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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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737 Ratings

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | 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 PBRstreetgang


3.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light golden with a three finger head of white soap bubbles. Excellent clarity, decent retention and nice spotty lacing. Extra pale malt in the nose, with some mild hops, mabye cluster? Overall clean aroma. Pale malt sweetness upfront, clean lager flavor, with a hint of kolsch yeast character. Semi-drying aftertaste, again, a low alpha hop flavor and meak bitterness. The timid flavors do balance, and it is very pleasent on the tounge, Light in body, with an effervescent carbonation. Finshes soft, with just a touch of alt/kolsch yeast and pale malt. A superb hot-weather quencher, too bad it's released so late in the year.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 04:36:29 | More by PBRstreetgang
Photo of Ricochet


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

This brewery's burp beer. Every bit of unoffensive, bbq wash as as a lot of the Macro guys. It was yellow, it was bubbly like a soda, little head. There is some hops there, so it's a little on the bitter. There is a fuller wheat taste but it seems dumbed from corn. The mouth was a simple, average wash, like any other yellow, fizzy, concoction.

If I lived in TX, could get this cheaply rather than $6 a six, and I didn't have access to Yuengling beers, I could see this becoming a go-to beer. Otherwise, average as they come.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 20:07:16 | More by Ricochet
Photo of SkeeterHawk


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

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear pale golden color with practically no head even after an aggressive pour. There are quite a few bubbles stuck to the side, so I guess that is where my head is. There are very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The aroma just has some toast malts like Vienna or even a bit of British style malts may make up the backbone of this beer, but there is also a defined corn presence here. I get some subtle floral hops in the nose along with some even more subtle spicy hops here. The nose is really light, and it is hard to pick out anything in particular except the grainy notes I mentioned earlier.

Taste: Well, the flavor follows pretty closely with the aroma. There are plenty of grainy notes along with a subtle floral hop presence. The malts taste even a little more like British varieties than I got in the aroma. Pretty much the malt is in charge the entire time with the toasty and corny notes. The hops are there, but only support. The finish is rather wet and grainy with no alcohol apparent at all.

Opinion: This beer is OK, but there really isn't all that much to set it apart from anything. You could call this a macro brew as easily as you could a very neutral craft beer. I don't know...this beer is just OK. It isn't metallic and gross like you often get with this type of beer, so they didn't screw up...it is just very bland corny and neutral.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 00:08:42 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

This is an average beer. Like the big three. Maybe a little better. I prefer high life to this if I want a no frills macro. It's just average. The only think I don't like is the mouthfeel. It needs to be more crisp. It's just not the crispness I expect from an american lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 00:55:06 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of ColoradoBobs


2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle in a mixed sixer at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO for $1.21.

Very pale yellow body under a three-finger white head that fades quickly to a slim lid. Not much lacing, but there's some there.

Smell of soap, grass, mild citrus, a tiny hint of banana, even a bit of grapefruit. Says it's an all-malt lager, but I thought I detected bit of rice.

Taste is lightly floral hoppy with a sour dry finish. A bit of soapiness in the taste. (Note: it's not the glass, which was well-rinsed.) A little skunky, with a lingering skunk-bitter aftertaste.

Nice soft and round mouthfeel. Pretty good in that department.

Fairly drinkable, but who would want more than one. I suppose if this is the only beer available, I'd have another in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 21:47:05 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear straw color with a persistent head. It had a slightly malty, sweet smell. The taste was mild and balanced. The mouthfeel was thin with noticeable carbonation with a clean and crisp aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 05:11:59 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of Dizzy


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

Pours golden color with fizzy white head. Aroma is malt, corn and some faint hops. Taste is malt, corn and some bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied and dry with a bite from the carbonation. This beer is what it is, but its not a bad beer for a hot day. This is probably my favorite of the non seasonal beers from Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2006 02:57:23 | More by Dizzy
Photo of Dogbrick


2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow-gold color with a fizzy thin white head that disspates quickly. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent. Light aroma of straw and corn. Light-bodied with vaugue grassy hops, malt and corn flavors. The finish is effervescent and lightly bitter. Although it is not a bad beer, it is kind of a wet blanket all around.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 14:26:32 | More by Dogbrick
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, clear gold with high carbonation, good, thick head with some retention.

Light malt and yeast, somewhat sweet smelling. Not bad, but definitely an AML kind of aroma.

Tastes crisp with mild sweetness. Minor hop presence. Decent-to-above-average Macro lager.

Crisp mouthfeel. The carbonation carries the mild flavor into parts of the mouth that aren’t reached by most lagers of this type, in my experience. Good drinkability. Goes down easy, despite the carbonation levels.

Pretty good macro-style lager. Refreshing brew for a hot, hot July evening. This beer would go well with BBQ or cookout type food. However, it’s not really anything special and surely isn’t worth the premium pricing ($7+ per six).

Bottom line: not bad; not great; Shiner Bock or Kolsch are better.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 13:52:21 | More by rabsten
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2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks the way its supposed to - golden. No real head retention. Doesnt smell so great. Kinda like wet cardboard, or a wet dog or something. Flavor is a quick burst upon your tongue, and then dissapates. I prefer Shiner Kolsch over this. Not the worst Shiner there is (Bock gets that honor) but I prefer most of the other Shiners over this one. That all being said, I think this beer will go well with the dinner I'm about to eat (lasagna).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2006 00:39:45 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of acrawf6


3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw with a small white head that does down quite quickly.

Smell. pretty sweet and malty. small smell of some sort of a cooked malt aroma.

Taste. Nice maltiness. no frills, but a nice mild potency of malts. somewhat sweet. not too bad. aftertaste has an interesting warming affect.

Mouthfeel. body is medium and a little chewy. good amount of carbonation.

Overall i think this one is a better beer than their bock. simply has more flavor, but has a little bit more of a raw taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 03:39:25 | More by acrawf6
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New Mexico

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

Slightly oranged gold with a fizzy white head that disappears almost immediately. Nose is consequently difficult to discern -- sour and sickly sweet for the most part. Yeasty "beer" smell. The flavor is not much to speak of either, primarily a tame malt presence that is not-quite-but-almost-cloyingly sweet. Some slight hop spice. Just off bitter finish. Thin mouthfeel, not watery but completely unimpressive. Would be easier to drink if it had more flavor. Makes me wish for some Brooklyn Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 19:56:49 | More by orfeu
Photo of hasslerj


2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light and drinkable beer. I'm not going to be pretentious about any tasting experience of any brew....so i must say that if you switched my glass of blonde with a glass of budweiser I wouldnt notice a huge disparity. Macro in a prettier bottle, nothing wrong with that, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 04:18:39 | More by hasslerj
Photo of Winter


2.2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear golden in color with a delicate white head. Somewhat spicey aroma of malt and hops. Thinnish, carbonated mouthfeel. Borders on watery. Taste is fairly clean and uninspiring. Reminds me a lot of your typical American macro lager. Grainy, with a touch of sweetness. Hops are present but very light. This beer is too meek to be offensive, yet too lacking in flavor to be recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 21:20:30 | More by Winter
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 02:10:23 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.3/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this Bohemian style is damned near perfect for type. It look like a Czechvar and you can't get better than that fo this style.
Smell is somewhat subdued, byt the Saaz hops comew thru after some warming.
Taste is exactly what I expected. Malt and Saaz. Also, very good mouthfeel.
This is a very good beer. Compare this to Rebel or Czechvar and you'll see. Czechvar in particular is better, but I like this one.
Lastly, head formation and retention are not as good as some, but didn't detract.

I like this beer and will buy more.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 20:33:03 | More by zsk
Photo of tonistruth


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

A- dark golden color with a fat 1" maybe more head, decent retention, little to know lace on glass.

S- floral grainy scent. Clean with some sweetness to the scent.

T- Grainy malty taste, slightly sweet, clean, little bitterness in the end. Dry aftertaste.

M- thin bodied with a level of carbonation that compliments it. Smooth.

D- non-filling, light with some solid flavor. Went well with the pizza i was eating. Simple beer. Im not going to seek it out. But a good beer to give your buddies to get them off the macros.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 20:24:02 | More by tonistruth
Photo of biergeniesser


2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz bottle of Shiner Blonde poured a crystal clear blonde to light golden. It’s remarkably thin white head dissipated quickly and disappeared altogether. Tiny, fine bubbles evolved sporadically, lacing was nearly non-existent.

The aroma of this Blonde was unexpectedly earthy. It was dominated by horsey/hopsack aromas, which barely let the grainy grassy malt aromas come through. Not a disagreeable aroma, per-se, but unexpected.

The flavor of this beer was more enjoyable than its aroma. This beer had a crisp, grainy start with a moderated degree of hop bitterness that fades to a finish of clean malt.

Shiner Blonde has a light body and has the slightest mouthcoat, which is punctuated by a slight but pleasant carbon dioxide bite.

Although this beer describes it self as a Bohemian style golden lager, Pilsener Urquell it ain’t. The recipe has likely changed over what the Bohemian and German founders of the Spoetzel Brewery would have intended, therefore the BA description of light all malt American lager is certainly more fitting and what one should expect from this beer. Altogether, Shiner Blonde is a quite drinkable and enjoyable beer… perhaps more so directly from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2006 16:20:11 | More by biergeniesser
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North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've hjad avergae experience with Shiner so far but since I am in Texas on vaaction and it's in the fridge here, why not? Actually much better than all-malt beverages that I can thik of? Nothing too exciting, but this could be session brew down here. Pretty light and quite easy to consume. My wife enjoyed it as well, which always is nice to know.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 20:22:38 | More by Backer2004
Photo of BuckSpin


2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a sample 6 pack from Texas with this in it. Poured a honeyesque, pale honey-straw hue, slighty hazed, some mild bubbles rising. 1/4" head of mixed white foam edged & disappated quickly. Nose had a slight citrus to it, some straw, otherwise sharp & unremarkable.

Its crisp, but to be honest I couldn't really pick up any sublties. Nothing spectacular, perhaps a good lawnmower beer. It is what it is. Pallete is unremarkable, finishes clean with a slight film, perhaps an escuse of bitterness.

If I was sweaty & thirsty, I'd grab one or take one. If given choices, I would definitely choose something else. Guess everything isn't bigger & better in Texas afterall.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 01:14:02 | More by BuckSpin
Photo of beerdiablo


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

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other brands have taken the “artistic” road in their line of offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil’s Backbone.

A decent crisp session lager for hot summer days and hot cuisine.
It is best served cold and paired with BBQ, preferably a combination plate featuring brisket and hot links. Onions & Jalapeños optional.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 04:07:50 | More by beerdiablo
Photo of allengarvin


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

Pours out a pale straw color with a slight head. Aroma is quite faint, just a touch of sweet malt. Light malt flavor with only a slight presense of hops. Finishes very clean and dry. Light bodied, with a neutral texture. Not unpleasant, but there's nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 02:32:17 | More by allengarvin
Photo of whynot44


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

A pale straw yellow color with a modest white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The aroma is mildly grainy, grassy.

The taste is also lightly malty, slightly sweet with a hint of hops taste at the finish.

Decently drinkable light bodied, but with an odd aftertaste I can't identify.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 05:23:06 | More by whynot44
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2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Always in the mood for experimentation. I picked up a six pack of this along with my weekly groceries and was prepared for the worst.

Color is straw yellow, but with a nice 2 finger white head that was surprisingly absent of those huge soapy bubbles. Aroma is faint but some sweet malt and flowery hops are present (similar to O.K. Lager in my opinion). Taste is weak, the typical pale lager sweetness is the predominant quality with just a tad bit of peppery/flowery hops making their presence known at the end. Drinkability is decent.

Not a horrible horrible beer overall, but it's not something I see myself purchasing much of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 23:35:54 | More by soper2000
Photo of weeare138


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

Appears a light straw yellow with a small head that rapidly fades. Tiny carbonation bubbles draw up to the top, screaming to be released. Very little to no lacing visible.
Smell is of slight malt and a light grassy odor.
Tastes average at best. There is a clay like taste that lingers after the swallow that isn't very appealing.
Mouthfeel seems ok at first but it is thin with a slight graininess that doesn't seem to mesh well.
Drinkability isn't too bad but I'll leave these alone after 1.

Not so good, Al.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 20:28:38 | More by weeare138
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