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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Highly floral and smoothly citrusy, the Shiner brands step into the Belgo-brew world with a wheated ale that takes on the fruit and spice balance that's uniquely Witbier.

As the ale pours a cloudy straw color while the head floats above with a creamy and ivory tinted lather. Its fairly resilient foam structure endures most of the session and laces the glass with broken frothy rings at each drink.

Popping with a highly floral perfume, overtones of coriander and orange peels gives the scent a soft spiciness and juicy citrus character. Supporting wheat seems to give the fruit and spice a candied aroma while hints of apple and lemon acidity link up with peppery spice for a piquant balance.

Wheat and grain sweetness settle on the initial taste like powdered sugar- this candied taste gives a juiciness to the orange, apple, and lemon flavor that grows in the middle. Wafts of coriander offer its own spicy fruitiness while echoes of perfume return in aftertaste. Its finish of minty bitterness is met with light vanilla for a smooth and summery taste.

Creamy and medium-bodied, the ale starts off with just enough body to imply fullness. But as the sweetness dissolves and the carbonation fades, it leaves behind a the slight acidity of citrus and white wine to resonate in finish.

White Wing might be overly simplistic in taste and body, but the overwhelming perfume of orange peels and coriander completely seduce the senses even as the ale carries an orange soda pop character.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle best by 7/13/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of coriander
Head average (3 cm), white, creamy, fully diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing virtually none
Body very light yellow, hazy
Flavor is sweet, spicy, and citrus flavor; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl, no hops bitterness
Palate is light, watery, lively carbonation

This is a nice little beer which, to me, tastes more like a Belgium witte than an IPA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent light straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl white head. Below average lacing & head retention

S: Pears, white grapes, a touch of white pepper, fades once warm

T: White grape, golden delicious apple & a bit of lemon, plus a little coriander up front. A little bit of orange peel as this warms, lemon,& white pepper. Finishes a bit watery with coriander & lemon & a bit of juicy fruit

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, body thins out even more when warm

Drinks very easy, but not one to session on. I was already a little tired of the flavor profile after about 4 ounces. Could do a few in August I'm sure. Would rather have a blue moon...

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed 6 because I tend to like wheat beers. Okay appearance, not the murky look that i like of wheat beer and decent smell, but kinda weak. Taste was much better than expected after look and smell. Overall a decent beer but not one I will revisit unless the cost is good. Also loses points due to being below 5%.

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Photo of Jason
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Shiner branching out again with their rendition of a Witbier. I made sure to stir up the dregs to ensure that cloudy muddle character know in most. Subtle all around with any kind of spicing, bready wheat is very smooth and there is a mild sweetness within.

Not half bad bit nothing really pops here, nothing lively.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner White Wing has a pretty thick, fluffy, white head, an initially clear, yellow-gold appearance, which displays a descending gray-yellow cloud, once the bottom contents are swished and poured in, lots of rapid bubble streams, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma and flavor are just as the company describes- bready, with a hint of orange peel and coriander. No banana or bubble gum with this one. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Shiner White Wing finishes dry, refreshing, and very easy going. Overall, for a subtle, mellow witbier, this one if interesting and worth sampling.


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Photo of magictacosinus
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to Ken for this sample from Shiner. Poured vertically into a nonic pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pale amber in color, with some golden streaks within the glass. Slightly cloudy, as a witbier should be, with some minor gentle carbonation throughout. A frothy white creamy head coats the top of the glass and lasts a good long while throughout consumption. Looks as good as any witbier should be.

The aroma displays instant notes of citrus and bready characteristics, but doesn't really offer anything new to the style, either. Orange peel, coriander, lemon zest, some white pepper, and then a brief crackly wheat bready flavor with notes of toffee and caramel, and maybe a little bit of vanilla. Don't think it's too complex, however - as soon as the wheat flavor disappears there's nothing more than a faded herbal and citrus flavor that lingers about. A good definition of the style, but quite simplistic.

Tastes slightly better - definitely refreshing and embodies what the average, expectative witbier tends to offer. Sharp zest from the coriander and lemon peel, with faded orange notes, as well as a slightly spicy, crisp wheat flavor at the finish. The aftertaste is loaded with grainy notes and sweet flavors of toffee and light vanilla, as well as a sugar cream. The flavors are rather nice, but the texture needed some pruning to back them up - it turns out to be rather thinned, slightly watery, and with a dulled grainy characteristic that does nothing for the citrus notes that continue to rise in power the more that this warms up. Definitely not bad, but nothing that's worth raving about too much.

Witbiers are never usually my favorite, but this at least is a decent take on the style, and on par with Lost Coast's Great White beer - inoffensive, simple, and does the trick if all there's only a bunch of adjunct lagers otherwise laying around. I do wish the body were thicker to accentuate the playful wheat notes, but it's definitely a decent option for those looking for a simple beer to sip on during the lazy, warmer days of the year.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Shiner's White Wing a few days ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I was looking for a new beer to try and since this one just showed up I thought I would give it a try, so let see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks nice, it's got simple a look it so I don't think it's too eye catching, but it has some nice information about the beer. It poured a pretty hazy slightly pale yellow color that took on more of a golden hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with some malts being the first to show up and they impart a grainy, wheaty, sweet malt, and bready aroma with some spicy Belgian yeast like aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes the coriander which is pretty noticeable and it's followed by big orange aroma showing up the most and imparting a nice orange rind aroma. This beer had a nice aroma, I thought the coriander and orange rind aspects are enhanced.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, but it's a little lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that I got in the aroma with a white bread aroma seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes some Belgian yeast like flavors with some coriander and orange peel aromas showing up a fair amount lighter than they did in the aroma. This was a nice tasting beer, it's what I expect from the style and coriander and orange weren't overdone.

M- Smooth, pretty crisp, a little fizzy, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a slight higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but it was a little light for the style.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and a slightly above average example of a Belgian White Ale, I was a little worried that the taste might be too coriander and orange peel forward since the aroma was pretty intense with it, but it was fairly balanced when I got to the taste and that helped the drinkability. This beer had nice drinkability, it was smooth, pretty crisp, a little fizzy, not filling, and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I think I could drink a couple of these in a row but I think I might start to get bored with it after that and I think this would make for a nice spring time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the balance in the taste, no aspect was too overpowering. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it wasn't bad, but I thought it was a little too light and fizzy for the style. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I might consider it if I'm really in the mood for this style and I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I didn't love this beer, but I didn't hate it either, it kind of fell right in the middle for me and I don't find it to be that memorable but I would say it's still pretty solid as far as the Style goes, keep up the solid works guys.

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Photo of Uanof
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: hazy light orange with an average receding fluffy white head.

S: quite much like belgian malt with some spices and citrus aromatics.

T: big splash of oranges upfront that quickly fades.

M: somewhat flat, the malt gives some body upfront and then it leaves the palate silently taking pretty much everythin else with it. Slightly sticky and carbonated.

O: not impressed.

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Photo of ranger7
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Samuel Adams laser-etched glass.
Review from notes.

A: Cloudy gold, very small white head.

S: Clove and honey, some coriander.

T: A bit of spice, but smooth and balanced. Very Belgian.

M: Medium carbonation with some mouth slickness.

O: Really a decent Witbier. Nice attempt at the style by Shiner.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 2/4/14. Bought a single bottle for $1.00 in the 'discount beer bin' at the local grocery store since I never even seen it before last Friday. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow in color with about a half of a finger white head that settles down to the top and sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of corriander, wheat with a hint of orange peel. the taste is actually even better and a tad on the sweet side. Clean finish with a hint of banana but I am sure there isn't any in there. Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of GMB
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standard pour of Shiner's White Wing yields a hazy straw body topped by a fizzy snow-white head that disappears quickly. Carbonation is slightly aggressive, but if the taste is sharp and crisp, I won't mind.

The nose is evenly balanced between ground coriander seed and a slightly off-putting macro-malt aroma. Hmm. Have we used fresh barley?

Fortunately, the taste is better than the nose. Coriander dominates, and is complemented by sweet malt and the typically fruity characteristics of Belgian lager yeast. The mouthfeel isn't bad; crisp and clean.

Overall, White Wing is much better than most of the beers that Shiner produces. It's not even in the same league as what I would consider good Witbiers, and I doubt I'd buy another bottle, but I don't regret sipping this one.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very attractive bottle label design.

pours a a gold, slightly hazy liquid with a white head.

Aroma is disappointing. Pretty much nonexistent.

Flavor is better. On the sweet side for the style but overall fairly complex. Some citrus, some spices, definitely can taste the orange peel. Maybe a little bit of clover honey. On second taste I'm also picking up some banana.

Medium mouthfeel. Better than average for Spoetzl with a little bit of well-balanced acidic prickliness.

Overall a good beer. Definitely a great session choice.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thin white head that falls to a thin ring and no lacing. Hazy yellow-orange color. Aroma is coriander, followed by orange peel and light grains. Flavor is tangy, spicy and light on the palate; built to compete with Shock Top and Blue Moon. Mouthfeel is light and clean--would be refreshing in the summer. Overall a decent quencher.

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Photo of bmwats
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Pours a light golden hue. Slight, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, not much else.

T: White bread, accentuated with some indistinct spice.'

M: Light, crisp, and starchy.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is bready and yeasty. Tastes like it smells, bread with some indiscernible spices. Overall, this is an okay quaff.

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Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale yellow, partially cloudy body with a nice, soft head. Soft grain notes in the aroma with a very pleasant orange and lemon character. Light malted grain flavors; wheat smoothness very noticeable; hint of black pepper spice. Light bodied with a dry, crisp finish.

A very fine witbier that comes across well-balanced, decently complex, and delightfully tasty. Smoothness, warmth, and a subtle yet varied fruitiness and spiciness all come together and make a tasty beverage. Perfect for anyone looking for a lighter bodied and flavored beer but with substance and intrigue.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden straw yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some apricot highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy white head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with a touch of sourness along with light aromas of lemon citrus and coriander spice. Slightly yeasty.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of wheat with just a hint of traditional wheat sourness. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus lemon rind and citrus lemon along with light to moderate amounts of coriander spice. Slightly yeasty with a light amount of bitterness in the finish which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Definitely an easy drinking beer and one that pairs well with spicier foods - I'm having it today with some chili. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of MJamieson
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shiner White Wing is noted as a Belgian White Style beer and is another nice addition to the segment.

The White WIng poured straw to lemon in color, with a nice holding head.

While noted as a Belgian White style, the pour provided a coriander AND light banana & clove scent like that of many traditional German wheat beers; it was an interesting mix that I was not anticipating but enjoyed.

Mouth feel was a bit lighter than I prefer with the White style, but very smooth. Taste had occasional sour notes but not consistent. Does not have the sweetness of other brands in the segment, but this may actually make it more sessionable.

I enjoyed this beer and look forward to sampling it on tap in the future.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow glass holds a thin white head that leaves a little soapy lace.

Smell: As a wit should, has a strong coriander based spicy note with a lemon peel edge. It goes just a bit sour.

Taste: A bready yeasty base, I think they actually went with a wit yeast, Shiner normally likes their house yeast for a unifying element in their beers, nice to see them step out. The spice note is light, and while there is a slight sour edge, I like my wits to pucker a little more than this does. A classic Shiner brew, towards the middle of the road, which is smart for a large brewer.

Mouthfeel: A bit light, a bit fizzy but loses it's sparkle before the glass is done. Could use a bit more base.

Overall: A nice light refreshing beer, a good beer to bring to a party, different enough to be of interest, light enough not to offend most.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shiner White Wing pours from its 12 oz. bottle to a yellow/straw color with a cloudy body, an active carbonation, and a head of foam comprised of tiny bubbles. The nose on this beer is one of coriander and wheat and the foam fizzes out in due time, leaving no lace behind.

This beer offers flavors of coriander and wheat, as expected, along with some orange and other citrus notes- mainly lemon. Some yeasty flavors and light spice close out the tasting experience on a positive note. The body of the beer is light to medium and the active carbonation adds a large degree of refreshment.

Shiner White Wine is going to replace Shiner hefeweizen, if sources are correct, and is only the second time Shiner has ever brewed a beer of this style. I find it a nice alternative to other Belgian wits and I like that it is a little less sweet than most. It offers some good refreshment and would make a good choice of beer on a hot day. Its lighter refreshment still offers enough taste and body to satisfy craft beer fans while still remaining approachable enough to satisfy the macro- brew crowd. It’s a good example of the style and one I will purchase again.

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Photo of ChuckHardslab
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. It's a pale straw color with the style correct yeasty cloudiness. It poured with about a 2 finger bright white head that settled into a thin cap that lasted until it was done. Minimal to no lacing on the glass.

The smell is wheat and grain with citrus notes and a whiff of corander. A little more yeast becomes apparent as it warms. There is a background metallic note that I find in almost all Shiner beers. It's not objectionable. None of the Belgian 'funk' that's present in more 'serious' beers.

The taste is a nice light and refreshing version of a Belgian wit. It's a little sweet with notes of oranges and bit of spice. It's very low in hops bitterness. I also taste the faintest bit of lemony sourness, perhaps from the yeast?

The mouth feel is thin with bright bubbly carbonation. Perfect for those 100+ degree Texas summer days.
This is a nice warm weather, Belgian inspired brew that's definitely geared to a wider market than craft been aficionados. It's a nice alternative to Blue Moon. It's easy drinking and tastes good enough to have a few. I have a soft spot for Shiner beers. I will definitely be keeping some around through the summer months.

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