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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 1,012
Hads: 3,634
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 793 | FT: 2
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: 1,012 | Hads: 3,634
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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Photo of soulgrowl
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Ah, the infamous Shiner Bock. It doesn't look so bad... a nice, clear, brick red amber with a volatile, sparkly beige head.

Smell: Corn, peas, coins, roasted peanutty (almost chocolatey) malts, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Stale apple cider, caramel malts, musty yeast, light spicy hops... imagine a caramel apple with 85% of the flavor sapped out of it, and you've got Shiner Bock.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, and clean.

Drinkability: This beer makes me frown and shake my head. It's not awful, just really off in a lot of ways. I wouldn't mind trying a fresher bottle or a glass on tap.

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Photo of H0pHed
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definatly not what it used to be. This was my go to beer back in the day. Since then they have gotten more popular and the quality has gone down. It seems more watered down and has that mass produced quality about it.

What a shame, this beer needs a rewind.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.41/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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 :-).

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Photo of jhu1995
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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

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Photo of BeerBob
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of biglite351
2.39/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of hdofu
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of fropones
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of mrpoizun
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of Vashtar
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of mickstepp
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
2.37/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.