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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 48 | 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 Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

albertjr21, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%

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.

Onenote81, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Nerudamann
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Nerudamann, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of SamN
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%

A- Very very pale macro colored lager. Mild carbonation. Clear, nearly no head whatsoever; a little peeks out during the pour. What head there is is very fizzy and spritzy. Lasts mere seconds before fizzing away.

S- Metallics, corn and cereal grain musks. Vigorous swirling releases some better almost piney hop aromas, but this too fades before too long.

T- Starts watery, moves to processed hops, ends on metal cereal malt. Boring, a clean finish perks it up just slightly. Cheap and processed flavors.

M- Pretty good. Livelier than it looks, good sparkling carbonation. Refreshing, but not very "blonde" like, IMHO.

D- Eh. mediocre at best. Not something I'd seek out, but would make a good beer pong beer or something for a baseball game. Other than that, bland and boring. And not very "blonde" like at all.

SamN, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%

Shiner Blonde

Not sure what this was supposed to be. On the bottle it reads that this is one of the most popular beers in Shiner - can't see why. Poured this into a Sam Adams pint at 43 degrees.

Pale gold with no a thin lace that quickly dissolved to nothing but a smooth gold surface.

At first the smell reminded me of elementary school paste, then papier-mâché mixed with a lager.

The taste was rather watery. Right off it was very carbonated but ended up tasting flat. At first it sort of had a refreshing pilsner quality, but that eventually faded. It reminded me of a Coors or Bud Light after a while. It had no real characteristics. I did not pick up on any significant signs of hops or malts. Very bland and had a slight metallic after taste.

It was very drinkable in a "light beer" sort of way.

The warmer it got the more it tasted like a run of the mill mass produced light beer. Personally I will never bother with this one as it has nothing to offer me. Shiner TX can keep it.

LacquerHead, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

It's been a hot day, and I'm thirsty. Time for a cold one. On to the beer:

That head on top is extremely soapy looking. It gracefully falls to just some tiny spots on top this ginger ale colored beer. It looks like macro lager. Out come sweet cereals from the nose....I kind of like it, kind of don't like it. I'm leaning towards the "kind of don't like it" category.

As I taste it, I'm transplanted back to Brazil, where I drank more Skol's than I'd like. To be fair, Shiner Blonde is less crazy about the sweetness, and is a little cleaner. Sweet cereal and a dash of chemicals I would expect from a mass produced beer. The mouthfeel is light, but thankfully the bubbles don't interfere much. In fact, the crisp bite it gives is the best part. It isn't difficult to drink, but just drink it without thinking about it.

I sure hope the locals in Shiner, TX chill this beer really cold, because I can't imagine the horrors of a merely cool one on a hot day in south-central Texas.

DoubleJ, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%

A-Yellow...light whisp of white head..

S-Mildly bready...soft..

T-Basic and bland....some light bready notes...not a whole lot of flavor good or bad...

M-Light bodied...a little buttery textured...

D-Nothing wrong with this....no off flavors...mildly enjoyable with a little breadiness....clean looking and drinking...I could see kicking back a few of these after hockey or bull riding or something like that..

Ratings are per styel

ZAP, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%

A: Bright, deep straw yellow color. Poured almost a 2 finger fissy white head that dissipated to reing on the edges. Decanted continually. Laced in spots.

S: Grass, hay and wet grain.

T: Slightly sweet grains. Even bitter with a grassy flavor that lingers.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Easily drinkable. Low ABV. Nothing wrong with the beer; pretty average for the style.

Haybeerman, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled glass.

The beer had a thin head that disappeared right after I poured it. The color was light clear straw.
You can smell a little malt, but not much.
Tastes of light malt with a slight hay flavor.
Goes down easy, not overcarbonated, very drinkable. Nothing special here. Good beer though.

JMad, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of aristeros
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%

Purchased from the Class Six on post. This is the last of the sixer. I've had other Shiner brews and seen some good offerings from the place, though a beer snob might give them a thumbs down.

Pours a light straw with a finger of very white head. Low retention, some lacing. Moderately active carbonation, very good clarity. Looks like a Miller or equivalent. Nose has corn grits, some hay, and a light hop presence. Very light.

Tastes of grain, but not malty. Light hop presence. Good mouthfeel due to pretty active carbonation, and remains so even three minutes after opening and pouring. Dry finish.

This beer would appeal to the macro adjunct lager crowd. It's got a little more character than a Miller and I think I'd choose it over the big three in a blind taste test; Lord knows it holds up better because it isn't gross at just below cellar temps, which is in its favor. However, if you -told- me this was a macro adjunct lager, I'd probably believe you, because there's not a lot here that's different.

I'm appreciating it more because it's over a hundred degrees out.

aristeros, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.55/5  rDev +19.9%

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: The pour is a straw and dandelion yellow with three fingers of creamy head. The head retention is fair, lasting a few minutes. Slightly effervescent, was expecting more given the large head on the gentle pour. A few streaks of lace are at the top of my glass.

Smell: The nose is full of pale malt, cereal grains and a touch of hops.

Taste: The palate is actually more pleasant than I was expecting. Quite a bit of fruitiness comes in after it warms up a bit, with pear and peach coming through for me. The common lagering yeast shines through as well on top of the cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Surprisingly I enjoyed this beer. Easy to sip on, with enough character to make me enjoy each sip. I have plenty of other beers that I'd prefer over this, but this was a bottle worth trying through a trade.

Ek0nomik, May 30, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straw yellow with about a fingers worth of head that dissipated to nothing in no time, leaving no lacing.

S: Grass and malt, maybe a little yeast.

T: First thing I'm getting is grain and malt. It balances out with a little grassy taste at the end.. maybe a little on the husky side.

M: Light and crisp, lots of carbonation... but this settles as it warms up.

D: Pretty drinkable.... Low ABC and the flavors are not too bad... Overall pretty average.

mralphabet, May 25, 2010
Photo of Soilworker
1.93/5  rDev -34.8%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a globe glass.

A: Straw yellow with a half-finger white head. Very little head retention and the remaining thin film of head clings to the side of the glass.

S: Grassy hops with a sweet, lightly toasted maltiness to accompany it and some corn-like qualities to it. Doesn't seem to much different than a basic macro lager.

T: Not at all of fan of what they got going on here. Very light and while it is crisp the main characteristics here is a light sweet malt with a quite off-putting hop character. Finish is an unpleasant bitterness. Its really missing something here and it doesn't do much to set it apart from a basic macro lager.

M: Watery and relatively highly carbonated.

D: I could not get through more than one of these (in fact I'll probably drain-pour the rest of it in favor of something more appetizing). There were just too many unpleasant qualities with the hops while paired with some watery malts that didn't make this one easy to put down.

Notes: Will not be buying this one again and not sure I'll be finishing it.

Soilworker, May 14, 2010
Photo of jsh420
1.65/5  rDev -44.3%

pours clear pale yellow with 1 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like cheap light macro but very faint

taste is very weak and watery - some sweet corn and bitter hops

mouthfeel is awful - if you are going to produce a light pale with no flavor it better have some carbonation and this brew is dead

drinkability - this is craft?? i call BS on that - for the same price of this 6pack i could have bought a 12 of stag which has 10x the flavor

jsh420, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
2.45/5  rDev -17.2%

Appearance> low liveliness, light yellow. Quite pale for a blonde. not much head. Very slight lacing. clear.

Smell>grain, lager, ... cat pee?

Taste>not great, meh.bleh. My friend bought this and I had to do my "Awe thanks!-A-beer-I-haven't-reviewed-face"

Mouf> decent

drinkability> no fanks. Didn't even finish the first one

1759Girl, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%

pours out a very light straw yellow colour; clear and carbonation supporting a short lived fizzy white head which leaves little to no lace. light grainy aroma, some soft spoken fruitiness. the taste is more of the same...light crispy and crackery sweet pale maltiness with a slight bitterness to round it out. that's it. glorified mineral water. watery mouthfeel with a touch of slickness. a body that is stick thin and in need of a meal. drinkability is nice.

this is a total lawnmower beer and i bet would quench quite nicely in the summer heat. it also would wash down some spicy hot wings or jalapeno poppers pretty nicely.

budgood1, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of BigRedN
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is a bright golden color, near clear. My pour produces a fluffy white head, about 1 1/2 inches in height. Head slowly fades to a partial cover that leaves limited lacing.

Smell: Light aromas, a touch malty/grainy. Light citrus/grassy hop aroma towards the end as it warmed up some.

Taste: While more taste and scent than a typical macro lager, this is light in both departments; an unoffensive beer. Close to even balance, leaning perhaps a bit to the malty/grainy (not wheat, more lightly malted barley). Light hop bitterness (key is lightly hopped) on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively, with moderate carbonation. Prickly on the tongue and going down.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking, sessionable lager. I got a six pack and would do so again. Not a big ABV sipping beer, but it's not supposed to be. It's a good watching the game or sitting on the patio in the evening beer.

BigRedN, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of Dster
3.05/5  rDev +3%

Poured from bottle in pint glass.

Straw yellow beer with no head retention.

Mild smell, mild taste. Mouthfeel average.

Drinkabilty higher. Has almost no after taste.

Nothing offensive about it just not a lot of taste to talk about.

Average lawnmower beer.

Dster, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
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.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

theboozecruise, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of rdub
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

rdub, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of thecheese86
3.05/5  rDev +3%

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.

thecheese86, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of bilyboy65
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

bilyboy65, Nov 24, 2009
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 762 ratings.