1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner BockShiner Bock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
72
okay

2,520 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2520
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%


Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
View: Beers (22) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Shiner Bock Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,520 | Reviews: 924 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of txaggievet
txaggievet

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Texan I have a special affinity for Shiner and the Spoetzl brewery. Shiner Bock is what turned me onto dark beers and it has always been one of my favorites. So good and popular that Anheuser-Busch had to copy it with their Ziegen Bock. It is in my opinion the Beer of Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:38:05 | More by txaggievet
Photo of TucsonTom
TucsonTom

Arizona

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yep, Shiner Bock is an "okay" beer; I gave it 3s across the board. But it has two things going for it.

First, it only has a 4.4% ABV. I seek beers at <=5.0% ABV, so this one fits that bill.

Second, it's often on sale here in Arizona at $4.99 a sixer. When I can get decent beer for <$1 a bottle, that helps with the actual bill.

Combine the above with the beer having some decent taste (sweet with no real hops), then it's a beer I'll buy again, when $4.99 a sixer.

Final notes: It could do with some better carbonation. After a decent pour, it went flat in only a few minutes, no bubbles even from an etched glass. It's sweetness and low hops might make it a good braising beer; I'll have to give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:18:44 | More by TucsonTom
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have developed a taste for Texas beers and the Spoetzl brewery does make some outstanding beers. It pours clean with a dark amber color, with white laces that lead up to a fluffy head that dissipates pretty fast. it has a malt taste, blended with hops, and has traces of metal, corn, sweet, and wheat tastes. It is smooth with malt after taste and is somewhat filling. For a better consumption drink it cool not cold....

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:51:39 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of marzenfannm
marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with pillowy head that quickly recedes. Minimal aroma so not much to talk about there. I think this beer is often served too cold and that obscures its taste and texture ... I definitely let some of the chill off from pulling it out of the display case at the package store and drink it cool, but not cold. This beer has a nice malty flavor with a hint of hoppiness. I would love it to be a bit thicker and maltier though. The mouth feel is very nice ... smooth and satiny. Again, serve it too cold and the taste and mouth feel attributes disappear.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:40:28 | More by marzenfannm
Photo of JamesGrove
JamesGrove

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This excellent beer has a deep amber, almost copper, color and has a thin, white head. The smell is not overwhelming, in fact is very subtle. The taste is absolutely sublime. Not overpowering, not too hoppy, not bitter. It is perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. This has been my all-time favorite beer for quite some time. It's very hard to beat this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:56:41 | More by JamesGrove
Photo of thehooksman
thehooksman

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Bock has been a favorite for a long time. But I admit it can be a mix bag. Some batches appear to be better than others. It seems the amount of dimethyl (cooked cabbage) ranges from mild to a lot. Get a good one and you have a nice german amber lager. It is always a beautiful clear amber. There's never too much happening in the nose. The flavor is toast, caramel, dimethyl. No hop presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but but still has some smooth creaminess and is not overly carbonated. A great session beer that beats mass market cheap stuff in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 23:13:19 | More by thehooksman
Photo of vkv822
vkv822

Oregon

3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz : pilsner glass
best by: 04/01/14

Pours a clear, golden brown with a fizzy, short lived off white head.

Lightly grassy floral notes muddled with a bready, caramel malt backing.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing particularly exciting, but easy drinking, and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 20:59:30 | More by vkv822
Photo of Alextricity
Alextricity

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap at $4 a pint.

Appearance: Brown. Plenty of clarity. Not much head, and virtually zero lacing. Looks alright, I guess.

Smell: Malty. Slightly roasty. No hop aroma, really. Just has a cheap sort of smell, but it's not off-putting or anything like that. Again, alright.

Taste/feel: For a third time, it's okay. It has a thin feel with a moderate prickly carbonation. Caramel malts and the like with a slight roastiness as well. Sweet, not bitter at all... mediocre, and pretty uninteresting.

Short review for a beer that doesn't require a long one. It's a beer that... just... it is what it is. Affordable, decent, nothing-at-all-special beer. Sweet, quite thin, a good amount of carbonation, not very interest piquing. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 22:40:21 | More by Alextricity
Photo of jjamadorphd
jjamadorphd

Florida

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I guess sometimes a micro brew just isn't all that it's cracked up to be - Shiner Bock is one of those.

Although it has a very nice and appealing dark amber color, there's no head and of course staying power to mention. The beer was either skunky (didn't taste like it though) or it was just not up to par. Mouthfeel would have been better if it weren't so carbonated - it just detracted not only from the mouthfeel but the taste as well. About the taste - it wasn't all that bad, it was pretty good, once you got past the high carbonation.

Overall, not an okay beer, but not the worst I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:24:43 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of JerUrbans
JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color, (thought it would be darker since it's a bock style) with a very small head that dissipates very rapidly. Smells sweat and grainy somewhat like a lager. Taste is refreshing and light, a lot of grain in the flavor with slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is very light almost no bitterness and maybe slightly savory.

Overall, had this on tap at a steakhouse... it was served in a frosted mug from a draft and I was actually blown away by how good it was. Picked up a sixer and the beer is refreshing but just ok. That said I believe this beer is best served very cold. For my next one, I have it in the snowbank and I'm gonna drink it right before it freezes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:55:46 | More by JerUrbans
Photo of ThePaintedGrey
ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lackluster shade of mahogany that's reminiscent to a glass of birch beer. A thumb-width, bubbly, off-white head sits on top of brew for about 15 - 20 seconds before it completely disappears. There's no cap on top, and no lacing to be found. Keep this away from children because now it honestly just looks like a refreshing glass of birch beer.

S: The aroma is completely clean and even after damn-near dipping the tip of my nose into it, I can't pick up anything. Very faint grains at the most. I'd rate it lower, but I feel those scores are reserved for offensive aromas. And since there's NO aroma at all, I can't really call it offensive.

T: The flavors are clean and refreshing, like you'd expect from a fountain soda. Very light roasted grain flavors with an extremely weak malty backbone. The finish reveals the faintest presence of hop bitterness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: I'm a little surprised in this department, given the fact that there's no aroma and the flavor profile is weak. Shiner Bock offers a medium-light body with a crisp carbonation that isn't too fizzy, allowing for the brew to sport an ever-so-slightly sleek and creamy texture. Honestly a few steps above what I was expecting, and definitely leagues above the mouthfeel of the "big guys."

O: Despite scoring weakly in most categories, Shiner Bock IS, in fact, an okay brew. It's very disappointing considering it sports the "bock" name, but I guess it could hold its own against some American dark lagers. It's definitely light years ahead of most of the BMC offerings. It's not something I'd drink for the pleasure of its consumption, but I wouldn't object to mindlessly pounding down a few pints on Gameday with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:51:18 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of WunderLlama
WunderLlama

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Transparent Mahogany ruby brown , slight carbonation visible, scant ring of white bubbles grabbing the edge of the glass

Faint aroma of grains and sweet malt. Not much there.

Taste of grain and maybe adjuncts??? Smooth on the sip, foams on the back of the tongue , whisk of bitterness and smooth, clean finish and aftertaste.

I used to seek out this beer on visits to Texas and loved it. Better in my memory than in in my review

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:21:13 | More by WunderLlama
Photo of titty_mcbitty
titty_mcbitty

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark color brown.

S: Not much here on the nose but nothing to complain about I guess.

T: Now, I don't dislike shiner, and this review is based purely objectiveness. This isn't bad. It's definitely not amazing, as you'd expect, but not bad at all. It's refreshing, crispy, and it's got a peppery wheat bock taste to it.

M: Light bodied but not super light. Heavier side. Good carb on it as well.

O: Whenever I just want a lighter refreshing beer to drink, I usually go for the lighter lagers. Shiner works for this. It's not my favorite style of lager, but it's not bad at all. It is good for the money. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:35:39 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek

New York

3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear orange yellow. No head or lacing.

Smells like nothing, really. I can't pick out much here.

The taste is similarly boring- some bready malt, some grainy sweetness. That's about it. Boooring.

Light bodied, crisp, drinkable.

Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:38:19 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Bronze caramel color with substantial carbonation present, pours into a thick head that quickly disappears.

S: Subtle caramel notes, not a strong scent, similar to that of a light lager.

T: Very simple starch taste with metallic dominating on the back-end.

M: Very thin body with high carbonation that pops midway, followed by an antiseptic sensation that lingers for a while.

O: Not enough body, too much carbonation, simple flavor, not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 19:05:00 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
Photo of stannard2
stannard2

New York

1.94/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I have seen this beer numerous times in the grocery store and finally decided to pick up a single 12 ounce bottle. I wouldn't get this beer again. It's very bland doesn't offer much of a taste. This beer doesn't offer a bad taste just not much of a taste at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:29:26 | More by stannard2
Photo of NedShakeshaft
NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I first enjoyed this beer over a decade ago in South Texas alongside some raw oysters. Now that it's in my area, I'm anxious to try it again for the first time.

Pours a mahogany brown body that's surprisingly translucent. Whitish head is gone before I can come up with a better adjective, leaving no trace.

Not much going on with the nose. Faint corn aroma, caramel and raisin.

The taste is only slightly less understated. Not as corny as your average macrobrew, it's fresh, has some caramel malt character, and is effortlessly balanced by its hop presence. Pretty clean, but there is a slightly off-putting metallic finish.

This beer thin. In the words of the immortal Bilbo Baggins, "like butter, scraped over too much bread."

Quaffable yet underwhelming, it has some bock characteristic but doesn't pack enough punch to suit the palate of the craft beer generation.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:18:01 | More by NedShakeshaft
Photo of mfnmbvp
mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. The flagship beer of Spoetzl Brewery.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark copper orange colored body with lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a half finger of off-white head dissipates within seconds. Looks pretty bad, in all honesty.

S - Smell is of sweet dried grains, corn husk, dusty malt, dusty vegetals, medicinal cherry, and some metallics.

T - Taste is more of the same: wet soggy grains, adjunct corn, wet cardboard, some sugary sweetness, maybe a hint of cherry / raisins, and some coppery metallic presence.

M - Feel is clean and watery with minimal stickiness.

Overall, it is what it is. A simple beer from the people of Shiner. Definitely not recommended by any means, and I might even prefer an awful American adjunct lager over this one. Avoid.

Shiner Bock ---2/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:36:18 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of CloudStrife
CloudStrife

New York

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Initially this one has sort of a macro lager like smell, but as you swirl it a bit of aroma comes out. Carmel and dark fruits blend nicely together, just wish they were more dominant.

T: Reminds me of a american adjunct lager blended with a true German bock. Sure there is the molasses, carmely, raisiny blend we know and love but it is overtaken by a corn

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. A tad sticky on the backend. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this beer flows like water in the great state of Texas so its gotta be light and tame enough to be enjoyed by all. Sure beats the BMC lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 20:11:32 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of Captain_Komamura
Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clear dark brown, with no head at all.

Smell - a nice roasted malt smell.

Taste - like the smell, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak, and a bit over carbonated.

Overall - Its an easy beer to drink, not to much depth to the flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:06:13 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Spikester
Spikester

Oregon

3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a small tan head that became the tiniest ring ever. No lacing.
Smell is clean dark malts a kiss of floral hops.
Taste is mild dark malt with very little bitterness. Not overly sweet just not enough hop presence to satisfy a craft beer palate.
Mouthfeel is watery and a bit over carbonated. There is a very mild bitterness that lingers.
Overall a pretty good beer if it was an "American Light Bock" . Not sure how old this beer might be but it is the first time found in my area of the country so I must assume it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:56:53 | More by Spikester
Photo of johnnnniee
johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I drank quite a few of these back in the early 90's when I was in Houston so nostalgia played a part in me making an effort to secure a sixer of this brew all these years later.
Pours a deep copper color with a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Aromas of light sweet pilsner malt, caramel and a hint of sulfur. Light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is more dark macro than bock honestly. Light sweet maltiness with a heavy overtone of caramel and faint earthy hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Easy enough to drink and really nothing flawed here. It's a bit sweet and could use some melanoids. Well at least this helped to get me thinking beyond cookie cutter macros all those years ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:55:18 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of JohnGalt1
JohnGalt1

Idaho

2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Family Reunion 6'er... Pours with a long lasting off white head.. decent lacing.. the brew is clear chestnut...

Malty and sorta corny... no real hops to speak of... toasted malt with a background metallic element. watery... certainly thin... unremarkable.

3.5/2.75/2.75/3/3

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:50:43 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of MikeWard
MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from 12oz bottle into tall glass. No bottled date that I could understand, most of it was smeared away.

Looked pretty decent in the glass. Clear, reddish amber coloring. less than one finger head, which setteld to a ring. Lots of carbonation. Virtually no lacing though.

Couldn't get anything on the nose except some faint sweet malts

Taste was...okay, but pretty bland. Was only getting some sweetness toward the end.

Mouth was thin, finish clean.

I can see as a session beer on a hot day you could clear off a couple of sixers of these and still manage your 8X tablees. But nothing to the beer really. Doesn't taste terrible, just...bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:17:58 | More by MikeWard
Photo of artoolemomo
artoolemomo

Oregon

2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up some head but has pretty poor retention. The body is quite effervescent and alive with bubbles. The head is an off-white with slight brown notes (almost beige) while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon and garnet which appears as a medium dark amber with orange hues when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind as of yet.

Nose- From the glass and from the bottle are very different. I get a weak breadiness with some metal notes from the glass but the bottle (especially before the pour) gives off a lot of malt- sweet and sour bread (think rye and pumpernickel) with a small hint of raisins. Swirling shows off more of the sour notes that suggested rye and pumpernickel.

Taste- A slight sweetness mixed with a bit of water starts off the flavor profile as notes of raisin arise and move into bigger notes of cereal and grain, even cornflakes. Lots of cornflakes and really none of the bready or malty qualities that the nose seemed to promise. Ends with a slight sweetness suggestive of these breads but it really doesn't have enough presence to define anything in particular. Some caramel but it's very light. Very minor metallic notes as well. Some wood (primarily oak) mixes with the light finish of bread and caramel. Lacks presence but has some balance and integration. Basically average but better than I expected it to be. Definitely a notch or two above BMC. I have no real experience with bocks but this seems to be a weak version of one. I will certainly have to try more.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost crosses the line into “too much carbonation”.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A little too much cornflake taste for me but if I were in Texas 15 years, I imagine would have drank a whole bunch of this. 9 bucks a six pack is way too much though.

Overall- Just average (maybe slightly below). Worth a try if you don't have any expectations (I didn't). Will not repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:49:26 | More by artoolemomo
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,520 ratings.