Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)
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European Export / Dortmunder
Ranked #72
Ranked #46,214
3.44 | pDev: 14.24%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)
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Photo of tjv1066
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I would have to view this as nothing more than average; frankly, it doesn't stand out to me at all. The colour is quite rich and it is smooth, but besides that, it isn't anything too special. There was practically no head, and very little carbonation. I suppose for the price I paid I shouldn't have expected it to be too outstanding. Overall I'll give it a bit above average.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a golden honey color with great clarity. The head is a decent looking one finger offwhite shade. Nice texture and lacing.

S: Earthy minerals and a tiny hint of citrus. Certainly not an evocative aroma - but to be fair, the bottle is far older than it should be.

T: There's a lot of fruit punch-like sweetness not just on the opening flavors, but in general. Maybe it's just the way the earthy hops interact with the caramel malts, but this is a dead ringer for Hawaiian Punch flavor-wise. I'm noticing a whiff of staleness in the malts/hops; expected given its age.

M: Light and crisp, but perhaps a bit too sweet on the palate. A bit of finishing dryness would go a long way to cleaning up the mouthfeel some, but the syrupy profile does conceal the potent carbonation somewhat.

O: Eh, it could have been worse given the circumstances (a 10 month old 6 pack of a not-so-highly-rated beer), so I'll give it benefit of the doubt. Still a plain and uninspired offering.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here is yet another bottle of unknown origin but given that my local in-person trader, tone77, has reviewed it, I would wager that he was the source.

From the bottle: "Renew with a Spring brew!"; "A Spring favorite"; "There's nothing finer than a Springtime Shiner!"; "A Springtime favorite [-] Spring has sprung at the little brewery in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,070). And with it, our newest brew, Shiner Dortmunder-Style Spring Ale. This Old World classic pours deep gold in color, with a white head and smooth flavor. Its medium hop bitterness and hints of honey and floral hops will refresh you like a sun-drenched nap on a lush green lawn."; "Prosit!"

My pour created just over a finger of tawny head with good retention. Color was a "deep gold" with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of typical lager-like honey-sweetness and grassy hops. I have a much greater appreciation of lagers since embarking on The CANQuest (TM) and this one was making my mouth water. Mouthfeel was medium and just like the nose, the taste was grassy honey. Yum! Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing. I just mowed my lawn yesterday for potentially the last time this year and this would have made a fantastic accompaniment. Well done, Shiner!

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Photo of jmbranum
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive light amber liquid with a generous white head. Nice slightly malty aroma.

Flavor.... Fairly dry. Some grain notes. A little bit of spices. Ends very dry. It almost reminds me of the flavor of unsalted matzah bread. Lingering aftertaste is a bit too dry for me, but I like the hops that are also lingering in the background.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

A nice change of pace from Shiner.

(FYI, despite what the label says, this is not an ale)

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into 12oz pint glass

A- Clear and golden. Fluffy 1 finger head that melts away quickly into a white rim around glass.

S- Herbal notes, earthy, Hints of some citrus but not a lot of malt

T- Smooth and dry. Spicy finish. Refreshing

M- Medium bodied goes down nicely

O- Not too shabby. I prefer a hoppy beer but this was a nice change of pace. Very drinkable. Nice session style ale.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp and refreshing, malts, some grains, kind of earthy. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this makes a good session beer.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smells of sweet grain, not much else. Tastes of sweet malt with a few hints of citrus and hops, very well balanced. Carbonation seems a little light but it is fine for the light bodied beer that goes down very smooth. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Golden color with a brief flash head and no real lacing, medium-light honey and spice aroma. Clean fresh dry lager biscuit malt flavor stays solidly in tandem with clean fresh herbals and grassy notes through and through. Crisply carbonated, light texture and body... so why does the bottle label say the word "ale?" I *hate* it when packaging lies to me! So it loses some overall points for the trickery, unfortunately.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. I’ve had this one a few times now, so about time for a review. Pours a dark amber/copper with a finger-width beige head. Nose is sharp with grassy hops, floral overtones, lemon zest. Crisp feel. Slick finish. Nice hop bite at the onset, followed by a faint citrus kick. Refreshing beer that really hits the spot each and every time.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Mass amounts of streaming bubbles that resembles a fish tank. Nice bubbly inch of white head that quickly recedes to a layer of froth. A perfectly clear golden amber body.

S: Bisquity malts, floral hop aroma, timid spices, esters, honey and delicates whiffs of banana.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, light carbonated sting, with massive floral essence. Yeast, Bisquity malts, and bitter green bananas. Once warmed the alcohol becomes pronounced. Finishes dry with s lingering smoked wheat after taste.

O: My first Dortmunder and I'm glad I was able to try this style. Interesting and palate pleasing a great spring time beverage. Great mesh of flavors with the sweet, bitter and mild bread. I will look for this every year.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker than a typical lager with a clear tint and a 1/2 inch of head that reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Mostly cereal grains and mild grassy hops. Some caramel hops but not much.

T - Well it's mild and balanced. Pretty memorable for being crisp and tasty delivering a mild citrus hops taste along side of some grainy malt profile. Not great but not overall bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall like most Shiner beers they are light in flavor and easy to drink. This is better than most of the lagers (or light lagers) they put out and its not half bad. Better than all BMC.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden amber with a persistent 1/16" thick off-white head. Some strands of lacing here and there. Good looking beer.

Smell: Earthy German hops, not a lot else going on.

Taste: Apple, honey, floral all one after another and then a solid earthy/spicy German hop finish. Quite tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a bit on the high side. Thickness is good, sticks to the teeth just a tad.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable - wish I had another. A solidly good beer, but is it an ale or a lager? Label says ale...but it doesn't look that different than the Dortmunder lager also made by Shiner. So is it the same beer or a different one? Can't quite tell, but if this is an ale, I think it's mislabeled and instead it is indeed a Dortmunder export lager. All that potential mislabel aside, it's a good beer that goes well with food (Zucchini cakes in this case) and I suspect it would go well with a lot of other food, or all by itself.

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Photo of pburland23
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a clear light orange. Lots of tight carbonation and bubbles throughout. Two fingers of white head. Not much in terms of head retention or lacing. (3.5)

Smell: Cereal grains, grassy malts and something sweet I can't quite put my finger on. Very much smells like a European style lager. (3.5)

Taste: Sweet and grassy up front. Some mild floral hop notes in the middle of the sip before finishing with the taste of cereal grains. All in all, a pretty mediocre tasting beer. (3)

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and quite drinkable. Carbonation is slightly prickly which adds some nice texture to the sip. (3.5)

Overall: Nothing special here. It's drinkable and flavorful enough. Seems like a good beer to enjoy during some springtime yard work. (3.5)

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark golden color with a thick white head that laces nicely. Nice carbonation.

Smell: Sweet barley, bready, yeasty.

Taste: A little sweet maltiness with the tiniest hint of hops.

Mouthfeel: Watery, lack of carbonation.

This is a bland but thirst quenching beer. It's just a little bit better than the usual suspects because the malt and hops are ever so slightly more detectable.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured very golden in color, very clear good visible carbonation. Good fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with a little lacing.

S: First thing I'm picking up is a mix of floral hops with a hint of citrus. I'm also getting a little toasty malt with a little sweet malt mixed in.

T: Great balance of flavors here.... I'm getting the malt right up front, little sweet but bready.... then the hops kicks in.... I'm getting a more floral character than I was smelling. The balance is good with a slightly dry finish and no real aftertaste to speak of.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation, very clean, yet dry finish.

O: Very nice beer, good balance of malt and hops, good ABV, so you could session with this one... Another good Beer from Shiner

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with an inch off-white head that sticked around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. The brew smells like bready malt and fruit (apricots?). It tastes like bready/grainy malt, dried fruit, and a bit of herbal hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew at all. I bought this as a single bottle so I could try it. Not sure if I'd buy a 6 pack of this or not, but I would try this again in the future.

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Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear copper-orange in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly faded away, leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some lacing on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of biscuit and grainy malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a faint amount of honey flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness but not to the level of other beers in the style.
O: There’s nothing overly special about this beer but it has some refreshing properties and goes down easily.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some very light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of biscuit malts, floral hops, and a light honey sweetness.

T: Some light honey sweetness upfront with the biscuit malts. There is a light floral hops and light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink and could be quite sessionable. Enjoyable and certainly not one I would turn down but not certain I would go out of my way to find it again.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass (the "Ale" on the label threw me off). The beer is clear, dark golden in color with a thin white head. My pour produced a thin head about 1/4 inch in height which quickly fades to a ring around the glass and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Light in aroma. Some weak biscutty and sweet malt mingled with some faint floral scents. I don't really recount having many (if any) Dortmunders, so this may be ok. Familiarity with other German lagers reminds me that they more subtle than say an IPA or APA.

Taste: Like a lot of Shiner beers, this one is "safe" as in it is limited in taste. The less taste the less chance to offend. I get some light sweet malts, with no bitterness (limited hops?) I will admit that I am not an expert in the style so this may be perfrectly ok, just hoped for a little more. When comparied to other styles, this one comes up lacking in most departments, however I would instead put this one up against most American lagers. This is better than the macro lagers.

Mouthfeel: Heavier than light in body. Well carbonated, light and lively. Not real heavy its a good spring seasonal beer.

Overall: In the end I enjoyed this beer. Bought a six pack for $5.99. This is an easy drinking, simple, sessionable beer.

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Photo of scratch69
4.02/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Deep golden color with a fingers worth of quickly disappearing head. Thin lacing.

Smell- Biscuity malt with some faint hop notes.

Taste- Nice balance of malt and hops. I also detect some honey notes.

Mouthfeel- Very crisp and refreshing. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied.

Overall- Very drinkable. I can see myself enjoying more of these on a warm day.

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Photo of vashooter
1.33/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I gave this beer low marks due to the phenolic stale taste. There was no hops flavor to speak of and something was definitely off about this beer. I have contacted Shiner with the pertinent info and am waiting their reply. This may be a bad bottle from the distributor or the brewery. The best that I can describe this initial tasting is as undrinkable. Appearance: beautiful clear golden color Smell: no smell except phenolic Taste : overpoweringingly musty, stale. Body : nice head but...

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Photo of Bearcatsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale hold color with nice white head that dissipated to a thin lace. Very clear.

Ar- nice malt accentuated aroma with some carmel or slight bread characteristics. Low hop aroma.

T- crisp with a balance between the hops and the malt. The malt aroma is definitely more up front in the aroma than in the taste. Dry finish with some hop character in this in the back of the throat.

M- carbonation helps with crisp up front but then beer finishes dryer than I would have expected. Not saying bad one way or another. I think it does help with the refreshing character.

O- nice refreshing beer, with a wonderful malt character that reminds me of so many true German beers. Was well balanced with some hop character at the end. Would definitely drink some more.

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Photo of DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from a 12 oz bottle, unknown freshness date. The smells are of grass hops, earthy, some bread malts. The feel is lightish, decent carbonation. The taste is somewhat good, light larger taste, grass hops, mild bitterness, earthy malts labor with it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright coppery gold with a blanket of head. Looks great through the light. 3.5

Musty pale grains, herbal/grassy hops, and some pear/apple fruit esters. 4.0

Great crisp malt/hop interplay. Balanced with some interesting complexity. Smack of mild fruit tartness and metals in the finish. 4.0

Clean feel and not too light. 3.5

Go Shiner seasonals! Last summer's Ruby Redbird was good. A Dortmunder for spring? Excellent. Worth getting six. 4.0

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Photo of jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. undated bottle into a stein: clear, deep golden with a foamy white head that receded leaving some lacing on the glass.

Rather fresh, lager-like aromas of perfumy, European hops and hay.

This dortmunder begins lightly malty with a surprising fruiy flavor that was unexpected from a dortmunder style. The hop profile is almost nonexistent. The flavor ends abruptly leaving very little lingering in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was rather round and thick, but rather one dimensional with very little aftertaste. The carbonation is low for a lager.

This was an interesting beer: a dortmunder called a "spring ale" by a brewery known for lagers. It was not refreshing or zesy enough for a top quality dortmunder, though it is worth trying. There are better interpretation of this style available.

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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 276 ratings