Shiner Dortmunder (Spring Ale) | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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

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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 imbibehour
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jeffy5050
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of troyvar
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of beaulabauve
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of avschmitt
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AllHailBeercules
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mortarforker
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of axpetree
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jnardone235
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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