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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
poor

759 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 759
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | 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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hero27

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -2.7%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-straw color. The head is quite small, even with a vigorous pour, but it actually has some staying power, surprisingly. Lots of fizzy bubbles that last throughout the life of this brew.

Smell: Grainy aroma of corn. Nothing too exciting here.

Taste: Tastes very much like a typical euro lager. Bit of a grassy & corn flavor to it. Obviously it lacks any sort of "knock your socks off" complexity, but it is what it is.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp, refreshing.. a little too much carbonation, perhaps.

Drinkability: Very drinkable & refreshing beer. Goes down like water. Nothing offensive, but no complexity either. Would be a good summer brew in it's home state of Texas, I would imagine.

02-16-2005 23:55:30 | More by hero27
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev +5.7%

Crystal clear gold in color, big white head fades with pretty good retention. Smells grainy and grassy, lots o malt, no hops. Taste is very mellow and uncomplicated. Stradling the fence between euro lager and american macro, this beer is nothing special. Good for a back-up beer, but that's about it.

01-26-2005 20:53:11 | More by TastyTaste
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soulfly967

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -1%

Crystal clear gold color with a fluffy white head that fell not long after pouring. The smell is of grains and some hops. The taste crisp but not very note worthy. The mouthfeel was very smooth and nicely carbonated. This was a very easy drinking beer. It did not leave a strange taste in your mouth like some of the lighter beers do. Overall, I would say its not too bad. This would be a good beer to help expose people to better, higher quality beer.

12-16-2004 04:18:02 | More by soulfly967
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Suds

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -5.4%

I had this one on-tap, over dinner, during a recent business trip to Texas. Apperance: a pale, yellow, fizzy liquid with a pretty, but slight head. The aroma is grainy with a faint hoppiness. It’s a very carbonated beer, that gives seriously fizzy, carbonic sensation. With virtually no malt flavor, and a restrained, but crisp, hop finish, this one’s a close relative of most macros. I’d avoid it if I saw it again.

12-11-2004 13:07:47 | More by Suds
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev +7.4%

12 oz. can with a 01-18-05 drink by date. Pours clear gold with a big white head. Has a light, spicy black pepper smell. Light bodied with a lively mouthfeel. Taste is light lagar grainy, spicy black pepper. Has a clean crisp after taste.
Your basic pale lagar here, for $4.23 a sixer it's fresh and competively priced with the BMC crowd.

11-14-2004 18:38:35 | More by beerceller99
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev +9.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light gold color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing. The smell is slightly fruity, maybe a bit tart. Plenty to smell but kinda weird. The taste is a little bland. It has some malty flavors coming through, but just not much else going on. A little one dimensional. The mouthfeel is pretty light. The drinkability is good though. Just decent.

10-08-2004 05:08:05 | More by SheepNutz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -2%

Appearance: utterly transparent, pale yellow head, nice head of foam.
Aroma is bare, shy, emitting no flavors to speak of, bone-dry.
Taste:not bad, but not much. Very minimal. Extra-light body, tiniest texture, slick and nearly buttery, finishes on the dry side.
Nothing wrong with this lager, great "lawnmowin'" brew, just doesn't offer anything I can use...though if there was nothing else available in some certain situation, I'd endure it.

09-19-2004 09:27:56 | More by feloniousmonk
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%

This is the weakest of the Shiner beers that I've had (still haven't had their Light or Winter), but Blond is still a decent brew. Appearance is pale golden with short head. Aroma is clean, but run-of-the-mill, basically a higher end macro smell. Blond tastes solid, but unremarkable. No off-tastes are present. The taste is nicely balanced, but fairly boring. This beer works well in that it won't offend BA members and will also work for people who are used to macros. I could easily knock back quite a few of these without getting tired of it.

08-01-2004 21:47:13 | More by Gagnonsux
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Rio

Kansas

3.68/5  rDev +24.3%

Poured kind of a bright yellow color from a 12 oz. twist off bottle with no freshness dating. Color isn't very impressive, but it did pour with a nice, thick head that receeded to a thin, cloudy layer over the top.

Light smell to it, somewhat remenicent of the typical beer smell, but not as overpoweringly harsh as the normal macros.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, a bit thin, though. Taste is nice and light, a bit remincent of hay or grain.'

A decent beer. Doesn't have quite enough flavor or character for me to have it too often, but I imagine it would be a good hot summerday beer.

07-26-2004 04:48:10 | More by Rio
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -14.5%

Part of an 8 beer Texas beer tasting at my family picnic last weekend. 4 from Shiner, 4 from St. Arnolds. This was probably the least favorite across the board, but was the favorite of one lady cousin. Higher marks in general from the gals, blah marks from the guys.

Appearance - very light gold color, a thin white head and collar to cover it with, and some stray, random lacing. Holds the thin covering well.

Aroma - very light smell, not sweet but a dry malt, almost papery kind of aroma.

Taste - a light, fairly bland taste. It gets no time to develop before the carbonation totally takes over. Most of the flavor occurs after the swallow. Some sweet, pils-like flavors comes through, a slight touch of hops, and a dry white-wine finish. This somewhat delicate beer ends much better than it begins, but on the whole it doesn't have enough to break above the ranks of average.

Mouthfeel - very alive with carbonation, beware of CO2 hangovers with this one. I made a Texas Tornado or two in my glass to disperse some of that rather than ingest it. Light body, otherwise average.

Drinkability - I'll drink what I have left but won't be picking any more of this up on future trips south.

07-24-2004 04:40:19 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.17/5  rDev -26.7%

Pale amber with a cottony white, cottony soft head that doesn't fall instantly, but isn't long-lived either. Within several minutes, I'm left with a patchy film on the surface of the beer and one small splotch of lace. The aroma is one mini-step above a macro lager. In other words, sour and grain-like with very little to recommend it.

It tastes better than most macro lagers, but not by much. Again, there's a mildly sour, mildly bitter, mildly skunky flavor that's only tolerable because of all the 'mildlys'. The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation feels harsh. Bitter, dry as dust finish.

I don't really have much that's good to say about Shiner Blonde so I think I'll stop right here. Thumbs down.

06-30-2004 19:23:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beertaster13

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -6.1%

Grabbed this for the hot day in the sun. Poured a straw yellow with a slight head that is decent. Smell is grainy with light hints of hops. Taste is very refreshing, kick of grilled corn on the forefront with a little hop twang that flow great with this light lager. Ligh bodied but smooth, a very drinkable beer on those hot sweaty day, slightly better than the american macros.

06-01-2004 04:11:22 | More by beertaster13
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oberon

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +4.7%

Bought this for a cookout I went to yesterday because it was pretty darn hot and wanted something on the lighter side,pours a light blond color with a thin wispy head that is gone fast and leaves no trace.Aromas of corn husk and a light grassiness but not much there at all,taste like aroma to me was dominated by corn with a light herbal not.Decent when cold and goes down real easy but this could pass as something from the big 3 for sure.

04-24-2004 19:58:50 | More by oberon
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Trentonator

Kansas

2.78/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a very pale yellow, smell is OK, but not distinctive--kind of grainy, light. Taste leaves a bit to be desired, it was a nice departure from macro "water", but not by much. I could drink a lot of these and not feel overwhelmed with the weight. Same goes for Bud Light, but that does not make a good beer.

04-13-2004 00:56:04 | More by Trentonator
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Quite possibly the lightest clear yellow I've seen in a long while, nearly lighter the lemonade, but it grows a fairly decent white crown and has some steady carbonation within. Some stringy globs of lace stick. Aroma is starchy and plain with an off-sweetness of corn husk and dulled grasses, maintains a slight crispness, but comes across way too starchy for my liking Although, that resides as it warms. The taste is about what you'd expect, a bit sweet, not as starchy as the smell but its there, dulled hops, crisp sweet malts, lingering husk grain thats a bit raw and the kind of bittering that I just don't like where its kinda metalic and twingey with a sharp hard water tone. Some of that fades though as it warms. The feel is actually pretty darn good considering. Nice crispness in the middle. One of the better, more full pale lagers I've come across. If it weren't for the finish of off bittering it would be perfect I think. But that said its still a bit on the boring side, the sweetness isn't to bad once it warms up a bit in both the smell and flavor. As cold this seemed really off and kinda nasty, but as it warmed I really grew to liking it, so I tweeked the numbers to reflect the warmer side of things.

04-04-2004 00:16:32 | More by tavernjef
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Zraly

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Pours a clean, clear straw-yellow with a billowy head. Appears to be very much your classic American lager look.

Mild, semi-sweet, and fizzy...very fizzy. The carbonation is the main feature of this brew. Slight malt and biscuit flavors. Hops are slight and mild as well, but clean up and balance out this brew for some serious swilling. A thirst quencher. A mild, very lightly flavored lager that stands out over your typical macro-swill varieties.

Summertime. That'd be a good time to have this one, with some bbq ribs and all the fixins.

And the girlie on the bottle label isn't so bad. :)

04-03-2004 01:17:58 | More by Zraly
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Reidrover

Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -8.8%

bought as a 12 oz single..very attractive lkabel on this Young blonde woman on a swing with a nice blue background.
Well its not too beautiful a beer..very average pale yellow American lager look..small white head..leaves a ring.
Smell again is nondescript..some malts wishy washy hop aroma.
the taste while still average is quite pleasant in fact..mild is the word..there are a load of malts..but not too sweet and a litle bite of hops at the end.
Its ok on the palate..not too fizzy.
Its drinkable Ok..but i suppose you need it to be 98 degrees for the real worth of this beer to come into play.

02-29-2004 06:28:35 | More by Reidrover
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -30.7%

Appearance – Delicate light yellow in color and not much of a head.

Smell – There’s a faint scent of grain, but otherwise this thing smells like one of those clear-colored Gummi Bears.

Taste – Ugh! There’s not even any grain in here, just that sickly sweet flavor of rock candy stuck on the underside of a high school bleacher seat.

Mouthfeel – Ultra-light with little carbonation and very disappointing.

Sinkability – This Blonde gave me a black eye.

01-29-2004 03:34:22 | More by RoyalT
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daledeee

Iowa

2.8/5  rDev -5.4%

This tastes just like most American lagers. Grainy, not very complex, not the best nose, watery tasting. This one might be a little below some of the better examples, but they all taste pretty much the same. I don't know how the American public has fallen into this as being the preferred style.

01-25-2004 00:59:50 | More by daledeee
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Dubblebock

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +29.4%

This is Shiner's old Premium recipe wrapped in spiffy new packaging (for the second time). The gal on the label is certainly an eye-catcher....

And the beer is pretty good, too. Keep in mind that it's a pale lager, and these types of beers are generally revered here in Texas. You can almost hear the waves lapping against the side of the boat on a lazy afternoon as you pop the top on this one...just drag that lure along the weedbeds and wait for that big lunker to strike...

Pours well, clean and slightly yellow to pale colors. Not a huge head, but it sticks around a little while.

Not a big nose on this sample. Malty character to the smell.

Tastes smooth and light, the malts are really coming through. Lightly hopped, not bitter at all. Slightly sweet aftertaste leaves you wanting another. Mouthfeel is average to slightly above, but it's the drinkability that makes this beer what it is. Smooth, tangy, and tasty, it's real darn easy to reach for another one of these as soon as one is drained....it's one of the more perfect summertime lagers that I have ever had. It screams out for an ice chest and a barbecue, or maybe it's chillin' out down by the old swimmin' hole with a bunch of your friends on a hot summer day...

Get you a nice warm, sunny day and grab one of these if you can....

10-28-2003 16:35:45 | More by Dubblebock
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.8/5  rDev -5.4%

More pale than golden. Too light. Almost the color of apple juice. Slightly lighter than piss yellow. A small white head is erected as quickly as it is deflated. A collar remains and laces sporadically. Soft bohemian maltiness. Herbal hop accents. Some underlying caramel character. Nice smelling lager. The body is light and lifeless. The flavor lacks depth. Malt character is ghostly. Hops barely make an appearance. And the only other characteristic I take from this one is a formidable dry aspect. Other than the aroma, this one is not that pleasurable.

09-21-2003 02:48:14 | More by Bighuge
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +7.4%

A unique light yellow color with a twinge of chartreuse, Shiner Blonde poured smoothly and formed a soft finger of foam that dissippated rather quickly. The brew smelled of bread--yeasty and malty--and attacked my tongue (not unpleasantly) with a nice kick of carbonation and a touch of hops. The taste was also pleasant, with the same slightly yeasty, breadlike flavor and kiss of hops. It's not all that distinctive, but it's not bad. A solid offering.

Props for the woman on the bottle--that's worth at least 0.5 points on appearance.

09-06-2003 05:01:10 | More by RockyTopHeel
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +35.1%

I guess I'm not a true beer snob after all. I like this brew. It looks good. It has decent head retention and nice color. It smells sweet and inviting. It tastes tangy and sweet with a touch of hop flavor and aroma. Finishes clean and refreshes. For what it is, a light-flavored session beer, it hits the spot.

08-31-2003 02:26:51 | More by EagleTalon
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chilidog

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +15.9%

I sought this beer while on vacation in Oklahoma. I found this and the bock only, in the Shiner line, and found I enjoyed the Blonde the most. As with the other reviews, it poured a clear straw/gold color. The head was a nice two inch, medium carbonation no fizz, white. The aroma was of sweet grain. The taste was also a sweeter grainy malt with little hop but a slight bitter finish. What sold me on this blonde was the creamy feel I noticed on the mouth. A very smooth, drinkable brew. When given the chance, i'll pick up somemore. It makes a good summer gold beer.

08-30-2003 14:50:13 | More by chilidog
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Brent

Kentucky

2.68/5  rDev -9.5%

This beer works hard to stay within the limits defined by the typical American macro lager - and does nothing to distinguish itself. Sweet, grainy malt does all the talking. Hops barely make a peep, which is not uncharacteristic for the style. Turns a touch tart at the end, with a noteworthy astringency at the finish that helps clean up the palate and adds a touch of interest to the beer. This brew is solidly entrenched in the lawnmower lineup.

05-06-2003 21:18:01 | More by Brent
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
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