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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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743 Ratings

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Ratings: 743
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-19-2001)
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 02:23:29 | More by brownbeer
Photo of theboozecruise


3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

This one pours a clear golden color, not much head, bubbly, no lacing or retention.

Hardly any aroma to it, a little bit of straw smell. Mediocre.

The taste is better, but still nothing remarkable... grassy, hardly any malts or hop flavors to speak of, but it's easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Better than a macro lager, but not by a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 01:16:01 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of rdub


2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the mood to slam a beverage so I drank this straight from the bottle.

Appearance was light yellow down in the bottle with a nice smell and nothing offensive.

Taste was a step above your average BMC offering and quite honestly something I could session.

Mouthfeel was medium. Drinkability was excellent and perfect for lawnmoer mania.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:31:20 | More by rdub
Photo of thecheese86


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

Poured out of a bottle into my pilsner glass (was out of regular pint glasses). It was part of a 6 brew/12 bottle variety pack from Shiner. Had a lot of tiny, rapidly forming bubbles that created a very thin layer on the top of the beer. Not a very strong taste, but also not an offensive taste. My non-beer drinking friends would probably drink this. Beer professionals would not be too impressed with the flavor. I could see myself drinking it as an afternoon beer with lunch since it is also rather light.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 04:10:28 | More by thecheese86
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Rhode Island

2.15/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 01:57:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This would be a good introduction into beer. Especially for someone only use to drinking one of the big 3 at parties. Other then that it's pretty basic.

A: Looks more like apple juice. Barely any bubbles, almost no head that dissipated extremely quick. It is a nice yellow in color though for a pale.

S: Slight hops, but mostly grains and rice. The hops may actually not exist, but seem to be there from a combination of the grains and rice.

T: Like beer. I really can't explain this one. It's grains and rice flavored beer. Not a bad taste, just plain. No bad after taste which is nice. Because, honestly, if the beer has a plain taste and a bad after taste, you did something wrong.

M and D: Light and dry body. Makes this a good beer to consume quickly for gaming reasons if need be.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 23:49:31 | More by bilyboy65
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2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to gramatton for the trade!

Consumed 11/8/2009- from notes.

12oz brown bottle poured into a shaker glass.

I see its listed here as a pale and I think that fits more but I'll review it as a blonde like the bottle says.

A- Very clear, pale yellow capped off by about a fingers worth of tightly bubbled white foam. Miled carbination.

S- What is there is very faint. A little grassy/floral with an almost metallic tang.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell with a little crackerish/biscuity note as well.

M- Light bodied, pretty watery. The carbination isnt very noticable.

D- I guess its an easy drinker if you like it. Not much here though. I was suprised since I like the other Shiner brews I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 19:49:20 | More by tatoodkelt
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2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a shiner mix-six a few weeks ago...

A: Pale and clear. Not overly impressive. Not much head or lacing.

S: Kind of corny-barley. Some indistinguishable hops.

T: Bland. I find it better when straight from the bottle. Overall, not too impressive. Maybe better than most for the style.

M: Light. Highly carbed, not impressive, but not terrible.

D: It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2009 05:46:10 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of maleman


2.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating.

A - aptly named as it poured as pale as green tea. thin white bubbly one-finger head that receded quickly. thin lacing.

S - barley is dominant. a bit of spice of some kind. something almost like burnt grass.

T - having a hard time describing the taste...not much there to hang onto.

M - extremely light-bodied, medium carbonation. not much of a finish, nor any aftertaste.

D - not much to get excited about with this swill. will not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:33:32 | More by maleman
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 00:34:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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2.23/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Krušovice-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a small, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles as well. Looks as yellow as your palest macros.

Smell: Smells like corn. This smells almost as bad as some light beers.

Taste: Really light on taste. Just grainy, corny flavors. Once again, just tastes like your typical adjunct lager. I really expected more from a Shiner beer.

Mouthfeel: Like over-carbonated water. Very little body to it.

Drinkability: Go elsewhere. While I could down a few of this in short order, there are cheaper beers out there that do the job just as well. If you're looking more for a tasty drink, go elsewhere too; there's very little of that here.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:59:35 | More by wahhmaster
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3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thanks Exiled!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 18:23:28 | More by BEERchitect
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3.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass although I am thinking it is better out of the bottle.

Appearance - very pale yellow with slight white head.

Smell - not my strong point but smell was faint to say the least.

Taste - not a lot of taste but that is not what it is for, it is to refresh and it does that well.

Mouthfeel - smooth with enough carbonation to make it interesting.

Drinkability - this one goes down way too easy. Can only imagine what it would be like on a hot summer day. At 4.4% abv this is very drinkable.

Surprised how much I liked it considering that it is rather light in the taste department. But I like the beers from Shiner and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 23:24:23 | More by tjwarren
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 04:10:46 | More by emsroth
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3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:21:22 | More by Slatetank
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2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quick review - BMC American Lager made by a craft brewery.

Color - yellow beer with a tinge of honey. I poured it hard and it built a bit of pure white head which dissipated to a little foam with no lacing.

Smell - this smells like a BMC American Lager. I get a little bit of malt at the tail end.

Taste - this tastes like a BMC American Lager. Not much else. It's a bit smooth, maybe slightly malty for the type.

Mouthfeel - medium thin but thicker than expected.

Sessioning - extremely. This is a lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 00:40:51 | More by TeeCee
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2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color that is very clear. Had a small head.

Smell: This had what I would call a funky malt aroma. Not very pleasing.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt flavor with very little bitterness. Smooth, but pretty plain.

Mouthfeel: A pretty modest body, but not too thin.

Drinkability: It's not horrible, but it's not all that great. There's better beers within this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:25:28 | More by civilizedpsycho
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2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer looks like an American macro lager, being a clear golden-straw color with a fizzy white head and millions of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The nose is pretty non-descript; a bit of grainy malt and weak, faded hops - slightly skunky. The taste reveals more of the skunkiness. Tastes like many generic pale euro lagers I've had, skunkiness and all. Grainy and one dimensional (two if you count the skunk), I have nothing positive to say about the taste. The mouthfeel is light in body with just a touch of tongue-burning carbonation. Overall, a beer that would be easy to drink if you wanted to but as the flavor stands I'm not sure why you would. Stick with Shiner Bock - a much better beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 19:56:39 | More by gmfessen
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2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a stella glass.

A: Golden kind of yellow. or wheat if you like.
The head was very white and about a quarter inch high. Fizzled out nicely with no lacing.

S: Whoa...wheat and yeast.

glug glug glug
Tatse - The first thing I get is alot of grains, which then fades into a more bitter grassy taste. ends on the malty notes. i want to say there are adjucts in this but i dont know.

mouthfeel - pretty good, a little on the thin side, too watery. the fizz is fine but seems to fade quickly.

drinkability - i feel like the flavor comes in like two unbalanced notes. its not horrible, and this is not my style of choice but this is really just middle of the road. sessionable, but i doubt i would choose it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:33:56 | More by Thur123
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4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I believe that all Pilsner style lagers should be judged on their own turf. If you compare them to exotic, dark, heavy, expensive, bottle conditioned, or other whooplah beers, they invariably can be described as piss-coloured, blandish, fizzy and boring. However these beers are the most popular and best-selling beers in the world, for the simple reason that they are refreshing, drinkable, and pair well with many common dishes. They have no distinct outstanding flavor notes, but their flavor can be an excellent and very balanced blend of those notes we most savor in a fine lager. This being said, I see a few Pilsner style lagers being notably better than the rest, and Shiner Blonde fits in the category of a good specimen Blonde beer.

A: A good looking pale lager.

S: Grains, yeast.

T: Sweet, pleasant, slightly hopped, light bitterness. My only complaint with Shiner Blonde and Shiner Bock alike is their lack of the characteristic biscuity aftertaste that makes a good pale lager so wonderful. The flavor is very good, but it ends abruptly instead of echoing pleasant grain notes to finish.

M: Very normal carbonation.

D: Drinkability is the strength of this beer. It can be enjoying in large amounts without hangovers. But don't. Drink two or three at a barbecue in Alpine or Marfa in may, or have a few during your stay in Big Bend National Park. This is a great Texas backyard beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 03:42:05 | More by tobymugg
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3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow. No relevant head or lacing.

S: Hint of grass and cloves. I say hint, because you really have to try to smell this beer. It has almost no smell at all.

T: Think macro-brewery lager, but a hair better. Lightly carbonated. Hints of malt. Hints of hops.

M: The carbonation is ok, but there is just nothing going on with this beer.

D: This is the high point of the beer. I would call this a lawnmower beer as this is more of a refreshing drink on a hot day than anything.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 13:42:36 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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3.05/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 17:09:26 | More by blackearth
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3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with almost no head.

Smell: Lots of grain and corn, with a bit of malt and hints of hops.

Taste: Starts sweet with a bit of a corny flavor, and finishes off with a pleasant bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and heavily carbonated, but also crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall not too impressive. It tastes pretty good, but isn't too great for much else. Is a good choice for outdoor Texas barbecue, though. I'd drink it again, although probably not regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 17:24:29 | More by Mosstrooper
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2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, grain, and a hint of citrus. Overall, not an exciting blonde at all - more of a regular lager. Nothing to go out of your way to get.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 05:30:14 | More by Tone
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2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Blonde

Appearance - Very clear, very pale yellow with almost no head.

Smell - Almost nothing. Maybe a hint of sweetness, a barest whiff of grass.

Taste - Very underwhelming. A bit of grass to start with, closely followed by caramel malts When it warms up a little, some pale malts begin to peek out of hiding in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, very low carbonation. I think this is the least carbonated pale lager I've ever had.

Drinkability - Less refreshing than a lot of pale lagers, but it's really easy to drink. I'm already 2/3 of the way through this one by the time I'm writing this.

Notes - The lack of carbonation combined with the light flavors is a little weird. I can see this being a summer beer in the Yukon. Mainly, though, I think this is a beer intended to appeal to people who don't drink beer. In fact, I've known people who disliked all beer but this one. I suppose it fills a useful market niche, but it's really not for the beer geek.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 15:34:45 | More by Fnord
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
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