Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale)

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 273
Photo of PokerGod
4.54/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a snifter glass.

Nice color, auburn and reddish tints. Good amount of head, that slowly dissipates. Very light bit of lacework left.

Smell- it's smells amazing. Very subtle hop smell in a mostly bready atmosphere. Slight hints of grain come through.

Taste- It's very delicious. Very clean, very refreshing. This is a beer that is flavorful, yet subtle. This is a beer I would recommend to someone just beginning to get into craft beers.

Mouthfeel- Easy to drink, light bit of carbonation bite on the tip of the tongue.

Overall, an excellent beer. I will absolutely buy more of this. Good Job, Shiner.

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Photo of ch473
4.48/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice golden color, bright and clear. Nice lacing around edges and very active carbonation with big bubbles rising from the bottom.

Smells grainy and sweet.

Tastes, indeed, refreshing and smooth. There's a perfect balance between the medium pilsner hop bitterness and the honey like sweetness. It feels wonderful on the tongue, thick and wet, with little tannins. Very clean and crisp all around.

I absolutely loved this beer. It lives up to every superlative on the label. I could drink bottle after bottle and not get sick of it. This will be great for summer and I plan on stocking up.

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Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours clear bright gold with no head just a white film that left no laicng

smells of bready caramel/fruity (apple/pear) malts with some hops

taste is the same sweet bready fruity malts and light earthy spicy hops

mouthfeel is light/medium body with good carbonation that gives it a very crisp finish

drinkability is very good - this might be best shiner beer i have had to date

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Photo of woodychandler
4.07/5  rDev +17%
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 steveh
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been pretty impressed by the specialty beers Shiner has put out over the past few years, let's see how this one stands up.

Dortmunder-Style Spring Ale, huh? Hmm. Another Texas law problem?

A -- Deep, clear golden color with a dense, long-lasting, light-cream colored head.

S -- Mellow, spicy hops with the lightest of grain back.

T -- Spicy hops hit the tongue first followed by a smooth graininess -- not harsh or sharp as corn can be, but very tasty. There is the lightest of citrus blending with the spicy hops in the finish and the aftertaste is sweet, mellow bread. There is the lightest of mineral in the aftertaste, but it blends into the hop character. No real ale quality to this beer -- very nice to style.

M -- Mouthfeel starts lightly astringent or tannic, but softens. Body is medium.

D -- Very nice quaffer here, has that perfect balance between a Helles and Pils in malt and hop character. Another very nice rendition from Shiner -- now, can we talk about that Bock?

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Photo of deadliest
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear golden color, attractive white head and lacing.

Smell - A bit weak. What manages to come through smells good, grassiness, light hops and fresh grains.

Taste - Much better than the smell. Bready, flowery, mild citrus hops. Fresh.

Mouthfeel - Light, clean, smooth and nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, refreshing, never loses it's appeal.

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Photo of JMad
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was a clear golden bronze color with a nice white head with lots of bubbles rising to the top.

Smells grassy, lemony, with hints of sweet malt.

I tasted more grass and lemon, with a bitter zing, and a hint of sweet bread.

It isn't very thick but still full bodied. It has soft bubbly carbonation and a dry finish.

I think sthis is one of the best beers I have had from Shiner. I look forward to more of their offerings.

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Photo of scratch69
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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 Haybeerman
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear yellow/gold color. Poured a 2 finger white meringue head with good retention to a 1 finger cap. Decanted lazily. Laced in short webs.

S: Wet sweet grain. Noble hops; grass and pepper.

T: Sweet biscuity malt. Fresh cut grass. Mild peppery bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation (could have used a little more). Smooth and flavorful. Nice building finish.

O: Good representation of an easy-drinking lager beer that has some character.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really like this beer. It has been a decade since having DAB's lager, and this reminded me of it right away. Pours a honey-golden hue with white head. Nose is clean, with some soft earthy grains and light herbal note. Palate offers a bit of malt sweetness, some cereal, and certainly minerally flavors that flow into some hop herbal qualities. Finish leaves me with that mineral taste, light sweetness, and is very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner's Spring Ale is brewed in the Dortmunder style, and they've really nailed it.

It pours a crystal-clear golden body beneath a good sized head of antique-white foam. The head retention is fairly good, but the lacing is just average.

In the nose it displays fresh grainy malt and delicate noble hops. The malt is lightly sweet, and the hops are floral and lightly grassy.

In the flavor, the malt and hops seem almost completely fused together, and it delivers the same taste from start to finish. Sure, there's some increasing bitterness across the middle and then into the finish, but there are no bumps or changes. It's quite smooth in its transition, and in that way, it's completely balanced. Beyond that, the bready and grainy malt sweetness is also perfectly balanced by the moderate bitterness (somewhere in the 20-28 I.B.U. range).

The drawback to all of that is that although it may be a very good beer, and really quite balanced and drinkable, it lacks a bit of complexity, and it doesn't raise any eyebrows - and in our current beer climate, that's unfortunately what's necessary to get attention and keep sales going. Even in Germany, the Dortmunder or "export" style is dying out. It just falls too readily between the Munich Helles and southern Pils styles. Overall, however, it's a great style that should really be appreciated more, and thankfully Shiner has put out a really good version of it!

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

This beer is a light copper color. Clear with a white head that doesn't last long.

Grassy and sweet.

It's got a good bittering hop flavor. It's also sweet. The malts give it a fruity and honey flavor.

It's light bodied and got a nce carbonation bite.

This beer is one more in a line of pretty good Shiner seasonals. Thanks Kosmos!

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Photo of match1112
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly cloudy straw color with little head and no lacing. picked up some malts, grass, bread, a little spice on the nose. taste was like the smell, not too complicated, just simple beer. mouthfeel is light and crisp, slightly carbonated and a little dry on the finish. overall a good beer on a hot day. will definatly drink again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden color in my pint, this brew develops a big, soft, fluffy yellow-tinted head on the pour. It doesn't stick around very long, and a bit of foam is left when it fades that leaves behind a bit of spotty lacing.
This aroma is grassy and herbal up front with quite a spicy nip to it and some dry malts that also give up a touch of almost honey-like sweetness.
A bit more of grains presence comes out in the flavor, but otherwise mainly grassy and herbal with a complement of a sweetness similar to honey with a light sulfuric note that's not strong enough to be off-putting. This seems to style, and I wonder if the bottle only says ale because of that ludicrous Texas law.
Mouthfeel is appropriately light with just a light crispness to it moving into a smooth feel.

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Photo of imasloth
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had a love/hate relationship with Shiner beers. Even from sixer to sixer, draft to draft I have varying impressions of their flagship Shiner Bock. Just giving some background ...

A- Poured from bottle into pint glass, yielding a very clear, orange beer with high effervescence. My pour gave good head that remained for some time, even if thinly.

S- Right as I cracked open the bottle I got a whiff of a fresh, floral aroma, buoyed by malt as I smelled from glass.

F- Started bitter with some grainy malt, followed by the aforementioned floral notes. I dug it.

M- Medium-bodied, surprising given the beer's color and general appearance.

O- Good drinkable beer. Made me wish I had more than the single gifted to me.

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Photo of Rayek
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Dortmunder pours a deep gold into my pilsner glass. A soapy white cap slowly falls to a patchwork film and leaves a bit of lace.

Scents of honey. lemon and grass make up the nose. In the mouth, the dry medium-light body has vigorous carbonation. The beer sports flavors of honey and straw out front. Bitterness is extremely well balanced and carries a slightly metallic lemon bite. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

This is a nice beer. It's light, yet complex and very much a step above most of the Shiner beers I've had.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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 garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring Ale Dortmunder. Now I'm all confused.
Slightly tart and sour aroma, but it sure looks good poured into a pilsner glass. Brilliantly clear with a full off-white head with a darker gold holding amberness. Only a very mild malt backing.
Nicely blended flavors with ample malt mixed finely with rather sublte hop flavors. Good finishing dryness that holds mild bitterness. Slightly toasty, bready flavor.
Feels is slightly big lager, closer to moderate, for a lager.
Could easily have another.
A worthy offering.
Thanks Dave.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer from Mid-Town in Tulsa...

Pours an effervescent bronze wit2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal & pears

T: Grassy & lemony hops mix with some mineral dryness & a slight bit of breadyness up front, plus raes & golden delicious apples in the background. Breadyness & a slight honey malt profile surface as this warms along with more pears & grassy , plus herbal hops. Finishes dry, bready & with lemony & grassy hops

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation & pretty good balance

Drinks really easy, not a world beater here, but one would happily sip on while watching sports on TV or having pizza. There's a few from Shiner I can't stand, but this one is pretty tasty

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Photo of welldigger888
3.9/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into my trusty irish pub pint glass, Nice golden hue with a good snow white head and minamal lacing.
Grainy and herbal hop on the nose.
Flavor is similar with the addition of some grassy hop and sweet malty honey and prolly corn.
Effervescent bubbley crisp on the tongue, yet I think the corn lightens a bit much here.
I could do with drinking this no problem.

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Photo of beerguzlor
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic English pub pint glass, a nice golden color. White head that dissipates to minimal lacing. Smells of floral hops and a whiff of sweetness from the malts. Taste up front is grain followed by light malt sweetness finishing with light floral hops. Carbonation is perfect, flows down the throat with great ease, I could have a few of these and I wouldn't mind.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info listed, but I did notice a spelling their brewery name no-less. Terrific.

A - Brilliant crystal clear goldenrod yellow in color with a foamy cloud-white head. Good retention keeps it aloft while lace clings tightly to the glass.

S - Mildly sweet, classic-smelling pilsner malts and mild mineral water with a pinch of sodium in there. Otherwise the nose is pretty empty.

T - Nice lager flavor of pils malts with the classic sodium and mineral background notes. Light noble hops provide some balance but little else.

M - Crisp, clean, and free of defects, this Dort-style has a nice light body with a smooth entry and slightly dry, carbonated finish.

D - This has it where it counts, and it's definitely one of the better Shiner brews exhibiting both a good grasp of the style as well as lager brewing (despite being labeled an Ale - thanks Texas. Maybe you'll get it one day). Nice drinkability for this crisp beer, it's just the thing to get me in the mood for spring.

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Photo of cousineddy
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice burnt orange color, with a 2 fingers of light white head that dissipates a little to quick.

Smell: Not quite enough here, smells somewhat sweet and malty, not floral enough for a spring brew. Good citrus notes though.

Taste: Nice, light and refreshing. Very nice on a warm spring night such as this. Slight malty notes, a little citrus, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, a nice light brew, not to clingy.

Overall: Very drinkable brew would be great hanging on the porch on a warm may evening. I would drink this in the summer time if they offered it.

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Photo of kinupanda
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with some copper tinge. A pleasant one-finger white head that unfortunately does not last; minimal lacing. A light floral scent with good maltiness and an accent of hops. Taste is crisp, with the advertised graininess in the beginning, eventually giving way to the honey and hops. Not overly carbonated; still crisp and dry all the way through and not heavy at all.

FourthBeer potential: ABOVE AVERAGE. A solid effort by Spoetzl. A few of these would be quite refreshing after a round of golf.

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Photo of brewballer
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very pale with a quickly dissipating head. Smells faintly of grain and honey, which immediately got my attention. I like a nice crisp beery with a bit of honey and grainyness to it and this fit the bill perfectly. This is really refreshing. You can taste the grain and honey and other than it being a bit over carbonated for my taste, this is a great brew. I bet I would love this on a hot summer day after doing some yard work.

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