Shiner Dunkelweizen | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner DunkelweizenShiner Dunkelweizen

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: German Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Shiner Dark Hefeweizen

Added by kbub6f on 10-29-2005

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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 78
Reviews by whoneeds8:
Photo of whoneeds8
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I used to love this beer. I don't know what went wrong this year. Every bottle I bought this winter has been terrible and borderline undrinkable. I bought three 6 packs over the winter, and each one was skunked.

My favorite part of this beer was the aftertaste, which used to be very sweet on your lips. This year's batch tastes very "skunky". I was very dissappointed.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.46/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

When I went to post this review, I discovered that this beer is no longer brewed and the most current reviews are a good two years old. I picked this bottle off the front of a shelf of singles at my local craft beer store a couple weeks ago that seems to turn the inventory at a good pace. I'd imagine its implied age contributes to my negative experience. I'll be sure to bring it up the next time I'm in.

A - Very thin tan head and disappeared immediately, leaving a touch of lace on the surface. Root beer brown and opaque. Held to a light, the color is burnt orange/red and cloudy.

S - Lots of caramel and lightly toasted malt. Some banana ice cream, too.

T - Quite malty. Lots of caramel that's almost burnt. Bitterness in the finish clashes with nose and initial taste, accented by the burnt caramel that lingers.

M - Fizzy. Moderate carbonation. Structure is a bit thin, almost watery. Finish fads rather quickly.

D - The burnt caramel is off-putting and really detracts from the experience. It's like tasting burnt candy and needing something to wash the taste of the tongue. It's also too thin for the style. Not an enjoyable brew that I'm going to have more than this one of.

Update 2011-01-27: Stopped into the LBS and mentioned that this beer has been long discontinued, yet I just bought one here. Was told that the distributor is selling them and had a six plopped down in front of me. Picked up a bottle and it's clearly stamped "03-20-2008". No real concern from the LBS about it; rather an attitude of "we stock whatever the distributor gives us and we don't pay that much attention".

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper/chestnut colored with an oatmeal colored head that rises up minimally and settles out quickly.

Aroma of brown sugar, sweet malt, and bits of raisin.

Flavor of mild yeastiness, some plum and molasses, caramel and toffee and raisin. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Full and rich mouthfeel, finishes bubbly and tingly. Decent beer, pretty drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Having always been able to either tolerate or enjoy all of the beers from the Shiner line I picked up this dunkelweizen along with their Schwarzbier awhile back. Pours a ruby brown cranberry hue with a thin off white beige head leaves thin trickled lacing all around my wheat beer glass. Aroma contains mild metallic notes with a muted chocolate and toasted nut with caramel drizzled on the load of fermentable sugars provided from the roasted malts balanced with mild herbal hops almost minty again this is tame with not much yeast fruitiness going on here. Flavor my beloved clove and banana yeast traits are absent, it tastes more like a dunkel lager clean roasty mild chocolate, with caramel malt sweetness and a touch of toasted nut quality with a light dose of herbal finishing hops. Mouthfeel is very thin bodied for a dunkelweizen light to medium bodied range with no effervescence typical of the style standard moderate carbonation here. Drinkability poor lacks the standard challenging and refreshing characteristics typically found in a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of brewQ
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice raisin color. Off white head is appetizing... the smell was a bit , different ... some malty sweetness but an odd metallic aroma.

Tastes better than expected. Good sweet malt character with some counter balance from the wheat. The best of the Shiner brews I have had- though that is feint praise.

I think these guys play things safe for their mainstream Texas market.

You won't confuse this bier with a good German dunkel wiezen like Weihenstephaner or Franzisckaner (sp?).

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Photo of skillerified
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice red colored beer. Good two to two and a half finger head, slightly tan and fizzy, and fades to a little cap with good lacing. Big carbonation bubbles are visible too.

Pleasant floral and banana scents greet the nose first. Just a hint of spicyness and alcohol. Not particularly strong or complex, but still an interesting scent.

Flavor favors the grain and wheat characteristics. It does actually sort of taste like liquid wheat. There's also a floral and a fruity (almost like grapefruit) taste in the finish.

Light sweetness early fades to a sort of strange, mild, coating bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Carbonation is fairly aggressive.

This plenty drinkable, but not crazy good either.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out a clear dark amber beer with a nice fluffy one finger head. Smell of sweet malt. Mouthfeel is surprisingly a bit creamy. Drinkability is ok. Seems to be a weak version of the style,,not a bad beer but there are better versions of the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner's clear, mahogany bodied dunkelweizen delivers a creamy, longstanding head of light tan, and some very nice wrinkles of lace that gently slide back into the glass over time.

Some impressive, welcoming, Munich malt-like, cereal-ish and gently cocoa-ish malt greets you in the nose; and it's medium-light body and delicately zesty carbonation awaken the tastebuds.

The flavor is not as rich or malty as the nose suggests, but there is a clearly wheat-like character to it; and the traditional Bavarian wheat-yeast characteristics are missing (banana/clove), but they're generally restrained within the dunkle style anyway. It's nicely balanced with a sturdy bitterness beneath; and some spicy and grassy/floral hop character gives it some depth and off-sets the dark cocoa component. It finishes dry with a dusting of cocoa and a smattering of grassy hop flavors.

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Photo of russpowell
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper/chesetnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. No lacing or head retention

S: Fruittyness with slight yeasty smell

T: Caramel with some slight grainyness. Chocolate & fruittyness surface as this warms. A slight fruitty/yeasty taste continues to emerge as the ale warms further. Slight hop bitterness also is there as well. Finishes quenching, fruitty & with hints of licorice, cinamon & bandaids

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drank really easy, probably not yeasty enough for most purists, but not a bad beer to knock with some brisket or pizza or to enjoy watching a sunset or football game. I'll take ths over their "so called" bock any day!

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Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of wejohnsn
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

unimpressed with this wheat beer, maybe because its not light and fruity like weizen should be. I have to admit that being a Texan I have been disappointed by Shiner every time. for the price i expect better

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Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle, label talks of tail-less bats in Texas. Paid 1.25 for a bottle. I can usually find Shiner at Kroger.

Pours a transparent mahogany color. Too transparent for a weizen, but nice color. No head after a vigorous pour. Smells nice - roasted malts, biscuit, very grainy, some root beer. No weizen yeast smell though. Taste is also pleasant, with dark malts and wheat upfront, some powdery husk-like taste there as well. Also some root beer in the taste. Good carbonation, but the bubble's a bit too big. Low FG for the style.

All in all a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of maxwere
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The best Shiner I've had so far. Nice head. Pretty dark and reasonably carbonated. Has the typical "shiner" taste, but is not as prevalent as the original bock. Live other shiners, the alchohol is not to strong. It is worth a try sometime, you could do far worse than this beer.

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Photo of erushing
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of stouty1
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a laced head. Couldn't get anything more and it left quickly.

S: Chocolate malt and bready yeast. Finishes with a hoppy sweetness.

T: Holy caramel! I like caramel, but this was overwhelming. Some maltiness but mostly caramel hops! I cannot get the breadiness or any bannana, let alone cloves.

M: Smooth and creamy. Little carbonation, no zing!

D: Eh... could do or could not do.

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Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of goochpunch
2.48/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, filtered, coppery brown with a tan head that does not hold up. No lacing to take notice of. Smells mostly of grain, backed up by wheat malt, caramel, and light hops. The "pros" of the aroma are just too muscled out by the "cons." Flavor is mostly of the dark malt, with some wheat and hops in the background. Really thin tasting. Also, has a weird aftertaste of wet dog (it tastes like wet dog smells) along with an unpleasant graininess. Also, even though this is not in the least hoppy, really, the hops have too much of a presence in this. Mouthfeel is thin, and watery, but has a sufficient carbonation that helps what little flavor there is to jump around the palate. Manages to leave a sticky film on the mouth. I might have knocked this a good deal, but this really is quite drinkable if you don't feel in the mood to think about what you're drinking.

There were several places where this faltered: 1) hardly any wheat characteristics; 2) filtered (and it doesn't help that Shiner's yeast strain is boring, to begin with); 3) hop bitterness had too much presence. Really this just reminded me of a sub-par Munich dunkel lager.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into .5L wizen glass.

Thick billowing head on top of a clear dark ruby red hue. The head lasts a while slowly settling to a medium foamy cap.

Husky malt aromas along with hints of caramelized sugar and a slight mustiness.

Sweet malt flavor along with bits of caramel. Light touches of creaminess come in here and there, while leaving a sweet lingering taste after each sip. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

Average dunkel weizen. Not as bad as the hefe weizen (or renamed American Wheat beer). Highlights of this beer is the sweeter malt component. Not much hoppiness to balance it, which is a good thing for those who like that style. Consider it an American Dark Wheat ale.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is a really nice looking beer that has a nice dark amber color to it, it poured out with little head and has no lace.I could smell a hint of alcohol in it and there is a faint smell of wheat mixed in the aroma. It has a smooth feel to it, not crisp but not dull either, it goes down smooth and has a mild alcohol after taste.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Slightly cloudy mahogany color. A few shades of ruby hide out as well. White head disappears pretty quickly.

Cereal, banana, and toffee in the aroma. Seems to lack the stronger banana and clove aroma of traditionals.

Lots of caramel flavor, and hints of wheat character. Almost seems to become a bit cloying with sweetness. Still tasty within the confines of dunkel.

Light body, not enough carbonation. Still, this was tasty, if not seeming to be in the style. Certainly worth trying, and one of the better Shiner beers for me.

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug, this is somewhat light in body for a winter brew. Chocolate in the nose, the palate is doughy but not very complex. Well assembled, this may not be on the level of say Aventinus or Erdinger, but from a dignified brewery in Texas, this is very impressive indeed. In fact, I really have no beef with Spoetzl Brewery's products. They are a real brewery with a real personality. This dunkel is good, their Bohemian Black Lager is an American schwartz beer classic.

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Photo of blackie
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The head is white and thin. The beer is a clear, medium reddish brown in color.

smell: moderately sweet caramel malt, light spicy hops

mouthfeel: The body is slightly lower than medium, and the carbonation is in the middle of the high range

taste: Sweet caramel malt and maybe a little dark fruit. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness

drinkability: not bad

Received this beer when I ordered the "pot luck" special at Mitch's Tavern. Nothing special, somewhat deviant from the style, but not bad.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby brown with a good sized off white foamy head. The smell has nice malt characteristics. Bready and earthy. With undertones of cherries and feint brown sugar. The taste is not complex, but still flavorful and unoffensive. Upfront has a touch of dark chocolate with a rich malt character with an espresso edge following closely behind. The flavors meld together well, producing an outstanding Dunkel. This almost reminds me of Shiner 97. That being said, I believe this is one of their stronger beers. If this was bottle conditioned and hopped more. It would be outstanding. It's still a solid beer though. It's mouthfeel is just right, and feels good on the palate. Drinkability is good as well.

A good Dunkel, that could be world class with some tweaking. Recommended.

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Photo of Gusler
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer after its extraction from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a deep clear brown, with a portly semi-creamy light tan head that after its dissipation leaves an obfuscating sheet of lace upon the glass. Nose is sweet with malt and a hint of toasted wheat, also seems like a little caramel, fresh an pleasing to the senses at any rate, start is somewhat sweet with a fair to middling grain presence, and the top middling in feel. Finish is benignly acidic, the hops subdued as one would expect, very dry and clinging aftertaste, a drinkable beer.

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Shiner Dunkelweizen from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 109 ratings