Shiner Spezial Leicht | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Spezial LeichtShiner Spezial Leicht

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by turbine2475 on 04-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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1/5  rDev -60.6%

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear body with only a touch of yellow hue to it and topped with a short-lived, white head.

Smell: Surprisingly weak nose with only the merest hints of sweetish ultra-pale malts.

Taste: Altogether light pale maltiness with a hint of grain and mild cereal sweetness. Almost no hop character or bitterness. Finishes quick and clean.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, it's definitely light, er...leicht. Sometimes I just don't get the light beers - when it's so far removed from beer and is more akin to water, why not just skip those pesky 99 calories and go for the water? Ah well.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with a slick white head that shows some retention and clings to the side of the glass some. Not a bad looking AAL.

Smell is lightly grainy with a bit of light lager fruitiness...almost like a hint of cheap chablis wine. Touch of sweet maltiness as well. Smells a bit better than most BMC light beers.

Taste is not very good, although not sure how old this bottle is, has a faint bottle stamp that looks like it says J9 12 08 15:18. Why do these damn things have to be so hard to decipher?! If it was brewed in 2008, it has held up well. I cannot find any info whether they brewed this beer in '09, but by the slightly sour and un-crisp taste, I am guessing '08. Flavor is basically a maltier version of a bud light. It's ok, but why pay a couple extra bucks for something that tastes virtually the same?

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Photo of lanechaffin
3.9/5  rDev +53.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything I want in a light beer. Very easy to drink, has a good taste. 99 calories. Shiner Spezial Leicht is one of the better light beers I've drank.
The bottle says "A De-Lightful Refreshment" and I would certainly agree. In the Shiner family reunion case of brews, I like this just about as good as Shiner Light.

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Photo of EPICAC
2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is Shiner's dumbed down light beer for people who don't like pesky things like flavors to get in the way of their drinking.

Pours a clear, pale, straw color. A thin, fizzy, white head fades to a wispy film. The aroma is very light: slight malts and a faint bit of hops.

Light sweetness throughout, but not much else. There's a mild grassiness in the finish, shich is the only hint of flavor in this beer. A good dose of carbonation prevents this from being too watery.

Easy to drink, but why would you want too?

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Photo of tmoneyba
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Town.

A - Poured a clear pale color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.

S- Light grainy aroma.

T - Light to medium sweet flavor with a light sweet finish of moderate duration.

M -Light body with a thin texture and soft carbonation.

D - Cold, wet and alcohol that did not meet my expectations.

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Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing like seeing a beer you just bought has no love here at BA with a less than C rating but I will give it a fair shot.

Ultra clear and pale yellow beer with a small white head.

Smell is light and seltzer like with aromas of corn flakes and cooked vegetables. Light citrus hop aroma, quite a lot like Coors. Pick up a faint vanilla aroma.

The taste starts out light and sort of flat tasting. Light citrus hop flavor with a clean aftertaste. Flavor seems to be missing any sort of zing, like the ring of a lead bell.

Mouthfeel is light.

Easy enough to drink but I can't say I really want another one. After one of these I would probably get a Coors Light instead. This REALLY belongs in the Light Beer category.

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Photo of skeetermoses
2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was very dissapointed in this one, the mouthfeel of this beer really dissapointed me. This was the first Shiner beer I was ever unhappy with. I was very disapointed in this beer. I had a lot of hopes for this one. but came out very dissapointed, too bad.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.32/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is great for it's style, a super low-carb/calorie light. Compared to others of its style, it actually is quite tasty.

Best aspects of this beer are the mouthfeel and drinkability. Very pleasant and dry, without any offensive macro aftertaste.

I think it would be improved with more hops.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
1.5/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

1.5 A: Extremely pale yellow, like diluted piss. No head and no lacing.

1.5 S: Nothing with a hint of grainy pungency.

1.5 T: Water. Not piss water like other macros, just plain water.

1.5 M: Carbonated water.

1.5 D: As drinkable as carbonated water.

This beer fucking sucks. The only thing it has going for it is that, unlike a lot of macros, I don't want to throw up while drinking it. But even that isn't good. Sometimes I'd rather taste something bad than nothing at all.

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Photo of foamee
2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured with a very thin color but with a decent head. Mine smelled a little off, almost skunky. The first sip tasted like carbonated water, after that it got worse, there really wasn't any flavor to it. I really didn't like this beer at all. I'm glad I had only the one.

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Photo of TenEighty
3.45/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Very light and transparent amber, typical of macro beers.

S: Not much here, a slight maltiness is there, but not prominently.

T: This is one of the best light macros I have come across. It has a nice flavor that is akin to apples.

M: Well carbonated, not much else to write home about.

D: This would be a good party beer, I could drink a lot of these. It is very smooth, with no harshness, bitterness, or any intense flavors. It fits all the qualities of a good macro.

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Photo of tempest
1.97/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a single bottle from the Central Market in Dallas. Appears pale, clear yelow with a white head and lacing.

"Brewed for that light, happy flavor."

Yeah, about that. There's nothing happy about this beer except the ensuing buzz if you can manage to slug this fast enough. The Shiner brand is a respectable line of beers, but this beer is nothing more than a upscale Coors Light. For an macro light beer, its disturbingly on-style for a brewery that should know better. The aroma has a dusty element along with very plain grains and sourdough. The flavor follows up with a hint of corn (DMS) and light fruitiness that's quickly burried under acrid, dry yeast character finish that's a drop of lemon with a lot of wet grain husk. No bueno. Avoid this one. Not even close to on par with the craft light beer. File this away with the frat house-party crap.

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Photo of spaceranger
2.98/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, o.k. it sucks compared to real beer. But does it suck compared to light beer? I think many critics on the site here forget just how terrible light beer generally is. In the realm of the lights (Coors, Bud, Miller, ULTRAAAA..gag...etc.) this Texas brew is....well..decent. The regular Shiner Light tastes better BUT it's not a true light compared to the big boys. At 120 calories and over 9 carbs it's in the same league as the major's heavies. Not everybody wants a big ass belly. So...Leicht has it's ALL has it's place....let's enjoy them all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Acid-washed amber with nearly colorless edges. Lighter than the style average for sure. The bright white lid is better looking than the heads on most light beer. It's a bit crackly, lasts for several minutes, and manages to decorate the pint glass with a respectable amount of residue.

Leicht means Light, so Spezial Leicht is a light lager. In a few minutes we'll know just how spezial it is. A 4.0% ABV and 99 calories are further evidence. Therefore, I'll be scoring it in comparison to beer of that style. The nose is more aromatic than most and consists of grain that is both lightly sweet and lightly sour.

Spezial Leicht isn't a bad drinker... considering. On the good side, it manages to pack a decent amount of flavor in only 99 calories and a small handful of carbs. On the not-so-good side, it's a little grainy, has an underlying tartness that isn't welcome and tends to coarsen as it warms.

Sweetness and bitterness pretty much cancel one another out. As usual, the former is slightly favored early and the latter is slightly favored late. More hop flavor would be nice, even if beer of this style is notoriously deficient on that front.

The mouthfeel is acceptable. It isn't watery and it manages to deliver a small amount of light creaminess due to abundant carbonation that stays just this side of buzzy. If you plan on sessioning, be prepared for abundant burpage.

Shiner Spezial Leicht is a pretty good shot across the bows of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Light, et al. My advice is to drink it cold when you're hot. And don't expect fireworks.

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Shiner Spezial Leicht from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 2.54 out of 5 with 37 ratings