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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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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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.

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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very pale with a quickly dissipating head. Smells faintly of grain and honey, which immediately got my attention. I like a nice crisp beery with a bit of honey and grainyness to it and this fit the bill perfectly. This is really refreshing. You can taste the grain and honey and other than it being a bit over carbonated for my taste, this is a great brew. I bet I would love this on a hot summer day after doing some yard work.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 03:49:40 | More by brewballer
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 07:06:35 | More by ElCommodoro
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4.53/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter glass.

Nice color, auburn and reddish tints. Good amount of head, that slowly dissipates. Very light bit of lacework left.

Smell- it's smells amazing. Very subtle hop smell in a mostly bready atmosphere. Slight hints of grain come through.

Taste- It's very delicious. Very clean, very refreshing. This is a beer that is flavorful, yet subtle. This is a beer I would recommend to someone just beginning to get into craft beers.

Mouthfeel- Easy to drink, light bit of carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, an excellent beer. I will absolutely buy more of this. Good Job, Shiner.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2011 05:38:33 | More by PokerGod
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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super clear golden, perhaps a shade darker than golden. the head is soundly white, initially thick, sticks at about a quarter finger. Minimal lacing.
S- Grainy, perhaps sweet, with definite noble hop presence. Somewhat grassy.
T- This is actually a good thing, it tastes like freshly mown grass. Well balanced with cereal grain matching up with noble hops nicely.
M- Standard body for style. Carbonation was fine-bubbled, but could have used a touch higher in intensity.
O- One of Shiner/Spoetzl's better products I've come across. Is it boundry pushing? No. Is it particularly unique? Not really. But it's a pretty good example of an underappreciated style. Easy drinking, and I gotta say, in my humble opinion, Shiner would do well adding this to their year round lineup, even if it meant dropping one of their current year rounds.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 05:47:27 | More by jsprain1
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3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Schlafly pokal. The glass was the perfect length to contain the four fingers of head, which took a good minute to settle down. As I drank down, wispy threads of lacing surround the glass. Body color is a clear golden-straw. Active carbonation lazily drift from the bottom to the top.

Smell has a clean, green grain aroma. It does smell like spring. Budding leaves and wet grass. It is a little earthy too. Taste has a mild ginger snap to go with the green grass hop bitterness. The grains are very clean.

Mouthfeel is very clean and goes down very quickly. There is a little more weight than a typical lawnmower beer. This is would be a great Spring Cleaning beer. I could definitely knock a few of these back after cleaning out the garage.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 02:12:26 | More by bort11
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3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

- from notes
No appreciable head just some quickly fading foam.
Pale amber that is crystal clear.
Smells faintly of musty grains and honey.
Medium body and carbonation with slight clingy feel.
I think this is a beer my grandfather would have loved over his beloved PBR.
Would not be my first choice but is certainly not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 00:04:46 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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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!

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 16:56:10 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got brew from my brother-in-law, who is a huge fan of this brewery, so I thought I would give it a try.

The pour on this brew was pretty simple. It poured with a wonderfully clear golden color. It had a quite large, white head that faded pretty quickly. It left no lacing at all.

The aroma on this brew isn't very strong. It starts with a bit of a floral notes, mabye a little herbal note as well. And just a hint of a honey aroma at then end. Nothing to impressive.

The flavor on this brew kinda of flip-flops with the aroma. It starts with a bit of a honey sweetness, with is nice a crisp. It then rounds out with a nice biscuit/bready flavor, and finishes with the grassy/floral flavors, give a touch of bitterness. It then has another touch of honey to balance the whole thing out.

The brew is pretty light, with some clean, crisp carbonation and a nice finish. I did enjoy the sweet honey that opened the brew, and came back in the end, to kind of leave a nice sweet flavor on the the tongue. Not to sweet, just enough to refresh you.

Not the best brew I have had in the style, but certianly a nice brew none the less. Its a nice summer/spring time kind of brew. I enjoyed its and could certianly session this brew without a problem. Good brew, I will have to try a few others from this brewery as well

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 04:01:10 | More by mattgreger
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West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:03:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice golden color, bright and clear. Nice lacing around edges and very active carbonation with big bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells grainy and sweet.

Tastes, indeed, refreshing and smooth. There's a perfect balance between the medium pilsner hop bitterness and the honey like sweetness. It feels wonderful on the tongue, thick and wet, with little tannins. Very clean and crisp all around.

I absolutely loved this beer. It lives up to every superlative on the label. I could drink bottle after bottle and not get sick of it. This will be great for summer and I plan on stocking up.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 01:46:22 | More by ch473
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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a large, quickly-dissipating white head that leaves behind no lacing.

Smell: Very grainy aroma with a slight herbal note and a touch of honey.

Taste: Begins with honey sweetness, which rounds out to a bready flavor and finishes with floral flavors and light bitterness and yet more sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with crisp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Overall: Not a great beer, but a solid effort nonetheless. A good beer for the spring and a nice refresher. Interesting, though, that Shiner's winter seasonal as is its new spring brew are both Dortmunders...

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 01:40:14 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a bright light copper color, like a shiny copper pot. A finger of white foam tops off the liquid.

S- Smells malty, honey, cornmeal, white grape skins. It starts off nice, but does get more corny as it warms up which is not an attractive aspect for this beer.

T- In the taste the honey and vinous aspects come out more with some floral characteristics. Some earthy bitterness, like collard greens on the back of the tongue.

M- It's odd how this beer is both bitter and fairly sweet, but these don't really balance each other leading to a schizophrenic beer.

O- A good beer for drinking in front of the tube, and the honey taste does lead my mind to spring. So I'll take it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 03:07:25 | More by zdk9
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3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden lager. Pours a finger and a half of head but it only exists for about half a second. No lacing either.

Crisp aroma with some corn and rice adjuncts.

Flavor is mostly crisp. Grassy, floral hop. Cereal grains, mainly corn and rice. Crisp finish. Not bad.

Light body. High carbonation. Nothing special.

Its a descent spring brew. Has some flavor and is refreshing. I like the hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:51:43 | More by bnes09
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3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear gold in color, with a big,billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint grass and grain notes
Taste-grain, faint honey bread, buttered saltine cracker. Very easygoing, clean and quaffable. A nice springtime session brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 14:20:27 | More by hosehead83
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3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find a freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear golden body with a one finger white head. No retention or lacing.

Aroma of a typical lager, but with one nice addition: sweet citrus, primarily lemon. Not complex but nice.

Good flavor following the aroma. Solid lager flavor that is definitely enhanced by the citrus. Some notice of malty grain as well. Overall, this beer drinks easily and is very crisp and tasty. Good spring and summer choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 02:00:39 | More by FanofHefe
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 15:12:12 | More by secondtooth
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3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours golden, with minimal white head. Neither impressive or unique, it's the way a beer looks.

S - Smells malty sweet, high alcohol notes, and cereal.

T - Good flavor; straight cereal malts across the middle, alcohol creeps toward the back but not overwhelming, even ripe fruit notes in the background, barely noticeable. Malts drench throughout, subtle hints of other Shiner styles if you've had.

M - Feels great against the palate; smooth and refreshing, borderline creamy.

D - Definitely made for mass consumption, have at the sixer over a Spring Texas Fling.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:53:27 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 02:07:27 | More by BeerFMAndy
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 02:31:54 | More by BeardedRiker
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3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark golden color and crystal clear. Minimal head but did leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Slight sulfur notes with malty biscuit in the back ground. NO hop aroma.

T: Slightly bitter mostly from the carbonation rather than from the hops. But hop bitterness is still pronounced. Mild clean lager flavor.

M: "Spritzy" from a little too much carbonation for my taste. Seems to over power the beer.

D: After I agitated the beer when I was half a glass down to release some of the carbonation the beer went down really smooth. Over all a good lager if the carbonation was reduced by about 1 volume?

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:21:03 | More by Duxx
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3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright gold color, perfectly clear. No head to speak off, but what is there is white.

S - Sweet malt, apricot? Slight grain and straw.

T - Malty! No real hop character to speak of. Not a bad flavor but it could stand to be a little more balanced.

M - Fairly full for the style, lots of sparkle from the CO2.

D - Very tasty, and I really like the 5.5% ABV. Could drink these all night.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 21:51:50 | More by enfield249
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3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 23:30:01 | More by Bitterbill
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4.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been pretty impressed by the specialty beers Shiner has put out over the past few years, let's see how this one stands up.

Dortmunder-Style Spring Ale, huh? Hmm. Another Texas law problem?

A -- Deep, clear golden color with a dense, long-lasting, light-cream colored head.

S -- Mellow, spicy hops with the lightest of grain back.

T -- Spicy hops hit the tongue first followed by a smooth graininess -- not harsh or sharp as corn can be, but very tasty. There is the lightest of citrus blending with the spicy hops in the finish and the aftertaste is sweet, mellow bread. There is the lightest of mineral in the aftertaste, but it blends into the hop character. No real ale quality to this beer -- very nice to style.

M -- Mouthfeel starts lightly astringent or tannic, but softens. Body is medium.

D -- Very nice quaffer here, has that perfect balance between a Helles and Pils in malt and hop character. Another very nice rendition from Shiner -- now, can we talk about that Bock?

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 22:25:03 | More by steveh
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring Ale Dortmunder. Now I'm all confused.
Slightly tart and sour aroma, but it sure looks good poured into a pilsner glass. Brilliantly clear with a full off-white head with a darker gold holding amberness. Only a very mild malt backing.
Nicely blended flavors with ample malt mixed finely with rather sublte hop flavors. Good finishing dryness that holds mild bitterness. Slightly toasty, bready flavor.
Feels is slightly big lager, closer to moderate, for a lager.
Could easily have another.
A worthy offering.
Thanks Dave.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:43:13 | More by garymuchow
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3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this beer is a nice bright, burnished gold color with a half-inch initial head, though it soon fades to just a film. The nose is a little grainy, mostly faint malts with a tidge dusting of hops. Hops come through much better on taste, providing a nice balance to the light maltiness. The finish is clean.

Not an exciting beer. But that's partly because the style is pretty unexciting; this example does hit the "Dortmunder/export" style square on.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 17:42:21 | More by allengarvin
Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.