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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
poor

769 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 49 | 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 Backer2004
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.

Backer2004, Dec 27, 2005
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.

BuckSpin, Nov 27, 2005
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.

beerdiablo, Nov 08, 2005
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.

allengarvin, Oct 20, 2005
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.

whynot44, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of soper2000
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.

soper2000, Aug 22, 2005
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.

weeare138, May 21, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
1.83/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

We just got this at my beer store and since I was having card night at my house I picked some up. I am lucky I had some other beers in the basement because this was not popular at all.
Appearance - Light yellow and clear with a good inch of head and fair carbonation.
Smell - A little hops and a little malt (I'm being generous here).
Taste - Not every beer can be a winner but I've had more flavors in some of the popular light beers, plus there's a funky aftertaste like I'm chewing on hay.
Mouth - Almost non-existent, very watery body.
Drinkability - I've had beers that were very unsophisticated (like me) that were well balanced or refreshingly light and remarkably drinkable,but this one missed on all marks.

Chadbrew, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of karst
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saengerhalle built from several Army buildings moved from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. Finding it difficult to maintain the hall and its traditions led to a decision to offer it for sale in 1996. The new owners began to host shows of Texas and Americana acts, but live music held less of a presence in the last few years and they decided to put the dancehall up for sale in early 2002.

Once the purchase was completed, the current owners wasted no time in putting a plan together to make Saengerhalle a live music destination once again. Their first step was to hire an outside agency to do all of the talent buying and promotion for the venue. They have also put the hall through some renovations in an effort to reestablish some of the original charm and put more focus on the live music. Some minor changes involved taking out some of the TVs and putting up some of the historical photos and literature. They even restored the original sign. Other changes include relocating the bar, moving the pool tables/recreational area to the back, upgrading the backstage facilities and PA system as well as adding a 2,500 square foot deck. The hall also offers "One of the Top Ten Jukeboxes in Texas" chosen by Texas Music Magazine for Best Jukebox Smorgasbord.

Saengerhalle starts each week with songwriters' night hosted by the ubiquitous Jeff Plankenhorn. Jeff has played live and on recordings with many Texas artists including Ray Wylie Hubbard, Slaid Cleaves, Willis Alan Ramsey, Bruce Robison and Eliza Gilkyson. The weekend starts with Fat Thursdays - no cover charge, free food at 6pm and some of Texas' up and coming bands playing from 7-10:30pm. Every Friday and Saturday night features some of Texas' and Americana's best acts taking the stage.

Unlike other live music venues in the central Texas area, Saengerhalle can comfortably host live music every week of the year. With over 10,000 square feet of dancehall and mega tons of air-conditioning Saengerhalle is "The Coolest Dancehall In Texas".

Here by invitation from the band "Texas High Life" we were greeted by Blake Meyers, lead singer and his dad Mark, a cousin of my relatives living in LaVernia, Tx.
Not able to bring my self to imbibe the AB macros I opted for a Shiner Blonde. and settled in to listen to "Mitch's Song" The music and dancehall did not let me down. I guess 2 out of 3 ain't bad.

karst, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of ghurux86
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours a light crystal clear yellow. the head is small and says "bye bye" very quickly.
smell is very light, next to nothing. there is a something a little skunky about the smell and there is a small corn like odor.
flavor is like the smell, seems to be lacking in much of a flavor at all. maybe a hint of hops in there but it's hard to tell.
mouthfeel seems to be thin and over carbonated.
this beer does go down like water which at least makes it drinkable. i won't buy it again unless it's on sale for really cheap. i could drink it again but there are better beers all over the place.

ghurux86, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of hero27
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

hero27, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

TastyTaste, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

soulfly967, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of Suds
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Suds, Dec 11, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

beerceller99, Nov 14, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

SheepNutz, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

feloniousmonk, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Gagnonsux, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Rio
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Rio, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.17/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of beertaster13
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beertaster13, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Apr 24, 2004
Photo of Trentonator
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Trentonator, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of tavernjef
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

tavernjef, Apr 04, 2004
Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.