The Brewski Report Reviews Spoetzl Brewery’s Shiner Hefeweizen and My Selfish Ways
File Date: 2.13.2011
File Name: The Giving Only Goes So Far.
The Beer: Shiner Hefeweizen
Stats: 5.4% ABV
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site: www.shiner.com
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.
Brewer Brand Hype: Hefeweizen (Hef-ay-vite-zen) recalls the classic beers of Bavaria as a true unfiltered wheat brew. This beer captures old-world Munich Malt, wheat grist used in a scant 1% of all brews worldwide, orange and lemon zest in a frothy classic example of bottle-conditioned beer. Adding clover honey and yeast just before it’s bottled touches off a unique, secondary fermentation process inside every keg and bottle before its final release from the brewery. Follow these step-by-step directions to POUR YOURSELF AN OUT-OF-BOTTLE EXPERIENCE:
– POUR half of the bottle into a glass.
– ROUSE the yeast by swirling the bottle and pouring what’s left into the glass.
– ENJOY this unfiltered brew with a generous wedge of lemon.
Label: Handcrafted in Shiner, TX since 1909. The ‘Little Brewery’ has been the source of every drop of Shiner Brew. Distinctive flavors brighten every sip of this wheat ale as it’s brewed with a hint of clover, honey and orange and lemon peels. Every drop of Shiner is brewed in Shiner. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This refreshing delight is bottle conditioned with added yeast. That means our Hefeweizen keeps brewing until you open it. This unfiltered ale has a cloudy appearance and a silky smooth flavor. To properly enjoy, 1. pour half the bottle into a glass, 2. swirl the remainder of the bottle to mix up the yeast 3. pour that into the glass and enjoy with a wedge of lemon. Prosit!
The Brewski Review: Very good. Poured with an overabundance of head which dissapated quickly. Very mild and creamy tasting even without the lemon. I’m sure the wedge of lemon would have enhanced the flavor that much more. Enjoyed this one quite a bit. Liked it so much I purchased a six pack and took it to a BYOB family party. Of course, I didn’t share any of it. I kept it all to myself.
Drinkability: Bought a six pack if that says anything.
Appearance: Cloudy golden w/ maximum head.
The Buds: Smooth and buttery.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 caps out of 5.