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Shiner Blonde - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 762
Reviews: 281
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 18.24%
Wants: 3
Gots: 48 | 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 EagleTalon
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.

EagleTalon, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of chilidog
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.

chilidog, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of Brent
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.

Brent, May 06, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev +1.4%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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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