Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 1,003
Hads: 3,579
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 723 | FT: 2
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.42/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a light mahogany color with a good mount of reddish tint to it. Initial three-finger head looks quite nice but dies down really quickly into a slight layer of foam along with a dot of lacing here and there but really not much. The nose is some slightly-roasted malt as well as a bit of toast. Some light nutty character plus a fair amount of caramel. There are some slight earthy notes there as well.

The taste is a bit oxidized with a bit of cardboard. Some toast in there with caramel, plus a light earth feel. It tastes like I imagine wet leaves would. Wow. The nose was decent enough but this taste is really not very good at all. There's an off-bitterness in the feel as well. Thin and gross. The appearance and nose weren't too shabby, but it just goes way, way downhill after that. (823 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.41/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazy nutty/auburn-brown color with a thick, white head that settles into a quarter inch layer of foam. Smells were very muddled, but I got hints of nutty and caramel malty aromas. Round, malty flavors on a crisp, light body. The flavors are a bit underwhelming, and I could pick out hazelnut and caramel. High carbonation makes the beer sharp on the tongue, and the flavors are a bit bland for the body and style. There is a light, malty aftertaste that vanishes quickly. The finish is crisp. This is a mediocre beer. (581 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
2.41/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from Aug/08
Pours a dark brownish amber with a very weak white head. The head is whispy and disappeared within a minute. No lacing/webbing whatsoever.
Smells average. Some hops,maybe licorice, with a hint of alcohol.Taste is malty with low bitterness,kind of like a flat diet cola. Crisp with high carbonation present. No aftertaste at all.
Overall, not a bad beer, but also not that great. (398 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good two three fingers of head is produced off the pour, and off white in color. Head falls very fast with a styrofoam like quaility, and makes lots of noise. A very clear body with no rising carbonation present, and a real nice indian red dark brown mahogany, it literraly looks like the same color as a brown beer bottle. However, the beer looks very lifeless.

Nose is light malt, some sort of "sticky stinky" sensation. A large smell of yeast also. Kind of ordinary.

This is incredibly watery for the feel. First taste brings next to nothing for flavor. Subsequent gulps show an extremely watery malt on the palate. There is just nothing going on here. Not much carbonation either which is obvious noticing how it looked.

This beer is incredibly wet and watery for a bock. It has practically no flavor and just feels completely flat. Easy drinking yes, but pretty darn boring, someone hand me a Sam Adams winter lager at least. (984 characters)

Photo of hopdog
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!).

Not much more to add that 500+ people haven't said before...Poured a medium and clear amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, roasted caramel, and nuts. Tastes of the same but thinner and somewhat watery. Body was thin and watery as well. (327 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Orange amber color, good clarity, weak head.

Toasty malt with honey apple crispness, mild sweetness. Plenty of carbonation, thin body. Faint metallic sensations.

This is just such a light diet coke-like beverage. Very little appreciable taste or aroma make it a purely thirst-quenching, drunk-getting kinda beer. Yeah, I'd choose the lovable Shiner over some of the other big name lagers, but AB's ZiegenBock is a better choice (albeit not my top choice :-). (461 characters)

Photo of jhu1995
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a head that dissipates rapidly. Decently carbonated. Very little aroma - some slight sweetness but not much going on. Tasted like it had a lot of adjunct grains - corn or rice - very bland. Light-bodied and not much of a malt backbone to it. Drinkability is okay but expected for something this bland. (332 characters)

Photo of Stunner97
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- brown with very thin lacing not much of head and not whole lot carbonation though some can be seen

Smell- slight raisins and rum, malty dominated nose thought nothing overwhelming

Taste- flavor is slightly malty and sweet up front with slight grain hop on finish, slight metallic twinge, flavor is not complex nor particularly great, but simple and easy

Mouthfeel- light low carbonation, smooth and mellow

drinkablilty - this beer is very easy to drink but its not really complex or enjoyable enough for me to seek out, my second time trying out of bottle was really not much better then tap, id avoid (617 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Bock pours a shadowy translucent amber and no head to speak of. Most of the nose is just the vapor of alcohol. The palate starts thin and watery, then a thin toasted malt, and after that, to a slight dry hops.

This is not número uno (number one) on my runway. (268 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack, really liked all of them so far. I've actually heard of this beer before, and it's one of my least favorite styles but I'll try anything. Pours a reddish/orange color, not much going on in the aroma department. Very little carbonation, almost seems like it's flat. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, for a low ABV beer has a bit of an alcohol taste and not very appealing. I drink the two bottles in the box, but would never purchase this on its own. Not the worst beer I've had, but definitely not a good one by any means. (548 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
2.39/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber

pours a rich burnt copper with not much head. no lace. minimal carbonation.

Aroma is mostly malty, caramel and yeast.
Body is thin, flavor is one dimensional. Caramel. maybe some corn. metalic aftertaste.

tastes like brown budweiser. not too good. (272 characters)

Photo of biglite351
2.39/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - a burnt golden color. Near white head vanished quickly.

S - mild, slight bitterness not bad but not good.

T - not bitter, not hoppy, not sweet, not malty... just a ground level bock. No real after taste.

M - tingle on the back sides of the tongue.

D - you could easily drink this all night, but with the low alcohol and very mild taste... I do not think that you would really want to. (392 characters)

Photo of hdofu
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't say this was a favorite. Poured dark brownish with a white head. Smell was wheaty, as was the taste with a sort of watery finish. Can't remember much of the smell except it being wheaty, nothing great about it. Taste was like watered down wheat toast. Had a sort of thin mouth feel. Not a very fun beer and hardly worth going out of your way to get, though the light alcohol and lack of a strong taste might make it good for session drinking. (450 characters)

Photo of fropones
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper brown with an ecru head with not that great retention.

S - Earthy. Not much there. Maybe some caramel?

T - Sweet, caramel, a bit of toasty and nutty, metallic, oh and did I mention sweet? And very metallic.

M - Light bodied, super overly carbonated.

D - Drinks fine. A half step up from BMC, but just a half. Definitely had better. (354 characters)

Photo of mrpoizun
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I should preface this by saying bock beers in general are my favorite beers. So far, even a bad bock is a decent beer to me. I'm always happy to find Amber Bock on tap, especially if I'm with a group, so we don't have to get a pitcher of some horrible light beer.
After viewing and enjoying at least parts of the movie "Death Proof", I figured Shiner Bock should be worth a try. It has only been widely available in the midwest for a couple of years, so the movie was my first knowledge of this cult beer.
Unfortunately, I would rate it a cut below Amber Bock. It does have a faint maltiness about it in smell, texture and taste, but in no way is it even average as bocks go.
And every bottle in the sixer I drank was flat! Very little carbonation. I gather that makes it more drinkable toTexans who choose it over Bud Light, but it's not a quality I look for.
I might buy it again if I want to introduce someone to the quirkiness of "Death Proof" on dvd, or I might try it on tap if I'm ever again in Texas, and I wouldn't turn down a freebie. Otherwise, I'm unlikely to visit this brew again. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shiner is one of those beers that common people love to love. They believe it's higher class than a typical Bud/Coors/etc but really, it's not so great.

The appearance is about all it has going for it. It's a deep, clear, saturated brown.

The smell is lacking. Have you ever smelled stale water?

The taste is bearable, but seems burnt. There's almost a slight caramel hint, which would be okay. I didn't taste it when I sipped and looked for it again.

The mouthfeel also leaves something to be desired. It's far too light and water-like. It also has a cheap fizzle that comes out of nowhere and clashes with the thickness.

Overall, it's yate. (647 characters)

Photo of mickstepp
2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordinarily I'm a fan of Bock beers. It's one of the few lager styles that I can tolerate. This stuff, however, ought to be called bock lite or something like that because there's not much to it. Dark amber in color with a thin head. Slighly malty in the nose and even less so in taste. Very, very bland. This was the best available choice in the U.S. Airways terminal at Bush International. I should have had a bottle of water. (427 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.37/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tab at a bar in Detroit:

The beer appeared to be clear, slightly darker amber than expected with a finger of white, foamy head that faded in a matter of seconds. No lacing to mention, but some noticeable carbonation floating to the top of the glass. The aroma was overall pretty weak. It gave off a very light bread aroma that was slightly sweet. Not much more than that. The taste was pretty well as expected, very light in flavor, but followed the nose with no hops to mention. The beer was light in the mouth, carbonation seemed to be right and drinkability was on par with other beers of a similar nature that is to say below average. Overall, while better than the likes of some light beers, this is not a beer that I will have often and more than likely will pick something else if I see it on tap. (808 characters)

Photo of jar2574
2.37/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Light brown, highly carbonated beer. Fizzy head dissolves pretty quickly. No lacing on the sides.

Smells faintly of stale coffee and molasses.

Tastes vaguely sweet. No hop presence. Malts, while present, are not robust.

Mouthfeel is carbonated wateriness.

I supposed you could have quite a few of these f you liked them, because the ABV is low and the density is pretty close to water. I don’t hate this beer, but don’t really enjoy it much. (449 characters)

Photo of andrewm190
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not a great beer by an stretch. In fact, I would place it only slightly above a Budweiser or something. The smell not great, and the taste is only slightly more complex than any standard issue 24 pack at the gas station. I wouldn't recomend this beer and I won't be buying it again. its a little hoppy, but mainly the taste is bland boriing, and not at all unique. (372 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer poured out a light brown, with a thin layer of head that died quickly. Color was too light and head retention too short to give me a lot of hope, but here goes.

Aroma was lightly nutty and slightly sweet. Not too bad. But it was very faint, and did not declare itself as it should have. I had to sniff a second time to make sure there really was beer in the glass, not just the ghosts of an empty glass.

Taste was of very light malt. That was it. So faint there was almost no flavor at all. It made me think of how it would taste if you had a beer-flavored Mio and only added a few drops to your water. Zero bitterness.

This beer felt WAY too thin and watered down. I expected some body. After all, they are calling it a bock. Where the hell was the maltiness? Granted this is from Texas, not Munich... but still if you're going to name the style at least represent the dang style.

Overall very disappointing. It was drinkable, don't get me wrong. There was nothing about it that tasted BAD. I'd still take it over a PBR. But it is a poor representative of the style and was almost like drinking lightly flavored, nearly flat seltzer water. I am glad I only bought a single. It was at least worth the experience, since to really be able to rate a beer I feel you need to have tasted some bad examples as well as the good ones to be well rounded. (1,379 characters)

Photo of OregonDuckinTexas
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Easily one of the most overrated beers in Texas. Maybe because it's made here. Maybe it's because Texans greatly prefer light beers to anything else (it's hot here, guys!). I don't know, but Shiner has a panache somewhat the same as Rainier used to have up in Seattle. Nevertheless, Shiner Bock is not much of a bock beer. It's sort of like a lager on a dash of steroids. Plain, almost flat lager-type flavor, this beer reminds me of what we served at my fraternity house the morning after a party. Kinda non-descript vehicle for delivering alcohol to the system. Not as smooth as Bud. Not as flavorful as any other bock beer I've had (I've had a couple.)Past that, I kind of worry about folks who really think this is great stuff.
Cheers (738 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Bronze caramel color with substantial carbonation present, pours into a thick head that quickly disappears.

S: Subtle caramel notes, not a strong scent, similar to that of a light lager.

T: Very simple starch taste with metallic dominating on the back-end.

M: Very thin body with high carbonation that pops midway, followed by an antiseptic sensation that lingers for a while.

O: Not enough body, too much carbonation, simple flavor, not impressed. (455 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Not sure why I got this really other than the fact that it was $1.

Appears a medium brown color, with a light tan head that is like a fizzy yellow lager, only it's not yellow. The head goes away, never to be seen again. Actually it looks a lot like a cola.

Aroma is attempting to put forth some caramel maltiness but it really fails big time. I think there might be a touch of some earthy hops, but who knows really.

Taste is not as piss poor as the first two luckily. There's actually a bit of caramel maltiness that shows up, but it's very watered down almost. In the finish a slight hop presence seems to make itself know, but quickly fades into tasteless oblivion.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a rather harsh carbonation and weird slick feel.

A pitiful excuse for a Bock. I suppose it might be a good one for the BMC crowd as it has pretty much no flavor but is ghastly dark in color... (952 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best by Dec 11, 2010.

Pours clear amber with a small white head that quickly fades to a wispy cap and ring, little to no lacing.

Aroma is sweet adjunct-smelling grains, bread, a bit of caramel, some grassy hops. Moderate strength.

Flavor follows suit with sweet grains, bread, a touch of caramel and some grassy/herbal notes, fairly watery, with an odd medicinal note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, oily and slick, medium carbonation.

Average lager at best, but at $8.50 a sixer around here one can do much better. (557 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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