Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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3.04
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Shiner BockShiner Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of roddwolff
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright copper color, a few bubbles, the foamy head lives for 15 seconds, after white burrs reamin on the surface, without lacing obviously, i like the logo with a bighorn sheep;

S: Soft, sweet and clear, malt and toffee;

T: Very simple, almost-roasted malt and lot of carbonation, good balancing with floral hops;

M: Fizzy, watery, light body;

D: Too watery to be bock style, the good thing was that i taked me away the horrible taste of the spinachs i was eating, acceptable beer, i have tasted worst beers from Texas.

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Photo of warnerry
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pints on sale for $1.75 at the Echo Tap here in Madison. I can tell why it they were trying to get rid of it. If there was one word to describe this beer, it would have to be "...oh...". Probably the most neutral, average, uninspiring, neither bad nor good beer I've ever had. Oh...I'm, uhhh....drinking a beer?

Pours a transparent dark brown with no real head to speak of. Smells like....umm, beer? Kind of metallic. Tastes like....watery beer? A hint of caramel malt to let you know it's supposed to be dark, but other than that entirely bland. Mouthfeel is probably about the thinnest I've ever experienced in a beer, even the carbonation was limp. Slightly higher drinkability rating only because it goes down like water. So...apparently I drank a beer last night....I guess.

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Photo of karst
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear amber, with a moderate sized sticky head
Aroma: little malt & some grainy scents.
Taste: bland and watery, butterscotch and the other malt tastes are vaguely syrupy, though thin mouthfeel, little aftertaste.
From Baum La Vernia, Tx south of China Grove. I picked up a six of these (Rick got six pack of Busch "tallboys") Decent drinkability. Better than ZiegenBock

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Photo of Dope
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Decent brown beer with a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: Very generic malt smell - almost a bit bready but very subtle in general.

T: Average at best. Tastes like a watered down generic bock. Some maltyness and not much else.

M: Watery, boring as can be.

D: Given the low ABV and the thinness you could probably drink a bunch of these. However I could barely drink one bottle, it just has almost no appealing side to it.

Really didn't find this beer appealing at all. It was plain to the point of almost being undrinkable. Simple beers can be (very) good but to be honest I think I'd rather drink a bud light.

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Photo of SummitVA
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - amber pour into a dingy pint glass. Light carbonation, very little head

S - sweet malt, some caramel, maybe a bit of brown sugar

T - sweetness and a bit of bitterness, but fairly lifeless overall

M - thin and watery

O - hadn't had a Shiner in years, and I'm thinking I'll take another break. Still this has so often been an oasis of a tap handle at a dive bar, just as it wad tonight. Goes down well while kicking back and viewing hipster antics and listening to bad local music

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass - because why not?

A: Pours a crystal-clear chestnut color. The head is barely off-white, and about one fingers high. Retention isn't great, nor does it leave much lacing on the glass. But it is a good-looking lager.

S: Uh oh. This smells like little more than an adjunct lager with a touch of caramel malt. There's way too much corn prevalent on the nose for this to be a good bock.

T: This is better...ish. Corn adjuncts aren't the dominant note here, though I still think they're a bit overpowering. Rather, they're melded together with decent caramel maltiness. On one hand, it's pretty far from great; on the other hand, it exceeded my expectations.

M: Clean and crisp. I think it's a touch too sweet to be superbly drinkable, though. However, I can foresee this being a good lawnmower beer.

O: Eh, I'd put it on par with Yuengling. The problem here, though, is that it's a craft beer that tastes like a macro, which is never good. Additional points taken off for giving me a bit of a headache.

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Photo of Mechphisto
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's really nothing much I can say about this. Nothing noteable about it.
Nothing really bad, nothing really good or interesting.
The amber color is OK, not much of a scent, and a bitter-sweet flavor that is basically a strong Coors. A really strong Coors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

Taste: Faintly toasty maltiness with a light taste of caramel and an ambiguous nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. A revolting metallic component leeches into the flavor -- always a turn off. Finishes dry with a crisp carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a tad bit fizzy.

Drinkability: A plain, dull lager, but when you throw in that metallic mouthful of nickels and pennies, you've totally lost me.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On a business trip to Memphis, I grabbed a bottle of this popular beer. It poured a deep golden color, with manifest carbonation, over a finger of white head, and average retention. The nose was somewhat unspectacular; malty, with only slight notes of apple and caramel. The taste was a little more pronounced, with malty fruit notes, and a sweet finish. Very thin and highly carbonated, the feel made it easy enough to session, though I would have appreciated a little more intensity in the flavor profile.

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Photo of BeerBard
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most Austinites love Shiner Bock...I do not.

But you just can't help but drink it down here unless you are obsessed about avoiding it. The problem is, it's as "exotic" as many restaurants get down here with beer...and if you want a beer with your food...and you don't want a Budweiser...then you're left with Shiner Bock as you're only alternative to water or Bud-Lite (another term for water).

So Shiner is light brown in color, has virtually no sustained head, and little aroma (though it creates quite a stench rotting outside the many fraternities near the University). Not much of a mouthfeel because of the weak taste.

This was a beer created to be something "exotic" in during an era of ignorance in Texas. But times have changed and I believe the only reason it's still popular is the same reason Bush was re-elected and Texas votes Republican. But I take no responsibility for that.

I'll drink it again...I live in Texas...and let's face it, it's just an average beer...it won't kill you.

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Photo of drowninginhops
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Not terribly impressive standard bock look brown with red accents. Off white head ~ 1 finger that dissipates quickly.

S: Malts not much else.

T: Bland, some malts.

M: On the thin side, but the beers best aspect.

D: Meh.... pass

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Photo of taters21
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a cola brown, super carbonated, very little head.
Smells of caramel, metal, and sweet malt.
Tastes of bread followed by earthy hops, weird.
Mouthfeel I nonexistent, poor for the style.
Overall, can't see what some people see in this beer.

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

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a light red hue to it. There is a thin head of film that breaks up quickly and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of nougat and pot caramel are light but the only real aroma noticed.

T- The taste of soft brown nougat has a note of light honey to it followed by a soft green hop hint. There is a light sulfur note to the carbonic acid finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a soft clean flavor but the favor it does have is not that good. I had a tough time finishing this beer as it was just not tasty and I didn't care for the nougat flavor it did have.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a light tan colored head that leaves a solid amount of lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet and malty with very little hops. Not bad, just pretty faint with not much going on.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some sweet malt, a touch of caramel and a minimal

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a very high amount of carbonation.

D- Shiner Bock isn't terrible but at the same time isn't something I would purchase again.

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Photo of trackstar1043
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours reddish copper with a decent head but no lace.

S - Average malts with a hint of citrus and nuts, seemed a bit lackluster.

T - Semi-sweet bock with a weak malt flavor and not so impressive hops, the flavor seem to disappear quickly after it went down, no aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, a bit on the light side with low carbonation, nothing special.

D - Does down easy, just wish there was more flavor.

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

A=Amber with a hint of gray; although a nice head, the coloring almost looks artificial.

S=Very faint, thankfully...reminds me of the smell of a bar on Sunday morning.

T=The first taste was bitter and skunky; I grew accustomed to the taste, but still felt it to be rather watered down.

M=Watery...I've had lagers with more substance than this; this is much more watery than the Huber Bock's I drank in college.

D=I had a hard time finishing this one, as it has an off, watered down taste.

There are many, many more beers that I'd choose over this one.

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

I write this review with great sadness. Oh, those innocent days way back in 1996, before I knew about the rest of the Micros. Shiner was the end all, be all. The taste was so heavy and flavorful, better than Becks or Heine Dark. Held it's own against Newcastle.

Recently tried one, wish that I hadn't. Those fond memories of drinking micro Shiner and living large suddenly lost their appeal. I honestly wanted to drink it, even passed up some Great Lakes on tap.

I seriously could't finish it. I wanted to, but it was revolting. I felt forced to finish half of it.

Band aidish, bitter tea, tobacco, bitter nut like finish.

Now I am very sad. I long for the days when 2 12ers of Shiner was the highlight in my life. Decent score based on mostly memories, as I try to erase this sad moment from my brain. I

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Photo of Aberod11
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shiner is a Texas "classic". Most small breweries have outstanding beers, but Shiner Bock isn't that great. Especially if it's supposed to be the "flagship" beer of the Spoetzl brewery.
However the most of the other labels of the Spoetzl brewery are pretty good. It's just Shiner Bock isn't that great at all.
It really is not worth the price it usually is charged for by retailers.

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

Draft pour yields a clear light brown brew topped by a very short lived head of off white. There are a few spotty patches of lace, but quickly they are gone.

Aromas are nutty malts, bread, and very faint floral hops. It definately smells like a regular lager beer. Overall, the aroma is very meager and subdued.

The flavor offers a little bit more than the nose, but not much. It has a pleasant nutty, malty flavor and a mildly hopped finish. It is nothing at all like some of the better bock beers out there, but certainly an easy to drink one if you are looking for banality.

The body is light and thirst quenching with ample fizz. A good beer for ballgames, brats, and budgets..

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Photo of jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this on tap into a pint glass.


The beer pours a dark brown with a medium white head, ok retention poor lacing.

The aroma is light hops with chocolate.

The taste is light nothing special. It has a pretty heavy mouthfeel but there is a weird after taste that makes it hard to drink more than a couple.

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

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with very little in the way of head.
Smell: Malty aroma with a touch of hops for balance.
Taste: Moderate maltiness with a little hop balance. A little lighter in taste than other traditional bocks. Darker malts are evidenced balanced by
Mouthfeel: Light in body and somewhat watery.

Overall- Have had better bocks. Not bad, but nothing special.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Reddish caramel color, very soda-like with the ever present carbonation. Clear body, completely transparent. The head fizzled away very quickly. Not too impressive.

S: It's a lager...lager yeast, toasted bread, grain and husks, some mild sweetness, faint whiffs of caramel.

T: The bready character comes off like overtoasted rye crust. Still some sweetness and small caramel character. Can't really tell where the hops are...the finish is that unpleasant wood/tannic quality that I get in a lot of lagers.

MF: Thin, fizzy, carbonated, wet. No body really.

O: Finished the bottle...and I could probably do it again but there are many beers I'd drink first. Not overly pleasant to any of the senses.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- A deep brown with a very thin head and poor lacing.
S- Basic nutty and caramel notes. Slightly metallic presence.
T- Taste has an unfortunate metallic flavor. Finishes caramelly.
M- Excessively thin, and overcarbed.
D- An easy to drink beer and easy to session, but it just is a sub-par beer for me.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish copper color with a thick white head that goes away very quickly and leaves only a little tiny bit of lacing. Smells of some roasted malt and not much else. Tastes much the same like a little sweetness from the malts and a little hop bitterness to round it out. Mouthfeel is a little watery and drinkability is okay. Not a very strong rendition of style here. Too much lack of flavor.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,051 ratings.