Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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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 tdm168
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a good amount of head and nice retention. Smells bland with just faint yeast and citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, and mild orange peel. There is a little lemon here but it's masked and hard to discern. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; drinkable and refreshing.

This is a hefeweizen for those with their training wheels still on. Rather forgettable, but still a refreshing beer.

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

Love on the label on this one! He's a gloomy, unshaven moper, until you empty out your bottle, then he's a smiling dapper chap! Clever!
Okay...appearance: deep, murky orange hue, bright lemony yellow at bottom, with a fine fluffy white head resting atop.
Aroma: spicy and citric, sharp, lively, very promising.
Taste: beautiful play on the tongue on first meeting the lips, tasty, tingly, but light and mellow thereafter. Citric flavor remains throughout, and wheaten texture is appreciated, though the body feels light, and the finish is swift.
Starts out rather nicely, with good flavor, well-held citric taste and a spicy kick, reminding me of some fine Bavarians, but all in all, rounds out to be a nice, average, very drinkable and refreshing American weizen. I'll look for it again next summer, now that it's entered our market.
Thanks to morris 729 for my first taste.

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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 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 Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Shiner mixed box. No freshness info.

Pours clouded apricot, off white head, that stays nicely. Leaves a band or two of stick.

Muted lemons on the nose

Servicable Hefe, more lemons, some oranges, wheaty malts, a bit of nuttyness from the yeast. Moderate complexity and depth of flavors.

Nothing special but would work fine on a warm summer day

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Photo of drabmuh
2.45/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I want to be clear -- I hated this beer and I love hefe. This is probably one of the worst hefe's I've ever had.

Beer is yellow and hazy forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that falls away to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine but there should be more head, more lacing and more carbonation.

The aroma causes me to check the label. Its very lactic. "Is this a Berleinerweiss?" I ask myself. No, there is no cloves, no banana, no wheat, no wet, just this odd subtle lactic aroma. Maybe it will taste like a Berleinerweiss...

No. I would have thought it more favorable if this was just a berleiner in a hefe bottle. Its bland, flat on the palate, its like grainy water with no carbonation. Its just gross.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.
Had this along side Pyramid Hefeweizen. This one is a bit bolder. Golden hazy body, bubbles rose in fine columns from pouring til ending, forming an even head full of hops and citrus aromas.
Taste starts with citrus, green grass(ish) and hops. Hops stays a bit longer than I would have liked for this style, but it does add to the 'crispness' of the beer.

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

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some honey, slight lemon, and some very slight acidic aromas. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of wheat up front, then lemon and oranges, then there is an odd honey flavor, some yeast cleanliness comes through next, and some very slight sweet malt in the background. Overall, there a lot of flavors in the brew but it's still not that great. In my opinion there are way too many fruit/honey flavors and not near enough malt and/or hops to be a good beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry wheat scent with some lemon. It is a bit refreshing, but nothing special. The taste is decent as well. It has a bland wheat flavor with a bit of lemon. It goes down smooth with a dry wheaty finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average hefeweizen, but nothing more. It has decent flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a cloudy yellowish orange color with a short 1/2" head.

Smell: lemon and clove is the only tones detectable.

Taste: wheat, tart lemon juice, clove, some cracked pepper, and barely any bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish with some dryness arriving late.

Overall: this is a mediocre hefeweizen, not one that refreshes like it should. Too heavy on the tart lemon side for me.

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

On-tap at the YardHouse in Brea, on to the beer:

Big and billowy is the head on top this cloudy pale blonde beer. Good lacing. In the nose, there are bits and pieces of banana and malted wheat. The malted wheat is more dominant in this case. The same holds true in the taste of this beer. There's a bit of banana, a hint of spiced cloves, but ovrerall the malted wheat is king, making me think I'm drinking liquid Cheerios. The mouthfeel is firm, not flat or watery like other wheat ale's I've had in the past.

Not a bad attempt at a wheat ale. The traditional German character is toned down and more Americanized in the wheat bill. Similar to Pyramid Hefeweizen overall.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of banana. It smells more like a regular American Wheat beer than a hefeweizen. The flavor is more like a traditional hefeweizen, but it is not that impressive. I get some bananas and wheat, but I also get some wheat. There is just the tiniest bit of cloves. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing offensive about the beer, but like a lot of beers from Shiner, it is nothing special.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Csims

Pours a cloudy yellow color, some carbonation, fizzy little head, no lacing afterwards. The nose is slight hops, slight yeast, slight spices. The taste is slightly yeasty and hoppy. Light-Medium body. Not drinkable, would not buy this brew. It's nothing like a average or better hefe at all, would not recommend.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with 1/2 inch head. Has a pleasant aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is fruity and flavorfull. Medium bodied in mouth and fairly drinkable. Not the best hefeweizen I have drank, but certainly a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Hefeweizen

LOOK: Pretty standard looking hazy straw colored brew. White soapy froth forms and leaves behind some lace.

SMELL: Dusty malts, wheat, citrus zest, bread. Smells like a mainstream American wheat.

TASTE: Wheat, German style yeast profile. A bit of clove and orange peel, faint citrus. Tangy citrus lingers in a wet finish.

FEEL: Medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

OVERALL.: Drinkable pale wheat ale, doesn't taste like the greatest Hefeweizen but not a bad wheat.

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Photo of plaid75
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a murky copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a fuse of sourness.

The flavor was likewise sour with faint esters and a mild chew.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a less than impressive hefe.

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Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow beer with a tall white head that stick around for a while. This is exactly how it should look.

Smell is mostly neutral. Faint banana, apples, and bubblegum in the scent. Faint whiff of spearmint detected, weird.

Taste is buttery wheat and faint banana with a notable alcohol flavor and noticeable hops in the finish. Different take on the wheat beer. Mixes German, American and British wheat beer characteristics into one beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

A different drinkable wheat beer that is worth trying once. Not a great wheat beer but an interesting one that is not a cookie cutter wheat beer. Don't spend a lot on this one but if you see it on sale for $5.99 give it a shot.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite a classic hefeweizen, but quite refreshing in the heat, and more body and spicy notes than I was expecting. It wouldn't be my first choice in the category, or even near the top. But it might very well be my top choice at any number of mediocre establishments that had this on tap near the in the summer. Quite refreshing. It lacks the classic yeast esters that give the banana and clove flavors, but it does have some nice lemon spritziness and quite a bit of spicy black pepper notes on a relatively clean, dry grainy base that is a little heavier than some. If anything it's a bit too dry. The pour is relatively classic with a hazy straw color and a white head that sticks around, but the head could be a bit more robust. Overall, quitr a bit better than I was expecting, and definitely drinkable.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, pale gold, with two fingers of fluffy white head that has good retention. Slippery, soapy-looking lacing. Aroma is floral, lots of honey, some citrusy pith and peel notes; cloves. None of the familiar banana esters of the style.

The flavor again is quite flowery and has a prominent honey sweetness; the clove and spice of the yeast is here but again no bananas make an appearance. Grainy, a little bready; wheat notes. Finish dries up a bit and has a citrus and floral hop note with more lingering bitterness in the aftertaste than is usual for the style.

Medium-light bodied, with crisp carbonation; it’s drinkable and pretty refreshing overall. Still, I am a bit more of a traditionalist when it comes to this style and this felt off-the-mark for a variety of reasons. Not terrible, but not at all exceptional either.

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Photo of weeare138
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy blonde with a 1 finger white head and some scattered lacing.
Smell is of crisp wheat with a funkiness that reminds me of the alt yeast that Widmer uses in their Hefe.
Taste is of a half decent wheat brew with some lemon citrus and bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sweet, bitter, and a bit sour of lemon that is tingly and zesty.
Drinkability is ok but it is a tad funky.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lightly clouded body with a two-finger head that slowly receeded and left decent lacings. The smell is more orangey than anything, a very strong orange if I can say so. Some other citric notes (lemon) and spices came through, but again a strong orange juice like smell hit my nose. The spices and fruitiness are medium at best, giving this beer a medium type body that goes down smooth. Unfortunately, a little too tart with the orange for my liking, as it overpowered the spices and any sweetness that could've been tucked in there. Not a bad hefe or a bad beer period, but there are other hefe's that I think I would go for first.

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Photo of beertunes
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a very dark and cloudy (much cloudier than typical) with only a thin cap of white head that had low retention and OK lacing. Not the big, fluffy, billowing head I like to see in a Hefe.

The aroma were fairly typical, grain, banana, and clove, but just in a very subdued manner. The flavor were the same low-key approach to the style. Nothing really wrong, but no feature stood out either.

The body was thinner than typical for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, the beer went quickly and easily. Overall, an OK take on the style, maybe worth a shot if you see it.

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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 Bitterbill
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a hazy, almost cloudy straw gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Very good head retention with good lacing.

The smell is of wheat, yeast, some bready malt, a bit of citrus. The nose fades the more I sniff. Oh well.

The taste is big on the wheat with more graininess, mild citrus tartness, and a weirdish overall underlining flavour that I can't quite put my finger on but it's putting me off.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation, it finishes on the lightly fruity side.

Drinkability? Each sip does not inspire me to take another sip. It's not a drain pour for me but more of a chore to drink it. I'm glad I didn't have to get a 6 pack of it.

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