Shiner Spezial Leicht | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by lanechaffin:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of whoneeds8
2.18/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours out a Light Gold/Yellow

White head that quickly disapates.

Taste is metallaic, and very light. Not much flavor at all.

I am generally a Shiner Fan and I can't believe they brewed this. When they first tried to make Shiner Light, they made sure to keep with the traditions of Shiner Quality, and even had the blessing of the City of Shiner's population.

There is no way this beer would have been approved by Shiner-ites.

I don't know what they're doing down there in Shiner, but so far with this and 99 it's not looking good.

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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 ByMySword
3/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of goochpunch
2.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours out a still, watered-down pale straw with no head. Aroma has a mild sweetness to it. I get some unmalted grain aromas. Some crackers too. Graininess isn't really overwhelming but it is surely there. Some crackery malts are present. No hops to pick out. Like beer cut with club soda. Mouthfeel is light and spritzy. Drinkability is pretty good considering the warm weather we're having. I won't be buying this again, but it's damn sure better than their 99 anniversary brew. However, this is pretty bad compared to their other light beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of matjack85
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

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 Stoffel
3/5  rDev +18.1%

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 Pegasus
3.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very clear, very pale golden in color, with a modest white head, which quickly settles to a scattering of foam. An occasional fat bubble rises lazily to the surface, there is a sparse scattering of thin lace.

Aroma: Mild steely hop aroma, rather weak pale malt, abundant cooked vegetable aromas.

Taste: Crisp, slightly tart pale malt at the open, this carries fairly well throughout the taste. At the close, there is a bit of very restrained herbal bitterness. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Seems a bit thin for the style, the carbonation is slightly rough, although not extremely so.

Drinkability/notes: A quite well-made example of a dull and uninspiring style. Well suited as a lawnmower beer, and certain not to unnerve those unfamiliar with craft beer. Perhaps Shiner Spezial Leicht will inspire macro drinkers to try Shiner's other products, thus sending them down the path to better beer.

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

Many thanks to my friend and fellow BA HardTarget for sharing this example.

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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 PatrickJR
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Very pale yellow, but with a decent finger of head that falls to a persistent white film. Some moderate lacing.

S - Horrible. This brew smells like a bag of old coins. Some graininess pulls through, but mostly it's just metal.

T - Pretty bland and somewhat gross. Flavor is non-existent until late palate, where a faint graininess and a metallic bitterness come through.

M - Average for the style. High carbonation and thin body.

D - If not for the absolutely terrible smell, this mind be an ok mindless brew to drink. I actually had high hopes for Shiner's take on a generally uninteresting style, but they've somehow made it worse.

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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 ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.27/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale straw, very clear, fizzy moderately-sized head.

Powdery toasty malt whiff, along with a bitter sensation.

Light toast, light applefruit, and a hint at tartness. Mild unpleasant bitterness. Clean finish.

Another diet beer. Better than the big guys, but...

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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 Zachtheporter
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of JDV
2.06/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Extremely pale yellow, and very clear. Fizzy, extremely short lived head. Smell is thin pale lager like, faintly corn-y malt. Taste is kind of corn like, with a strange unpleasant twang to it. Not particularly clean and with a metallic note to it. Prickly carbonation. Very thin and watery flavorwise with a hint of funky corn and metal. Not great, but still drinkable.

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Photo of Danobold
2.75/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of turbine2475
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very light yellow with a quickly disipating white head that leaves no lace.
S - Slight corn and yeasty butter...All very light.
T - Corn and slight toasty butters and yeast. Not much in the hop department, but was not expecting much from the start. EDIT: Second bottle was less butter and more of a slightly salty accent.
M - Light and smooth with a decently high carbonation.
D - Not a bad beer, definately not what I would look for at the store but on a hot day it might not be a bad choice. So light it was hard to pull too much out of this beer.

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Photo of garyford
1/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of armock
2.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very light and clear straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates

S - Is of grainy malt corn typical macro smell

T - Is much like the smell its not any better or worse really than any other light macro lager

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Yesterday it was a lot more drinkable while I was all hot slaving away making a batch of beer now today just sitting around it isn't really hitting the spot its more enjoyable when your hot and just want a cold beer

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Photo of Onslow
1.22/5  rDev -52%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I knew it would be bad, and it was WORSE! .. why is shiner making a light low calorie beer??!?? it pours a very pale with a strange faint smell ... Taste is just FOUL! ... nasty nasty beer. I have lost respect for this brewery.. Just make your 100th anniversary beer (which at this rate will probably be an NA or a smirnoff cooler clone) and close down and let Saint Arnold take over as Texas's official beer!!

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