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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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

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133 Reviews

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Reviews: 133
Hads: 272
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: welldigger888 on 01-18-2011

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Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice medium-golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. A good looking lager!

Smell: nice malty aroma with just a hint of noble hop character. Not too dry and not too sweet.

Taste: moderate malt flavor with a hint of graininess. Bitterness is low but present, with some noble hop character. It's decent, but it lacks a little something that could make it great -- I just wish I could identify what that something is.

Mouthfeel: medium-ilght body with a good level of carbonation and a pleasing creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I feel like this beer is missing something in the flavor department, but otherwise it's a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Not bad.

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Photo of sommersb
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a pilsner glass from a brown 12 ounce bottle. I'm not sure why they call this an ale if its supposed to be a Dortmunder Export Lager...maybe those weird Texas labeling laws?

Appealing appearance of a clear dark golden color, with a good amount of bubbles streaming from the glass bottom. Head is white and frothy, about 3 fingers.

Smell is crisp, but fairly muted - some floral aromas from the hops and also a bit of pale malts. The taste is clean, although not complex. Mostly light grains with a nice balance of slight sweetness and a slight bitterness.

A medium amount of carbonation and a light body make up the feel of this beer. Aftertaste is well balanced; I couldn't say it was bitter or sweet. Overall a good, refreshing beer to reach for in the spring or summer.

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Photo of Duxx
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
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?

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Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal copper color with a coarse head that slowly fades.

S: Smell of cereal grains and honey make up the body of the aroma.

T: Solid bready malt flavor throughout with a hint of bitterness coming in at the very end. Tastes like a subdued version of a bock.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Without a doubt worth a try.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper brown in color, with a white foamy head. Has decent retention. There is a little lacing as well. Smell is mostly of bread and grain malts maybe a little toffee, although there is a nice clean lemon hops presents in the background. Not too complex on the nose. Taste is malty and biscuity with a nice lemon bite to it. Pretty much like the nose although the bread characters are more pronounced. Finishes clean with just a little lemony aftertaste. Very good carbonation. Light to medium body with good bubbly carbonation. Very refreshing a crisp mouth feel. Although very simple it is very good. Seeing is that this is in season and very well priced, I will be picking up more of this beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this Dort in a glass stein.

Appearance- About one finger of white and fizzy foam builds a smooth lid, it dies rather quickly and leaves just enough cap to completely cover the beer.

The body is not lacking in fast moving carbonation columns. It is a transparent amber with gold highlights.

Smell- The malt is prominent and has nice notes of honey and wheat. The hops are definitely buried and have a grassy, slightly floral scent.

Taste- It starts out with the sweet and heavy malt. It has hints of honey and even vanilla at play. Then we get a little dirty: some earthy hops show up, and are then backed up by grassy hops that tingle the tongue and cheeks.

The finish rides smooth with some more of that vanilla and honey, also a little bit of wheat-grain. It is not bad, but not really memorable either.

Mouth feel- This has a medium body and is really creamy. I am not sure what, but this does not seem appropriate for this beer. Maybe if it were more slick? Just something about it being so creamy that is off-putting.

Overall- This Dort starts out promising with some nice balance of sweet and hoppy in the nose, but it does not translate well to the palate.

A forgettable entry, but I will not argue the merits it may have paired with the family lawn mower.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.61/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of sweet grain, not much else. Tastes of sweet malt with a few hints of citrus and hops, very well balanced. Carbonation seems a little light but it is fine for the light bodied beer that goes down very smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Dodt
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much so maybe that is why this seems decent enough to me. Grainy malt profile...Grassy hop feel....a little honeyish sweetness...clean bodied...drinks nice....GL Dort Gold this is not but it sure isn't bad either.. Not a lot of beers of this style around which makes this a good find and a decent price...one of Shiner's better efforts.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a white 2-finger head that dies off within a few seconds. The beer itself is crystal clear with a golden honey color.

The smell is of sweet malt, a bit of bread and a hint of noble hops.

The flavor is herbal and grassy with a grainy malt base. The beer is medium bodied but finishes spicy, crisp, light and semi-dry. It goes down very easy and smooth. An excellent, refreshing, beer.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - pale amber color, clear, with about half a finger of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - it indeed does have a bit of a biscuity aroma to it, but the smell in general is not very strong.

Taste and Mouthfeel - refreshing quality in general. I don't perceive any tendencies or ancestrial hints toward pilseners...well, maybe a little in the aftertaste, but in general it has a little bit of a caramel note to the taste, but very light. Texture is pretty solid and well-balanced.

Overall - nice and refreshing taste, although not terribly interesting in its taste span.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured very golden in color, very clear good visible carbonation. Good fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with a little lacing.

S: First thing I'm picking up is a mix of floral hops with a hint of citrus. I'm also getting a little toasty malt with a little sweet malt mixed in.

T: Great balance of flavors here.... I'm getting the malt right up front, little sweet but bready.... then the hops kicks in.... I'm getting a more floral character than I was smelling. The balance is good with a slightly dry finish and no real aftertaste to speak of.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, very clean, yet dry finish.

O: Very nice beer, good balance of malt and hops, good ABV, so you could session with this one... Another good Beer from Shiner

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Photo of bort11
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, malts, some grains, kind of earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a good session beer.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from a 12 oz bottle, unknown freshness date. The smells are of grass hops, earthy, some bread malts. The feel is lightish, decent carbonation. The taste is somewhat good, light larger taste, grass hops, mild bitterness, earthy malts labor with it.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a half finger head which recedes to nothing. There is also litle to no lace. The aroma is of cereal malts and a hint of floral. The taste has a bready malt backbone with a slight taste of citrus and a slight sweetness to it. There is a lager yeast taste in the middle as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a good beer, it is very true to the style and is an easy drink.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.51/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden color with a thick white head that laces nicely. Nice carbonation.

Smell: Sweet barley, bready, yeasty.

Taste: A little sweet maltiness with the tiniest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Watery, lack of carbonation.

This is a bland but thirst quenching beer. It's just a little bit better than the usual suspects because the malt and hops are ever so slightly more detectable.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass (the "Ale" on the label threw me off). The beer is clear, dark golden in color with a thin white head. My pour produced a thin head about 1/4 inch in height which quickly fades to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Light in aroma. Some weak biscutty and sweet malt mingled with some faint floral scents. I don't really recount having many (if any) Dortmunders, so this may be ok. Familiarity with other German lagers reminds me that they more subtle than say an IPA or APA.

Taste: Like a lot of Shiner beers, this one is "safe" as in it is limited in taste. The less taste the less chance to offend. I get some light sweet malts, with no bitterness (limited hops?) I will admit that I am not an expert in the style so this may be perfrectly ok, just hoped for a little more. When comparied to other styles, this one comes up lacking in most departments, however I would instead put this one up against most American lagers. This is better than the macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than light in body. Well carbonated, light and lively. Not real heavy its a good spring seasonal beer.

Overall: In the end I enjoyed this beer. Bought a six pack for $5.99. This is an easy drinking, simple, sessionable beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
80 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.