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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
69
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787 Ratings
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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 87 | 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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Ratings: 787 | Reviews: 282
Reviews by acelin:
Photo of acelin
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this for a cookout I went to yesterday because it was pretty darn hot and wanted something on the lighter side,pours a light blond color with a thin wispy head that is gone fast and leaves no trace.Aromas of corn husk and a light grassiness but not much there at all,taste like aroma to me was dominated by corn with a light herbal not.Decent when cold and goes down real easy but this could pass as something from the big 3 for sure.

Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color and not much of a head.

Smell – There’s a faint scent of grain, but otherwise this thing smells like one of those clear-colored Gummi Bears.

Taste – Ugh! There’s not even any grain in here, just that sickly sweet flavor of rock candy stuck on the underside of a high school bleacher seat.

Mouthfeel – Ultra-light with little carbonation and very disappointing.

Sinkability – This Blonde gave me a black eye.

Photo of brownbeer
2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a macro in the glass.

This has more of an adjunct smell than the other light beers I've had from Shiner. Light, not much going on at all. But hey, it doesn't smell like rice, right?

Taste is malty and grainy with a hint of grassy hops, i'm assuming. The finish is short, almost absent.

This one isn't going to be for the craft lover. But at least it doesn't taste like an aluminum can, I guess.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Blonde American Pale Lager 4.4% alcohol poured into a Plisner glass from 12oz. blue labeled bottle.

A- Appearance is extra pale yellow with one inch loose bubbled head that falls to a light froth with mild lacing.

S- Not bad with hints of lemon zest hops and grassy notes as well. Lightly sweetened malts are present in the back of the nose.

T-M- Upfront the flavors are a grainy mixture of slightly metallic notes with and slick bites of faint citrus hops. Not much on taste but doable for a lawnmower. Mouthfeel is slick and watery with mild carbonation.

All and all a drinkable beer for a hot day.

Photo of blackearth
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with no head. Aroma of pilsner malt, clove and a little fruity. Light bodied and crisp with pale flavors and light hops. Thinking that this was the same as Spoetzl's first brew from 1919 makes it a bit more interesting, but it's not much different from a macro lager. A good alternative to BMC.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks the way its supposed to - golden. No real head retention. Doesnt smell so great. Kinda like wet cardboard, or a wet dog or something. Flavor is a quick burst upon your tongue, and then dissapates. I prefer Shiner Kolsch over this. Not the worst Shiner there is (Bock gets that honor) but I prefer most of the other Shiners over this one. That all being said, I think this beer will go well with the dinner I'm about to eat (lasagna).

Photo of MutualAid
2.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours very pale with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - All yeast with a bit of malt, no appreciable hop bouquet.

T - A bit of sweet malt with a hint of banana that quickly gives way to . . . water; no hop flavor but a bit of bitterness pops up in the finish.

M - Very thin body with a finish so clean you could convince yourself you haven't tasted it yet!

D - This beer is drinkable in the way water is drinkable. To some people that is a good thing but I am not one of them.

Overall, like an American light beer in the worst way possible. No thanks.

Photo of generallee
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: It has a straw yellow/gold color body with very good clarity. There is some visible carbonation and a tall bright white head on top. The head fades to a wispy thin layer white make some slick lacing. A quick swirl is needed to keep some head on top.

Smell: The aroma has a light clean character with hints pale biscuity malt and some grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: Following up on the aroma the flavor gives a light bodied offering with a pale biscuity base and light grassy hops. The carbonation is borderline fizzy but average for the style.

Notes: This seems to be a very average beer all-around. It is clean and simple.

Photo of Jason
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, red white and blue colours for the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Yellowish straw colour, decent head that looks like frothed milk which leaves some stickiness behind.

Smell: Mostly clean aroma with hints of cooked corn, faint hop twang within the fermented vagueness.

Taste: Crispness and smoothness go hand and hand to make for a real nice flowing mouth feel, carbonation is at a perfect and balanced medium level to hold the light body together. Almost immaculate palate with faint at best for malt character, lots of cracker like grain on the tongue that seems to head more towards a fresh cut hay flavour (DMS). Hops are scarce though are at the appropriate level they should be at with a beer this light. Obviously on the dry side. Bitterness brings a sharp twang to the mouth and nearly cleans house to leave not much at all in the after taste. The finish is just the after shock of the hop twang and some powdery grain.

Notes: On par with the big three (Bud, Miller, Coors) if not a tad better, that is a hard thing to do being that beers this small have to be flawless regardless if they have little flavour or not. On a hot sweaty day this would be a perfect ice cold beer to grab.

Photo of Billolick
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours lightest of golden amber, clear, almost white head, leaving a thick ring of foam, just a slight wiff of a stale nose. This is a thin and fairly tasteless ofering. Lawn mower beer...stay away if you like flavor and have any interest in quality/tasteful beer

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and grass

Mouthfeel: sweet with a light bitter undertone, high carbonation, light body

Overall: For the style, I actually enjoyed this one. It tastes more like a pilsner than an adjunct beer. I could have several on a hot day. It has a very clean taste to it. If I were not grading to style though, I suspect this would be about a 3.25

Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very subtle. I may get a little grain, but the beer hardly has any aroma at all. The flavor is grain, wheat, grass and corn. Nothing too special and really not too appetizing. Medium carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Not one of the better beers from Shiner.

Photo of Dizzy
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden color with fizzy white head. Aroma is malt, corn and some faint hops. Taste is malt, corn and some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry with a bite from the carbonation. This beer is what it is, but its not a bad beer for a hot day. This is probably my favorite of the non seasonal beers from Shiner.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle at the Norman, Oklahoma Holiday Inn, where it qualifies as an "export" according to State law (so it can exceed 3.2 ABW)...Weird, huh?

Pale gold with a big head that disappears very quickly and is macro foam-like in character. Sense of some candy corn to the aroma along with decent hop. The flavor is seriously macro-like to my tongue, quite a bit of corn syrup with a leaning toward overcarbonation and the same brief hop cut of a Bud. Ranks close to other regional Lagers like Grain Belt, Rolling Rock, etc...i.e. -- worthy of support from locals.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a clear golden yellow hue with a bright white two finger sized head leaves behind streaks of lace. Aroma contains corn and rice tones with light two row malted grains leaves behind a weak hop aroma very grassy in origin. Flavor has a creamy sweet corn and rice texture with light pockets of hops that have grassy components to it, very nice light beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied with overly carbonated profile. Drinkability is less than complex when it comes to overall drinkability very simplisitc in nature I will pass next time.

Photo of chinchill
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: crystal clear yellow-golden; Small and short-lived, sudsy white head. Looks suspiciously like a light beer.

Aroma: light malt and grassy hops -- or maybe just plain grassy -- with a slight earthiness. Smells suspiciously like a light beer.

T: balanced, but barely present hops and light malt. Tastes suspiciously like a light beer, although the subdued flavor does linger a good while.

M: light and watery body; carbonation is medium (very good) with some crispness; slightly dry.

Overall: comes across as a Amer. light beer. Nothing like a Belgian blonde. It is hard to believe there is a light version of this beer. Suitable as a dining beverage or thirst quencher.

Photo of dacrza1
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Situation: NBC comedy Thursday... Glassware: Ommegang pokal... Appearance: champagne gold body with a thin but noticeable off-white head--good effervescence... Aroma: nondescript notes of Saaz hops... Palate: crisp, dry palate--a fizzy finish... Taste: mellow lager/pilsner predictability--not bad, but again...a bland blonde...having trouble distinguishing the variety in this variety case... Overall: I imagine a blonde should be crisper and more refreshing than its lager brethren; this is only slightly moreso, and I am straining to find the subtle differences between this and any other...

Photo of soper2000
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always in the mood for experimentation. I picked up a six pack of this along with my weekly groceries and was prepared for the worst.

Color is straw yellow, but with a nice 2 finger white head that was surprisingly absent of those huge soapy bubbles. Aroma is faint but some sweet malt and flowery hops are present (similar to O.K. Lager in my opinion). Taste is weak, the typical pale lager sweetness is the predominant quality with just a tad bit of peppery/flowery hops making their presence known at the end. Drinkability is decent.

Not a horrible horrible beer overall, but it's not something I see myself purchasing much of in the future.

Photo of emsroth
2.54/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Light gold/straw. Pefect clarity. small frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt with perhaps a touch of hops. The scent has hints of sour apple and honey that mask the biting aroma of alcohol. A rather complex scent for a simple beer.

Taste: Really not much going on. The strongest flavor is a bit of mineral bitterness. Ends with a husk that lingers for a while. Tastes like a full barley brew, but rather lacking in flavor.

Crisp and refreshing with a nice medium-low carbonation. The mouthfeel, however...I'm not sure if it's unpleasant, or if it's somehow linked to the taste which makes it unpleasant. Either way I'm not liking it.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A unique light yellow color with a twinge of chartreuse, Shiner Blonde poured smoothly and formed a soft finger of foam that dissippated rather quickly. The brew smelled of bread--yeasty and malty--and attacked my tongue (not unpleasantly) with a nice kick of carbonation and a touch of hops. The taste was also pleasant, with the same slightly yeasty, breadlike flavor and kiss of hops. It's not all that distinctive, but it's not bad. A solid offering.

Props for the woman on the bottle--that's worth at least 0.5 points on appearance.

Photo of aval89
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: light golden colored body with perfect clarity.. half finger head with lots of active carbonation..

s: some grain with mild cooked veggie aroma.. minor hints of lemon peel..

t: upfront is cereal grain & cooked veggies.. mainly a corn like flavor.. middle of the tongue is pretty clean malts to a semi sweet finish.. some grassy like flavors linger..

mf: light bodied with crisp carbonation..

o: not bad at all.. better than most macros.

Photo of pmcadamis
1.69/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought a sixer of this stuff to enjoy while hanging out on my deck with friends.

A - No head, no lace, no haze, no love. This looks like any pale yellow macro lager.

S - Hints of metallic mineral notes and a faint twinge of spicy hops.

T - Tastes like any bland lager...albeit with a bit more assertive mineral and copper tones. Not really tasty.

M - Thin, weak, and overcarbonated.

D - This could have passed for Coors in a blind taste test. Very bland and boring stuff really.

Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells musty and grainy. Taste is extremely mild almost nonexistent. There's just a light hint of grains up front and very, very mild bop bitterness in the finish. The beer is very thin making it incredibly quaffable.

This is a very forgettable beer. Maybe refreshing for a hot summer day, but it's not a beer you want to enjoy for flavor. I'll pass next time.

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