Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery
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2.17/5 rDev -26.7%
Pale amber with a cottony white, cottony soft head that doesn't fall instantly, but isn't long-lived either. Within several minutes, I'm left with a patchy film on the surface of the beer and one small splotch of lace. The aroma is one mini-step above a macro lager. In other words, sour and grain-like with very little to recommend it.
It tastes better than most macro lagers, but not by much. Again, there's a mildly sour, mildly bitter, mildly skunky flavor that's only tolerable because of all the 'mildlys'. The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation feels harsh. Bitter, dry as dust finish.
I don't really have much that's good to say about Shiner Blonde so I think I'll stop right here. Thumbs down.
06-30-2004 19:23:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
3/5 rDev +1.4%
Bottle: Poured a golden blond color lager with a medium pure white foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of light sweet floral malt with light crisp hops notes. Taste is more enjoyable then I had expected with floral and dry notes well balanced. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Better then I had expected - nothing bad just a bit too subdued.
10-30-2009 00:34:55 | More by Phyl21ca
3.1/5 rDev +4.7%
A nice alternative to the industrial light lagers out there. Add a touch of fruitiness and more substantial maltiness without sacrificing emptiness and blandness, here we go.
A standard yellow straw color has brilliant clarity. Medium head formation leads to a moderate retention except for the lace around the class that holds 'til the end. Lively carbonation keeps the foam comming.
A part-grain, part-malt balance gives a light bready, cracker-like malt character while the grains give a bit of sharpness and acidity- much needed with the low levels of herbal hops. Somewhat floral at times; could be hops, could be soft esters. Light sulfurs keep the beer from being as clean as it could be.
Fairly light and crisp in texture with a fleeting body that matches the flavor. Quite clean in the end with a short-lived linger of grain breads and sweetness.
Compared to Budweiser, this is a beer that is better in quality, complexity, and cleanliness.
10-26-2009 18:23:28 | More by BEERchitect
2.73/5 rDev -7.8%
Single finger head with better than expected retention and decent lacing on a bright straw colored clear body. Lots of breads and biscuits with grain notes for the aroma. Flavor is very light with more grains, minimal malt presenece and a sharp bitter note which comes and goes as it rests on the palate. Light body and high carbonation. This one is very bland and plain. Refreshing and no bad after taste but unimaginative.
08-20-2012 23:12:41 | More by kylehay2004
2.85/5 rDev -3.7%
Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a fizzling inch of pure white bubbles, though it departs at a rapid pace.
Smell: This Blonde has a cereal sweet aroma, flecks of cracked grains, and water-soaked malts.
Taste: Light taste of pale and pilsner malts, modestly grainy, and a vaguely sweet notion of honey water. A few corn husks. Very faintly herbed, spiced hops with an altogether low degree of bitterness. Sweet cereal grains on the crisp-ish finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Yeah, yeah, refreshing and all, but it's subdued and subtle to a fault, never really satisfying.
04-05-2011 18:48:45 | More by ChainGangGuy
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
2.7/5 rDev -8.8%
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.
11-12-2012 05:16:52 | More by TMoney2591
2.98/5 rDev +0.7%
A - Poured out a pale, gold color with a small, short-lived head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.
S - It smelled of malt and corn.
T - The taste is very malty. There is also a spicy element.
M - It was fairly sharp, but a little thin. A light to medium-bodied beer.
D - It is an okay beer. It just lacks in flavor compared to other All-Malt lagers.
05-15-2007 23:16:17 | More by zeff80
3.4/5 rDev +14.9%
Shiner Blonde is a standard golden lager with a short-lived white head (it does leave some nice lace at the outset), and a sulphury lager aroma. It's crisp in the mouth with a medium body. The flavor delivers a subtly sweet, straightforward, and mildly grainy malt that's lightly infused with a non-descript hop flavor (mostly floral and a touch spicy, but muddled) and backed by a firm bitterness. It's well-made, readily accessible, and fairly drinkable with the exception that it lacks enough complexity to compel you to have another.
02-03-2007 19:57:21 | More by NeroFiddled
2.15/5 rDev -27.4%
Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a light pale yellow color with a thin white head that very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a faint amount of hops.
T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that is followed by some grain breadiness and both flavors are I got out of it. Overall, there really isn't much to it to describe. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: A little smooth and a little crisp but kind of watery, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Not too flavorful, goes down very easily and is not filling at all since there isn't much substance to it, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, it seems like one of those beers that is designed to be poundable but while it's light enough for that role, I didn't find it to have the kind of flavor I'd care for even in a lighter beer.
11-30-2009 01:57:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.2/5 rDev +8.1%
A - One finger of snow white head on top of a clear golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.
S - Grainy malt with a light note of musty hops. Otherwise quite clean.
T - Lightly sweet, creamy malt with a hint of light hop flavor. More of the same in the middle with a hint of acidity. The finish is dry and balanced by the lightest hint of bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - A pretty generic blonde ale, not bad but not particularly good either. Not much else to say about this one.
12-23-2010 05:59:04 | More by nickfl
2.83/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
05-05-2006 02:10:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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
3.15/5 rDev +6.4%
Pours an effervescent light gold with 3 fingers of white head. Faint hints of lacing & zero head retention
S: Slight sweetness & perfumy notes as this warms
T: Light breadyness & grainyness up front. Slight metallic taste follows& lemony hops. Finishes juicy & slighlty grainy
MF: Light with moderate carbonation & okay balance. Why so stingy with the malt bill?
Drinks really easy, but kind of tasteless. A step up from BMC though
04-08-2007 02:27:54 | More by russpowell
2.9/5 rDev -2%
Appearance: utterly transparent, pale yellow head, nice head of foam.
Aroma is bare, shy, emitting no flavors to speak of, bone-dry.
Taste:not bad, but not much. Very minimal. Extra-light body, tiniest texture, slick and nearly buttery, finishes on the dry side.
Nothing wrong with this lager, great "lawnmowin'" brew, just doesn't offer anything I can use...though if there was nothing else available in some certain situation, I'd endure it.
09-19-2004 09:27:56 | More by feloniousmonk
3.65/5 rDev +23.3%
I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled in a mug.
A - Golden straw w/ refulgent appearance and clarity. 2 fingers of pure white w/ a tiny bead. The effervescence is noticeable in multiple streams of pin sized bubbles and wisps of lace form around the collar
S - Gentle malt w cereal accented nose and mild herbal hop tinge the odor is light w/ toasted grain
M - Light refreshing and mild w/ subtle sweetness and moderate carbonation as a blonde should be. Semi sweet as it finishes on the clean side
T - A grainy malt taste w/ subtle toasted corn flavors and hints of light hopping in the flavor w/ mild sweet taste as it finishes the yeast gives no off flavor, but really does nothin' to help either w/ a light toast & spice on the last sip
D - I could tak or leave this honestly but it is true to the style and has many qualities I expect from a blonde-mainly refreshment and it is a quencher foremost
09-17-2009 22:21:22 | More by Slatetank
2.15/5 rDev -27.4%
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.
11-11-2012 04:56:21 | More by mactrail
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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