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Shiner 102 Double Wheat | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 102 Double WheatShiner 102 Double Wheat

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Onslow on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 232
Photo of OverToad
5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Found these in 6 packs at the local Central Market in Southlake, TX.

Pours a clear deep amber color with a good head. Smell is fantastic and taste is fantastic. Has a sweet taste. What is great about the beer is the 6.20% ABV is hidden very well. This is Shiner's finest beer IMO. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of txbrewer
4.26/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very clear slightly darker than straw - no haze, quick dissolving head

S - very light hops, mild wine like fruity

T - smooth and quick - nothing bitter at all. mild after taste reminds of wine

M - it's there but nothing over taking or pushing around

D - yes - easily

I am a Shiner fan and finally got my hands on a single bottle (thank you local Kroger!) and am quite happy that I did. They can keep making this one just for the easy drinking part. I believe that I will be enjoying this one through out the summer (as long as some store keeps carrying it)

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Photo of charlzm
4.07/5  rDev +32.1%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I seem to have a more favorable opinion on this than most. Hit me as much in the maibock style. Malt-forward with biscuit notes and some brown sugar sweetness. Bright carbonation. Some bite toward the finish that that made me wonder if the ABV isn't a little higher. Overall, I found this a pleasant beer that drinks a bit bigger than it is.

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Photo of loobear
3.94/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden-yellow body with visible carbonation. White thin head with low retention.

S - Lots of citrus in the nose. Mostly lemon, maybe some orange as well. Cloves and wheat.

T - The first thing that stood out was the slightly sweet honey finish. Definitely my favorite thing about the beer. Has a nice, slightly lemon citrus bite and is then smoothed out by the finish. Really nice. I'm surprised at the ABV of this beer. Seems to be hidden nicely.

M - This is as really balanced beer. Just enough crispness where its not overwhelming but satisfying, and you can still taste the honey and lemon. Nice, full mouthfeel. Pretty dang enjoyable and easy to drink.

O - Best Shiner I've encountered on my beer-drinking sojourn. Orders of magnitude better than their hefe. Really enjoyable...would drink again!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Very pale straw body. Big frothy white head with decent retention.

Smell - Very musky and corn meal-y. Hints of sweetness. Decent overall.

Taste - Sweet. Significantly alcoholic. Corny for some reason. Distinctly reminds me of a Pop Tart.

Mouthfeel - Light foamy mouthfeel. Works well.

Overall Drinkability - A good interesting beer. I probably won't go out of my way to pick up another one, but I walked away happy with the experience.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into standard pint glass.
Bright, clear gold in color, with a nice bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Big hit of wheat
Taste-Fresh wheat,spicy, nice hop bite. Very crisp and refreshing almost like a Czech pilsner and a spicy wheat ale. Tasty, refreshing, affordable and very drinkable. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Randyweizen
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise! Maybe my initially low expectations worked in 102's favor, but I give this brew a solid B: not superior, but well above mediocre and worth the try of anyone who can dig a lightly bittered, malt-forward drinking beer.

The aroma is malty with some peculiar fruity notes (I don't know what they ferment this stuff with), but when you sip 102, you get a caramel/cookie taste that reminds you of Fat Tire a little, only way crisper and not quite as annoyingly sweet. It's more the sort of sweetness that you'd get from a large but lesser-known central European darker-than-pale lager, perfectly balanced with just the right amount of bittering hops. That isn't hyperbole; the balance is super-professional, something any homebrewer would envy, even if this isn't your favorite style of beer.

There's a special place in heaven for beers you could drink a cooler of *and* enjoy the flavor all the while.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.87/5  rDev +25.6%
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

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.74/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nothing wrong with this really, could be a little more head, but really, it's amazing. THe color, golden, could be a little darker, and the head retention is poor, but lacing is great as is active carbonation.

S: Pungent, but not good. There's a distinct adjunct-lagery smell. The wheat isn't very bready, and there's not much for hops or anything. But there's also not much off going on. Good, not great.

T: The taste is a bit more mild, but very nice. Slightly bready, slight spice. No hefe-like tastes, which is good. I hate when a "wheat beer" automatically becomes a hefe.

M: A little creamy. I'd like a wheat beer with a little more bite to it.

D: Overall, very drinkable.

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Photo of grahambo
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I seem to have enjoyed this one more than most.

A: A dark gold with a quickly fading white head.

S: Some alcohol and cereal grain aroma with the the faintest hint of noble hops.

T: This one tastes about like it smells, some alcohol and some graininess but with a pretty decent bitter component to balance out the grains and their sweetness.

M: Nothing special here.

O: I enjoyed this beer. It's nothing overly complicated but I like that in a summer beer. This beer has a different kind of wheat flavor and feel compared to traditional German beers. It's very much like East Coast wheat beers like Harpoon UFO and Magic Hat's Circus Boy, albeit filtered.

I've never expected much out of the American Wheat style but this is definitely one of the better American Wheat's I've had in a while.

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Photo of JMad
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It looks golden, there was a thin head with big bubbles and it quickly disappeared, leaving no head at all.

The beer smells mainly of honey, it's very sweet with some other toasted buttery flavors.

I could taste more honey, lots of sweet malt, just a hint of wheat bread and butter.

The mouthfeel is light-medium, it's kind of watery and has lots of carbonation.

Shiner keeps impressing me with their new releases. Drinks pretty good,has lots of flavor, but it's nothing too special, Still good.

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Photo of beeragent
3.72/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a light straw, forming a thin 1 inch head which quickly faded. Light lace on the glass.

S - Right off from the aroma you can tell its a Shiner. Banana, pale malt, and grain dominate the nose.

T - Very smooth taste of banana and cloves along with a bready malt backbone. The honey is very apparent in the finish.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. Average carbonation.

D - This is one of the better Shiner's beers as far as flavor. Very smooth and sweet but not sure I could have more than one or two in a sitting. Although it still tastes like a Shiner product, this actually is a step above the norm and appears they are branching out more in creativity. Nice job!!

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Photo of deadliest
3.7/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Gold/yellow body with pretty decent white head and lacing.
S: Light grain and malt, banana peel.
T: banana peel and clove, bready with a sort of metallic taste hiding in the background.
M: Light to medium body that's very smooth, decent carbonation.
D: Easy to drink and refreshing. Hard to beat the price as well for something that decent, I'll be buying again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
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!

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Photo of brewyou2
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
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;)

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Photo of russpowell
3.62/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle as part of mixed sixer. Based on the abv, not sure why this is called a double wheat...

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2+ fingers pearl white head. Some head retention & good lacing

S: Cereal notes in abundance & grassyness

T: Sweet cereal notes, slight grassy hops &a touch of grainyness up front. Pear fruittyness comes through as this warms, slight white grape flavor as well & grainyness. Finishes with pear juice & a touch of nectarine, honey & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, a touch coarse & subtle carbonation

Drinks easy enough, could down a few on a hot Summer's day

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Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a gold-colored beer, crystal clear with a slight head. The nose is modestly fruity (not hefeweizen fruity, but generically fruity) with a lot of wheat presence. Emphasis is definitely on the wheat malt. Taste is almost entirely a sweet, cereal-like malt trip, with a light touch of yeast character. The body is pleasantly creamy and full.

One-dimensional... but not all that bad. Not worth picking up again, though.

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Photo of kinupanda
3.53/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is an almost glowing golden color; very pleasant. One- to two-finger head that is quite foamy and dissipates relatively quickly; average coating/lacing on the sides. Smell is a significant amount of honey and malt. Taste is sweet all the way through, and morphs from a definite kick of malt at first that gives way to a slight bitterness from the hops. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the finish, but the mouthfeel is smooth and low-carbonated enough to where it's almost a non-factor.

FourthBeer potential: AVERAGE. I'm not much of a wheat beer drinker, but this is certainly more appealing to me than the Shiner Hefeweizen. Not as great as it warms, and a little heavy, but still enjoyable.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of citrus hops, sweet malt, pale malt, and slight wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong grain, slight wheat, citrus hops, hint of yeast, and sweet malt. Overall, decent appearance and body.

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Photo of chilidog
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a golden amber, well carbonated tanish head that fades but only to lace alittle.

Aroma of sweet malts and grain, toast.

Taste of grain, sweet wheat, brown sugar on granny smith apple. yep, alittle tartness.

The mouth starts out sweet then the tart finish.

Overall, I thought i read this discribed as a wheat wine. A Barley wine its not, the 6.2% is nice but i don't see this as a cellaring brew. Drink fresh, Happy anniversary, Spoetzl.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.47/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear golden color with a medium white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a nice ring of lace.

Smell: Sweet citrus and granny smith apple with sugary malt and just a hint of wheat.

Taste: Begins with some Saaz hop goodness rounding out to fruity and malty sweetness that has a honey note to it. Finishes with more sweetness and a hint of wheat.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body with fairly sharp carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Another solid beer from Shiner's anniversary series, though still a step down from the last two. I won't miss this brew when it's gone, but it's just fine right now.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear copper color with a thick head that gradually disappears. Scent is very strong with wheat and has scents of malts and some citrus. Taste is very wheaty almost to the point of being too wheaty. Tastes like an inbetween of a wheat beer and a rye beer. Still rather tasty but not my favorite Shiner beer. Rather odd that it's a double wheat beer and yet so clear.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.29/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours up a crystal clear, pale gold. Long lasting white head.

S - Malty, corny sweetness. no discernible hops detected

T - Big on corn flavor, malt sweetness, and some hops on the back of the throat in the finish. Not as big as the corn flavor.

M - Typical Shiner thin, watery mouthfeel.

D - Smooth easy drinking beer. Not bad, and not great. This one is a bit disappointing.

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Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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