Shiner Fröst
Spoetzl Brewery

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Style:
European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #28
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,701
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 16.39%
Reviews:
88
Ratings:
170
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  24
Gots
  30
SCORE
81
Good
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Notes: When the weather outside matches the weather in your fridge, you know it's time to enjoy a nice Shiner Frost. This deliciously distinctive seasonal brings a hint of malty sweetness that quickly fades to show a crisp, hoppy character. It's chock-full of frosty goodness to pair perfectly with frosty days.
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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Golden and clear with a long lasting white head. Smells of bread, malt with a slight sweetness. Taste is bready with malt backbone. Helles and pilsner mixed together. Like the style and this beer

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$ 9.73(Including tax)/six-pack of 12 oz bottles ($ 0.135/oz) from Total Wine-Forum, Selma, TX. Reviewed 3/11/19.
Undated bottle. In reefer at store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried nonic.
Appearance – 3.5.
Body – Light amber, clear.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.5 cm, controlled center pour), off-white, medium density and creamy, good retention, slooowly diminishing to a two mm ring and a complete layer of varying thickness.
Lacing – Poor. A few small pieces composed of mostly small bubbles remain.
First pour – Light amber, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 – Very light floral hops followed by lightly toasted malt.
Flavor – 4 – Light malt and floral hops, well-balanced. No alcohol (5% ABV), no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4 – A return to their roots, making a basic style well.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.43/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Aroma: Dusty hops, earthy, slight black bread, whiff of corn.

Appearance: Amber glass holds a quarter finger of head well fed from below with constant carbonation streams.

Taste: Grainy, with a distinct blood/copper penny note. A pretty mild beer behind that main taste, fairly balanced with an earthy hop and a slightly sweet malt back.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, high carbonation gives this a very sudsy feel.

Overall: Very distinct "Metallic - Tinny, coiny, copper, iron, or blood-like flavor." as the BJCP says. It mellows a bit as the beer warms, but it's the main flavor in a pretty basic beer. Not my favorite Shiner, recommend trying others.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grains, caramel, toffee and floral notes. Sweet caramel with a subtle bitterness.

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Photo of singletary
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It pours a rich amber color with a white head that reduces to a small ring around the glass. The smell is malt sweetness and so is the taste. The feel is a bit watered down but good. Overall a pleasure to drink while watching the bowl games on New Year's Day.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 3/3/2019. Pours crystal clear deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.5%. Overall this is a delicious Dortmunder. All around nice robustness of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Very clean and nicely rich Pils/Munich malt showcase, with light noble hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.66/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Review from notes. 12 fl oz brown glass twist-off bottle nabbed as part of Shiner's variety six pack - I'd love to see more of those on the market, by the way.

5.0% ABV. "Dortmunder style."

APPEARANCE: Vibrant gold body. Thin fizzy off-white head. Head recedes within 2 minutes. Clear and obviously filtered. No yeast/lees are visible within.

AROMA: Pale malt syrup. Slight toastiness. Honeyed malt. Generic floral/bittering hop aromatics (I'd guess Perle if there was a gun to my head). Breadiness.

I don't get any fresh pilsner malt aromatics. I find no off-notes.

Suggests a clean drinking albeit overly sweet beer that emphasizes malt but doesn't offer much depth of flavour.

TASTE: Too sweet, swinging big for the malt flavours but forgetting to balance them with hops. Syrupy pale malts, honeyed malts, toasted malt, maybe even caramalt, 6-row.

TEXTURE: Slightly syrupy. Too thick and chewy for a Dortmunder. Unrefreshing. Mouthfeel is poor overall; the beer is less drinkable because of the texture, which also amplifies the problematic sweetness of the beer.

OVERALL: Poor fare from Spoetzl. Misses the mark of the style fundamentally.

C- (2.66) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.57/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear pale gold with a one finger off-white head. Retention is moderate and leaves splotchy lacing.

The nose is mostly grainy with hints of corn. Not much going on.

The taste is sweet corn malts with a mild hop bitterness. Its somewhat cloying.

The mouth feel is thick with high carbonation. Odd.

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Photo of rings
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours pale straw in color, but with a rich creamy white head that might be expected in a true pilsner. The first sip is full and hearty on the nose with a malty richness, with a hint of herb, which breaks off sharply in a clean hop bite that lingers long after the finish. It's not as dry as a northern pils, which lends to its "drinkability"--to borrow a macro term--but sweet and clean. This would be a very nice session beer.

While this certainly is NOT an explosive or big full-flavored craft beer, the likes of which we normally praise around here, this is an excellent offering for its style and highly recommended (as a fun training-wheels brew) as their winter seasonal offering or--even better--in place of a cold, wet macro-brew should the need arise after mowing the lawn on a summer day.

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Photo of mjurney
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Dark gold, clear. Fast rising bubbles. Thick creamy head. Moderate head retention. Leaves a fairly nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Semi-sweet, pale malts, some biscuit, lightly toast, faint spicy hops, clean lager yeast.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Breadiness up front, pale malts, some biscuit, lightly toast, slight hint of honey. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy. Finish is ultra dry, lingers very long. Medium bodied, dry, semi-crisp, medium carbonation, fairly smooth.

Overall:
Not bad for a Dortmunder style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unpretentious, clean, rich lager.

Amber color, clear, and head lasts nicely with great mouthfeel. Quite malty for the modest alcohol with a pleasant hoppy taste. The style throws a sheet over a multitude of sins, but at its best, should be a rich, warm beer without the sharpness of hoppy pale lagers. This one has a touch of pilsener tang but more body. If they called it an Oktoberfest that might be more descriptive. It's not for the hop-obsessed.

A beer to be gulped, but enjoyed for its solid, pleasing taste.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a medium to dark golden color, with a fairly decent amount of white foam on top. On the nose, hoppy, slightly grainy with just a hint of vanilla. On the palate, light bodied, refreshing and moderately carbonated, with herbal hops, and a heavier pilsner-like character. Drinkable, and not much more.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Fröst (Frost)

Appearance: Amber, small-medium head, and good lacing.

Smell: Hops, grains, and slight malt.

Taste: Malts, slight grain, and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Overall:
First taste is impressive, but after a bit, it becomes watery and almost bland.

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Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful rich golden color with great clarity. There is a nice level of active carbonation streaming up to the head which I like see as it gives some life to a beer. This also helps support the tall white head.

Smell: In the nose I pick up light aroma with faint grain notes and pale malt with hints of light leafy hops.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue there is bright grainy flavor with a touch of the hops leafy spice. The finish is very clean, crisp and fresh. Its medium body and lively carbonation make for an easy drinking refreshing beer.

Notes: There is not much to say here. Frost does everything well for the style and I enjoyed it.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark golden pour, a scant cover of white with some stray ropes of lace.

Aroma - some diacetyl influence to the grain. Also some definite hoppiness on the initial sniff but it fades after a bit.

Taste - as in the sniff, the diacetyl is present with the grain. Interesting spice in there, like some licorice and maybe a touch of caramel. Pretty distinct for a dort, the finish is clean.

Mouthfeel - smooth, good carbonation and medium body, right on style.

Drinkability - not sure if the diacetyl means these are aging a bit, but they go down easily.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a spicy and peppery aroma. Some yeast as well. Floral and herbal hoppy aromas. Citrus and grassy hops. Lots of bread and biscuit malt for balance. Very nice.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of spicy character from the yeast, I assume. Phenolic, herbal, and, flowery. Fruit citrus hops with a nice bitterness. Some fruity esters of banana and pears as well. Lots of biscuit malt. Again, very nice.
M/D: A light to medium body. Though perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. Very easy to drink. I can drink this all day.

An excellent example of Dortmunder. There are a lot of subtle flavors that are excellent. After trying most of Shiner's new beers and being very disappointed ( Smokehaus, 99, 100, 101) I am very surprised that this is a well made beer. Put Live Oak or Great Lakes in front, and this is considered a great lager. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So the appearance...ya it looks pretty good i'd say. The smell....sweet with a hint of hops perhaps? Taste...a bit disappointing really. Not a lot going on. Mouthfeel a bit watery....but drinkable for sure. Give it a try, it might be right up your alley, plus the abv is not too high or too low, maybe even just right.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright tangelo orange with bright lemon yellow accents beneath a fluffy chunk of skinned almond colored foam that filled one-third of the glass on the pour. A gentle rockiness and pretty good frost deposition solidify the above score.

The nose is a pleasant melange of lightly toasted grains and floral-herbal hoppiness. So far, this Dortmunder is hitting every one of its style marks with ease. Hopefully, good things await on the taste buds.

Frost is damn good beer and gives me some newfound respect for the boys from Shiner. They seem to have stepped up their game recently. Too bad this is a seasonal release (and a winter seasonal at that) because it's an wonderful all-rounder that is good solo and should go well with... just about everything.

The lightly toasted, lightly sugar-crusted cereal grains and gently bittering hops put me in mind of Schlitz Gusto. Both are 'old school' offerings that prove that basic beer can be as delicious and as drinkable as all that new-fangled stuff being brewed these days.

Keeping style and ABV in mind, the mouthfeel is outstanding. It's at least as good as the mouthfeel on the best Dortmunder in America (see below), with plenty of expansive creaminess and an ideal amount of enlivening bubbles.

Shiner Frost isn't quite as good as the gold standard (Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold), but it's still a tremendous achievement for Spoetzl Brewery. Is this their best beer? Yeah, it just might be.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug and served at approximately 45 degrees.

A: poured a rich gold color with quarter inch head and no lacing

S: balanced between biscuits, hay, vanilla and some hop notes

T: malt and hops consisting of bread, banana, and notes of molasses

M: smooth, medium mouthfeel coating the entire palate evenly throughout

D: good high quality session beer, not too filling

Overall a very good beer and went well with some Jarlsberg Swiss cheese. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy off-white head with good retention. Laced in thin, wide sheets that washed down the glass a bit. Decanted lightly.

S: Cirtus, hay and grass. Sweet grains. Peppery bittering hops.

T: Light, sweet and malty. Bready middle. Mild, building bitter brings a fair balance.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth up to a crisp and rather dry finish.

D: Easily drinkable. A nice malty beer with fair finish; not to light, not too heavy.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale caramel color with a fairly large off-white head that dissipates very slowly and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and slight candy aromas with a generic grain/malt backing.

Taste: Sugary and sweet with a caramel aftertaste. Actually tastes a lot like a very light doppelbock with a bit more of a balanced malt/hop character.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, with sharp carbonation and a crips, warming finish.

Drinkability: I'd definitely have this one again, but given its warming characteristic it isn't well-suited for Houston summers.

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Photo of ch473
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked a 6 pack up the other night, never seen this before. I love it.

Nice golden amber color and beautiful frothy head and lacing. Good steady carbonation.

Smell is nothing special, little bit of hops, mostly malt and honey.

Love the taste. Crisp, refreshing hops with a good balance of honey and caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly bitter but mellow.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and wet with a little fizzy burn around the edges and a good body. It feels thicker than it is.

I could drink this all night. This is a winter seasonal but it's not too heavy for spring or summer. I'm loving it with pork tacos at the moment but it would be better with a winter pot roast.

I'm not usually terribly impressed by new beers since I can't afford anything too fancy, but this was only $7 and it's one of my new favorites. I'm gonna buy it up before it disappears.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery golden, with a nice head that quickly disipates, leaving only moderate lacing. Decent grainy aroma, though I would have enjoyed a bit more of a hops presence. Taste is a bit weak, though what was there was enjoyable. Again, there was a grainy presence that might have been better complemented with more hops presence. Mouthfeel was decent enough, but not really memorable in any respect. Overall, a drinkable beer, but I expect a bit more from this brewery.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - Fröst pours quietly even with it being tall. A frothy, two-finger head lowers with moderate speed resulting in a lace-less glass and a thin white sheet. The beer is well-carbonated and brilliantly clear with a beautiful solid gold color.

S - Fröst smells crisp and light-bodied right away with a nicely balanced light floral hop nose and thin malt backing. Pilsner malts maybe? I'm getting a lot of mineral/hard water aroma from it too. The aroma is one-dimensional but not bad, just average.

T - Surprisingly, the flavor starts very soft with an underlying light maltiness. Not much is going on in this beer. Hops seem almost absent as the finish turns to the hard water mineral flavor. A tiny touch of astringency comes across on the finish.

M - Medium in body which is unexpected, Fröst starts out soft but quickly turns to a dry, astringent finish with a hard bite from hard water and minerals. The finish is crisp from strong carbonation.

D - A bit dry and hard for my taste, it's going down slow. I also don't understand Shiner calling this a "hearty, full-bodied ale" when Dortmunder Exports are, by definition, medium-bodied at their fullest. Still, not a bad beer though.

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Photo of rednrag
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First try at the Dortmunder style.
Color is very deep golden, looks appetizing. Smells good, more hops than malt.
Taste is a very nice balance between malt and hops, just a little dry, but just a little sweet. I like this. Very thirst-quenching. Must seek out others of this style.

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 170 ratings