Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.6%
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 ItsBeer4Me
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 vashooter
1.33/5  rDev -61.8%
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 GreyPilgrim
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Bearcatsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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 +1.4%
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 +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 jkrich
3.41/5  rDev -2%
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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Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of beagle75
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a mug.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. No lacing remains in the glass and a sheet of energetic bubbles climb in the column.

S: Refined malt is raw and sweet, standing out alongside understated floral and exotic Asian-spiced hops. A trace of diacetyl may be present.

T: Begins off-dry, with malt that is plain and simple at first, and mild spicy hop aromatics. Acidity is also mild into the middle where bigger herbaceous hop flavors emerge, slightly floral, combining with the neutral malt to suggest dried hay and a whiff of fruit punch. Bitterness develops in the second act, offering a minor presence until the downturn of the finish. Malt turns bready toward the finish before dropping off again.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and a little dead on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed lager represents an unusual style for a domestic beer, but it fails to distinguish itself as such. Malt seems not so much like an apology as just a fumble, unremarkably executed. This could be a Dortmunder, or five other Euro-style lagers; without a more accomplished malt expression, it is destined to bounce around splitting time between categories. In the final tally, it's a difficult beer to get very excited about.

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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 goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color with a half finger head which recedes to nothing. There is also litle to no lace. The aroma is of cereal malts and a hint of floral. The taste has a bready malt backbone with a slight taste of citrus and a slight sweetness to it. There is a lager yeast taste in the middle as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean with moderate carbonation. Overall this is a good beer, it is very true to the style and is an easy drink.

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Photo of keenanite21
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of ardy007
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of acevenom
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden with a two-finger length white head that retains well. There are plenty of bubbles coming up the glass. Shiner is labeling this as an ale in the Dortmunder-style. The smell of malts and hops dominates. Flavors of slightly sweet malt are up front and followed by some hop bitterness to balance it out. It's light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. It's clean and crisp and the flavors make this very easy to drink. One could easily session this. Overall, I believe Shiner has a success here with this Dortmunder-style ale. It's not spectacular, but it's good. It has enough drinkability to make this sessionable and one could enjoy this on a warm spring day.

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Photo of jophish17
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of flagmantho
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: nice medium-golden hue with a clear body and plenty of effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy white foam. A good looking lager!

Smell: nice malty aroma with just a hint of noble hop character. Not too dry and not too sweet.

Taste: moderate malt flavor with a hint of graininess. Bitterness is low but present, with some noble hop character. It's decent, but it lacks a little something that could make it great -- I just wish I could identify what that something is.

Mouthfeel: medium-ilght body with a good level of carbonation and a pleasing creaminess. I like it.

Overall: I feel like this beer is missing something in the flavor department, but otherwise it's a very refreshing and drinkable beer. Not bad.

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Photo of Hanzo
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a thick layer of soft, foamy, creamy head that has great retention. The nose is caramelly and lightly musty. The flavor is caramelly and sweet up front followed by a mild bitterness that is earthy and grassy. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This isn't a bad beer. It's drinkable and refreshing, but it's not incredibly flavorful and a bit too sweet. I'll probably pass in the future.

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Photo of Cyrano41
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack on a whim since I'm a fan of Spoetzl having been converted by their Bock years back.

I will have to preface this with the fact that I've never had a Dortmunder before this.

It poured a clear, dark yellow with a half a finger of head,
the aroma was of yeast and malt.
Some lacing.

Taste was lighter than I expected. Clean and crip, can taste the malts and a hoppy finish that avoids bitterness.

It wasn't bad but it reminded me of an american macro brew. Yeah, it was a beer but mostly just ... there and ultimately forgettable. It may just be that this isn't my style of beer.

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Photo of BeerRoach
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of mechanicalprints
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.48 out of 5 based on 273 ratings.
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