Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very lively beer pours a rich honey color with a very bubbly, loose head. Good looking beer. Sweet honey malts and piney hops in the nose. Light pear wisps and some spice, too. Pale malts with more piney hops varieties. A little harsh on the palette, spicy bubbles and a good hops bitterness gives it a slightly raw character. Definite honey tastes. Not bad.

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3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Darker than a typical lager with a clear tint and a 1/2 inch of head that reduces to a mild lace ring.

S - Mostly cereal grains and mild grassy hops. Some caramel hops but not much.

T - Well it's mild and balanced. Pretty memorable for being crisp and tasty delivering a mild citrus hops taste along side of some grainy malt profile. Not great but not overall bad.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall like most Shiner beers they are light in flavor and easy to drink. This is better than most of the lagers (or light lagers) they put out and its not half bad. Better than all BMC.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Mass amounts of streaming bubbles that resembles a fish tank. Nice bubbly inch of white head that quickly recedes to a layer of froth. A perfectly clear golden amber body.

S: Bisquity malts, floral hop aroma, timid spices, esters, honey and delicates whiffs of banana.

T/M: Taste follows the nose, light carbonated sting, with massive floral essence. Yeast, Bisquity malts, and bitter green bananas. Once warmed the alcohol becomes pronounced. Finishes dry with s lingering smoked wheat after taste.

O: My first Dortmunder and I'm glad I was able to try this style. Interesting and palate pleasing a great spring time beverage. Great mesh of flavors with the sweet, bitter and mild bread. I will look for this every year.

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3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Beer rating: 27.1% out of 100 with 273 ratings
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