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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 abkaroll
4.09/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 Jamila10ten
4.04/5  rDev +23.2%

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 legalag11
4/5  rDev +22%

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 TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Travix1516
4/5  rDev +22%

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 Jasoncolliver
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of grg001
4/5  rDev +22%

First tried at the brewery in Shiner. Excellent and smooth.

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Photo of Shafaegalo
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of ange1
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of yankinwis
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of sgrobben
4/5  rDev +22%

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