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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 192 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Rifugium


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Midtown Billiards, Little Rock, Arkansas

Poured a clear, copper-brown with a thin, white head. Pale malts in the nose, caramel sweetness. Basic, but nice. Lightly toasted malts in the taste, with notes of toffee and caramel. Not much as far as hops goes, so it's overall sweet, but lacking a good balance. Medium-light mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though nothing extraordinary. Just a good "night out" beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:05:36 | More by Rifugium
Photo of BMoney575


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-24-08

Pours a clear amber, no head, no lacing.

Smell is thin, fruity, and maybe a bit adjuncty. Not bad though.

Taste is slightly malty, but in the end, kind of thin and cheap. Tasty, just not much going on.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, and that's about it.

Drinkability is very good, I'd take this over a macro any day.

Overall, an American lager, but a smart pick.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 01:23:46 | More by BMoney575
Photo of rfabian


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with moderate lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malts. The taste is mainly of malt with little hop presence. The feel is light with a clean finish.

This is a refreshing boch that's especially good in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:49:55 | More by rfabian
Photo of thain709


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear copper body...an aggressive pour produced two fingers of head...the head was light tan in color and faded quickly...some lacing was left

S - Very watered down in the nose...faint caramel malts

T - There's a little more flavor coming out here...there are definitely caramel malts present...they have a nice sweet flavor and are slightly roasted...there's no dark fruit flavors...but there is a slight hop bitterness at the end of this beer...I did not expect that from the nose...so it was nice to have

M - Light bodied actually...nothing too special here...watery and doesn't coat the palate

D - Besides the muted nose and watered downess...this beer is pretty drinkable...it's not too heavy and the caramel flavors are nice...now it wouldn't be my go-to-beer...but I could have two or three of these

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 21:14:46 | More by thain709
Photo of cdkrenz


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks Again to Gnome-Fest!!

A - The head is a light tan and begins receding very fast leaving no remnants at the surface. The body is a transparent brown.

S - The scent is malty and clean.

T - There is a slight hop taste at the start and in finishes in a similar way. There's a soft aftertaste of hops and malt leaving me wanting another sip.

M - The texture is a bit coarse over the front to middle of my tongue. It really doesn't do much for the rest of the brew.

~ For a Bock this brew has very subtle characteristics all around. However, this beer will make for a nice session brew because,even though it is a Bock, it doesn't overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 22:20:26 | More by cdkrenz
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Mt Vernon Washington for $1.99 a bomber. Worth the the money for what it is: a easy drinking lager that has more caramel notes than a BMC lager. Drank it ice cold and enjoyed the basic plain drinkability of this beer. Food friendly and a decent finish this beer is not some craft take on a bock but rather a regional beer that sits slightly above the BMC beers

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 16:53:12 | More by canucklehead
Photo of chaduvel


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lance Armstrong's favorite beer. Had this one at the Brickskellar in Washington DC. Amber in color, off-white head. Some faint aromas, malt and some roastiness. Not much in the way of smells here. Taste is smooth, malty and with a nice roasted/smoky flavor, not like a smoked beer, but very roasted. Hops are unable to bust through the smoke. Not bad, probably good with TexMex, it's not a true Bock though. Maybe I should carry this stuff in my water bottles during bike races...maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 17:42:49 | More by chaduvel
Photo of elNopalero


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shiner Bock is the flagship brew from a Texas institution—certainly they qualify as a craft brew but for some reason, not entirely unjustifiable, they don’t get a lot of love from the craft beer drinking community.

This pours an auburn color. There’s a muted maltiness to it, turned down but present. There’s a pleasing biscuit maltiness to this. When it’s served cold I don’t get a lot of the syrupiness that comes through when it warms.

I don’t think of Shiner Bock as a bock—in the technical, beer-style sense. It’s lighter in color, lighter in flavor, and lightered bodied than a Salvator or any other beer faithful to the style. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad. Or good. Point is, Shiner Bock is one of those beers that I have a love/hate relationship with. Sometimes it hits the spot—and I’ll take a Shiner over BMC anytime—but sometimes I just plain don’t care for it. So there.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 21:20:57 | More by elNopalero
Photo of jettjon


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into the pint glass. Pours a clear, red-brown, more ruby than brown color with a few bubbles. Basically no head, just a wisp of foam that vanishes leaving a thin ring and no lace. Nose is bready and malty. Taste is malty with a light hops balance, very subdued bitter finish. Overall, it’s malty sweet and ale like, pretty good mild malt/molasses character. Mouth is pretty bubbly on the tongue and is somewhat substantial; it’s not watery or thin. Drinkability is pretty good; it’s an easygoing, easily sessionable beer that looks a lot cooler at the bar than a macro.

Overall: A good drinking beer, especially if you enjoy moderately malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 01:12:19 | More by jettjon
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock is a good all-around 'drinking' beer. It's also an excellent introduction to crafted brews for squeemish Miller Lite drinkers -- although I would not rate this beer with the likes of Anchor or Shipyard brews.

The smell was somewhat malty, nothing to write home about. It pours a deep amber (the few times I've bothered pouring it), with not much head to speak of. The taste is slightly malty at first, with a clean finish. Perhaps some fruity undertones, but nothing pronounced.

Although I rate this beer below some of my favorites, it has a place at my summer barbecues, while I tend to the pit. It's also the one I serve to guests who ask for MGD or Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 22:37:36 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of Caj1


3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer I went from liking to hating to liking again. Probably because I feel that it is overrated by the other Texans around me, I used to resent how ubiquitous it is in this state and how there are better beers, and better Texan beers, than this flagship. However, it serves a purpose and there are many worse beers to drink.

It pours a deep brown, almost like weakly brewed coffee, and creates a quick to dissipate bubbly head that leaves unremarkable lacing. The nose isn't much - a little bit of toast and diacetyl butterscotch and slight earthy hop notes. The flavor is sweet and malty but a little bit lacking; there's only a small hint of hops and truthfully it tastes like a middling dark lager. After swallowing the beer the flavor sweetens on the tongue and a satisfying bitterness takes hold. Mouthfeel is thin but quenching, and the foam preserves some body.

Overall this is a very average beer, but as far as average beers go, you could do a lot worse. In other words, Shiner isn't a bad choice for BYOB.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:22:59 | More by Caj1
Photo of Beric


3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Pours clear with a white head that quickly dissipates- only a few extra splotches of bubbles hanging out on the top of the beer for the rest of the time. Nice color, seems light and inviting.

Smell: Your average 'beer' smell- nothing special, and mostly stereotypical.

Taste: Your average 'beer' taste. Honestly tastes a lot like a PBR. I know this says 'Bock' but I'm not sure what differentiates it taste wise from an adjunct. The light, unadulterated taste is refreshing.

Mouthfeel: I'm not a fan of the carbonation on this one at all. The bubbles feel too big in my mouth, and it feels very highly carbonated. A little less carbonation and it'd be much better. Feels to much like a beer flavored soda at times.

Overall: A good summer beer that is simple and refreshing. A good candidate for a session beer if you don't want to overload your palate with anything intense. A good beer for non-craft drinkers at a party or event to broaden people's horizons.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 11:48:14 | More by Beric
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly deep red-brown, quite clear body. Thin tan head. No real lacing.

Smells faintly of caramel and grain. Sweet smelling overall, but only faint aroma.

Malty sweet lager flavour, little bit of caramel and a little bit nutty. Clean finish, light in hops. Inoffensive all around.

Mouthfeel is light enough to border on watery with medium carbonation. Not bad really, but nothing special.

Really comes down to a warm weather brew. Not a lot to speak of in the flavour department, but could be refreshing in the Texan heat.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 03:59:34 | More by elricorico
Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chesnut and amber in color. Not much to speak of considering the head. Thin watery lacing.
Aroma is malty and mildly metallic.
Not very bock like but still a decent beer. Heavy on the malts. Unbalanced as the hops don't really add any bitterness. Caramel and toasty. The metallic aroma doesn't really transfer to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Uninteresting but not bad either.
This beer is not a world class bock or probably not even a bock. It is a cheap easy to find beer with flavor. Great beer for golf.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 05:22:21 | More by wcudwight
Photo of KickbacksSteve


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Off-white head, good retention on a clear, deep copper body. Suddsy lacing. Aroma includes a caramel sweetness and maybe a touch of raisin and molasses. Taste is dominated by caramel malt, maybe a touch of vanilla and again raisins. Very, very easy beer to drink, over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2013 06:49:38 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of jdm


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a one finger plus head. it is a medium brown that is very clear. i smell malt, an earthy note, and grassy. malt and bitter is well-balanced. the style should be a little heavier to the malt but i like it balanced. finishes clean and spicy. fair, very drinkable beer but nothing remarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 01:08:42 | More by jdm
Photo of wierdo1212d


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Beer is alright. its the beer that got me into local beers. Shiner Bock is an average beer. A beer i would drink before anything AnBus but if theyre is pretty much any other craft brew on tap i would take it over this. It has a relatively low alcohol percentage so its real easy to get down and its could easily be a session beer. All in all its okay. i wish they put more effort into their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 21:30:02 | More by wierdo1212d
Photo of olegv40


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown. Head is non existant.

Smells of sour malts and not much of anything else

Tastes more effervescent than it looks, the bubbles bite the tongue. Clean taste, nothing much comes through other than very slightly caramel malts. No real hop flavor.

Silky smooth mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, can put down a sixer with no problems.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:26:45 | More by olegv40
Photo of mgbickel


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass (I think it was a juice glass)...obviously I had this at a Non-Beer bar...

Formed a 1/2 finger bone colored head the dissipated almost instantly. Little to no legs...
The body is yellow/bronze...like the color of a weak apple cider.

The nose is fruity with lots of honey in the background. Some hops can be detected also.

The first taste is very floral. This gives way to a sweet honey twinge. None of the hops I smelled are present...

The mouth feel is light and thin with pretty strong carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. What it lacks in mouth feel, it makes up in taste. Far from complex, but far from swill.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 14:19:04 | More by mgbickel
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had numerous experiences with this brew during the week of April 25 - May 1st on a cruise out of Houston TX. It was a nice change from the Bud and Coors light, Corona, Miller products, etc! Not a bad brew, pours to a copper color with a white bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and caramel but they seem to be difficult to pick up. Not a bad smelling brew compared to the macro’s that where available but not very robust! The taste is similar to the aromas, not much depth but enough going on to make it an enjoyable experience. Was able to handle the hot sticky weather with this brew so it fit the bill. Over all I would get this brew if it was available in NY State once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 01:59:01 | More by Stimack
Photo of Duff27


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch of off white head atop a dark amber/brown beer. Very little lacing and below average head retention.

S- Bready.

T" More bread character. Tastes "burnt'. Easy drinking, no alcohol detected.

M- A little thin but good carbonation.

D/O- With such a low abv and its easy drinkingness, its no wonder why this is so popular. I found it very quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 23:59:26 | More by Duff27
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - a hazelnut trans. brown. or maybe light maple syrup is a better description. little to no head from my aggresive pour.

S - caramel malts and a slight nuttyness, not much else to speak of.

T - very malt centered -caramel mostly, with light hopping and an earthy and nutty flavor going on. ends with a sweetness that lingers for a second then cleans up.

MF - very smooth and thin. not much of a body here, but it goes down easy.

D - excellent session beer. not to heavy on flavor or body, but enough to put 'em down like a champ.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 04:38:48 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Cool label. Shiner Bock pours a brilliant translucent red/brown color, a very vocal white soda-like head forms and dissapears very quickly, lots of carbonation bubbles are stuck to the inside of the glass. Kind of boring. The nose gives notes of semi-sweet toasted malts and a subtle apple/cherry fruit aroma, also some caramel and chocolate as it warms. The Shiner Bock is very light in flavor initially, malts, nuts, chocolate and booze at first that basically show up and disappear as fast as its head did. There is a slight hop bite just before the finish But the aftertaste is slow, long and lingering of funky fruity malt and burnt chocolatey grain, not too great. Its light enough to drink easily.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 17:14:21 | More by ATPete
Photo of beersheppard


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner has an amber color with a pleasant and sweet aroma. Not much head retention. The taste was of a typical bock, not hoppy. Unfortunatley there was not too much depth of flavor on the malt side either. This is a very drinkable beer very refreshing on a hot day. It is also competively priced $12 for a 12-pack. Also available in cans.

Bottom line: Not a great beer, but a bargain. Widely available in Texas. Better alternative to macro-brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:59:45 | More by beersheppard
Photo of jdcook90


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell made me immediately think back to college and had me worried at first. Taste wise it was no where near as bad as that first sniff made me think it'd be. Reminds me a lot of a few Steam beers that I've had. Its nowhere near the best beer in the world, but its a lot better than drinking anything red white and blue. I could definitely session these. I bought a 6 of it on a business trip to east Texas where I don't actually think craft/micro beer exists (best stuff I've seen is Sam and Goose Island) and figured I'd give a locally brewed Texas beer a try. I'm pleased with it overall and would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 21:40:53 | More by jdcook90
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.