Shiner White Wing | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner White WingShiner White Wing

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Squire123
3.71/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Attractive clear light gold color with little white cap.

Nice aroma where the coriander and orange jump out of the glass. Little hop presence but some spice apparent.

Good flavor. The underlying beer is clean and is more or less just a launch platform for Shiner's take on the basic spice wheat brew in the Hoegaarden style. I think the coriander slightly outweighs the orange but both are doing a decent double team act. Finish is clean with just a bit of the prominent flavors lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium full texture with a balancing carbonation.

A solid hit, at least a double and perhaps three base run. If they were trying to create a richer flavored Blue Moon style brew they did. We have enough close copies out there so perhaps something a little different will prove successful. My tastes run more toward the originals but I'm just one customer.

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Photo of DavidRolle
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honestly one of my least favorite beers from Shiner but I've seen people use this beer in chili and is a popular beer for crawfish boils and heard it was great with jambalaya. Appearance is a slight orange/gold and has a slight wheat bread taste to it.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance. Pours a honey-gold-barely hazy orangish color. Kinda like a blue moon but less hazy and a little darker colored. White head, 1 finger. After 3-4 minutes, goes down to a thick foam. A lot of lacing as it is drank and the head resinds after the pour.
Smell. Smells like a Belgian white. I smell coriander. And a hint of malt. Smells good. Let's try it.
Taste. I taste coriander. I taste wheat. I taste a bit of hop and malt. For me, it tastes pretty balanced. I had a 6er of Shock Top 4 days ago and this beer outclassed it. You can tell they're the same style, but this beer had more effort put into it's overall taste and balance. I had Blue Moon a couple weeks ago. This beer is on par, probably edges out the Blue Moon. And it's only been around 3 years, so Shiner hasn't had nearly as much time to improve on it as Blue Moon has. I had a unfiltered Belgian White my buddy brought from Iowa last month and this tastes, in my opinion, better. The UFO I had was just terrible, in a can, can to glass and tap. This beer is more balanced than 3 of the 4 other Belgian whites I have mentioned and it's balance ties with, or comes close to, Blue Moon. However, I feel this brew has a bit more flavor, coriander and wheat wise.
Mouthfeel. Medium bodied and a little thick actually. Not a bad feel. Good amount of carbonation, but not too much like a Shock Top.
Overall. My go to Belgian white when I am home in Texas (I have yet to see it in Jacksonville, Florida.) it may not be a 5.4 ABV like Blue Moon, but damn, it's a good beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Screw cap 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Beer is piss yellow and bubbly like soda. Small white head. Negligible aroma. Flavor has a serious coriander note, and along with lemongrass that complete dominates the palate. Not much in the way of wheat or grain going on here. Definitely NOT bready. But at least the spice flavors come through clearly, natural, and unmuddled. Less carbonation than I feared. Overall, this is better than I expected from Shiner, and it's been a while since I've had a Blue Moon, but I bet this compares favorably.

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Photo of 57md
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw color with just less than a finger of head.

Coriander abounds in both the nose and flavor. In fact, that note seems to overwhelm everything else.

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Photo of billybob
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours a light honey gold no head to speak of and a light stringy lace. weak fruity smell of pears. mild fruity taste with a slight tangy finish mouthfeel was light carbonation ok overall mild easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's been a couple years since I've had this beer but I remember liking it a lot. I hardly ever see it available, I need to get it again and give a better review.

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Photo of Billolick
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours hazed and typical Monday Amber, minor hear and just a whisp of fine lace

Faint nose of wheats malts

Light coriander, hint of malt, not much else

This washed down some smoky BBQ, served the purpose, but not much else...

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear. Pure gold. Very sparse and smaller flecks, but fizzy bubbles make up for that. Slightly off-white foamy yet fizzy head of lesser size but greater retention. Smell is very fruity. Orange peel to the max, other citrus, banana, tiny amount of yeast funk and chemical aroma. Much less sweet to the taste than aromas would indicate, plenty of coriander or related spices, almost clove-like though I suspect for different reasons than in a Hefeweizen, and then strong lemon juice flavors only add to this beer's character. It is still subtly sweet, both with fruit and bread notes. The lightest and most downplayed of pepper notes possibly detectable in the finish. Seems quite different than other more common American takes on this classic style, like Blue Moon's or Shock Top's, though still recognizable, and yet, still not as good-tasting as most craft versions I've encountered. Light-bodied but almost medium, moderately smooth, watery, refreshing, but arguably sudsier than it should be.

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Photo of ChemEBeerGeek
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Not much head but color and cloudiness are right

S: yeast, sourness, citrus, light hops

T: mild maltiness, yeasty, citrus sour taste,

F: Light and smooth with light carbonation

O: meaes style but not one i'm goingto go for

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Photo of ReformedRob
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a mug. Color was a light yet cloudy. Smells of hops with a hint of citrus. Carbonation was pleasant and tastes lighter for a witbier than I would prefer, but very refreshing.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Hoegaarden tumbler.

Interesting body appearance. Slightly clear orange to yellow, with some plentiful amounts of linear carbonation and a bit hazy. Head is classic foamy small white and suds up to two possibly three fingers tall. Keeps a consistent thin puck while settling.

Good solid aromas of really green coriander on this, garden fresh and lots of herbality. Mineral slight sensations and a mild sweetness. Not much else going on, hardly any sense of thick wheat chewy character or orange either, but still impressed by this coriander bomb.

Palate comes out rather standard but a little ordinary. Minimal amounts of Belgian sweetness or character. A very flour grain powdery sense which really does not give and boost to the mouthfeel. Almost chalky finish with a drying paste like quality. Slight juiced lemon and orange fruit flavors a bit with a simple quality.

A pretty straightforward witibier with no bells or whistles. Surprised how much of a coriander buzz I got off of it though.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

DATE TASTED: August 21, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos wit... OCCASION: saying goodbye to summer camp--with The Battle of the Five Armies... APPEARANCE: slightly hazy, suggesting an unfiltered creation... light, golden yellow body with small, copious bubbles... reasonably thick white head that shows surprising retention... AROMA: strong wafts of orange peel and lemon, with banana and biscuit rounding out the profile; bubblegum and yeasts develop a predictable yet appreciable draw ... PALATE: rather flat, malty and watery--easily refreshing but also lacking in substance and texture... little aftertaste, save a bit of beefiness... TASTE: some spiciness early, with bubblegum and orange peel providing the majority of the profile; the coriander is present, but light; the flavor is soft, watery and, at best, of the style... OVERALL: a good accompaniment for a arm, humid night such as this; not outstanding by any stretch, this still fulfills its promise of refreshment...not as engaging, flavorful or nuanced as other summer offerings....

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light banana, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very nice witbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of Belgian whites. I guess this beer is good for its style...I just don't love the style. I can be a snob, so I'd prefer this to a macro Belgian white. But to be honest, I'm not sure it's any better than a blue moon.

But I love Shiner. I've had a myriad of their beers, and I always walk away happy. Even the ones I don't love are still good beers.

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Photo of Gote
3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing exceptional here but I wouldn't turn one down if offered. Very mild flavor so I assume it would go well with a couple of hot dogs at the end of a summer's day.

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Photo of matjack85
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I bought this as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL., making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date on my bottle, although i see some reviewers found one on theirs.

The beer poured a hazy golden/yellow color but only made a ½-finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing.

The beer smells like orange peels, wheat, and spices.

Very very orangey. After that you get a crackery wheat malt and a good dose of coriander. Very little Saaz hop flavor and bitterness. Kind of bland but very drinkable.

Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Not a great example of the style, but it will quench your thirst.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Pretty standard golden haze, 3/4" bone white head that dies down quick with just a bit of retention. Lacing is pretty weak.

S: Mild honey-lemon. Coriander is detectable but super-subtle. Maybe a hint of cracker in there.

T: Bright & off-sweet with more pronounced cracker. Again the coriander is there but not doing much. Lemon peel with a touch of molasses on the finish. Tasty & refreshing.

M: Maybe a bit light for the style, but it seems to work with the flavors.

O: I've always had a soft spot for this brew, it's a cool take on the style & never over-reaches for anything. Prost!

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.74/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin head on a cloudy light straw body.
The aroma is mild honey and grain.
The taste is watery, mild honey sweet, the faintest touch of lemon. Not much.
The texture is crisp and thin.
Not much of anything here.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the side of the glass.
S: Light aromas of orange peels are present in the nose along with some hints of wheat.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of orange peels along with hints of coriander and wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a lot more orangey compared to other beers in the style. It is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 3/15/2015 at Battleship Brewhouse, in Fall River, MA served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coriander and ginger spices, citrus, light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with the same burst of coriander & ginger spices that you get in the smell followed by some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would choose before this one.

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Photo of Mrbseward
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden yellow with a god amount of head that lasts. Smells like a meadow full of wheat and clove with a hint of citrus. Taste is fantastic and goes down ultra smooth. One of the best belgian wheat ales I have had the chance to down.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.91/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of Shiner's better brews, and definitely a step up from shock top and blue moon. the coriander is not overpowering which is the case with some other witbiers in my opinion. Overall solid witbier

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Photo of ordybill
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a pretty good aroma of hops and wheat with a touch of citrus.
Appearance- A hazy yellow with a small white head.
Taste- This beer had a weak hop flavor that did not meet expectations.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation with a semi-dry finish.
Overall- The most disappointing Spoetzel beer I have tried. I am a big fan of this brewer and this beer just did meet my expectations.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow haze in color with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops, cloves, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of wheat and cloves with mild hops.

Overall: Not a bad take on a Belgian White.

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