Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 63 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-19-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of meatmallet
2.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a thin white head.

Smell: Smells like malt and grain but not very strong at all.

Taste: Starts off with a bit of a wheat flavor but finishes like a glass of water.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: I heard a lot of good things about Shiner but this beer falls well short of what I expected.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/14/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a light golden yellow color body, with virtually no head, white. Has a slightly skunky malty aroma. A very light skunky taste. Fizzy malty taste, fresh tasting, slightly dusty palate, not too complex of a flavor.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is blue and depicts two guys standing in front of a brewing vessel. No clear freshness date. I do like the comment, "Swing by the brewery in Shiner, we'll pour you a cold one and talk about blondes." My wife grabbed this at a local beer place that may need to be added to BeerFly.

Appearance: Pours with one finger of pure white head. This settles to just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is very pale yellow and perfectly clear. Moderate activity. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Mild vegetal aroma with semi-sweet malt. Slight metallic note.

Taste: Very sharp carbonation bite almost overpowers the mild flavors which follow. Malt sweetness with notes of artichoke with a very, very slight hint of mint.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is through the roof. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Pretty bland and unexciting, but that is what this style is all about. Easy drinking and certainly wouldn't scare off any macro drinkers.

Photo of MutualAid
2.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours very pale with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates.

S - All yeast with a bit of malt, no appreciable hop bouquet.

T - A bit of sweet malt with a hint of banana that quickly gives way to . . . water; no hop flavor but a bit of bitterness pops up in the finish.

M - Very thin body with a finish so clean you could convince yourself you haven't tasted it yet!

D - This beer is drinkable in the way water is drinkable. To some people that is a good thing but I am not one of them.

Overall, like an American light beer in the worst way possible. No thanks.

Photo of jsprain1
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very pale golden with minimal head and lacing. Lots of carbonation
S-Smells of musty grass and alcohol.
T-Tastes better than it smells. Still has a musty grassy taste but finishes decently.
M- watery and overcarbonated.
O- It's quite drinkable for its style. Not great not poor. It would be good if it had more body to it. Not Shiner's best product but is actually a good beer for a grill out and a good choice for an intro into craft beers.

Photo of Jyubei
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. A pale yellow brew, 1/2 finger white head and minimal lacing.

S. Very light aroma of hops and wheat with a floral hint.

T. Hops, water, and a sour wheat at the tip of the tongue. Not much to taste here. Has a water and hops aftertaste.

M. Watery and smooth.

D. Nothing much is really here. I'd drink it at a party if it was the best of a poor selection, but I won't buy it.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Knowing this breweries rep for poor looking brews I gave this one an aggressive pour out of the bottle. Still, very little head, no retention and no lacing. The liquid itself was a clear, bleached golden color. The nose was weak, pilsner-like malt and a mineral-like quality similar to what one gets out of canned beer. For an "all-Malt" Lager this was rather washed out, pale malts and some bread but no hops balance and not enough punch. The mouthfeel was ok however, the higher carbonation helped to fill in the thin body. Typical overall for a macro lager but their original bock beer is better.

Photo of jake87
2.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

L.Very light wheat with a thin white head
S. Light biter yet floral hop smeel with a little wheat
T. Pretty watery with a light wheaty sourness followed by a very light citrus and malt flavor
F. Heavy carbonation, feels like water down the throat

Watery, that just about explains this beer, if it weren't so watered down it might be ok, but definately not a good showing from Spoetzl.

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

Pours a clear, pale golden color with a one inch bright white head. Poor retention and no lacing.

The aroma is fairly weak, and pretty typical. Some pale pils malt dominates giving a slight bready character. A bit of grain and not much else.

The taste is really not that great. Some pale malts giving a bit of bread. Not much else.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Flavor isn't too great, but it's not repulsive either. There are plenty of other lagers that I would much prefer before this one though.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is damn good for an All-Malt lager. A bit watery, but nonetheless solid.

A- Looks good with an almost-amber/gold color, decent carbonation, but weak head

S- Smells like a macro but with better malts

T- Tastes better than any all-malt I've ever had. I could swear I almost tasted some hoppiness.

M- Feels mmm-mmmalty good. Smooth

D- Drinks down quick and easy for when you wanna drink something light that isn't offensive

Photo of pmcadamis
1.68/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought a sixer of this stuff to enjoy while hanging out on my deck with friends.

A - No head, no lace, no haze, no love. This looks like any pale yellow macro lager.

S - Hints of metallic mineral notes and a faint twinge of spicy hops.

T - Tastes like any bland lager...albeit with a bit more assertive mineral and copper tones. Not really tasty.

M - Thin, weak, and overcarbonated.

D - This could have passed for Coors in a blind taste test. Very bland and boring stuff really.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.38/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours the palest of pale yellows with a thin finger of head that hangs for all of five second before leaving no lacing.This has some skunky aromas along with some mild grassy notes.The taste is even more bland than the nose.It taste of wimpy malts and some wierd mineral flavors(like licking a dry rock),some hoppy bitterness on the tail,but not enough to get excited about.The body is thin and is ok for a blonde,but then there is this overpowering wave of carbonation that is borderline offensive,very dry finish that does'nt suit this very well.On to somthing better I hope.

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

Poured a dark golden color into a glass. Minimal head to the beer. Smell was weak, in other words, nothing jumped out at me. As for the taste, also rather bland. Sort of a corn taste to it. Mouthfeel was not bad but not much of anything. As I have stated before Shiner Beers are Mass craft/micro. Above average verus Bud light but noth against much else.

Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly sweet corn smell. Well carbonated, slight corn taste up front, quickly dissipating. Muted simple taste overall, and not very bitter at all. Nothing too pronounced, and a short finish. Overall, I thought this was decent for the style, but nothing to go out of the way for.

Photo of shadow1961
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Spoetzl Brewery's Shiner Blonde pours a finger of foam
over a clear pale yellow brew. Carbonation is steady, and
the nose is light barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is
slightly sweet malt up front with a mild herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. On the plus side it's an
all-malt lager, on the minus side it just isn't that distinguished.

And it's made in Texas.

I see this as a nice gateway beer to get your pals off of MGD and
take their first baby steps into the real beer world. I guess it's worth
a try, but wait for a sale.

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

Poured a clear, non-descript yellow with a frothy, white head. Crisp, near-Munich-like nose with a pleasant hop presence. Light-to-medium body. Somewhat adjunct-y. Much more hop bitterness than I’d expect. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkability was above average.

Pretty good beer for what it is.

Photo of KodyBrannon
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of the bottle into a glass, the color was a blonde color as the bottle refers. The smell was a bit hoppy but sweet. While the taste is a little bit more robust than say your average macro. It is a quality beer. I would be able to enjoy this one year round. I would commend shiner for once agian hitting the nail on the head with their beer.

Photo of pojo41
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like pilsner style beers so this one appealed to me. Lighter in color and taste than say a Pilsner Urquell. Thin head with a whiff of hop aroma. Slight bitterness at the end. Much better than the usual run of the mill massed produced lagers from the US. I like Shiner beers and I like this one.

Photo of lawman834
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light yellow. Very tall head, but it goes down fast. No lacing.

S: Smells corny with a very faint hint of hops.

T: Tastes bland, malty and corny. Finishes fairly smooth.

M: Carbonation lasts. Helps add a little bite where the hops are missing.

D: Pretty easy to drink. By the end, I get a little of that sweet sticky taste on the back of my tounge as is typical with a Macro Lager.

Overall: Not too bad. I know this is mean, but honestly, it is quite similar to a regular Bud. I feel like they don't quite cut the corners as bad as AB, but they are shooting for the same basic end product.

Photo of Billolick
2.45/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours lightest of golden amber, clear, almost white head, leaving a thick ring of foam, just a slight wiff of a stale nose. This is a thin and fairly tasteless ofering. Lawn mower beer...stay away if you like flavor and have any interest in quality/tasteful beer

Photo of biggmike
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a Pilsener guy, so maybe I am prejudiced, but I found nothing special in this brew. Nothing out of the ordinary or memorable. If you want a good Shiner beer, try the Bohemian Black Lager (schwarzbier). Decent head, dissipated quickly. Standard fare pilsener taste, not their best effort.

Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
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