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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
69
poor

775 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 57 | 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 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
Photo of Zraly
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. :)

Zraly, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Reidrover, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.05/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

RoyalT, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of daledeee
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

daledeee, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Dubblebock
3.83/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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....

Dubblebock, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Bighuge, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RockyTopHeel, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

EagleTalon, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

chilidog, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Brent
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Brent, May 06, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is a translucent straw or gold color if you prefer with a modest head and a frothy texture, the color a bright white and the remaining lace a thin curtain to cover the glass. Nose is clean and fresh malt dominated and slightly sweet with the front sweet, the top cadaverous. The finish is benign in its acidic bite; the hops are purposeful and a touch spicy, dry as a bleached desert bone aftertaste. Shiner beers are drinkable, great “No”, but they do make fine lawn mower beer, so what’s wrong with that? Nothing in my books, and better than many beers I’ve drank.

Gusler, Dec 01, 2002
Photo of Morris729
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light pale golden color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Almost no aroma at all—perhaps a faint hop bitterness. Flavor is of light hops and grains and is quite crisp. A definite step up from the macros and would be nice on a hot day.

Morris729, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle at the Norman, Oklahoma Holiday Inn, where it qualifies as an "export" according to State law (so it can exceed 3.2 ABW)...Weird, huh?

Pale gold with a big head that disappears very quickly and is macro foam-like in character. Sense of some candy corn to the aroma along with decent hop. The flavor is seriously macro-like to my tongue, quite a bit of corn syrup with a leaning toward overcarbonation and the same brief hop cut of a Bud. Ranks close to other regional Lagers like Grain Belt, Rolling Rock, etc...i.e. -- worthy of support from locals.

ADR, Oct 14, 2002
Photo of TAMU99
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good drinkable pale lager. Better taste than your average Bud product. Light color, average flavor, but better than most. One step up. Not the best, better than bad. Substitute this one for the others if you're on the fence.

TAMU99, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow with a a 1 1/2 finger white head that dissipates very rapidly. The smell is that of sweet corn and not much else. Reminds me of a beer that is slightly more dry than an American macro. Not much in the flavor department. Just a clean crisp light bodied beer with no character. Not much going on here. Cheers nonetheless!

BeerAngel, Sep 18, 2002
Photo of bditty187
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Blonde is so close to a typical American Macro-Lager it is scary. The light blonde color of the beer is indifferent. The head reached, maybe, a 1/4 of an inch before disappeared to a soapy trace. The damn nose was mostly corn (yuck) and a faint hops twang that saves it (from being American Macro-Swill).

Shiner Blonde is crisp and smooth, rather easy to drink. It is a light beer with light flavors. I could taste hops, grainy-hay, medicinal bitterness, and a hint of sweet corn.

It is what it is... an American Lager. You know what that means. It is better than many of the style (Marco-Swill) but not as good as I would have hoped.

I might drink it again but I might not. It is so-so. The aftertaste requires a breath mint.

It is "Distinctly Shiner" though!

bditty187, Sep 04, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium golden color with a nice white cloudtop head, lots of carbonation, slight lace. Aroma of cooked grains and some hops, not much else. Fairly smooth taste, begins with understated malts which soon fade as the hops begin to assert themselves, finishes crisp, dry and a touch bitter. Overall, a fairly insubstantial beer, but easy to drink, and with nothing to offend. A decent hot weather beer, goes well with barbeque or southwestern cuisine.

Pegasus, Aug 03, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw hue w/ a moderate head that sticks. Typical grainy notes in aroma, but an unexpected mild Saaz hop spiciness is present. A bit more character than the typical American lager. Thin mouthfeel and weak body... It's quite dry and very attenuated probably from the adjuncts. There's very little malt flavor, and nothing memorable in flavor all around. Hop bitterness is paltry. Finishes bland, dry, and clean. It's a brew to quaff and forget about. Only slightly better than the typical macrobrew. I'd rather drink this than soda, however.

marc77, Apr 27, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, red white and blue colours for the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Yellowish straw colour, decent head that looks like frothed milk which leaves some stickiness behind.

Smell: Mostly clean aroma with hints of cooked corn, faint hop twang within the fermented vagueness.

Taste: Crispness and smoothness go hand and hand to make for a real nice flowing mouth feel, carbonation is at a perfect and balanced medium level to hold the light body together. Almost immaculate palate with faint at best for malt character, lots of cracker like grain on the tongue that seems to head more towards a fresh cut hay flavour (DMS). Hops are scarce though are at the appropriate level they should be at with a beer this light. Obviously on the dry side. Bitterness brings a sharp twang to the mouth and nearly cleans house to leave not much at all in the after taste. The finish is just the after shock of the hop twang and some powdery grain.

Notes: On par with the big three (Bud, Miller, Coors) if not a tad better, that is a hard thing to do being that beers this small have to be flawless regardless if they have little flavour or not. On a hot sweaty day this would be a perfect ice cold beer to grab.

Jason, Nov 19, 2001
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Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
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