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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ronniebruner
2.77/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is one of the darkest hefeweizens I have ever seen. It pours with almost no head or lace and the aroma is of orange peels and earthy spices. The beer tastes too fruity to be an effective beer. The dark amber color throws it off a bit as a heffy should be pale. The beer is very heavy and when held to a light, you can see chunks of something floating in it. Not a bad beer, but not one I'd buy a 6 pack of either. Got this one in a Shiner variety pack.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Body is cloudy yellow under a white head that is huge initially but has little staying power.

Smells of generic lager actually. A little hop aroma of the noble variety and some pale singular malts make up the majority of the nose. A little foam as well.

Strange tastes greet me in my first sip. Some synthetic fruit flavors paired with warm-grown yeast come to mind. Maybe a little metallic hoppiness as well. The only expected flavor is a little grain in the aftertaste. Otherwise this is an odd wheat beer.

The mouthfeel is prickly, carbonated, and rather thin.

Conclusion: Not a tasty example. Maybe the food I am pairing it with has changed the flavor (doubt it) or I have a bad bottle. Who knows.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL perfect pint.

A. Pours a 2 fingers fairly thick head. Color is a hazy golden yellow. Good retention, comes mostly from the glass. Pretty thick lacing.

S. Yeast, and citrus. A bit lemony and maybe if I try hard can pick up some of the orange that is on the label. Pretty traditional hefeweizen smell. A little funk and a touch of honey.

T. Get a little more honey on the tongue. Dryer malt base with just a touch of sweetness. Lemony citrusy aftertaste. Slight off taste that is kinda hard to pin down.

M. Medium/light bodied. Medium carbonation.

O. Definitely not the best hefeweizen by any stretch of the imagination, but a decent beer. Mildly refreshing except for the strange aftertaste that I can't really describe.

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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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and hazy, soft white head about 3/4" in height. Aroma was grainy, wheat, grist full. Spotty hop existence, slight citrus in a light floral way, mild grapefruit and lemon.

Taste, chalky, dry, gritty, bready, lemon, slightly tart. A little bit of clove, thankfully this beer didn't overdo it. Completely a middle of the road beer, something I wouldn't recommend unless this is totally your favorite brewery/style or you need some beers that are mild to have less adventurous/geeky people over to drink at your place.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - surprisingly very very good. Yellow cloudy wheat appearnce with a very well formed 2 finger head that has great retention and high carbonation through beer

smell - good malt and bread presence with some lemon and slight bananna

taste - very strange and surprising flavors up front with a sour/metallic tinge. Something tastes a litle off with the water but not that bad, just takes an adjustment of what to expect. Wheaty and crisp aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - full bodied and pleasant

Overall - Not really a great example of a Hef. but it is ok and interestingly different from others

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Poured into weizen glass -

Pours clouded golden yellow with an ample white head. Some patchy lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with clove and a hint of honey.

The taste is bready with some dry, tang spicing from cloves and orange and lemon peels. It has a slight honey sweetness. It finishes semi-dry.

This is a refreshing brew that is more of a spiced American wheat than a traditional Hefeweizen, in my opinion. (I didn't follow the suggestion of having it with a lemon wedge.) Overall, it's a nice wheat ale!

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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 rangerred
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wiezen glass.

Appearance is a hazy medium orange with a fairly thick fizzy head. Pretty good retention.

The nose is lemon and orange with a fairly heavy sour note.

Taste has the same lemon and orange as the nose although not as heavy as I would have liked. There is a slight yeasty tartness that is present but just faintly. Some very light bitterness at the finish.

Overall this beer is just ok. I used to really like it but now it just seems watered down. Mouthfeel is fairly decent though. Probably not one I will revisit.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.83/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A. Appears a slightly hazed / golden yellow in color with a tiny amount of skim on top with no lacing left behind at all.

S. I am surprised by the presence of a distinct Berliner Weiss-like lemoney lactic sour tone in the nose, with wheat, lemon, and spice scents all playing second fiddle to this. It would be a really nice understated Berliner Weiss (if only it had been marketed as such), unfortunately I have to judge it as a Hefeweizen and it just plain flat out doesn't match up to style.

T. Same problem as the nose. Enough psuedo-lactic sourness is present to firmly plant this as a Berliner Weiss. No banana scent or flavor is present, cloves are present but at too low a level for a proper Hefe.. I have to take points off because the style on the label simply doesn't match the beer inside the bottle.

M. Medium thick, appropriately carbonated, no real surpises positive or negative present themselves to me here.

Overall, this is one of the most severe cases of "oops, we put the wrong style on the label" I have ever tasted.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.29/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy dark yellow with a hint of orange. The head is fluffy and last most of the way down. It also laces nicely.

S- The aroma is kind of bland with a light dry sweetness.

T- It starts out tart then mellows into a light sweetness. You can taste the wheat at the end along with a mild bitterness.

M- Medium bodied and highly carbonated. The bubbles constantly rise in a steady stream from the bottom of the glass.

D- This is definitely one of the better Shiner Beers.

I don't really know how this compares to other Hefeweizen's since this is my first. I've always strayed away from wheat beers after trying a number of Belgian Whites. I think Belgian Whites are disgusting, the lack of hops and their character throws me off. However, I really enjoyed this Hefeweizen. It's definitely a lot different than a Belgian White. I will be trying more Hefeweizens in the future because of my positive experience with this brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A hazy light amber yellow with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a lace ring (fizzy). Head is somewhat sticky.

S - Slight sourdough and wheat along side of clove and lemon peel.

T - Flavors transition as lemon zest then sourdough with a wheat finish. Really is pretty good.

M - Pretty spot on as expected. Light to medium.

Overall not a bad take on the style, I really like how clean tasting it is rather than yeasty. Got about 3 more and would put them back rather quickly.

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Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of clove, lemon citrus and wheat present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat with notes of cloves and hints of sourness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties but isn't thirst-quenching.

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Photo of match1112
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

two finger off white head settles down to a cap on top of a hazy yellow body. smell and taste are matched perfectly. both displaying wheat, orange and lemon flavors and some spice in the back ground. mouthfeel is slightly creamy with good carbonation. overall this is a good beer. not like most hefes ive tasted with bananna and clove leading the way. i think they would be better off using this as their wheat beer and coming up with a new hefe. still a good beer on a hot day.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.2/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with frothy white head.

S: Strong citrus aroma with a definite yeast funk.

T: Mild citrus flavors with a doughy backbone. Nothing much stands out.

O: This brew is mild bordering bland. Not much to see here move along.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color with two full fingers of fluffy foam. Aroma is light citrus with a touch of light malt sweetness. No banana or clove detected.

First sip is... slightly harsh, minimal sweetness, and not much yeast flavor either. Tastes a bit minerally, with no distinguishing characteristics. Really falls short on flavor - but on the plus side, there is nothing offputting or objectionable either.

Looks aside, this resembles a blonde ale more than a hefe. Would not recommend.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear bold yellow, more like a kristallweizen. Typical white fluffy head and some lace. The aroma is dough and lemons. It's flavor is lemony with honey, dough and some vanilla notes. The mouthfeel is light-medium and the finish is slightly dry. Spoetzl Shiner Hefeweizen is a good beer. Different for a hefe, more like a kristall, no yeast. Recommended.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Situation: Watching a Penn State comeeback fall short...and a Penn State reputation fall further from grace...
Glassware: weizen glass...
Appearance: cloudy, hazy, soft yellow-orange body with a half-inch white head; mild effervescence...
Aroma: thick, doughy yeasty aromas...the kind one expects from a hefe...
Palate: soft, thick mouthfeel--almost creamy...
Taste: mellow, unpronounced flavor--banana and fruitiness enter late...
Overall: a pleasant experience, a "dirty" refreshment that works well within the style...a useful beer for hotter days....

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Photo of smakawhat
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. Good till Feb 16th 2012 I think if that's how I read it.

A nice off white almost creamy looking head, but mostly foamy is formed off the pour. Body color seems to be a simple dull yellow lemon with some orange hues. It looks a little hazy uneven for color, but otherwise pretty good. Some sticky lacing also.

Nose is kind of simple but good. Light clove and lemon spritzy, not so much banana.

Taste overall is kind of spicy and a little light bodied. Wet sense and very dry clove, with even perhaps a little hop bitter. Malt and chewy density not so apparent.

Overall this one is ok but a little dull. Certainly drinkable and tolerable, and I could have it over many other hefeweizens, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.47/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into nonic

A; cloudy, dull golden yellow, good head retention but the appearance of the head was fairly sudsy with large carbonation

S: Honey, a little bit of a sour note, tons of co2, slight bready note

T: a bit of a nutty tone, runs a bit sweet (orange blossom), ends a little musty

M: bright carbonation, generally smooth body, crisp

O: I prefer my Hefe's to be a bit more yeasty and less sweet. still, it's not bad and wouldn't be the worst choice for a hot afternoon.

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Photo of NODAK
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a good sweet, fruity presence on the nose with a note of citrus. Pretty standard stuff...not as weak as I may have thought it'd be.

Taste comes across as mildly sweet with a small orange presence...not quite that as of on the nose. Definite citrus in this beer as well. Near the finish, there's a small note of grain that shows up....dash of hops.

It says on the label that it is brewed with orange, lemon peel and honey. I can see that, but nothing really "pops" here either. I definitely miss the spiciness that most hefe's have that this one is missing. I'm also missing the banana that isn't really here. Pretty pedestrian, and it'll definitely not compare to the best beers in style.

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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 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 mattgreger
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aquired this brew from my brother-in-law mike in a Family Values Pack.

The pour on this brew was a nice golden color, with a pretty standard two finger white head. It has a little bit of lacing, but nothing amazing. Pretty normal for the style.

Aroma on this brew was lemony and sweet. I can detect a bit of citrus and hops flavor from this brew as well. Its very nice.

The flavor on this brew is great. It has a nice punch of lemon and light hops at the front. It's very cripst and light brew that has some nice citrus flavors in there as well. Its actually a little stronger then I expected, but quite nice none the less.

The mouthful is crisp and very clean. Its a nice light-bodied brew.

This brew is a great for a summer session. Its light, yet has some nice strong flavors that give a nice edge. I would certian have again if offered.

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