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 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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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 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 FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
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 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 SkeeterHawk
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a new one, so I picked up a sixer to try it out.

Appearance: Pours a very clear yellow gold color with a small head of small white bubbles. The head was a small ring around the top of the beer right after the pour, but it managed to stick around for the better part of a minute. There are some small spots of lace on the glass noticeable after swirling.

Aroma: I initially got a clean mix of slightly toasty malt and a reserved sweetness along with a clean floral hop aroma. The aroma is pretty close for the style with only the chalkyness that you get with a Dort missing.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty malt balanced with the same floral hop character in there up front. The malt starts to mellow and let the hops contribute when the sip turns into residual mouthfeel. There is some defined bitterness in there to linger for a little while after the sip. The overall finish is very sightly balanced toward the malt with the hops struggling to give up control late in the finish. The beer is well attenuated and quite dry on the palate, but this doesn't seem to be due to the copious use of adjuncts.

Opinion: Well, overall this is a pretty decent beer. It has a pretty good mix of malt and hops which is essential for this style and I would actually say that it is pretty close to what the guys over the water are doing. It could use a different balance to the water as this is currently too clean. Either way, it is a pretty good beer and I will enjoy this glass to the end. I'd give it a try if I were you and it was convenient...but I wouldn't drive 100 miles into Texas for it or anything.

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

Thanks to PhatAtUT for the beer, so we pour this guy into a Pilsner glass and see how she goes.

Off the pour a very large carbonation of white bubbles and a three finger head. Large carbonation bubbles from the bottom on a clear very dark yellow giving way to almost orange color. Some decent stick in the head as well and lacing. Looking pretty good here.

Sweet grain smell off the head, borderline biscuit quality. Feels like something crisp with a bit of density. No sense of macro feel to it luckily either.

Taste is a little bitter hop with some crisp alcohol bite. Fairly solid mouthfeel and some good chew also. Never quite had this style so it seems like a mix of Pilsner but with some more bread character.

This is alright for drinkability I'd say I could have this again, I can't say I am desiring it or very fond but it will do in a pinch. I can't unfortunately compare it to others in this style as either better or worse since this is my first one, so I am trying not to be too middle of the road here. But I'd drink another for sure no problem.

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

A-pale hold color with nice white head that dissipated to a thin lace. Very clear.

Ar- nice malt accentuated aroma with some carmel or slight bread characteristics. Low hop aroma.

T- crisp with a balance between the hops and the malt. The malt aroma is definitely more up front in the aroma than in the taste. Dry finish with some hop character in this in the back of the throat.

M- carbonation helps with crisp up front but then beer finishes dryer than I would have expected. Not saying bad one way or another. I think it does help with the refreshing character.

O- nice refreshing beer, with a wonderful malt character that reminds me of so many true German beers. Was well balanced with some hop character at the end. Would definitely drink some more.

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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 hosehead83
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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 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 Tone
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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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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 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 slackerlack
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours golden with slight copper color. The head is an amazing bright white that lasted a good while. It was a good finger width head for a while then stuck around as about half a finger.

S - Smells similar to regular shiner. Smells of hops, strong wheat, spice, honey, citrus, grassy.

T - Tastes like it smells. Slight hop flavor, strong wheat and honey flavor.

M - Nice carbonation. Tastes kind of thick and sticky, which is weird to me. Leaves aftertaste of honey and roasty.

D - This one goes down fast and leaves you wanting more of it.

The brilliant bright white head on this beer is stunning. This was my first time to try this beer and I am pretty sure I like it better than Shiner Bock.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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 damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: Dark golden amber with a persistent 1/16" thick off-white head. Some strands of lacing here and there. Good looking beer.

Smell: Earthy German hops, not a lot else going on.

Taste: Apple, honey, floral all one after another and then a solid earthy/spicy German hop finish. Quite tasty and well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, but a bit on the high side. Thickness is good, sticks to the teeth just a tad.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite drinkable - wish I had another. A solidly good beer, but is it an ale or a lager? Label says ale...but it doesn't look that different than the Dortmunder lager also made by Shiner. So is it the same beer or a different one? Can't quite tell, but if this is an ale, I think it's mislabeled and instead it is indeed a Dortmunder export lager. All that potential mislabel aside, it's a good beer that goes well with food (Zucchini cakes in this case) and I suspect it would go well with a lot of other food, or all by itself.

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

Very attractive light amber liquid with a generous white head. Nice slightly malty aroma.

Flavor.... Fairly dry. Some grain notes. A little bit of spices. Ends very dry. It almost reminds me of the flavor of unsalted matzah bread. Lingering aftertaste is a bit too dry for me, but I like the hops that are also lingering in the background.

Medium mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.

A nice change of pace from Shiner.

(FYI, despite what the label says, this is not an ale)

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

I'm assuming this is what's on tap at Max's tonight. The abv. is the same, and it's listed as a dortmunder lager.

The beer pours a solid gold color with very active carbonation, and very good head retention and lacing. The nose is not quite as impressive, as I get some light honey, a hint of underlying oranger citrus bitterness, and not much else. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this lightly sweet lager, with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly long, almost slick finish. Considering the fairly low alcohol, this beer delivers an impressive amount of flavor. Drinkabilty is pretty good in this fairly low alcohol beer, though I wish there were a bit more to it. Still, this is an easy to enjoy, easy to appreciate lager from the folks at Shiner.

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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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