Saturday, July 28, 2012

Shiner Hefeweizen

Shiner Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery
Shiner, Texas, USA


5.40% ABV

Commercial Description:
Shiner Hefeweizen (Hef-ay-vite-zen) is a classic unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat brew. Once poured into a glass, the distinctively cloudy Shiner Hefeweizen delivers a fresh, satisfying flavor from start to finish.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$7.00 6 pack

Kathy’s Uncle Jesse stopped by around Christmas time and gave me a 6 pack of Shiner beers. Most of which I have not had before so I’ve been saving them to review. I am finally getting around to them.

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a rich bright white head.

The nose is very modest, a little grassy but with some nice light malt aromas. Absent are the typical Hefeweizen banana and clove notes on the nose.

The first sip was nice and refreshing, perfect for this 95 plus degree day.

The taste starts out with a touch of pale malt sweetness upfront followed by a very refreshing cleansing effervescence as the beer washes over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back end is very easy drinking with an effortless swallow. There is not much to the finish but it is also very refreshing with light wheat malt flavors and just a hint of citrus and even a lighter note of banana and clove. The final aftertaste has just a slight continuance of the citrus note.

All and all this is a very nice refreshing summer ale but it’s not the best example of a Hefeweizen.

To give you some idea of how much I’m enjoying this on a hot afternoon the beer is just about gone. So it is a positive YES, to a great easy drinking summer beer but it’s not going to rate high for a German Hefeweizen.

As the beer warms I am picking up more of that classic banana and clove but it is still very subtle.

C+ in Style | Shiner Hefeweizen is a very nice easy drinking and very refreshing summer ale with a touch of wheat malt flavors and notes of citrus and a hint of banana. For overall easy drinking summer ale this is an A however its flavors are too subtle for the style.

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