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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

3,070 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 3,070
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 294 | FT: 3
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)
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Reviews by tfinn:
Photo of tfinn
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%

pours amber, with fine bubbled carbonation, and a quickly dissipating head. if the color isn't enough of an indicator, it's immediately apparent that this isn't really a bock by pouring viscosity alone.

big giant DMS hit immediately after the pour. blech. once that clears, there's a "salty caramel corn" component, which is a little better. I don't smell any hops, and don't really expect much with this style, but some hint of german noble hops would be nice. what is there reminds me of rotting seaweed at the ocean.

flavor is primarily toasted caramel in nature, with a little corn sweetness, and maybe a hint of roast. tough to tell. there's really not much to work from, and this completely pales in intensity to a true -ator class bock.

mouthfeel is thin, as it should be for an amber lager, but way too thin for a true german-style bock.

I remember being unimpressed when I had one of these in san antonio, and thinking to myself "this is a bock?" it's drinkable, albeit pretty boring. like a standard american lager with caramel coloring added.

this bock is a gelding in comparison to the real deal.

tfinn, Sep 26, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

oberon, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of davemarc87
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

davemarc87, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

RoyalT, Oct 06, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

legalag11, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Defros
1/5  rDev -68.2%

Defros, Thursday at 01:42 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Turbo, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

brownbeer, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of Greenmosheen
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Greenmosheen, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 04, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Parke, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

GeoBear, Dec 01, 2012
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3.72/5  rDev +18.5%

jdg_0887, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of blackearth
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%

Poured a deep copper body with a thin white head that faded quickly. Aroma of caramel, metallic copper and toffee. Medium bodied with a biscuity light malt flavor and sweet aftertaste that finished clean. Good drinkability, this is nothing to seek out, but a great alternative if you find it at a bar stocked with macros.

blackearth, Jul 13, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +51.3%

markallmon, Feb 23, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

RoninBirdman, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%

When I visited my daughter and son-in-law in Houston recently, I wanted to try one of the local brews. This is what they told me to order. It was a dark amber color with no head to it. It had a nondescript malty aroma, and a nondescript , vaguely sweet taste. Actually OK for mouthfeel, and drinkable in the sense that it went down easily. Not one of my favorite beers; hope other offerings from the brewery are better.

lordofthewiens, Oct 25, 2006
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

BeerDreadz, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Brauntasaurus, Jan 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

csmartin6, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of warnerry
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%

Shiner bock
A - Pours a nice amber color but is completely lacking head.

S - Hardly any detected aroma except for a bit of sweet malt

T - A bit of malt with a weird slightly metallic taste and faint touch of hops. Doesn't really taste like a bock, more like a lager.

M - Pretty thin mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

D - Poor flavor profile and thin mouthfeel make one more than enough.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Todd
2.05/5  rDev -34.7%

Presentation: 12oz can

Appearance: Copper/amber with a thin head that shows little sign of carbonation.

Smell: Clean smelling with no apparent aromas -- probably due to its being canned.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing like a seltzer water. Grain and husk-like flavours turn this brew dry, while a semi-astringent hop presence joins the steeliness of the can to provide a cheap beer flavour. The brew finishes with a metallic twang and an echo of real hop flavour.

Notes: Not impressed at all. Purchased and consumed on Northwest Airlines (Detroit to Boston).

Todd, Oct 03, 1999
Photo of Beaver13
2.35/5  rDev -25.2%

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear caramel amber with a fizzy off white head that quickly disappears.

The aroma is sweet metallic malts with some DMS.

The flavor is heavily sweet malts - caramel and toffee with a lilttle toastedness. The mouthfeel is medium and watery with a little sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's not bad tasting (much more flavor than I expected), but overbalanced on the sweet side. It's better than the macros.

Beaver13, Feb 21, 2008
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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 3,070 ratings.