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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,020 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 3,683
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 841 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Reviews: 1,020 | Hads: 3,683
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a nice Amber dark red color with little lace and two finger head lots of bubbles.

Smell was light w/hints of malt

Taste - Very light tasting with hints of hops and malts .

Very drinkable beer - these go down easy

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Photo of joshg
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think perhaps the most underrated beer when talking with others. I keep this around my house as a standby for when I want a good, solid beer without breaking the bank.

Heavy enough for my stout partial tastes but light enough it won't fill me up after a few.

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Photo of drobo
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20+ years drinking this beer. Appearance is amber with little to no head out of the bottle -- from tap the head is a bit better and longer retention. Very drinkable, not as heavy as you would think a bock-style beer, which makes it a good 'session' beer.

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Photo of Hex92
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Bock was for many years my favorite. Its hard to find now that I live in Virginia so I don't drink it much now. After consuming several hundred gallons of this beer I can tell you this: Don't bother drinking it unless you can get it on draft. Its no good out of the bottle. The carbonation, mouthfeel, flavor, etc. is all wrong. The only way to drink it is on tap. Period. Its a very smooth very drinkable beer on tap.

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Photo of Preisman
3.96/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted: Just about everyday

Appearance - Reddish brown body and a tan head
Smell - Caramel/malty, not too strong
Taste - Malty, smooth, sweet,
Drinkability - Full flavor and easily the best flavor/ease of drinking I have had.

I prefer Shiner in a can over a bottle and from the tap. But, all are good. Overall, a great beer. This is my daily beer, great flavor and not overpowering.

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Photo of skillerified
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, almost suspiciously dark. It definitely doesn't taste as dark as it looks. The color is a nice dark amber. Almost a little reddish too. Moderate head and lacing.

It smells pretty good to me. Mostly caramel, but some hoppiness too. Not a particularly strong scent, but a pleasant one no less.

Taste is also a bit caramel. Light to medium bodied with some sweetness up front. A little flat in the middle, but not in a particularly awful way. Just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

There's nothing special about the mouthfeel. It's doesn't add to or detract from the experience.

Extremely drinkable for me. It tastes better than most, goes down pretty easy, and is readily available most anywhere here in Texas. It's often the only alternative to the major macros in local restaurants, so you get to drink plenty of it. I could see myself getting tired of it eventually.

Admittedly it's far from true to style, but if you look past that, the taste isn't bad.

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Photo of ryalmighty1
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light amber color that is almost completely transparent. Works itself into a nice frothy cream head that dissolves rather quickly into about an inch and a half of lacing.

Smell: Very very malty smell. Not much hop or floral scent. Almost chocolatey and coffee like smell

Taste: Very smooth and malty. Sweet with decent carbonation. Not very full-bodied but still flavorful enough to not be bland. Still have the chocolatey notes in the taste, but more caramel and toasty flavors than anything. No real aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very thin and lacy, not one to linger on your tongue for long. Smooth, yes but thick and creamy it is not. This is the least noticeable part of the beer IMO.

Drinkability: Most certaintly easy to drink. This is my session beer for any occasion.

This beer outpaces any of it's macro counterparts. More flavor, drinkability and character than most anything well known and advertised today. The Spoetzl brewery is one of the oldest continuously operating micro in N. America and still basically operates the same as it has since the turn of the 20th century.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CU570M
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red autumn color, decent head with nice lacing. Smell came off fruity, but i liked that. I can't explain the taster over than there was a hint of citrus and was a good well rounded beer. Medium carbonation, great for everyday drinking. My kind of beer!

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Photo of spaceranger
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner gets kicked alot here on the advocate and I guess I understand that. Compared to the great micros and European imports it's just - well, it is what it is. But there's something about their Bock and their Kolsch (which is not reviewed here). They are just plain drinkable. And the more you drink them the more you appreciate them. Day in and day out Shiner is a good choice.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden amber with no activity. It had a very small off white head that quickly disappeared.

A robust scent of earthy grains mixed with a slight tang of clovy hops.

A complex taste of wheat, corn and tarty pine (perhaps the hops pushing through the corn). The beverage is medium to full yet goes down light and doesn't make me feel full.

It is a good beer. I enjoy the flavor and the smell greatly. I am a bit disappointed with the appearance. I will have to revisit this beverage in the future to ensure that I did not just have a bad bottle.

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Photo of Rio
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness dating

Pours a nice goldish-brownish color with a decent head that receeds a bit, and hangs onto the glass in a few places. Clean aroma with a bit of maltiness to it. Malty taste with a tiny bit of a sweetness to it. Clean carbonation feel in the mouth.

One of my favorite all time brews, but I've had plenty of beers since then that have expanded my horizons. It'll still be an old standby, but with so many new beers to try, there's plenty of other things to drink.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: From the pour I got a nice amber colored beer with good clarity and an average two finger just off white head. The head fades to a wispy thin layer but a quick swirl will keep a small cap of foam on top. Lacing is very slick and minimal.

Smell: The aroma is mildly sweet with some light hints of caramel and toasted malt back by grainy and light bready maltiness. Hop presence here is very light and sort of earthy/leafy.

Taste/Palate: Just as the nose would suggest there is a mild sweetness from the light caramel and bready maltiness. A touch of raw grain or husk is also noted in the mix. Hops mix in here too and add a light balance of earthy hop bitterness. Its easy medium body and level carbonation is a bit light for a Bock but very easy to drink.

Notes: I drank more than a few of these the last time I was down in Texas. This is an easy drinking beer in the summer heat and it pairs very well with Texas BBQ.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay let me put it out there... This is one of the best affordable beers that available in most of my friends' fridges. Excellent choice that is very sessionable and also pairs well with anything greasy.

Appearance- Moderately dark brown body, with a thin khaki head. Limited lacing that doesn't retain that well. Personally I would just stick to keeping it in the bottle.

Smell- A series of toned down malt smells emerge as well as a bit of grassy hops.

Taste- Malty breadiness comes upfront with a bit of bittereness from the hops coming at the end.

Drinkabilty- It pairs well with a variety of situations and food. Its been my go to for many occasions when I need to bring a six pack to share.

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Photo of BgThang
3.9/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was always a favorite and it is what actually got me started drinking different beers than the macros brews.

I was drinking this stuff back in the early 90's when you could only get it in texas. It was quite different than your bud or miller lite.

It pours a nice dark copper color and I will admit the keg taste better than the bottle. I am reviewing the draft because it has close to the same nose , but there is some spicyness to it from the keg. Somewhat of a bite. Its really good. For being "a darker beer" it goes done really well on a hot day.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: reddish mahogany brown; decent white bubbly head

s: sweet hay; some brown sugar, some corn; some light toffee

t: very mild flavor; sweet hay; some watery sweet malt backbone; light skunky taste (not that the beer is skunked)

m: basically a macro mouthfeel with intense carb but some a bit heftier and more syrupy of a mouthfeel

d: i love this beer as an american macro classic; the labeling is so oldschool and classic; and i know that for a lot of peple in the southwest, were it not for this beer and michelob amber they would not even know that there were styles other than pilseners; as a bock it is only soso, but as a mainstream american beer/gateway beer for the unenlightened i give it a super high rating

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Photo of gkunkle
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with depechemode1983, thanks man! Pours a semi- transparent ruddy brown color (maybe better described as maple syrup color) with a 1in off-white head. Smells of bready malt and slightly of alcohol. A friend told me they use rice in this beer, I think I can smell it a bit. Taste is of sweet malts with a touch of wheat hops. The finish has a little bit of malt and makes you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. I know many others don't like this beer, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. As a bock it may not be very impressive, but style aside, this beer is delicious and enjoyable to drink. At 4.4% ABV it's pretty dang sessionable. I think it would be best enjoyed in the end of summer and during fall. It has a lot more taste and color tha. Your average APA or lawnmower beer, but it's still not so overwhelming that isn't refreshing.

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Photo of loubar
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Clear dark brown with a head that thins out quickly. Mild malt aroma.Taste of bready malt up front with a crisp middle leaving a mild sweetness after its gone. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or complexity. I found this to be a light, refreshing, drinkable lager beer. Love the low ABV.

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Photo of beeragent
3.86/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I first experienced after becoming of legal age. Before that, it was always my dads Bud Light. Therefore, this review may be a little biased. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a nice fluffy 1 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma appears to be mostly of malt, maybe a little grain, and a slight bit of hops. The taste is light malts, and a hint of hops, with a light caramle aftertaste. Not a heavy beer, but still no shortness of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and a smooth finish. This is easily a beer to session. Whether sitting at home, or in a tube on the river, this is a great beer wherever you go.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Situation: a typical Thursday garding and laughing (at TV)... Glassware: Celebrator doppelbock.... Appearance: mellow brown with a thinning head--not much to look at at first glance.... Aroma: light and malty, with low hops and an easy-drinking introduction... Palate: smooth, medium-bodied--clearly a presence, a bock headbutt.... Taste: the malitness is like a ramped-up, amped down version of our beloved Yuengling Lager--a reverential comparison from a Northeastern Pennsylvanian... Overall: an odd review, paradoxical in its "what you see/smell is NOT what you get!" variety--and that’s quite alright--when a bock is NOT judged by its cover, or as a bock! When it’s limited by the state of Texas in its alcohol content--clearly a win for us all...

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz bottle from Texas!

A clear brown, not quite like most browns I have seen in beer- this seems richer than many of the transparent brown beers I am familiar with.

Aroma is fresh bready malt= slight sweetness. Not complex, but nice!

Flavor is mostly malty, a little roasted caramel. Not terribly sweet, just a slight sweetness, kind of like fresh-made dark German bread is sweet. A slight hop bite in the finish, just enough to let you know it's there. Generally simple in it's overall profile (i.e., not terribly complex, but that's not really a bad thing!).

Mouthfeel is moderate and this is a nice, simple, drinkable brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Bock is the most popular beer from this company, but really not their best. It has a clear golden/reddish appearance, and a medium off-white head. Carbonation is low, which gives it its flat, so-so characteristic. Taste is on the bland side and mouth feel is light and watery. I usually try to avoid this one when I'm out at a bar, but it's everywhere and usually their "dark" beer offering. It seems like they've watered it down over the years, but it could just be me.


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Photo of rockdick
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock has become a Texas commodity and i've been drinking it since college(28 now), so i figure its time to write a quick review.
Pours a beautiful, deep, amber color with a nice creamy head.
It smells sort of sweet and 'roasty' . Taste is also on the sweet side, but not overly so. Very easy to drink. Its best to pour into a pint glass or get it on tap at the pub. Haven't been to the Spoetzl Brewery yet, but can't wait to have a fresh one there.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner is a unique bock in that is has low alcohol content and not much deep flavor. Still gets you feeling good if you drink a few or mix with a stronger bock.

A- Copper-brown. semi-transparent and not viscous-looking at all.

S- Smells faintly of sweet malts and caramel

T- Tastes like a sweet roll to me. Not complex like most bocks.

M- Feels clean with a sticky quality

D- Easy to drink too many and still feel great

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Photo of blackearth
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample bottle is one of a six pack from Johnston's Liquors in Conowingo Md. Pours a nice red-brown with a light carbonated head that quickly subsides.

Smells very earthy. Hearty malts and a dash of hops.

Tastes exactly how it smells. Talk about truth in advertising. Has a strong initial attack which quickly rolls into a malty sweetness remant of a marzen.

Mouthfeel isn't anything to write home about. It doesn't feel like your mouth is going to explode because of the carbonation nor do you feel you have to spit it out because it's too fizzy. What you would expect from a better beer.

This is an awesome session beer. It has alot of flavor but not so much that you get tired of it. Combined with lower alchohol content this beer will last you the night.

If you've ever had yuengling's traditional lager, this is a great substitute for it. I find shiner's bock to be very similar in flavor, about the same in price and more consistent than yuengling. Alot of times yuengling will taste too flat and watered down or too carbonated. Sometimes you get it really sweet which is awesome but it's very rare. If you know what i'm talking about than relate to flavor to a more carbonated yuengling. I find shinerbock a bit more prickley unless yuengling is over carbonated. Overall i think the texans are beating us in a Shiner bock vs. Yuengling lager battle.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.