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 dragonbrew
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer on a recent trip down to Baltimore. I've got to say it is one of the coolest looking bottles I've ever seen. Love the beer pouring directions too, can't help but aid you in enjoying the beer even more.

Very impressed by appearance, poured beautiful hazy golden straw color with a thick creamy head that stayed with it through-out the entire consumption period. In fact, the head struck me as being almost like a stout or porter's, which are much different styles obviously.

Found the smell to be very sweat and citrus-like, appealing in the hot summer weather.

The taste was light and refreshing in no way heavy.

As for mouthfeel, I didn't find it unappealing, but I did note a bit of a watery feel to it. almost as if it had been diluted.

Drinkability would have to be considered high by my standards. Certainly could be a good sessions beer particularily in the hot summer we have had in the northeast.

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

Quite a bit of information on the label. Instructions on how to partially pour and then swirl before pouring the yeast - I'm thinking a good effort at beer education, but then the instructions conclude with the suggestion to serve with a slice of lemon, which is okay with a filtered wheat, if you want to, but not with a hefe.

Then also notice that the beer is brewed with orange peels, spices and honey added. Huh? Is this a hefeweizen or a witte?

The wheat beer base was fine, but the addition of honey made the beer too heavy, and the honey sweetness did not meld with the yeasty breadyness of the beer. The spices also seemed out of balance - riding along rather than integrating into the flavor. Sort of a "deconstructed" effect. Shiner makes a honey wheat that I haven't sampled, but I wonder if this is the same beer, unfiltered.

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Photo of brewQ
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The juicelike haze of apple cider topped by a medium head of fine bubbles that recedes quickly after pouring. Not unappealing.

Despite searching I could not smell nor taste the "subtle" orange and lemon peel promised on the label. Maybe a whiff of grain.

Decent mouth fell and body for the style. Better than average for a Texas brew in the heat. Nice quaffabilitiy.

( Part of me almost hates the fact I somewhat like this beer. I don't want to support Gambinus' Corona kingdom).

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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 hoffman
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great head on this beer. Sticks with the glass the entire time. Nice appearance with good pour and cloudy look. Smells bland, slightly fruity. After the pour, head, and aroma I was expecting a bolder more full feel. This beer seemed too watery for me. A nice light drink, but surprised me at its lack of body. I will buy again if I am going to a hot summer barbecue.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.83/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a beautiful hazy orange color with massive puffy head that fell to a thin coating that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is mostly bread-like with little spiciness. Taste is very suprising, not at lall what I was expecting. There is no spiciness, only a dry crisp taste. My feelings for the beer improved as the glass emptied, but iot was not what I waas expecting. Would probably be better on a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second beer in a row I've reviewed that misses it's style that it is named for but is fairly better as an American Wheat beer.

The bottle has neat graphics explaining how to pour this beer, and it did pour exactly as a Hefe should, cloudy as hell, good head, but there was no particulate in the glass. It smelled more like a wheat beer than a Hefe, and that tended to play out. In the mouth is was good, thicker, good foam but seemed to end with the "bottled" note, not as fresh. It had a great flavor for a wheat beer but missed the Hefe branding. Very wheat flavored, just a taste of fruityness like a Hefe should have but nicely balance with the alcohol making an appearence at the end. As for drinkabliliy, I could drink these a lot as a nice summer beer.

I'll have to try other Shiner beers if this is representative...

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Photo of tavernjef
3.51/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big time cloud of light hay gold, emensly thick looking center and trimmed in white gold. Big rocky white top gains hold and slenders down to more creamy glazing. Adequate thick lacing.

Aroma is soft and creamy with a light cleanness of bready malts, some airy dishsoap citrus tang, and tiny showings of floral yeast and spice.

Taste is of a medium crisp tone, bready with wheat, not as tangy or sweet as some hefes but there in a moderate enough body for what is being displayed. Milding undertones of lemony citrus, banana, and floral spice make up the remaining balance. Continues to stay soft and clean and rounds off nicely in the finish, but there's just not a whole lot of anything to make it stand out.

Feel is close to medium with a frothy airyness about it. Light, not watery, tangy, downgraded citrus fruityness is placed throughout its duration.

Not a bad drinker though. A crisp, clean, close to fulfilling hefe.

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

this one looks like an inviting hefe. it has nothing else remarkable or even very interesting going on for it. hops are only barely detectable to the nose. very secretively detectable citrus note, i may have been imagining it. it is crisp, clean, dry and easy to drink. so is budweiser. i really expected more.

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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 OatherS
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow label has weird picture of man with two faces up and down. Somewhat worrisome that they suggest drinking this with a lemon wedge!!!

Appearance: Nice yellow cloudy pour with a one finger head, not quite as big as it should be.

Smell: This does not smell like a hefe. I think this should be an american wheat. No hefe odor, ie bananas/fruity.

Taste: American wheat with a hint of lemon/orange. Honey is also slighty preseant. Not a bad tasting beer at all, but it is difficult to rate it high in comparison to a true hefe.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This is a bad hefe, but a good american wheat.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale straw yellow in color with a loose 2 fingers of white head that almost instantly settles out in to a thin ring.

The aroma is very light, showing hints of crisp lemon, fresh grass, and metallic minerality. Nothing special here.

Equally uninspired in the flavor department. Very light flavors of wheat malt, lemon, wood, and an almost sour astringancy. Once I put a lemon in it, it almost tasted like a Corona.

Watery light mouthfeel with a light body and excessive large carbonation. Definately one of the weaker hefe's I've had.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in the line of take-it-for-granted-because-it-comes-from-a-biggish-brewery beers (for me). I tend to forget that I quite like this. The head is short, still, thick and white. The body is cloudy, dirty gold. Swoopy lacing. It looks the part. Aroma is nutty and a touch fruity. Lemon. Starts bitter, nutty, with fresh citrus. Quite full through the middle, some nice butter. Fairly bitter at the end with some corn. Quite crisp. It's pretty tasty. Lemony, not real estery. But for an American wheat, it's good.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.26/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle, no freshness date. Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a large, airy, short lived head. Very little lacing.
Aroma is slightly sour, lightly lemon, and just a touch of wheat.
Body is light
Flavor is light lemon with a short slightly bitter finish.
In my best Homer impression... Booooring!

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

Pours a pale golden with some cloudiness from the yeast sediment. The thin head dissipates quickly. Lively carbonation contains small bubbles.

Smells of sweet fruit, lemon, orange, cantaloupe, and sweet malt. Orangish taste with slight taste of hops. Finishes lemony and sweet malty. Good mouthfeel. The fruity flavors combined with good carbonation tickle the tongue and mouth. This beer has a very clean taste. It's fruity, sweet, satisfying, and filling.

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Photo of kosmoraios
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this one for the style. Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a decent-sized head only after the swirl and yeast pour. Smell is artificial wheat flavor with a hint of poor quality yeast. A tinge of citrus flavor also in the nose. The taste is odd. Tastes strongly of metal. (tin, aluminum?). The wheat and lemon flavors taste added and artificial. There is an overpowering wrongness to this ale. The electrical fire comparison was not far off. Mouthfeel was slimy, oily, and dry with small carbonation. Drinkablity is ok if you can stand the taste.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.08/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Looks like many-a hefes. Dark gold cloudy body, with a ridiculously large creamy white head. The bottle says this shoud be served with a lemon, which I omitted. The smell has enough of a citrus aroma without a lemon, and includes only light clove and yeast. Taste leaves much to be desired. Not much clove and citrus spiciness, or yeast present. SImply tastes like a skunked, slightly thicker and average, euro lager. Not very good, I would avoid.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.43/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of my least favorite Hefe's I can recall. However, our bartender poured this perfectly, swilling the half empty bottle around as he poured a perfect head in the glass. Hazy golden color combined with a yeasty/malty taste. Not good enough to consider ordering another.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.87/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This wasn't my favorite variety of hefewiezen, though I'm sure I'll be drinking more during the summer. The beer pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick white foamy head, as is expected of a hefeweizen. The smell is dominated by lemon, and the taste is not far off track. Even though I was in the mood to drink something a little more stout (afterall, it is winter time), this was quite a refreshing brew. I'm sure I'll buy more when the weather warms up and the crouqet course is set up in the back yard, but until then, I require hops.

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

Presentation: This has one of the coolest labels ever- 2 guys, one head. M.C. Escher inspired (I assume). "pour in a glass" it says on the cap. It even gives well-designed pouring instructions on the back- what more can you need? How about beer?

Appearance: pours a moderately cloudy, medium yellow with a huge head than quickly drops to a thin film over the beer. Aroma is semi-sweet orangy, slightly lemony, with gentle yeast aroma.

Flavor is nice and orangy/lemony, with a smooth, moderately creamy mouthfeel. Very easy drinking, not complex.

I reviewed this up against the Allagash White, and in general, this is a much easier drinking beer, a lot less complex, but because of it, also less rough around the edges as well. Which is better? I guess it's a matter of mood at the time of drinking. This is the better yard beer, the Allagash is better for talking philosphy.. Rated Allagash higher, though, because it has more going on...

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Photo of freed
3.15/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slight haze to the golden facade. Lots of carbonation action though no head.

Aroma is of cidery yeast and a hint of clove, a slight malt sweetness.

Taste is apple tart, with very mild wheat contribution. Body is somewhat thin and fruity and almost juice-like.

This is a very simple beer with very simple flavors. Not enough body to make much of a drink though.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Opaque, creamy gold yellow pulsing color. Thick, wheat foam screen, dry and uneven. Nose is real sour, lemon and mash, not overly enjoyable.

Taste is almost nil. Full of blistering carbonation that really injures its drinkability. Taste is light and sweet and really tastes more like a macro pilsener than any hefe I've had. I think the looks are the only thing that might distinguish this brew as anything other than normal swill. Cleanish, lemon after.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - just a little hazy on the pour. Lemony yellow with a large rocky head. Nice lacing but the beer looks a little too transparent for the style.

Aroma - a tiny whiff of yeast and citrus, pretty underachieving.

Taste - somewhat thin on taste when first starting out, but it has good balance and gets tastier as it airs out a bit. A breath of wheat, a brief snap of citrusy sweetness and a little dab o' hops at the end. Very middle of the road as hefes go but the evidence of effort is there. Finishes sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel - crisp with an element of smoothness. On the high side with the carbonation, but I like it.

Drinkability - light and refreshing, a good summer picnic beer.

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Photo of Higravity
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I realy like the tap handle and the picture on it. Also the bar had glass with the weird picture on it and even though it was Shiner I figured I give it a try. Well it pour nicely and the blonde beer with a nice haze had a very decent white head that lasted a long time. I had to fight for my first sip throught he generous head and was greeted with a bland hefe. As I was eating with the first beer I waited until after dinner and tried a second glass. This time I spent a moment smell the beer and could not really detect any of the usual Hefe-Weizen smells it seemed muted, but overall I found it lacking. The taste was good and solid but it lacked the nuance of complexity I find in many other hefe's and there was no citrusy or spices nodes, maybe they are using a wrong yeast or something. In my third try of it I had the barmaid put a big lemon wedge on the side and I squeezed it in there and the beer was actually much better with the lemon which I don't usually use. Overall an easy drinking beer and I wouldn't turn my nose up at it.

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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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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.28 out of 5 based on 1,075 ratings.
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