Shiner Lemon Pils
Spoetzl Brewery

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #642
Ranked #46,054
3.39 | pDev: 15.63%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner Lemon PilsShiner Lemon Pils
Notes: The months keep getting warmer, which is why we brewed Shiner Lemon Pils. It's a crisp, clean-finishing pils brewed with Meyer lemons and Lemondrop hops, giving it just a splash of refreshing citrus flavor. So remember, no matter how hot it gets, you can always add some zest to your summer.

28 IBU
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gvickery from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks clear medium straw with a slightly soapy white head. Smell is, wait for it, lemon. There’s also some Pilsner malt sweetness coming through. Taste is Pilsner malt with the lemon peel bringing up the rear. It has a light mouthfeel and a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Sep 10, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz undated bottle poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 4.8% ABV 28 IBU. The beer pours light golden yellow with sticky off white head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is lemon, grass and light malt. The taste is oddly lemony, with a bitter rind note and sufficient hops to balance the pale malt. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, good to average. My fear was sweetness or artificial lemon, but it was unfounded. If it weren't for the butter on the finish, this could have been something ideal for summer.

Aug 28, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden, lager color with a moderate head.
Aroma: Huge aromas of dank, earthy cannabis. Sulfur, skunk, and herby earth floor. It's like walking into a herbal cannabis shop. Some faint grass behind the skunk. A little lemon that is completely washed away on the nose. This thing is oxidized out the wazoo.
Flavor: Flavor is slightly tamed. More sweet lemondrop and honey. Still it battles with sulfur and skunk. A skunkiness lingers on tongue and on the breath. You couldn't hide this beer on your breath. Slight bitter on the backend. Neither sweet nor dry.
Feel: Medium bodied, very flat. Undercarbonated.

Overall: I must have gotten this bottle old and extremely oxidized. Tons of skunk. More than a heineken, which is odd in the darker bottle. Aside from the oxidation though it has nice German flavor for a pilsner with a sweet lemondrop addition which is kind of pleasant.

Edit: Based on previous reviews, maybe the bottle wasn't expired and the skunk was intentional.

Jul 21, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a small head. Smells of malt, bread and slight citrus. I was hoping this wouldn't be over powering with the lemon and it's not. Slight lemon flavor and tartness make this a good summer pilsner

Jul 19, 2019
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.29/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass and pours as a clear gold liquid with a white head.

Nicely balanced pilsner with just a bit of lemon. Tastes clean and crisp when cold, with lemon notes getting stronger as it warms. Starts dry with a slightly sweet finish. Nice amount of hops.

This could definitely become my new go-to hot weather beer.

Jun 24, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz can into schooner glass. A pillowy white head falls moderately with mild lacing. Color is light golden with tons of streaming carbonation. Aroma fairly mild toasted malt and some lemon citrus. Mouthfeel is light to medium and crisp with a fairly dry finish. Flavor is mix of bready malt with some lemon and a hint of pine. Overall: enjoyable and easy drinking.

Jun 15, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Light color with a quickly dissipating head. Ample carbonation gives it a champagne look. Aroma is light with a hint of citrus. The taste follows the nose. It's light with a hint of lemon citrus and a hint of bitterness at the end. Lacks the zing to make it refreshing but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is good. It's light enough you can pound them down but that really never makes for a good beer, just easy drinking. Overall I wouldn't buy these but some were left over from the party. EO72519 18:00 date code. Prost!

Jun 04, 2019
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon Pils has a medium, white head, a mostly clear, bubbly gold appearance, and a bit of glass lacing. The aroma is of lemon spritz, white bread crust, and sweetness. The flavor is similar, with noticeable, mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Lemon Pils finishes crisp and refreshing.


Jun 01, 2019
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: clear yellow/gold color, not much head, very carbonated
S: hint of citrus, smells like a Corona
T: tastes like a Corona
F: a little bit of mouthfeel
O: I’m disappointed, didn’t get the fresh lemon taste that I was hoping for

May 24, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I don't see a date code anywhere on the bottle or label.

Appearance: The body is a pale gold color with a very light hint of a pink hue. The beer has very good clarity. The head is short and white with a fluffy consistency. It has good head retention and moderate lacing.

Aroma: There is a slightly herbal hop aroma and it smells a bit skunky.

Taste: There is a bit of a cardboard flavor to the beer as it opens. There is a light bit of herbal hop character and It tastes a bit skunked. There isn't much going on with this beer.

Mouthfeel: It has a light body with low bitterness. It lacks the clean and crisp Pilsner character, but rather a dull and slightly muddy finish.

Overall: The back label of the beer states that this is "brewed with Meyer lemons and Lemondrop hops." This beer never smells or tastes anything like lemons. It is very disappointing and is not refreshing at all. As a Pilsner the beer also falls flat. I would recommend against buying this beer and I regret buying a six-pack of it.

May 19, 2019
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JohnDee from Texas

3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw color with a white head. Smells faintly of... not lemon... lemongrass, maybe. Hardly any discernible lemon flavor. Aggressive bitter note. Light bodied, lots of carbonation.

May 08, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of lemon, toasted caramel and floral notes. Sweet lemon and tartness with caramel.

Apr 22, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very excited several years ago when we first began seeing distro from Shiner here in PA & this just further reinforces my elation. Sure, it's in a bottle, but this sounds mighty good!

From the Bottle: "Ripe for the Drinking"; "Every Drop of Shiner is Brewed in Shiner, TX"; "When Life Gives You Lemons, Brew Beer"; "The months keep getting warmer, which is why we brewed Shiner Lemon Pils. It's a crisp, clean-finishing pils brewed with Meyer lemons and Lemondrop hops, giving it just a splash of refreshing citrus flavor. So remember, no matter how hot it gets, you can always add some zest to your summer."; "28 IBU"; "Summer's Sweet[,] Never Sour"; "Pucker Up".

It was a screwed-up screw-off cap & it deprived me of even the Pop! of the cap. 8={} I decided to show it that I meant business by giving it a hard, nearly inverted C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. Naturally, this caused a LOT of foaming, to the point that I had to back off and wait. It ended up forming just under three fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with surprisingly good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity! It was so clear that I could see into the future. Nose smelled like a biscuity German Pilsner with some lemon zest added to the mix. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, about on par for the style. The taste was kind of odd in that while it had the characteristics of a German Pilsner, the lemon was not assertive enough to be full recognizable as such. Instead, it just lent the beer an odd adjunct-driven flavor which was hard to parse. I was hoping for something more akin to liquefied lemon biscotti, but this did not measure up. Too bad. Finish was pleasant enough & while its inherent dryness was refreshing, unless they put it in CANs, I will not be returning to it. YMMV.

Apr 11, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with thin fizzy white head. Modest ring of lacing.

S: Light lemon... grains and light malts.

T/F: Light crackery grains. Mild lemon seltzer and citrus rind. Some grainy sweetness... modest hopping that's more for some balance than flavor. Light bodied and watery. Well carbonated.

O: A mediocre and nondescript light pils with faint lemon flavor. No bad tastes, which is about the best I can say for it. An easy poolside brew but nothing more.

Apr 11, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright yellow glass with crystal clarity, but only a thin wisp of white head and no carbonation streams.

Aroma: Classic earthy hop Pils smell, a little grainy undertone with a slight tonic water note.

Taste: Clean, no off notes, a light earthy slightly peppery hop note, a little malt sweetness, very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body, low carbonation, lightly gritty, dry finish.

Overall: A well made Pils... where's the lemon? I know from experience that lemon is a hard flavor to get in beer, it doesn't boil well. There is a hint of lemon peel in the finish, but I have to look for it. It's better Shiner made a solid Pils with a hint of lemon than something with a ton of fake lemon flavoring, but it doesn't really do what it says on the tin.

Apr 09, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden with a slight chill haze, plenty of active carbonation keeping a 1"+ white head alive. Leaves thick lacing as it recedes. Good looking beer.
Smells raw, almost a wheaty aroma. Definite lemon peel in the nose.
More of the lemon peel (flat tasting, in other words not as vibrant as the lemon flavor could have been and would have been welcomed here) but not as much of the bready or crackery malt as expected.
Not as crisp as I want in a pilsner but still finishes dry enough. Lemon lingers in the finish and a faint hop bitterness as well.
Easy to drink and refreshing. A well-priced summer pounder.

Mar 30, 2019
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ty_in_ND from North Dakota

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz can.

L - Nice, thick foamy head that lasted a long time. Brilliantly clear. The color got a knock from me, as it almost looked like "fake" bright yellow.

S - Very lemony. Noy much in the way of malt.

T - I always try my best to finish a beer. With that said, I could not finish this one. There was a strange metallic taste, as well as lemon pith flavors.

F - Almost syrupy and oily... Not at all what I would expect from a pilsner.

O - Shiner makes some great beer. Shiner Bock is a nice easy drinker and the Shiner S'Mores beer is fantastic (can't wait for that one to come out again!!). With all that said, I can't say I would drink this one again. Very disappointed in this one, especially with the other good offerings Shiner has to offer.

Mar 23, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 10/7/2019. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, lime, citrus peel/zest, peach, melon, mint, dill, green tea, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, lime, citrus peel/zest, peach, melon, mint, dill, green tea, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, lime, citrus peel/rind, peach, melon, mint, dill, green tea, pine, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no yeasty notes present. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a delicious flavored German pilsner. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Great balance of vibrant/dank/earthy Lemondrop hops, and meyer lemons; with a great clean pils malt backbone. No residual sweetness with crisp dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

Mar 22, 2019
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MolsonMan from North Carolina

2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Shiner has been giving us some pretty good one-off beers lately and I appreciate the variety. With that being said, I think personally that this was the worst.

Look- Poured from a can into a pint glass. No issues here as it looked as I expected. A bit more head than normally expected but nothing to complain about.

Smell- Refreshing and clean. I was more excited when I first poured it and smelled the crisp notes. Really appealing!

Taste- And then things went downhill...I personally am not a huge pilsner fan. I knew that going into this beer and I was prepared to account for that. With this being said, the pilsner elements of it were fine. It was crisp, it was a bit bitter, and it was clean. The issue was the lemon. It seemed like that flavor only came out at the end of each drink I took of it and it made an already crisp finish a little too on-the-nose. I honestly never put a beer aside when sampling it but this one never made it to the bottom of the glass.

Feel- Mediocre, which is fine considering I don't expect to be blow away by one-off beers in this regard. It diminished in flavor pretty quickly as soon as you drink it but it wouldn't have stopped me from going on with the drink if it weren't for the taste

Overall- Not gonna knock Shiner, a beer that has really tried to reinvent itself over the past year. I just think this was one offering that needed to either embrace a shandy style (shudders) or stick with what was otherwise a very good pilsner taste, something perfect for this time of year.

Mar 22, 2019
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Squire from Mississippi

3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color with substantial white cap and lacing.

Relatively mild aroma of bready malt with a distinctive hit of lemon.

Taste like a solid lager that someone squirted with a bit of lemon juice. For me this lemon touch comes across as bitter and not very bright. That is to say it comes into the room stomping it's muddy boots on the carpet. Otherwise it's a good tasting beer.

Medium to full texture with balancing carbonation. I was actually surprised by the weight of this beer.

Without the lemon I would've scored this beer a bit higher. I mean it's just not a useful addition because it drags the beer down with a heavy lemon bitterness rather than lifting the flavor up with a lemon brightness.

Mar 16, 2019
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Jeffrey_Moreland from Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow. Very crisp and clear. Finger of head that fades quickly and no lacing. Smells like .... college. Skunky Pilsner all the way. Taste is a little skunky and bready. Not getting much lemon or citrus. Crisp though. Feels like a thicker Pilsner. Not quit as thin as a standard American pils. Overall not bad, but probably wouldn’t get again for the price.

Feb 16, 2019
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donspublic from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip, good 2 finger cream colored head, good retention and lacing. Crystal clear pale golden in the glass, good looking beer. Smells like a pilsner, good clean doughy malt, slight grassiness, good hit of lemon on the nose, excited for the first sip. Good cracker malt on the palate, there is some lemon, but it isn't overpowering. There is a slight grassiness, and the finish is really crisp. There is some residual lemon on the palate after the sip. Some pilsners will carry a little too much residual sweetness, this one is pretty dry. Main takeaway is the mouthfeel on this beer, carbonation and mild bitter finish make it a really easy drinker. Yet another one of their one off beers that I wish they would make a year round. Will be going thru a lot of this over the next few months

Feb 14, 2019
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monorailred from Texas

3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the glass with a vibrant gold color. A small head that dissipates somewhat quickly. It is a nice Pilsner with hints of lemon. I expected a more lemon-ish/citrusy taste as it is described as “brewed with Meyer lemons” and “Lemondrop hops”. It has a clean taste and while you get a sense on the lemon, it is not overpowering. It brings a nice tartness to the standard Pilsner. Overall, a nice refreshing beer.

Feb 14, 2019
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