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 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 rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -8.5%
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 Immortale25
3.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy orangeish amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before diminishing to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and no surface foam. Slippery, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Stale bread aroma with a layer of soapy yeast smell. Hint of spice and orange.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell with bready malt and a small amount of yeast and spice creating a mostly neutral flavor. Alcohol is barely there and neither is any form of excitement.

M- A bit prickly from the medium carbonation and has a lightish body.

O- I used to buy six-packs of this often and put slices of orange in each glass while remarking on how great it tasted. It's moments like right now that I realize I actually have come a long way. Guess we all gotta start somewhere.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.74/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers included in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with about a 2 1/2 inch off-white head. Head retention is good, with a decent amount of lacing. It's a nice looking beer, but unfortunately it goes downhill from there. Not much to the aroma. It smells mostly like sweet and bready malt, with a bit of lemon peel, wheat, and also has a metallic aroma. The taste is just like the aroma, but with no metallic taste. There's also a slight weird bitter taste noticable. It's not a bad tasting beer, but it's not good, either. Mouthfeel/body is light, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK. Regardless if it's really a hefeweizen or an American wheat ale, I didn't think it was a good example of either style. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but I didn't care for this brew very much. I'll have to try this again in the future to make sure.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On-Tap 06/29/05 at Carpool in Herndon, VA.

Hazy yellow-ish gold, a low white head and low carbonation. Smells like a typical American Wheat more than a hefeweizen with citric aromas and a light wheat malt character. Nice citrus flavors make fruitiness dominant over sweetness; decent balancebut leans a bit citric. Light bodied and refreshing.

A decent summer quencher but I preferred the bottled version which seemed much spicier...

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Photo of avalon07
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Photo of ppoitras
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 14 from Assurbanipaul. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1 1/2" slightly off-white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is resilient, and laces well. Aroma is lightly of wheat, with citrus notes almost louder. Taste is also lightly of wheat, with a complementary citrus character. Would look for a bit deeper wheat flavor in hefe, but this one is quite well-balanced, that aside. Mouthfeel is alright, that citrus just perhaps a bit strong overall, and drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad hefeweizen, but there's better out there...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A hazy light amber yellow with a half inch of head that quickly turns to a lace ring (fizzy). Head is somewhat sticky.

S - Slight sourdough and wheat along side of clove and lemon peel.

T - Flavors transition as lemon zest then sourdough with a wheat finish. Really is pretty good.

M - Pretty spot on as expected. Light to medium.

Overall not a bad take on the style, I really like how clean tasting it is rather than yeasty. Got about 3 more and would put them back rather quickly.

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Photo of scruffwhor
1.93/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great, hazey, sunshine amber. Some small bits sediment suspended. Not much bubbling, and very no head retention or foam. The aroma is tart with lots of lemon juice. Like the kind you get in the little plastic lemon at the grocery store. Maybe some toasted are in there somewhere. The taste has lemon juice dripping on granny smith apple peels. Pretty tart, no to refreshing. Can't taste much malt or yeast in this heavy sediment beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden orange. Decent sized white fluffy head that has excellent retention. The lace forms rings down the glass. This beer has a lot of Wheat Malt on the nose. Very nice. Also a tangy lemon characteristic. And a little vanilla. Decent tasting hefe. A lot of wheat malt and graininess. A little pepper, but not much. It's lacking in the clove, pepper area in my opinion. But otherwise, this is pretty thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is spritzy and lively. Body a little better than medium. Good enough hefe. Too bad it just showed up in our market as I would have probably drank a bit of this over the summer.

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

Yellow and hazy, soft white head about 3/4" in height. Aroma was grainy, wheat, grist full. Spotty hop existence, slight citrus in a light floral way, mild grapefruit and lemon.

Taste, chalky, dry, gritty, bready, lemon, slightly tart. A little bit of clove, thankfully this beer didn't overdo it. Completely a middle of the road beer, something I wouldn't recommend unless this is totally your favorite brewery/style or you need some beers that are mild to have less adventurous/geeky people over to drink at your place.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With fairly aggressive pouring I got a small to medium sized off white head that quickly faded to almost nil and no lace. Color is amber and I see no yeast sediment. Aroma is malt grain hay and a little fruit. Flavor is like aroma plus a little tang in the end. Have no idea where the "Bavarian" part comes in. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Kind of a sweet tart finish. If there were only light or common beer other than this, then I'd choose this. Left handed compliment.

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Photo of champ103
2.86/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy orange/yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Musky and metallic aroma at first. After it warms up some banana and light spice come through.
T: Again, a metallic taste but not as prevalent as in the nose. Some fruity flavors and spice. An odd buttery flavor.
M/D: A light body that is over carbonated. Thin and watery, like most Shiner beers IMO. Smooth and easy to drink.

Not my favorite style. After saying that, it is still substandard. This is not something I would recommend, unless nothing else is available.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.3/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge white head. The head fades relatively fast to give a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of wheat and a lemon citrus. Mixed with these are some aromas of yeast and a biscuit aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter lemon and wheat bread flavor. These flavors create a base for the beer. Some light yeasty flavors come to the tongue in the middle with a biscuit taste. At the very end more lemon and some orange come to the tongue and in the end leave a sweet and sour wheaty flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel -The body of the beer in on the medium side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. Both are very appropriate for the style and make for a easy drinking brew.

Overall – A little lacking on complexity, but more sessionable. Overall it is fairly average (maybe a bit above).

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

Not a OK American wheat with a decidedly strong lemon/citrus flavor....yeasty, sourish nose..big head....mouthfeel is charged up...spritzy like champagne almost...a real strong citrus flavor...big on the sweet lemons..backed by some subtle wheat cracker hints of spices or bananas...for an American Wheat this has a bit more character than most....decent enough quencher...worth a six-pack a summer considering the relatively low price...

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice clear orange color, decent head. Teh smell is bland and uninteresting. The flavor was sort of metallic and honestly not good at all. The drinkability for me was very low because after I finished one I had no desire to drink another one. Too bad I have a whole six-pack.

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

A “Chill Hazed” golden yellow color on the pour, the head is modest, brilliant white with decent lace to cover the glass. Nose is dominated by the malt, light yeast or bread dough tones also present and the start is slightly sweet, skimpy at the top. Finish is middling on the carbonation, nicely hopped, but I’m afraid it is a little on the weak or waterish side.

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Photo of ccrida
3.27/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with slight haze and aggressive carbonation that quickly subsides, leaving little very lace. The underwhelming aroma is the first clue that this wheat beer is not a true hefe-weizen, as there are absolutely no banana or clove esters, only a faint nose of straw and metal. Both of these aromas dominate the taste, which finishes dry and slightly bitter. The label indicates the use of clove honey, which is noticeable in the dryness, as well as orange and lemon rinds, which are barely detectable. The body is smooth and creamy, and makes for a very refreshing and highly drinkable, if slightly generic, American wheat beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. "Unfiltered and Bottle Conditioned", no date or info.

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in it, this hefe has a nice bright yellow hazy hue topped by a large four-finger off-white head. Moderate retention but little lace is left over.

S - Mild yeast hints accentuate the soft wheat aroma but husky grains fall behind and disrupt it. Hints of lemony citrus and orange peel with the honey are at a low but reasonable level that balances well. It doesn't really smell like a hefe though. It's missing that potent German yeast and banana-bubblegum ester nose.

T - Again, the yeast is low but accentuates the full, soft wheat flavor that's backed up by some pale malts and graininess. A kiss of citrus comes out bit it's still lacking typical hefe characteristics.

M - Medium-bodied, the soft wheat gives a nice smooth texture backed by medium carbonation. Nicely smooth to the finish.

D - It's one average hefe that seems much more like and American Pale Wheat Ale than a hefe due to it's startling lack of typical hefe characteristics but it remains a fairly drinkable lawnmower brew regardless. Especially since I just mowed the lawn.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely hazy straw color. Good head on this one - about two fingers high, white in shade, and quite creamy looking. It ultimately settles to about a finger high, and leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as well.

S: The orange and lemon peel are very forward in their nature. There's also a notable candied sugar character, along with some coriander, clove, and bubblegum. This one seems to feature a lot of witbier elements along side the usual (if muted) hefeweizen notes.

T: I have no idea why Shiner wants you to put a lemon wedge in this one, because the lemon and orange notes on the opening are quite strong. Honey pops up in the finish, along with some subtle spicing. If anything, this is more witbier than hefeweizen (or even APWA) to me.

M: While there's good crispness to the body, I think it's a bit too sweet on the finish (which seems to be commonplace in many Shiner brews). On the other hand, the lack of notable astringency helps give it a soft feel, and it seems to dry up slightly as it gets warm.

O: This is pretty solid as long as you don't expect a true hefeweizen. As a generic wheat, or as a warm-weather refresher, it's honestly really good; it's just not much of a 'hefewelzen'.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy straw yellow with a nice thick white head. Aroma is strong and wheaty with a dominating citrus component, mainly lemon. Flavor is fairly typical of a wheat beer and has a nice lemony overtone. Texture is smooth, just a little bit on the watery side.

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Photo of gtermi
2.73/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: This pours an above average cloudy orange with a thick white head that quickly fades. As the beer fades, it leaves a very tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: A little bit of fruity sweetness and a decent amount of malt on the nose. Not really much else.

T: A lot of malt and a bit of fruity sweetness. This is not a very good tasting beer.

M: With your typical Shiner beer, you have to have a crap load of foam. There is a bit of crispness on the back of throat and the mouth too.

O: Don't buy this if you like good beer. It just is not enjoyable and leaves a lot to be desired for.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.34/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Glad they finally got rid of that godawful label with the two half faces merged...creeepy. Pours a very hazy medium yellow color with a large, fluffy off-white head that sticks around pretty well with slightly below average lacing.

Nose is fruity, but not yeasty ester fruity. Has notes of lemon pith and orange flesh. Noticeable wheat aroma with some clover and wildflowers. Smells ok, but not very naturally hefeweizen-like.

Taste pretty much follows suit with a overly large dose of citrus zest and wheat tang. Wow, why not let some Bavarian hefe yeast do the work instead of adding these unnatural flavors? This does not taste very good at all. I think I will be able to choke down this 12 oz'er, but no way am I ever buying a six pack of this.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip, fairly aggressive. Pours a banana-straw color, highly opaque; hazy and cloudy in the body. Super fluffy, white head forms that lasts for a long time and is easy to bring back to life - however, little to no lacing is left behind. The initial aroma hits almost like a kolsch or witbier, rather than a true hefeweizen. Green apple skins, sweet and tart, tickling the edge of the nose. Taste leads on with grapes, pears, and more green apple; high fruitiness; very sweet and even borderline tart at certain moments. Heavy yeast tones all around the mouth; big wheat flavors are abundant as well. Very low bitterness (I'm thinking 0 IBU here) with basically no hop/floral essence to be found anywhere - all sweetness here with the bread-like yeast and malt tones. Biscuity on the ending, crisp from the heavy carbonation with a thin-medium body.

I can't decide if I like this one or not. It doesn't follow closely to the great hefes out there, and actually it seems more like a tart Kolsch or even a Berliner, but not a hefe... It's kind of weird. Not terrible, but a little to sweet and tart for what it's supposed to be (I mean, it's not a lambic or anything, but there isn't much to counter the malt). Meh.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lightly cloudy yellow-orange color with a thin white head that lasts pretty well. Thin and spotty lacing. Light citrus and spices in the nose. Light-bodied and fairly zesty with citrus up front along with some wheat and spices. The flavor mellows out pretty quickly though. The finish is round and wheaty. Really not worthwhile.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.28 out of 5 based on 1,074 ratings.
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