Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BrewDoc12
4.85/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer. Not too crazy about some other Spoetzel brews, but this one is one of my favorites. Being a native Texan might play a role. Excellent color and smell. Silky mouthfeel,and rich flavor. Citrus overtones without being overpowering. Beautiful lacing and overall drinkability. One of my ol'faithfuls.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.64/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer! Hefeweizen is my all-time favorite type of beer, and Shiner did not disappoint. This is rich with all the qualities of a good Hefeweizen - lots of good citrus undertones as well. Great job, Shiner! You never let me down!

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Photo of Morris729
4.48/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this particular beer as my first to review here at BeerAdvocate. Pours a nice cloudy golden-orange color with a creamy white head that fades into a thick and sticky lace. Nose is fresh wheat blended with some floral aromas. Taste is sweet malt, fruity banana, and a bit of a nutty yeast flavor. Mild hops are present in the background and provide a nice amount of balance. Medium-bodied, smooth, creamy, and very refreshing. A great summertime brew. All in all, one of the best American wheat beers I’ve tried, and in my opinion, this is the best bottled beer brewed in Texas.

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.46/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good beer! Mild wheat and fruit tastes are light and refreshing. It is a taste that allows you to have another and another ;-). Very, very smooth! The only thing I didn't rate high was appearance as it has a slightly "over-filtered" look for this type of beer, but again I still like it alot! Prosit!

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Photo of alfistheman
4.45/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep yellow gold color, thick lacing white head
S- Honey Cloves and orange Peels, hops distant
T- Honey Cloves and Orange/Lemon peels dominate followed by light bitter hops
M- Well carbonated, thick-medium oil feel
D- Very good, Strong for the style, i think higher ABV than rated, even higher than 5.6%!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.38/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally like Shiner's beers or wheat beers, so this little gem was quite a shock. It poured a beautiful cloudy yellowish colour with almost no head. It smelled very beery with a sour hint of yeast. More beery than I was expecting from a wheat beer. The taste was quite delightful. It didn't have many of the unpleasant notes I associate with wheat beer. It didn't taste yeasty or sour. It had a tiny bit of citrus zest, but not the lemony taste that is often put in wheat beers, and there was no clove taste either. It had a wheat flavour to it, but I didn't find it unpleasant. The unflitered character left it a bit starchy, but with a pleasant mouthfeel to accompany it. So, good job on that, Shiner. This is the best wheat beer I've ever tasted. Maybe I'll stop avoiding them or maybe I'll just stick with this one. Yum.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.35/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose of citrus and a fair amount of citrus on the palate from the orange and lemon peel. Not much clove or banana, but more like an allspice, with an unidentifiable sundry of fruit. Pours an hazy orangeish amber, with a light coloured dense foam head. Taste of honey is light and feathery, not like a mead.

Shiner, with it’s own version of a "Hefeweizen", has done well. Not too unlike it’s German brethren, if your not a purest, you will like this Shiner rendition.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date

Appearance: It has a cloudy yellow/tan colored body with a tall three finger tall head. The head is off white in color and has a thick and creamy look that makes some nice sticky lace rings at the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light yeasty/bready character with some hints of fresh citrus.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a modest medium body with a light bready and yeasty character which is both earthy and fruity. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice touch of lemon and orange citrus zest before the hops come in and add a slight bitterness and dryness. Light hop bitterness and dry yeast notes quickly fade from the tongue in the finish.

Notes: The light easy drinking nature of this Hefeweizen is perfect for heat of the summer and the lemon and orange zest is a nice touch to a classic style.

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Photo of gearkraft
4.32/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Target of all places... only $6.50! (sorry, I love great deals)

A: nice golden color, light lacing, pretty standard...

S: A sweet lemony-organic type aroma. Little bit of hops and citrus. Very pleasant.

T: A burst of lemon and light hops. Very light and crisp with extended citrus flavors. Quite powerful... A strong initial taste with a long tapered followed flavor.

M: Cool and refreshing. A wonderful summertime/spring beer for relaxing.

D: Very high drinkability. The sweet flavors put this high ont he poundability scale.

Conclusion: This would be a great beer to let newcomers try... very familiar flavors. I love the summer flavored approach to this Hefe.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is the best wheat beer I've ever had. Notice I said "wheat" and not "hefeweisen" like this beer claims to be, as others have also pointed out. While many wheat beers can be short on flavor and sort of watered down, Shiner Hefeweisen packs a whollop of flavor. It almost seems like a Belgium Wit-style judging by appearence and smell. Serves as a fantistic summer session brew with an abundance of wheat malt spritzed with lemony/orange flavor. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of willyumlong
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

being a man i paid no attention to notice the directions on the label of how to pour the beer, but my wife pointed them out after i already had 2 or 3. be sure to follow them it does enhance the beer
very hazy
smells good little flowery/citrusy
definately a tasting experience, again there were more flavors in there than i could distinguish but i liked them all. really like this beer, kinda on the citrus side which i usually dont care for but it works in this case
unique textured feel
cant wait till this is back in the store again

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Photo of hero27
4.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up this beer in a 6-pack of bottles from a gas station of all places on my way back from Des Moines, Iowa. I was intrigued by the label with the sad face when right-side up and the happy face when upside-down...we have since lovingly nicknamed this brew "Upside-Down Beer".

Appearance: Poured into a tall pilsner glass to appreciate fully. The snow-white head is fairly large....over two fingers thick to start and then trails off somewhat quickly leaving a rocky appearance, leaving little to no lacing on the glass. This brew is noticeably cloudy and a golden, orangish-yellow color.

Smell: Smells of orange peel and lemons. Very citrousy, but you can pick up a hint of yeast.

Taste: Tastes of oranges, sweet malt, and a hint of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Creamy & smooth all the way. Urges you to drink more with every sip.

Drinkability: Can't be anything short of a 4-4.5, but I give it a solid 5 based on personal preference. Sitting by the pool on a hot summer day, you could drink these easily all afternoon and be refreshed with every sip.

Overall, I must commend Shiner on, what I think, is probably their finest beer. A fan favorite around these parts in the summer.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.18/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The citrusy overtones really open your senses on the first smell of this beer, While never pouring into a glass, but beer tastes great right out of the bottle. Great summer beer with a light mouthfeel and a clean taste that will cool you down and make you want more. Definatly shiner has hit a spot with this beer and should be recomended for hefe-wiezen fans and beer drinkers in general. The availability of this beer is limited to non-existent in resturaunts, but it can be found in most grocery stores.

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Photo of VipertheIV
4.17/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. Notes of citrus. Also has a candied flavor to it. Is a good wheat beer with a sour smell and lemony scent. Great after a hot day at the beach. Have not seen it at any distros in PA, but found it at Hilton Head, SC.

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Photo of miket163
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy orange into a pint glass with a 2" white foamy head which hung around for a while; very nice lacing on this one.

The smell was great: Lemon and grapefruit up front, with very herbal quality's like fresh parsley and lemon grass. The taste was very nice: Citrus, grass, sourdough, and a touch of honey.

This is probably the best beer I have had from Spoetzl and a very competent brew in the Hefe catagory...great beer.

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Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled a 12 FL. OZ. bottle out of a Spoetzl Mix Pack I bought @ Shop N' Save in Valley Park, MO for $15.99. Poured from the orange bottle w/ yellow writing, "ALWAYS SUNNY" & says With Honey Added on the front with no Freshness Date into my 16oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has a very sweet and crisp aroma. Lemons come out very appropriate in here and can tell there are a medium amount of grains in the smell. All around good!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 Finger, bubbly head. Has a dark orange colored body with tons of cloudy and haze to it. Leaves good lacing afterwards.

Flavor- Very sweet from the beginning with the malt and citrus flavor and then has a honey background that is perfect! Very light on the bitterness and hop is not tasted in here. A crisp finish sums up this tasting.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, HIgh Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a "Tangy" finish with tons of citrus pop! Cool!

Overall Impression- Is one of my top ones (besides the Holiday Cheer) from Spoetzl! Very easy, refreshing, but has a lemon/honey aroma and taste that will impress you! Wait til next season and enjoy this one during the summer! I'll be looking for this Hefe again!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.14/5  rDev +26.2%


Appearance (3.25) : 1 finger lightly fluffy head that seems to float on top like a jello mold. Body is light gold and fairly transparent. If I understand right, the style SHOULD be fairly cloudy...but man I'm not gonna get into semantics.

Aroma (4) : Honey. Molasses. A nice gingerly wheat smell. Some honey biscuit or cracker. I have to say it's different than anything I've ever laid nose to. At worst you could say it's processed or chemically, like paint, but I won't go there. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.25) : Pleasantly sour and gingerly, man this is a tangy beer. And it's so unique! It's just got this THING going's great! Honey, ginger, club soda tang, hard to describe. It's unique and that's great. Just what I needed tonight. The most wild hefeweizen I have ever had before.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light bodied, carbonated, champagne-like. Ends crispy and dry like a white wine. So easy to drink. It's like a favorite light lager of mine but it has the best tangy flavor to it!

Overall (4.14) : This Hefe is fabulous. And by fabulous I mean it's not the best beer in the world but I have never had anything quite like it. The double headed man on the label says it all - this beer is freakin' WEIRD. So, so pleasant. And I may be a little tipsy by now, but I can still call a good beer out when I have one - and this beer rocks my world. So incredibly tangy, so delicious. Shiner Hefe, if I find you in a six pack, I'm taking you home with me. An then I will build you a crib. And rock you to sleep. And... I'm out.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner's Hefe-Weizen has always been something of a conundrum to me. It's profile is closer to a honey wheat beer than a true hefeweizen, but it still gets classified as a hefe. It's one hell of a good summertime beer either way. The Hefe-Weizen sports one of the coolest labels I've ever seen, and it also offers some good information on how to pour and enjoy the beer.

The beer looks fantastic on the pour. A thick head sits atop a dense, cloudy body. The nose is fragrant and citrusy.

The taste reminds me of Shiner's old Honey Wheat brand more than a true hefeweizen. Perhaps it's the same recipe, I don't know for sure. The dominant flavor is a tart and tangy lemon verbena, followed by a slight hint of cloves. Minimal hop presence, but it's there. The wheats are crisp and tight, fleshing this beer out nicely. The honey addition adds a gentle sweetness to the taste. Not a typical hefe taste profile, which tends to add to some of the confusion on how to approach this beer.

The mouthfeel is good, the finish clean and refreshing. This is one of my favorite summertime beers, light and satisfying on a hot Texas day. Pairs well with seafood or Tex-Mex. It's sometimes difficult to find this beer, so it often gets overlooked when one considers the Shiner lineup, but I wholeheartedly recommend picking up a sixer of this underappreciated gem if you get the chance. It's usually priced at around $5.99/sixer in most stores.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow straw color and was pretty hazy, as a true hefe should be. Huge frothy white head topped this one off. Some sweet and sour grainy notes rise up from the beer. The taste is light and flavorful with some fruity sweetness left on the tongue. Low in the banana and clove esters that I like to see. No biggie. Light in body, very easy to drink and Nicely blended. and overall I can say this is a very nice example of an American Hefe.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle in the Shiner Reunion Pack in a pint glass.

A: Poured as directed on bottle and ended up with about a 2 finger head. Cloudy, golden appearance. The head sticks around a bit with some lacing.

S: Wonderful smell of citrus and hops come through. Malty smell towards the end.

T & D: I think this is one of the best Hefeweizen's I have ever had. I think that the flavor is very well balanced with a great hoppy bite. The beer is very smooth as well.

Overall this beer is amazing. I would pick this over many other Hefe's. The lacing is great, the smell is wonderful and appealing, and the taste is out of this world. Completely different to many of the other Hefeweizen's i have tasted. GREAT BEER SPOETZL BREWERY!!!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a fresh slightly phenol, slightly sweet, slightly fruity quality with pale malt and wheat aspects. Clove and bananas not noted.
Excessive head even when poured carefully, Cloudy yellow. Head is white and very firm.
Nice mix of subtle flavors. A little sweet then dry with a shot of bitterness at finish. Nice mix of pale malt wheat and hops. Also contains a thirst pleasing souness that is not citrus.
Extremely refreshing light and very easy to drink. Moderate smoothness. Moderate carbonation gives a tingly sensation on tongue.
Quite enjoyable. Good label.

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Photo of ebraun
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the suspended yeast in the glass was very appealling and the head hung around for a good long time for a lighter style. In the aroma I found the lemon peel, yeast and could almost sense the sweetness of wheat. The taste of the beer was similar to that of a Paulaner but a little lighter and not quite as complex but it did give a sweetness and velvety coating to the palate. All the strong qualities of this beer packed into a lighter style made for a very drinkable beer. I avoided adding a lemon as is suggested on the bottle. I've done so in the past and I think the lemon in the brew is quite enough. It comes just shy of the level of Paulaner, but stands very strong on its own merits.

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Photo of Ford
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For reason, I had never had this offering from Shiner. We stopped by the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner last Friday. If you are a Texan or just visiting and end up near Shiner, take the time to visit. It is a good time and worth it in my opinion.

Wow. I'm very impressed. This is my favorite Hefe after Live Oak in Texas at this point, and in some ways I think I might prefer this.

So refreshing. I had 4 Shiner tastes and this one was my favorite, though the Bohemian Black wasn't far behind.

A very nice Hefe in my opinion. All the normal flavors are blended together well with nothing being overpowering.

I'll be picking up some bottles for this next weekend.

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Photo of alkemy
4.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep yellow/golden color into a pint glass. The scent is reminiscent of lemon grass...very light and airy This beer lets you know it's going to be refreshing right from the start. There is a nice unfiltered cloudiness going on here too. The taste is slightly sweet with the citrus hints that come with many wheat beers. A clean, but faint hops taste really balances this beer out. This is one of my favorite all around beers...especially when considering price and quantity consumed in a summertime sitting!

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Photo of BeanBone
4.06/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pleasantly cloudy straw to pale orange body with a decent off-white dimpled head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing

Aroma: Sour citrus dominates, with some faint sweetness on top of a subtlety hoppy and grainy body

Taste: Very crisp and tart with huge citrus notes (that linger well into the aftertaste) with slight hints of the added honey - the hops and wheat are very much in the background here

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a bit thin, but that's what you are looking for in a summer's day thirst quencher like this

Drinkability: This a great beer for Texas summers: goes down easy, refreshes and has a moderate ABV so you can keep drinking all afternoon

Verdict: Sour citrus flavors absolutely dominate this beer, so if you aren't a fan of those flavors you probably aren't going to like Shiner Hefeweizen much. If you happen to like sour citrus flavors though, you're going to find a great refreshing beer that is quite affordable (depending on where you live). I've always have a fondness for this beer, and although I will always miss the creepy guy(s) on the label, the beer still doesn't disappoint me.

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