Shiner Smokehaus | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner SmokehausShiner Smokehaus

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.89%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Helles-style lager made with Texas mesquite wood-smoked pale malts. 16 IBU

Added by drunkboxer1 on 06-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 250 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +52%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is great beer. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like it. I had said previously that Shiner's Black beer was the best they turn out, but this Smokehaus gives the black a run for it's money.
I bought a 12 pack for $11.99 @heb LIFE IS GOOD

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Photo of phattman073
5/5  rDev +52%

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5/5  rDev +52%

Photo of sables365
4.75/5  rDev +44.4%

Photo of JMiculka
4.62/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

By far, my favourire Shiner product thus far. I am hoping that it returns next summer. It was a great porch drinking beer at the end of the day. Was great with jalapeno cheese and dry sausage.

The smoke taste, was faint but eventually came out. The mouthfeel was about average but still very nice.

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Photo of WHP517
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Photo of klmcmachen
4.5/5  rDev +36.8%

Photo of stumac
4.4/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of grg001
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%

OHHHHH, I MISS THIS BEER! This was Texas all the way. Smooth and smoky. Perfect for summer cook outs or autumn nights by an open fire. I drool thinking of it. Original and fantastic in every way for my taste buds. SHINER - PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!! I will buy all your inventory.

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Photo of JDK
4.25/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale honey color with a 1/4" head that quickly disappeared.
Couldn't smell as much smoke as I had anticipated, not much smell at all.I picked up more malt and hops than smoke.
Nice carbonation
Very nice smokey taste, much better than I expected. I was hoping that this wouldn't be over-the-top, just right.
This would go very well with any meat, especially if it was from the grill

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Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: campfire smoke and bacon

Taste: sweet toasted malt with smokiness at the end. A light bacon flavor.

Mouthfeel: This one is a bit too highly carbonated. It is light and sweet.

Drinkability: This one was a pleasant surprise. It is good for how light it is. This is a smoke beer that is crisp and refreshing. I could have six and wish I picked up more of this.

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Photo of Squelch
4.15/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Tan colored with a slightly off white head. Very effervescent. Crystal clear.

Smell: Slight mesquite aroma that blents well with the malt. No hop aroma presnet which is good bcause I think it would compete with the smoke.

Taste: Smoker is evident but not overpowering. This is my first of the style so I don't know what to compare it with but it seems a little undersmoked. A little almond or woodsey in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice. don't know if it fits to style but fits to this beer.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of Moontang
4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in my usual highball.

Appearance: Very pleasant deep golden colour, and a large, slightly cream-coloured head, which dissipates pretty slowly into sparse lacing.

Smell: A rather complex smell, more or less equal parts smoke and malt, and a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick, and very low carbonation, the way I like it

Taste: One of the more unique beers I've had, and in a very pleasant way. Quite smoky, with a strong doughy grain flavour, and a little bit acidic. Quite nice.

Drinkability: Very nice beer, I'd definitely buy it in future and have a drink whenever I was inclined to enjoy an experience like this.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.12/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think that optimator17 sent this to me for a Smoked Beer Night that did not come off. Today, I am having a smoked turkey breast with my uncle and this seemed an appropriate time to break out some smoked beer. Merry Christmas, everybody!

From the bottle: "The Perfect Sommer Bier"; "Good for grillin' and for chillin'"; "Every Drop of Shiner Is Brewed in Shiner"; "Mesquite Smoked Beer, Helles Style"; "It's Smokin' Good"; "Smoked to Perfection - Brewed with pale malt that's been smoked with native mesquite in the backyard of our little brewery in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070), this refreshing Helles-style beer has a smoky flavor that goes great with all the flavors of summer. Prosit!"; From our backyard to yours."

I used an aggro pour to create two fingers of fluffy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality clarity that would have led to a fistfight between Croesus and King Midas. Nose had a beautiful lager sweetness with a light, underlying smokiness. Oooh. Christmas dinner was perfect for this! Mouthfeel was much fuller than I would have expected from the style and the smokiness was very pleasant. I wonder if it was smokier in its youth, but regardless, it was a perfect accompaniment to smoked turkey.

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Photo of dfillius
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint
A: Aggressive pour yields 1 finger of white head with great retention. Crystal clear pale gold liquid.
S: Slight smoke over nice breadiness and herbal hop. Great marriage!
T: Smoke is pronounced but restrained. Bready in a white sandwich bread way. Slight metallic. Well balanced hopping. All flavors work together well. I wish it ahd slightly more hop character.
M: A bit fizzy, a bit thin, and otherwise pleasant.
D: "The Perfect Sommer Bier" Not quite, but pretty good. I'd order a second and probably buy a six pack.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, bright gold in color,with a fluffy, two-inch head of white foam
Aroma-Off-in-the-distance woodsmoke, biscuit notes
Taste-Subtle mesquite, buttered biscuit, a bit of a dry finish, inviting another sip. Smoke flavor is not overdone by any means, but very subtle and almost teasing your tastebuds into having another sip of the ghost-like smokiness.
Overall, an interesting, subtle brew that would pair well with smoked salmon or homemade beef jerky. If nothing else, sure to be a conversation starter at your next cookout.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired with pulled pork BBQ. Pours a straw yellow color with a thin white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Smells of clean, grassy grains and faintly of cured meat (I guess). When I take a tiny sip I mostly get clean pale malt flavors, and a tiny bit of hop flavor rounding it out. However, if you take a big gulp the smoky, bacony, flavor comes out. It's definitely not as pronounced as the only other rauch I've had (Southern Star's offering), but its definitely there. The beer is highly carbonated, and not too heavy. A pretty good summer seasonal, and a nice change of pace from the wits and wheats that a lot of breweries put out this time of year.

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Photo of smares2
4.07/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer bills itself as a perfect addition for a summer barbeque, which is very appropriate. What I mean is it's distinct taste relies a lot on what you're having with it. The first couple times I had it was with some hot wings, bbq meat and then with a big ol' burger. It was great, the smoky taste complemented the meaty, saucy items well.

I've since had it other times both with other types of food and not having eaten in a couple of hours and it just didn't compare. It those had been my first experiences I may not have come back to it.

But when matched with the right food, it's a very smooth drinking flavorful beer. Intense but not overpowering.

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Photo of bcgpete
4.02/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Light straw color with a finger and a half of white head which went away quickly leaving a very light film.

The smell is a bit smokey, not as much as I was expecting though.
Taste is typical for a lager, fairly well balanced. I'm still not getting the smokey flavor that I have heard so much about. This reminds me a lot of Shiner's 99th anniversary Helles lager, but more balanced.
The mouthfeel is great, a very good summer beer. Fairly light in the mouth but with enough flavor so that it's not watery in the least.
I will definitely buy this beer again if I'm in the mood for a lager, I only wish that Shiner would convert all of their beers to pop-tops.

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

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4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of RedWeizen83
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of Moose44
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of shoeinc
4/5  rDev +21.6%

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Shiner Smokehaus from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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