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Shiner Light - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner LightShiner Light

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2003)
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Reviews by BrewsCrewSA:
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3.95/5  rDev +29.9%

Drank straight from the bottle 'cause I was thirsty and didn't want to wait. Carbonation sits on the palate a little too long. Definitely a thinner version of Shiner Bock.

Decant - wouldn't know, I skipped this part, sorry!

Look - as any other light beer, nothing to it.

Smell - floral, suggesting hops, but this one favors malt

Taste - like candy in a bottle. Lingering aftertaste, but very drinkable.

This is my least favorite Shiner (it's a little boring) but it still far exceeds the macro 'lites'. Happy 100th, Shiner, congratulations and Prosit!

03-08-2009 23:39:29 | More by BrewsCrewSA
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2.38/5  rDev -21.7%

It has a tinted gold look to it, which is nice for a light beer.

The aroma is vague and distant. Corn, cereal grain, honey.

It has a sweet maltiness to it with a comfortable light flavor. Overall though, I can't taste much at all from this. Prickly hops try to come around in the finish.

It's clean with good carbonation but i'm going to have to take the calories over this. Bland.

01-23-2010 02:19:12 | More by brownbeer
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +14.5%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: This beer has a very clear straw yellow color with a light soapy head on top that quickly dissipates. Only a small ring of bubbles is left and lacing is nil.

Smell: The aroma is light clean and a little bready with the slightest hint of grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: It's simple, clean and light bodied. Light bready maltiness brings mild sweetness for the light hops to balance. The texture is light and well carbonated but not overly fizzy.

Notes: For a Light Lager this one is not bad at all just a little boring but so is the style really.

09-28-2010 14:55:29 | More by generallee
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

11-27-2011 07:35:15 | More by dcevans
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2.8/5  rDev -7.9%

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong grain with nothing else being present. The flavor is better than the aroma, but is still nothing special. I get some grain and wheat, as well as some sweet malt and some grassy hops. Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel. Not terrible, but nothing worth seeking out unless you really like light lagers.

09-17-2010 05:06:42 | More by Mora2000
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

12-13-2011 17:03:24 | More by valkyre65
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

02-02-2012 03:45:12 | More by Putter
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New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

03-02-2014 22:22:12 | More by LXIXME
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2.93/5  rDev -3.6%

I don't even know where this thing came from. The notes are from a long time ago.

The color is a yellowish-gold with more of an amber hue, making it darker than any macro light I've seen. The head retention is actually pretty good and there are even a few small sopts of lacing.
Like most lights, the nose is more grains than anything, though this one isn't tainted so much by adjuncts. There's a light hops presence with a barely present caramel malt.
The taste follows suit exactly.
The carbonation's on the high side of moderate and the body, of course, is light. This one's smoother than most lights.
This is the one (thus far in my experience) to drink if you must have a light beer.

08-14-2009 21:56:56 | More by Brenden
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1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

03-04-2012 05:37:46 | More by RDW
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

05-06-2012 03:17:47 | More by avisong
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5/5  rDev +64.5%

12-15-2011 03:05:09 | More by jheezee
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2.85/5  rDev -6.3%

This review is short and sweet. This is a typical light beer with some more flavor. If you don't like lights don't drink this one it's no different. Nice look with a puffy white head. Smell is sort of malty and sweet. Mild malt flavor kind of like corn. Decent carbonation and very, very smooth and drinkable. Low ABV and the $ of Shiner(especially the variety pack) make for a good choice for macro drinkers to jump into the world of craft brewing. Most of Shiner beers are not too over the top and this is no exception. Good beer Spoetzl Brewery

02-17-2011 22:52:26 | More by midwestbrewers
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

02-22-2014 21:44:47 | More by DOCRW
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2.9/5  rDev -4.6%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating noted on bottle.

A - poured a light amber. much darker than i had expected for a light beer. it started with a creamy one-finger head that quickly receded into a thin cap. stickly lacing down the sides.

S - not much noted. some hops there, but little else.

T - a little bit of grass...maybe some hint of banana?

M - light-bodied, less than average carbonation, no pop, no aftertaste.

D - could probably sit around and drink these one after another...but don't know why i'd choose to do that?

12-09-2009 23:31:05 | More by maleman
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

07-18-2014 21:16:43 | More by atlbravsrno1
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

06-26-2013 23:35:25 | More by JamLand
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

05-21-2012 21:49:59 | More by ByMySword
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2.85/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours to a quickly disappearing head. Color is pale copper color with a dirty brown tinge. Aroma is weak but nicely malty. Flavor is watery and dry with a little fresh Munich malt shining (no pun) through. Hoppiness is there for balance only. Finishes clean. Looks dismal, smells nice, tastes weak and finishes like a regular Shiner Bock.

07-15-2005 05:05:15 | More by EagleTalon
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2/5  rDev -34.2%

08-28-2014 19:34:56 | More by cfrobrew
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3.88/5  rDev +27.6%

Pours out a very light amber. Almost the color of a bitter or pale. No head at all, though. None. The aroma is all malt. Bready and nutty. Very impressive for a light beer. No hops detected. Tastes is the same. Very malt considering what type of beer this is. No hops in the taste. Slight odd aftertaste I can't put my finger on. This is violently prickly in the carbonation, but it has good body. Definately drinkable.

Texas makes the best light beer of all time.

05-06-2006 04:52:51 | More by goochpunch
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2.55/5  rDev -16.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but I know it's fresh. It was a light bronze color - clear. Carb fountain in center but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into a barely there collar.

The aroma was very faint. Malty and grassy and bland. Taste was also barely there and bland. Starts out weak and never picks up. I'd rather have a Miller Lite over this one.

Overall, weak in aroma and flavor. Rather have a BMC. Don't recommend. One and done.

03-21-2009 01:21:02 | More by TexIndy
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2.6/5  rDev -14.5%

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of white head that fizzes out quickly and leaves no lacing. Much darker than the typical American light beer.

Aroma: A thin, grainy malt body with not much in the way of hops. Pretty bland.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A thin and watery malt body that's frankly boring as hell. A little more lively than most light beers, but no revelation. The aftertaste is grainy and short lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dries a bit in the finish.

Drinkability: All that's holding you back is the general blandness of it all.

Verdict: This is still a step, albeit not a massive one, up from Bud/Miller/Coors Light. Despite being pretty bland and boring, I still think this beer still serves it's purpose. Texans used to the normal light beers aren't going to be scared off by this, and hopefully they'll start exploring the rest of the Shiner line and beyond.

06-18-2009 23:30:50 | More by BeanBone
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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

05-25-2012 00:51:35 | More by Hopmodium
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2.55/5  rDev -16.1%

This beer came in a variety 6 pack of Shiner and I wish they would put something better. This beer is very bland and boring. I poured it out and it was a light yellow color with a medium head. The smell is of malt and some wheat. The taste is pretty watery to me. It has a little bit of malt and thats really it. The mouthfeel is pretty average. It is pretty crisp and a bot of carbonation. Overall this beer is not that good. I do not really care for light beers and this didnt help change my views.

10-21-2011 05:47:18 | More by gtermi
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Shiner Light from Spoetzl Brewery
71 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.