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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
69
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281 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 281
Hads: 791
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-19-2001

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Photo of Good_Ale84
3.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from Texas, I'm a Shiner fan. Had 'em all and this one isn't terrible, but by far my least fave from Shiner. It has that "bud" or "Miller" look to it, thin head with little to no lacing. It does taste better than the standard brands, but still has that corn chip smell and after taste that you get with standard,mass-brewed American beers. However, if you have a Budweiser sixer in your hand as you read this, Shiner Blonde is a step above and a better choice. (466 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager was pretty good. It was not what I expected, it was lighter than I thought that it would be. It smelled really good as well. The taste was not that bad, I know that I liked it. If anyone has not had this beer They should try it out. That is if you like this kind of beer, It had a golden look to it. I know that I have always liked Shiner beers, so if their are anymore out their that I have not had I can't wait to try them. (436 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another decent, fairly enjoyable but basic Shiner beer that is not remotely close to their best in my book but is definitely better than the characterless Shiner Bock. In the end, it is a light, standard but reasaonbly good basic American pale lager.

Very pale gold, it has a small white head soon thinning to thin ring, no wisps or lace.

Aroma is slightly soapy perfumy apple, grain, hint of grass - standard basic pale lager but nice.

Taste is similar, grain, apple peels, grass, hint of 7-up, dryish mineral water throughout, faint sweetness amd bitterness lingering with grassy element, lingering hint of grain. (626 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours transparent straw with little head. Smells of some sweet grain, possibly some corn. Tastes of a little watery grain. Beer is light bodied heavily carbonated. Overall a slightly below average beer, but better than most adjuncts. (280 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-yellow with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly with not much lacing either. Light aroma of malt, grain with a touch of honey. The taste started out with a good amount of carbonation with sweet malt but finished a little on the dry side. Overall it wasn't that great. (289 characters)

Photo of smt1
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: true to its name, this is a blonde lagger. Small bit of head, not much remenants.

S: Light corn smell from the adjuncts

T: Similar to taste. Can't detect much in the way of hops. M

M: light carbonation

O: Overall, a light blonde lagger. noting special, but refreshing. (275 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw color. The head is a typical-looking one finger white shade. It seems to retain itself more strongly than others in the style, which isn't saying much.

S: Unfortunately, it's not far off (at all) from a typical adjunct lager here. Notes of corn and cooked veggies emanate from the aroma. These notes aren't as strong as they are in, say, Bud; if they had a healthy backing of hops behind them I could easily view this as a pre-pro pils and be done with it - alas, it's not the case. Meh.

T: Flavors are as straightforward as they can be - some sweet cream and a touch of corn. No cooked veggies from the aroma are here, thankfully. If this does anything right, it's the fact that the adjunct notes here aren't as off-putting like they'd be in a typical BMC product. Actually, my main problem here stems back to what I said about the aroma: where are the hops? The malt backbone is perfectly acceptable for the style, but without any balancing hops, it's simply too sweet.

M: Typical of a lager, it's light and easy to drink. But it finishes too sweetly, and as such, isn't as quaffable as it could be.

O: This seriously needs more hoppiness to it. What's sad is that this missing feature is all that stands between Shiner Blonde being just another crappy AAL (which it is) and a wholly solid pre-pro pils. A shame, really. (1,383 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell and taste featured light adjuncts atop a soft pale malt with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a clean, dry finish.

Overall an uneventful adjunct lager. Quaffable however. (312 characters)

Photo of Gmann
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale pale pale straw color, crystal clear, with a pure white airy head that quickly settles into a light ring. Fizzy yellow beer.

The aroma is sweet and grainy. Some cracker malt notes followed by a corn like grainy scent. Ok for the style, I guess.

The taste is watery with some grainy notes; corn like flavor. Surprised that this is not a light lager. Not overly adjuncty due to the lightness of the brew. Some honey sweetness.

The feel is light and watery with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. It is fine cold but worry if it warms it would become more astringent.

Standard macro lager. Tastes more like a light lager. Meh. (645 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well that's a pretty tame and weak colored yellow right there. White head, 1", dissipates at a steady clip.

Nondescript aroma, lightly vegetal and grainy. Not much there. Corn and grass.

Taste, unoffensive lager. Not really the hallmarks of flavor, mild corny grain, little to no hops, high carbonation, barely any malt heft or presence. It does have a dry and crisp mouthfeel, no doubt helpful on a hot Texas day.

At best, you only have to drink one of these since it came from a variety pack of Shiner stuff.

Where it really falters is charging more than other BMC quality stuff. Decent enough to give someone without feeling really embarassed, but don't bother buying these in quantity, pick up some PBR, Olympia, Rolling Rock etc. . . they all do the same thing, but this is a little more expensive for some reason. (826 characters)

Photo of JG-90
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into glass leaves a small white bubbly head that quickly dissapears to leave a small ring of bubbles around edge and almost no lacing. Perfectly clear straw/yellow in color. Does not have a remarkable, but not bad aroma, smells like "light beer".

The flavor adds a little more than the taste. At first the taste is "light beer" but then you first get a hint of grapes, then husk and grains. Has a crisp grape/grain taste that lingers in mouth. Light body with high carbonation.

This beer is better than Major Brand X Lite, but not by a lot. (556 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
2.27/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a super fizzy 1/2 inch head that immediately dies away to absolute zero surface foam. Lacing is nonexistent.

S- Slightly sweet aroma of stale bread and a kiss of alcohol.

T- Nearly flavorless save for some husky grain-like flavor probably from adjuncts like corn or rice plus a slight tinge of alcohol.

M- Pretty much just water as far as the consistency goes. Barely any carbonation either, resulting in a lame, lifeless feel.

O- Wow. I figured, out of all in the variety sixer I got, this would only be enjoyable to drink in order to quench my thirst after an intense workout but it's not even accomplishing that for me. This is not what beer is supposed to be like. It's like they didn't even try. (816 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up as a single bottle in Totowa, having never tried this before. I expected it to be a lot like Pabst Blue Ribbon and sure enough, it was. While this didn't measure up to the beers that I normally enjoy, it was good enough to down and not pour out, while reminding me of lazily kicking back and soaking up some sun during the warmer months.

The pour to this was straw, clear, and with little head. There was even less lacing to be seen and no discernible aroma at all but thankfully, there was just a bit of carbonation. This wasn't sour like I expected at all and it reminded me more of an Adjunct or a Macro Lager. Some floral notes, a bit of honey, and a starch-like malt base gave a bit of oomph to this, without the mouthfeel of a mass-market beer. This finished clean like any Lager should have and it was just filling and bright enough to keep my attention, even though it didn't quite feel like beer.

That's because of how low the alcohol was, which I never tasted or felt from start to finish. Session beers don't get much of obvious than this and had I bought another, it would have gone down just as easily afterwards. It's nice to find a brew of this style without the fillers that the mass-market beers consist of. Here is just an unassuming beer that goes down nicely without much thought and once in a while, that can be a great thing. I may give this a go again in the Summer! (1,407 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Blonde pours a pale amber with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle.
The aroma is so mild as to be almost non-existent. The flavor is mild and on the malty side. This is a very light beer, really, a nice one for what it is, kind of a high class lawnmower beer if you will. Pleasant enough, goes down easy. (322 characters)

Photo of fsimcox
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear transparent straw yellow. Fluffy white foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin white layer of bubbles. No lacing.

Smells of floral grasses, a hint of hops, and maybe just a bit of lemon and sweet malt, but very faint.

Taste is sweet malt, and grain, a hint of honey suckle, and some faint sweet bread in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but crisp and clean. Very drinkable, with a little carbonation, and a dry finish.

A nice clean crisp lager. It was worth trying, if you like a basic beer. (526 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well looks wise it ain't much, clear, yellow and fizzy with a small head that dissipated quickly and left not much lacing.

Aroma is kind of sweet, smell more like an adjunct lager brewed with corn than a pure malt brew. A bit of honey and some grains too.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma led me to believe it would be, but it's still somewhat sweet. It's got a nice graininess and a little grassy flavor too. There's a light bitterness that provides some balance, but nothing notable as being hops.

Body is very light, fizzy, and quite easy to drink.

It's a good lawnmower beer, or a substitute for AALs. It's not much to write home about though. (659 characters)

Photo of acelin
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pils glass.

Pours a clear yellow with minimal to no lacing. No head to speak of.

Smells like faint malts.

Tastes like pale malts, slight sweetness, bready, with faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is average. Very sessionable.

There are many other beers at the same price point that are better. (314 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Popping the top it's a bit of adjunct smell. Pours to a bright yellow with wispy white head that disappears in an instant. Taste has a bit of grape and yeast but fades to a weak grape. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, apparently carrying the lack of backbone. Not a keeper. (270 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a half finger of head. Clear, golden colored body with a few bubbles rising up.
Smells like honey and grain.
Taste has initial sweet note, followed by a dry bitterness.
Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp texture.
A decent enough drink. (253 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A blonde with a shiner is never a good combination in real life... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mildly funky wheat, light grass, and a touch of whole-kernel corn. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more corn, which is now even sweeter than before. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a pretty limp blonde, barely a step-up from your average adjunct lager. (557 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden color in the glass with the usual modest head. There is enough spritziness to be beery.

Kind of sweet with a corn flavor. Maybe it's grits, being Spoetzl. Overall it's pretty insipid. Just a touch of something bitterish at the finish.

I suppose a taste test would reveal whether this is better than Keystone, but we'll probably never know. From the 12 oz bottle as part of the "Family Reunion" six-pack. (418 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fairly flat. Straw yellow. The only positive thing is the decent, thin layer of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sour, burnt caramel and lemon. Skunky.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour, skunky lemon and herbal soap (not that I have much experience eating that). Mouthfeel is sudsy, but also soapy.

Overall Drinkability: Just a bad-below average beer overall. (361 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color, with about an inch of white head that had low retention and no lace.

The aroma was mostly lightly sweet malts, a nice bit of grain and some soft hops. The taste was fundamentally the same, a sweet, grainy, "beer" taste.

The body was nicely full for the style, but yet stayed crisp, even, and clean. Drinkability was very nice, the beer went down quickly and easily. Overall, a nice little beer. Nothing spectacular, but probably worth throwing a sixer in the fridge to have when you're in the mood for something a little lighter. (606 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright straw yellow color. Small white head consists of small bubbles but is nowhere near creamy. Fizzy is what it is. No retention to speak of.
Smell is musty, malt, some light citrusy hops and a touch sweet. Balance is good.
Taste is hops, malt, some citrus and a light sweetness with mustiness. Decently balanced
Medium-ish body, lighter than expected carbonation. Nothing to really recommend this brew except it is better than the megabrew offerings. (469 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a clear straw color with a tiny white head that fades almost instantaneously to give no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a biscuit nature with a light citrus smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of a paper smell.

Taste – The taste is fairly one-dimensional. It starts out of sweeter caramel with some sweet corn and a lighter bready taste. These flavors persist throughout the taste with very little change; leaving the same flavors that starts out the taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light and the carbonation level is rather average. The lighter body and the carbonation are good for the style and do make for a quite easy drinking brew.

Overall – Quite simple and easy drinking. If looking for a session brew or when looking for something very simple, then this will work just fine. (908 characters)

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