1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

Not Rated.
Shiner BlondeShiner Blonde

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
69
poor

783 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 783
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-19-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (23) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Shiner Blonde Alström Bros
Ratings: 783 | Reviews: 281 | Display Reviews Only:
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 Treyliff
2.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light straw color. Good retaining head with a bit of lacing.

S- Earthy, veggies, not much going on.

T- Can taste a little bit of hops and malt. Sweet on the back end, overall very light.

M- Very light, gows doen like water on the back end. Good balance of carbonation for a lager.

Overall a decent beer. It serves it's purpose as a light beer but there's not a lot going on with this one. Could use a little more taste on the back end as well.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of thatlongname
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, pale and yellow. Good sized white head. Seems to stick ok.

Smell: Malty, light hops. Some citrus smells too. What you'd expect from an American lager.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells. I was surprised really. It's rather different. It's quite sweet up front and ends with a little bit of hop character. The taste doesn't stay on your tongue.

Mouthfeel: Real light bodied as is expected. Good carbonation.

Overall: Overall, one of the better APLs I've had. I'd definitely take this over a macrobrew any day, that's for sure.

Photo of PDXHops
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker glass. Initial presence is pretty nice, a thickish cap of foam with plentiful bubbling through the straw body. The head soon becomes a wisp, though, and leaves very little lace.

Very, very light grains and a touch of lemon in the nose, a bit of corn. More flavorful than I expected, crisp and almost crackerish malt profile that finishes quite dry. Abundant carbonation enhances a surprising amount of bitterness. A touch metallic in the finish.

Overall impression: Looks, and smells, can be deceiving. This one was pretty enjoyable, actually. Not a bad choice at all for a fizzy yellow beer.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden body with a 1 finger head which dwindles to a very small trace of bubbles sitting on the body. Not too much in the nose, pretty much just generic beer smell. Taste is alright with a light corn/malty flavor and very loght hop finish. Not too much special about this beer. Refreshing, but just beer.

Photo of Aphexwolf
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, pale amber/straw color, weak soapy head with poor retention. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Light hops and very sweet backdrop
Taste: Nice balance of hops and malt initially, but I can't put my finger on the aftertaste, it is enjoyable though.
Mouthfeel: Light and dry.
Drinkability: Medium. Can drink 2-3 at a time.
Summary: This is an average beer. I gave it 7.1/10, or C-. I haven't tasted very many different beers, but this one has a unique taste I haven't experienced before. I can taste hops topped with sweet malts, but there's some flavors I can't identify here. It looks, tastes, and feels like a pale lager. To be quite honest I'm a little disappointed in Shiner's most prized beer...I was just expecting more. This is not a beer I would drink often, but not one I would turn away either.

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

A: Very light with a 2 finger puffy white head. Little lacing as the head dissipates quickly.

S: Malty with very little hop character. Sweet also.

T: The same as the smell. Very malty and sweet but not a strong flavor profile. Not watery but lacking in flavor. Very smooth and clean.

This is an middle of the road beer. Beings as it lacks real flavor I would not keep it on hand or buy it again for that fact for myself. However the beer coming from Spoetzl is cheaper than some crafts and quite a bit better than macros. In having to bring beer to a BBQ this would be a good choice, and considering some of MY friends don't drink craft and would likely bring a BMC. Being 4.4%, and smooth this beer is a great sessioner for such get-togethers. Good beer Spoetzl Brewery.

Photo of Arithmeticus
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: from modest to no head in 3.2 seconds flat; blonde, clear, little carbonation
S: malty, slight hints of citrus, but the gusts of a macrobrew intrude
T: very light and forgettable taste; perhaps there's a smidgen of banana flavor, but more tinniness than any fruit
M: like cold water

Pass.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Extremely light and clear golden yellow. One of the lightest/clearest beers I've seen. Average sized, light, foamy, soapy, pearl white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving

S - Lots of cooked vegetable with corn all over the nose. Some very lightly toasted grain as well. Very sweet with only a faint hint of sulfur or hops.

T - Like the nose, there is a lot of cooked vegetable with some grain as well. Again only very faint floral and grassy hops. Sweet malt and corn dominate the taste.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Fairly smooth with a slightly drying finish.

D - Goes down easy as you would expect, but nothing that I'm going to regularly reach for.

Notes: What you would expect from an average pale lager. Nothing exciting and dominated by cooked vegetable and corn flavor.

Photo of Lemke10
3.89/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Pours a very pale yellowish color with the scent of grassy grains. Has a very nice blend of different grains and wheats in its taste. Finishes with a nice smooth taste and a light feel. Not to much craft in it, but if you are a Miller/Bud drinker during the summer, give this a try instead.

Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is somewhat sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, a tad mild, some malts and sweetness. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Archelenon
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another medium-grade beer from the Shiner family, Shiner Blonde is a decent American Pale Ale that would be a good start for non-beer drinkers.

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an IKEA pilsner glass. Left virtually no lacing, but the presence of carbonation trails left a little bubbling froth at the top. The label had a nice description of beer, with no freshness date or ABV listed..

Appearance: Pretty standard yellow in color, sort of like looking through yellow sunglasses or a lens filter for a camera. Carbonation trails were fun to watch, but the lack of head or lacing hints at the reduced quality of the beer overall.

Smell: Very easy on the nose, which is partly why I think non-beer drinkers might want to give it a try. Usual elements of wheat with some mild hints of flowers.

Taste: Lighter on taste than similar beers, with the wheat flavor dominating. Zero bitterness and a slightly lemony, wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thin with a little bit of bubble.

Drinkability: Super drinkable. It goes down fast. I would definitely drink it again.

Overall: B-

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. This is my second beer from the Shiner Family Reunion six pack. Pours a clear, pale yellow, with a light frothy white head that quickly reduces.

Has a grassy, grainy smell, like wet straw. Light floral accents as well.

Very, very light tasting, light malt and yeast with a hint of lavender. Ends with mild lemon bitter, before fading like a wisp of smoke in the wind. A very delicate brew.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, almost fragile.

This is a dainty, airy beer. I'd almost call it a beer for those looking for a beer without all that beer taste to it. I'd call it a session beer, but frankly, it is too light for that. Not saying it is bad, just that it is insubstantial.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 brews in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both average. Aroma is sweet malt, grain and corn. The aroma isn't bad at all. Taste is just like the aroma, but the with sweet malt being the strongest thing that I can taste. There's also a bit of a grainy finish. Like the aroma, it doesn't taste bad. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these. It's not a beer I would make a point to seek out, but if someone gave me a bottle I wouldn't turn it down, either.

Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shiner Blond

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a clear light straw yellow.

Aroma: Grains and corn (creamed corn). Much like the Light. Some grassy hops.

Taste: Bland. Creamy corn, grassy hops, grains. Not very much here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, much like the Light, but lighter. Not much here to talk about.

Photo of vdread
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shiner Blonde pours a pale yellow with a little fizzy head. pretty standard fare for this style.

smells of some faint noble hops and grain.

yea, it's a pale lager. a little bit more hoppy with some crackery malt. inoffensive, probably pretty easy to drink. pretty uninspired lager here.

highly carbonated, light

a local, though more expensive version of the big crap beers. my girlfriend suggested that it tastes like a better-quality BMC. i have to agree because i can actually taste a little bit of hops in this beer.

Photo of mjurney
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Pale straw color, very clear. Some little bubbles. Small soapy head, just a touch of lacing on the glass. Looks like a typical lager.

Smell:
Sweet grains, a little corn, very mild bitter hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel:
Sweet grainy and some adjunct (cooked corn and cabbage). Hops is very mild, a little grassy. Crisp and clean finish. Body is very light. Carbonation is pretty strong.

Drinkability:
Very drinkable. Taste more like an Adjunct Lager than American Pale Lager (all-malt).

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 merddyn2002
3.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

what you would expect from a good blonde ale. i prefer blonde bombshell over this one for a blonde ale, but this is very drinkable. I certainly wouldn't turn it down. It's a little lacking in aroma but overall taste and drinkability make up for it.

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 albertjr21
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Into a pint glass this pours a clear pale golden color with no head.

S: A sweet sugary malt nose with a hint of honey.

M/T: A crisp and well carbonated light candied sugar and honey noted feel upfront makes way to a juicy center and a crisp, refreshing, mild aftertaste.

D: Just enough flavor for a light refreshing treat on a hot summer day.

Photo of Onenote81
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap at First St. Draught House, and thought I'd give it a try. Sounded light with my lunch. Came out a pale gold with no head on it at all. Obviously, no lace left behind as there was no head. Scents of grains, cream, and faint floral tones.

The mouth is crisp and little too bubbly. Could stand to smooth out a bit. As far as flavor goes, this is decent. Some nice crisp citrus, slight corn/grains, finishes creamy and sweet. Not bad at all. It accomplished what I wanted it to: refreshing and it hit the spot. This is far better than the macro lagers out there. Decent crossover beer for the inquisitive.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - One fingers worth of foam, good carbonation. Light, hayish color.

Smell - Smells like a lighter lager. Light hopiness, maybe some hints of citrus?

Taste - Good balance between hopy and malty, but otherwise nothing terribly strong in taste.

Mouthfeel - Average, mix of creaminess and watery.

Drinkability - Not too strong of an after taste, easy to come back to, but probably not worth favoriting.

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.