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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 malty
4/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My bottle must have the 'new' label, (Orange, beige and retro looking).

Given the proper yeast stirring pour into my 16 oz. Bass Ale pint glass. Somewhat cloudy pale golden color with a white 1/2" dense head. Kinetic visible upward rising carbonation. Splotchy lacework smatterings all the way down.

The scent is citrusy and sour with a faint remnant of green olive. Seeing this is an 'American Wheat Ale' - its not a let down.

Wow, as tart as any wheat ale I've ever tasted. I swear if I didn't see the bottle this came from, I might begin to think it might be Belgian. The wheat malt is evident more so in soft texture than in flavor as the lemon and orange peel dominate. An interesting stony/metallic/flinty flavor lingers after the sourness tapers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a light, fine and airy carbonation that keeps the tart flavors moving, keeping them sharp and boisterous. Definitely a sour and a tad chalky finish.

Drinkability in the summer is sky high. I don't think this is for everybody, but it would work with many lighter foods, (fish, salads, pork).

Overall a beer I thought I was going to not dig at all. I don't typically purchase wheat ales as I'd rather go for the traditional Bavarian Hefes, (which happens to be my favorite spring-early fall beer style). This weird little dude surprised the heck out of me. I'm a big fan of sour ales, so I gravitated to this very easily. I do not consider this a 'Hefeweizen' (as the label reads) AT ALL! But it does work for me in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek kinda way.

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looking at the bottle and how it proudly proclaims to be a weizen beer, I thought this would be a good bottle to pick up.

Pours a murky dirty water color.

smell is nice, but mainly citrus notes here.

Taste starts out with some citrus flavors and some hints of yeast and the finsih is heavily compiled of lemon peal, the finish is dry and smooth.

If this where classified as a belgian wit beer then I might not have been so disappointed, I was excecting some banana notes or something more along the lines of a hefe-weizen beer.

It's not a bad beer at all though, it's just not a normal weizen beer. It's more of a belgian wit beer.

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Photo of Strix
3.3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden with a head that vanishes fairly fast.

A bit of citrus present in the smell, but is also somewhat grainy.

Taste is underwhelming. I get a fairly grainy standard macro flavor and a metallic taste, somewhat rescued by the taste of orange peel at the end.

Mouthfeel fairly crisp.

This washed down food just fine, but doesn't stack up to the better hefes.

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Photo of orangemoustache
2.21/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yet very bright yellow with a chunky off-white head that is billowing over the edges of my mug.It leaves some nice lacing after hanging around for a couple moments,this looks very delicious.The nose is citrusy and tangy,with a subtle spicyness.This is my third offering from Spoetzel,I was hoping for a better brew than the other two,this was not it!Upfront overpowering lemon(almost detergent like),sourness that goes way beyond what I can appreciate.The mouthfeel was a little bit oily/slimy reminded me of olive oil slickness(wierd),carbonation was to high as well.I just can't appreciate this,I'll pass on this one in the future.Nice appearance...I'll take taste over appearance anyday.

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Photo of Zadok
2.98/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-A half fingered pure white head that dissipates after a minute or two with no lacing left behind. Golden yellow in color and very clear unlike most Hefe's.

S-Faint smell of citrus and yeast, not much else going on here.

T-Nothing to complex citrus being the overwhelming flavor. Tastes more like a domestic lager and Hefe combined.

M-Moderate carbonation and very light and smooth on the palate.

D-Defiantly nothing to write home about. Not a bad starter beer for a night but would probably never purchase again.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tall hefeweizen glass but the once impressive head lasts nary a minute. Cloudy, golden body and sight lace. The nose is sweet with a heavy palate of wheat and yeast.

Wheat backbone and heavy citrus line the taste and the texture is light and refreshing but banana, clove, and bubble gum seem to be in short supply.

This is a passable summer drinking hefe. Not a patch on the Bavarians but not bad for Texas.

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Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Krogers in Finneytown, poured into a weizen glass. No dating.

A: Pours a nice yellowish orange with a bit of hazing. I poured the yeast in, as I usually do, but I didn't pour half, swirl, empty, and garnish with a lemon wedge.... like they suggest to >.> Maybe a 1finger worth of white head forms and only holds a minute or so. A bit of lacing here and there.

S: Nice spicy yeast with a little added white pepper. Some of the clove smell comes through but lacks a lot of the banana aroma.

T/M: I really like the zesty and spicy yeast, very assertive and fits for this weizen. The clove is balanced a bit more with the banana and a touch of bubblegum flavor. I pick up just a slight trace of the added honey right add the very end but it's more of an afterthought. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D: Not a bad brew but nothing out of this world, either. Very Shiner. Will worth as a fall back this summer for when my Weihenstephaner runs out.

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I have to say the first thing you see when you walk into the Washington DC Folklife Festival is the section of America. At this section of America is a section of Texas the biggest booth at the Texas area was a Shiner bar. You can go up to the bar and order a Shiner Hefeweizen or Bock "ON TAP". Very crowded area.

Pours a nice hazy/cloudy/yeasty wheat color. Just like a Hefeweizen should look like. The head is big and bubbly but doesn't hang around.

Smells spicy, floral, nutty with a bit of a yeasty note. Hint of citrus as well.

A nice crisp medium body. Very active carbonation and lots of wheat taste. The wheat taste becomes more so when the brew gets warmer and you start to finish your beer. Lots of yeast in the brew and the hops are just kinda there to balance the whole act. Some fruity notes come into play at the end of the beer. Very clean finish that just wants you to drink more.

This is one of the best brews at the Festival. Everyone was drinking it and the line was always there. I mean I guess because they were the only tapped beer there they were so popular. Very very refreshing and a kick ass summer brew. Will go back to it in hot weather.

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Photo of Slynger
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Hefe pours a deeply hazy pale lemon with an orange tint to it, and a large lid of fuzzy white.

Smells bring lemon and tangy, lightly toasted wheat with yeast. The flavor reflects the same. Pretty nice feel. Light-medium body with fuzzy-soft carbonation that is fairly creamy smooth.

Shiner's hefeweizen ain't bad at all, but it's not really good enough for me to purchase another sixer of.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer now sports a different label, with a slanted, retro-cool text popping off of a vibrant orange background. A 12 oz. twist-capped bottle poured to a pint glass. Gracias to Texas BA LarryKemp for toting this one to Portland.

Cap implores: "Drink Shiner Hefeweizen... It's Good!"

A: THAT is what a hefeweizen should look like: cloudy and deep golden/wheat-colored, crowned by a billowing dollop of rich white sea-foam. Head drops slowly over several minutes to a clumpy cream.

S: Damn! First smell, none of the big wheaty/yeasty goodness, the orange and clove adjuncts aromas, come forth. Served a little cold, so given some time - still not much, other than a mild citrus tang.

T: Odd! Fruity, REALLY fruity! Lots of orange upfront, like a juicy squeeze of ripe Valencia went right into the bottle. The first few sips had a fairly tart zip, but mellowed to spicy then sweet all within a few seconds. Strange, strange, strange...definitely not the 'hefeweizen' I thought I was getting. Mulling this over, behind that citrusy start, there is enough grainy wheat, a honey sweetness and a soft herbal/grassy hop quality that I recognize this as a 'hefeweizen', but it's different. I don't dislike it and actually give it points for uniqueness.

M: Zesty, light-medium mouthfeel with a little carbonation zip and a cleansing, rather refreshing finish.

D: Struggled with what score to give here...it's an enticingly different take on a 'hefeweizen' (finally placed it - this reminds me more of a Belgian WITBIER, oddly enough). Glad to have tried it, but it's not going to win me over from the traditional bananas and cloves of the German originals. Seems refreshing on a hot day; thanks for the try, but I'll pass on another.

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Photo of drxandy
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle to standard pint, pours a hazy golden foamy shade - reminds me of the flesh of a pear, very nice

smells of wheat, slight metallic, wheat, malts, yeast

taste is crisp, easy drinking wheat beer, light wheaty/yeasty flavor is good, high carbonation, citrus, honey, caramel malts, nice on the palate and very quaffable

mouthfeel is high carbonation bringing out malts and other flavors nicely,slightly dry finish, great for hot weather :D

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

Not a great looking hefe. Color and clarity is a bit off - only very slightly hazy, the first pour was almost clear gold like a lager. Smell was very mild, not quite the citrusy, bubble gum, astringent wheat flavor that I would expect with a good hefe. The head was ok to start, big with lots of small bubbles. Head retention below average. Light spotty lacing.

Taste is not bad, but more like a mixture of a lager and a hefe. A little crisp bitterness mixed with mild sour citrus taste. Mouthfeel is about right, not too watery. Drinkability is ok...nothing I would seek out, but serviceable enough for a session or a thirst quencher.

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Photo of bboven
3.41/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has th thickest ring of yeast on the bottom I have ever seen; even after swirling the dregs and pouring them in the glass.

Light yellow/orange cloudy body with a finger of head that leaves great lacing. The only thing off about it is that it's so bright it looks neon. Kind of odd.

Smell is slightly sour citrus. Nothing bad, but not one of the beer's stronger points.

Taste is a lot of citrus , a tiny bit of bitterness in the back, but not a lot of malt.

Highly carbonated mouthfeel is right, but it's a little watery.

Not a bad wheat, certainly better than some (MH's Circus Boy, I'm frowning at you!). The price can't be beat either.

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

Bought a bottle for around $1.50. Nice attractive label with list of ingredients and even directions on how to pour into a glass. I'll skip the wedge of lemon though.

Good cloudy appearance with a huge fluffy head. Definetly looks like a hefeweizen. Sadly, the fluffy head dissipates fast into a thin white cap leaving scattered lacing.

Smell is of orange jellybeans, with lemon & honey in the background. A very pronounced sour citrus taste with the honey aftertaste. Close to zero hop bitterness or aroma.

A very refreshing beer on a hot summer day. Sort of like a hefeweizen, American Pale Wheat Ale, and a witbier all mixed together. This goes down more like a soft drink than beer.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pleasantly cloudy straw to pale orange body with a decent off-white dimpled head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a decent amount of lacing

Aroma: Sour citrus dominates, with some faint sweetness on top of a subtlety hoppy and grainy body

Taste: Very crisp and tart with huge citrus notes (that linger well into the aftertaste) with slight hints of the added honey - the hops and wheat are very much in the background here

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a bit thin, but that's what you are looking for in a summer's day thirst quencher like this

Drinkability: This a great beer for Texas summers: goes down easy, refreshes and has a moderate ABV so you can keep drinking all afternoon

Verdict: Sour citrus flavors absolutely dominate this beer, so if you aren't a fan of those flavors you probably aren't going to like Shiner Hefeweizen much. If you happen to like sour citrus flavors though, you're going to find a great refreshing beer that is quite affordable (depending on where you live). I've always have a fondness for this beer, and although I will always miss the creepy guy(s) on the label, the beer still doesn't disappoint me.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.06/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from State Line Liquors in Elkton, Maryland...
Pours a hazy and murky straw-colored appearance with an off-white foamy head that quickly dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing...
Aroma seemed off-centered, and was mainly concentrated with straw, hay, and grainy essences, which seemed rather odd for a Hefeweizen...
The taste, likewise, seemed off-balanced and slightly acidic with not too much sweetness thrown into the mix... Loose, watered-down mouthfeel led to an about average level of drinkability that was truly nothing to write home about...
Mediocore to say the least...

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Photo of everetends
3.76/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a sixer of 12oz bottles. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Poured a nice cloudy,orangy, amber. Had a decent head pour, but faltered down slowly. Decent lacing. This beer looks like a Hefe-Weizen should.

S: Very earthy with yeast/wheat smells, orange and lemon, a little bit of hops. The smell is there, but it is a little faint.

T: Tastes pretty good. Very full of orange and lemon. There is more of a sour (good fruit sour) than a bitterness from any hops. The hops are there but very tame. Would give higher marks if the fruit wasn't so pronounced.

M: Has a good deal of carbonation and some acidity. It is a summer beer, so it is a little watery but very refreshing. Notes of orange and lemon zest linger on the tongue.

D: Highly. Great summer beer, really cools you down in the heat. Doesn't have a huge ABV, so it is easy to finish off a sixer.

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Photo of jayrod20
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good beer. It kind of reminds me of Sam Adam's Summer Ale, though a bit less tart. It pours a nice brass color with, of course, haziness expected of this style. The taste is light, citrusy, and very crisp. This would make a great summer brew.

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Photo of nem2006
2.91/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this beer in a nonic glass. Had a nice head which did not last and did not leave much lacing on the glass. Smell was a little hard to place outside of the citrus notes in it.

I was not very impressed by the taste. Had an odd finish and aftertaste. Almost like it was a little old. Alright, but definitely not one of my favorite hefe-weizens.

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Photo of Aleforge
2.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Murky yellow, white 1 finger head.

S - Citrus nose, sour notes, not really that great.

T - I can really pick up the citrus and honey additions. More lively flavor then the standard Hefe. Sour finish.

M - Fairly light, as it should be. Well carbonated. Refreshing.

D - Not sure on this, sourness is kind of bothersome. ABV is pretty normal, so sessioning should be fine.

I have had a fair share of HEFE's and this one seems kind of off to me. The sour notes are present throughout. Its not horrible, but nothing earth shaking either.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.38/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy golden yellow with moderate head that quickly disappears. Some lacing.

S - The wheat malt hides in the background, but it is overridden completely by the honey and citrus as stated on the label. Mostly lemon with faint orange peel. The honey is a strange aroma to say the least.

T - At first a light malty taste, but the citrus kicks in and the whole thing is finished with honey. A fairly tart and sour beer with little of a malt profile and more importantly the usual yeast contribution to hefe's is all but absent. Lemon beer really, slightly sweetened with honey. The honey throws the beer out of synch even further.

M - A little thin for a hefe, and moderately carbonated. More prickly than I prefer.

D - One or two is nothing great, but it isn't that bad either. Beyond that, the citrus takes over and the sourness is hard to look past.

This was actually my introduction to hefeweizens, and for a while one of my favorite beers. Everytime I drink it though it gets more and more sour, and after having German hefe's Shiner doesn't really hold up.

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Photo of bort11
2.16/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Standard head with moderate staying power. Color is a a hazy yellow.

Smell has a lemony chemical smell, like a cleaning product. A hint of malt tries to make itself known. Taste is a sour lemon rind and a bit soapy.

This has a light body and thin carbonation. If it wasn't for the flavor, this could be a refreshing drink. I did not enjoy this one at all, and was on the verge of a drain pour.

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Photo of spaceranger
3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking this summer brew for a while now. Haven't commented on this one in a while, so.... First, I'm sort of a Shiner fan. Their product is certainly not the finest out there but it is a good product for the cost and living here in TEXAS it is most available. When I was a young man we made fun of Shiner. It was the type beer that a bar would offer on "all you can drink" night. Somewhere along the way, Shiner decided to upgrade the product and broaden it's appeal. Congrats to management on a job well done.

Pours cloudy, of course. Has the necessary citrus and honey accents. A decent head that remains for a short time. Pretty creamy. And, all in all, is really not that remarkable. Except for the drinkablity. On a hot summer Texas day this stuff hits the spot. Not a great Hefe, I guess. But I find most Hefes too sweet and kind of over the top. This is just good, drinkable beer. I like it. That's enough...

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Photo of HardTarget
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Hefeweizen
Bottle Inspection: First time I've seen the new orange label, and it looks SHARP! Notes it is a Wheat beer brewed with orange and lemon peels with clover honey added. Pouring instructions on the back say to pour half, swirl the yeast, pour the rest, and add a lemon slice. I followed all but the lemon slice. I can't find a date or an abv though. Still, really nice orange sunrise retro look.

Aroma: Wet grain/raw wheat with a twist of citric and a yeasty element. Pretty straight forward.

Appearance: Very hazy golden yellow sun with a partly cloudy cover that wisps of lace.

Flavor: Well, let's get this out of the way: It's no Live Oak Hefe. Still, it's a refreshing beer with lots of flavor. Yeast really plays a strong role with the gritty wheat earthiness giving the beer some substance. The twist of citric at the end is at a really nice level where you can taste it, but it's subtle. I got some metallic flavor on the first few sips but it fades rapidly.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, a bit too strong for my tastes, rough texture, medium body.

Overall Impression: The new packaging got me to buy a sixer in my local HEB, and I don't regret having it around. As it gets warmer this will make a great lawnmower/hang out around the house beer.

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Photo of lionking
3.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from the bottle. Yellow-Orange color to the beer. Poured about a one finger head which quickly disappeared. Cloudy, opaque appearance in the glass.

Smelled the fruity orange aroma and some spices. Some hops there too I think. Taste was crisp and bitter with orange taste underlying it all. Shiner beers remind me of Yuengling beers. They are a nice beer to drink if you are going out for the evening and you dont want BMC or a light beer. When you compare them to that they are fine beers, but a notch below the more expensive micro beers. This beer is not bad. Its strengths are the look and smell of the beer, but after that the taste is just above average.

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