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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 | website

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 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 firedog23
2.83/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner is good at sticking with their German roots which is great and all but they do ver little outside of the box. This beer, too, is inside that box.

Pours well and has a descent look to it but taste wise it is lacking on several fronts. It has that typical sweetness of a wheat beer but outside of that it falls flat everywhere else.

Shiner was my gateway beer but since my days of coveting shiner bock, I have been left longing for something else that makes me excited about their product.

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

It's a little late, but my notes from summer are good.

This beer has perfect clarity, implying an intense amount of filtering, and a medium yellow-gold color. A pure white head reaches about one finger high and fades away somewhat quickly but not immediately, leaving some spotty lacing.
The aroma gives up too much sweetness and seems a bit artificial in some way. Grains form a firm backbone with a touch of fruits and a very light grassy hops addition along with the biscuity malt. It dips a bit below average for me in that these things are all detectable yet it's pretty weak as well. Things just don't seem to gel here.
The same goes for the flavor, though in place of a cloying sweetness is a bit of a metallic note and a kick in the finish. Sweetness is certainly there and almost has a honey-like quality with the malts and wheat, but it's not so bad. It does, unfortunately, still have an off flavor to it. Again, things work pretty well aside from that but I'd call it average.
The mouthfeel isn't bad, actually, crisp with a bit of fullness to its light-medium body.

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

Gold in color, smell has a sour hint. This is a disappointing tasting beer. It has no character. Will have to serve with fruit, needs an orange. Ok, but very uneventful. Mouthfeel is ok and very clean overall it is acceptable. But who wants to spend time on acceptable.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Light golden color fluffy white head... about 1 fingers worth... settles to nothing with no lacing at all.

S: Wheat malt sweetness little hops and mild adjunct... Not much here... little pils like.

T: Again the wheat malt comes on strong... Double wheat is right.... sweet wheat malt start to finish... just a touch of citrus like flavors that fade quickly.. (hops ?). Finish is slightly dry.

M: Light bodied... Lively carbonation and very crisp.... refreshing yet dry.

O: I'm trying to figure out what this beer is.... wheaty but very pils like to me.... must be the hops in it that is making it feel that way to me... overall not a bad beer at all.. Little stronger than some session beers I've had... but not bad

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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 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 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 budgood1
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a clear pale gold. thin white head with moderate retention. little lace. candy sweet aroma...doughy and bready...getting little of any wheat character. flavour is malt driven (corn syrup?)...again on the sweet side...almost syrupy but not cloying. wheat malt notes come through meekly. i think they filtered the soul right out of this beer. the relatively high ABV floats some grain alcohol notes. anyway...it does have a fairly redeeming hop character. the saaz provide a bit of spice and the domestic goldings a hint of floral. otherwise this double wheat is double boring. ok body and a rather slick and oily mouthfeel provide the means to let this slide down rather easily. overall another average offering from shiner.

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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 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 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 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 fltmedic
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A clear golden brew with a thin white head that instantly fades to a lasting moderate collar in the snifter.

The smell is so much wheat that I keep looking for an unfiltered appearance, but I never find it. Each sniff is distinctly wheat but not boring.

The taste is also all wheat as a double wheat instinctively should be. It's a full bright grassy wheat taste that works very well for the style.

Mouthfeel was bigger than the taste with good carbonation and fullness.

This is a solid passable wheat bear. My first experience with a double wheat and earns enough interest for me to seek another.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear deep gold color with a tight one finger head which shows excellant retention and some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is of wheat with a dank musty earthy hop aroma as well. The taste is of wheat and not much else, it is dank and musty like the aroma with a hint of banana and other fruity taste. The mouthfeel is very carbonated. Overall it is not something I would have again. The aroma and taste left me not impressed. It is not terrible just not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Brilliantly clear, deep golden body topped by a massive cloudtop head of coarse bubbles. The retention is absolutely superb, with fine Belgian-like lacing. Small streams of fat, slow-rising bubbles drift lazily to the surface. Considering the clarity of the body, filtering was obviously employed.

Aroma: Over-the-top fresh bread, with lots of syrupy sweet notes.

Taste: A punch of sweet malt at the open, a little like granola, followed by a modest wave of grassy hops. As the taste progresses to its close, the sweet grain notes vie with the hops for supremacy. Ultimately, the hops win out, leaving a mild, lingering bitterness to cut the sweetness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkabilty/notes: I am glad to see Shiner offering some "experimental" offerings. I feel the same respect for the Spoetzel Brewery that I do for an ancient tortoise for what they have seen and survived, and with the knowledge that they, like the tortoise, may well outlive all who are reading this.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of kevo237
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what exactly I was supposed to be tasting in this beer. Obviously, the wheat was up front and the carbonation was ok. Very much a sweet tasting beer, and on the finish, it almost tasted like a wine. I enjoyed drinking this beer, but I wouldn't try it again.

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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 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 Beer4Baltimore
3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- from the notes and a 12 ounce bottle
A - can't give a fair opinion here as I dra nk from the bottle.
S - wheat without a doubt.
T - again not lacking for the wheat.
M - feels a little sticky but finishes clean enough.
D - affordable and drinkable.

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Photo of northaustin
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear golden, with minimal white head that rapidly settles into a thin collar. no lacing.

smell: wheat. kinda one-sided and bland

taste: a little more interesting. still mostly just wheat but there is also a nice grassy bitterness throughout the sip.

mouthfeel: sticky goin in, also leaves a film that is pretty syrupy.

if you like wheat give this one a try.

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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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Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
72 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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