Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.1/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-19-2001 22:58:18 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
3.1/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-24-2004 19:58:50 | More by oberon
2.05/5 rDev -30.7%
Appearance Delicate light yellow in color and not much of a head.
Smell Theres a faint scent of grain, but otherwise this thing smells like one of those clear-colored Gummi Bears.
Taste Ugh! Theres 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.
01-29-2004 03:34:22 | More by RoyalT
2.17/5 rDev -26.7%
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.
01-23-2010 02:23:29 | More by brownbeer
2.78/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-24-2011 21:00:04 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.05/5 rDev +3%
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.
07-13-2009 17:09:26 | More by blackearth
2.9/5 rDev -2%
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).
07-19-2006 00:39:45 | More by chOAKbarrell
2.42/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
11-08-2008 00:25:33 | More by MutualAid
3.18/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
09-26-2010 20:58:11 | More by generallee
2.45/5 rDev -17.2%
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
08-08-2007 16:10:52 | More by Billolick
4/5 rDev +35.1%
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
04-19-2011 12:51:52 | More by tigg924
2.68/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
09-17-2010 05:17:29 | More by Mora2000
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
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