Shiner Light - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 184
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 8.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold, fairly effervescent body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Slight aroma of grainy malts with a fairly mild whiff of Noble hop character.

Taste: Light maltiness upfront, perhaps a bit grainy, maybe even a touch bready. Faint sweetness. Lightly fruity. Just enough Noble hops and imparted bitterness to provide some balance. The latter half is dominated by a taste of sweet steeped grains until you reach the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad, actually! A light beer that isn't entirely devoid of character and flavor. (618 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours ½ finger of white head. Has active carbonation on class. Color is a clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Grains, corns, grassy hops. Fairly basic.

Taste: Bland, grassy hops, corn, and grains. Pretty much mimics the nose. Simple.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a bit creamy. Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, a typical lager. Very macro like. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Easy drinking on a hot summer day but that's about it. (475 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, hops, and slight wheat. Overall, this is one of the best Light Lagers I've ever had. Good flavor, nice blend, and easy drinkability. (412 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, Happy Anniversary, Spoetzl Brewing!

This pours a clear and bright gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good looking brew in my Pint glass.

The smell is grainy and malty with a ton of what smells like bread and or corn husk. Not too shabby.

The taste is dominated by the bready malt I noted in the smell. Not much else to note but it's a pretty strongly flavoured Light Lager so I'd guess that it doesn't exactly come in on the low end when it comes to calories and carbohydrates.

The mouthfeel is close to medium and the carbonation is also medium.

Drinkability? I'd take this over most of the Light beers I've tried. That being said, life is too short to put just about any of the style in a regular rotation. (731 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that I'd call a "premium light beer". Color is light amber with average head. Smell is lightly malty, but nothing to get excited about. Taste is nice and malty. Basically this is Shiner Bock light. Very full for something labled as "light". Drinkability is very good. All in all this isn't spectacular, but very good for a light beer. I'd drink it again without complaint. (385 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear and bright orange/yellowish color. A two finger white head forms at first pour, but recedes fast. Little lace.
S: Sweet malt with some husky grass aroma. Very faint floral hops.
T: Very clean and simple. Some sweet malt and a very faint hop bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body and carbonation. Thin and watery. Very smooth and easy to quaff. A session beer without a doubt.

Not bad at all. I was not expecting much, but this is an enjoyable beer. Something for the hot summer months, ball games, or BBQ. It blows the other light macro lagers out of the water. (581 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good light beer....one of the better one's I've had. It has that similar bready maltiness their main lager does...it is lighter in body but not thin like most in this style...smooth, rounded finish....

I'm impressed...nice slightly sweet bready flavor...decent body...nice finish...no cheapness to it...what more do you need for this style to rate it high?

Scores are per style. (397 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (689 characters)

Photo of gtermi
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a 14K gold color with lots of visible carbonation. The head was cream-colored, retained itself well as a cap and left scattered lacing. The aroma was pretty much a light version of standard macro lager smells. The flavors were very washed out, dry grains, pale malt and lager malt, all bleached away. The body was medium. The mouthfeel average and the carbonation a little prickly. Sadly, the way it looked was the best part. (455 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, a beer from the texas sampler from assurbanipaul. Noticably darker than many light beers, make than almost any light beer i have had. not much head, just a little layer of foam. Grassy malt dominates the scent, which is not very profound. For a light lager, this is very flavorful and malty. If this was available here (I haven't seen it anywhere, except here) I would see me making this my extended session beer. (434 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
2.94/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Very clear dark gold glass that barely holds a halo of foam.

S) Mild metallic note, mild noble hops, little malt sweetness

T) A bit of corn, Shiner house yeast, little malt sweetness, not much else. It's light, but it's supposed to be.

M) Fizzy, but not overly so, light body of course.

D) Eh. Got one in the family pack, I'll drink it, but doubt I'll ever order one. (374 characters)

Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is basically your average macro light lager nothing special at all about it. It smells a lot like a bud light with grainy malt scents. Things are still kinda hohum boring with the taste the same grainy malt comes out. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing though which is good. This wouldn't be my first choice for a beer. I would rather drink this than a Coors light though durring the summer. (399 characters)

Photo of bmwats
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Nice dark golden color. Hefty carbonation pours into a very slight, white, bubbly, head which quickly rides off into the sunset leaving only remnants of carbonation. Hints of lacing, but quickly retreats to the body of the brew.

S: A little malt, a little wheat, and a bit of a soapy smell for lack of a better distinction.

T: Light maltiness, but a bit of a soapy palette.

M: Light, diluted (it is a light after all). Aftertaste is a little off-putting.

D: Okay.

Atmosphere is serviceable. Flavor is not bad, but not really there either. I have the same enthusiasm about the feel. Okay quaff. (625 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a perfect gold colour with a respectable head reducing to a smattering of lace. a light, husky and sweet aroma. a lot more aroma than a majority of light beers. the flavour isn't too bad...lots of residual sweetness...a bit corny but that's alright. it actually has just enough character to be enjoyable. a bit of hop bitterness stings the back end to balance the sweetness. all this is supported by a crisp mouthfeel that is just watery enough to pass as a light beer. the overall body is about right, and if were to drink this blind, i would have trouble recgnizing this as a light beer. nice drinkability, i can see why this would be a good choice in the Texas heat.

for a light beer, this is pretty impressive. keep it on the cold side. rates high within it's style. (782 characters)

Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad light lager, just lacking depth. Pours out to a rich yellow color, with a foamy head that quickly calms to about 1/16th of an inch. Some lacing. Aromas are weak; kind of smelled like wet cardboard mixed with malt and some hops. Taste was fair, but unremarkable; maltiness, bread, hints of hops and dried sugar cane. Mouthfeel was zesty and refreshing. Drinkability is north of average. A touch more on the flavor, with some more complexity, and this would be fantastic. Nonetheless, it's not bad. Special thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample. (563 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug. Small white head quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Brass colored, clear. Aroma is lightly sweet and bready. Fizzy, some corn to start. Quite light in flavor. Light body. Somewhat sweet finish.

Like washing down a piece of white bread with mineral water. (328 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
2.56/5  rDev -20%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/5/2009 (bottle):

Pours a small whitish colored head, very quickly diminishing. Light amber colored body, fizzy, very clear. Somewhat nutty, very malty, pilsenery aroma. Light aroma, typical aroma of a light lager, not very appealing. Nutty taste, nutty carbonated aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, somewhat creamy body. Pretty clean aftertaste. Has that acidic taste, I find often in lagers. Might be more refreshing after a long hot activity. (450 characters)

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Shiner Light from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
75 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.