1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shiner 102 Double Wheat - Spoetzl Brewery

Not Rated.
Shiner 102 Double WheatShiner 102 Double Wheat

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

229 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 229
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Onslow on 01-23-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 104 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fingers worth of offwhite head. Mild lacing.

S: Wheaties. Grainy wheaty smell, not overly powerful.

T: Not too much going on. Wheaty wholesomeness, but thin overall. light on any hoppy notes at the rear.

M: watery wash more than anything.

D: I think you could do ok if putting back a six of these in place of lite beer.

BasementBer, Apr 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of txbrewer
4.28/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very clear slightly darker than straw - no haze, quick dissolving head

S - very light hops, mild wine like fruity

T - smooth and quick - nothing bitter at all. mild after taste reminds of wine

M - it's there but nothing over taking or pushing around

D - yes - easily

I am a Shiner fan and finally got my hands on a single bottle (thank you local Kroger!) and am quite happy that I did. They can keep making this one just for the easy drinking part. I believe that I will be enjoying this one through out the summer (as long as some store keeps carrying it)

txbrewer, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat but there is also some sweet, sugary malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. The wheat and sugary malt go well together, but there is not much else going on. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very exciting beer and not as good as some of the past anniversary beers from Shiner.

Mora2000, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of JohnLynch
3/5  rDev -3.5%

JohnLynch, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of melodicnoise
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

melodicnoise, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -3.5%

richkrull, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a inch or so above the glass gives a big white head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear golden colored beer with a slight hint of copper to it.

A light sweet lemon mixed with a grassy to slight caramel malt aroma.

The taste is slightly burnt, seems like a light burnt caramel malt taste, really can't pick up any of the lemon that I sensed in the aroma. Kinda different for what they call a wheat beer, none of the standard cloudy or haziness that a lot of wheats have.

This light to medium bodied affair has an almost wet caramelly aftertaste, I'm not really sure if this beer is good or what, it definitely wasn't what I was expecting from something labelled a double wheat, I guess the best thing you can do is give it a try.

LXIXME, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a little late, but my notes from summer are good.

This beer has perfect clarity, implying an intense amount of filtering, and a medium yellow-gold color. A pure white head reaches about one finger high and fades away somewhat quickly but not immediately, leaving some spotty lacing.
The aroma gives up too much sweetness and seems a bit artificial in some way. Grains form a firm backbone with a touch of fruits and a very light grassy hops addition along with the biscuity malt. It dips a bit below average for me in that these things are all detectable yet it's pretty weak as well. Things just don't seem to gel here.
The same goes for the flavor, though in place of a cloying sweetness is a bit of a metallic note and a kick in the finish. Sweetness is certainly there and almost has a honey-like quality with the malts and wheat, but it's not so bad. It does, unfortunately, still have an off flavor to it. Again, things work pretty well aside from that but I'd call it average.
The mouthfeel isn't bad, actually, crisp with a bit of fullness to its light-medium body.

Brenden, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of Djenx
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of weatherfreak87
1/5  rDev -67.8%

weatherfreak87, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a copper gold with a thing layer of white, fizzy, loose head that has decent retention. The nose is musty and grainy. The flavor is lightly sweet and caramelly. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

This is an odd wheat beer. It's primarily caramel in both flavor and smell. It's a little too sweet as well. I probably won't have this again.

tdm168, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of TownDunkel
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

3rd review here we come!

Shiner 102 sounded great to me, whats better than wheat beer... than double wheat beer!

Appearance - A medium to light brown that is a little see through. Not much head appears when opened.

Smell - A great wheaty and hoppy scent with almost a hint of citrus or oranges. A good whiff seems to last a good while, at least three or four seconds.

Taste - This beer goes down smooth! When drinking the carbonation gives a kick of medium level power (between ale and porter) of wheat, barley, and sweet fruits.

Mouthfeel - I only wish the taste lasted as long as the smell! After a sip it fades quickly with very little aftertaste.

Overall - This is a wonderful, after work beer. I think I could drink this once or twice a week and not get burned out. Its not everyday you get a nice sweet beer that's not a lambric or berryweiz

TownDunkel, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw gold upon pour, large head, intricate lace.

Aroma is sweet and bready. Not bad.

Flavor is also sweet, with a hint of spice. Not bad, but not one to remember or pursue further.

102 Double Wheat is a highly malted brew, with no complexity, and for me, just too sweet.

secondtooth, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends bailed on me tonight so I chose to review this beer that...I'll admit, I do not enjoy. Shiner's anniversary brews are very hit-or-miss, as are their seasonals. This 102nd anniversary is not one of their better ones.

Unlike most hefeweizens, the 102 Double Wheat is filtered and so it is very clear with no sediment, and therefore no haziness. Color is a golden-yellow. The head grows bubbly and white, and recedes quickly. No film or lacing is left once it's gone.

The smell isn't too impressive. It doesn't smell much like a wheat beer. There is some wheaty-bready in there along with a hint of lemon citrus. It smells a bit grassy.

Flavor comes mostly from wheat and sweetness that reminds me of corn. Hops and citrus are minimal.

Lots of carbonation brings bite at the beginning of tasting but there isn't much else brought to this. It's easy to drink but I'd attribute that to its lack of flavor and body.

Maybe those at the Spoetzel Brewery didn't think too much about their 102. It doesn't do them justice to their brewery compared to some of their other anniversary beers. Oh well, another year in my collection.

BeardedRiker, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -3.5%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle as part of mixed sixer. Based on the abv, not sure why this is called a double wheat...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers pearl white head. Some head retention & good lacing

S: Cereal notes in abundance & grassyness

T: Sweet cereal notes, slight grassy hops &a touch of grainyness up front. Pear fruittyness comes through as this warms, slight white grape flavor as well & grainyness. Finishes with pear juice & a touch of nectarine, honey & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, a touch coarse & subtle carbonation

Drinks easy enough, could down a few on a hot Summer's day

russpowell, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Dwtucker90
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Dwtucker90, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of DonDirkA
3/5  rDev -3.5%

DonDirkA, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of rwf08
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was really excited to get this beer. Before I read anything about it I figured it might be like a unfiltered wheat wine, or double wit, less the spices.

Then I read the label and thought maybe something like "A lil' Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale", also wrong.

Color is pale straw with and dry looking foam on top.

The smell is honey, malt and some floral hops.

Taste I get lots of sweet malt and wheat but not much hops.

Overall this is okay. I could drink a 6 pack, but thats only because I bought a six pack.

Don't kill yourself for this one but if you can try it might as well.

rwf08, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Moserman331
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Moserman331, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ByMySword
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows poor retention. Light spots here and there of lace.

S- There is a light bready malt undertone with cereal grain overtones. No real hops in the aroma at all and some metallic undertones. Hints of wheat do come through in light tones with a distinct grassy undertone.

T- Cereal grains in the front of the beer with a light bitterness to it. Sweet malts toward the middle with a hint of honey. Wheat comes more so in the backing with a grassy hop shade to it. Medicinal alcohol toward the very ending of it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style. Cereal grains and light wheat overtones are left on the palate. Aftertaste is more of that bitter wheat, medicinal alcohol, and grassy hops. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced for it being a Shiner beer...that should be enough said. Light metallic undertones in the aroma is most of the off flavors along with the medicinal alcohol in the backing.

D- This beer is drinkable. Nothing really that I would be seeking out. The ABV is higher than most wheats I would say. Nothing super high though to be called a double wheat. Would I drink this beer if it were bought for me? Well of course! Would I buy this beer myself? I don't really think so.

alleykatking, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Bung
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bright gold pour, about a finger of white head.

Malty, carmelly aroma. Grainy wheat and hay, but missing the clove and hop presence for the pale portion of the style. Still it smells very pleasant.

A load of malt and caramel. Some faint yeasty wheat. Faintest herbal hops, really faint. It is a bit sweet. Maybe more like a Maibock.

Heavy side of light bodied. I can see quite a bit of carbonation, but it just doesn't penetrate the thickness of the body enough. Not that it's heavy or anything, but it just needs something to liven it up.

It's ok, but I'm not sure if what they were going for is what style is listed here.

Bung, Jun 13, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.