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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label! This is an interesting beer that I enjoyed, although it apparently utilizes a standard Spoetzl yeast with orange and lemon peel added to give it some character. It's not a Bavarian hefe, nor is it a witbier or American wheat; but it is tasty and refreshing! Its body is a cloudy yellow-gold, and once it's massive, bright-white rocky head drops it holds a thin cap quite well. It's lacing eventually erodes, but it leaves some nice, wide splotches and spots with each sip. The nose catches your attention with some light spice and soft citrus over a mild, wheat-based malt. It's medium body is accentuated by a very fine, natural carbonation that gives just a slight tingle on the tongue and it's exceptionally smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers everything that might be expected, with a lightly sweet and just slightly bready wheat malt that's peppered with lightly floral and citrus flavors over a subtle bitterness. It finishes short and dry with just some very mild, residual wafer-like malt. Worth trying!

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Photo of Raymond69
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky head , good lacing. Bottle conditioned.Cloudy yellow in color.

Aroma of citrus rind , yeast.

Getting a sweet citrus flavor on the taste. Honey notes on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium , heavier than I's expect from Spoetzl.Good carbonation

Overall a pretty easy drinking Hefe.

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Photo of JimBird
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark yellow with a white, centimeter-thick head that stuck around for about thirty seconds before dissolving to a tight lace around the sides of the glass.
Couldn't really smell anything. The taste is the real deal, though. Definitely lemony (and I did not put any lemon in this one) and full of citrusy esters.

I have always enjoyed Shiner's stuff, and this brew is no exception. Very good.

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Photo of hangh
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Seems to be mixed well, the beer says it adds extra yeast to continue the brewing but it is all well mixed. The head was very nice. It is pretty thick and lasts well after the first pour. It only sticks in clumps on the glass.
S- Light smell that has a little bit of orange in it. Good smell without many faults
T- Nice clean taste, definitely some orange taste as well as some bready taste. Pretty smooth as well.
MF- A medium carbonation beer taht is light bodied and sits well
D- Very easy to drink and pleasant. I could have several of these and not get bored.

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Photo of thetachibro
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a real nice look to it...A golden hay color with a monsterous 2 in foam head that dissipates down to about 1/2in. Nice carbination supplies a constant feed to the head. smells of grain slightly fruity. Very light body with a wheat taste just a tiny bit of bitterness. Very high drinkability..can definatley put down a six pack especially in the summer

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Photo of mickeymac
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being disappointed by the much-heralded (by Texans) Shiner Bock on a recent trip to San Antonio, my expectations were pretty low for their Hefeweizen. Shiner has actually put together a pretty good weissebier. It is a bit light, but that wheat flavor comes shining through and it's thoroughly drinkable.

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Photo of skrib09
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

blonde in color with a white creamy head. the exact appearance you would expect from a hefeweizen.

smells fruity... lots of citrus on the nose.

as the description says, there's definetly orange and lemon in it. lots of different tastes from the yeast added for bottle conditioning.

soft mouthfeel with some champagne bubbly detectable.

good drinkability.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't my favorite variety of hefewiezen, though I'm sure I'll be drinking more during the summer. The beer pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick white foamy head, as is expected of a hefeweizen. The smell is dominated by lemon, and the taste is not far off track. Even though I was in the mood to drink something a little more stout (afterall, it is winter time), this was quite a refreshing brew. I'm sure I'll buy more when the weather warms up and the crouqet course is set up in the back yard, but until then, I require hops.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow gold. Shade of orange. 2 finger chunky head. lots of bubbles rushing upwards

S - Yeast, hint of banana, subtle spice - clove and/or coriander.

T - yeast, a little too clean for a hefeweizen. some warm spices hidden somewhere. hints of banana of course.

M - lots of carb. it's overwhelming. texture is nice though.

O - Surprising. Very surprising for the cost. but then again, Shiner's Bock is as well. I've been on a wheat/hefe tasting kick this past week and this one is better than most.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.86/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Csims for giving me a chance to try this beer.
Pours a beautiful summer wheat ....cloudy straw colored with a full craggy white head that melts to slightly sticky lacing.
Aroma tells me I shouldn't add a 'generous slice of lemon" even though it says to on the bottle. Definately American Hef....biscuit malt aromas followed by fresh lemon scents.
Taste is cracker dry yeasts set inside of softly sweet malt. Overiding flavors of spicy wheat (white pepper spicy) and sweet citrus orange and lemon.
Grainy chrispness throughout...from first sip to clean refreshing aftertaste.
Pity I waited until the end of summer to try this wonderful quencher

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label, but right beer. The label describes it as "Wheat ale brewed with orange and lemon peels with honey added", but the back label's Step 4 mentions "...Enjoy with a wedge of lemon". WTF for?!? How lemony does it need to be? Whadda I look like - a tea drinker? Get on with it!

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in Shiner, Texas since 1909,the little brewery has been the source of every drop of Shiner brew."; "Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it's brewed with a hint of clover honey and orange and lemon peels."; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "Always Sunny"; "Unfiltered and Bottle-Conditioned"; "Wheat Ale brewed with orange and lemon peels - with honey added"; "This refreshing delight bottle-conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps fermenting until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky-smooth flavor. To properly enjoy 1) pour half the bottle into a glass, 2) swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3) pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon - Prosit!"; "For every true lover of life"

A finger of frothy white head that disappeared like my former roommate in the wake of bill collectors. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow, like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. The wheat was up front on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant citrus flavor on the tongue. I attended a Wheat Beer fest last year and left thinking that I wanted to drink a beer afterwards. This tasted like something! I am not convinced that they used a hefe yeast strain, as I got none of the usual flavors on the tongue, but given my dislike of banana-ish hefes, that may not be a bad thing. Finish had a lemon tart-like fruitiness that lingered. I like Shiner's beers more and more. Keep 'em coming, boys!

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a very cloudy orange-yellow color with only one finger of head on even a vigorous pour. There is just a little lacing left on the glass. The smell has a little bit of wheat malt and some citrusy lemon. Doesn't have the classic hefe-weizen smell though. The taste is also very citrusy. Lots of lemon, some yeasty character. Different. The mouthfeel is pretty thick for a hefe. The drinkability is pretty good. Not much like the classic hefe, but a good hot weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of yosh
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer in a 12 oz. bottle. When poured it became a cloudy, golden color and created a thin head. the head slowly disappears throughout the drink. It has a sweet, smooth taste to it which makes it easy to drink. Definately something to get again!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy light orange with tall, sticky head. Aroma is of wheat with strong citrus component. Taste is very good, this is a nice, smooth beer that ends with zesty lemon and orange twang. This is a really good wheat beer, taste is smooth, but always leaves the tongue wanting more. Probably the best beer I've had from the Shiner line-up.

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Photo of dungaree
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden with some cloudiness from the yeast sediment. The thin head dissipates quickly. Lively carbonation contains small bubbles.

Smells of sweet fruit, lemon, orange, cantaloupe, and sweet malt. Orangish taste with slight taste of hops. Finishes lemony and sweet malty. Good mouthfeel. The fruity flavors combined with good carbonation tickle the tongue and mouth. This beer has a very clean taste. It's fruity, sweet, satisfying, and filling.

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Photo of shaunivan
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out to a light brownish colour.

Decent carbonation.

Slight to medium head.

Kind of heavy, couldn't have too many of these back to back.

Tastes mildly like oranges, slightly bitter, tastes brilliant going down, wonderful beer to have especially if its hot out.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a weizen glass with the yeast added into the pour. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice off-white head.

S- The aroma features a noticeable wheat base with some citrus (orange and lemon peel) and yeast. There are no banana and clove flavors like I really enjoy in many of the German Hefeweizens, but this is a solid aroma that is very refreshing.

T- The taste like the aroma is very refreshing. There is some wheat with citrus and yeast as well. Not overly complex, but it is very drinkable.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is one drinkable beer that I could see myself drinking a few easily on a warm day.

Overall, this not a bad beer that is definitely worth a try. I would consider it more of an American Pale Wheat Ale than a Hefeweizen, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyability.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Hefe-Weizen is a real thirst quencher on a hot day. It's light and sweet. It pours up a cloudy yellow with a creamy head that dissipates rapidly. It smells citrusy and malty with no hops detected. It had a slight sour finish with a hint of hops at the end. I thought it was a bit thin, but not bad. A few years ago, I visited the brewery and sampled this in the tasting room. I've liked it since then.

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Photo of beeragent
3.83/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I remember drinking one of these years before I knew what craft beer was. I just thought it was a Shiner with an interesting label. Only now do I appreciate it. Poured into a glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a hazy light straw, forming a full white head. The aroma is very light citrus along with a mellow wheat aroma. The taste is first a full flavor of lemon, along with light malt, and a grassy and wheaty finish. Not bad. Thin mouthfeel. Smooth finish and low abv. makes for a decent drinkability. Overall, like most Shiner beers, this would be great for a summer day after mowing the yard, or during a lazy day tubing the river. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (October 15, 09):
A recent tasting shows that is beer balances pretty heavily toward the spicy, clove, and peppery phenols with a sharp lemon-lime zest. Lighter on bananna, fruity esters, and smoother wheat notes, this beer is a bit more acidic and sharp. Hop bitterness further accentuate the sharpness but I do like the fresh-cut grass note that the hops give to the aroma and taste. Certainly a thirst quincher meant for those hot Texas summers.

Thanks Exiled!

Certainly better than most American Wheats, but not as good as traditional Hefeweizens. Sure, the clove, bananna, estery, bubble-gum flavors are there, but don't show enough character to brag about. Citrus (lemon and orange) have a nice showing with good wheat-y, bread-y flavors. The texture is where the beer could have been better. The feel of the citrus character makes the beer a little thinner and acidic than prefered. Just not as creamy or juicy as the best Hefe's are. But, a good American attempt.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow, with a decent white head that settles quickly. Moderate carbonation. Smells of citrus peels, wheat, and yeast. Tastes of orange peels, maybe a little bit of honey too?. Not too complex on the flavor. It's nice to open a beer, and get exactly what you expect. Would definetly not mind having one of these again.

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Photo of smt1
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: golden, slightly cloudy. Head that fazes to light haze

S: sweet, malt, mildly hoppy. Not much complexity

T: like it tastes, with a sweet aftertaste. Quaffable.

M: medium-heavy carbonination typical of a Hefeweizen

O: This is my favorite Shiner. Highly drinkable but flavorable. Does not taste like piss.

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Photo of NHGrafx
3.82/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date of 11-15-08 06:58

Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Has a 2 finger head with bad retention. Good bit of yeast sediment swirled into glass. Not much lacing.

Aroma is a bit unusual for what most would consider a hefeweizen. Smells quite floral at first. There are also a lot of citrus aromas as well. A slightly hidden wheat and yeast aroma comes through, but becomes more pronounced as it warms.

Taste is also interesting. A clear citrus taste is there, like oranges. A nice crisp wheat flavor comes through with some yeast as well. Slight hop bitterness and bit of maltiness comes out too. Very slight bitterness on the finish. Good crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right. Good drinkability too.

This one would be great for the summer.

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Photo of KFaulkner
3.81/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Hagerstown, MD; no dating but bottle had this note:
"Wheat ale brewed with orange and lemon peels with honey added."

Actually, the label was quite impressive. It also included these instructions on the back:
"1. Pour half the bottle into a glass. 2. Rouse the yeast by swirling what's left in the bottle; then pour the rest. 3. Enjoy with a generous wedge of lemon."

I thought this was great; exactly how a Wheat Beer should be enjoyed and spelled right out for the the amateurs out there (and we all were amateurs at one point).

I followed the instructions and poured into a Weizen glass. The head was quite impressive indeed; it foamed up to the top of the glass in a slight dome shape and almost resembled soap bubbles (only much smaller of course). Because the head was so exciting, I left the lemon wedge out, but was disappointed when the head retreated within a minute. The beer was cloudy and unfiltered and gorgeous.

The smell was very fruity and yeasty, like a wheat beer should be. At the same time, I was slightly disappointed by the lack of intensity of the aroma, and got so into it that I actually got some on my nose. Oops.

The mouthfeel was also yeasty and had nice carbonation; not too thick or pasty as some wheat beers are, but nice.

Taste was flowery, yeasty and sweet (the honey I assume) and had the hints of citrus mentioned on the bottle, none of which was particularly overwhelming. Well balanced nonetheless. Comparable to other wheat beers I've had but with it's own originality. It had a slight aftertaste that wasn't at all unpleasant, and was quite drinkable.

This was my second Shiner beer, after trying the 96 variety last week. I really like the old fashioned labels and the information clearly shows that someone put quite a bit of time and effort into this beer. Well done Spoetzl!

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Photo of deathcab
3.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a very light orange. It reminds me of Orangeade.

S: Smells very florally, I get the hint of oranges.

T: Tastes pretty good, nothing great. I taste quite a lot of fruits. The aftertaste is wonderful though, it sticks around and is not overpowering, just very pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is nothing special, it feels like a regular light lager...tuns of carbonation

D: I could have a good number of these, however, i could see getting full of them after a while, or losing interest in the taste after a 6 pack.

Overall this is a good beer. I will drink this every now and then and love it. But, if i had it often i would defiantly get sick of it.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.28 out of 5 based on 1,074 ratings.
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