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 JoeAmerican77
2.58/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale orange with a fizzle of head... Mild scent of spent grains and club crackers. A little citrus fruit as it warms. Wheat beer. That is the flavor, a very basic flavor, some hints of honey but no sweetness. Watery in the mouth. Overall, nothing to write home about

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

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. First pour showed a quickly dissolving off-white head. Second pour gave a 1/4 inch off-white head that left minimal lacing. It pours a minimally hazy golden color with no sediment.

The aroma is weak with a few hints of citrus fruits and orange rind. A little grass scent is also present.

The taste is again citrus with some rind components and a bit more grass combined with grains and yeast, with a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a quick carbonation. It goes down fairly smooth and leaves a lingering sourness.

This beer is okay. It is definitely a hefeweizen, but each of the components could use some potency behind them.

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Photo of aval89
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: pours a yellowish golden color.. cloudy with some active carbonation.. 1 finger of tight white head.. a bit frothy..

s: citrus notes are definitely there.. mild fruity esters from the yeast along with some spice..

t: upfront i got some spice notes with some citrus.. middle of the mouth is more citrus with only a very minimal banana note.. backend is mostly clove like flavors..

mf: light bodied with good carbonation for the style.. dry/chalky finish leaves you wanting another sip..

o: overall just an ok hefe.. definitely missing that banana flavor profile. refreshing though.

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

A: The pour is a very pale, hazed golden color with a quickly vanishing white head.

S: Smells mostly of lemon and orange with some orange peel aroma in there as well. A light grassiness and some malt sweetness, maybe a little bit of yeast. No discernible banana or spice notes.

T: Sweet and grainy with some mild wheat and bread flavor. Still heavy on the citrus and citrus peel flavor. A little bit of straw and grass flavor, but still no banana/spice character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Like most Shine beers, not something that's worth having twice.

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

Pours a hazy straw golden yellow into a heffe glass. With about a 3 in. head and lots of lace.

Smell is of malt yeast and citrus.

Taste is good. Malt and yeast dominate and a slight citrus finishes smooth.

Light to medium body with high carbonation

Overall a good beer. Worth giving it a try again for sure.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.37/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #47
Served On: 8/27/2011
Glassware: Wheat Glass

This was another selection from the Shiner Family Reunion mixed six pack. I think this may be the last of the summer-type offerings in my beer fridge.

Look: This was probably one of the clearest wheat beers I’ve ever seen. It poured a bright yellow and the head was a thin white coating of small bubbles. It seemed to have a lighter body but with a syrupy consistency.

Smell: A robust malt nose with a sweet refreshing fruitiness. This beer had an aroma very similar to the Shiner Blond I just reviewed.

Taste: The taste started with rough carbonation that faded into lighter fruit notes. Finish was rather clean with notes of bread and faint mango or banana. Aftertaste was short-lived and basically matched the finish.

This was a nice Hefeweizen from Shiner; real mild without that Belgian clove that is so typical of the style. One way to describe this beer is the Shiner Blond with a bit more complexity and fruitiness.

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

Shiner Hefeweizen 5.4% alcohol poured from 12oz. orange labeled bottle into Weizen glass.

A- Active pour produces a glowing yellow- orange hazed fluid that rolls up a one inch head falling to a quarter inch frothy top. Lacing is patchy and sticks to the glass with vigor.

S- Upfront orange and citrus notes followed by a musky yeast in the nose.

T-M- Taste is a balance between citrusy hops, yeast, malts and wheat. Musky yeast and rich malts upfront only push on to lemon and orange peel hops in the end. Mouthfeel is mildly lingering with medium high carbonation letting the beer roll over the buds with ease.

Nice beer for sessioning.

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Photo of 2xHops
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very hazy, and foaming as I poured the beer into my glass.

Taste is a bit underwhelming, but it's not too bad for a hefeweizen. I can't quite taste the citrus coming out of this beer, so I can't quite give it a stronger rating.

The beer doesn't linger on your palate, and it's quite a clean finish. This is something you'd like when you want something refreshing and clean, and I think the beer fits the bill.

Overall, it's a decent beer for a brewery that is quite accessible for many in Texas. I still would choose other producers over Shiner, but if I'm in a pinch, I don't think I can go wrong with this one.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle served into a Busch glass in a Las Vegas restaurant. Cost was 5.50 USD. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and above average retention. Hazy cloudy dark yellow colour. It's kind of appealing.

Sm: Wheat, old (stale!?) orange peel, light lemon esters, and maybe a tinge of honey. A mild strength scent.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops are present, especially on the finish. Lemon esters sit atop a full barley foundation. Wheat is present throughout except on the climax. It's simple but effective and refreshing. A decent build and a good balance.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and a bit tingly. Complements the flavour mostly, but is a touch too sharp on the climax. Thickness is about right.

Dr: It's easy to drink, carries a high price, and is of good quality. Certainly worth a try for any beer advocate, or serious fan of the style.

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Photo of tdm168
2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a good amount of head and nice retention. Smells bland with just faint yeast and citrus notes. Taste is wheat, yeast, and mild orange peel. There is a little lemon here but it's masked and hard to discern. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; drinkable and refreshing.

This is a hefeweizen for those with their training wheels still on. Rather forgettable, but still a refreshing beer.

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Photo of schmidtn
3.62/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The variety 6 pack: I will attempt 6 reviews tonight! Okay, maybe 3.

This reserve is the second to crack. Coudy, Color like a white than a hefe with a fizzy head. Looks nice. Just not Hefe

Smells like a Hefe: yeasty, banana.

Taste like a good authentic Hefe. Not a great one, but good

Carbonation is good and spot on for this style

Malty taste, good.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.77/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into hefeweizen glass.

A: Pours a pale gold with a 1 finger white head that dissipates to a small cap and hugs the sides of the glass. Not as hazy as other hefes.

S: Fruit: Citrus (lemon, orange) Banana
Spices: Clover
Sweets: Honey

T: Wheat/Hop/Spice/Citrus. You can experience these flavors in a cycle. Starts off spicey/hopy, has a decent bitterness, and then finishes off wheaty/bready.

M: Creamy. Light-bodied. Good mouth-coating with some hop bite.

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Photo of adevans
3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A - Poured a yellow-hued hazy beer with a head that was off white and just under an inch. Little to no lacing.

S - Surprisingly lemony with a bread-like note in there. Honey aromas are also prevalent. I can't tell what all of the spices are.

T - Mostly a wheat-bread taste with a hint of lemon, and the hops add a nice spice at the beginning, mild though. Finishes bready.

M - Pretty light, medium body, with ample carbonation.

O - A six-pack worthy beer. Not something to have every day, but it's a solid brew.

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

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Thin hazy golden liquid. Not much head. No lacing. Smell is grainy and herbally. Flavor is weak. Very watered down. Some citrus notes mixed with the grains- somewhat sweet at times. Thin mouthfeel. I wouldn't decline if someone gave me a bottle, but nothing to seek out.

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

Cloudy, kind of murky yellow to tan in color; thick, white, fluffy head with great head retention. Aroma is spicy and lemony with ample wheat malt. Could have been a bit "brighter" in the nose. Smooth flavor, plenty malty with sweet lemon notes and some yeast spiciness. A bit watered down seeming but overall an good middle of the road hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a thick bubbly white head that lasted about half a minute.

A bit of lemon and grain in the nose. Not in abundance, but present and not surprising.

Lemon comes through early in the flavor and stays strong throughout. It is accompanied by a pleasant touch of honey.

Medium to thin body and fairly smooth.

Not a bad brew. I usually do not much care for hefeweizens, but this is one I enjoy a bit.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a hazy straw colour, pretty little one finger head that kept a presence throughout, leaving decent lacing as I drink.

The nose is pretty standard hef fair; citrusy blends with a little bit of doughiness with an underlying sweetness that I can't quite place.
Taste is as I expected based on appearance and smell; there is a lemony zest with an underlying clover honey sweetness and a dough-y bread malt, almost like a sweetened sourdough (don't argue the semantics of sweet/sour, it's the best I can think to describe it!)

carbonation is very active in the mouth, but ultimately it goes down pretty smoothely.
This was a part of the shiner family pack I picked up to appease the masses on this west texas fourth of july. I had pretty low expectations (just being honest) going into it, until I saw the BA page where it received better reviews than I had anticipated. This built my hopes up, and the final product was somewhere in between.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.42/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12 oz bottle a hazy yellow color with a nice frothy head and tight carbonation. Fresh baked bread and yeast on the nose. Really nice citrus backbone on the palate. Must be an American yeast strain as I don't get any of the telltale banana and clove that many of the Germans have. Overall a nice easy drinking Hefe, though nothing that will blow you away, it went down pretty easy after a long work day.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Label is very simple and attractive but nothing special.

Appearance - Poured a hazy muddy yellow with a nice 2 finger white foam head that dissipates slowly into a nice foam cover. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass.

Smell - Smells of lemon and white grape with a sweet bready malt smell. Hints of honey in the aroma also.

Taste - Tastes very citrusy and lemony on the backend. A nice wheat flavor infused throughout. I didn't pickup on the honey from the smell in the taste at all.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and thin with an adequet amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Smooth and very easy to drink with OK flavor.

This is affordable and refreshing and would be a good brew on a hot summer day. Not the best Hef but you wont be dissapointed either!!

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

A pale golden yellow brew with a 3/4 inch white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of foam. It was hazy that is typical of the style.

The smell was of a malty wheat, bread, hint of spice.

Flavors- hops were present up front though not strong, grains, bread, rice, wheat. Fairly simple and straightforward.

Good mouthfeel that finished clean, again typical. This isn't world class but a solid hefe worthy of a six-pack, particularly in the summertime.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.76/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Hefeweizen has a thin-to-medium off-white head and a hazy, golden appearance with a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is faint, but bread is detected and maybe fruit. The taste is an overriding bread flavor, but with some lemon and hop spiciness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Shiner Hefeweizen finishes wet and drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I recommend it.


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Photo of miket163
4.15/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy orange into a pint glass with a 2" white foamy head which hung around for a while; very nice lacing on this one.

The smell was great: Lemon and grapefruit up front, with very herbal quality's like fresh parsley and lemon grass. The taste was very nice: Citrus, grass, sourdough, and a touch of honey.

This is probably the best beer I have had from Spoetzl and a very competent brew in the Hefe catagory...great beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very cloud yellow in color with a thick white head. Head is there for longer than anticipated. Decent, but could be better. Also, bits of lacing are present.

S - Smell is very lemony with the wheat being toned down just a little too much. Also picking up peach, orange slight yeasty bread like quality. Missing the clove. Nose is citrus dominant.

T - Mostly sour lemon in the taste. Like the nose. The peach and orange are there still but more sour now than sweet. Whats good is that you still get the bread taste in the finish to give at least a little balance. Good taste but it bit off on the style.

M - Mouth fell is light, bordering medium bodied. Its smooth and actually a bit creamy. Carbonation is nicely done as well. The mouth feel seems the be the best aspect of the beer, considering style.

O - A worthy beer to be had. Not the best representation of the style but still highly drinkable. The reason I bought this is because it was the best choice out of a small selection at a local store. I would definitely buy this again under the same circumstances.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Extrememly couldy and hazy. Classic Hefeweizen appearance. Off white head that dissipates quickly like every other Shiner beer.

Smell-Bready with some light citrus and spice notes.

Taste-A little wheat and bread, along with some citrus, slight banana and spice.

Mouthfeel-Fairly crisp, light bodied with moderate carbonation. Realy nice finish.

Overall-Slightly above average beer, not going crazy over it but it's drinkable and refreshing, and will drink this beer again if we cross paths

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Photo of Dope
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy amber color. Okay head and lacing.

S: Smells pretty good with some wheat and citrus in the background.

T: Not as good as the smell but not terrible. Pretty typical wheat taste with some subtle citrus rounding it out.

M: Pretty light but not too bad. Carbonation is decent.

D: Decent. Nothing overly offensive about it but it tastes like a pretty bland Hefeweizen (and I think most Hefes are pretty bland to begin with).

Typical with most of the Shiners I've had, it just tastes like a generic version of the style. Nothing really stands out.

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