Shiner 102 Double Wheat | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner 102 Double WheatShiner 102 Double Wheat

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 kylehay2004
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of light wheat malt notes with some medium hoppy notes with some light fruity ester. Taste is a unique mix between some light wheat malt with some fruity ester and some crisp hops with light dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This one seems to be too much in the middle of too many things (wheat ale vs. wheat wine with light hops combo) to be truly interesting.

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Photo of emerge077
2.86/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a inch or so above the glass gives a big white head that settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear golden colored beer with a slight hint of copper to it.

A light sweet lemon mixed with a grassy to slight caramel malt aroma.

The taste is slightly burnt, seems like a light burnt caramel malt taste, really can't pick up any of the lemon that I sensed in the aroma. Kinda different for what they call a wheat beer, none of the standard cloudy or haziness that a lot of wheats have.

This light to medium bodied affair has an almost wet caramelly aftertaste, I'm not really sure if this beer is good or what, it definitely wasn't what I was expecting from something labelled a double wheat, I guess the best thing you can do is give it a try.

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Photo of zeff80
3.16/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a two-finger, khaki colored head of bubbly foam. It left thin trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled Of wheat malt and some sweet caramel. Slight wheat aroma.

T - It tasted of malt, caramel and wheat. A little yeasty flavor, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Confusing beer. The name suggests a really big wheat beer, but this isn't the case. Its just a wheat ale without much wheat flavor.

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Photo of mactrail
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden body, great clarity, and topped with an airy, sudsy, white head.

Smell: Smells sweet and grain like a sugary bowl of morningtime cereal, before the milk is poured on, of course.

Taste: Sugary-toned upfront, helping to give it a definite cereal taste throughout, though not particularly tasting at all of wheat, though it claims to by 50% wheat. Given the clarity, maybe they filtered this one to death. Faint notions of apricot and honey. Modest hops, lightly bitter. Touch of medicinal touch alcohol near the sweetish, still very cereal-tasting finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Spoetzl tried to go BIG but still it's pretty light and not particularly interesting, although now they lost the refreshing aspect of it.

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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 TMoney2591
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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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 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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat but there is also some sweet, sugary malt mixed in. The flavor is more of the same. The wheat and sugary malt go well together, but there is not much else going on. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a very exciting beer and not as good as some of the past anniversary beers from Shiner.

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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 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 beerthulhu
2.79/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep dark straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a ring on the inside edge of the glass. Decanted continually. Random light webs of lace.

S: Sweet, bready wheat malt. Faint hay and grass. Very little malt or hop character.

T: Consistent with the smell. Smooth, then crisp with a slight dryness. Very mild bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Big wheat malt coating in the middle with a mild building bitter.

O: Very drinkable, but big wheat malt character could grow tiring.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Bung
3.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bright gold pour, about a finger of white head.

Malty, carmelly aroma. Grainy wheat and hay, but missing the clove and hop presence for the pale portion of the style. Still it smells very pleasant.

A load of malt and caramel. Some faint yeasty wheat. Faintest herbal hops, really faint. It is a bit sweet. Maybe more like a Maibock.

Heavy side of light bodied. I can see quite a bit of carbonation, but it just doesn't penetrate the thickness of the body enough. Not that it's heavy or anything, but it just needs something to liven it up.

It's ok, but I'm not sure if what they were going for is what style is listed here.

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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 champ103
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow/orange color. A small white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Very sweet in the nose. Light husky grains and wheat, but not much else.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of sugary sweetness and grain. Some odd funky fruity flavor that I can not put my finger on? Grain and wheat.
M/D: A light to medium body. To much on the thin side of the scale for my liking though. Not hard to drink, but I am not coming back to this often (if at all).

Not bad, but pretty much the definition of ho hum. I am sure this will be a hit for the many Shiner fans out there, but this is really missing a lot.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a weizen glass.
6.2% ABV, no date.

A - Crystal clear golden yellow with plenty of carbonation streaming upwards. The stark white head has good retention but leaves little lace behind.

S - Color me surprised to get a skunky aroma from a brown bottle. Crisp and faintly metallic with almost no "beer" aroma.

T - Pale and pilsner malt comprise the average base of the beer while notes of dry, soft wheat come into play. A bit of salt across the finish.

M - Heavily carbonated but not to the point of distraction. Crisp and lighter in body with a clean, soft water finish.

O - Pretty average across the board, it's a refreshing lawnmower brew with little boost in the ABV range. Speaking of lawn mowing, perhaps now that this beer is gone I'll get the first one of the season started...

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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 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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Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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