Shiner 102 Double Wheat
Spoetzl Brewery

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
3.11 | pDev: 18.01%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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charlzm from California

4.07/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed April 29th, 2012 from a standard pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Beer pours a clear, light golden, very similar to a standard macro lager. A one-finger white head composed of fairly fine bubbles crowns this brew.

Aroma is tangy, sweet wheat. Hints of honey and an unidentifiable herbal note. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thick with tingly carbonation present as well.

Flavor: sweet with husky grain, honey and clover. Light and citrusy with wheat tang. Tiniest bit of alcohol and juicy fruit character at the end.

To say I was pleasantly surprised by this offering would be an understatement. I would gladly drink this beer again, especially on a warm day.

Jan 07, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant clarity on a tarnished orange coloring shows a strong and fast rate of effervesce. The head is initially good, a solid finger, some fizziness and bubbly action atop with a one part creamy and one part frothy texture. Retention was moderate, lasting a few good minutes while the lacing was weak, spotty, and hardly worth a mention. Squeaks by with above average regards, but not by much.

S: Stale metallic oranges, weak and a big drop off from the visual aspect. Soft feathery green hops, but where is the wheat character? Hardly impressive to say the least.

T: Oranges and flowery with a spicy hop character. Much better defined then the nose. Sweet orange with a touch of dried honey flower.

M: Medium body, a bit creamy, some resistance but overall just an average experience.

O: Labeled as a cross between a bright wheat and wheat wine ale, both of which i didnt see. Easy drinkability but little fan fare. Its not bad flavor wise, just not what i consider a wheat beer by any stretch let alone bright. Average.

Oct 02, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks quite lovely in the tall glass, golden with a touch of amber. Weird root flavor, like vegetable broth with some parsnips. Malty and fairly rich, rather sweet. Not much in the way of hops.

I remember this as being better, so probably like a lot of malty beers it has started going south. Odd perfumey flavor. A touch of the plastic.

I like the brewery and I should have reviewed this a year ago. From the 12 oz bottle.

Jul 15, 2012
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: nearly no head on a clear shiny golden body.

S: breads, biscuit and pale malts. some burnt toast malts.

T: lots of toasted malts, syrupy and wheat. A touch yeasty. Overall though very malty, almost as malty as a bock should be yet this is a "wheat"

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: This one varies quite a bot from the others I have had in the genre. as far as bready and biscuit notes, few beers capture that the way this one does. So its memorable in that regard but wont be a repeat try for me.

Jun 02, 2012
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tronester from Oklahoma

3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden, with a thin white head. Smells slightly like malt extract. Taste is some sweet wheatyness up front, a little bit of cracker in the middle, and a hint of minty, earthy hops in the finish. Rather bland IMO. Mouthfeel is rich though, low carbonation. Overall an average beer. Not many flavors, and a "safe" beer for sure. Still I would drink it again, but probably not purchase it myself.

Apr 28, 2012
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Jadjunk from Georgia

2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Taco Mac Metropolis January 24, 2012. 16 Ounce Pour.

(Appearance) pours a very light gold with a light froth head of a near white tone. Light lacing left behind. Very light carbonation. Pretty dull appearance. 2.5

(Smell) very mild wheat malts with a touch of honey. A mild aroma in general, not very potent at all. A touch metallic, Underwhelming. 2

(Taste) A bold sweet wheat introduction with a mild honey finish. Pretty one dimensional but mildly enjoyable beer. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) very slick texture. Light body, not too watery or thin. Well-concealed alcohol content. Nice pairing if too mild in carbonation. 3

(Overall) Appearance and aroma aside, this is a pretty good Shiner pick, an average craft quality, but highly sessionable. 3

Mar 20, 2012
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tdm168 from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a copper gold with a thing layer of white, fizzy, loose head that has decent retention. The nose is musty and grainy. The flavor is lightly sweet and caramelly. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and crisp.

This is an odd wheat beer. It's primarily caramel in both flavor and smell. It's a little too sweet as well. I probably won't have this again.

Mar 03, 2012
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Trombone69 from New Jersey

2.2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pick up the taste of sucking on an old nickel. That's not what I'm looking for in a beer.
When I saw double wheat, i thought this was going to be great! I love wheat beers. Nope.

Mar 02, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

2.01/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This is a nice looking beer, clear light yellow and nice white head. Good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is so-so at best. Just the slightest hint of biscuit-like malt with a metallic note.

Taste starts out okay with a rich, malt-like flavor which quickly goes south with the aftertaste - it's like sucking on a dirty silver dollar or drinking from a rusted metal cup.

I have no idea what Shiner did with this beer, but I ain't going back to this one. I'm glad I only bought a single to sample. A good beer idea that, in this case, is strictly forgettable.

Feb 02, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

apalling brew. pours perfectly clear straw color with a small fading bubbly white head. smells fruity and yeasty, german, musty, rank a little. flavor is wicked bad, liker spoiled grape juice, acidic and tart and abrasive and yucky. starts fine, wheatwineish, but turns into a sour mess. rotten vine fruit and alcohol. mouthfeel is light and watery, carbonated fine, but nasty in the mouth. overall just brutal, itd be a drainpour, but im a pacifist...

Jan 27, 2012
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PeterMacKellar from New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I'd say it's a pretty good wheat beer. Not the best, but definitely a multi-time beer for me.

A - extremely clear, can read a piece of paper through it; head dissipates quickly and seemed to have a bit below-normal level of carbonation.

S - Sweet smell, almost like a syrup, with a slight tinge of sweet yeast.

T - Again, a sweet taste like a syrup and a very slight hint of banana.

M - A bit undercarbonated, at least for me. Quickly leave the tongue, not a lot of staying power.

O - I enjoyed it. Wouldn't call it the best wheat I've ever had, but definitely not the worst. I'd enjoy a few outside on a summer day.

Jan 20, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I don't fully remember where the hell I got this bottle, but I'm not gonna argue its existence in my fridge... It pours a clear golden straw topped by a relatively short-lived finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises a taiji combo of slightly musty wheat and mild green apple lunacy. Can't say I enjoy the smell at all, really. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though sweeter, breadier, less musty. It helps, but it doesn't make it good. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda smooth-ish feel. Overall, a strange beer for me, one that seems to wanna be a little brother to wheatwine and a big brother to a wheat beer, but accomplishes neither with any amount of success. It's not really bad, per se, but it's not something I wanna have ever again.

Jan 17, 2012
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.67/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last year - reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found:

Pours bright, deep golden with a thin white creamy head that becomes a wispy cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with slight honey and caramel. There is a hint of wheat tang and continental hops in the back.

The taste is sweet with honey and caramel. A balance of wheat tang and mild Saaz hops keep it from being too sweet, though. It has a crisp finish.

It is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Some alcohol warmth shows as it progresses.

This is a brew that lands as described - between a wheat ale and a wheat wine. Though it's more than a "sipper" I wouldn't say it's a "session"ale either - in between. A wheat ale lover should like this one!

Jan 12, 2012
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mynie from Maryland

2.12/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty gold, but looks very flat. No head whatsoever.

It smells like nothing. But then it warms up, and it smells a little less like nothing. Like, there's a little hint of wheat malt pepperyness.

Tastes like it smells. Almost amazingly faint wheat, but then there's a little bit of a medicinal aftertaste that makes it so the beer isn't even refreshing or easy to drink, it's off just enough.

Not quite a drain pour, but certainly not worth buying.

Dec 27, 2011
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match1112 from Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear pale straw colored body with a finger and a half of off white head that settles quickly leaving very little lacing. smell is wheat malts and sweet fruits. taste is mainly overly sweet with fruits playing the leading role and the wheat taking a back seat. mouthfeel is a little thin with a good carbonation presence. overall i feel that this is more of a fruit beer than a wheat beer. would of liked to see more of a hop presence.

Dec 20, 2011
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flagmantho from Washington

3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice golden color with absolute clarity. A good effervescence and a thin finger of quickly-dissipating floofy white head. Not too bad.

Smell: light malt aroma with a touch of fruitiness, which is welcome, and a little bit of plastic, which is not. The plastic aroma has a bit of a light band-aid quality. I don't mean this as a drawback, necessarily, but it is not wholly appropriate here.

Taste: very interesting. We start of with a pretty fresh, wheaty malt flavor, which is good, which then tempers into a zesty, peppery, somewhat citrusy middle. We then finish with a light funk which is OK. This beer must have some saison in its DNA because it has got that farmhouse funk. Not bad, but not necessarily what I'm looking for in a wheat.

Mouthfeel: quite decent. Body is medium with a good level of well-integrated carbonation and the creaminess it produces. I like it.

Overall: this is an interesting beer. It sort of intrigues me; I think if Spoetzl tweaks this a little bit they could have a decent saison on their hands.

Dec 18, 2011
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emerge077 from Illinois

2.86/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The "double" part of the name fooled me into thinking this may be something bigger than you average American Wheat, but apparently it's not.

Poured into a tulip glass, it has a compact, bone white head of foam that settles and clumps to one side after awhile. A patchy veil of skim stretches across the surface.

Smells like sweetened cereal, grainy sugary apple jacks. Something a little musty about it, odd wet grain funk.

Flavor is sweet with apple notes, wheaty slickness, residual sugars, slightly astringent, but ok. Sort of a toned down, sweetened kristallweizen impression. Nothing i'd really ever want to intentionally buy again, but not turrible.

Dec 17, 2011
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WastingFreetime from Wisconsin

2.41/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Looks like a solid yet translucently clear golden straw color, one finger of head that falls down to nothing after a minute of sipping, no lacing left behind.

S. Very bready wheat scent with an oddball sour twang not unlike an even smaller version of the acidic tartness I once experienced in Bell's Oarsman. If it was done on purpose to be a Berliner Weissbier style it would have fit nicely, but sadly I have to rate according to the style the beer itself identifies as...

T. Same story as the nose. A beautiful psuedo-lactic whiff of tartness as an accent on top of a wheat malt density that has many flavor characteristics in the no-man's land between the categories of Pale Wheat Ale, Hefeweizen, and Berliner Weissbier, lending itself to a lot of style confusion and in the end it comes across significantly poorer for it. Most of the sweet malt flavors seem 'muddy' like as if there was chunks of dirt on the grain that never got washed off... I can't really recommend it.

M. Mouthfeel is where this brew plays it safe with a nice even carbonation and medium soft body.

Dec 03, 2011
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diamondc from Texas

2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear, pale gold, just about a fingers worth of foam. Some slight lacing on the side of the hefeweizen glass.

S: Smells like a typical macro lager. No clove or banana. Maybe a slight twinge of baseball card bubblegum.

T: Cloying fruity sweetness, apricot & strawberry juice box like. Some wheat bread too. A minor grassy hop aftertaste. Really damn sweet.

M: Syrupy. Medium carbonation makes this one really easy to plow through.

O: A real malt bomb, no real tang or hops to balance out the sweetness.

Nov 22, 2011
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner 102 Double Wheat has a very thin, white head and a clear, golden appearance, with some streaming bubbles and no lacing. The aroma is of Roman Meal bread and maybe molasses and honey. Taste is of Roman Meal brand wheat bread, honey, molasses, syrupy sweetness, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, and Shiner 102 Double Wheat finishes slick and metallic. Overall, this is a hard beer to rate and figure out, but it’s still worth a try.


Nov 21, 2011
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DesMoinesMike from Iowa

3.22/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium gold color with a good amount of carbonation. The aroma is wheat-ish with a slight sweetness to it. The taste didn't go so well. There's a slight sourness to it that comes out when it warms up with a touch of lemon grass. The body seems thin and that sourness stays around for a while. I'm glad I didn't pay for this.

Nov 19, 2011
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brewyou2 from Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite average beers. If only this was the low bar set for macro beers. It's not the most flavorful, but very smooth and sweet. The head retention is great, 3 fingers poured into a weizen glass. Smooth, malty flavor. A bit skinny feeling considering the golden color. Good starter craft beer. (let me just add, after further investigation, this beer is much better cold, straight from the bottle;)

Nov 08, 2011
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TownDunkel from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

3rd review here we come!

Shiner 102 sounded great to me, whats better than wheat beer... than double wheat beer!

Appearance - A medium to light brown that is a little see through. Not much head appears when opened.

Smell - A great wheaty and hoppy scent with almost a hint of citrus or oranges. A good whiff seems to last a good while, at least three or four seconds.

Taste - This beer goes down smooth! When drinking the carbonation gives a kick of medium level power (between ale and porter) of wheat, barley, and sweet fruits.

Mouthfeel - I only wish the taste lasted as long as the smell! After a sip it fades quickly with very little aftertaste.

Overall - This is a wonderful, after work beer. I think I could drink this once or twice a week and not get burned out. Its not everyday you get a nice sweet beer that's not a lambric or berryweiz

Nov 08, 2011
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head. The head retention is pretty good, and there's a decent amount of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is mostly grainy, the brew smells like sweet malt and wheat, along with some caramel and light grassy hops. The taste is just like the aroma. It's a mostly sweet grainy taste, along with some bittering/grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's crisp and easy enough to drink. Overall it's an OK brew, and worth a try.

Nov 03, 2011
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TheSarge from Virginia

3.09/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks pretty good with a cleanly filtered, golden colored brew. The head presentation is good with two fingers thick of white cranium.

In the aroma and flavor I'm getting honey, lemon, and an odd cardboard hint. In the taste there is a peachy quality.

Feels clean and crisp, with a slight warmth in the end.

Oct 30, 2011
Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 232 ratings