Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery
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2.88/5 rDev -15.8%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a golden honey color with great clarity. The head is a decent looking one finger offwhite shade. Nice texture and lacing.
S: Earthy minerals and a tiny hint of citrus. Certainly not an evocative aroma - but to be fair, the bottle is far older than it should be.
T: There's a lot of fruit punch-like sweetness not just on the opening flavors, but in general. Maybe it's just the way the earthy hops interact with the caramel malts, but this is a dead ringer for Hawaiian Punch flavor-wise. I'm noticing a whiff of staleness in the malts/hops; expected given its age.
M: Light and crisp, but perhaps a bit too sweet on the palate. A bit of finishing dryness would go a long way to cleaning up the mouthfeel some, but the syrupy profile does conceal the potent carbonation somewhat.
O: Eh, it could have been worse given the circumstances (a 10 month old 6 pack of a not-so-highly-rated beer), so I'll give it benefit of the doubt. Still a plain and uninspired offering.
01-05-2013 22:56:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.05/5 rDev +18.4%
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!
11-06-2012 00:39:39 | More by woodychandler
3.68/5 rDev +7.6%
Very attractive light amber liquid with a generous white head. Nice slightly malty aroma.
Flavor.... Fairly dry. Some grain notes. A little bit of spices. Ends very dry. It almost reminds me of the flavor of unsalted matzah bread. Lingering aftertaste is a bit too dry for me, but I like the hops that are also lingering in the background.
Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
A nice change of pace from Shiner.
(FYI, despite what the label says, this is not an ale)
10-03-2012 15:41:13 | More by jmbranum
Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.