Shiner Light - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner LightShiner Light

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 8
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-01-2003

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Photo of brownbeer
2.39/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of midwestbrewers
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of maleman
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

Photo of EagleTalon
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TexIndy
2.56/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of BeanBone
2.61/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gtermi
2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of omar
3.64/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light beers usually are pretty worthless, no taste, no smell. Basically you get beer flavored water.

Shiner Light is the exception, it actually tastes like beer and feels like beer in your mouth. What a concept. This beer is great with burgers, mexican food, BBQ.

Average lager color, medium to light head.

Photo of Soilworker
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist-top bottle into a globe glass.

A: Light golden brown with a one finger thick head with minimal head retention. Practically no lacing going on here.

S: Sort of a hard beer to put a lot of smelling notes for, just not enough going on. Seems to be right along the lines of a standard light lager: moderate semi-sweet maltiness, a hint of sweet corn and cereal grains, and minimal hoppiness.

T: Quite light! Not much malt or hoppiness going on here. I would describe the flavor as a watered-down sweet maltiness with practically no hops. The finish is just a watery malty finish.

M: As mentioned in the taste this is quite watery though there is a pleasant amount of carbonation here.

D: I could personally pound these all night, its very watery. I'm knocking it down a bit though because I don't think I would want to drink just this.

Notes: I may come off a bit critical here but I do think they hit on the style just fine. Its quite refreshing but really just tastes like a light malty carbonated soda in my opinion. Still its definitely better than some of the standard offerings for the style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head that fades moderately fast and leaves just a touch of lacing. Very dark in color for a light lager.

Nose is sweet caramely malts and not much else. Fairly big aroma and it is actually pretty decent.

The taste falls somewhere in between that caramel corn that comes in those big-ass tins at christmas time and some burnt white bread toast. It is actually a pretty flavorful light lager with nice carbonation. Refreshing and crisp. Not that I reach for a light lager very often, but this is not a bad choice for the style.

Photo of BlankFrank
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After taking the first sip, I was surprised that this was a decent light beer, so I poured the rest into a glass to get a better look at it.

Very light gold, practically yellow, there are a few bubbles rising to the top to meet the almost non-existent white head. There was no lacing or anything too impressive about the look of it.

Unlike most light beers, though, you can actually get some aroma from this one. Not surprising, the malt comes out the most followed by a bit of hoppiness. However, there is a slight staleness to it (and no, it's not an old bottle).

A fairly good, round bread taste is held by the beer. Faint hops eventually show themselves, but no real aftertaste lingers. Stark and clean like a light beer usually is. Not that it's bad, but this just isn't really a beer I would get excited about.

The mouthfeel is a little too sparkling for what I like, and the body doesn't fill out much, but again I have to use the excuse that it is a light lager.

This is an easy beer to drink, but after one I really want something more satisfying.

Shiner definitely has a victory with the light beer circle in my eyes, but it's far from their best offerings.

Photo of Kromes
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass. The smell isn't too appealing, some very sweet honey malt aromas, but it resembles a stale beer on a bar room floor type smell. Taste is ok, it starts off with a good sweet malt flavor and then finishes with some earthy hop flavors. Very simple flavors and well balanced. I kept getting some metallic tang tastes, not on every sip, so it might just be me. Carbonation is a little too high, sound like pop rocks are going off if you hold a sip in your mouth. Drinkability is good.

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium golden color with a large white head, which fades fairly quickly. There are many small streams of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Slightly sweet,with toasted and caramel notes, bread light malt aroma, and with faint hints of hops.

Taste: Begins with a little tart malt flavor, turns astringent later in the taste, finishes with a mild metallic and herbal bitterness. Not a lot here, but this is a light lager, after all.

Mouth feel: Unsurprisingly, a bit watery, otherwise pleasant, with a slight tinle of carbonation at the start of the taste.

Drinkability/notes: A light and pleasant beer for the dog days of summer, easy to imagine this would be refreshing after mowing the lawn.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce twist-off brown glass longneck. Served in a standard pint tapglass.

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle in a mixed six pack into my favorite pint glass. The light straw color and one inch head was pretty nice for a light brew. Smell was bright with not much offensive typical adjunct smell. Taste was right down the middle as well. Mouthfeel was light and drinkability was there. All in all not bad for a light. Lawnmower quality for sure.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.1/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant Clarity with a golden hue and a ton of active carbonation. The head started out as about a finger and a half, but it's quickly fading. That head really hurts it, but otherwise it's a good looking beer for sure. 4.0

S: Sort of bready malts, and no hops. Less of the generic "beeriness" than I expected, which is nice. It's not phenomenal, but for a light beer, it's pretty robust and nice. 4.0

T: Hmmm, not really anything going on here. I'm getting a little sharp bite, and not much else. There's nothing wrong, it's super clean and completely free of off flavors. I'm really having trouble finding words for this beer. I wish there was a little something, but I don't think that's what they're going for. It's like sex in a canoe. 4.0

M: Light bodied, but not as light as a BMC light beer. 4

D: 4.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and barley. Then there's a mild caramel sweetness that comes in along with a stronger than average hops bitterness for a light beer creating a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, normally when you see "light" on a beers label you anticipate it to be a shadow of anything good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer is well-worth pounding down for a long time.

Photo of zdk9
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange color- no doubt this one is a darker color than any other light beer I've had so props for that. No head or lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Somewhere in between straw/ hay and corn. So maybe sort of a corn husk?

T- Less corny than the smell. There's some vineous quality that reminds me of a Boston lager. Not bad for a light beer indeed.

M- Evervescent. Like the look, this one is heavier than the style normaly delivers on, but unlike the look I'm not sure I would rate that as a good characteristic.

D- Definitely drinkable. I may even like this one better than the standard shiner bock. While I think it has less flavor, it's cleaner and more drinkable, which is usually what I'm looking for anyway when I turn to Shiner.

Photo of johntangus
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

My mother-in-law brought me back 2 sixers of the "Family Tradition" mixed six-pack. It also contains Shiner Bock, Shiner Bock Black Lager, Hefeweisen, Kosmos and Blonde. The regular Shiner Bock is all that is sold in our area and is the only one i've tasted so far.

This beer pours a light copper color with a white head that dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is not much. A little malt and grassy fragrance.

It tastes of light malt and biscuitiness. Pretty light taste, but definitely something more there than a Bud Light or Coors Light. No real hop taste to speak of.

Mouthfeel is a medium-light body with a clean finish.

Drinkability is an easy-going affair, but there's not much here to keep one's attention.

Photo of JMad
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Has good light copper color, especially for a light beer. Had a thin head that didn't last long.
Smells light a little malty.
Tastes better than most light beers too. A little metallic, kind of fruity.
Drinks good, not overcarbonated, but there's really not much here...
Would drink this again if it was offered to me, won't be buying this stuff.

Photo of rockdick
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Shiner Light recently and was pretty impressed since i was expecting less.
Its pretty much the same as Shiner Bock except for the taste and feel. A comparison would be regular Coke vs. the new Coke C2.
It has the same sweet, roasty taste, just a tad bid weaker though.
When i don't wanna get that 'full' feeling on a hot summer day, i'll grab for the Shiner Light, otherwise, i'll take the original or just something else.

Photo of burnerfinger
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet

a straw color brew, off white head that dissipates quick

s not nice at all, metallic a bit

t like tin, just a bit better than the macros

m extra fizzy. think budweiser

d: watery. very drinkable, that's its best attribute.

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Shiner Light from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.