Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Shiner brews. A great hefeweizen flavored with hints of orange, lemon, and honey

A- Hazy translucent (not transparent) golden/yellow amber with a lame ring of a head

S- Smell is mostly of wheat with a bit of honey and citrus

T- Tastes like it smells but relaxed hops come out in the aftertaste

M- I love the feel of an unfiltered brew. Feels like a real ale.

D- Drinks just fine but the added flavors detract

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Photo of Rio
4.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deeper golden shade from a 12 oz. twist-off bottle without freshness dating. Bottle suggests pouring half the beer, then swirling and pouring the other half. It also suggests enjoying with a slice of lemon. No fruit in my beer, thank you very much. Moderate head that fades to a cloudy layer across the top.

Clean smell with a bit of an earthy tone to it, nothing too impressive, though.

Heavy wheat to the taste, moderate hoppiness hiding in the background. Crisp and not too thin at all.

A very good beer, I think. Good representation of the style as I've experienced it so far.

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Photo of Offa
4.03/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having the Shiner Bock, with which I was decidedly unimpressed, I have tended not to expect much, but this pleasantly surprised me. Though hardly outstanding and not really in the style of a true German hefeweizen, it is a good, characterful beer, with nice light but firm grain-yeast character.

Cloudy dark gold, it has a rich, medium off-white head very slowly shrinking to a rich foamy ring and wisps.

Aroma is a lot of grain and bread dough, hints of apple and citrus and mineral (a bit more like a kolsch or American wheat ale than a real hefeweizen, but still good), and a hint of perfume with the faintest soapy element.

Taste is grain, light sweetness up front, faintly honeyish, with hints of yeasty dough and citrus rind, a fairly good feel that is solid and a bit lively. It almost gets watery but doesn't. It has light, lingering aftertaste, a bit grassy with citrus rind and just a touch rough, but with light dough and yeast, hints of honey. It is very pleasant overall, light and simple, but engaging and characterful enough to keep it going. If there is citrus zest or the like added, it is not overdone and thankfully doesn't give that sharp, chemically-citrus character of some beers with such ingredients, the peel basically not really noticeable as such and seemingly only adding gently to the overall, very nice, well-rounded and somewhat complex character. Having revisited this again in Oct 2012, after some time, I find that this continues to be a surprisingly good and satisfying beer.

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Photo of WwRGSwW
4.02/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Gold body, with small/ minimal head

s: very strong yeast smell. a hint of lemon

t: citrus, and a malty after taste. but not unpleasant by any means!

m: lots of carb! but not to much.

d: I was really impressed by this. as a Shiner Bock drinker, I was impressed with their Hefe! really good after a long days work!

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Photo of pbnagel
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

almost authentic hefeweizen. It is not bottle fermented, so there isn't much yeast sediment.
The label suggests swirling the last bit of beer
before pouring to get the yeast. The label would
be better for pouring instructions since this beer
does produce a considerable head (like true hefeweizen beers) when poured improperly.

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Photo of maleman
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a hazy light orange with a two finger head that receded into a tight cap and spidery lacing.

S - lots of grain and some spice notes.

T - clean taste of grain. biscuity.

M - light to medium bodied, a bit above average carbonation, a light, clean finish with minimal aftertaste.

D - light and refreshing...could drink several of these, especially in warm weather. one of the better hefe's i've had as i'm not usually a fan of wheats.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured this Hefeweizen (American) from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a hazy yellow colored brew, produced a nice white head, retention was below average and it produced some rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is very nice, smells of bread, soft wheat, and lemon peels. Medium body,very smooth and crisp. Great mouthfeel. A nice base of malted grain and wheat, flavors of traditional Hefe yeast, sweet lemon citrus flavor that is balanced with a touch of honey. Off the charts session beer, excellent summer beer, one of my new favorite American brewed Hefe's. Prost!

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Photo of JamesS
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy orange/straw/sun color with some good initial head, a bit of later flaoting head, but no lacing. Good scent, crisp with straw/wheat attributes and a nice estery banana-citrus aroma. Excellent taste, nice and clean wheat ale with a good orange citrus flavor at the end, perhaps just a little too sweet and citrusy. Goes down very nice, easy to drink.

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Photo of malty
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle must have the 'new' label, (Orange, beige and retro looking).

Given the proper yeast stirring pour into my 16 oz. Bass Ale pint glass. Somewhat cloudy pale golden color with a white 1/2" dense head. Kinetic visible upward rising carbonation. Splotchy lacework smatterings all the way down.

The scent is citrusy and sour with a faint remnant of green olive. Seeing this is an 'American Wheat Ale' - its not a let down.

Wow, as tart as any wheat ale I've ever tasted. I swear if I didn't see the bottle this came from, I might begin to think it might be Belgian. The wheat malt is evident more so in soft texture than in flavor as the lemon and orange peel dominate. An interesting stony/metallic/flinty flavor lingers after the sourness tapers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a light, fine and airy carbonation that keeps the tart flavors moving, keeping them sharp and boisterous. Definitely a sour and a tad chalky finish.

Drinkability in the summer is sky high. I don't think this is for everybody, but it would work with many lighter foods, (fish, salads, pork).

Overall a beer I thought I was going to not dig at all. I don't typically purchase wheat ales as I'd rather go for the traditional Bavarian Hefes, (which happens to be my favorite spring-early fall beer style). This weird little dude surprised the heck out of me. I'm a big fan of sour ales, so I gravitated to this very easily. I do not consider this a 'Hefeweizen' (as the label reads) AT ALL! But it does work for me in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek kinda way.

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Photo of inbeertruth
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my favorite weissbier glass.

Appearance: Starts out like a kristal weizen, but when you rouse the wheat, it becomes hazy golden. Head lasts for a good while.

Smell: Slightly fruity and wheaty, with those lovely lemon characters.

Taste: Sweet and citrusy, with a banana afternote.

Mouthfeel: Smooth if the yeast is roused.

Drinkability: While this isn’t as good Franziskaner or Paulaner, I don’t think people give this beer enough credit. It is a good hefeweizen made in the finest tradition of weissbier brewing. As a Texan and hefe lover, I salute it!

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Photo of rpwiii
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great product from shiner, very smooth finish and refreshing crisp finish. Best served cold and by following the serving directions on the back, this insures you get the best flavor through whole finish of the beer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys lighter beers with a more citrus flavor.

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Photo of sofakingawesome
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-light yellow with just a bit of lacing

S-strong citrus medley and hops come thru with floral notes

T- sweet citrus and a light hop aftertaste

M- clean and crisp in the mouth

D- Really hit the spot,very refreshing.

Great beer to drink outside on a particularly nice day of Spring. really enjoyable Texas- style hefe

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.97/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a bad Hefe. I don't generally like beers that need to be dressed. This one however has a good flavor all by itself. Fairly cloudy. Good head, but dissipated quickly leaving no traces behind. The nose is a citrus lemon, some sweet malts and a hint of floral hops. Little bit of a bitterness to this hefe which is a weird twist. Taste is as the nose foreshadows. A lemon citrus flavor with a sweet undertone. This beer is very smooth as it's light body passes over the tongue. I think it's a little to hefe for me, but if you enjoy this style a very good one.

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Photo of chilidog
3.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed thisone over this past summer, as Shiner has made its way to Ohio.
I was impressed by this all American-Hefe. Its appearance was of a good, hazy straw color, with a nice soft, thick, pillow of white. Lace was good as well.
The aroma was citric on the nose. The taste was of earthy wheat & barley with soft hidden hops in the background. The moderate body only aids its drinkability for its a crisp & refreshing beer. Easy to have another as the summer heat lingers on.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass with a wedge of lime, yeah I read the directions on the bottle and it does make a difference.

A Cloudy golden color with a white foamy head that dissipated rather quickly

S Sweet aroma I can smell the hops and a bit of citrus

T Sweet, citrusy, slightly oaty and very crisp

M A little thin, goes down smooth with a slight bitterness in the finish

D Very smooth especially if you follow the pouring instructions on the bottle. A good summertime brew

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Photo of kevman527
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my Shiner reviews...

Cloudy light golden yellow color, with no head again like the other Shiner beers and no lacing, I wonder why this is? I still like its appearance though. I smell cloves and citrus with some grassy malt notes. It tastes very citrusy too me, almost like a dry riesling, lime and grapefruit notes, kind of sour, but in a good way. A medium bodied hefe, low carbonation with a high drinkability. So far this is my favorite of the Shiner Beers.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Had this along side Pyramid Hefeweizen. This one is a bit bolder. Golden hazy body, bubbles rose in fine columns from pouring til ending, forming an even head full of hops and citrus aromas.
Taste starts with citrus, green grass(ish) and hops. Hops stays a bit longer than I would have liked for this style, but it does add to the 'crispness' of the beer.

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Photo of pojo41
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although I usually prefer lagers, this is one ale style I truly love. Nice head that quickly dissipates.Kind of fruity aroma. Wonderful cloudy appearance. Not as good as a German weissbier but, pretty good all the same. Actually, more like a witbier than a true hefeweizen.

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Photo of jubnat
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Followed the directions on the bottle to pour, but omitted the lemon. Don't bother with the lemon, it's just too much. Has a nice thick white head, stood out of the glass. Nice sweet, yeast aroma, which adds a lot to the taste. Lovely golden color with a touch of orange, and the wisps of sediment under the head floating down looks nice. Very nice yeast flavor, with an acidic but sweet feel and aftertaste. Not too much citrus flavor. I enjoy this beer a lot, and I can buy it at my local grocery store. Not too expensive either. By far my favorite of the Shiners. Could drink this pretty often, very satisfying.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a "100th Anniversary" bottle into a standard pint glass
Big, billowy two-inch head of foam-Hazy orange in color
Aroma-Subtle citrus fruits,mown hay
Taste-Subtle lemon and wheat-very refreshing and smooth-very drinkable, you want another one before you're done. Would be an excellent session beer on a warm summer day

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Photo of nickss
3.93/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw colored hue with a moderate 1/2" head.

The aroma is one of yeast and malt and little else.... maybe a touch of citrus and some muskiness.

Very refreshing and citric in the mouth. A bit of orange, and some underlying sweetness... nice, though not very complex. The yeastiness isn't as noticeable as I would have thought.

Light and crisp and substantially carbonated... I would like a bit let carbonation, but all in all not bad.

Highly drinkable, like many hefes.... very inoffensive and extremely refreshing on this 80 degree day.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.92/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance- pours a pale burnt orange with lively carbonation and a one finger head that comes down to a thin layer of foam. lacing is visible

smell- the first thing that hits me is a grassy smell with a bitter lemon scent. it actually smells good.

taste and mouthfeel- taste is almost a bit bitter and sour, but not in a bad way it all. lemon and hops seem to be what is coming through i think with a touch of sweetness. the mouthfeel is ok but i would prefer less carbonation.

drinkability- very drinkable brew

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Photo of lonestar1836
3.9/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours cloudy pail yellow (i like the hefe pouring instructions)

S: light malty sweetness with slightly hoppy finish

T: starts off with very lemony flavor (could be a shock if you don't expect it) ends up with a nice dry hoppy flavor with no real aftertaset to speak of

M: good fizz in the front with a silky smooth finish

D: very good, i'd recommend it

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very cloudy dull blonde. A creamy 1 1/2 finger head retains well and leaves some sticky lacing. Wheat and pale malt nose lacking any hops. The taste is plain, but pleasent. Mostly earthy wheat, with a citrus spice aftertaste, finishing clean. The bitterness is driven by the malt, but balances well. Combined with a light body and abundant carbonation, it has a very inviting mouthfeel. The label is cool, nice artwork and directions for serving a hefewiezen. This is a smooth and tasty hefe with a session caliber drinkability.

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Photo of LaChaBennDotcom
3.89/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first Shiner, and after this one, i'll be sure to check out some of Shiner's other products. I killed a six pack of these bottles with out noticing, and when i did notice i was sad. I drink for flavour and I drink for drinkability, this Hefe-Weizen has both-i question if it is 50:50, and there is no need for a lemon or orange because there are plenty, maybe to many, in the bottle. A bit of an unpleasant acid/vinous aftertaste

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.28 out of 5 based on 1,075 ratings.
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