Shiner 102 Double Wheat - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 102 Double WheatShiner 102 Double Wheat

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Ratings: 231
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Onslow on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by rwf08:
Photo of rwf08
3.16/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of txbrewer
4.26/5  rDev +37%
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)

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.

Photo of LXIXME
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Brenden
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
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

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.

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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.

Photo of Bung
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant clarity on a tarnished orange coloring shows a strong and fast rate of effervesce. The head is initially good, a solid finger, some fizziness and bubbly action atop with a one part creamy and one part frothy texture. Retention was moderate, lasting a few good minutes while the lacing was weak, spotty, and hardly worth a mention. Squeaks by with above average regards, but not by much.

S: Stale metallic oranges, weak and a big drop off from the visual aspect. Soft feathery green hops, but where is the wheat character? Hardly impressive to say the least.

T: Oranges and flowery with a spicy hop character. Much better defined then the nose. Sweet orange with a touch of dried honey flower.

M: Medium body, a bit creamy, some resistance but overall just an average experience.

O: Labeled as a cross between a bright wheat and wheat wine ale, both of which i didnt see. Easy drinkability but little fan fare. Its not bad flavor wise, just not what i consider a wheat beer by any stretch let alone bright. Average.

Photo of emerge077
2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The "double" part of the name fooled me into thinking this may be something bigger than you average American Wheat, but apparently it's not.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a compact, bone white head of foam that settles and clumps to one side after awhile. A patchy veil of skim stretches across the surface.

Smells like sweetened cereal, grainy sugary apple jacks. Something a little musty about it, odd wet grain funk.

Flavor is sweet with apple notes, wheaty slickness, residual sugars, slightly astringent, but ok. Sort of a toned down, sweetened kristallweizen impression. Nothing i'd really ever want to intentionally buy again, but not turrible.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. The head retention is pretty good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly grainy, the brew smells like sweet malt and wheat, along with some caramel and light grassy hops. The taste is just like the aroma. It's a mostly sweet grainy taste, along with some bittering/grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and easy enough to drink. Overall it's an OK brew, and worth a try.

Photo of jsh420
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours bright clear gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded to nothing in no time fast and left no lacing

smell - not much here faint banana and macro adjunts

taste - where's the wheat? sweet caramel malt light grassy hops very little banana - as a wheat this fails but as lager its decent

mouthfeel - medium body low carbonation almost flat very smooth and boring

drinkability - i doubt i would ever drink this again but it is a step up from adjunt lagers

Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light wheat malt notes with some medium hoppy notes with some light fruity ester. Taste is a unique mix between some light wheat malt with some fruity ester and some crisp hops with light dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one seems to be too much in the middle of too many things (wheat ale vs. wheat wine with light hops combo) to be truly interesting.

Photo of UTCengOwl
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer at Central Market. Just have to try the new Texas beer...

The beer has wonderful clarity, but that's about it. It has an orange, wheaty color. White head is sparse and dissipates quickly.

The nose is pretty stale, but with some wheat fruitiness. And.. Ugh. Are those Saaz hops? I'm not a fan.

The taste is a bit better. The wheat is somewhat fruity and the hops would be a good complement if I didn't hate the variety. I still get some metallic tastes and can't get away from the Shiner mediocrity.

The beer's best quality is that it's easy to down. Typical Shiner. Would have been a lot better if they would have used diferent (fruity American) hops, IMO.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a weizen glass.
6.2% ABV, no date.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow with plenty of carbonation streaming upwards. The stark white head has good retention but leaves little lace behind.

S - Color me surprised to get a skunky aroma from a brown bottle. Crisp and faintly metallic with almost no "beer" aroma.

T - Pale and pilsner malt comprise the average base of the beer while notes of dry, soft wheat come into play. A bit of salt across the finish.

M - Heavily carbonated but not to the point of distraction. Crisp and lighter in body with a clean, soft water finish.

O - Pretty average across the board, it's a refreshing lawnmower brew with little boost in the ABV range. Speaking of lawn mowing, perhaps now that this beer is gone I'll get the first one of the season started...

Photo of TexIndy
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 2/18/11 lasered below the label. Filtered wheat so it was a clear, golden color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar. Some quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was very sweet with some apricot and light Saaz hops. Very sugary aroma. The taste followed suit with a very sweet bite from start to finish. Really needed some more hops to cut it. Really not getting much in way of wheat aroma or taste. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but too sweet on aftertaste.

Overall, a fair beer that is just too sweet to really enjoy. Disappointed in this one after having some friends recommend it. I don't. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one and done for me [N;N]

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner 102 Double Wheat has a very thin, white head and a clear, golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is of Roman Meal bread and maybe molasses and honey. Taste is of Roman Meal brand wheat bread, honey, molasses, syrupy sweetness, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and Shiner 102 Double Wheat finishes slick and metallic. Overall, this is a hard beer to rate and figure out, but it’s still worth a try.


Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seem to have a more favorable opinion on this than most. Hit me as much in the maibock style. Malt-forward with biscuit notes and some brown sugar sweetness. Bright carbonation. Some bite toward the finish that that made me wonder if the ABV isn't a little higher. Overall, I found this a pleasant beer that drinks a bit bigger than it is.

Photo of barleyroad
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold in color, smell has a sour hint. This is a disappointing tasting beer. It has no character. Will have to serve with fruit, needs an orange. Ok, but very uneventful. Mouthfeel is ok and very clean overall it is acceptable. But who wants to spend time on acceptable.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a small-bubbled white head. Retention sucks, but lacing is excellent.

Nose is pretty faint, but some wheat tang and moderate yeast esters are detectable. There is an annoying metallic smell that is a bit distracting. Some honey, flowers and whipping cream strangely come to mind.

Shiner sure knows how to crank out mediocrity, that is for sure. Has a honeycomb sweetness with a sharp wheat husk flavor that is mildly interesting for at least the first few sips. Then the harsh, metallic bite surfaces again and gives an unpleasant bitterness to the beer. Not in a good, hoppy way either. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but only because of the perceived sweetness of the beer. Sadly, the anniversary series for Shiner has turned into a single bottle purchase to slake my curiosity. Not that I wouldnt drink a six pack if I bought it, but there are many, many other beers I would rather spend my money on.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.29/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear, pale gold. Long lasting white head.

S - Malty, corny sweetness. no discernible hops detected

T - Big on corn flavor, malt sweetness, and some hops on the back of the throat in the finish. Not as big as the corn flavor.

M - Typical Shiner thin, watery mouthfeel.

D - Smooth easy drinking beer. Not bad, and not great. This one is a bit disappointing.

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Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
72 out of 100 based on 231 ratings.