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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery

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

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245 Ratings

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: welldigger888 on 01-18-2011)
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Photo of pilotgod


3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into Pint Glass

A: Poured a light copper color with a little less than one fingers head that quickly dissipated to a fine ring around the exterior and a small spot in the center as the carbonation rose. There was some lacing, but not enough to really talk about.

S: The aroma is very light and refreshing with hints of fruit and some breadiness. There is a crispness to it that is difficult to ascertain exactly what is bringing, but the effect is the same as walking out in the morning on a dew covered lawn. I guess some would call it "grassy", but that isn't quite right.

T: Follows the nose pretty well with a more earthy hop note present. The malt is detected in short amounts off and on as a low sweetness that counterbalances the grain, hops, and spices.

M: A very smooth feel, the carbonation is well done, but by no accounts can be considered "fizzy". The aftertaste is of a slight hop taste, but not the bitterness you would experience from a more hop-centric beer.

D: I really can't compare this to beers of the Dortmunder style as my only other sampling is Dog Days and that was probably three years ago. As far as I am concerned this is an average Spring release from the boys at Spoetzl, meaning this is something you can grab a case of, throw it on the boat, and enjoy the day out on the water. Too bad it isn't in cans, that way I could take it with me Toobin' on the Guadalupe.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 22:26:44 | More by pilotgod
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 01:32:12 | More by alleykatking
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

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 05:25:51 | More by russpowell
Photo of jsh420


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 22:11:32 | More by jsh420
Photo of SamN


3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very lively beer pours a rich honey color with a very bubbly, loose head. Good looking beer. Sweet honey malts and piney hops in the nose. Light pear wisps and some spice, too. Pale malts with more piney hops varieties. A little harsh on the palette, spicy bubbles and a good hops bitterness gives it a slightly raw character. Definite honey tastes. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 20:35:37 | More by SamN
Photo of beerguzlor


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic English pub pint glass, a nice golden color. White head that dissipates to minimal lacing. Smells of floral hops and a whiff of sweetness from the malts. Taste up front is grain followed by light malt sweetness finishing with light floral hops. Carbonation is perfect, flows down the throat with great ease, I could have a few of these and I wouldn't mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 05:51:57 | More by beerguzlor
Photo of deadliest


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear golden color, attractive white head and lacing.

Smell - A bit weak. What manages to come through smells good, grassiness, light hops and fresh grains.

Taste - Much better than the smell. Bready, flowery, mild citrus hops. Fresh.

Mouthfeel - Light, clean, smooth and nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, refreshing, never loses it's appeal.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 04:27:59 | More by deadliest
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my trusty irish pub pint glass, Nice golden hue with a good snow white head and minamal lacing.
Grainy and herbal hop on the nose.
Flavor is similar with the addition of some grassy hop and sweet malty honey and prolly corn.
Effervescent bubbley crisp on the tongue, yet I think the corn lightens a bit much here.
I could do with drinking this no problem.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2011 01:06:31 | More by welldigger888
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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
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