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 Southernbrew
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy orange color with a big sudsy head.

Pleasant lemon and orange scent with a slight grain note coming through as well.

Medium body, very smooth. Light lemon flavor starts it off and becomes slightly flowery with grain flavors showing up. Finishes with a light dryness and banana flavors as well.

Enjoyable wheat beer, perfect for summer time.

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Photo of stirgy
4.13/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale yellow straw color and was pretty hazy, as a true hefe should be. Huge frothy white head topped this one off. Some sweet and sour grainy notes rise up from the beer. The taste is light and flavorful with some fruity sweetness left on the tongue. Low in the banana and clove esters that I like to see. No biggie. Light in body, very easy to drink and Nicely blended. and overall I can say this is a very nice example of an American Hefe.

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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife bought me a six pack of these,hey at least she tried.Anyways pours a slightly hazy yellow with a decent fluffy head.Aroma is slightly clovey and malt tilted,a grainy feel on the tongue with some citric notes and some clove as it warms a little.Not a bad beer not up to par with German wheats but drinkable none the less.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle has a set of 3 directions for optimal pouring. I followed the first two and skipped #3 which says to add a wedge of lemon. No thanks.Straw colored with nice white head about an inch. Smell is very faint. Good amount of carbonation provides lots of bubbles rising to the surface. Very flavorful in the back of the mouth with a hint of citrus, not surprising from the ingredients of honey, wheat, orange and lemon.

The cloudy pale color has an abundant and very nice lace that clings to the glass all the way to the bottom. Very drinkable and one that I would recommend for a hot day.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
3.36/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The pour was light yellow and very carbonated. It had a good one inch head that slowly dissapated and left a quarter inch of white foam. The foam held on throughout the drink.

The smell was acidic and sweet. Almost a lemon smell.

The drink started very carbonated, it almost tickled the nose. The middle was acidic and it finished with another kick of lemons and then was clean.

All and all this was a good example of hefewezen. Though it's not one of my favorite styles, I did rather enjoy this one.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.12/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma has a fresh slightly phenol, slightly sweet, slightly fruity quality with pale malt and wheat aspects. Clove and bananas not noted.
Excessive head even when poured carefully, Cloudy yellow. Head is white and very firm.
Nice mix of subtle flavors. A little sweet then dry with a shot of bitterness at finish. Nice mix of pale malt wheat and hops. Also contains a thirst pleasing souness that is not citrus.
Extremely refreshing light and very easy to drink. Moderate smoothness. Moderate carbonation gives a tingly sensation on tongue.
Quite enjoyable. Good label.

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Photo of MrNuggets
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full white head leaves chunky lace clinging to the sides of my tall pilsner glass. Hazy yellow colour, i can see the yeast spiralling to the bottom. Wheat on the nose. First sip gives me more of that wheat with hints of lemon and bananna dancing in the background. Finishes off with a hint of bitterness. Chrisp mouthfeel from this well carbonated brew. Very refreshing drink for this hot dry spring day.

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

I bought a 6 pack of this while in Hilton Head. I really like the labels on the bottles, nice playful packaging.

The beer poured a somewhat hazy light yellow with a nice fluffy head.

Nice nose of banana, clove and malt. Not as distinct as some of the better versions of this style, but not bad either.

The taste was refreshing. Nice spicy undertone to the bananaish taste. The beer had clear hints of citrus taste that lingered in the background. The beer was slightly improved by drinking with a lemon (I had it both ways). Turns slightly sour as you get 2/3rds through the glass.

The drinkabiltiy is pretty high. and the mouthfeel seemed fine for the style. This was an enjoyable wheat beer and one I would gladly have again.

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Photo of Trentonator
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a cloudy yellow with an initially nice head, which quickly disappears. The taste is very fizzy, yeasty, some wheat- like aroma, and a dry aftertaste. Growing up as a farm kid in Western Kansas, I distinctly remember going out to bite into wheat kernels in the early summer to test our wheatfield's crops. If it was a good year, the taste was dry, and a in a bad year it was usually wet (meaning a later harvest). The taste of this beer reminds me of wet wheat.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bizarre label which tries to be an optical illustion... but really isn't. Back of label describes how to pour the beer so that you "rouse the yeast" and proclaims, "It's cloudy? That's good." It also recommends serving with a wedge of lemon (Thanks... But, NO, thanks!) Up the right side of the label, it reads, "Ale brewed with wheat, honey, orange, and lemon peel."

Pour is that of a typical hefeweizen: Cloudy yellow color, voluminous white (slightly yellow) head. Initially large head falls back to a long lasting foam cap which leaves patches of lace down the glass. Really nice looking.

Smell is wheaty with a bit of citrus. Taste is very citrusy with some yeast flavor. Not as much wheat in the taste as expected, and the yeast flavor it different from most hefe's I've tried. Lacks any banana or spice notes expected in a hefe. A little hop kick at the end is surprising, but not unwelcome.

This beer is somewhere between an American wheat and a German hefe weizen... doesn't really fit well in either category. But, it's really not bad. Refreshing and very drinkable. But, drinking it makes me want a real hefe weizen!

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.25/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I must say this is the best wheat beer I've ever had. Notice I said "wheat" and not "hefeweisen" like this beer claims to be, as others have also pointed out. While many wheat beers can be short on flavor and sort of watered down, Shiner Hefeweisen packs a whollop of flavor. It almost seems like a Belgium Wit-style judging by appearence and smell. Serves as a fantistic summer session brew with an abundance of wheat malt spritzed with lemony/orange flavor. Well balanced and delicious.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.26/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am intrigued by the weird bought a single to go with my Chicken burrito.
This is actually a nice looking hefe..its got the pale cloudy orange colour down..and a very attractive frothy pure white head.
Ok they got the looks but the aroma is average at best..some faint wheat sourness and thats about it.
Again the taste though it does threaten to get "spicy" is rather bland..but it seems very fresh.You casn taste the wheat no doubt ,but like most American "hefes" the yeast lets it down.
Pretty ok in the mouthfeel..maybe a tiny bit thin.
For all its faults it was extremelly drinkable with my burrito..and no doubt would be an acceptable beer in the Texas summer.

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

Pours to a cloudy yellow with yeast chunks and a smallish but permanent white head. Aroma is sweet and smells sort of macro-ish. Flavor is sweetish malt balanced by the tartness of the wheat with a refreshing tart finish. It seems to be made to be more "mainstream American" and unoffensive rather than totally authentic. Other than the appearance, it is as uninteresting as other Spoetzl Products. A decent beer in general but not a true hefe.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body of this beer is a cloudy orange color, your typical hefe. Nice foamy white head on top. The smell diverts from the expected, not quite as big of a fruity/bananay scent that you would expect from this style. While the taste does cover these aspects, they are more subtle than expected, and add to the overall feel that something just isnt quite right with this beer. I think its a good drink, its just not all it could be in my opinion.

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Photo of daledeee
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can't pass up trying another Hefeweisen. Texas brand hefeweisen. Here goes.

Pours pretty good head and a very cloudy yellow-orange. Head goes away but leaves a skim on the top. Smells too much like grain for a hefe. Not enough bread, yeast, cloves or spice. Something is not right with the smell. The taste isn't so bad. Some fruit, malt and a little sweet. Has a good carbonated bite. Definitely drinkable.

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Photo of merlin48
3.14/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, cute label. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a moderate white head. Plenty of small bubbles and a few yeast particles can be seen in the glass. Patchy lacing. Not much of an aroma, but I detect some lemony citrus and hay. Fizzy in the mouth, with medium carbonation. Light bodied. Taste is unremarkable, with wheat malt and a decent hop bitterness. Nothing overwhelming, but would be very drinkable on a hot, summer, day. Not a bad American wheat beer, but there are many better ones.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love on the label on this one! He's a gloomy, unshaven moper, until you empty out your bottle, then he's a smiling dapper chap! Clever!
Okay...appearance: deep, murky orange hue, bright lemony yellow at bottom, with a fine fluffy white head resting atop.
Aroma: spicy and citric, sharp, lively, very promising.
Taste: beautiful play on the tongue on first meeting the lips, tasty, tingly, but light and mellow thereafter. Citric flavor remains throughout, and wheaten texture is appreciated, though the body feels light, and the finish is swift.
Starts out rather nicely, with good flavor, well-held citric taste and a spicy kick, reminding me of some fine Bavarians, but all in all, rounds out to be a nice, average, very drinkable and refreshing American weizen. I'll look for it again next summer, now that it's entered our market.
Thanks to morris 729 for my first taste.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice label! This is an interesting beer that I enjoyed, although it apparently utilizes a standard Spoetzl yeast with orange and lemon peel added to give it some character. It's not a Bavarian hefe, nor is it a witbier or American wheat; but it is tasty and refreshing! Its body is a cloudy yellow-gold, and once it's massive, bright-white rocky head drops it holds a thin cap quite well. It's lacing eventually erodes, but it leaves some nice, wide splotches and spots with each sip. The nose catches your attention with some light spice and soft citrus over a mild, wheat-based malt. It's medium body is accentuated by a very fine, natural carbonation that gives just a slight tingle on the tongue and it's exceptionally smooth across the palate. The flavor delivers everything that might be expected, with a lightly sweet and just slightly bready wheat malt that's peppered with lightly floral and citrus flavors over a subtle bitterness. It finishes short and dry with just some very mild, residual wafer-like malt. Worth trying!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. amber bottle with instructions on how to pour. Label states this beer is made with wheat, honey, orange and lemon peel.

Poured a cloudy (It's cloudy? That's good.) golden orange in color. Monstrous bright white head billows beautifully following an aggressive pour. The head is very, very thick at first, but quickly dies away to nothing but a slight film. Aromas are yeasty/bready mixed with citrus. Flavor is not as..."wheaty" as expected. Flavor has some sharp sweetness to it. Well-balanced by the hops. Finished with a creamy aftertaste, with the citrus notes really shining. A great summer "mass quantity" beer.

Props to AKSmokedPorter for this one.

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Photo of ADR
3.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Uniformly lightly hazy and palish yellow/orange in color. Nice and high puffy head of good duration and leaving thisk ropes for laces. Smell is vaguely citric, could be yeastier. Mouthfeel is somewhat sub par and the flavor is in a mellon category with some notes of lemon and hardly an estery cotton. Finishes just north of watery and with low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but like many American Wheats, not a lot happening -- though I could see this as a session brew for a blazing summer afternoon in College Station...

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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 PhantomVodoo
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed to cloudy golden color with a head that is just barely off-white. Amount of yeast present seemed a bit on the low side.
Nice aroma of citrus (orange and lemon), wheat, and a touch of yeast.

Taste shows a good wheat tartness with a nice citrus twang. Hops are there to balance only and do a decent job. My big complaint with the taste was the presence of a chemical type off-flavor (phenol maybe?) that gained in strength middle to finish. Remove this and I'd score the taste higher.

Mouthfeel was quite fizzy and a bit thin.
Drinkability was good with the exception of the off-flavor.

Overall, this would be a good hefeweizen without the slight chemical taste that knocks it down to just decent in my book.

Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for hauling this one up to Ohio for me!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy golden orange color with a mountainous rocky white head, and the massive layer of foam leaves thick patches of ringed lacing throughout my session with the brew. Aromatics going on include a citrusy lemonpeel tone with some spices, and banana hints are also there. By the bottle I would have guessed this to be a horrible hefe, but after smelling and tasting I realize wow this is pretty good. Definitely doesn't sit up there with Ayinger, Weheinstephaner, or anyother German counterpart however this serves up one great refresing summer beer. Spiced up with some soft banana edge to it the wheat malt is doing it's magic with that sharp sweetness and there are no cloying or off flavors to be found like some American made hefeweizens. Mouthfeel is light bodied and the texture is a little thin with no fluffy mouthfeel or high carbonation causing a bubbly feel on the palate. Drinkability what can I say definitely a beer you should pick up a sixer of for after work, and mowing the lawn summer session brew all the way.

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.52/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I wasn't very impressed by this beer. I wasn't expecting much, as I have never had a decent American Hefe-Weizen, and this did nothing to break that streak. This poured out a wierd off-yellow color, and smelled fairly bitter. It tasted like a weak cross between Budweiser and a real Hefe. The best thing about this beer is that it is cheap ($5.99 a six pack). Drink it if you must, but don't go out of your way to find it.

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Photo of yosh
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a great beer in a 12 oz. bottle. When poured it became a cloudy, golden color and created a thin head. the head slowly disappears throughout the drink. It has a sweet, smooth taste to it which makes it easy to drink. Definately something to get again!

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