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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,008 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,008
Hads: 3,594
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 54
Gots: 740 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

No notes at this time.
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Reviews by DuncanIdaho86:
Photo of DuncanIdaho86
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Who wants a Shiner? I do! The word shiner always sounded dirty to me. as in "I just got a shiner from a guy at the Vince Lombari rest stop on the turnpike." or "My girl was on the rag, so I had to settle for a shiner."

Right then.

A lot of people write off Shiner Bock, but Its nothing to sneer at. It has a minimal head and carbonation level but that only serves to let you pound 3 or 4 of these tasty billy-goats. It lives up to the bock taste in its malty sweetness. and just look at that rich auburn brown color. Not everything has to be a work of art.

Feels good on the tongue, with an almost clean finish. A lot of drink ability for a bock I'd say, and I didn't mind its muted features. (697 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of StAnthony
4.61/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shiner! In my opinion, the best thing to come out of Texas (my wife aside, of course). And we can't get it here in Illinois, so it makes visiting the inlaws a whole lot sweeter.

If not for the name though, I would never associate this 20SRM-ish brew with bock. It lacks the characteristic smoothness and rich body of most bocks that I know. In fact, this is among the lightest beers on my "favorites" list. I always thought of it more as a light brown ale.

Bottles are good but properly served pints are awesome! Catch one at the Dallas airport and you won't be sorry. (574 characters)

Photo of DashIpa
5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On a hot Texas nothing is finer than a cold Shiner...... (56 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a short head that is gone fast. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Smells of sweet malts and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, toast, bread, and grain with some malt character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light of body.

Overall: Nice, simple, approachable beer. It hasn't got much in the way of hop bitterness or explosive flavor, but it's crisp and enjoyable. I paired it with latkes and matzah ball soup on the first night of Hanukkah. Nothing wrong with it at all. (521 characters)

Photo of RoyTX
4.57/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now, I have to level set for the rest of the 49 states that get Shiner weeks/months after it was made. I've toured the shiner brewery and can certainly attest to the affects of harsh storing and shipping condition on beer. I have had the flat, bitter, watery shiner bock that has been reviewed and I have also tasted the sweet "Texas tea" that is shiner bock, hours/days after the factory brewed it. Do not blame the brewery or the beer for the failings of time and mishandling of man. Firstly, shiner bock is no where near "hoppy" it is a sweet (as far as beers go) blend of yeast, malt, and hops. We sure do make bread with it down here. The deep caramel color is a clear indicator of taste. It is not intended to be be an overbearing weigh you down, alcoholic bock. It is refined for drinkability and sweet sipping (again think iced tea). It's certainly not a heavy headed brew that and does not pretend to be an exotic concoction of ingredients that blend together to make a disappointing off-putting flavor (Sam Adams Boston lager comes to mind). Take the traditional German respect for bier and an American sensibility for drinkability and crave for refreshing flavors and you have Shiner Bock. I can use apply all the adjectives and similes for the look but taste is he only thing that matters. I'd happily drink a shiner instead of a snobby craft beer placed on a pedestal that tastes like bathroom soap. If you notice the score I didn't say it was perfect due to the varying environments (consistency) I've tasted it in but it is good when it's good. (1,559 characters)

Photo of TopherBreski
3.82/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Excellent BBQ beer with a great feel. Don't think I would drink it any other time, though. (90 characters)

Photo of pgolcher
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

uninspired beer, just an ok beer. (33 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.41/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the beer featured in country songs. Smoothest amber bock beer you can get under $10 a sixxer. Poors a good amber color with a nice foamy head. Mouthfeel is great and smells of hops and grains. Tastes like Texas. You show up at a party drinking this stuff and your guaranteed to get laid. This stuff is great. Shiner premium is also good to try. Anything shiner is good minus the farmhouse ale. Don't drink that crap. Shiner is guaranteed to make you a badass, get you laid, and put hair on your chest. (510 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a standard I drank alot while living in North Carolina because the people I hung out with thought this was a "special beer".Pours a amber/brown with a light off white colored head.The aroma is grainy and lightly sweet and a little earthy.Taste is watery in my opinion with some resdual caramel sweetness but not much,not much of a bock for sure. (358 characters)

Photo of davemarc87
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Gowcheco
3.24/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of RoyalT
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Nice, clear brown bock color with a little head.

Smell – Nice, lightly-toasted bock aroma. There seems to be a scent of cheap grain, though, like a Budweiser or something.

Taste – The traditional bock flavor is there, but some cheap graininess and a watery finish spoil the show.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery.

Drinkability – This Shiner was indeed a black eye. (389 characters)

Photo of legalag11
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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1/5  rDev -66.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of brownbeer
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moment that I never drink a Shiner beer again can't come too soon. Fortunately, this is the last of my mixed pack.

It has a generic grainy aroma just like their other beers with maybe a hint of tree bark and maple.

Easy to drink, not much going on. A step above macro lager. (280 characters)

Photo of ccapurso
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Greenmosheen
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Bock... Bock style beer at 4.4%. I expected more personally. Nice presentation of yellow label with red and black writing and a ram on the front.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown fluid with little head that produces very little trace lacing.

S- Simple metallic scents upfront with lightly breaded malts.

T-M- Taste is a very bland flavor of sweet malts and light hints of decaf coffee and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is watery and goes as it comes.

D- Very drinkable at a price of a simple beer that is very macro-like. (525 characters)

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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4/5  rDev +32.5%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.72/5  rDev +23.2%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.