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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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261 Ratings

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Ratings: 261
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 Duxx


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

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?

03-07-2011 00:21:03 | More by Duxx
Photo of enfield249


3.3/5  rDev -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.

03-05-2011 21:51:50 | More by enfield249
Photo of Bitterbill


3.35/5  rDev -2%

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.

03-03-2011 23:30:01 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of steveh


4.13/5  rDev +20.8%

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?

02-28-2011 22:25:03 | More by steveh
Photo of garymuchow


3.93/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

02-27-2011 21:43:13 | More by garymuchow
Photo of allengarvin


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

02-26-2011 17:42:21 | More by allengarvin
Photo of zeff80


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-26-2011 13:44:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of droomyster


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a clear golden body with one finger a bright white foam. Aromas are disappointingly subdued, mostly grainy with a bit of honeylike sweetness. Flavors are good but uninteresting, which is hardly a knock because the same could be said of almost every other Dortmunder I've tried. With an extremely low hoppiness, the flavors are dominated by unremarkable malts. Not bad, but joins the other members of its style in lacking character.

02-19-2011 11:56:10 | More by droomyster
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

02-18-2011 06:34:50 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of Cresant


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date but the label states, "Spring Favorite". The body was a clear, medium golden color. The white head was loose, but lingered awhile.

The smell was lemony. Minimally vegetal. Mild grassiness. Fresh but not so clean.

The taste was of crisp hops (Nobel?) Lightly vegetal - almost a starchy potato-like character in the malts. Biscuity with enough bright hops flavor to counter balance. This is a pretty well rounded beer.

The mouthfeel was medium to light and had a lively carbonation. Easy to drink.

02-16-2011 14:40:41 | More by Cresant
Photo of JCBears


2.88/5  rDev -15.8%

App: good nearly amber color, however a bit clouded. Nice with a plesent head

Smell: Yeasty and a little bitter but nice. Penetrates the nose

Taste/MF: smooth but no real good bight. Slight hoppy after taste. A bit tickish but not what I expected

Overall: Too weak for my palet but not a bad brew. Seemed a bit watery if you ask me

02-15-2011 02:22:40 | More by JCBears
Photo of SSJPhatMatt


2.8/5  rDev -18.1%

I'm curious as to whether or not this is just Shiner Fröst relabeled.  This Dortmunder is grassy and sweet.  The mouth-feel is medium with medium carbonation.  I wish I had some Shiner Fröst here to compare it to, but, I don't. Im at my favoritve bar and they are corrently out of it. If this is indeed the same beer as Shiner Fröst, I must say, I don't like it as much.  Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder seems to have some adjunct-y flavor that comes through, especially towards the end of each sip.  It also seems sweeter than I remember Shiner Fröst being, but perhaps my palate has changed, or this particular pint is not up to snuff.  The Adjunct-i-ness is the most disturbing part for me as it adds a dirtiness to the flavor of this beer that I do not appreciate. That being said everyone is different and if your a shiner man you sholuld try it.

02-14-2011 23:52:01 | More by SSJPhatMatt
Photo of Tone


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

02-14-2011 18:09:37 | More by Tone
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

02-12-2011 13:23:55 | More by oberon
Photo of smakawhat


3.78/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

02-12-2011 04:00:20 | More by smakawhat
Photo of John_M


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

02-11-2011 22:09:56 | More by John_M
Photo of Dodt


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

yet another review from the mix six pack i picked up
decide to have another go at one of the beer from the brewers in shiner ,tx.
poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass
appearance golden yellow with a decent head
smell a bit of sweet grain , a bit of lemon and malt
taste a tad bit of lemon with some grassy notes

02-11-2011 06:08:40 | More by Dodt
Photo of JMad


4.05/5  rDev +18.4%

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a clear golden bronze color with a nice white head with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells grassy, lemony, with hints of sweet malt.

I tasted more grass and lemon, with a bitter zing, and a hint of sweet bread.

It isn't very thick but still full bodied. It has soft bubbly carbonation and a dry finish.

I think sthis is one of the best beers I have had from Shiner. I look forward to more of their offerings.

02-08-2011 00:38:37 | More by JMad
Photo of Fatheranderson


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

Well I got this beer to try it simply because I tend to like Shiner's beers. Honestly I was a little disappointed because it really didn't have much flavor. Maybe I'm becoming a beer snob... and maybe that's not such a bad thing. Anyway on to the review.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful reddish gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no traces.

Smell: Pilsnery smell, nothing special here.

Taste: Again, nothing really special. It tasted like a slightly more bitter pilsner. Reminded me of a biscuit kinda.

Mouthfeel: watery, thin, nothing terribly special.

Drinkability: you can knock back a few of these without any problems, but the fact remains you have to desire to knock them back, and really, I'm lacking that desire at the moment. I'd definitely be more interested in it during the summer months though.

02-07-2011 05:56:20 | More by Fatheranderson
Photo of BatDaddy


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

A - Golden straw color with a light off white head that disappears almost immediately.

S - A bit of grain and biscuit malt.

T - Some more biscuit malt, grain, lightly sweet and just a hint of a hop bite.

M - Slightly crisp, bubbly, and a bit dry. Decent weight overall.

D - Not bad. Nothing offensive and certainly sessionable.

Not bad, but not great. Pretty one-note, but maybe that's all you want in a light spring seasonal. I only bought a single of this though, and I can't really imagine buying any more. Decent but forgettable.

02-06-2011 22:40:04 | More by BatDaddy
Photo of ejimhof


3.05/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

02-06-2011 02:16:55 | More by ejimhof
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

This is a new one, so I picked up a sixer to try it out.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a small head of small white bubbles. The head was a small ring around the top of the beer right after the pour, but it managed to stick around for the better part of a minute. There are some small spots of lace on the glass noticeable after swirling.

Aroma: I initially got a clean mix of slightly toasty malt and a reserved sweetness along with a clean floral hop aroma. The aroma is pretty close for the style with only the chalkyness that you get with a Dort missing.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty malt balanced with the same floral hop character in there up front. The malt starts to mellow and let the hops contribute when the sip turns into residual mouthfeel. There is some defined bitterness in there to linger for a little while after the sip. The overall finish is very sightly balanced toward the malt with the hops struggling to give up control late in the finish. The beer is well attenuated and quite dry on the palate, but this doesn't seem to be due to the copious use of adjuncts.

Opinion: Well, overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has a pretty good mix of malt and hops which is essential for this style and I would actually say that it is pretty close to what the guys over the water are doing. It could use a different balance to the water as this is currently too clean. Either way, it is a pretty good beer and I will enjoy this glass to the end. I'd give it a try if I were you and it was convenient...but I wouldn't drive 100 miles into Texas for it or anything.

02-05-2011 08:15:15 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of specksnreds


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

A pleasant surprise. I haven't been digging some of the other Shiner special releases, but this one is pretty good. A pretty orange/yellow color with little head. Malt nose with zero hops. Slightly bitter with a nice malt finish. Pretty darn good, and worth getting a single or two.

Edit- Stardate 2/18/2012

Poured a bomber in anticipation of last year's funness, but nyet. Weird, and I mean WEIRD, aroma and taste that I gotta think was not supposed to be there. Smelled like wet cardboard and burning plastic. Basically it was like I left my GI Joe (in its original cardboard, '70s box - PRICELESS HEIRLOOM!) out in the rain and then it caught on fire. That's what it smelled and tasted like.

02-04-2011 23:11:46 | More by specksnreds
Photo of kevinv


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden color. About a 1 finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly. No lacing retention on glass.

S - Light hop presence with a hint of lemon and honey. Bready malt characters. Not too much going on.

T - Tastes of light fruits - apples and pears come through. Grassy and light flowery hop tastes. Very crisp and dry finish. Little to no alcohol presence.

M - Medium body with good bubbly carbonation.

D - Drinkability is good. I could see myself putting a few of these back during the warmer spring/summer months. A very "sessionable" brew.

02-03-2011 23:44:35 | More by kevinv
Photo of joshuacavett


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

Bought a six pack of this and it was "ok" to say the least. I was not too impressed and I would not buy again. Poured a clear orange/yellow. Little hop presence, more malt. Don't prefer this over the regular shiner. Carbonation is average and the taste is not anything to die for.

02-01-2011 22:50:15 | More by joshuacavett
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