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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 PorterLambic
3.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured aggressively into my well used hotel tumbler. 2" of off-white fluffyness sits atop the cloudy yellow-orange liquid. Retention is pretty poor, however, as its just a film after a minute. Scattered lacing left behind.
Smell is yeast, malt, banana and clove and pepper. Good balance and accurately presented, not too strong, not too weak.
Taste is malt, banana, cloves, yeast and faint hops. Here the balance is good as well.
The body is medium, maybe a touch more. Effervescence is fine and exactly as expected though there is insufficient amounts to replace the head. Probably the best of this brewery's offerings I've had save the Bock, perhaps.
Since I only paid $7 for a mixed-from-the-factory six pack (Family Reunion), I probably wasn't expecting much. The Bock and this are worth it, the others not so much.

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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 bambam2517
2.28/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed, felt somewhat mislead. I get the citrus but i don't consider this a hefe, its not even as close to one as 'blue moon'! Flat and one note, it does have a lingering wheat and citrus aftertaste but lacks the floral complexity i look for in a hefeweisen. Its a miss for me.

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

Appearance: This beer pours like the typical hefe, orange in color with the typical haze and is topped with 1” of white head.
Smell: This is not quite typical as the appearance because it doesn’t have the coriander but it has the orange peel just like most hefe.
Taste: Just like the taste it is different not having the coriander in the taste but sometimes Shiner does things differently.
Mouthfeel: This beer tends to lean on the thinner side of the mouthfeel but that is the way most hefe do in my opinion.

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Photo of Bockrules
2.96/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a Widmer Bros. Weizen glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with tons of carbonation rising to the creamy, two-finger white head. Head stays intact about 3/4 down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing.

S - A little bit of sweet wheat malt upon opening the bottle. Not much more in the glass and not too much here overall. No banana, clove, etc, really not acceptable for a hefeweizen.

T - A bit of wheat malt upfront. The body has the right balance of wheat malt and hop notes for the style, but nothing else is going on save for a tiny bit of banana (but that may be my imagination). A little bit more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to slightly bitter wheat malt finish.

M - Light bodied and highly carbonated. Could stand to be thicker, but this really isn't too bad for a beer at this price point.

Having sampled every beer in the Shiner "Family Reunion" variety back, I now feel qualified to say that Shiner brews similar, boring brews. Like the other beers, this Hefeweizen embodies small ques from the style, but ends up coming off bland and uninspiring. None of Shiners beers are offensive, and would make for a good first step for bud drinkers or recreational drinking. Otherwise I don't see the point as Saranac and Dundee deliver far superior bang for the buck in the macro-micro market.

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Photo of vcoggins
3.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky straw color with a white 2 finger head. Aroma is bready with malts, wheat, citrus, lemon grass. There is a very faint bubblegum or banana smeell as well. Taste has wheat, German yeasts, a bit of clove and orange peel, faint citrus, tangy lemon grass. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.Drinkable Hefeweizen, but doesn't taste like the greatest Hefeweizen.Almost more like an average wheat ale.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.97/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner's Hefeweizen is a traditional German Hefeweizen. According to the label, "This refreshing delight is bottle conditioned with added yeast that means our hefeweizen keeps "brewing 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) Pouir that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon. Prosit!" I won't be drinking this with a lemon.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Shiner pint glass. Served in the mid 40'sº Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a lemon cream head of a thin foamy consistency. Retention is quite nice for this beer, and the crown doesn't recede nearly as fast as I would have anticipated. Body color is a very hazy golden-yellow straw Faint carbonation trickles upwards from inside the glass. This is quite a nice looking Shiner beer. 4.5

(Smell) Sharp sweet wheat and tart yeast smell is quite striking. It is a curious scent, nothing pleasing nor repulsive. I smell hints of apples and other odd phenols not typically characteristic of a Hefeweizen. Wheat presence is moderate in the beer, could be bolder by comparison. The tart sourness of the yeasty character in this beer doesn't tune me in very well- it's mildly offensive and I don't predict good drinkability as a result. 2.5

(Taste) Far less sour than the nose gave off, but a very basic flavor ensues. Little wheat presence, more pale malt, little banana or clove and a lingering citric tartness. The fruity yeast flavors are easy to discern- apple and pear are near the top. Flavor is very basic, but not too bland like in other efforts. Beer isn't too sweet or bitter, but the overall flavor is that this is a half-hearted hefeweizen that deserved a little more authentic flavor. 3

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is mild, slick and smooth texture but crispness is still there. Alcohol presence is low. Body is light. Criticisms regard a mild thinness and a lack of wheat body and flavor. It could manage to be less watery. Finishes dry. 3

(Overall) In terms of how the average Hefeweizen goes, the wheat body was overshadowed largely by a basic pale malt profile and a tart sour yeast profile. Ultimately, it's either bizarrely unique for the style or nowhere near spot-on. Not the worst Shiner Beer that I've had to date but I felt that the flavors were far too mild and acidic to be reminiscent of the world's finest, or even mildly drinkable Hefeweizen competition. Like the most of Shiner's beers, I'd give this a pass in light of authentic German recipes that focus on flavorful wheat bases and accurate yeast profiles. This was just too off to fill my Hefeweizen cravings. 3

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Hefeweizen

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head with little retention or lacing on a hazy bright golden body.

S: toasted and musty grains, lemon custard, herbal hops.

T: clove, grains, light biscuit, herbal hops, banana and lemon.

M: nice body for the style with moderate carbonation.

Overall: Basically a standard hefe. Nothing to special but not bad, very drinkable.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.34/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a bright, pale yellow color with a half inch, creamy white head. Leaves a really nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, flowers, and a slight funky aroma.

Taste - Has a strong floral and honey flavor to it.. Citrus, lemon and orange zest, a slight funk, and clove.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This isn't your average hefeweizen. I like that they were going for something different, but I didn't particularly enjoy it.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
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 Kegatron
2.66/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Mdog
2.12/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, good head.

Smell: Not much, a little artificial lemon aroma.

Taste: Underwhelming bread, artificial tasting lemon.

Drinkability: It's drinkable, but a pretty bad representation of a hefe.

Another from the Shiner mixed 6, this is drinkable but probably the most disappointing tasting hefeweizen I've ever had. Weird bread and artificial lemon taste, no spices, no banana, not too good.

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Photo of Bishop_Collar
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer poured a cloudy, chalky yellow color, like powdered Tang from my youth. It was highly carbonated with a very thin, quickly dissipating white head.

Smell: Main aroma noticed was a yeasty one, like white bread.

Taste: Beer had a citrusy flavor with lemon and some orange noted. Left some mild lingering citrus on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Due to high carbonation, beer has a bubbly but medium mouthfeel.

Overall: Not a remarkable beer, but refreshing and light enough for a hot summer day.

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Photo of Florida9
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale cloudy yellow in color. Forms a moderate sized, bubbly white head that reduces fairly quickly to a very thin surface coating. Leaves no lacing.

S: Aroma is of biscuit, white bread, carbonation, and lemony citrus.

T: Taste starts with a blend of orange rind and cheap white bread before more orange, mixed with yeast, comes through. Mild to moderate sweetness.

M: On the heavier side of light with carbonation approaching the heavier side. There is a slight bitterness to it, but the bitterness seems to come from the orange rind more so than the hops.

O: An acceptable, drinkable hefe that probably would benefit from toning down the pithy citrus quality. Certainly not the best one I've ever come across, but it could be worse. Then again Shiner has never been known for producing beer geek worthy beers and this one is really no different.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Grohnke
2.63/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Cloudy, pale yellow gold. Billowy white, long lasting head.
(4.5 / 4)

Very light banana. Very soft clove. Very light bubblegum. No hop. Light citrus. Very light grainy malt.
(1.5 / 3)

Mild grainy sweet wheat. Moderate tartness. Soft phenolic clove. Medium citrus. No hop flavor. Light hop bitterness. Moderate dry finish. Aftertaste is tart, lightly sweet citrus. Balance towards malt and spice.
(2.5 / 12)

Medium light body, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderately astringent.
(3 / 3)

Flavor and Aroma was far too soft and muted. Lacks character. High level of tartness paired with the astringency left my mouth feeling battered.
(2.5 / 5)

(2.68 / 27)

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Photo of donmonkey1
2.35/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a white head that's way too small and dissipates way too fast. There's a little lacing while the crappy head still exists.

Smell: Very faint but sweet malt/corn

Taste: Sweet malt, lemon, spoiled fruit, clove.

This beer doesn't taste good enough to be average.

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

A: Hazy & cloudy, dark pastel, slightly orangey golden. Big white head that is a touch rocky. Okay retention & alright lacing.

S: I get lemony citrus more than estery banana & phenolic cloves. I also get stone fruits & tropical notes. Banana & clove are actually minimal. Background wheat & doughy base. No hops.

T: Doughy wheat, lots of meutral & clean yeastiness. Hint of caramel & a touch of sweetness. Lemon citrus note with just a vague hint of a tart / acid bite. Yeast note gets increasingly dry & powdery. Towards the end hops show through as herbal and woody.

M: Medium body with matched CO2. A touch of sweetness at the start but then lots of earthy & powdery dryness. Perhaps a hint of a zing.

D: Much more American in style than German. Actually it doesn't really have any of the traditional banana and clove. Mostly doughy wheat, yeast, & lemon. Not really all that refreshing or quenching. Best use is to wash down food.

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Photo of chinchill
2.81/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - apricot-gold in color, like apple juice, with a short-lived small head. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - The nose is a rather with a quality more like an adjunct lagr than, say, a typical German Hefeweizen or replica thereof, such as the Baltika 8 that followed this beer.

T: Despite the claim to be a Hefeweizen, this is like a cross of that style with an Amer. lager.

M - Medium-light body; Somewhat low carbonation.

O - Not bad, certainly, but not true to style (no deduction for that in this review) and rather bland and low in flavor.

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Photo of rpwiii
4/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great product from shiner, very smooth finish and refreshing crisp finish. Best served cold and by following the serving directions on the back, this insures you get the best flavor through whole finish of the beer. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys lighter beers with a more citrus flavor.

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Photo of 12stepCornelius
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer review but wanted to review this craft beer.

I poured it into a pub style glass. I made sure to mix the yeast in as recommended for serving.

The appearance was cloudy, which is intended because of the yeast, but quite pleasant. Had a somewhat soft yellow color.

For what ever reason - maybe its because I swirled the beer in the bottle so much trying to get the yeast off the bottom- it had a fairly stout head in the pub glass. It was bubbly and white, but took a couple minutes to go down before I could pour more beer in without head spilling down the sides of the glass.

Nose was there, but not too pungent. The smell of the citrus was present and the clover honey lingered nonchalantly in the background.

Taste was decent. Citrusy, slighty sweet and smooth. The smoothness goes as well for the mouth feel.

All in all a fairly decent craft beer to relax with at the end of a hot day.

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Photo of quickF4i
2.71/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

my 1st review. poured bottle into a weizen glass, rich golden color that appeared somewhat cloudy, with an unfiltered look. decent head that went away quickly, with some lacing leftover. smelled like a dark lager, with moderate carbonation. had a strange but short-lived aftertaste that i could best describe as artificial banana-vanilla-orange. got a little better as i went along.

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Photo of jtnelson40
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle to mug, cloudy and yellow, 1" head that leaves quick, does leave some lacing.

S- Bready, citrus, not bad.

T- Citrus, slightly bitter.

M- Medium to heavy, moderate carbonation.

O- Got this in a reunion sixer, review is from my notes. I do like this style of beer, not a bad offering from Shiner.

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Photo of acevenom
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy and yellow with a white head. I can smell the wheat with a hint of citrus. It's not a strong smell. The there's a decent amount of citrus flavor, but it's not overpouring. There isn't much hops flavor. There's the taste of grain and malt. The aftertaste is a bit strange and I can't place it. The mouthfeel is light to medium and the carbonation isn't overbearing. I've had this before and I'm still not impressed by it.

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