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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Paulaner-branded weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy muted golden color. The head on this beer is smaller than is typical for most hefeweizens. The head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell: Smells wheaty with strong aromas of oranges and bananas.

Taste: Very citrusy with strong banana notes as well. The fruit tastes are a bit stronger than normal in most American hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth with a little stickiness towards the end.

Drinkability: A fairly decent hefeweizen. This beer (like most hefeweizens) is exceedingly drinkable. I could see myself drinking several of these in one sitting. Would probably be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of largadeer
2.06/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blond with a light haze, the head dissipates to a ring almost immediately. The nose is black pepper, paprika, paint, strong phenols. Pretty much terrible. The taste is no more impressive, with big up front orange zest, lemon, plastic and cardamom. Very phenolic and spicy, yet very watery and bland. The yeast really takes this one over, and a pleasant yeast profile it isn't. There's a touch of malty sweetness mid-palate, along with a bit of vitamin c flavor. The finish is lemony, tart, wet, wholly inappropriate for the style. This beer kinda blows.

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

Appearance: This beer had been in the back of a friend's fridge for at least a year. Needless to say, there were hefty chunks of sediment floating around the glass, but these dissipated as the beer was swirled around.

Smell: Mostly yeast.

Taste: Wheaty and yeasty. So-so compared to many hefes.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly punchy given its age. Not what I look for in hefes.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable, given the age and chunkiness, but one was enough.

Overall, this is an average beer, but below the high standard for hefeweizens. The age did not seem to detract from nor improve the beer. Since hefes are not known for aging, I guess this speaks to the durability of this beer. There are better beers from Shiner and much better American hefes.

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Photo of BierFan
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice sized off-white head. Hazy yellow body. Looks like a hefe should. Good lacing.

Smell: Doesn't have the flavor profile of a German hefe. Pale wheat and some citrus peel.

Taste: Much better taste than I was expecting. The citrus peel adds some much needed flavor to what would otherwise be a boring beer.

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Photo of deaconoflove
2.85/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ap. Nice cloudy golden color, but no head and no lacing, so not too pretty.
Sm. Very little smell, maybe some orange.
Ta. A very mild brew with some tangerine flavor I think. Kind of like a nice, non-sweet fruit drink. Very little beer flavor.
Mf. Minimal carbonation
Dr. Easily drinkable, but why?

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Photo of xenolithic
2.79/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured my beer into my tall beer mug vigorously, creating a two finger head that slowly receded to about a half finger of white fluffy head. The beer itself is cloudy, as can be expected and a delightful honey-color. Personally I like more head on my hefe's but this might have been sitting in the bottle shop, so who knows.

The smell is rather weak, and somewhat metallic. I'm sensing some fruitiness without the usual scent of bananas. I'm not picking up the usual hefe spiciness either in this bottle.

In the taste I pick up much more of the spiciness. However, I get a certain metallic taste in my mouth that tastes like I'm chewing on a tin can. Looking at these other reviews, I might have to source another bottle elsewhere.

The mouthfeel of the beer is good, and is where it should be for the style, a little thick but not creamy. I still can't get over the metallic taste though.

Drinkability... unfortunately, this bottle has none. I have faith there's some in the hefe, just not this one.

Note: I'm not bashing the beer, but I am reviewing THIS bottle. If I come across another bottle, I will certainly rewrite my review and repost. These are just the feelings that I got from a single bottle taken from a bottle shop that's been there who-knows-how-long.

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Photo of kevman527
3.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Continuing my Shiner reviews...

Cloudy light golden yellow color, with no head again like the other Shiner beers and no lacing, I wonder why this is? I still like its appearance though. I smell cloves and citrus with some grassy malt notes. It tastes very citrusy too me, almost like a dry riesling, lime and grapefruit notes, kind of sour, but in a good way. A medium bodied hefe, low carbonation with a high drinkability. So far this is my favorite of the Shiner Beers.

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Photo of joozyboozy
3.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is a very cloudy orangish yellow, with hardly any head. not a very aromatic beer but it does have a pretty good taste, which consists mostly of lemon. i didnt like it a whole lot at first but i had another one a few hours later and found it better. i think the lemon just takes awhile to get used to. feel is of light carbonation. not sticky or silky.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.44/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into weizen glass.

Appearance: Poured a golden color that was semi-transparent. Almost no head.

Smell: Had a very strong wheat smell without much of a hint of hops.

Taste: Very sweet taste with a bit of a bitter kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin for the style.

Drinkability: This isn't bad, but I feel there are much better hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of BrewDoc12
4.85/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding beer. Not too crazy about some other Spoetzel brews, but this one is one of my favorites. Being a native Texan might play a role. Excellent color and smell. Silky mouthfeel,and rich flavor. Citrus overtones without being overpowering. Beautiful lacing and overall drinkability. One of my ol'faithfuls.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.42/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Nice clear orange color, decent head. Teh smell is bland and uninteresting. The flavor was sort of metallic and honestly not good at all. The drinkability for me was very low because after I finished one I had no desire to drink another one. Too bad I have a whole six-pack.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.46/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy golden color with a one finger, semi-active head. The nose is pretty non-distinct; a bit of wheat and mild fruitiness are all that are discernable. The taste is interesting; not like a traditional hefe, with cloves and banana. Very citrusy and zesty, a refreshing wheat beer. The mouthfeel is pretty light with a mild carbonation and a lip smacking citrus finish. Overall a drinkable beer, a good summer session beer. Much better than their blonde.

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Photo of GordonQuid
3.56/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured ice cold to a pint glass. Poured half, swirled bottle and poured the rest of the bottle w/yaest sediment.

Hazy gold, good cloudyness from the yeast solid white 2 inch head that dissapates to a half inch head w/ consistant lacing.

Smells of cloves and bannana a tarty fruit ester from the yeast is apparent.

Tastes of fresh wheat malts and fruity yeast, refreshing on this hot day.

Good light mouth feel and good drinkability. Think I'll drink the whole six today. Good hot weather beer!

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Photo of Thur123
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a Tucher weizen glass

First review, certainly not first beer.

Appearance - Light gold with a bit of amber towards the center. SLightly less cloudy then expected, but nothing to complain about.

Smell - Not too powerful...citrus and a bit of corriander.

Taste - Not a lot going on, pleasant orangey citrus with yeast and a bit of grass? Rounds off with a good like citrus crispness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and with a medium to light body.

Drinkability - Very.

Notes - This is the first time I've reviewed a beer on BA, but long time reader. If anything about my palate seems wacky, lemme know. I would drink this if I had to or if it was at a great price, and since its SHiner, that could be the case. Not bad, but not exceptional at all. Good intro to hefes IMO.

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Photo of bgreg3
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App.-Nice light gold very murky though, but from my understanding that's how hefeweizens are meant to look. The head disipates very quickly, I'm guessing the citric acid gets to it.

Smell- Strong orange/lemon smell also malty sweetness.

Taste-Citric acid is absorbed immediately by the toungue then there is a malty sweetness in the middle and finally a strong just clean orange feeling.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light body that leaves a fresh orange taste, Kind of like orange gum on the finish.

Drinkability- Going sideways on this because I'm not a big fan or the aftertaste, but it is still an enjoyable brew.

Wish I had some fish to go with this.

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Photo of johntangus
3.11/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of the Family Tradition mixed six. Poured into a yuengling pint glass.

Poured a hazy straw/golden color with an almost two-finger white fluffy head. Head dissipates to very thin, but with OK lacing.

A very slight citrusy smell - not a whole lot there.

Taste is very citrus - lemon mostly, some orange. Bitter back end almost like you get when drinking lemonade, but more refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light with good carbonation.

Even though it is not very complex, i'm not having a hard time putting this one back.

After tasting the Shiner Light, i wish there was another Hefe in the box.

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Photo of qpHalcy0n
3.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled from bottle to Weizen glass.

Pours a thin orange color. The orange tapers off very quickly to clear towards the edges of the glass. A good amount of suspended yeast followed. The head quickly settles to a one finger head with strong lacing.

I'm not getting the mellow citrus/clove smells I'd expect with a higher eschalon Hefe, but it is undeniably citrus with a strong lemon/orange presence.

The taste comes off citrus, but quickly leaves you with that fairly typical "Shiner" bitter aftertaste. This is the only reason I simply cant give this a very high rating on taste or mouthfeel. Aside from the bitter aftertaste, the beer is pretty well balanced and enjoyable.

Again, the poor wash leaves me unable to give it a great mouthfeel score. It feels sort of like I'm drinking a mix of shiner bock and a hefe, which isn't bad, but isn't good for a Hefe. It washes dry with a bitter aftertaste. Highly carbonated.

Overall, aside from it's residual taste and wash, it has a wonderful balanced taste and is very drinkable. Especially considering the price... $11/12 pack

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with 1/2 inch head. Has a pleasant aroma with hints of citrus. Taste is fruity and flavorfull. Medium bodied in mouth and fairly drinkable. Not the best hefeweizen I have drank, but certainly a pretty good beer.

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Photo of malcontent
2.64/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

In the tradition of Pyramid and Widmer, American wheat ales masquerading as hefes. Just call it what it is, folks.

Pale straw body with nearly zero haze to it and a shockingly meager head. This is not what the style should look like.

Citrus peel is there (more orange than the lemon co-billed on the label) and the vaguely wheat-y twang. Really no yeasty esters to speak of. Once again, a let-down.

Even under the American Wheat category I'm not sure this holds up very well. Zingy wheat/citrus duality that crashes to earth amidst the completely overaggressive carbonation and unappealing cereal-meets-plastic aftertaste.

As noted, the mouthfeel is not full and chewy like a great hefe but soda-water-ish in its carbonation. Really just a fizzy nothing of a beer. And I actually LIKE Shiner Bock!

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

Appearance: This brew pours as a nice light honey/straw color. While hazy, the liquid is still translucent. Head size is nothing special. Minimal lacings, yet plentiful surface spiderwebbing. Not bad.

Smell: Aroma has a sweet malt presence. The wheat components are very subdued. There is a very light citrus detercted. Spices are also in the distant background. I would have preferred a stronger aroma curve that is more consistent with this style.

Taste: Onset is typified by wheat & malt. Again subdued with nothing overpowering. Added orange would help.

Mouthfeel: Light...almost too light.

Drinkability: Light with less filling than most wheat beers. The standard use of an orange slice encourages the consumption poolside on a very hot day. :-) Good also for sitting on the porch on a hot afternoon.


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Photo of alfistheman
4.45/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep yellow gold color, thick lacing white head
S- Honey Cloves and orange Peels, hops distant
T- Honey Cloves and Orange/Lemon peels dominate followed by light bitter hops
M- Well carbonated, thick-medium oil feel
D- Very good, Strong for the style, i think higher ABV than rated, even higher than 5.6%!

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Photo of blackearth
2.48/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy, extra-light yellow with a bright white head that fades quickly. Aroma is of spicy clove. Light bodied with standout clove flavors and a slightly bitter finish. This sounds like a one-note song for a Hefeweizen since all I can hear with my tongue is clove. There are much more interesting takes on this style out there, and I would not recommend Shiner's version.

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Photo of Kromes
3.54/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with fluffy white haead. Lots of carbonation going on inside the glass. I noticed some white chunks floating around in the beer. A sweet yeasty and citrus aroma. It also does have a sort of wild yeast horse blanket smell too it. A sweet and funky flavor with a citrus kicker. Pretty good flavor actually. The yeast gives it some character and mixes well with the citrus. Mouthfeel is good. Drinkability is a little down due to the strong yeast flavors, but I would have a couple.

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Photo of IPhantom
3.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: Dark bottle with the classic retro Shiner graphics, and a helpful tutorial on how to pour a hefeweizen.

Appearance: This beer looks awesome. When swirled up as recommended, the head sort of spirals out of the bottle like soft-serve ice cream and accumulates in your glass. Golden-orange straw color, with some nice residual lacing once you take a few sips.

Smell: About what you would expect, malty yeasty citrusy goodness. Notably lacking in spice and banana-type aromas that you would find in prime examples of the style. Good because it's un-intimidating, but nothing special.

Taste: This is where this one falls flat. The taste doesn't really follow through. The overall impression is reminiscent of a typical American macro (but an above-average one), with some unique yeast and citrus notes. However, it's a great summer beer. Light, crisp mouthfeel, little to no noticeable alcohol, and just enough flavor to keep things interesting.

Notes: A hefeweizen that's proud to be an American. Have a few on hand for a cookout, and you'll probably have a few people that really enjoy it and a few that would sooner stick to Lite.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of thekanna
2.33/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an somewhat opaque yellow with tremendous head.

S: Very faint citrus with some cut grass and hay flavors thrown in there (somewhat haphazardly). There's not really much that's outstanding about the smell.

T: Grass clippings and yeast. Floral flavor and lemon zest tries to peak its head out but gets suppressed by the overall yeastiness. Otherwise, somewhat watery and lager-like feel to it.

M: Very gassy and filling.

D: I wasn't too impressed with this brew. I had some difficulty just finishing the bottle. The only time I would probably drink this again is if someone offered it to me.

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Shiner Hefeweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.28 out of 5 based on 1,075 ratings.
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