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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 6 pk of this stuff at Sal's in Addison, IL for $7.49. 12oz longneck bottles with no freshness date.

The beer poured a hazed yellow/brown color that made a 1½-finger white head that lasted a little over a minute before fading out to nothing. A decent amount of lacing clung to the glass after each sip.

Mild wheat and citrus smell.

I'm not getting any traditional banana/clove hefeweizen taste at all. Instead I get some mild malt sweetness and yeasty wheat flavors, along with some tartness and a lemon/orange citrus zest. It's not a bad tasting beer at all, but I question whether it fits this style.

Light to medium body with only moderate carbonation. It's pretty smooth and goes down easy with no hint of alcohol or bitterness at all - just 17 IBU's in this one.

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Photo of generallee
4.33/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Hefeweizen glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date

Appearance: It has a cloudy yellow/tan colored body with a tall three finger tall head. The head is off white in color and has a thick and creamy look that makes some nice sticky lace rings at the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light yeasty/bready character with some hints of fresh citrus.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a modest medium body with a light bready and yeasty character which is both earthy and fruity. There is a mild sweetness from the malt and a nice touch of lemon and orange citrus zest before the hops come in and add a slight bitterness and dryness. Light hop bitterness and dry yeast notes quickly fade from the tongue in the finish.

Notes: The light easy drinking nature of this Hefeweizen is perfect for heat of the summer and the lemon and orange zest is a nice touch to a classic style.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy straw yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the wheat, but I also get a little bit of orange citrus and a little bit of banana. It smells more like a regular American Wheat beer than a hefeweizen. The flavor is more like a traditional hefeweizen, but it is not that impressive. I get some bananas and wheat, but I also get some wheat. There is just the tiniest bit of cloves. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There is nothing offensive about the beer, but like a lot of beers from Shiner, it is nothing special.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
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 OakedCanuck
2.48/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into standard shaker pint.

A - Minor white head with lots of small bubbles. Lots of carbonation that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no lacing. Color was a murky, not cloudy, plain yellow.

S - Heavy lemon, acidic orange, and a bit of wheat.

T - VERY tart to sour, almost like watered down lemon juice. Some orange did come out a bit at the backend.

M - It seems very thin and weak. It retained a lot of carbonation through the whole review. The tartness puckers the inside of the mouth.

D - It was way to tart and not very complex. I would not try this again as I barely finished this one.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a thick, solid, dreary, dirty, yellow golden color with no visibility whatsoever. A dense unfiltered brew that sits under a thin creamy head.

S: A dark banana bread note to a malt sweet scent but a muted nose for the most part.

M/T: A moderately sweet and tart malty upfront feel leads to a crisp, banana peel, orange rind, light clove noted solid malt center; and concludes with a big malt, light lemon citrus finish. Did I mention malt?

D: A whole lot of malt in just one bottle to fill your belly...Tasty but quick filling.

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Photo of WwRGSwW
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: Gold body, with small/ minimal head

s: very strong yeast smell. a hint of lemon

t: citrus, and a malty after taste. but not unpleasant by any means!

m: lots of carb! but not to much.

d: I was really impressed by this. as a Shiner Bock drinker, I was impressed with their Hefe! really good after a long days work!

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Photo of confer
3.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy and gold hefe appearance. Big head that fades quickly. Bid soapy bubbles.
S- Smells like a weak hefe with lemon juice added.
T- The taste is lemon also. No clove, no banana and not even any bubblegum. Just lemon.
MD- The feel is good and it is very refreshing on hot day. This is very different from almost all other hefe-weizens.
Thanks to Bill S for the Shiner.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this bottle!

Let's follow up the dunkelweizen with it's lighter cousin, shall we? It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn syrup, semi-funky rice, and a touch of light orange juice. Oddly not much banana or clove in there for me. Hmm... The taste is very similar to the smell, though I think some clove has finally made it in here. Still, the majority of the flavoring is more on the citrus-y side of things, along with some damp grains that exhibit some very minor hints of funk. It's not all objectionable, but it's not all good, either. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a refreshing feel. Overall, a sub-par hefe, but not really one I would warn people away from. I just won't be having another (purposely) any time soon.

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Photo of LacquerHead
2.37/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this into a Sam Adams pint. The bottle was not the head with two faces; it had an orange label with Hefeweizen written on it in tan letters. Poured it at 54 degrees.

The appearance was cloudy and very translucent for a Hefe.

It smelled like a lager mixed with a Hefeweizen. There was a slight grain and orange rind aroma.

There was a lager quality to it, almost like a lager was used for a base to build a Hefeweizen on. The taste was similar to a bitter orange. It tasted like an orange peel and rancid citrus. It had a dry finish and a metallic aftertaste. This one did not get better as it warmed. The bitterness did subside a little but the taste and texture went flat - almost watery.

I do not see the drinkability in this one. I wanted to hurry up and get this one over with.

Overall I cannot see how this could be called a Hefeweizen. It tasted like a wheat flavored lager - and a bad one at that. This is my least favorite from Shiner. I would never purchase this one again. However, when I first had this years ago I thought it was very good. If I were to ever drink this again I would fill it up with oranges and lemon.

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Photo of rtepiak
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the pour was light in color for a hef and mildly cloudy with a dispointing head... white with about a finger of thin bubbles. nose of sweet yeast and horse hair. bananas going bad ans sweet. the taste of that but with a paste of white flower and a wheat husk quality that is bitter protein finger nail. quite decriptive along the lines of unpleasant... avoid.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy; yellowish/orange; a few bubbles coming up from the bottom. Bright white head that was rather small and finished with a small thin ring.

Smell - Getting some fruit - Orange - citrusy. Picking up some spice, probably the cloves. Faint hint of the wheat.

Taste - Decent bit of bitterness coming through at the end on the back of the tongue. Catching the orange and citrus flavor. Slight bit of sourness finding its way through also. Tasting the wheat, but not getting a whole lot of the honey.

Mouthfeel - Light. Goes down very smooth. Crisp and slightly watery.

Drinkability - A thirst quencher. Easily drinkable in hot weather. A decent brew really; not horrible, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn't mind picking this up again.

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Photo of JK4Stout
3.01/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Let me begin by saying I am not a HUGE fan of Shiner Brews. I was short of cash after a hike today, and thought this would be a good stopgap.
I poured from the bottle into a simple pintglass, and let it breath for a moment. The color is a murky (not to be taken negativily though, it is a wheatbeer) amber. This is just the color I was hoping for so that part was pleasing. The smell is a bit much, and eerily reminds me of Lemon Pledge. Yuck
Taste wise this is a weak little Hefe. Nothing to write home about but does go well with pizza and even dessert on a hot hot day. I recomend it for any afternoon when you just want to watch a game or sit around talking with friends. It is NOT a brew to be given a lot of thought to, so don't expect for it to change your life.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass...

A: a hazy, straw color with a white creamy head that fades to a silky sheet of foam that lasts through the drink

S: definitely picked up the orange peel and lemon peel, also the scent of orange fruit, hint of banana peel, and honey wheat bread

T: a sweet honey and lemon juice flavor up front, with some orange peel, and good wheat flavors. fades to flavors of clay, lemon peel, and bread crust

M: a rounded, smooth entry, very crisp that becomes off dry and dusty

Overall, not the most remarkable hefe, but like other beers from Shiner, TX, this is very high on the drinkability scale.

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

A-The beer poured a hazy orange color.

S-A slight phenol and yeast aroma increases as the beer warms. The beer has a faint aroma of citrus/orange.

T-Initially, there was a malt sweetness that faded into bitterness as the hops started to dominate the taste. There was a bitter aftertaste after the beer was swallowed. There was a slight citrus flavor the was very faint. Overall the flavor was mild and generalized for a wheat beer with no particular characteristic playing a lead role.

M-The beer had a light to medium body that was balanced with a moderate level of carbonation.

D-The beer has some good qualities as being an easy drinking beer for people that are put off by the extreme yeast-like characteristics of Weizen style beers. While the beer is drinkable it is a tame and unremarkable example of the style.

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Photo of JMad
2.89/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

The beer looked great, It was a dark, cloudy yellow. Did have some sediment in the bottle so I had to roll it around a little bit before I poured it. Had a 2 finger head that shrunk into a thin head. Did leave some nice lacing on the glass.
It smells like citrus, orange peel, and a little bit of hops.
Tastes very orangey.
Mouthfeel was bubbly and a little soapy.
Out of the family reunion 6 pack, this was the best one. I need more hops.

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Photo of hangh
3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Seems to be mixed well, the beer says it adds extra yeast to continue the brewing but it is all well mixed. The head was very nice. It is pretty thick and lasts well after the first pour. It only sticks in clumps on the glass.
S- Light smell that has a little bit of orange in it. Good smell without many faults
T- Nice clean taste, definitely some orange taste as well as some bready taste. Pretty smooth as well.
MF- A medium carbonation beer taht is light bodied and sits well
D- Very easy to drink and pleasant. I could have several of these and not get bored.

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Photo of tchenery
2.47/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle to pint glass.

This was a leftover from a visitor so I thought I would gie it a try. It pours a nice bright cloudy yellow-orange witha decent head that seems to be sticking around.

It doesn't smell like much but it does smell tangy. I'm picking up all yeast smells and no bananna or fruit at all, although pretty bready.

Doesn't taste very good. It tastes too sour and tangy. I guess some of the sourness comes from the lemon, but it's too much. There's really not a whole lot going on with this beer in my opinion and it tastes pretty thin.

I guess it's drinkable but I wouldn't sit down for more than 1.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: moderate wisps of white foam on top of golden/straw body;

s: weird but not necessarily bad; tart citrus; oranges; light warm yeast

t: tart citrus; oranges; some yeast malty backbone but really citrus is the dominant flavor

m: high carb; light cloy; light body

d: a decent and unique hefe showing from these guys

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Photo of eswtang
3.65/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Average for a Hefeweizen. Have had better ones. Easily drinkable, but the liquid was on par with other hefeweizens I have had, but nothing set it apart. It is worth a try, but would not go out of the way to get it, if you have other preferences. Price point is reasonable for this type of beer.

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Photo of Jayli
3.03/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired from gramatton so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a crystal clear copper color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes quickly and minimal spotty lacing is left on the glass.

S: Nose is of major orange peel, slight yeast, and hint of spice.

T: Taste starts with orange peel and the orange peels lingers throughout. There is a hint of yeast through the middle, the finish is a bit of spice and some lemon zest.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, somewhat watery and slightly oily mouthfeel.

D: This is a pretty one dimensional beer. It goes down easily, but not much there to pull you in.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow gold color. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Broken lacing.

S: Orange peel, spice (coriander?) and wheat malt.

T: Citrusy; lemon and orange. Some muted spices. Even bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and crips; refreshing.

D: Pretty light and not quite what I may have expected in the style. Nothing seriously wrong. It was light and refreshing.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.51/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Big fluffy white head,three fingers worth. After swirling the yeast, got the traditional cloudiness of a hefe. This is a pretty good looking beer.
Faint citrus aromas, no banana or clove of a Bavarian hefe. This one is more akin to an American wheat in the aroma. Light citrus and slightly bready malts. To me, this is the weakest part of this beer.
Fresh and sweet, with wheaty and citrus flavors. Good malty and wheat sweetness, good hop balance. Good feel and carbonation. This beer is a solid quencher.
Overall, one of the better beers from Shiner. There are much better hefes out there, but this would do in a pinch any day of the week.

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Photo of drpimento
2.62/5  rDev -20.4%
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 bigfnjoe
3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very cloudy yellow. Lots of sediment floating around in the beer, also lots of bubbles rising. One finger white head that sticks around for awhile, nice lacing. Its not the most attractive looking beer style in the world...but the head is excellent for a hefeweizen

S- I get a huge pungent blast of orange peel. Maybe a little coriander. Its pretty strong, thats for sure

T- lemon, orange peel, coriander...its actually a little overwhelming, tastes more like a witbier than a hefe. Disappointing

M- its got a good feel...theres a really nice cooling sensation, and its not the temperature...full bodied. There is obviously some carbonation still hanging on...not bad

D- I...don't know how drinkable this is. Its a poor representation of a hefeweizen taste wise, but if you look at it from the view of just beer, its not bad. Just don't pick one up if you're expecting a good hefe

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.29 out of 5 with 1,076 ratings
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