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Shiner Spezial Leicht | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by turbine2475 on 04-19-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 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 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 paulthebeerguru
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: snifter. pours a really light crystal clear yellow color, lighter than most. white head with a decent retention level. low to moderate retention level and really moderate lacing.

S: smells like an american maco lager. some corn, but some perfume as well. I am getting worried.

T: i am so nervous...I just read the back of the bottle, it says 99 calories. so light in flavor. Tastes like a watered down brew. some sweet malts, but not much. Mostly corn flavors....and water.

M: goes down like water. high carbonation. very unappealing mouthfeel to me.

D: its drinkable...hell I could drink tons of these. better than a Mich Ultra, but I don't drink that so I won't drink this again.

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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 mhewes
1.26/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A : Pours a clear light pale yellow with a little bit of head

S : Some malt, hops, and lots of corn

T : Nasty. Lots of corn flavor. There's just something off with the taste that did not work

M : Crisp and light

D : Drainpour. I like a lot of Shiner's beer but this is one I will avoid like the plague.

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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 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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Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Leicht
Bottle Inspection: Calories: 99; Carbs: 4.7; Protein 7g; Fat 0g. Not the specs I like to see on my beer, as it shows they are shooting at a completely different audience than I belong to.

Aroma: Watery sweetness that doesn't seem malt driven, more of a candy sweet. Light European hop, maybe Saaz, maybe Hallertauer, earthy and spicy/peppery.

Appearance: I swear the thin bottom of my Sam Adams glass looks clear as water, maybe with a drop of yellow. As the glass thickens, the yellow becomes a little more evident, but lordy that's one see through beer. For what very little appears to be in the glass, the beer holds an almost complete cover of white tiny bubbles that don't lace. The head dropped off about half way down.

Flavor: There is flavor, just not much. Not surprisingly it's pretty watery, but the sweetness is at a nice level and there is just a faint touch of hop, but you really have to reach for it.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated, gives it a bit of an Alka-seltzer quality. Body is light as air, texture is watery.

Overall Impression: After degassing (swirling to burn off head) the beer improves a bit. There's no getting around the fact it's a light beer, and approached from the lawnmower perspective, there's nothing wrong here. It's an easy to chug thirst quencher, I could even see buying another 6er in the dead of a Texas summer. Worth a try.

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