Shiner Hefeweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner HefeweizenShiner Hefeweizen
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2001

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Photo of Soilworker
2.38/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a tulip glass. Swirled the last 1/3 of the beer to get all the yeast out of the bottom.

A: Cloudy deep gold with some orange hues. There is a two finger white head which has very little retention

S: Big rich crisp clean malts with some earthy/musty tones. There is some obvious tones of orange and lemony zest and a little bit of spice (not much though).

T: Ugh. I did not like this one at all. Quite watery; there is an odd bitterness and light fruity flavors coming through that are very off putting. There is some orange and lemon flavors that come through but they don't really help the beer all too much.

M: Watery and relatively low carbonation.

D: I personally would not be able to drink another one of these, getting through one was hard enough.

Notes: I did not like this hefe at all. It was far too watery and the bitterness is very off putting. Could also definitely go with some more spice in my opinion. I will not be buying this one again. Doesn't hold a stick to SN.

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Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Appropriately cloudy straw with active carbonation and a light swirl of yeast. A Dense white cap has excellent retention and leaves bits of lace.

S: Very straw like. The aroma is most like an American Pale Wheat ale. The banana I expect from this style is absent, but there is a bit of clove. There's a very light pear fruitiness as well.

T: Cracker and straw mostly. Bitterness has a nice sharp lemon tartness. There's an odd apple cider flavor toward the finish before the beer gets a touch acidic. It's not off putting. Just different. Perhaps my bottle isn't as fresh as it should be?

M: The medium-light body is doughy and has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: I was honestly not that impressed by this. It's light and goes down quickly, but it's lacking elements that define this style. A decent summer beer. No more, no less.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I want to be clear -- I hated this beer and I love hefe. This is probably one of the worst hefe's I've ever had.

Beer is yellow and hazy forms a white head of medium and small bubbles that falls away to a thin layer and leaves no lacing. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks fine but there should be more head, more lacing and more carbonation.

The aroma causes me to check the label. Its very lactic. "Is this a Berleinerweiss?" I ask myself. No, there is no cloves, no banana, no wheat, no wet, just this odd subtle lactic aroma. Maybe it will taste like a Berleinerweiss...

No. I would have thought it more favorable if this was just a berleiner in a hefe bottle. Its bland, flat on the palate, its like grainy water with no carbonation. Its just gross.

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Photo of vdread
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Hefe-Weizen is a cloudy bright orange with sticky, foamy head.

the smell is strong with orange peel and wheat.

tastes very wheaty and yeasty, slightly bready, with lots of orange and spice. it's a very clean taste that does not linger for long. there is nothing here to object to. i'm no hefe-head, but i can really appreciate (for once) what Shiner did here. it's not your typical hefe, but i prefer this interpretation to traditional banana and clove dominant styles.

good, creamy mouthfeel.

this is probably one of Spoetzel's better beers, and an everyday hefe that i've overlooked before. it's one i would consider picking up again.

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Photo of spoons
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow body with a sticky white head. Lots of carbonation from top to body.

Smells earthy, acidic and sweet. Notthing special in the nose.

Has a creamy mouthfeel. A hint of malt in the taste, nothin in the way of hops. I can't say this has much flavor at all, the creamy mouthfeel of this seems to mask some flavor. No spicy notes characteristic of the style.

its ok ,better than the worst, but yeah I wont drink this again...

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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New label, but right beer. The label describes it as "Wheat ale brewed with orange and lemon peels with honey added", but the back label's Step 4 mentions "...Enjoy with a wedge of lemon". WTF for?!? How lemony does it need to be? Whadda I look like - a tea drinker? Get on with it!

From the bottle: "Handcrafted in Shiner, Texas since 1909,the little brewery has been the source of every drop of Shiner brew."; "Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it's brewed with a hint of clover honey and orange and lemon peels."; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "Always Sunny"; "Unfiltered and Bottle-Conditioned"; "Wheat Ale brewed with orange and lemon peels - with honey added"; "This refreshing delight bottle-conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps fermenting 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) pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon - Prosit!"; "For every true lover of life"

A finger of frothy white head that disappeared like my former roommate in the wake of bill collectors. Color was a hazy sunshine yellow, like fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. The wheat was up front on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant citrus flavor on the tongue. I attended a Wheat Beer fest last year and left thinking that I wanted to drink a beer afterwards. This tasted like something! I am not convinced that they used a hefe yeast strain, as I got none of the usual flavors on the tongue, but given my dislike of banana-ish hefes, that may not be a bad thing. Finish had a lemon tart-like fruitiness that lingered. I like Shiner's beers more and more. Keep 'em coming, boys!

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Photo of deathcab
3.8/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a very light orange. It reminds me of Orangeade.

S: Smells very florally, I get the hint of oranges.

T: Tastes pretty good, nothing great. I taste quite a lot of fruits. The aftertaste is wonderful though, it sticks around and is not overpowering, just very pleasant.

M: The mouthfeel is nothing special, it feels like a regular light lager...tuns of carbonation

D: I could have a good number of these, however, i could see getting full of them after a while, or losing interest in the taste after a 6 pack.

Overall this is a good beer. I will drink this every now and then and love it. But, if i had it often i would defiantly get sick of it.

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Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy and hazy sunset yellow colour with a big pillowy snow white head that seems to want to stick around and leaves my glass with nice lacing. the aroma is a subdued sort of popcorn and lemon clash...slightly spicy with nothing capturing my attention. the taste is a grainy, herbal, rough edged conglomeration that spits out lemony notes, cuts your tongue with husky wheat and coats everything with some thick maltiness. a slight alcohol spice/twinge lays down a loud but quick note before some bitter hopping leaves you wondering what this supposed hefeweizen is trying to be. it is full bodied, with a rough, almost harsh mineral like mouthfeel. drinkability is curiously good because this is different in many ways to traditional hefes, but suffers just the same because it's really not that outstanding.

overall, it's too much in that limbo land betwen american wheat and bavarian hefeweizen. i'd drink this again in the summer, but it wouldn't be high on my list. Shiner would be wise to go try to reformulate this into a truer to style weizen.

the label recommends that a lemon be served with this beer, and in this instance, yes, i would agree that an addition of a lemon slice would improve this beer.

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Photo of drizzam
2.66/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My first foray into the world of Spoetzl brewing...let's give it a shot.

A - Poured from the brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date to be found. The body of the brew is a murky orange color with yellow highlights along the edges when held to the light. All of this is topped with a bright white head that recedes quickly to a thin cap. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Doesn't come across to me as a good Hefe in terms of aroma. Mild aromas of citrus, lemon mainly, supported by a wheat backbone. Seems like maybe a bit of pepper in there as well.

T & M - Just as the aroma failed to impress, so goes the taste. The main players here are lemon and orange peel. It finishes with a bit of a spicy twang on the back end. Mouthfeel is watery, this is way too thin. Carbonation is on the low to moderate end of the spectrum.

D - In the immortal words of Vince Lombardi..."What the hell is going on here?". This beer was not a good representation of a style that I've grown to love over the years. The relatively low ABV and ease of drinking (read watery nature) do make it at least drinkable on a Summer day. If you want a good Hefeweizen, look elsewhere. I think I could swing a dead cat in my local liquor store and hit 3 bottles of Hefe that would be more worthwhile.

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Photo of billab914
2.61/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a cloudy pale straw color with a thin white head covering the top. The color seems a light and bright, almost similar to pineapple juice.

Aroma is pretty muted, I'm getting a little wheat but not much else. The taste has wheat and a little bit of citrus to it but is pretty light in flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. It's an easy drinking beer but it just doesn't have much flavor. It feels like it's missing the big banana and clove yeastiness that I expect from a Hefe. This tastes more like a light wheat beer.

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Photo of zimm421
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear yellowish orange with a thick white head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving good lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of wheat and citrus, with an orange smell coming behind the wheat scents.

T - Tastes fairly sweet with orange dominating the flavor as well as a good wheat taste. There is a little bit of bitterness as well, slightly unusual, but appreciated.

M- Slightly creamy with a decent amount of carbonation, and medium-bodied.

D - Fairly easy to drink, not a whole lot going on, but something I could sit down and have a few.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.09/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with an orange hue that runs up the center of the glass. Nice carbonation and actually looks pretty good.

Smells pretty musty, almost like a wet dog with a hint of clove.

Taste adds a touch of lemony citrus zip but lets not get too excited. Finishes dry with a hint of noble hops, which is a plus.

One of their better offerings but I can't wait to be done with this mixed pack. Thanks.

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Photo of Dster
3.28/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance Yellow hazy hefe with good head retention. But prefer the thicker head of some other hefes

Smell - of yeast and lemon...missing the floral element I love in Hefes

Taste - Ok..not complex..heavy on the citrus..little bannana or floral taste

Mouthfeel - many hefes

Drinability - Like many Shiner products, would support drinking many in hot weather.

This would be a great Hefe-weizen to introduce a new beer nerd to. Its from a brand that people are familiar with and the taste is straight foward.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A murky golden color, very little carbonation and head.

s - Smells of fruit, mostly oranges and lemons, with a little bit of honey.

t - Not much taste to it. Very light traces of lemon and some citrus. Also a little bit or orange. Don't taste the honey at all.

m - Light body and very little carbonation.

d - This was an ok Hefeweizen, but not that great. I thought it did not have much taste to it and was very light. It wasn't bad but I would pass on this beer for another Hefeweizen next time.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
2.99/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

This will be exciting - revisiting one of the beers that took me out of the American Lite Lager hell and into beer enlightenment. At the time, I thought it was an amazing and complex beer and decided my days of drinking only macrobrews were over. Will it be the amazing Bud-Light quasher I remember?

A: Pours completely cloudy, as if there was no attempt at any clarification steps in the brewing process. A one-finger, light ivory head sits atop the dark straw foggy mess in the goblet. The head falls quickly, but wide swirls of white remain until the very end. There is only a little lacing able to keep from slipping down off the glass walls and into the beer.

S: Very clean and tidy nose - not a lot to pick up here. Yeasty, mostly, with some subtle notes of lemon, peaches, grass, and bubblegum. As it warms, it begins to smell surprisingly corny. Corn in a wheat beer?

T: I can't really taste much of anything in this brew. A little wheat, but it is very dry and crisp. Some yeast and a light, gently-spiced taste that can only be described as flowery. At the finish, a citrusy tang compliments the slightly-bitter hops.

M: Very creamy, but with a strong bite from the carbonation. The two sensations seem to complement each other perfectly - the carbonation would have been too high, but the creaminess subdued the burn. Likewise, this much cream would have become an unpleasant foam, had the carbonation not mellowed it.

D: Medium - there isn't much of anything exciting in this beer, so drinking another one would be boring, but it's lightness makes it seem that it would be as easy to drink as water. Is that a good thing?

Overall, I'm surprised I was so impressed with this beer in college. Now, it seems very plain and uninspiring. For the style, it is decent in most areas: the appearance seems right in every area except possibly the ridiculously overcloudyness, the smell is subdued, but fantastic, and the mouthfeel is perfect, but the taste just leaves too much to be desired. Sadly, Shiner Hefe did not live up to its legend, but that wouldn't stop me from ordering it if I were at a limited-selection bar.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.64/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy and poured a big white head. The beer also had decent lacing. The beer was bready smelling and slightly sour which is the way it tasted also. Sorry, no sour beer for me. I will not buy again

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Photo of whtguitarguy
2.45/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

An American style hefeweizen for sure. Pours to a light hazy yellow color with an ok head. It has a slightly sweet quality to it, but it is overall too bitter because of the amount of hops. This is not a favorite and I don't see myself drinking this again.

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

Poured from a bottle into my favorite pint glass. Nice color and a lacy head dissipating into nothing after a moment or two. Smelled of malt with a twist of citrus. Taste was right down the middle with a touch of hops overpowered by malt and some more citrus. Mouthfeel and drinkability was average. i liked the flavor of this brew but not quite as thrilling as I would have liked. Just basic.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.94/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another extra from a trade with gramatton, thanks again man!

Consumed 12/7/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- A murky, light gold topped off by a bubbly two finger white head that dropped pretty quick to a thin skim. Decent lacing.

S- Faint wheat and citrus.

T- Pretty similar to the nose with an almost metallic note in there as well.

M- Medium bodied and creamy.

D- Pretty easy to drink but definitely not my first choice for a hefe.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.78/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Hefeweizen pours the usual hazy straw color with a big white head. The nose has some light citrus notes and a bit of grass.

The falvor is crisp up front. The lemon zest really comes through. A quick finish with the bittering hops making a brief appearance. High carbonation. Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Overall, this would be a really nice summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.97/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't a bad Hefe. I don't generally like beers that need to be dressed. This one however has a good flavor all by itself. Fairly cloudy. Good head, but dissipated quickly leaving no traces behind. The nose is a citrus lemon, some sweet malts and a hint of floral hops. Little bit of a bitterness to this hefe which is a weird twist. Taste is as the nose foreshadows. A lemon citrus flavor with a sweet undertone. This beer is very smooth as it's light body passes over the tongue. I think it's a little to hefe for me, but if you enjoy this style a very good one.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a Shiner mix-six a while back...

A: hazy straw-gold. Nothing outstanding from looking at it, doesn't seem particularly heavy-bodied from the pour.

S: A lot of citrus on the nose. Lemon dominates, but some orange. also, some wheat malt.

T: Wheaty and orange. Mostly the citrus. Not great balance.

M: Not a light mouthfeel, but I would hesitate to call it medium body.

D: On a hot summer day this rocks. As an authentic hefe, not so much.

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Photo of biggred1
3.21/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy blonde with a million suspended yeast particles and a soapy eggshell cap that shrinks to a film after a moment. The nose on this one is citrus peel and wheat malt. The flavors are not very authentic for the style, more of an American wheat with orange/lemon peel and a faint skunky quality. Medium light bodied with crisp carbonation. A pretty average beer.

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Photo of hooliganlife
2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

pour was a ligth hazy orange with a light head

mainly citrus with a FAINT hint of wheat

citrus bomb and for all the wrong reasons. bitter citrus lemon that really dominates. i never found the wheat i have come come to known from a good hefeweizen.

body was decent, good carbonation.

overall, this was pretty terrible. i had to muster the strength to finish this. the citrus was just too powerful and too over whelming. no thanks... i like to taste wheat, not fruit. shiner is usually fairly solid but this was not.

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Photo of maleman
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a hazy light orange with a two finger head that receded into a tight cap and spidery lacing.

S - lots of grain and some spice notes.

T - clean taste of grain. biscuity.

M - light to medium bodied, a bit above average carbonation, a light, clean finish with minimal aftertaste.

D - light and refreshing...could drink several of these, especially in warm weather. one of the better hefe's i've had as i'm not usually a fan of wheats.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 21.5% out of 100 with 1,075 ratings
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