Shiner Dunkelweizen
Spoetzl Brewery

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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #134
Ranked #46,664
3.35 | pDev: 13.43%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner DunkelweizenShiner Dunkelweizen
Notes: Also known as Shiner Dark Hefeweizen
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Reviews by whoneeds8:
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
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 Bighuge
2.85/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Crystal clear, deep hued burgandy tone. Decent sized beige head. Lace is sporadic.

Aroma: Doughy, bready pudding, a little cinnamon, chocolate, molasses...

Taste: Pretty bland flavor. Dark malts are light. Weizen qualities are actually absent. Lingering bitterness from roasted malts. That about sums it up.

Mouthfeel: Meidum bodied. Spritzy light carbonation. Bitterness and a dry chalky feel come on the finish.

Drinkability: Not "off" by any means. Just way off the mark for a dunkelweizen. I wonder what kind of yeast they use for this...

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Bighuge from Minnesota, Jun 26, 2007
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3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Sharply clear amber brown in color with a massive and dense light tan head, slight slow-rising carbonation; lacing rings the glass nicely.

Aroma: Dusty and slightly earthy yeast aroma with hints of chocolate malt, and slight caramel.

Taste: Strong chocolate malt notes upfront, then some faint spices. The chocolate notes carry the taste to the end, where metallic and herbal hop notes appear. These linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, fairly soft, pleasant, a bit of carbonation sting, reasonably full.

Drinkability/notes: This does not seem to be the same beer as Shiner Winter Ale, I recall that beer as being richer and more substantial. This version seems like Dunkelweizen-light. Not bad, overall, but could be better.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Pegasus from Texas, Dec 11, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark wheat indeed. It poured a nice, clear dark amber. The head was tan, just over a finger thick. Carbonation was medium as was the body. No real lace with thisone.
The aroma was of toasted wheat and barley with hints of banana.
The taste carries that toasted wheat with a sweet side. Hints of toffee, caramel, honey and spice. The mouth is left with a cream like feel with hints of malts left behind. Overall, drinkable as well.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +17%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Feb 25, 2007
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2.98/5  rDev -11%
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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WVbeergeek from West Virginia, Aug 11, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -3%
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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Gusler from Arizona, Mar 25, 2006
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3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
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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far333 from Connecticut, May 27, 2008
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3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle, cause I never had seen it before, so I figured what the heck.

A - Bubbly head, but it doesn't last very long, thus quickly going to a very thin laceing. The body was a dark, clean, amber color.
S - Very malty up front, with a tinge of alcohol. Also had some light hints of plums.
T - Malty taste, but also had some hints of grains, ie wheatiness. Had a fruity/slight hop finish.
D - Overall it was ok. Nothing too fancy, but an ok beer to have every now and then. Ofcourse, it was a little better than what I thought it would be.

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JISurfer from South Carolina, Dec 14, 2005
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3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice deep, chestnut brown color with a great head that lasted a while. Good aroma-somewhat sweet and malty. Very slight yeast and phenolic notes. Good malty flavor. None of the usual characteristics you would find in a German dunkelweizen. Finishes slightly dry. Good mouthfeel. Overall a decent dunkelweizen. Im not a huge fan of weisse beers period though I find US versions palatable. I wasnt impresed with this at first but its actually quite a good beer.

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lackenhauser from Maryland, Dec 23, 2005
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2.68/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark amber with a tall, tan, lasting head of foam. Nose is rich caramel malt and some yeast and faint spice.

Taste is malty and bitter, a little burnt. Lacks the sweetness of traditional dunkelweiss but has some yeast presence. Light elements of cola, raisins and refined sugar.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat astringent. Label declares this a "Bavarian-style dunkelweiss" but it's a bit lacking either as a dunkelweiss or as a winter ale.

Formerly the Shiner Winter Ale, renamed and repackaged with a recent label facelift. Why the label has Austin's Congress Street bats on it I can't figure, as the town of Shiner is 80 or so miles southeast.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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 clemtig76
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce brown bottle with no freshness date. Pours a rich, dark reddish brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Nice sweet, toasty malt aroma with a little caramel and toffe in the background. Taste very much like it smells, rich and malty with just a little hop bitterness. Very clean finish. A good, solid offering from the folks at Shiner.

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clemtig76 from South Carolina, Dec 03, 2005
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2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cranberry russet with tangerine edges. The creamy cap (equal parts ecru, pale gold and pale orange) quickly settles to a height of two fingers and begins to deposit shredded sheets of lace on the upper reaches of the glass. What a great color.

Unfortunately, the nose is almost nonexistent. I would never have been able to guess the style if blinded. Not even close. Dunkelweizens are often teeming with wonderful aromas of fruit and spice, but this one gives off nothing but a hint of dusty caramel.

Although the situation doesn't improve much on the palate, at least there's something to work with. Why is the flavor so muted? It's as if there's a layer of something between the beer and my taste buds, preventing the two from complete contact. A few degrees of warming helps, as it often does.

Shiner Dunkelweizen doesn't taste like a dunkelweizen at all, but like a dark wheat or even a Euro dark lager. For one thing, there's almost no banana and no clove. Flavors include bitter cocoa, (minimally sweet) dark caramel, English Breakfast tea leaves and cracked black pepper. It's all a bit of a mishmash and isn't something that I care to drink again.

The mouthfeel is too thin for the style and is too roughly carbonated as well. A better job here *might* have bumped the drinkability score another notch.

Because Shiner Hefe-Weizen (along with 98 Bavarian Style Amber) is my favorite Spoetzl brew, I thought they'd do a pretty job with their dunkelweizen. Uh... no. I'd recommend going back to the drawing board and rethinking this whole thing.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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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brewQ from Missouri, Nov 07, 2007
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3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a rich amber color with a significant head. Aroma was of sweet malt with the wheat coming almost as an afterthought. Head retention was excellent, leaving a fine lace throughout.

Taste was pretty good with a rich malt flavor that lingered well after. Little hop bitterness, but that's not a bad thing with this beer. Nice mouthfeel with adequate effervescence.

Overall, a very drinkable beer that works well on cooler evenings in late fall.

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kdog630 from Illinois, Jan 03, 2006
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3/5  rDev -10.4%

ejimhof from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2013
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3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bland ruby color. See a lamp through it. Little head that dies away like it was all a lie.

Smells of dark chocolate malt. Very weak, but decent.

Tastes like dark chocolate malt, sweet and dry, moving into warm spices and ending on a dry, light hop. Pretty good, but still kind of weak.

Rather mundane beer from a rather mundane brewery. Really tastes more like a warmer than a dunkleweizen.

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mynie from Maryland, Nov 18, 2005
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3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this new beer from Shiner at Hall's. Pours out a dark mahogany color, with almost no head, just a flat clear surface. Moderate, malty aroma. Taste has some pleasant wheat flavor but lacks even the odd phenols of the Shiner hefeweizen. Slightly fruity, slight caramel malt, with a bit of roastiness. Undercarbonated for the style.

A very disappointing beer from Shiner, which has generally improved their line in recent years.

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3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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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tweeder263 from Pennsylvania, Jan 05, 2008
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3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark clear red amber with a nice tan head thats dropping by the second.

Smell. Very malty aroma with a very small scent of an alcoholic apple. Also has a bit of a cinnoman smell.

Taste. Not bad, sweeter than the aroma would have suggested. a very mellow flavor, very mild. A nice maltiness to it, but seems like it has that massed-produced flavor- i hoping there arent adjunts to it, but i wouldnt be surprised. but i do get a small hop taste to it, like a cascade taste to it, which seems very interesting.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice medium body, good balance. has a nice creaminess to it.

Overall, it's not great for its style, but for the price i'd say its quite good. if it was available around here, i could see buying this in a pinch more often than not.

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acrawf6 from Louisiana, May 03, 2006
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3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp chestnut brown with a frothy 2 finger head of light tan that gently falls to a thin veil, leaving delicate lace honeycombs.

Aroma is subtle toasty wheat, caramelish malts, honey, and a hint of something tart and slightly metallic.

Flavor shows just a hint of toasty wheat notes, more of a malted barley flavor. There's some light toffee and dry cocoa with none of the spicey clove and banana bread that I look for in a true dunkle.

Body is medium, creamy texture with big bubbles lending an expansive mouthfeel that ends up flat.

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AlexJ from North Carolina, Feb 10, 2006
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2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like coke and bourbon with a nice white head. Smells of wheat and light fruit citrus touch. The flavor is pretty forgettable, some sweet wheat malt and a slight undercurrent of dark malt flavor, but nothing really screaming out good, but nothing bad either. Thin in the mouth makes for a bad impression, but good for drinkability. It is what it is and that ain't much.

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Higravity from Michigan, Feb 07, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Shiner Dunkelweizen from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 110 ratings