Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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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 MadCat
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale yellow, hazy, short white head that dissipates fast and leaves minimal lacing

Smell: Lemon, orange, and wheat, slightly nutty

Taste: Clean and refreshing, mostly lemon, orange, and wheat. A little earthy with some nuttiness

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Not bad, makes for a good summer beer, but nothing stands out saying "Buy me!" especially with the amount of quality hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.58/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a muddy yellow-orange into a tulip with a finger of eggshell head. Vaguely grainy/wheaty aroma with a hint of caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full mouthfeel. Wheat and caramel up front with honey sweetness and lots of orange character on the finish.

The flavors might be a little heavy-handed, but this was pleasant and easy-drinking.

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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 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 schoolboy
3.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a very drinkable brew, but it is a lousy example of the style. Very lousy. Taste is pretty much non-existant. Likewise for smell. It looks like it should - yellow and cloudy.

I had prejudices against Shiner but I was hoping for some redeeming quality. It didn't happen. There are six different brews in this pack and I hope they aren't all losers.

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Photo of SamN
3.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep darker honey colored liquid. Topped with a pretty good hefeweizen head of soft off-white foam that lasts and crackles. Nice color, hazy, not thick looking. Pretty decent looks. Smell is citrusy, like lemon rinds. Some soft wheat malt notes, not a whole lot of spice or bananas. Slightly hoppier aroma, too. Average hefe smells, I guess. It's average. Taste is pretty average, too. Sort of blandly citrusy. Flavor seems to fall a bit short, never really flowering into the delicious wheat beer "peak" of flavor. Slight touch of honey in there.


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Photo of bastardface
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer before but really don't recall it. I had it again because I am usually fond of Shiner products. This beer was pretty sweet for an ale especially for Shiner. It seemed rather dark for it's taste. The aroma was fruity and the taste was average. This is not a bad beer but it's not my favorite. It is definitely worth a try when given the opportunity.

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Photo of atomicbeer
2.15/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a bright hazy yellow, more translucent than a traditional hefe. Two finger jiggly white head disappeared within two minutes to a rim liner. Aroma is light floral grass, a hint of lemon/cirtus, and hint of canned corn. Not impressed so far. Taste is NOT a hefeweizen. How can they can this a hefeweizen? Reminds me of a Saaz hopped lager (reminds me alot of Lhasa lager). I can't detect much of the lemon and orange that is supposed to be in here. Maybe a hint of earthy honey. Might be good on a hot day as a work beer, bit I'm not impressed.

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Photo of ixodus
2.92/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a small white head that just didn't seem to last as long as most hefeweizens I've had.

S: Smells of bready malt, lemon, grass, and honey. Doesn't smell much like a heffe but it does smell tasty.

T: Close to the nose it has a nice malt backbone with hints of lemon, honey, and a slight amount of clove.

M: Mouthfeel is light and heavily carbonated.

D: Very easy drinking but there are a ton of hefeweizen's out there I'd pick up before this one.

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

Poured cloudy, no shocker there, nice thick head. None of the typical banana notes of the Deutch benchmarks (no pun intended), but very nice wheat and straw notes. Flavor was very nice, a slightly sweet wheaty quaff with a fresh water finish. Great smootheness in the mouthfeel, soft and extremely pleasant. Overall Shiner has a winner here, I hope to have many more of these.

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

A - Golden, unfiltered, cloudy wheat like all Hefs. However I see less yeast in this brew than I have in others. It looks partially filtered. The head is fizzy and fades quickly without lacing.

S - Honey and citrus - as noted it is brewed with lemon and orange peels with honey added. None are very dominant however, and the smell is more of a subtle blend.

T - Citrus is the first flavor I can pick out. Like the smell, the flavors are quite evenly blended. To compare, most other hefs I've tasted had two stages - clove then fruit. The only separate flavor is a hint of honey at the back end. I think Shiner Bock could do a lot with this Hef if there were a bit more yeast bottled with it.

M - Crisp to start, but the carbonation fades rather quickly. Not surprising considering how quickly the head faded.

O - It's not a bad Hef. But a few tweaks could make it much better. For 7.50$ or so, it's certainly not a bad choice, and I would pick it up again if I was a bit limited in my choices - specifically if I couldn't find Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis Hefeweizen around.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a frothy white head.

Has a grassy smell, somewhat malty, with a minor hint of sour. Nothing terribly distinctive.

Taste is light, malty, and frothy, with a slightly lemony aftertaste. Smooth, rather than crisp, this grows increasingly sour as it warms.

Mouthfeel is thin, rather than light.

The bottle recommends drinking the beer with lemon. While I am not a big fan of Hefeweizen beers, I believe that a good Hefeweizen is supposed to be able to stand without leaning on a wedge of lemon for taste. While I will easily finish this beer, I could not see having a second.

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Photo of Fenris244
2.39/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale hazy yellow in color, thin 1 finger head, minimal retention and lacing.

Doesn't smell like a hefe, no banana, no spiciness, no cloves. I do get a sweetness and a lemon aroma of all things.

Flavor is thin, some hops, an unpleasant almost sour flavor on the finish, the flavor is too weak for me to pick out flavors though.

Mouthfeel, thin comes to mind again, thin in body, very crisp and smooth.

Overall kinda bland, certainly not a hefe, has more in common with an AAL than a hefe, not terrible but very lacking and I hoped for more.

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Photo of soju6
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice head and some lacing.

S: Primarily a grainy aroma with some citrus and a trace of spice.

T: Sort of swettgrainy taste with a bit of spice, very mild bitterness and clean finish. Quite refreshing.

F: Nearly medium body, crisp and clean.

D: Good summer beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of shaunivan
3.84/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours out to a light brownish colour.

Decent carbonation.

Slight to medium head.

Kind of heavy, couldn't have too many of these back to back.

Tastes mildly like oranges, slightly bitter, tastes brilliant going down, wonderful beer to have especially if its hot out.

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Photo of JesteR14
3.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Nice appearence, very bubbly and a nice foamy head. Golden and pretty transparent liquid, with constant bubbles from my tumbler. Head laces the glass as it goes down.

S- Wheat, small faintness of citrus. But smells like an adjunct lager to me, but i know its so much more than that.

T- lots of carbonation with citrus bitterness, that smooths out with the honey and wheat.

M- I like the carbonation that hits your tongue, the other flavors balance it out, but leaves a tartness lasting in your mouth.

D- i am not going to have any trouble finishing what i have left, but i am not going to get this for a while.

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Photo of rings
3.19/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefeweizen is most certainly not Reihenheitsgebot, as it contains orange and lemon peel and is also bottle conditioned with honey. On the bright side, it is non-pasteurized. The fruit spices are very mild, however, and it is a little more German in direction--with fancy terms like "Prost!" on the label--than the more common Belgian-style wit beers produced by our macro-brewing friends, such as Blue Moon by Coors/Molson and Shock Top by AB-InBev.

While they recommend serving with a lemon wedge--sacrilege to any true Bavarian weissbier--I avoided such nonsense. The brew pours very light and with a pale straw color. The head was unfortunately almost non-existent. The body is also thin and the aroma has just the faintest hint of fruit. Very mildly hopped, it drinks very easy and is, as they suggest, a nice summer refresher.

This is better than most American wheat beers as it has a little of the classic weiss'n character, however it certainly isn't anything to write home to mom about. It's a nice, non-offensive and refreshing pour

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.56/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very underwhelmed by this beer. I had low expectations going in - not a big fan of any of the Shiner beers I've had - so it would have been pretty easy to please me.

Too much of a bittery ale flavor for a hefeweizen. It may technically be a hefe, but it reminds me of a stiff American Adjunct Lager.

To my unrefined palate, I would say this comes across as a slightly creamier Budweiser. In color, flavor, and mouthfeel.

I won't be going out of my way to pick up another of these. I'd have one if there weren't any other options and it were free. I don't hate it, but for the price I'd rather get a Budweiser.

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

A - More or less what you would expect with a cloudy, hazed straw color. A little lighter color than other hefeweizens. Full, thick, rocky, creamy, sticky, white head. Really nice retention

S - Nose is lacking a bit, at least in the banana, clove, etc. that I really want in a hefewizen. Has a fairly strong wheaty and lemony aroma. Some toasted grain as well.

T - Like the aroma, there is a strong wheaty sweetness but there is only the very slightest hint of banana. Very faint spiciness as well. Finishes with a decent amount of lemony tartness.

M - Lighter side of medium body with about average carbonation.

D - Meh, I had no problem finishing the bottle, but I am not reaching for another. A little too much tartness and not enough banana, clove, bubblegum etc. hefeweizen flavors.

Notes: I probably would have guessed this was an American Pale Wheat or something, not a hefeweizen. Some wheat sweetness with tart wheat and lemon flavors dominating the flavor with only hints of what I was expecting. Not horrible, and would be fine on a warm day, but not exactly what I am going to reach for.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold in appearance, with an average head of fine, clean bubbles.
Virtually no lacing.
Enticing nose of citrus and light spice.
Taste is light and sweet, with more orange overtones than clove or spice than the usual hefeweizen.
Certainly a smooth-drinking beer, but this seems to be lacking the body and character of top-tier hefeweizens.

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Photo of BB1313
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy yellow with a white foamy head and decent lacing. Lots of sweetness up front, lots of yeast. Tastes very sweet, picking up pears, bananas, and candied sugars. This one's almost cloyingly sweet, but flavorful enough to enjoy. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but on the thinner side. Besides being pretty sweet, the drinkability is pretty good. It's easy to put a few of these back. Refreshing!

Maybe not the best example of the style, but nice affordable offering. Great beer to enjoy outdoors in the heat.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured as indicated on bottle...with the exception of the lemon-I don't need that to alter the taste. Pours a yellow-gold translucent body with a nice fluffy 2.5 finger head which retains nicely. Smells primarily of orange, maybe slightly nutty with a hint of alcohol. Tastes slightly of banana and orange with a relatively strong metallic flavor. Quite bubbly and actually a light hefeweizen. Overall a good beer, albeit it's quite light in flavor.

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Photo of Keffa
3.23/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pilsner glass.

A: Hazy golden yellow, 1 finger bone white head that settles quickly into a small cap.

S: Smells similar to the Bock, very American Adjunct Lager, corn some sweet malt, a little yeast, and that is about it. Meh. Average, not a horrible aroma, but not good by any means.

T: A slight malt sweetness and fruity yeast, an AAL like grainy taste, and that is about it. Disappointing for the style, especially for what a hefe is supposed to be.

M: Prickly carbonation, a little creamy, thin body.

D: Not bad because their isn't anything to it. No real hop that I noticed, and the sweetness from the malt isn't cloying.

Meh. This is a disappointment. Figured it would be better than this.

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Photo of nas5755
2.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- A muddled gold with lots of haze and a two inch head, looks very carbonated in a Sam Adams perfect pint

S- Bready malts, smells like a craft-lager with some citrus. I was expecting some clove and banana.

T- Lots of wheat the carbonation is so high that it makes it hard to contemplate this beer(not saying there is much to contemplate, however many of the flavors are hidden) however the wheat presentation is blended with the malt and some citrus, mainly lemon. The bottle mentions honey and I find it hard to notice.

M- Over carbonated

D-Not the best hefe that I have had. Could be a great summer on a really hot day.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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