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 aetnde
2.6/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was really disappointed with this bottle. I think maybe I kept it too long. I will try again next time I am down South and find it on tap.

The color was right on but not cloudy at all like I thought it would be. The very thin head left rapidly.

Smell was alright and was what you would expect.

Taste was just wrong.

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Photo of billab914
2.61/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head covering the top. The color seems a light and bright, almost similar to pineapple juice.

Aroma is pretty muted, I'm getting a little wheat but not much else. The taste has wheat and a little bit of citrus to it but is pretty light in flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer but it just doesn't have much flavor. It feels like it's missing the big banana and clove yeastiness that I expect from a Hefe. This tastes more like a light wheat beer.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. No dating info but I got this in the Shiner Family Reunion six pack featuring Kosmos Reserve which was just released so it's fresh. It was a cloudy pale straw color with tons of carbonation and good lacing. It had a massive white head that very slowly dissipated into constant foam.

The aroma was biscuity, lemony, orange and spicy. Not a fan of how it blended together. There was something off for me in the spice. The taste was also a mess. Too spicy and dry for a wheat. It had an odd aftertaste that made you want to grab a water to cleanse the palate. This tasted like a dry saison mixed into a bland wheat - not good.

Overall, a big disappointment. I really wish this was good since it is readily available here and usually at a good price point but it's a mess. I once was a huge fan of the Shiner line but I've moved on and still seems like they played with the recipes. Don't recommend. One and done.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With fairly aggressive pouring I got a small to medium sized off white head that quickly faded to almost nil and no lace. Color is amber and I see no yeast sediment. Aroma is malt grain hay and a little fruit. Flavor is like aroma plus a little tang in the end. Have no idea where the "Bavarian" part comes in. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Kind of a sweet tart finish. If there were only light or common beer other than this, then I'd choose this. Left handed compliment.

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Photo of Grohnke
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Cloudy, pale yellow gold. Billowy white, long lasting head.
(4.5 / 4)

Very light banana. Very soft clove. Very light bubblegum. No hop. Light citrus. Very light grainy malt.
(1.5 / 3)

Mild grainy sweet wheat. Moderate tartness. Soft phenolic clove. Medium citrus. No hop flavor. Light hop bitterness. Moderate dry finish. Aftertaste is tart, lightly sweet citrus. Balance towards malt and spice.
(2.5 / 12)

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderately astringent.
(3 / 3)

Flavor and Aroma was far too soft and muted. Lacks character. High level of tartness paired with the astringency left my mouth feeling battered.
(2.5 / 5)

(2.68 / 27)

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Photo of bmwats
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a near-weizen glass.

A: Dark, dull, cloudy golden color. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger foamy white head. Quickly settles into a bubbly layer of carbonation. Very spotty lacing remains as you drink.

S: Wheat, citrus, freshly mowed grass, and dish soap.

T: Subdued wheat flavor, but citrus really stands out.

M: Light, but you can feel the acid burn from the citrus infusion. Kinda' like when you eat a lemon or lime. Has a somewhat metallic aftertaste.

D: Okay drinkability.

The atmosphere is okay. The nose is a bit unpleasant. The flavor is a bit shocking. The citrus overwhelms. The finish is harsh. This quaff is definitely distinctive, and probably not what you'll expect as far as a typical hefeweizen is concerned. It's a little unfortunate really. . . I can remember drinking this in the past, and it was frankly a completely different brew (back when the bottle was the odd two faces one on top of the other design). It once was a very traditional hefeweizen that I found to be very solid, now it's like a bastardized wheat beer with the orange and lemon already brewed in. I'm not sure why they've changed it up so much. Anyway. . . serviceable quaff.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, creamy gold yellow pulsing color. Thick, wheat foam screen, dry and uneven. Nose is real sour, lemon and mash, not overly enjoyable.

Taste is almost nil. Full of blistering carbonation that really injures its drinkability. Taste is light and sweet and really tastes more like a macro pilsener than any hefe I've had. I think the looks are the only thing that might distinguish this brew as anything other than normal swill. Cleanish, lemon after.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy and poured a big white head. The beer also had decent lacing. The beer was bready smelling and slightly sour which is the way it tasted also. Sorry, no sour beer for me. I will not buy again

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Photo of malcontent
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In the tradition of Pyramid and Widmer, American wheat ales masquerading as hefes. Just call it what it is, folks.

Pale straw body with nearly zero haze to it and a shockingly meager head. This is not what the style should look like.

Citrus peel is there (more orange than the lemon co-billed on the label) and the vaguely wheat-y twang. Really no yeasty esters to speak of. Once again, a let-down.

Even under the American Wheat category I'm not sure this holds up very well. Zingy wheat/citrus duality that crashes to earth amidst the completely overaggressive carbonation and unappealing cereal-meets-plastic aftertaste.

As noted, the mouthfeel is not full and chewy like a great hefe but soda-water-ish in its carbonation. Really just a fizzy nothing of a beer. And I actually LIKE Shiner Bock!

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Photo of Kegatron
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazed gold, with several fingers of bright-white head. This retains with a finger or so of rich sudsy froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with robust lacing. The aroma smells of green banana, sweet crisp wheat, and spicy clove. This has a moderate airiness, with just a tiny bit of floral notes coming out.

The taste is ripe banana and wheat with a light earthy bitterness. This is feeling a bit too sweet and heavy at times on the palate. Spicy clove is sprinkled throughout the profile, lingering in the finish along with some dry pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly feeling up front but then a bit silkier across the back. The overall feel here is pretty firm overall though, which helps control that sweetness.

I wanted to like this one more but it just isn’t a very good example of the style. It’s just overly sweet and fruity in some areas with no bubblegum character to help keep this breezy and light in its profiles. This seems like an Americanized take on a Hefe and I for one wasn’t much of a fan.

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Photo of drizzam
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first foray into the world of Spoetzl brewing...let's give it a shot.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date to be found. The body of the brew is a murky orange color with yellow highlights along the edges when held to the light. All of this is topped with a bright white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Doesn't come across to me as a good Hefe in terms of aroma. Mild aromas of citrus, lemon mainly, supported by a wheat backbone. Seems like maybe a bit of pepper in there as well.

T & M - Just as the aroma failed to impress, so goes the taste. The main players here are lemon and orange peel. It finishes with a bit of a spicy twang on the back end. Mouthfeel is watery, this is way too thin. Carbonation is on the low to moderate end of the spectrum.

D - In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi..."What the hell is going on here?". This beer was not a good representation of a style that I've grown to love over the years. The relatively low ABV and ease of drinking (read watery nature) do make it at least drinkable on a Summer day. If you want a good Hefeweizen, look elsewhere. I think I could swing a dead cat in my local liquor store and hit 3 bottles of Hefe that would be more worthwhile.

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Photo of auxiliary
2.67/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance - No head after it sat for awhile. Looks like left out pineapple juice. Cliudy yellow color. No bubbles, no lace, awful looking.

smell - Lots of lemon smells here. Some wheat and honey mixed in. Pretty good smelling beer.

taste - Wheat taste up front, and the lemon and lime kicks in after it. I hate lime.

mouthfeel - Meium-light body.

drinkability - I can drink this beer, when i say this, but it was the wosrt hefe I have tasted. Dump the lime, make the head rise on this one.

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Photo of skillerified
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Came to the table very lemonaide looking. Very hazy with little to no head. Lacing was alright, but not really impressive by any means. It was fun to explain to everyone what I was drinking, why it was so "dirty" looking, and why it came with a lemon wedge.

Scent was unimpressive. Mostly citrus, lemon and a little orange. Some of the wheat was present too, but it was weak. There was no sign of the typical banana and clove scents.

Taste favored the wheat character. There was also some of the orange and lemon citrus going on. As it warmed, a little spicyness came out. Not untasty, but weak and underwhelming.

Very light bodied beer. Fine carbonation. It's sweet early, but finishes slightly and pleasantly bitter.

Not an undrinkable beer by any means, but there are so many better examples of the style and tastier beers in general. Not sure what the point of this is. This is only the second offering from the Spoetzl Brewery I've tried, Shiner Bock being the other, and neither seem to try to be true to style in the taste department. They look the part, but perform like something else. Neither is bad (in fact I find the Bock to be quite tasty), but neither is great either. Is this a trend maybe?

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Photo of ibrewaletx
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored and cloudy to style with a large foamy head, also to style.
Floral and slight spicy smell, but no real clove or banana noticable.
Taste was slightly yeasty, bready, and slightly sweet.
For the amount of suspended yeast present, mouthfeel was pretty weak, not very much there.
Overall this was a 'OK' hefewiezen, but not your best sample for the style. Enjoyable summer beer still, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of biergeniesser
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Shiner Hefeweizen poured straw to blond in color. Uncharacteristically for a Hefeweizen, its thin white head dissipated quickly. Tiny bubbles evolved from the size of the glass. Shiner Hefeweizen was hazy at first and then cleared up as it warmed, but had no yeast sediment (hey, where’s the hefe?).

Shiner Hefeweizen has an aroma dominated by a clean citrus scent. It has no noticeable hop aroma. The only other noticeable aroma component was a slight degree of solevnty alcohol.

The flavor was light and crisp with a light degree of bitterness. The dominant flavor characteristics were lemony citrus and grassy/wheaty flavors. There was a slight degree of a solventy alcohol flavor, which developed as the beer warmed.

The body of this beer was light and it had a moderate degree of carbonation.

All in all Shiner Hefeweizen is a decent beer. I would recommend it as a starting place for someone who is trying to acquire a taste for real German Hefeweissbiers. However, if you are used to the complex flavors and ester profiles of some of the Bavarian classics… this one might disappoint.

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Photo of acevenom
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy and yellow with a white head. I can smell the wheat with a hint of citrus. It's not a strong smell. The there's a decent amount of citrus flavor, but it's not overpouring. There isn't much hops flavor. There's the taste of grain and malt. The aftertaste is a bit strange and I can't place it. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation isn't overbearing. I've had this before and I'm still not impressed by it.

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a bright hazy yellow with a Very quickly dissipating head and a little stirred up yeast sediment throughout.

S: Fruity esters, but none so distinct you can really pinpoint them. there is a wheat background

T: Starts with a banana flavor and then moves to a more bread-like, wheat flavor and finishes with a highly carbonated lemon flavor

M: rather on the thin side with a slicker mouthfeel

D: this one from shiner didn't do it for me. No real complexities with this hefe, everything was just average at best

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 8/31/2008 (bottle):

Pours a strong yellow colored body, with a smallish whitish color head. Slight fruity aroma, real strong maltiness. But not very strong overall. Somewhat watery taste. Weak taste. Fizzy. As it warms up, more Big Brotherish. More fruity esters as it warms but also more watery.

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Photo of quickF4i
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my 1st review. poured bottle into a weizen glass, rich golden color that appeared somewhat cloudy, with an unfiltered look. decent head that went away quickly, with some lacing leftover. smelled like a dark lager, with moderate carbonation. had a strange but short-lived aftertaste that i could best describe as artificial banana-vanilla-orange. got a little better as i went along.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Hefeweizen

C: 3.5 Light pale yellow color. A bit hazy with visible rising carbonation. Pours with about an inch of white head, which lingers for a minute or two and leaves behind moderate amount of lacing.

S: 3.0 Wheat. Light citrus scent. Grassy/mossy scent.

T: 2.5 There is no malty taste. No citrus taste. The wheat is there and there is a light bitter finish. Overall, there's not much here to evaluate.

M: 3.0 The beer is light, but not watery. It's got a refreshing feel to it.

OVERALL: 2.5 It's easy to drink, but there isn't any depth or character to make me want to drink it again. It's about the same as a Blue Moon.


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Photo of gtermi
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours an above average cloudy orange with a thick white head that quickly fades. As the beer fades, it leaves a very tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: A little bit of fruity sweetness and a decent amount of malt on the nose. Not really much else.

T: A lot of malt and a bit of fruity sweetness. This is not a very good tasting beer.

M: With your typical Shiner beer, you have to have a crap load of foam. There is a bit of crispness on the back of throat and the mouth too.

O: Don't buy this if you like good beer. It just is not enjoyable and leaves a lot to be desired for.

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Photo of Greggy
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours nicely into a wheat glass with a nice 2 finger head which recedes rather quickly to a thin lace. A normal wheat beer appearance of cloudy yellow.

Smell: Nothing to wild here just wheat, a touch of lemon and I swear a smell just a slight note of pear.

Taste: As with the last few wheat beers I have had, this one was quite austere. The taste just lacked the complexity that I figured this beer may have. I can taste just a hint of honey and just a small amount of lemon but there isn't a whole lot there. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Just the right amount of carbonation on this one which I was delighted with but the aftertaste is a bit tart.

Drinkability: I got this in a sampler from a friend and I wouldn't plan on buying it again. Although it was refreshing, it didn't have the cut in taste that I was looking for.

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Photo of froghop
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a semi-hazy pale yellow-orange with a thin white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, wheat, citrus, and a touch of spice.

taste is watery, orange, some lemon, a touch of honey, and wheat, end is very tart.

overall this was more citrus than wheat, and very tart.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The appearance is the best attribute of the beer, sadly. It poured a murky light orangish color with a nice light white more than 2 finger head that seemed to retain itself well. The only problem with the head is that when you tilted the glass back to take a drink, the head kind of broke apart. The aroma was pretty well non-existent, a very light yeast aroma with a very slight hint of some citrus. The taste was pretty much the same as the nose not much there. Sadly, the beer probably would have been better with an orange in it. The beer had the right amount of carbonation and the beer was smooth, light-to-medium body and pretty easy to drink. Overall, the beer is less than average and I will not be buying it again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers included in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a 2 1/2 inch off-white head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing. It's a nice looking beer, but unfortunately it goes downhill from there. Not much to the aroma. It smells mostly like sweet and bready malt, with a bit of lemon peel, wheat, and also has a metallic aroma. The taste is just like the aroma, but with no metallic taste. There's also a slight weird bitter taste noticable. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's not good, either. Mouthfeel/body is light, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK. Regardless if it's really a hefeweizen or an American wheat ale, I didn't think it was a good example of either style. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I didn't care for this brew very much. I'll have to try this again in the future to make sure.

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