Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen
BA SCORE
21.5%
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3.29 w/ 1,075 ratings
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

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#42,575
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487
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1,075
Liked:
231
Avg:
3.29/5
pDev:
17.02%
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Photo of Kegatron
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
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 Gagnonsux
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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 billab914
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
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 russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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 duceswild
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +17%
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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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +8.2%
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 mdfb79
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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 womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -4%
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 orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
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 thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +13.4%
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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tdm168
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of imbibehour
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
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 a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Tone
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
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 feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 21.5% out of 100 with 1,075 ratings
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