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Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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3.28
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly milky pastel amber with lemon highlights. The generous head is bone white in color, airily creamy, hangs around for a bit, melts in sections and leaves no more than small scraps of bubbly froth. The nose is on the mild side. I smell fresh grain, a subdued yeasty spiciness and a hint of lemon. Not bad so far.

The flavor keeps me onboard. Although Hefe-Weizen isn't spectacular beer, it is the best Spoetzl Brewery product that I've had to date. It's sufficiently malted with a smooth, lightly sweet wheatiness that I like. There isn't as much spiciness now and the lemon peel is still evident, but minimally so.

The rear label instructs me to add a lemon wedge... after instructing me on the proper way to pour a beer! I have an aversion to adding anything to my beer (or whisky for that matter), but a little more lemon flavor might improve things in this case. I won't do it on principle though and I'd never even consider it in a higher quality hefe weizen.

The mouthfeel--as alluded to above--is medium in heft, smooth and properly carbonated. The finish is rather short which either impacts positively or negatively on drinkability depending on one's point of view. The final pour doesn't noticeably change the appearance or the flavor profile.

Shiner Hefe-Weizen is far from a top-notch example of the style, but it ain't bad, especially considering what else emanates from this brewery. In fact, it's the only Shiner beer that I've had so far that doesn't give a 'black eye' to its brewers.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, straw-colored body with a medium-sized, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Fresh wheat scent with minor notes of banana, spice, and tart lemons. Has a slight sourness to it, I must say.

Taste: Tangy wheat malt, slightly sweet. Light hint of banana fruitiness. Dash of spices. Mild spicy hops with a light bitterness. Drop of sweetened, tart-tasting lemon juice. Sourish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: While it's not terrible, it's not altogether great either.

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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 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 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 womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a very pale, hazed golden color with a quickly vanishing white head.

S: Smells mostly of lemon and orange with some orange peel aroma in there as well. A light grassiness and some malt sweetness, maybe a little bit of yeast. No discernible banana or spice notes.

T: Sweet and grainy with some mild wheat and bread flavor. Still heavy on the citrus and citrus peel flavor. A little bit of straw and grass flavor, but still no banana/spice character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Like most Shine beers, not something that's worth having twice.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & acing

S: Grassy & floral, some apple skin, all pick up as this warms

T: Follows the nose with a touch of white grape & apple skin up front & a touch of whole grain bread as well. Dryness, green apple & a touch lemon zest as this warms, a whisper of juicy fruit as well. Finishes fairly crisp, with hints of white grape & juicy fruit

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, slight grainyness

This one drinks easy, would better as an American Wheat ale & the hefe side of this is fairly muted IMO. Thought this was a little better on tap, but that was a few years ago. This would do in a pinch

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this bottle!

Let's follow up the dunkelweizen with it's lighter cousin, shall we? It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn syrup, semi-funky rice, and a touch of light orange juice. Oddly not much banana or clove in there for me. Hmm... The taste is very similar to the smell, though I think some clove has finally made it in here. Still, the majority of the flavoring is more on the citrus-y side of things, along with some damp grains that exhibit some very minor hints of funk. It's not all objectionable, but it's not all good, either. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a sub-par hefe, but not really one I would warn people away from. I just won't be having another (purposely) any time soon.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown longneck twist-off bottle, no freshness date. Directions on the back label on how to pour the beer, on the front it states “ale brewed with wheat, honey, orange and lemon peel”.

Appearance: Completely hazed and clouded over from the yeast as a hefe-weizen should be, big bubbled rocky white head foams up quickly then dissipates to a cake off lace on top.

Smell: Semi clean aroma with vague spice and a floral / nutty yeast smell. Bit of earth and a bready fermented wheat nose with hints of citrus.

Taste: Moderate body, with a cleansing crispness from a level carbonation and fermented wheat. Cracker like maltiness from the blend of wheat and barley that gets more grainy towards the end. Hops are in the back ground and aim for balancing the beer only. Earthy flavours from the yeast unveil some mild fruity and floral characteristics, citric sweetness and a light tartness is capture in the palate and refreshes quite well. After taste is amazingly clean and makes the mouth want more.

Notes: Right off the bat with the aroma is the tell tale signs of an American wheat beer, this is not a Bavarian hefe-weizen. This is not a bad thing but is it something that should be understood. Quite quaffable and could be a kick ass summer time brew.

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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 mdfb79
3.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A murky golden color, very little carbonation and head.

s - Smells of fruit, mostly oranges and lemons, with a little bit of honey.

t - Not much taste to it. Very light traces of lemon and some citrus. Also a little bit or orange. Don't taste the honey at all.

m - Light body and very little carbonation.

d - This was an ok Hefeweizen, but not that great. I thought it did not have much taste to it and was very light. It wasn't bad but I would pass on this beer for another Hefeweizen next time.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy golden orange color with a mountainous rocky white head, and the massive layer of foam leaves thick patches of ringed lacing throughout my session with the brew. Aromatics going on include a citrusy lemonpeel tone with some spices, and banana hints are also there. By the bottle I would have guessed this to be a horrible hefe, but after smelling and tasting I realize wow this is pretty good. Definitely doesn't sit up there with Ayinger, Weheinstephaner, or anyother German counterpart however this serves up one great refresing summer beer. Spiced up with some soft banana edge to it the wheat malt is doing it's magic with that sharp sweetness and there are no cloying or off flavors to be found like some American made hefeweizens. Mouthfeel is light bodied and the texture is a little thin with no fluffy mouthfeel or high carbonation causing a bubbly feel on the palate. Drinkability what can I say definitely a beer you should pick up a sixer of for after work, and mowing the lawn summer session brew all the way.

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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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