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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 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 prosit13
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tall pilsner. Good head that dissipates quickly but good lacing throughout the glass. At first, taste had a nice, malty breadiness with an almost cloying sweet finish but little flavor from the hops. Almost like a Shiner Bock. But as I enjoyed this while playing some serious Black Ops, the beer had time to warm by perhaps 10*F which improved the taste drastically. The whole body became noticeably fuller and more of the hoppy flavor came through. A great spring beer from Shiner and definitely better than that grapefruit, ginger, dark and stormy alcopop they called a beer that came out this Summer.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light tanish red, no head, hardly any lacing.

Smell - Malts, light hops, Some carmal and yeast, not alot of aroma.

Taste - Very smooth and malty with a sweet sugary kick. Some dark fruits and yeast come late in the drink. Carmel and honey add flavor and sweetness to balance out the malts and yeast.

Mouthfeel - Thin, light and sweet on tounge. Malts and yeast add some bitterness but nothing to ruin mouth. Aftertaste is short and bitter.

Overall - A nice sweet and easy to drink beer. Fine cold drink for a hot day. Nothing new or spectacular for the style, just a soild beer and east to enjoy

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Nice pale coppery gold color with lots of bubbles. Not much head or lacing.
Sm. Malt and sweetness, maybe some spices.
Ta. A little sweet, a little fruity/spice, a little candy, a little caramel. No strong flavors, just nice beer.
Mf. Substantial for a lighter beer. Leans to the sticky/sweet side of the middle, but still clean.
Dr. Dang, it's half gone just figuring out the smells and flavors. Easy drinking.

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Photo of budgood1
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear dark gold. minimal head and lace. grassy, grainy aroma...touches of honey, herbs and sugar. flavour follows suit with malty breadiness punctuated with some herbal grassiness. a bit of adjunct comes through but not in a bad way. lager like mouthfeel in a medium body. relatively simple but tasty enough to be consumable, especially on a hot day. overall not bad, about run of the mill for a Shiner product and their take on styles. a fair beer for a fair price.

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Photo of RadNitroMan
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I purchased a six pack at our local grocer. Not my first choice, but I was there. Opening the first bottle I took a nose full and was immediately worried. But once I poured and took the first sip, no problem.
The pour is unimpressive only in the head retention. The color is a beautiful dark gold, almost light amber. The flavors move quickly from a very malty wheat flavor, then the hops come in, not getting to heavy, to a very light sweet citrus flavor for the finish.
For me this was one of the best spring beers I have tried.
I'm a Texan, so take this review with a grain of salt. But compared to Blue Moon Spring Blonde Wheat, and some others. This is more beer, and not so much sugar coated beer.

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Photo of JohnnyS17
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well it was a nice day out. It was spring. Nothing goes better with a spring day like a nice lighter style beer. Enter Shiner Dortmunder, A.K.A. Shiner's Spring Ale.

It poured with about a finger thick of head that disappeared quickly and no lingering lacing after that. The beer is a nice golden yellow, very similar to apple juice in that it is not strictly yellow. It has some hints of brown in it. There is visible carbonation and some cloudiness to the beer, but not much.

Malty and bready are the dominant smells in this palette. I can smell a faint hint of sweet, earthy tones. The taste has a nice spice to it with a malty/dry finish. There is a slight sweetness that I quite enjoy. It is not a very complex, but it is crisp, clean, and refreshing. It is worth checking out on a nice spring day.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haystack gold with several slow bubble streams leading up to almost three fingers of yellowed bone colored foam that has a softly rumpled surface. A few small scraps of suds-like lace is the only glass decoration.

The aroma delivers the toasted-golden maltiness and the floral-herbal hoppiness that are hallmarks of the style. If it follows through on the palate, then this should be pretty good beer. Are Dortmunders really Spring beers or did Spoetzl just need to fill a hole in their lineup?

Not a bad little lager. The first half of each mouthful is more composed than the second half. At the midway point, a little graininess peaks through and a mineral water quality comes to the fore. To be fair, both of those (minor) negatives are fading as the ounces continue to flow by.

Malt is accented more than hops, as it should be, but the little green cones, which are most likely German in origin, add a balancing bitterness and a fair amount of flavor. Lightly toasted bready notes cause this Dortmunder to taste like a Dortmunder, as opposed to, say, a pale lager. The 4.0 was briefly considered.

The mouthfeel is (very slightly) too light and lacks the sort of expansive creaminess and mouth-coddling carbonation that would have earned it the next highest score. Still well above average, though.

Shiner Dortmunder Style Spring Ale does not put a scare into the very best versions of the style (Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold is at the pinnacle). Having said that, it's a tasty little lager that has some character and that should be mucho enjoyable alongside most foods. Year-round would be the better way to go.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Dortmunder ontap in Fort Worth TX

Appearance: 22 oz draught, pours a clear straw, big pillowy froth and some lacework in patches. Good clarity and overall a really nice looking brew.

Smell: Lager yeast, some floral hops and a breadyness.

Taste: Clean lager flavors, light toasted grain taste as well. Kiss of some earthy hops in the end. Refreshing, very well balanced as well.

Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied, crisp.

Overall: A pretty well rounded lager here, a good choice for warming weather conditions;.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a modest loose white head. Pale golden orange. Clear.

S: Grainy, a bit chalky. Sweet malts.

T: Not a lot here. Flavors of grain and malt drag on the tongue. An earthiness shows itself with only a little hop balance.

M: Carbonated. Medium body.

D: Very drinkable as it is a lighter beer but it is definitely not the best example of the style.

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Photo of jpmclaug
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear golden color with a one figure fluffy white head. Light floral hop flavor with a light pale malt aroma. Starts off ok with a mixture of hops and pale malts but then gives way to a metallic flavor. Not impressed with this one at all. Mouthfeel is light with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall not the greatest beer. I'll take Great Lakes Dortmunder over this all day every day. A bit of a metallic taste and isn't as clean and crisp as I'd like. I love well crafted lagers but this one falls short, that being said it is drinkable at least.

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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 ianjsullivan
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Darker gold, almost bronze, in color, Shiner Dortmunder has a thick white marshmallow head that very slowly fades leaving spotty lacing. It has slow and lazy carbonation.

S: It does not have a large aroma. Biscuit (with slight sweetness), floral hops, and a slight metal tinge dominate.

T: Herbal and grassy with slight bitterness leads into a dryer and spicier finish.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied.

O: This is not a complex beer, but it is not a bad beer. I was searching for better than average easy drinking beer, and this dortmunder does offer that. However, it also does not do anything to distinguish itself in an already crowded market.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear golden color with caramel tones into a Sam Adams glass. It gave a 1 finger foamy head that quickly dissipated. Steady carbonation bubbles rising throughout.

Clean citrus/floral/herbal smell. Maybe lavender?

lightly creamy in the mouth with the flavor following the smell. Some light hops make a noted appearance toward the finish.

Very drinkable. I'd say 'as advertised' a spring ale. I bought a six pack that I will enjoy on warm spring days.

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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 BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Ale? Doesn't matter as long as the brewer hits the mark, right? Bright and clear and golden. Quite a spicy nose, but light on the malt. Lager-like smoothness and crispness take the palate for a ride. Thick herbal flavor pushes hard against a dried grassy maltiness. That soon leads to a spicy dry finish. This beer gets right to the point; complex it is not, but it makes up for that with a clean drive to be as drinkable as possible. We were too impressed with that drinkability to really start nitpicking the style--a refreshing Spring Ale it will be.

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

Poured in a pilsner glass from a brown 12 ounce bottle. I'm not sure why they call this an ale if its supposed to be a Dortmunder Export Lager...maybe those weird Texas labeling laws?

Appealing appearance of a clear dark golden color, with a good amount of bubbles streaming from the glass bottom. Head is white and frothy, about 3 fingers.

Smell is crisp, but fairly muted - some floral aromas from the hops and also a bit of pale malts. The taste is clean, although not complex. Mostly light grains with a nice balance of slight sweetness and a slight bitterness.

A medium amount of carbonation and a light body make up the feel of this beer. Aftertaste is well balanced; I couldn't say it was bitter or sweet. Overall a good, refreshing beer to reach for in the spring or summer.

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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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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light yellow with a centimeter head that remained for a surprisingly long time. The beer flavour was imparted mostly by the hops, but it wasn't over-powering. It had a very slight pine, but mostly citrusy taste. It even seemed to have a tiny apricot note to it. It wasn't particularly bitter. It was too much hop flavour for me since I'm not a fan of hops, but even so it was all right. I didn't get any biscuity malt flavour that's supposed to be an element of this style, so perhaps the citrusy hop flavour was stronger than it should have been.

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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 jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super clear golden, perhaps a shade darker than golden. the head is soundly white, initially thick, sticks at about a quarter finger. Minimal lacing.
S- Grainy, perhaps sweet, with definite noble hop presence. Somewhat grassy.
T- This is actually a good thing, it tastes like freshly mown grass. Well balanced with cereal grain matching up with noble hops nicely.
M- Standard body for style. Carbonation was fine-bubbled, but could have used a touch higher in intensity.
O- One of Shiner/Spoetzl's better products I've come across. Is it boundry pushing? No. Is it particularly unique? Not really. But it's a pretty good example of an underappreciated style. Easy drinking, and I gotta say, in my humble opinion, Shiner would do well adding this to their year round lineup, even if it meant dropping one of their current year rounds.

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Photo of bort11
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Schlafly pokal. The glass was the perfect length to contain the four fingers of head, which took a good minute to settle down. As I drank down, wispy threads of lacing surround the glass. Body color is a clear golden-straw. Active carbonation lazily drift from the bottom to the top.

Smell has a clean, green grain aroma. It does smell like spring. Budding leaves and wet grass. It is a little earthy too. Taste has a mild ginger snap to go with the green grass hop bitterness. The grains are very clean.

Mouthfeel is very clean and goes down very quickly. There is a little more weight than a typical lawnmower beer. This is would be a great Spring Cleaning beer. I could definitely knock a few of these back after cleaning out the garage.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

- from notes
No appreciable head just some quickly fading foam.
Pale amber that is crystal clear.
Smells faintly of musty grains and honey.
Medium body and carbonation with slight clingy feel.
I think this is a beer my grandfather would have loved over his beloved PBR.
Would not be my first choice but is certainly not a bad beer.

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