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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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746 Ratings

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Ratings: 746
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 41 | 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 Mosstrooper


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
Photo of Tone


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
Photo of Fnord


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
Photo of BeanBone


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

Appearance: A crystal-clear, pale straw body with half a finger of fizzy white head that burns out rapidly leaving no lacing. Blonde is certainly an appropriate name for this beer.

Aroma: Grainy, pale malt with some grassy hops mixed in. Reminiscent of a macro lager, but not quite as soulless.

Taste: A mildly sweet, grainy pale malt body with a few hints of grassy hops around the edges. A grainy, cereal-like aftertaste. This is a very straightforward beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Certainly a very drinkable beer, though just a little boring if I'm honest.

Verdict: Blonde is certainly not the most complex or exciting beer in the Shiner lineup, but I don't think it was ever meant to be. This is pretty much Shiner's take on the American macro-style Lager, and the result is certainly a little more interesting than the offers from the big three. This works well as a gateway beer for the Bud/Miller/Coors set.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 23:58:44 | More by BeanBone
Photo of Daybis


2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow in color. Crystal Clear. 1/4in head that quickly dissipates.

S- Clean, but not a whole lot of smell.

T- Weak up front, but a slight grainy taste upfront. Bitter aftertaste and a sweetness that lingers long after swallowed.

M- Watery, the carbonation also helps add a bit of a bite up front.

D- Is drinkable. Great for sitting by the pool or enjoying outdoor activities.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:50:26 | More by Daybis
Photo of smibroncos

New York

2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear light blonde, with a short white head. The head did not last and almost no lacing on the glass.

S. Corn, grain, grass

T. Slightly bitter,I thought maybe like a cross between a kolsh and a pilsner. Soapy.

M. Lightly carbonated with small bubbles. Slight dryness. Light bodied, light flavored.

D. I did not care too much for this beer. Below average.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 23:57:32 | More by smibroncos
Photo of Kromes


2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a thin line of bubbles for a head. Looks rather thin. A standard american lager smell, some sweet honey malt and hop. A sweet malt flavor and earthy hop finish. A slightly bitter finish from the hop. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is a little thin before the carbonation kicks in. Drinkability is ok.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 21:56:15 | More by Kromes
Photo of twiggamortis420


3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear medium yellow color with a fairly small white head that fades a shade slower than most macros.

The nose is comprised of pale malt graininess and a very faint grassy hop aroma. Nothing offensive here at all, but nothing especially noteworthy either.

The flavor is extremely light and unsubstantial. A few hints of light malt are about the only things I can taste. It has less flavor than the Shiner Light. It is crisp, smooth and refreshing. Absolutely no off flavors are present, it's a well crafted beer...but the lack of body and flavor are disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 17:56:38 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of drunkboxer1


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

Very pale yellow. Thin white head that disappears real quick like, although it does leave some thin lace. Smells faintly of corn and grain. Very thin malt profile with a really crisp finish. The mouthfeel puts this above BMC, but it really doesn't taste like much. Fairly high carbonation. Actually as it warms there is a bit more maltiness to this than I thought. This would make one hell of a lawnmower beer, but there are cheaper lawnmower candidates out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 02:18:35 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of BlankFrank


3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass, showing it's extremely light gold color. The clean, white head makes the briefest appearance, and it leaves almost no lacing.

Very light and vague smells of sweetness combine with an even lighter whiff of hops at the end. Nothing bad comes out, but then again almost no smells are noticeable.

This has a very clean cut taste. It's perfect in that there is no "bad" flavor, but because there is really no interesting flavor to set it apart I couldn't really call it great. Dry and crisp with the standard grainy malty taste and whisper of hops that define so many of the lighter American lagers, Shiner doesn't really produce anything special with this beer. Though there isn't anything bad to say about it, there's nothing that makes the Blonde's taste great.

I do like the feel of this beer; it's very appropriate for the style. Lots of action with the carbonation, but you can get a good sense of body, particularly at the beginning of the sip. A clean finish with a good bitterness brings it together very well at the end.

Especially during a hotter day, this beer is hard to beat for drinkability. It's perfectly quenching and easily sessionable. The lack of interest, though, doesn't really entice me to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 07:07:15 | More by BlankFrank
Photo of zdk9


2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale yellow. Not really any head- and thus not really any lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up is corn. It's not an aweful DMS type smell, but sort of a cornbread type flavor. After that is some malt but not really a lot.

T- Weakly flavored. There is some light straw like malt flavor. And there is a touch of earthy hops.

M- Light, and a little sugary on the tongue.

D- Not a beer I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 03:12:04 | More by zdk9
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that fades faster than any I've seen before

S - Is faint with a sweet maltiness

T - Not much going on here either sweet malt the slightest touch of hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Compared to the other blondes made in Texas this one is disappointing just below average ok on a hot day I guess but I'd rather have a Southern Star or Real Ale version of a blonde ale

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 16:21:34 | More by armock
Photo of Bitterbill


3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a really pale yellow with a very small head of foam that fades quickly. Surprisingly, there's some lacing.

The smell is *very* light so I can't sense anything other than a bit of sweet malt and very light citrus. Wow. What a hard task it is to smell this one.

The taste is a bit more assertive but only just. Light notes of some sweet malt and grain with a smidgeon of some hop bitterness. This is definitely a beer intended to drink cold as warming it up does nothing for it.

Light bodied with brisk carbonation, it finishes with a decidedly corny flavour.

Drinkability? It's not a bad drinker at all, despite my comments above. The abv is perfect for sessioning and it has enough flavour not to bore you to death. ;^)

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 23:26:36 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of lanechaffin


3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I notice a lot of people selecting this brew, but I can't really understand why..it does nothing for me. The finish is starkly brisk and it doesn't taste like much. I was expecting much better. This is easily the worst beer in a case of Shiner family reunion- including the lights. I'd probably reach for an Old Milwaukee before this. It's not undrinkable though, but it damn sure isn't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 21:25:37 | More by lanechaffin
Photo of hiikeeba


3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of the Shiner Family 6-pack

A - Poured up pale yellow with golden highlights and thin white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly.

S - Sweet malt aroma to start, hops cutting through in the finish.

T - Nice hint of malt graininess, with some hop bitterness on the side of the tongue, but otherwise nothing too spectacular.

M - Moderate mouthfeel

D - When I drink pale yellow fizzy lager, I prefer Shiner Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 20:11:33 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of nhudson


3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a mixed 6-Pack from Whole Foods for a Birthday present. I have never had anything from Shiner except the Bock, which I hated.

a- Very clear with no head. Other reviewers say it looks like a watered down lemonade and I have to agree. Its very golden/yellow but clear.
s- Smell is of light skunk with an adjunct lager aroma. I get no hop aroma at all.
t- This beer tasted nothing like I thought it would. It has a citrus/adjunct lager taste, but the citrus rounds everything off in the finish
m- Smooth mouthfeel with little carbonation.
d- For what I would normally consider a "Crappy" beer its very drinkable. If I hold my nose I could down a few six packs.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 14:58:45 | More by nhudson
Photo of 1fastz28


3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours an insanely pale color, it looks like watered down lemonade, not even sure if i have seen a beer with this little color before, has no head either, pretty boring overall. smell is decent, has more of a belgian wit aroma to it than a lager, but it is pretty decent overall. taste is alot like the smell, closer to wit than a lager, but its pretty average. drinkability is the best part, its light and relatively refreshing, so having a few of these is no problem

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 04:05:43 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of TexIndy


3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but know it's fresh since came in a mixed pack that has a just released beer. Was a clear very pale yellow. Good carbonation and no lacing. It had a good sized very fizzy white head that quickly settled into a barely there partial collar.

The aroma was standard larger - malty and grainy. Not much hops. Not bad but not good either. Same with the taste. Typical lager. Middle of the road. Very drinkable so could be a mindless session beer if all you want it to get f'ed up with not much taste.

Overall, a decent beer. For me, this is the classic beer for showing someone what is the next step up from the BMC's. Not bashing them but not much flavor in them. This one is mild enough to start someone on their journey to better beers. For me, it's a very rare change-up beer if I'm at a place with limited selection or if I'm having beer newbies over.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 00:39:21 | More by TexIndy
Photo of champ103


2.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear straw yellow. A white head forms, but recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: Cooked veggie aroma and musk. A very light sweet and grainy malt aroma with a faint hop twang.
T: Follows the nose with a cooked veggie flavor. Just a light touch of sweet malt and a clean finish.
M/D: A light body with a good amount of carbonation. Very thin and watery. Easy enough to drink, but I would not want another.

Blah. After being somewhat surprised with Shiner Light, I thought this could be enjoyable. Nothing I will revisit when Shiner light is much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 20:30:04 | More by champ103
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, after just having reviewed Shiner Light, maybe this is my least favorite Shiner.

A - straw yellow, about a half-inch whitish head that dissolved very quickly.

S - a bit skunky, not appealing at all. It's a strange aroma for a golden lager.

T - Nothing special. It's actually like a Bud Light or Miller, but that's more of an insult to Shiner and a credit to the big three.

D - it's drinkable, not something I'd often come back to, but let it sit in the freezer for a bit and it'll refresh you.

Hmm...Shiner isn't hit or miss, it's hit all the time for me, but tasting this again is a little weird. I found a Shiner I wasn't crazy about...

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 23:58:19 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of jwc215


2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to armock for this.

Pours light straw yellow - very light - white a thin white head that has brief retention before becoming a patch, then disappears. It has some trailing lace at first, but leaves a clean glass.

The smell is of light cereal, lighter than some macros. Very faint hops, if at all.

There is a touch of grainy sweetness with a slight touch of non-descript washed-out hop presence, enough to give it a dry finish. There is a touch of salt. It's pretty much bland and fairly tasteless, though nothing particularly "off".

The feel is seltzery and prickly, though not more than most macros, maybe a hair less. It is thin. Crisp, if nothing else.

This could be mixed in with a typical American macro lager, as it's on that level.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 02:05:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of jpaltan


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

Golden yellow, quite translucent. head pours big and foamy then is gone in seconds. some bubbles keep coming up from the bottle of the glass. if it weren't for them, i'd guess the beer was flat. smell is lemon. more cleaner-like than fresh lemon though. taste is humdrum with corn flavors that blend into a mild bitterness. some of that lemon is still there too. mouthfeel is quite lacking. very little carbonation, really thin. i think the macros have better mouthfeel. drinkability is not too good. i think i'll keep these in the fridge for friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 22:17:40 | More by jpaltan
Photo of bmwats


3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Golden color. Low carbonation pours into a 1 finger bubbly white head which quickly dissipates leaving no remaining head to speak of. Light carbonation continues to rise. No lacing to speak of.

S: Light malt, yeast, hint of lemon.

T: Subdued malty character. A little yeast.

M: Light but hearty. Malt and then a pungent aftertaste follows. A little diluted.

D: Pretty solid. Light feel, decent flavor.

Atmosphere is, okay. Flavor is decent, yet subdued. Feel is pretty generic. All this makes for a light, but somewhat flavorful, drinkable brew. Decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 01:41:29 | More by bmwats
Photo of Bagman007


3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very clear pale yellow coloring with a thin layer of white head.

S- Doesn't really have a very strong scent, but what you can smell is a mixture of wheat and hops.

T- Very bland taste, but somewhat sweet at the same time. Very watery beer.

M- Extremely smooth, not very bitter. Somewhat sweet taste.

D- Extremely drinkable. Very smooth beer.

Overall not as bad of a beer as I thought it would be. Definitely a little watery and bland, but not a terrible beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 03:21:10 | More by Bagman007
Photo of ghebel


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

A - Clear, straw colored.

S - Grainy, malty.

T - Not much new here. Tastes like a pale lager.

M - Like carbonated water.

D - Could drink a lot of them. If you just want the effects of the alcohol or to drink on a hot day without much taste, this is it. It has more taste than some of the American light beers, but is that really saying much?

Overall - A good example of an American lager. Nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 23:29:01 | More by ghebel
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