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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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BA SCORE
78
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256 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 256
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.

(Beer added by: welldigger888 on 01-18-2011)
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strangebrew1981

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

11-12-2013 22:09:12 | More by strangebrew1981
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GreyPilgrim

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-04-2012 23:06:10 | More by GreyPilgrim
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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-16-2012 00:34:52 | More by Kornoms
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ChrisFurlowLSU


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

06-26-2014 21:54:36 | More by ChrisFurlowLSU
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dbarny76

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-11-2014 02:16:30 | More by dbarny76
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-12-2014 00:45:51 | More by jzlyo
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DaveMiller

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

04-14-2014 00:05:21 | More by DaveMiller
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brandon911

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

01-29-2012 04:07:52 | More by brandon911
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with little retention and no lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is a little light with mostly breads and malt. More of the same in the finish with a mild bitter hop finish. Light body And moderate to high carbonation. Overall somewhat refreshing. I have only had one or two from this genre so it's hard to accurately judge.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 02:29:55 | More by kylehay2004
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 18:05:40 | More by StaveHooks
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Amp

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12-22-2011 16:43:16 | More by Amp
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ButtomsUp

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

02-02-2012 23:18:07 | More by ButtomsUp
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

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

Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style has a thin, off-white head and a clear, orange-golden appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and little lacing. The aroma is minimal, but some roasted barley can be picked up in the glass as one drinks the beer. Taste is similarly mild, with roasted barley, some sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a good, but not great offering from Shiner. Try it, and you might like it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 18:37:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

A - Darker than a typical lager with a clear tint and a 1/2 inch of head that reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Mostly cereal grains and mild grassy hops. Some caramel hops but not much.

T - Well it's mild and balanced. Pretty memorable for being crisp and tasty delivering a mild citrus hops taste along side of some grainy malt profile. Not great but not overall bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall like most Shiner beers they are light in flavor and easy to drink. This is better than most of the lagers (or light lagers) they put out and its not half bad. Better than all BMC.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 04:52:36 | More by DrDemento456
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of biscuit malts, floral hops, and a light honey sweetness.

T: Some light honey sweetness upfront with the biscuit malts. There is a light floral hops and light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. Enjoyable and certainly not one I would turn down but not certain I would go out of my way to find it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 18:06:19 | More by dbrauneis
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BelgiumBill

Virginia

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

Poured a crystal clear golden color with caramel tones into a Sam Adams glass. It gave a 1 finger foamy head that quickly dissipated. Steady carbonation bubbles rising throughout.

Clean citrus/floral/herbal smell. Maybe lavender?

lightly creamy in the mouth with the flavor following the smell. Some light hops make a noted appearance toward the finish.

Very drinkable. I'd say 'as advertised' a spring ale. I bought a six pack that I will enjoy on warm spring days.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 16:25:25 | More by BelgiumBill
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

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

From notes:

P: Mass amounts of streaming bubbles that resembles a fish tank. Nice bubbly inch of white head that quickly recedes to a layer of froth. A perfectly clear golden amber body.

S: Bisquity malts, floral hop aroma, timid spices, esters, honey and delicates whiffs of banana.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, light carbonated sting, with massive floral essence. Yeast, Bisquity malts, and bitter green bananas. Once warmed the alcohol becomes pronounced. Finishes dry with s lingering smoked wheat after taste.

O: My first Dortmunder and I'm glad I was able to try this style. Interesting and palate pleasing a great spring time beverage. Great mesh of flavors with the sweet, bitter and mild bread. I will look for this every year.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:14:29 | More by Hopswagger
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SamN

Colorado

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
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper-orange in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a faint amount of honey flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness but not to the level of other beers in the style.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer but it has some refreshing properties and goes down easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 00:48:06 | More by metter98
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zeff80

Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 13:44:29 | More by zeff80
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Golden color with a brief flash head and no real lacing, medium-light honey and spice aroma. Clean fresh dry lager biscuit malt flavor stays solidly in tandem with clean fresh herbals and grassy notes through and through. Crisply carbonated, light texture and body... so why does the bottle label say the word "ale?" I *hate* it when packaging lies to me! So it loses some overall points for the trickery, unfortunately.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 23:44:00 | More by WastingFreetime
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bnes09

Illinois

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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jkrich

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle into a stein: clear, deep golden with a foamy white head that receded leaving some lacing on the glass.

Rather fresh, lager-like aromas of perfumy, European hops and hay.

This dortmunder begins lightly malty with a surprising fruiy flavor that was unexpected from a dortmunder style. The hop profile is almost nonexistent. The flavor ends abruptly leaving very little lingering in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was rather round and thick, but rather one dimensional with very little aftertaste. The carbonation is low for a lager.

This was an interesting beer: a dortmunder called a "spring ale" by a brewery known for lagers. It was not refreshing or zesy enough for a top quality dortmunder, though it is worth trying. There are better interpretation of this style available.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 22:58:13 | More by jkrich
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear dark gold. minimal head and lace. grassy, grainy aroma...touches of honey, herbs and sugar. flavour follows suit with malty breadiness punctuated with some herbal grassiness. a bit of adjunct comes through but not in a bad way. lager like mouthfeel in a medium body. relatively simple but tasty enough to be consumable, especially on a hot day. overall not bad, about run of the mill for a Shiner product and their take on styles. a fair beer for a fair price.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 22:14:08 | More by budgood1
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 22:54:02 | More by acevenom
Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 256 ratings.