Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Spring

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Added by welldigger888 on 01-18-2011

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5/5  rDev +46.2%

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4.68/5  rDev +36.8%

Photo of PokerGod
4.54/5  rDev +32.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of ch473
4.48/5  rDev +31%
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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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of jsh420
4.09/5  rDev +19.6%
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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4.07/5  rDev +19%
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 +18.7%
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 +18.1%
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 +17.8%
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 +17.5%
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 +17.3%
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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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev +17%

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