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Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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
Ranking:
#43,780
Reviews:
487
Ratings:
1,076
pDev:
17.02%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
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16
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Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -24%
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 Sweffin
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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 sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -3.6%
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 drabmuh
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
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 +20.1%
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 NickThePyro
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
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 plaid75
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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 sd123
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.8%
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 clayrock81
3.67/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.11/5  rDev -5.5%
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 rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy yellow with an almost inch of white head. Wheat, grist, grain, lemon.

Taste is lemon bready, more grist, chalky at times, tiny bit of spice rack. I liked the lemon, I disliked the spice rack. Its an average hefe.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Zorro
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Bitterbill
2.81/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Photo of Donkster46
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, this beer had a yellowish color and a cloudy consistency. There was about a half inch of head, but it didn't last that long.

S: Aroma of wheat, citrus and some spices. Decently done.

T: The taste of lemon overwhelmed the taste to a certain degree.

M: A fair amount of carbonation and slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This isn't a bad beer, but it's not the greatest example of a hefeweizen I've ever had.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,076 ratings
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