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Shiner 102 Double WheatShiner 102 Double Wheat

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Onslow on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 232
Photo of tapman
1.75/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Straw colored with a wispy, white head that dissipates quickly. Filtered wheat?

Smells like a polish pilsner; grainy, doughy and with a metallic twinge.

Tastes like plastic and well-water. A slight, sweet, floral character behind that.

soft in the taste and sharp in the finish.

Double Wheat? Why?

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Photo of beergoot
2.01/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.07/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into a Coca Cola pint glass.

Twist off cap makes for a easy open, the liquid pours out a light amberish mixed in with golden specs. A inch of cream colored foam bubbled and retreated leaving nothing on the glass. Smell is quite awful, very adjunct like, quite different than the Shinerbock I had earlier. Cornhusks and deep sweet malt, one sided. Wheat beer, Huh?? Comes off like a big light lager with no carbonation and a bland taste, just think adjunct. Feel is a bit bigger than light and like said just sort of dies on the tounge. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of mynie
2.12/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.14/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I smell and taste corn. That shouldn't be what I'm smelling/tasting when a beer is a double wheat. This is not a horrible beer, but there is little to get excited about. A person I was drinking with compared it to Miller Lite. I would compare it to Labatt Blue. The beer is a little warm, so I will revise my review if the taste improves at a cooler temperature.

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Photo of tfarmstrong
2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First off I am usually a big fan of Shiner and their special beers, but who filters a wheat beer?

A - Again who filters a wheat beer? clear golden yellow with minimal head.

S - not much of anything, slight malty smell

T - I will admit I am drinking this after a quad so that is part of it but it seems way blander than I expected. I was hoping for something closer to a Grand Cru and this is not that at all.

M - Smooth and simple not impressed

O - Maybe I was expecting too much or thought that they were going for something close to a Grand Cru since it is a double wheat but that is not at all what this is. It seems to me that by filtering it killed the flavor and potential

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Photo of Trombone69
2.2/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

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Photo of pm5k00
2.24/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - nice color with a srm of 7 or 8, very clear as it is filtered, no head, no lacing.

Smell - smells malty sweet, and faintly of corn and grape. i dont care for the aroma. cant smell the saaz or the goldings hops.

Taste - taste like it smells. and zero hops taste.

Mouthfeel - medium body, i miss the thickness of unfiltered wheat in this tho.

Drinkability - its ok, drinks easy and smooth for the 6.2% abv, better for hot weather.

I enjoy a good hefeweizen ( pyramid, shiner, widmer) and other wheat ales, but i cant taste wheat or hops in this brew, if you like wheat beer check out shiner's hefeweizen and skip this one.

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Photo of SamN
2.27/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours into a snifter pretty well, nice rich foamy head with a sticky, oily-like texture. Really thick like shaving cream, bubbly rocky surface. Perfect pitch honey color, perfect clarity which isn't what I really expect to see in a "double wheat". Surprisingly lively, lots of carbonation coming up from the bottom.

Smell is quite weak for the style as well. Faint wheat malt aromas, mostly tinny adjunct aromas. Not much spice or clove to be found, no banana at all. Pretty disappointing smell overall.

Taste is slightly spicy with a mild alcohol notes. Apple juice, very very slight hop whisper in the finish. Quick lived tastes and underwhelming. Green apple to is a dominant fruit taste; not sure how I feel about that. Distinct adjunct metal flavor makes this beer quite unimpressive.

Mouthfeel is well bodied for the double-wheat label, which is about the only "double" about this beer. Nice body heft, carbonation is a bit distracting.

Overall a huge letdown in terms of what I was expecting. First off, who the hell filters a double wheat? Madness, madness I say! Expected a spicier, creamy malty sweet big beer. Instead I get a aroma-less, limp flavored, hollow beer with no real "double"-ness about it. And to top it all off, it's not very good tasting just as a beer.

One more, you ask? No thanks. I've had one too many.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.41/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Clear dark golden in color. Head is foamy. Lots of big bubbles. Gets a little rock as it sits. Not much lacing.

S - Picking up some wheat and a bit of sweetness. There is also a big metallic smell. No too pleasant of a nose.

T - Corn like sweetness, somewhat bitter. Not picking up any hop flavor. Pretty one dimensional. Also has a kind of medicinal aftertaste. Not to impressed with this.

M -Kinda syrupy. Carbonation is pretty high. ehhh

D - I don't like this beer. I'm going to let my friends drink the rest. Just one for me.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 1 1/2 finger head. Light orange. Clear.

S: Wheat and a strange chalkiness I seem to find in most Shiner beers.

T: Interesting. There is a desirable quality here when tasting the full body of this but the brewery needs to do something about the flat chalky flavors.

M: Average.

D: Not very good IMHO.

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Photo of sonnmr31
2.48/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden color with a good amount of head.

S - Strong scent of wheat.

T - Slightly sour. It is a little sweet and reminds me of a maibock.

M - It starts out sweet and finishes tart.

O - The name suggest a wheat beer but it doesnt have a lot of wheat flavor. Wasn't that impressed.

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Photo of yankeej13
2.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a huge fan of wheat beers but since it was a double I would give it a shot.

A- Has a really golden color to it. It has a huge head of white foam on it. Also has a ton of carbonation.

S- Its not to potent at all. Has a very mild malty flavor to it. Has a pretty sour smell to it as well

T- Does not have a powerful flavor at all. Very mild malty flavor. Nothing really exciting about the taste at all.

M- Has good drinkability. Very mellow pretty crisp smooth flavor. Has a bit of a tiny sweet finish.

Overall- Was not impressed at all. I figured I would give it a shot. Cheers

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.58/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz into a's a very clear wheat beer, what can I say...not exactly something I look for in a wheat beer generally, but what can I say? It hides the alcohol decently, and there's nothing super offensive going on doesn't taste like dung, but it's not really a winner in any way shape or form either...a filtered wheat beer? The wheat mash somehow doesn't add much crispness to this brew either, which is supposed to be a hallmark of the style. Was fairly well-priced, but maybe that's because it kind of sucks. Drinkable, but not to be drunk again.

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Photo of jsh420
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours bright clear gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded to nothing in no time fast and left no lacing

smell - not much here faint banana and macro adjunts

taste - where's the wheat? sweet caramel malt light grassy hops very little banana - as a wheat this fails but as lager its decent

mouthfeel - medium body low carbonation almost flat very smooth and boring

drinkability - i doubt i would ever drink this again but it is a step up from adjunt lagers

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Photo of armock
2.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to turfy for hooking this up in a trade.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of wheat and smelly spent grainsis beer has a

T - Follows the nose with wheat being the main piece of the taste finishes a little sweet

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - I really don't know why I keep on trying new beers from Shiner as they never meet expectations like this one I'd rather drink a Lone Star over this one

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.65/5  rDev -14%
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...

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Photo of Aphexwolf
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is a below average beer. I gave it 6.6/10, or D+. I was a bit taken back by this beer. It smelled so good, but the taste is unbalanced and really doesn’t suit my palate. I understand that this is called “double wheat” and it uses at least 50% wheat grains, but it just tastes like someone threw a slice of wheat bread into a glass of water. Too much of this beer actually makes me sick to my stomach. I know some people that really like this beer, but I don’t agree. I was expecting something else from Shiner this year. Seeing how this is a limited one-year-only beer, I will probably not drink this again.

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Photo of TheBigE5
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a sniffer.

A - bright golden orange color, good clarity, nice carbonation with lots of bubbles from the etching on the bottom of the glass.

S - Not the usual smell for a wheat beer, i expected a clean refreshing scent. I thought it smelled bad at first but i agree with previous reviewers when they commented on its heavily grassy notes. Gave it a 3 here just cause it was interesting.

T - Front has honey, malty, orange notes and ends with a slight taste of hops.

M - just ok, starts at the center of the tongue and rolls on back

D - Not impressed

Other than the color, didnt do much for me.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.69/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1.29 for a single I've never had, why not try it

Poured into a Guinness Pint Glass

Appearance-Clear golden body with a 1 finger off white head that dissipates withing seconds. No lacing.

Smell-Very bready and sweet.

Taste-Alot of sweet malt. Some light biscuity and yeastiness. Kind of like a pretzel. More hops then expected, still, kind of boring.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall-Another below average offering from Spoetzl brewery.

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Photo of diamondc
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Meh. Shiner seems to want to split hairs. So many of their beers tast alike. Double wheat? Double who cares. With aggressive pouring I got a small to medium sized off white head that soon settled to a very thin cover and a thicker ring around the edge and no lace. Color is a clear, rich gold amber with one bubble trail. Aroma is some malt, wet grain, yeast, bread dough, bit of fruit. Taste is similar to nose and about as interesting. Body is ok and so is carbonations. Finish is like flavor. Going towards wheat wine perhaps in alcohol, but sorely lacking in flavor. Kind of like the label though, whatever "102" means. I will drink the rest of it at least. I think.

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Photo of shand
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a clear golden color with a sizeable head that leaves nice lacing down the glass. The aroma is pretty bad. Sweet grainy malts, adjuncts, a touch of hops, and a bit of wheat. The taste is a bit better. It goes down a bit better than the nose suggests, but still not great. Smooth wheat at first. A bit more wheat and a touch of hops at the end. I mean, it's alright, but nothing special.

The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, but wholly unremarkable, and the drinkability is quite good. After Shiner's 101, which I thought was a pretty solid pilsner, I was hoping the next entry in the anniversary series would be a bit better. But it's not, this is just an average wheat ale. Nothing "double" about it at all.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light gold color with a small-bubbled white head. Retention sucks, but lacing is excellent.

Nose is pretty faint, but some wheat tang and moderate yeast esters are detectable. There is an annoying metallic smell that is a bit distracting. Some honey, flowers and whipping cream strangely come to mind.

Shiner sure knows how to crank out mediocrity, that is for sure. Has a honeycomb sweetness with a sharp wheat husk flavor that is mildly interesting for at least the first few sips. Then the harsh, metallic bite surfaces again and gives an unpleasant bitterness to the beer. Not in a good, hoppy way either. Mouthfeel is fairly full, but only because of the perceived sweetness of the beer. Sadly, the anniversary series for Shiner has turned into a single bottle purchase to slake my curiosity. Not that I wouldnt drink a six pack if I bought it, but there are many, many other beers I would rather spend my money on.

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