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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 232
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 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 TexIndy
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled date of 2/18/11 lasered below the label. Filtered wheat so it was a clear, golden color with good carb streams. It had an average sized head that quickly settled into a collar. Some quick sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was very sweet with some apricot and light Saaz hops. Very sugary aroma. The taste followed suit with a very sweet bite from start to finish. Really needed some more hops to cut it. Really not getting much in way of wheat aroma or taste. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but too sweet on aftertaste.

Overall, a fair beer that is just too sweet to really enjoy. Disappointed in this one after having some friends recommend it. I don't. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one and done for me [N;N]

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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 videofrog
2.89/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 20 oz glass. Over the course of my 6 pack, I discovered that an aggressive pour really helps this one.

A: Light golden color with moderate carbonation that seems to wake up with each drink. Some cloudiness. Nice fluffy white head accompanies aggressive pour, good white lacing that fades quickly.

S: Here is where this one really come up short. Wheat malts are there, hops not detected, mild adjunct in the background.

T: Again, the aggressive pour really helps. Tastes like a "wheat-ier" hefe. Citrusy and dry finish.

M: Crisp and on the thin side of medium-bodied. Very drinkable.

O: Thought it was "ok" at first. But then I felt myself craving this one for a session beer. Something about that aftertaste that I can't pinpoint. Don't have a wheat wine point of reference to compare. Good effort by Shiner, but nothing special. Opt for this over adjuncts or lites. Maybe could serve as a gateway for bmc fans.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear orange-gold into a tulip with a finger of quick-receding soapy white head. Very mild, slightly grainy aroma.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel without feeling thin. Wheat and sweet caramel up front with a little grassy bitterness on the finish.

Mild, drinkable, and pleasant enough with a little extra malty sweetness to keep things somewhat interesting.

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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 BasementBer
2.77/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a fingers worth of offwhite head. Mild lacing.

S: Wheaties. Grainy wheaty smell, not overly powerful.

T: Not too much going on. Wheaty wholesomeness, but thin overall. light on any hoppy notes at the rear.

M: watery wash more than anything.

D: I think you could do ok if putting back a six of these in place of lite beer.

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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 zdk9
3.17/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a light yellow with half a finger of fleeting head and no lacing.

S- The aroma comes off as a better than normal Shiner beer, by which I mean it kinda smells like corn, but this one does have some added aromas. I get pale malt, cane syrup, honey, dried orange peel. Maybe some unspecific spiciness.

T- The taste is pretty corny as well. Some sweet honey, floral notes, and a kind of floral bitterness (like eating a Day lily)

M- This is intended to sit between a wheat ale and a wheat wine so maybe the syrupyness is ok. I guess I'm ok with it but I do wish it was accompanyed with some more power.

O- Eh not a terrible beer, but not a terribly complex or interesting beer either. Kind of a stronger, slightly wheaty Shiner. I guess that's what I should've expected though.

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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 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 jsprain1
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale golden. Clear. Thin white head, some lacing.
S- Very sweet, with wheat tang. Not particularly phenolic.
T- Sweet grainyness. The noble hops play something of a role in there, but the beer is way too unbalanced toward the sweet side.
M- Decent body but significantly too abrasive of carbonation. Too prickly for style.
O- Merely a so so beer. Easily approachable but far too sweet for style and carbed for the style.

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Photo of bens0n
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear straw yellow color with a decent amount of foamy white head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. There is a constant surge of bubbles that shoot through the glass from the base to the top.

On the nose its pretty mild but its easy to pick out the bready wheat smell. Can't really detect any hops or malt though.

Flavor wise its alot more of the same, the wheat is really the only thing that is easily distinguishable. Its on the watery side and the aftertaste is kind of funky.

It has a good amount of carbonation; not too much but just enough to give it some fizzy definition. This beer would be decent on a hot summer day but I wouldn't say its very refreshing because of the wheat overload.

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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 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 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 madamebeer
3.09/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours beautifully. I got about a 2 finger head. It was fluffy in appearance and dissipated quickly and leaves an appealing remnant of lace. It is beautifully bright straw color

The flavor of the beer is not all that impressive . You get a strong taste of wheat, and a hint of sweetness.

There is a residual chalky taste left over which isn't that appealing. But over all the beer is very smooth and light. easy to drink

but not one of my favorites

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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 bmwats
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark golden hue. Pretty hefty carbonation. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, white head which dissipates pretty quickly. Tiny bubbles of carbonation continue to rise throughout. Slight lacing.

S: A little malt with a slight sweetness of wheat. Ambiguously grainy tone overall.

T: Pungent wheaty flavor. Almost like rye bread. Slight sweetness again shows itself.

M: Light and refreshing. Carbonated, airy feel.

D: Goes down easy. This thing just disappears without much resistance.

Atmosphere is decent. Appearance is nothing special, but ok. Not much in terms of a head or lacing. Nose is pretty simple, but a nice grainy tone. Flavor is wheaty and pungent with a balance of sweet. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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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 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 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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Shiner 102 Double Wheat from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.08 out of 5 based on 232 ratings.
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