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 Francepants06
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a hazy orange color beer with a medium sized head. which dissipated at average speed.
Smells of yeast, hop, and citrus. It tasted of a hefeweizen with a citrus body with a slight spicy bitter hop finish. The mouthfeel was medium body, slightly refreshing. Overall was an okay dortmunder compare to some of the german ones I had. I might taste it again next year.

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

12oz into pint. From notes.

A: Straw body, with a white head, low formation and retention.

S: Medium intensity, very grainy and Pilsen influenced.

T/m: crisp front, with a well balanced noble Pilsen taste, classic to the Dortmunder style.
O: overall a classic style and ahold representation of it.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.54/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

purchased from Quick six mt rose in York. Poured chilled from the 12oz brown bottle into a pils glass.

The clarity and color are good with tarnished golden shade and thick cream cap which is slightly rocky with vibrantly carbonated appearance. The cap is about 1 inch thick and has good retention, lace sticks well. The smell has some vegetal and dms odor w/ grainy and toasted accent w/ yeasty bready odor. The nose is not terrible, but doesn't really seem too inviting either. The feel is decent with light toasted grain and creamy smooth slick feel with subtle spice from hops and semi-dry finish, only a tinge of sweetness in the feel and bit lighter bodied than I expected -perhaps the carbonation level is presenting that way.

The flavor has a little to much slickness to start with some toasted malt and husky grainy flavors which seem to give the impression of adjuncts with not much depth of malt. The vegetal elements and slight sweet middle w/ hops that relax pretty soon after the initial taste. From midpoint on the flavor becomes more grainy and hints of metallic vegetal become more noticeable with a sweet finish. Overall I was dissapointed in this since I am a fan of the dortmunder style and wish more American brewers had one in the portfolio, but this is lackluster at best and one I will not purchase again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - pale amber color, clear, with about half a finger of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - it indeed does have a bit of a biscuity aroma to it, but the smell in general is not very strong.

Taste and Mouthfeel - refreshing quality in general. I don't perceive any tendencies or ancestrial hints toward pilseners...well, maybe a little in the aftertaste, but in general it has a little bit of a caramel note to the taste, but very light. Texture is pretty solid and well-balanced.

Overall - nice and refreshing taste, although not terribly interesting in its taste span.

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

Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style has a thin, off-white head and a clear, orange-golden appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and little lacing. The aroma is minimal, but some roasted barley can be picked up in the glass as one drinks the beer. Taste is similarly mild, with roasted barley, some sweetness, and a light hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Spring Ale Dortmunder Style finishes crisp, clean, and refreshing. Overall, this is a good, but not great offering from Shiner. Try it, and you might like it.


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Photo of lawlerj
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - orangey amber, translucent. Has a solid two finger head w/ an agressive pour but dissipates rather quickly. Doesn't appear to leave much lacing,

S - bready malt, some hops, and some aroma that I can't quite place. I don't even quite know how to describe it - a bit fragrant and heavy, almost like flowers in bloom I guess.

T - mild malt flavor up front, followed by bitter and some citrus hops. The finish is what really drew my attention: there's a really interesting burst of fruity sweetness right at the end which I like. It's not syrupy, but finishes rather nicely.

M - medium bodied, and the finish is lovely as I mentioned above. Probably my favorite part about this beer.

O - overall, a very nice beer. My first foray into this specific style, and I really enjoyed. In comparison to other lager offerings, the flavor profile seems relatively complex. However, that's not to say that this is a great "hot day" type beer. I bought this as part of mixed sixer, but I might have to get a sixer of just this now.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal copper color with a coarse head that slowly fades.

S: Smell of cereal grains and honey make up the body of the aroma.

T: Solid bready malt flavor throughout with a hint of bitterness coming in at the very end. Tastes like a subdued version of a bock.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Without a doubt worth a try.

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Photo of raznug
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light copper or darker golden a finger of head
Smell: Not getting a lot in the nose just a little malt
Taste: Light malt maybe small amount of hops doesn’t lingering
Mouthfeel: Flows across the tongue very easily no lingering flavor
Very drinkable tasted great on an 80 degree day after mowing

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Photo of Gitana
2.71/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance : Dark yellowish close to golden

Smell : Bready and grainy, strong hops smell

Taste: Hoppy and bitter but surprising travels smoothly down the throat.

Mouthfeel : Strong after-taste but quickly disappears. Tangy and bitter.

Overall : Surprising experience. Wouldn't be a first choice to recommend to friends but would drink it if I was invited to one.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium pale gold, with a nice big head, that settles down to a quarter inch layer of foam leaving a nice amount of lacing behind. Aroma is pleasan\t, but lacks both strong hops and malt character. Taste is a bit too understated, though does have some enjoyable hops notes, but no real malt backbone to be found. Mouthfeel is very smooth, but a little too thin for my liking. Overall, not a bad beer at all, especially considering the price point. I would not however call this a standout example of the style.

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