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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

266 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: welldigger888 on 01-18-2011)
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Reviews by kgrichards:
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4/5  rDev +17%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

oberon, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +17%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 18, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jaredseaman77
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

ianjsullivan, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Brenden, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

javlin624, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

tdm168, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.25/5  rDev -5%
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.

BeardedRiker, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

NeroFiddled, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of GDBEERMAN
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

GDBEERMAN, Aug 09, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

Sudbuster, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

cliff1066, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +17%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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

russpowell, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of lawlerj
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

lawlerj, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of DOCRW
3.25/5  rDev -5%

DOCRW, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of Jeffy5050
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Jeffy5050, Jun 26, 2012
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.

slackerlack, Feb 01, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

thagr81us, Jan 23, 2012
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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.