Shiner Fröst | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ebraun on 12-27-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
137
Reviews:
80
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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22
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Ratings: 137 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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 twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a crystal clear medium gold color with a very large, frothy white head. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. A very good looking beer and the clarity is amazing.

Nose is definitely Ritz cracker maltiness with a touch of caramel sweetness. Not too much in the way of hops or yeast...pretty straightforward, clean and malty smelling brew. Nose is pretty big for a lager.

Taste has a pleasant balance of sweet and toffee malts that are followed by a quick carbonation and hop palate scrubbing. Smooth and creamy feeling in the mouth. There is a mild soapy taste that is really the only minor problem I have with this beer. Shiner has done a great job on this one and it is in my top three or four beers they have made. It's a great value to boot, as I am on my second twelve-pack of it since coming out in early January.

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Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Notes are about a week old.

The color is a deep amber-copper.A white head sits with good retention at about a finger and a half and leaves fairly thick, spotty lacing behind.
There was a nice biscuity malt aroma appropriate to the style. There's also an interesting earthy aspect to the nose complementing a nice buttery note with a nicely balancing honey-like sweetness. The smell would be outstanding if it was a bit stronger.
The taste follows suit, very crisp in the malt presence with a balancing hops flavor. The buttery notes usually attributed to diacetyl are here, proper for the Dortmunder style. A grains backing lingers all the way.
The body is medium with a light carbonation. There's a crisp bite to it with a mellow finish.
This is well crafted to the guides set for the style, and the best of the Shiner series in my opinion.

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Photo of jsh420
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 1+ finger white head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells of macro adjuncts and some real malts

taste was better but still there are some adjuncts in this beer - sweet malts some bitter hops

mouthfeel good very light body good carbonation that gives it a nice crisp dry finish

drinkability is ok but the adjuncts kill it

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Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jheezee
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Clear golden color with a white head that thinned out but left some nice lacing.
The aroma is that of a good German lager, Euro-hops.
The taste is good a nice balance of malts and hops in a German style beer.
Light, crisp and refreshing.
Very easy to drink.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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 allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice-looking beer, bordering on a 4.5, except for the smallness of the head. Poured into a Chimay chalice, it is a lovely copper color, with modest head, and fine streaming bubbles coming up from the Chimay logo on the bottom of the glass. The aroma is faint, offering smooth maltiness and a light touch of hops. The taste is just right for a Dortmunder, well balanced between lightly sweet malt that is fortunately not too grainy, and enough bitterness to keep the sweetness at bay, though hop flavor is somewhat low.

Dortmunders are rarely produced by American micros because they're not exciting, and are all about good balance. This is a well-done one by a brewer known for as many misses as hits. Still, I can't imagine buying it very often. Dortmunder just isn't exciting.

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Photo of emmasdad
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
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 jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crisp golden color with a one and a half finger thick eggshell head that disappated rather quickly but left some nice lacing on the sides.
S- Smells of sweetness and a bit of European hops. Rather much like a more powerful Pilsner aroma.
T- Started sweet and malty, had a little bit of hop in there to balanced it out nicely.
M- Medium, maybe even a little fuller than medium for the style. Crisp.
D- A very drinkably beer. Light and crisp, throughly enjoyable. Possibly my new favorite shiner product.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Nice-looking pour, with a clear golden hue and a few attractive streams of carbonation percolating upwards. The head retains well, as the creamy, eggshell-white foam leaves behind a few splotches of lacing. The aroma, while mild, is pleasant with a soft grassiness from the hops balanced by toasted buttermilk biscuits. Really feelin' the honey notes on this one. It doesn't jump out and grab you, but the subtlety and craftsmanship is easily identifiable.

The taste is a bit more muted than the aroma, unfortunately, because the flavor that is present is quite good. Crisp, crackery german pilsner malts on the front of the palate are followed by a combination of sulfur minerals and hops. Traces of grassy bitterness linger into the finish as this Dortmunder dries the back of the palate. Light body with a good carbonation level, not exactly "full-bodied" as the neck label claims, but there is very little in the way of off-flavors or undesirable consistencies. I enjoyed this beer a little more than my review's score suggested. Not sure if Fröst fits as a winter seasonal, but I am looking forward to the rest of my six-pack.

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Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of gordavidson
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- An extremely clear, solid gold color with a lot of streams of carbonation making their way to the surface. The head is thin and white and settles to a splotchy covering.

S- A light fruitiness and toasted malt. Smells like a solid Dortmunder lager.

T- Fruity and biscuity with a slightly metallic finish.

M- Carbonation is nice, but the metallic/astringent finish is a bit of a let-down.

D- A decent beer that drinks alright. The aftertaste could maybe use just a bit of work.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear golden in color, with a moderate, one inch head of bright white foam
Aroma-Slight malt and biscuit notes
Taste-Muted malt and biscuit-very clean and crisp-almost macro-like in its lack of finish
Overall, not your beer if you like a lot of aggressive flavor, however it follows the Dortmunder standard pretty well, and would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of armock
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured a clear gloden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is fairly light some sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet malt that's a little grainy

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

D - Another ho hum average beer from shiner on the plus side it's an easy drinking beer but unexciting or note worthy

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Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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 bump8628
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden with an orange tint around the edges of the glasses and an adequate white head.

There's an herbal hoppiness on the nose that's more pronounced than expected, but it doesn't show up in the flavor other than a lingering grassy bitterness at the end of a swallow. Most of the palate is comprised of grainy malt with a dry, clean, and crisp finish.

Not a bad beer at all. I just feel like it's a kind of bastardized version of the style just like Shiner Bock is a bastardized Bock. Still it's a nice clean lager with a little bit of character.

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Photo of Squire123
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of csfcmitchell
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Cresant
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was clear and deep golden. The white modest head settled to a thin cap and collar.

Smell was grains and vegetal. Maybe a little sweet corn aroma.

Taste was lightly bitter and faintly fruity. The finish was modestly bitter and short. Richer than your average macro lager. The label states this beer is brewed in the old dortmunder style, but then calls the beer an ale?

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and lightly coarse in texture.

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Shiner Fröst from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.67 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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