. Made me wish I had more than the single gifted to me.

Photo of alleykatking
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very light hazed golden orange color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass when I drink this down.

S- Sweet pear like notes with a ton of cereal grains. Some sweet malts play hand in hand with the alcohol at the end.

T- Sweet alcohol right in the front end with a malty tone. Some grassy notes and lemon like flavor on the backend of the front of the beer. Middle of the beer is more of the bready malts. The backend of the beer is interesting as the pear taste comes out in full force. Grassy hops in the ending with a light skunked grain flavor.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Watery on the backend of the mouthfeel. Sweet malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, sweet pear, and light skunked hops. Flavors were pretty well balanced I thought overall. No real off flavors but you can tell there is something "off" with the overall beer. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- The lower ABV on this beer makes it a good multi-drinker. The flavors are a little off but it doesn't make it a bad beer. Nothing too terrible and I would love to have another one if given the chance.

Photo of rebel1771
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal copper color with a coarse head that slowly fades.

S: Smell of cereal grains and honey make up the body of the aroma.

T: Solid bready malt flavor throughout with a hint of bitterness coming in at the very end. Tastes like a subdued version of a bock.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Without a doubt worth a try.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, malts, some grains, kind of earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a good session beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with an inch off-white head that sticked around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like bready malt and fruit (apricots?). It tastes like bready/grainy malt, dried fruit, and a bit of herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew at all. I bought this as a single bottle so I could try it. Not sure if I'd buy a 6 pack of this or not, but I would try this again in the future.

Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright gold with no head just a white film that left no laicng

smells of bready caramel/fruity (apple/pear) malts with some hops

taste is the same sweet bready fruity malts and light earthy spicy hops

mouthfeel is light/medium body with good carbonation that gives it a very crisp finish

drinkability is very good - this might be best shiner beer i have had to date

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info listed, but I did notice a spelling their brewery name no-less. Terrific.

A - Brilliant crystal clear goldenrod yellow in color with a foamy cloud-white head. Good retention keeps it aloft while lace clings tightly to the glass.

S - Mildly sweet, classic-smelling pilsner malts and mild mineral water with a pinch of sodium in there. Otherwise the nose is pretty empty.

T - Nice lager flavor of pils malts with the classic sodium and mineral background notes. Light noble hops provide some balance but little else.

M - Crisp, clean, and free of defects, this Dort-style has a nice light body with a smooth entry and slightly dry, carbonated finish.

D - This has it where it counts, and it's definitely one of the better Shiner brews exhibiting both a good grasp of the style as well as lager brewing (despite being labeled an Ale - thanks Texas. Maybe you'll get it one day). Nice drinkability for this crisp beer, it's just the thing to get me in the mood for spring.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to PhatAtUT for the beer, so we pour this guy into a Pilsner glass and see how she goes.

Off the pour a very large carbonation of white bubbles and a three finger head. Large carbonation bubbles from the bottom on a clear very dark yellow giving way to almost orange color. Some decent stick in the head as well and lacing. Looking pretty good here.

Sweet grain smell off the head, borderline biscuit quality. Feels like something crisp with a bit of density. No sense of macro feel to it luckily either.

Taste is a little bitter hop with some crisp alcohol bite. Fairly solid mouthfeel and some good chew also. Never quite had this style so it seems like a mix of Pilsner but with some more bread character.

This is alright for drinkability I'd say I could have this again, I can't say I am desiring it or very fond but it will do in a pinch. I can't unfortunately compare it to others in this style as either better or worse since this is my first one, so I am trying not to be too middle of the road here. But I'd drink another for sure no problem.

Photo of gtermi
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a copper body with a thin white head that quickly fades. The beer leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass too.

S: A nice amount of malt and has your typical "lager" style smell. Nothing special at all.

T: The taste isnt bad, but there also really isnt much there. For sure some grain, some corn style taste and even a tiny bit of weird chocolate.

M: Now this to me is my favorite part of the beer. It is super easy to drink and has a nice amount of crispness.

O: I am not very fond of this beer, like most of the boring Shiner beers. It is decent, but not worth the money I spent on it. Just a pretty boring beer to me.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style has a thin, off-white head and a clear, orange-golden appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and little lacing. The aroma is minimal, but some roasted barley can be picked up in the glass as one drinks the beer. Taste is similarly mild, with roasted barley, some sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a good, but not great offering from Shiner. Try it, and you might like it.


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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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