Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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

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BA SCORE
80
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133 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 271
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 8
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: 133 | Hads: 271
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with little retention and no lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is a little light with mostly breads and malt. More of the same in the finish with a mild bitter hop finish. Light body And moderate to high carbonation. Overall somewhat refreshing. I have only had one or two from this genre so it's hard to accurately judge. (342 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper-orange in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a faint amount of honey flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness but not to the level of other beers in the style.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer but it has some refreshing properties and goes down easily. (737 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haystack gold with several slow bubble streams leading up to almost three fingers of yellowed bone colored foam that has a softly rumpled surface. A few small scraps of suds-like lace is the only glass decoration.

The aroma delivers the toasted-golden maltiness and the floral-herbal hoppiness that are hallmarks of the style. If it follows through on the palate, then this should be pretty good beer. Are Dortmunders really Spring beers or did Spoetzl just need to fill a hole in their lineup?

Not a bad little lager. The first half of each mouthful is more composed than the second half. At the midway point, a little graininess peaks through and a mineral water quality comes to the fore. To be fair, both of those (minor) negatives are fading as the ounces continue to flow by.

Malt is accented more than hops, as it should be, but the little green cones, which are most likely German in origin, add a balancing bitterness and a fair amount of flavor. Lightly toasted bready notes cause this Dortmunder to taste like a Dortmunder, as opposed to, say, a pale lager. The 4.0 was briefly considered.

The mouthfeel is (very slightly) too light and lacks the sort of expansive creaminess and mouth-coddling carbonation that would have earned it the next highest score. Still well above average, though.

Shiner Dortmunder Style Spring Ale does not put a scare into the very best versions of the style (Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is at the pinnacle). Having said that, it's a tasty little lager that has some character and that should be mucho enjoyable alongside most foods. Year-round would be the better way to go. (1,620 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. Minimal head rentention and lacing.

S - Aroma was caramel malts and a light floral hop presence. Not much else was detected.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with a buttery touch. It actually had a mild hop spiciness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. This light bodied lager is easy drinking.

D - This was an okay beer. There are better Dortmunders out there. (435 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (549 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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! (1,420 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
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. (1,332 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
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 (732 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,103 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of biscuit malts, floral hops, and a light honey sweetness.

T: Some light honey sweetness upfront with the biscuit malts. There is a light floral hops and light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. Enjoyable and certainly not one I would turn down but not certain I would go out of my way to find it again. (693 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is yet another bottle of unknown origin but given that my local in-person trader, tone77, has reviewed it, I would wager that he was the source.

From the bottle: "Renew with a Spring brew!"; "A Spring favorite"; "There's nothing finer than a Springtime Shiner!"; "A Springtime favorite [-] Spring has sprung at the little brewery in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070). And with it, our newest brew, Shiner Dortmunder-Style Spring Ale. This Old World classic pours deep gold in color, with a white head and smooth flavor. Its medium hop bitterness and hints of honey and floral hops will refresh you like a sun-drenched nap on a lush green lawn."; "Prosit!"

My pour created just over a finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a "deep gold" with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of typical lager-like honey-sweetness and grassy hops. I have a much greater appreciation of lagers since embarking on The CANQuest (TM) and this one was making my mouth water. Mouthfeel was medium and just like the nose, the taste was grassy honey. Yum! Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I just mowed my lawn yesterday for potentially the last time this year and this would have made a fantastic accompaniment. Well done, Shiner! (1,223 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am not sure why this is labeled as a spring ale if it truly is a dortmunder lager. Anyways here is my review:

Appearance- golden in color with no head and slight lacing.

Smell- smells of grains and cereal.

Taste- light slightly sweet taste.

Mouthful-rolls around the mouth with a slightly watered down flavor.

Drinkability- could easily drink more than one of these but I am not sure I would want to. (411 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Dortmunder ontap in Fort Worth TX

Appearance: 22 oz draught, pours a clear straw, big pillowy froth and some lacework in patches. Good clarity and overall a really nice looking brew.

Smell: Lager yeast, some floral hops and a breadyness.

Taste: Clean lager flavors, light toasted grain taste as well. Kiss of some earthy hops in the end. Refreshing, very well balanced as well.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, crisp.

Overall: A pretty well rounded lager here, a good choice for warming weather conditions;. (513 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm assuming this is what's on tap at Max's tonight. The abv. is the same, and it's listed as a dortmunder lager.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very active carbonation, and very good head retention and lacing. The nose is not quite as impressive, as I get some light honey, a hint of underlying oranger citrus bitterness, and not much else. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly sweet lager, with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, almost slick finish. Considering the fairly low alcohol, this beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Drinkabilty is pretty good in this fairly low alcohol beer, though I wish there were a bit more to it. Still, this is an easy to enjoy, easy to appreciate lager from the folks at Shiner. (792 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of grain, citrus hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. A refreshing quality without being too heavy. (485 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice medium-golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. A good looking lager!

Smell: nice malty aroma with just a hint of noble hop character. Not too dry and not too sweet.

Taste: moderate malt flavor with a hint of graininess. Bitterness is low but present, with some noble hop character. It's decent, but it lacks a little something that could make it great -- I just wish I could identify what that something is.

Mouthfeel: medium-ilght body with a good level of carbonation and a pleasing creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I feel like this beer is missing something in the flavor department, but otherwise it's a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Not bad. (779 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought locally.

It pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam and pretty good lacing.

It has a pretty bitter nose mixed in with some grain; reminds me of a Pilsner.

Grain and sweet it starts off, some bitter floral/grassy notes on the tail end of the sip. Hey, I can taste some of that honey mentioned on the label...mostly in the finish but it's there. Not a bad tasting brew.

On the low end of medium bodied with lots of carbonation, burp, the mouth feel could be a whole lot better. At this stage of the game, there's still some foam and lacing. Cool.

Drinkability isn't bad as well, better with less carbo. I deem it worthy to pick up from time to time. (667 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger white meringue head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Decanted lazily. Laced in short webs.

S: Wet sweet grain. Noble hops; grass and pepper.

T: Sweet biscuity malt. Fresh cut grass. Mild peppery bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation (could have used a little more). Smooth and flavorful. Nice building finish.

O: Good representation of an easy-drinking lager beer that has some character. (470 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker than a typical lager with a clear tint and a 1/2 inch of head that reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Mostly cereal grains and mild grassy hops. Some caramel hops but not much.

T - Well it's mild and balanced. Pretty memorable for being crisp and tasty delivering a mild citrus hops taste along side of some grainy malt profile. Not great but not overall bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall like most Shiner beers they are light in flavor and easy to drink. This is better than most of the lagers (or light lagers) they put out and its not half bad. Better than all BMC. (597 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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 error...in 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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much so maybe that is why this seems decent enough to me. Grainy malt profile...Grassy hop feel....a little honeyish sweetness...clean bodied...drinks nice....GL Dort Gold this is not but it sure isn't bad either.. Not a lot of beers of this style around which makes this a good find and a decent price...one of Shiner's better efforts. (355 characters)

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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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