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)

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Added by Onslow on 01-23-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 232 |  Reviews: 105
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 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 jwinship83
2.78/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up as the last bottle in a mix-a-six. didnt really ever hear of it before this. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours a translucent golden colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind random spots of lacing.

S- sweet cereal grains are the first thing to hit my nose. uh oh. after that i get a metallic scent and lots of grassy hops.

T- the sweet cereal grains that i could smell are back in abundance. they bring with it an off-putting metallic twang. there are lots of grassy hops at the end as well as some earthy notes.

M- medium bodied. highly carbonated. the alcohol has a little bit of warming.

D- meh, this wasnt for me. not my favorite style. not the best example. i dont think ill be having this again.

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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 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 bump8628
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Filtered and golden with a wisp of white bubbles.

Clean and grainy with a touch of tang and biscuit from the wheat. Hops go mild and add minimal spiciness. Clean, crisp and tastes like a generic American wheat to me.

Nothing double about this run-of-the-mill wheat. There must not be much to celebrate if this is how you choose to celebrate your brewery's birthday.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw gold upon pour, large head, intricate lace.

Aroma is sweet and bready. Not bad.

Flavor is also sweet, with a hint of spice. Not bad, but not one to remember or pursue further.

102 Double Wheat is a highly malted brew, with no complexity, and for me, just too sweet.

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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 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 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 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 BeardedRiker
3.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My friends bailed on me tonight so I chose to review this beer that...I'll admit, I do not enjoy. Shiner's anniversary brews are very hit-or-miss, as are their seasonals. This 102nd anniversary is not one of their better ones.

Unlike most hefeweizens, the 102 Double Wheat is filtered and so it is very clear with no sediment, and therefore no haziness. Color is a golden-yellow. The head grows bubbly and white, and recedes quickly. No film or lacing is left once it's gone.

The smell isn't too impressive. It doesn't smell much like a wheat beer. There is some wheaty-bready in there along with a hint of lemon citrus. It smells a bit grassy.

Flavor comes mostly from wheat and sweetness that reminds me of corn. Hops and citrus are minimal.

Lots of carbonation brings bite at the beginning of tasting but there isn't much else brought to this. It's easy to drink but I'd attribute that to its lack of flavor and body.

Maybe those at the Spoetzel Brewery didn't think too much about their 102. It doesn't do them justice to their brewery compared to some of their other anniversary beers. Oh well, another year in my collection.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light golden yellow color. One and a half finger white head shows poor retention. Light spots here and there of lace.

S- There is a light bready malt undertone with cereal grain overtones. No real hops in the aroma at all and some metallic undertones. Hints of wheat do come through in light tones with a distinct grassy undertone.

T- Cereal grains in the front of the beer with a light bitterness to it. Sweet malts toward the middle with a hint of honey. Wheat comes more so in the backing with a grassy hop shade to it. Medicinal alcohol toward the very ending of it.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style. Cereal grains and light wheat overtones are left on the palate. Aftertaste is more of that bitter wheat, medicinal alcohol, and grassy hops. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced for it being a Shiner beer...that should be enough said. Light metallic undertones in the aroma is most of the off flavors along with the medicinal alcohol in the backing.

D- This beer is drinkable. Nothing really that I would be seeking out. The ABV is higher than most wheats I would say. Nothing super high though to be called a double wheat. Would I drink this beer if it were bought for me? Well of course! Would I buy this beer myself? I don't really think so.

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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 wahhmaster
3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale, golden color. Has a very thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Wheaty with citrus and vinous notes as well.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Finishes with a wheaty, honey-like flavor. Has a slight citrus twinge to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: This is really your typical American Pale Wheat Ale. Not great but definitely drinkable and refreshing. A good effort by Shiner but could've used a little more.

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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 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 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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Photo of LittleDon
3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

If looks were everything.

What a beautiful beer. Crystal clear and golden with tons of carbonation. Pretty bleach white head and a nice amount of lace. The aroma is bread with light grassy tones. The first sip reveals an average brew, however. While the carbonation level and body is just about right (high and light), the rest of the experience is mundane: malty middle, some hops, cereal finish. On a par (maybe a bit better) than Big Beer.

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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 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 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 UTCengOwl
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a sixer at Central Market. Just have to try the new Texas beer...

The beer has wonderful clarity, but that's about it. It has an orange, wheaty color. White head is sparse and dissipates quickly.

The nose is pretty stale, but with some wheat fruitiness. And.. Ugh. Are those Saaz hops? I'm not a fan.

The taste is a bit better. The wheat is somewhat fruity and the hops would be a good complement if I didn't hate the variety. I still get some metallic tastes and can't get away from the Shiner mediocrity.

The beer's best quality is that it's easy to down. Typical Shiner. Would have been a lot better if they would have used diferent (fruity American) hops, IMO.

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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
3.08 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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