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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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 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 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 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 StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A crystal clear golden body with an active white head that forms a thin cap.

S - Sweet cereal grain, fruity undertones-mostly apples, subtle grassiness.

T - Sweet malt, honey, earthy grain, grassy hops, apples, finishes bitter with a grainy bite.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium to full bodied.

Flavors were earthy and grainy which gave the beer character. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Fuller body than I expected.
Pretty good.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great session beer!

Pours a deep yellow with copper tones, nice clarity, 2 finger creamy white head with ok lacing.

Clean aroma with light carmel notes, faint tart apple, bready and grainy with grassy elements.

Clean taste with a freshly baked bread up front, grassy back notes, touch of lemon and tart apple. Simple and light. Slight undernotes of honey sweetness.

Light, slightly water, refreshing

Overall an easy drinking, nicely balanced, great session beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much so maybe that is why this seems decent enough to me. Grainy malt profile...Grassy hop feel....a little honeyish sweetness...clean bodied...drinks nice....GL Dort Gold this is not but it sure isn't bad either.. Not a lot of beers of this style around which makes this a good find and a decent of Shiner's better efforts.

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Photo of KomodoDragon
2.92/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Ineffective use of a bottle opener (twist top) forced some spillover before pouring this sunset hazy brew into a DeGroen pint glass.

S - wheat, grass, cloves

T - Sugar cane, sour, ginger. Well balanced but thin. Mild start and short finish. Don't see this style as a refreshing spring ale nor this version as anything too exciting

M - sweet and sour. Nice lightly carbonation

Maybe the twist top makes it easy access for yard work

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Photo of speter
2.61/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Isn't anyone else bothered that this is an ale instead of a lager?

A: Pours a deep copper color with a two-finger fluffy white head that leaves good lacing as it slowly fades.

S: I actually like the smell of this, but it's very much an English ale rather than a Dortmunder lager. Very rich honey malt overlaid with ripe apple.

T: Very malty. Rich biscuity malt with ample esters. A fantastic (English) ale. Lacks the crispness the Dortmunder lager style requires.

M: Nicely full-bodied with good carbonation.

O: This is a very nice ale, but if I look at it from the point of view of a Dortmunder, it comes up short. It has a very rich palate of ale esters that make it very drinkable. Just don't call it a Dortmunder, please.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this Dort in a glass stein.

Appearance- About one finger of white and fizzy foam builds a smooth lid, it dies rather quickly and leaves just enough cap to completely cover the beer.

The body is not lacking in fast moving carbonation columns. It is a transparent amber with gold highlights.

Smell- The malt is prominent and has nice notes of honey and wheat. The hops are definitely buried and have a grassy, slightly floral scent.

Taste- It starts out with the sweet and heavy malt. It has hints of honey and even vanilla at play. Then we get a little dirty: some earthy hops show up, and are then backed up by grassy hops that tingle the tongue and cheeks.

The finish rides smooth with some more of that vanilla and honey, also a little bit of wheat-grain. It is not bad, but not really memorable either.

Mouth feel- This has a medium body and is really creamy. I am not sure what, but this does not seem appropriate for this beer. Maybe if it were more slick? Just something about it being so creamy that is off-putting.

Overall- This Dort starts out promising with some nice balance of sweet and hoppy in the nose, but it does not translate well to the palate.

A forgettable entry, but I will not argue the merits it may have paired with the family lawn mower.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It has a white 2-finger head that dies off within a few seconds. The beer itself is crystal clear with a golden honey color.

The smell is of sweet malt, a bit of bread and a hint of noble hops.

The flavor is herbal and grassy with a grainy malt base. The beer is medium bodied but finishes spicy, crisp, light and semi-dry. It goes down very easy and smooth. An excellent, refreshing, beer.

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Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL OZ bottle of this in a trade w/ Llyb straight from the brewery! Poured from the Springtime Green/ White/ Brown Colored, TWIST OFF capped bottle into my 16oz Grand Teton Au Naturale Pint Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle but not worried since I know its straight from the brewery last week!

Aroma- The average pilsner aroma with tons of sweetness and malt in the background. Has the lightest noble hop aroma but definitely there.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head thats bubbly but dies fairly quickly. Has a medium golden colored body with good clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing behind.

Flavor- Both the noble hop and pils aroma hit strong in the taste here. Very refreshing and easy going. A clean finish finalizes this one and has the mildest finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Sweet, and malty finish.

Overall Impression- For my first time enjoying this style with an American Brewery, a great brew from Shiner (Spoetzl). Well balanced and had nice body that kept this beer in my glass for a longer amount of time than other lagers would. Would definitely recommend trying this style if you haven't before and if you find it in Austria/Germany, enjoy many!

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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 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 albertjr21
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, brew pours a clear pale yellow golden with a nice display of bubbles under a consistent white cap. A zesty and crisp mild malt aroma of lemongrass fills the nose. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a solid floral and mildly pungent hop character that's balanced out nicely by a bright bready malt flavor and honey like sweetness. Flavorful and quenching brew for the Spring.

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Photo of gtermi
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a copper body with a thin white head that quickly fades. The beer leaves a tiny amount of lace on the glass too.

S: A nice amount of malt and has your typical "lager" style smell. Nothing special at all.

T: The taste isnt bad, but there also really isnt much there. For sure some grain, some corn style taste and even a tiny bit of weird chocolate.

M: Now this to me is my favorite part of the beer. It is super easy to drink and has a nice amount of crispness.

O: I am not very fond of this beer, like most of the boring Shiner beers. It is decent, but not worth the money I spent on it. Just a pretty boring beer to me.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured yellow-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, wheat, and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, nutty, grain, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. The aroma on this one was unfortunately a little lackluster in my personal opinion. However, the flavor was not too bad and was quite refreshing. I could probably drink this one again if given to me, but doubt I could see myself going out and buying a 6-pack on my own.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger head with little retention and no lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is a little light with mostly breads and malt. More of the same in the finish with a mild bitter hop finish. Light body And moderate to high carbonation. Overall somewhat refreshing. I have only had one or two from this genre so it's hard to accurately judge.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.6/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The taste was average, which is better than most Shiner beers.

The appearance was nothing impressive. The smell and mouthfeel were both typical of a Shiner Beer

I haven't tried any other spring beers. This one is passable for something I'd bring to a party, though.

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

Kind of a coppery tan color, clear, with a pretty good head and fairly good lace.

Smells quite malty, dry bready, biscuit malt aromas, some grasses and a little sweetness.

Taste is very biscuit malty, nicely so, with a sweet caramel malt accent, some light hoppiness.

Body is surprisingly full, crisp, clean and easy to drink with a sweet aftertaste.

It's somewhat like shiner bock in a lot of ways. Pretty good stuff. Within the style guidelines it's definitely good.

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Photo of bmwats
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Golden hue. Heavy carbonation. Pours a 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Craters fairly quickly, but unevenly, leaving a blanket of foam on the surface. Plenty of effervescence continues to rise throughout. Some spotty lacing quickly retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Very subtle malt and hops, with a really woody tone, and diluted lemon citrus.

T: White bread with a bit of a hop, and a little tang. There's a bit of indistinct sweetness in there, too.

M: Light body, but a little bit of a pungent tang balances it out, and adds a little complexity to its character. There's kind of a synthetic sweetness that I'm not all that fond of.

D: Pound.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Substantial, frothy head, collapses under its own weight; heavy carbonation, but no real lacing. Nose is subtle, but balanced. Flavor follows suit in its subtlety, but does add a little hop and tang for character. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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