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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery

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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

266 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 7
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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Photo of vashooter
1.28/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I gave this beer low marks due to the phenolic stale taste. There was no hops flavor to speak of and something was definitely off about this beer. I have contacted Shiner with the pertinent info and am waiting their reply. This may be a bad bottle from the distributor or the brewery. The best that I can describe this initial tasting is as undrinkable. Appearance: beautiful clear golden color Smell: no smell except phenolic Taste : overpoweringingly musty, stale. Body : nice head but...

vashooter, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

harrylee773, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

sendbeer, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Robloc303
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Robloc303, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of monnik
2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

monnik, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jaredseaman77
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of sansho
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

sansho, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of shiguy16
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

shiguy16, May 16, 2013
Photo of Hoganlaw
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Hoganlaw, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of Rozyravens
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Rozyravens, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jpmclaug
2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden color with a one figure fluffy white head. Light floral hop flavor with a light pale malt aroma. Starts off ok with a mixture of hops and pale malts but then gives way to a metallic flavor. Not impressed with this one at all. Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall not the greatest beer. I'll take Great Lakes Dortmunder over this all day every day. A bit of a metallic taste and isn't as clean and crisp as I'd like. I love well crafted lagers but this one falls short, that being said it is drinkable at least.

jpmclaug, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

purchased from Quick six mt rose in York. Poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a pils glass.

The clarity and color are good with tarnished golden shade and thick cream cap which is slightly rocky with vibrantly carbonated appearance. The cap is about 1 inch thick and has good retention, lace sticks well. The smell has some vegetal and dms odor w/ grainy and toasted accent w/ yeasty bready odor. The nose is not terrible, but doesn't really seem too inviting either. The feel is decent with light toasted grain and creamy smooth slick feel with subtle spice from hops and semi-dry finish, only a tinge of sweetness in the feel and bit lighter bodied than I expected -perhaps the carbonation level is presenting that way.

The flavor has a little to much slickness to start with some toasted malt and husky grainy flavors which seem to give the impression of adjuncts with not much depth of malt. The vegetal elements and slight sweet middle w/ hops that relax pretty soon after the initial taste. From midpoint on the flavor becomes more grainy and hints of metallic vegetal become more noticeable with a sweet finish. Overall I was dissapointed in this since I am a fan of the dortmunder style and wish more American brewers had one in the portfolio, but this is lackluster at best and one I will not purchase again.

Slatetank, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of speter
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Isn't anyone else bothered that this is an ale instead of a lager?

A: Pours a deep copper color with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves good lacing as it slowly fades.

S: I actually like the smell of this, but it's very much an English ale rather than a Dortmunder lager. Very rich honey malt overlaid with ripe apple.

T: Very malty. Rich biscuity malt with ample esters. A fantastic (English) ale. Lacks the crispness the Dortmunder lager style requires.

M: Nicely full-bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very nice ale, but if I look at it from the point of view of a Dortmunder, it comes up short. It has a very rich palate of ale esters that make it very drinkable. Just don't call it a Dortmunder, please.

speter, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light yellow with a centimeter head that remained for a surprisingly long time. The beer flavour was imparted mostly by the hops, but it wasn't over-powering. It had a very slight pine, but mostly citrusy taste. It even seemed to have a tiny apricot note to it. It wasn't particularly bitter. It was too much hop flavour for me since I'm not a fan of hops, but even so it was all right. I didn't get any biscuity malt flavour that's supposed to be an element of this style, so perhaps the citrusy hop flavour was stronger than it should have been.

ElCommodoro, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Vashtar
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The taste was average, which is better than most Shiner beers.

The appearance was nothing impressive. The smell and mouthfeel were both typical of a Shiner Beer

I haven't tried any other spring beers. This one is passable for something I'd bring to a party, though.

Vashtar, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Gitana
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance : Dark yellowish close to golden

Smell : Bready and grainy, strong hops smell

Taste: Hoppy and bitter but surprising travels smoothly down the throat.

Mouthfeel : Strong after-taste but quickly disappears. Tangy and bitter.

Overall : Surprising experience. Wouldn't be a first choice to recommend to friends but would drink it if I was invited to one.

Gitana, May 12, 2011
Photo of FrizWhiz
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

FrizWhiz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Compton25
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Compton25, May 10, 2013
Photo of JeffSuttonTX
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

JeffSuttonTX, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of khargro2
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

khargro2, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of ffshore545
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

ffshore545, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Snamnoum
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bubbly and effervescent beer with a clear orangish gold hue. A moderate pour produced two fingers of head which quickly subsided. Smells of biscuity malt a touch of hops and a hint of adjuncts. I think I smell corn. Fairly unimpressive taste, malt was lack luster and thin, hops made no appearance, and adjuncts definitely come through. On the bright side served cold it is light and refreshing and absolutely a step above BMC but IMO not much more than average American lager. Mouthfeel is heavy which is unusual considering this is a light beer and there is an odd metallic finish. I also expected more carbonation. On the whole pretty average if it was a dollar cheap for a sixer I'd say go for it but at $7.75 you're not missing anything.

Snamnoum, Feb 18, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

kvgomps, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of V3XX069
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

V3XX069, Nov 16, 2013
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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.