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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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260 Ratings

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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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 cousineddy


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance: Pours a nice burnt orange color, with a 2 fingers of light white head that dissipates a little to quick.

Smell: Not quite enough here, smells somewhat sweet and malty, not floral enough for a spring brew. Good citrus notes though.

Taste: Nice, light and refreshing. Very nice on a warm spring night such as this. Slight malty notes, a little citrus, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, a nice light brew, not to clingy.

Overall: Very drinkable brew would be great hanging on the porch on a warm may evening. I would drink this in the summer time if they offered it.

03-19-2012 02:33:22 | More by cousineddy
Photo of goblue3509


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a golden yellow color with a half finger head which recedes to nothing. There is also litle to no lace. The aroma is of cereal malts and a hint of floral. The taste has a bready malt backbone with a slight taste of citrus and a slight sweetness to it. There is a lager yeast taste in the middle as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a good beer, it is very true to the style and is an easy drink.

03-18-2012 22:38:48 | More by goblue3509
Photo of keenanite21


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-18-2012 04:38:36 | More by keenanite21
Photo of ardy007


3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-18-2012 00:08:32 | More by ardy007
Photo of acevenom


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours dark golden with a two-finger length white head that retains well. There are plenty of bubbles coming up the glass. Shiner is labeling this as an ale in the Dortmunder-style. The smell of malts and hops dominates. Flavors of slightly sweet malt are up front and followed by some hop bitterness to balance it out. It's light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It's clean and crisp and the flavors make this very easy to drink. One could easily session this. Overall, I believe Shiner has a success here with this Dortmunder-style ale. It's not spectacular, but it's good. It has enough drinkability to make this sessionable and one could enjoy this on a warm spring day.

03-10-2012 22:54:02 | More by acevenom
Photo of jophish17


2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

03-10-2012 17:12:28 | More by jophish17
Photo of flagmantho


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

03-05-2012 20:25:07 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Hanzo


4/5  rDev +17%

03-03-2012 23:32:39 | More by Hanzo
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

03-03-2012 01:50:59 | More by tdm168
Photo of Cyrano41


2.98/5  rDev -12.9%

I picked up a six pack on a whim since I'm a fan of Spoetzl having been converted by their Bock years back.

I will have to preface this with the fact that I've never had a Dortmunder before this.

It poured a clear, dark yellow with a half a finger of head,
the aroma was of yeast and malt.
Some lacing.

Taste was lighter than I expected. Clean and crip, can taste the malts and a hoppy finish that avoids bitterness.

It wasn't bad but it reminded me of an american macro brew. Yeah, it was a beer but mostly just ... there and ultimately forgettable. It may just be that this isn't my style of beer.

02-26-2012 00:01:26 | More by Cyrano41
Photo of BeerRoach


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-24-2012 18:19:00 | More by BeerRoach
Photo of mechanicalprints


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-21-2012 23:25:13 | More by mechanicalprints
Photo of StaveHooks


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A - A crystal clear golden body with an active white head that forms a thin cap.

S - Sweet cereal grain, fruity undertones-mostly apples, subtle grassiness.

T - Sweet malt, honey, earthy grain, grassy hops, apples, finishes bitter with a grainy bite.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Flavors were earthy and grainy which gave the beer character. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Fuller body than I expected.
Pretty good.

02-19-2012 18:05:40 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of JayS2629


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Great session beer!

Pours a deep yellow with copper tones, nice clarity, 2 finger creamy white head with ok lacing.

Clean aroma with light carmel notes, faint tart apple, bready and grainy with grassy elements.

Clean taste with a freshly baked bread up front, grassy back notes, touch of lemon and tart apple. Simple and light. Slight undernotes of honey sweetness.

Light, slightly water, refreshing

Overall an easy drinking, nicely balanced, great session beer.

02-18-2012 01:58:05 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Kornoms


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2012 00:34:52 | More by Kornoms
Photo of sansho


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

02-11-2012 21:12:33 | More by sansho
Photo of ZAP


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

02-11-2012 05:05:07 | More by ZAP
Photo of KomodoDragon


2.93/5  rDev -14.3%

A- Ineffective use of a bottle opener (twist top) forced some spillover before pouring this sunset hazy brew into a DeGroen pint glass.

S - wheat, grass, cloves

T - Sugar cane, sour, ginger. Well balanced but thin. Mild start and short finish. Don't see this style as a refreshing spring ale nor this version as anything too exciting

M - sweet and sour. Nice lightly carbonation

Maybe the twist top makes it easy access for yard work

02-09-2012 02:05:05 | More by KomodoDragon
Photo of speter

New Jersey

2.6/5  rDev -24%

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.

02-09-2012 01:37:57 | More by speter
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

I had this Dort in a glass stein.

Appearance- About one finger of white and fizzy foam builds a smooth lid, it dies rather quickly and leaves just enough cap to completely cover the beer.

The body is not lacking in fast moving carbonation columns. It is a transparent amber with gold highlights.

Smell- The malt is prominent and has nice notes of honey and wheat. The hops are definitely buried and have a grassy, slightly floral scent.

Taste- It starts out with the sweet and heavy malt. It has hints of honey and even vanilla at play. Then we get a little dirty: some earthy hops show up, and are then backed up by grassy hops that tingle the tongue and cheeks.

The finish rides smooth with some more of that vanilla and honey, also a little bit of wheat-grain. It is not bad, but not really memorable either.

Mouth feel- This has a medium body and is really creamy. I am not sure what, but this does not seem appropriate for this beer. Maybe if it were more slick? Just something about it being so creamy that is off-putting.

Overall- This Dort starts out promising with some nice balance of sweet and hoppy in the nose, but it does not translate well to the palate.

A forgettable entry, but I will not argue the merits it may have paired with the family lawn mower.

02-08-2012 04:30:05 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of SuperSpy


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

It has a white 2-finger head that dies off within a few seconds. The beer itself is crystal clear with a golden honey color.

The smell is of sweet malt, a bit of bread and a hint of noble hops.

The flavor is herbal and grassy with a grainy malt base. The beer is medium bodied but finishes spicy, crisp, light and semi-dry. It goes down very easy and smooth. An excellent, refreshing, beer.

02-06-2012 22:08:25 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of DCon


3.83/5  rDev +12%

Received a 12 FL OZ bottle of this in a trade w/ Llyb straight from the brewery! Poured from the Springtime Green/ White/ Brown Colored, TWIST OFF capped bottle into my 16oz Grand Teton Au Naturale Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle but not worried since I know its straight from the brewery last week!

Aroma- The average pilsner aroma with tons of sweetness and malt in the background. Has the lightest noble hop aroma but definitely there.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head thats bubbly but dies fairly quickly. Has a medium golden colored body with good clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Flavor- Both the noble hop and pils aroma hit strong in the taste here. Very refreshing and easy going. A clean finish finalizes this one and has the mildest finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and malty finish.

Overall Impression- For my first time enjoying this style with an American Brewery, a great brew from Shiner (Spoetzl). Well balanced and had nice body that kept this beer in my glass for a longer amount of time than other lagers would. Would definitely recommend trying this style if you haven't before and if you find it in Austria/Germany, enjoy many!

02-05-2012 04:00:06 | More by DCon
Photo of soonerlight


3/5  rDev -12.3%

02-04-2012 01:45:44 | More by soonerlight
Photo of ButtomsUp


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2012 23:18:07 | More by ButtomsUp
Photo of imasloth


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

01-31-2012 20:12:52 | More by imasloth
Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.