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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
71
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1,035 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,035
Hads: 3,743
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 62
Gots: 890 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
Bock | 4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 1,035 | Hads: 3,743
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystalline red-orange-copper. The head is tan in color, good-sized after a vigorous pour and looks a little soft. It falls too quickly to a razor-thin film and disappoints in the lace department. The nose is of lightly toasted grain and is unimpressive, but not offensive.

Shiner Bock may be the most metallic-tasting beer, at least in the first few sips, that I've ever had. The initial few seconds of flavor are of simple toasted grain with nothing else to broaden or deepen the experience. It then fades quickly into 'sucking on pennies' time. Bah.

This beer is as two-dimensional as is possible, both in terms of flavor and body. It lacks significant malt support, it has no top notes to speak of and the mouthfeel is thin and overly fizzy. Again, though, it doesn't make me want to spit it out, it just isn't any damn good.

The neck label actually states that Shiner Bock is 'rich', 'smooth' and 'bold'. 0 for 3 I'd say. Three strikes and you're out.

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Photo of fx20736
2.47/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured cold into piint.

Head receded so quicklly that I don't know what color it was. Beer is darkish amber, no lacing, well carbonated.

Aroma: not much here.

mouthfeel; flat

taste: weird industrial taste. Tastes like chemicals.

Notes: not a good beer.

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Photo of kbeals
2.47/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this beer really. Sort of a golden amber color, a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no trace of lacing whatsoever. Smell is somewhat malty and grainy. Taste is nearly the same. Very thin mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable though just because it seems so light. Not a recommendation.

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Photo of RickS95
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not sure I've seen a bock so clear. It's kind of a medium brown, but it's so clear it looks more like very watered down cola. The head is ok. Slight offwhite bubbles, maybe a finger thick, with little retention.

There is a caramelly malt scent that isn't awful. Much improved over the look, but still nothing much to write home about. Has kind of a crackery smell to it as well.

Tastes like cola that's been sitting out all day and the ice has melted to give it a completely watered down taste. The caramel from the smell carries over and there's a slight savory hop flavor in the finish, but I mostly taste water.

Sweetness and water. That's it until the soury bitter finish.

Overall, this may be the most overrated beer ever. Everyone in beer circles has heard of Shiner Bock and I guess if you've only had Bud Light your whole life, this would be a welcome change, but it's not a very good beer. I needed Doritos to finish the bottle because I couldn't drink it straight.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

everything about this beer, except the initial pour, screams "mediocre."

pours a dark amber with a nice tan head. the head doesnt stick around for long tho, and leaves almost no lacing down the glass. Smells and tastes of all malt, with no noticeable hops. bearable, but very forgettable. has a ton of carbonation like a macro, buthas a heavier mouthfeel, a bit syrupy. that would be really nice if it was paried with a good flavor, but it's just not there.

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Photo of Cyrion
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It was all I had that was clean.

Appearance: Light brown, iced-tea colored, with a quickly dissipating white head. The head was completely gone within 60 seconds.

Aroma: Sweet and fruity, but hard to pin down an individual fruit flavor.

Taste: Clean. A slight bitterness in the back of the mouth, but nothing objectionable. Is it malt? Is it hops? There's simply not enough of a presence to call it anything. Reminds me of an iced tea after the ice cubes have melted in the glass.

Mouthfeel: Very watery.

Overall: Frustrating beer, because it has little taste at all. Thirst-quenching? Yes. Enjoyable? Hardly.

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Photo of xduderx
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My wife love this beer and swears by it. She said it was the best widely available beer around.

appearance: drank from bottle

Smell: very slight sweet/pine smell

Taste: tasted watery like molson to me, except with a nasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: thin and watery

Drinkability: I can't bear the aftertaste. I had one and was through.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was totally non-impressive. Poured very thin, to a pale amber color, with little head or lacing. I could not detect any aroma, and the taste, whatever was there, was not evident due to the watery texture and stale finish. I’d heard this was a good beer...obviously I was listening to the wrong people.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an unusual burnt orange colour, quite metallic with palour at the edge. HEad is off-white and largely whispy, with a thin ring of lace left. I enjoy the colour but otherwise a bit meh.

Smell is English hoppy. Bit of chewy grain aroma but largely grassy and herbal. Touch of cherry medicine and some cooked grain. Bit lacklustre and not hugely appealing, sadly.

Taste is a big pile of nothing. Slight ale ester upfront that descends down into grainy mid-palate with bitty sense of grain bread, then finishes with a mild, almost negligible hop finish which is just a tepid spice note, again quite English with a touch of black tea and some copper. Very bland, and has a kind of boiled sense to it, like all the flavours have been completely soaked out of it. Meh.

Fairly watery, yeah goes down like a 70-year-old virgin.

Could quaff this, but would rather, you know, drink something good?

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Photo of shand
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Pours an amber color with two inches of head. Looks great until the head starts to recede, when it's revealed that there's no lacing or retention on this brew at all. Bready malts dominate the nose, followed by alcohol and grains. There's just a little touch of sharpness. The taste is fairly non-descript as well, it goes down tasting almost like alcoholic water, then some malts, earthiness, and just a tiny hint of hops come in. Not very good.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated and fairly pleasant, and the drinkability is just about average. There's really nothing special in this beer. It's just a step up from BMC swill. I'd drink one if offered, but I doubt I'll be purchasing this again. Glad I only got a single. As far as mainstream, easily available bocks go, Leinie's 1888 blows this out of the water.

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Photo of pah
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. About one finger of head and 0 lacing. While the look of the beer was what I expected, the initial smell was fairly absent. Overall not impressed by the taste, seems watered down and fairly boring. fair amount of carbonation, which I usually enjoy, but it just does not fair well with the taste of this beer. Might go good with a spicy meal, but otherwise you wont find me buying this anytime soon. Maybe I need to try it on tap, as I can say I always enjoy beer more that way. There are much better choices out there.

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Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with yellowish brown hues when held to a light source and a very think beige head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, hazelnut and toffee. I was expecting a bit more but this beer smells pretty bland. There is also an earthy hop presence.

Thin bodied with a slightly dry earthy hop presence that lingers throughout over a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness but all of these characterisitcs are faint. It's a bit drier than I prefer and not very well balanced. Easy to drink but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of RexBanner
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%

Amber in color, 1" off white head that dissipates quick. No lacing.
Faint aroma of grains, bready yeast, sweet corn.
Not much excitement in the flavor department. Taste followed the nose closely. Akin to drinking just about any other American amber adjunct lager.
Overall; As stated earlier, not much excitement drinking this beer. One of, if not THE, most mediocre bock beer I've ever had. Bland, light bodied and boring. You won't be missing much by passing on this beer, trust me.

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Photo of Spider889
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Knabbed this from a friend's house since he wasn't going to ever drink it. Figured a tick's a tick. However this proved worse than I was expecting.

Pours a dark copper color with no head. No visible carbonation either. Good clarity, but the complete lack of visual carbonation was a turn off.

Smells of herbal noble hop varietals. Also some skunkiness and very faint hints of toasted malt.

Taste is pretty bland - think Killians. There's a bit of sourness on the finish.

Sticky coating for the mouthfeel bordering on slimy.

Overall glad I stole this tick because it's not worth paying for, even as a $2 single.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.