Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,075
Reviews:
487
Avg:
3.28
pDev:
17.07%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
128
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,075 |  Reviews: 487
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +22%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with little retention or lacing on a hazy bright golden body.

S: toasted and musty grains, lemon custard, herbal hops.

T: clove, grains, light biscuit, herbal hops, banana and lemon.

M: nice body for the style with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Basically a standard hefe. Nothing to special but not bad, very drinkable.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Last part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack, one of my more favorite styles.

Pours a cloudy orange, nothing too different than a usual Hefe. Faint banana like smell. Medium bodied, taste is a bit subdued in my opinion. Some decent yeastiness to it but doesn't have that nice crispness others of this style have. Drinkable for sure, but just an average (it not below average Hefe).

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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 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 kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served into a Busch glass in a Las Vegas restaurant. Cost was 5.50 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Hazy cloudy dark yellow colour. It's kind of appealing.

Sm: Wheat, old (stale!?) orange peel, light lemon esters, and maybe a tinge of honey. A mild strength scent.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops are present, especially on the finish. Lemon esters sit atop a full barley foundation. Wheat is present throughout except on the climax. It's simple but effective and refreshing. A decent build and a good balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit tingly. Complements the flavour mostly, but is a touch too sharp on the climax. Thickness is about right.

Dr: It's easy to drink, carries a high price, and is of good quality. Certainly worth a try for any beer advocate, or serious fan of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque pastel orange, three fingers of foam billow up, then settle into a one finger head. Some broken lacing rings the weizen glass.

Blended lemon/orange zest in the nose gives a good zing to to the nostrils. Some dusty wheat aroma behind it. So far so good.

Noticeable orange citrus, a very mild tart orange rind bitterness, with a full wheaty feel. Some floral hop notes, sort of oily/slick feeling on the end. Carbonation is strong, and lends a smooth feel to this drinkable Hefe.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of zeff80
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a very cloudy yellow with a two-finger head. It left some nice lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and citrus.

T - The wheat and citrus flavors really stood out. There was a spicy kick,as well.

M - It was very sharp and crisp on the tongue. Light-bodied.

D - A nice hefe. It surprised me. I think it is much better than their Bock.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blond with a light haze, the head dissipates to a ring almost immediately. The nose is black pepper, paprika, paint, strong phenols. Pretty much terrible. The taste is no more impressive, with big up front orange zest, lemon, plastic and cardamom. Very phenolic and spicy, yet very watery and bland. The yeast really takes this one over, and a pleasant yeast profile it isn't. There's a touch of malty sweetness mid-palate, along with a bit of vitamin c flavor. The finish is lemony, tart, wet, wholly inappropriate for the style. This beer kinda blows.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mothman
1.91/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass. Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a hazed pale straw yellow. Head eventually fades down.

Aroma: Wheat, straw, lemon zest, and dry spice. Pretty boring.

Taste: More lemon zest and citrus fruit here. Wheat, hay, dry spice, and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with some bitterness. Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, this one wasn't a very good hefe. There just wasn't a lot of flavor here. No bananas or cloves. Very boring.

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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 chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - apricot-gold in color, like apple juice, with a short-lived small head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is a rather with a quality more like an adjunct lagr than, say, a typical German Hefeweizen or replica thereof, such as the Baltika 8 that followed this beer.

T: Despite the claim to be a Hefeweizen, this is like a cross of that style with an Amer. lager.

M - Medium-light body; Somewhat low carbonation.

O - Not bad, certainly, but not true to style (no deduction for that in this review) and rather bland and low in flavor.

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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me a six pack of these,hey at least she tried.Anyways pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent fluffy head.Aroma is slightly clovey and malt tilted,a grainy feel on the tongue with some citric notes and some clove as it warms a little.Not a bad beer not up to par with German wheats but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with half a finger of white head, resting on an opaque, copper-orange body. The foam settles rapidly and there is very little residue left on the glass once it is gone.

S - A light aroma of sweet, bready malt with some spicy wheat.

T - Sweet, soft malt flavor up front with some creamy wheat flavor. More of the same in the middle with a hint of orange peel. The beer finishes with bready malt and just a touch of earthy hops.

M - Moderately thick body, medium carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - Well, as expected this is more of an American wheat than a true Hefeweizen. While American wheat is one of my least favorite styles, this one is relatively palatable. There is nothing offensive going on here and though it lacks the yeast character of a true weisse, it has some citrus and a nice wheat flavor. The body is nice and creamy with a thickness that makes the beer more satisfying than it otherwise would be.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly of wheat with a little bit of spice and light malt. There’s also a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready with flavors of wheat and grain with some spice and lemon mixed in. The malt character is very thin for the style and there’s very little sweetness. I know being overly sweet isn’t a good thing but with this style you normally like to see more than what this beer has. The hops presence is mild and there doesn’t seem to be a very good balance amongst all of the flavors. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, this one isn’t a very good representation of style at all and overall I wouldn’t drink this beer again if I had much of a choice.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -39%

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