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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by welldigger888 on 01-18-2011

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Ratings: 273 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of mattgreger
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got brew from my brother-in-law, who is a huge fan of this brewery, so I thought I would give it a try.

The pour on this brew was pretty simple. It poured with a wonderfully clear golden color. It had a quite large, white head that faded pretty quickly. It left no lacing at all.

The aroma on this brew isn't very strong. It starts with a bit of a floral notes, mabye a little herbal note as well. And just a hint of a honey aroma at then end. Nothing to impressive.

The flavor on this brew kinda of flip-flops with the aroma. It starts with a bit of a honey sweetness, with is nice a crisp. It then rounds out with a nice biscuit/bready flavor, and finishes with the grassy/floral flavors, give a touch of bitterness. It then has another touch of honey to balance the whole thing out.

The brew is pretty light, with some clean, crisp carbonation and a nice finish. I did enjoy the sweet honey that opened the brew, and came back in the end, to kind of leave a nice sweet flavor on the the tongue. Not to sweet, just enough to refresh you.

Not the best brew I have had in the style, but certianly a nice brew none the less. Its a nice summer/spring time kind of brew. I enjoyed its and could certianly session this brew without a problem. Good brew, I will have to try a few others from this brewery as well

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dortmunder style spring ale, did somebody just make up a style? Anyways I'm guessing this is basically an export style lager brewed with an ale yeast to turn it out quicker and not hold up any tank space. Pours brilliant golden crystal clear completely filtered with a bright white foamy head that sticks arounds and coats the glass at the same time. Aroma has pale malts a bit of biscuit/bread dough baking complemented by an assertive herbal/citrus/grassy hop character. Flavor wise it has a honey drizzled biscuit like malt profile with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying sweet, the herbal/citrus/hay like hops dry out the sweet bread malt base so that things just seem to work. Even a bit of mineral water/metallic edge that doesn't offend me or take away from the drinking experience. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a crisp smooth natural feeling carbonation level. Overall a nice drinking spring/summer beer that will wow your bud/miller/coors friends. The uber beer geek will say this tastes like elephant piss, but I think it's awesome great spin on a classic German style.

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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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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear golden color with a large, quickly-dissipating white head that leaves behind no lacing.

Smell: Very grainy aroma with a slight herbal note and a touch of honey.

Taste: Begins with honey sweetness, which rounds out to a bready flavor and finishes with floral flavors and light bitterness and yet more sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with crisp carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Overall: Not a great beer, but a solid effort nonetheless. A good beer for the spring and a nice refresher. Interesting, though, that Shiner's winter seasonal as is its new spring brew are both Dortmunders...

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Photo of zdk9
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours out a bright light copper color, like a shiny copper pot. A finger of white foam tops off the liquid.

S- Smells malty, honey, cornmeal, white grape skins. It starts off nice, but does get more corny as it warms up which is not an attractive aspect for this beer.

T- In the taste the honey and vinous aspects come out more with some floral characteristics. Some earthy bitterness, like collard greens on the back of the tongue.

M- It's odd how this beer is both bitter and fairly sweet, but these don't really balance each other leading to a schizophrenic beer.

O- A good beer for drinking in front of the tube, and the honey taste does lead my mind to spring. So I'll take it.

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Photo of bnes09
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden lager. Pours a finger and a half of head but it only exists for about half a second. No lacing either.

Crisp aroma with some corn and rice adjuncts.

Flavor is mostly crisp. Grassy, floral hop. Cereal grains, mainly corn and rice. Crisp finish. Not bad.

Light body. High carbonation. Nothing special.

Its a descent spring brew. Has some flavor and is refreshing. I like the hop character.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass,
Clear gold in color, with a big,billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint grass and grain notes
Taste-grain, faint honey bread, buttered saltine cracker. Very easygoing, clean and quaffable. A nice springtime session brew.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Could not find a freshness date. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear golden body with a one finger white head. No retention or lacing.

Aroma of a typical lager, but with one nice addition: sweet citrus, primarily lemon. Not complex but nice.

Good flavor following the aroma. Solid lager flavor that is definitely enhanced by the citrus. Some notice of malty grain as well. Overall, this beer drinks easily and is very crisp and tasty. Good spring and summer choice.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw gold, decent head, but only light lace.

Sweet and malty nose, with hints of honey and yeast. The supposed hops presence isn't there.

Disappointing taste. Like an American adjunct/light lager, with no snappiness or crispness. Maybe my bottle was bad? Absolutely nothing special.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours golden, with minimal white head. Neither impressive or unique, it's the way a beer looks.

S - Smells malty sweet, high alcohol notes, and cereal.

T - Good flavor; straight cereal malts across the middle, alcohol creeps toward the back but not overwhelming, even ripe fruit notes in the background, barely noticeable. Malts drench throughout, subtle hints of other Shiner styles if you've had.

M - Feels great against the palate; smooth and refreshing, borderline creamy.

D - Definitely made for mass consumption, have at the sixer over a Spring Texas Fling.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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 error...in 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 BeardedRiker
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wasn't impressed with Shiner's 102. Hopefully this one will be better. It looks very appetizing, with a clear amber color and a foamy-bubbly and tad off white head. A little bit of lacing is left after the pour. A fair amount of bubbles rise to the top.

The smell is grainy with some hops in there too. It has a sort of vegetable smell too. Nothing too interesting there.

There is a sort of sweetness in this Dortmunder style brew. It's mostly a light flavor of grainy malts with hops adding a very slight bitterness but are barely noticeable. The carbonation is as prominent or more so than the flavor. All in all it's not very complex and nothing is too interesting. It is very drinkable though.

This is another special beer from Shiner that doesn't impress. It's not bad but it's nothing I'd want to purposefully drink again.

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Photo of Duxx
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark golden color and crystal clear. Minimal head but did leave some lacing on the glass.

S: Slight sulfur notes with malty biscuit in the back ground. NO hop aroma.

T: Slightly bitter mostly from the carbonation rather than from the hops. But hop bitterness is still pronounced. Mild clean lager flavor.

M: "Spritzy" from a little too much carbonation for my taste. Seems to over power the beer.

D: After I agitated the beer when I was half a glass down to release some of the carbonation the beer went down really smooth. Over all a good lager if the carbonation was reduced by about 1 volume?

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Photo of enfield249
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright gold color, perfectly clear. No head to speak off, but what is there is white.

S - Sweet malt, apricot? Slight grain and straw.

T - Malty! No real hop character to speak of. Not a bad flavor but it could stand to be a little more balanced.

M - Fairly full for the style, lots of sparkle from the CO2.

D - Very tasty, and I really like the 5.5% ABV. Could drink these all night.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought locally.

It pours a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam and pretty good lacing.

It has a pretty bitter nose mixed in with some grain; reminds me of a Pilsner.

Grain and sweet it starts off, some bitter floral/grassy notes on the tail end of the sip. Hey, I can taste some of that honey mentioned on the label...mostly in the finish but it's there. Not a bad tasting brew.

On the low end of medium bodied with lots of carbonation, burp, the mouth feel could be a whole lot better. At this stage of the game, there's still some foam and lacing. Cool.

Drinkability isn't bad as well, better with less carbo. I deem it worthy to pick up from time to time.

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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 garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
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 allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this beer is a nice bright, burnished gold color with a half-inch initial head, though it soon fades to just a film. The nose is a little grainy, mostly faint malts with a tidge dusting of hops. Hops come through much better on taste, providing a nice balance to the light maltiness. The finish is clean.

Not an exciting beer. But that's partly because the style is pretty unexciting; this example does hit the "Dortmunder/export" style square on.

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Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/burgundy color with a small, off-white head of foam. Minimal head rentention and lacing.

S - Aroma was caramel malts and a light floral hop presence. Not much else was detected.

T - Sweet caramel flavor with a buttery touch. It actually had a mild hop spiciness.

M - Crisp, sharp and smooth. This light bodied lager is easy drinking.

D - This was an okay beer. There are better Dortmunders out there.

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Photo of droomyster
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden body with one finger a bright white foam. Aromas are disappointingly subdued, mostly grainy with a bit of honeylike sweetness. Flavors are good but uninteresting, which is hardly a knock because the same could be said of almost every other Dortmunder I've tried. With an extremely low hoppiness, the flavors are dominated by unremarkable malts. Not bad, but joins the other members of its style in lacking character.

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Photo of Snamnoum
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bubbly and effervescent beer with a clear orangish gold hue. A moderate pour produced two fingers of head which quickly subsided. Smells of biscuity malt a touch of hops and a hint of adjuncts. I think I smell corn. Fairly unimpressive taste, malt was lack luster and thin, hops made no appearance, and adjuncts definitely come through. On the bright side served cold it is light and refreshing and absolutely a step above BMC but IMO not much more than average American lager. Mouthfeel is heavy which is unusual considering this is a light beer and there is an odd metallic finish. I also expected more carbonation. On the whole pretty average if it was a dollar cheap for a sixer I'd say go for it but at $7.75 you're not missing anything.

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Photo of Cresant
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date but the label states, "Spring Favorite". The body was a clear, medium golden color. The white head was loose, but lingered awhile.

The smell was lemony. Minimally vegetal. Mild grassiness. Fresh but not so clean.

The taste was of crisp hops (Nobel?) Lightly vegetal - almost a starchy potato-like character in the malts. Biscuity with enough bright hops flavor to counter balance. This is a pretty well rounded beer.

The mouthfeel was medium to light and had a lively carbonation. Easy to drink.

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Photo of JCBears
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

App: good nearly amber color, however a bit clouded. Nice with a plesent head

Smell: Yeasty and a little bitter but nice. Penetrates the nose

Taste/MF: smooth but no real good bight. Slight hoppy after taste. A bit tickish but not what I expected

Overall: Too weak for my palet but not a bad brew. Seemed a bit watery if you ask me

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Photo of SSJPhatMatt
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm curious as to whether or not this is just Shiner Fröst relabeled.  This Dortmunder is grassy and sweet.  The mouth-feel is medium with medium carbonation.  I wish I had some Shiner Fröst here to compare it to, but, I don't. Im at my favoritve bar and they are corrently out of it. If this is indeed the same beer as Shiner Fröst, I must say, I don't like it as much.  Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder seems to have some adjunct-y flavor that comes through, especially towards the end of each sip.  It also seems sweeter than I remember Shiner Fröst being, but perhaps my palate has changed, or this particular pint is not up to snuff.  The Adjunct-i-ness is the most disturbing part for me as it adds a dirtiness to the flavor of this beer that I do not appreciate. That being said everyone is different and if your a shiner man you sholuld try it.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of grain, citrus hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, yeast, slight citrus hops, hint of caramel malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, good aroma, body, and blend. A refreshing quality without being too heavy.

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Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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