Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
73
okay

3,557 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,557
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 696 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of jeremyd365
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a thin-looking, medium brown with hardly any head and appears pretty lowly-carbonated. Smells of a solid malt. The taste is a solid malt but nothing special, perhaps a little weak compared to other bocks I've had. It's got a nice little matly aftertaste as well that lingers a bit. I don't mean to knock it too bad--it's a solid brew for a macro. It's got some body and it's got some flavor and isn't too sour. It's nothing special but it's not horrible.

Photo of atsprings
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a crisp amber with a decent head that quickly diminished to a ring. The aroma was dominated by caramel malts, but not much else, overall rather weak. The beer was very malts, but overall rather on the bland/off side. The beer is very light and crisp but somewhat overly carbonated. I find it somewhat hard to believe that this is advertised as microbrew. It really has a big brewery feel and would likely only be truly enjoyed by fans of that beer. Give me a Spaten Bock over this stuff any day.

Photo of dodge408
2.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This is not a bock. It's more of a flavored water. It reminds me of a waterd down abbey. No flavors stick out and what flavor there is, is stale and weak. If you like something like this then enjoy. If you're a bock fan, skip this

Photo of bditty187
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a very compelling beer. It seems to lean on the watery-light side of things. The more I drink this beer the less I like it (maturing taste/expectations?). Something about the taste, it is like old prunes and Dr. Pepper, kind of harsh, and not really all that enjoyable to drink. The nose has a twist metallic, prune, malt, type of thing going on. By this point any details of the appearance is irrelevant as this beer is a lost cause.

I would not recommend it or drink it again, in all likelihood.

Photo of rebel1771
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark amber color with a medium sized head that fades quickly.

S: Very faint aroma of caramel malts with corn notes present. The smell is hardly noticeable.

T: Not much in the flavor department either. Cooked corn makes up the body with notes of caramel malts in the end.

O: Underwhelmed by this one. There are far better Bocks out there.

Photo of PatrickJR
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark, clear copper. With a hard pour I got about 2-3 fingers of off-white head, that dissipated quickly into a thin film. Minimal lacing.

S - Weird toasted malt, with a very noticable American macro edge; smells very adjunct laden with just a hint of caramel or diacetyl.

T - Almost tasteless. A pretty boring and one-dimensional toasted malt flavor kicks things off, followed by some minimal hop character that contributes no real bitterness. Slightly spicy in the finish, very clean.

M - Moderate to high carbonation but a very thin body, much thinner than I'd expect from this dark of a brew. Watery, really.

D - I could drink this all night, but it's not good. Somewhere between sweet and dry, this is a very thin, watery beer with an extremely restrained flavor.

I used to drink a lot of this stuff when I was in my infancy of getting into better beer, thinking it was one of the sweetest, heaviest things I'd had next to Guinness. I don't know much about bock beers, but this is little more than an American macro with an added toasted component.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I got this on tap at a local place that advertised it as a happy hour special. Served in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A dark crimson with no head to speak of and absolutely no lacing. Minimal carbonation on the surface. It doesn't look particularly like anything special.

Aroma: Very, very faint grains. Not much else.

Taste: Bitter on the roof of the mouth, and not much more to speak of. The taste is of stale grains and that's pretty much it.

Mouthfeel: As I said before, the bitterness hits you right away. Medium body. Very "flat." This is on tap, and I'm just not feeling it. Oh, well.

Overall: Well, it's a very tepid bock, with very little to make it shine, no pun intended. I was underwhelmed. I won't be getting it again. Sorry, Texas. This one just doesn't cut it.

Photo of garymuchow
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I generally don't like my beers too loud when they pour, so this one doesn't start too well. Very light aroma of malt with a little sweetness, slight caramel/toffee, but really not much going on here.
Over carbonated, but ya' wouldn't know it with the short-lived head. Color is right on and very clear.
Bockish flavors, but too much like some colored water. Hops to take away and sweetness that might have a thought about showing up, but add no flavors particularly.
Lighter body.
Lawnmower beer, but carbonation is too much like diet soda (not a good thing). Otherwise palatable, but generally uninteresting.

Photo of KI9A
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Blues City Cafe on Beale street, in Memphis, before killing my pallet with BBQ ribs.

A: From bottle, light copper, off white head.

S: Not much here. Some caramel.

T: Not much here either. Light malt, a bit sweet. No complexity like other bocks.

M: Clean, decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, maybe a step up from a macro-lager. Was hoping for more from a bock, but, the 2nd & 3rd went down great with BBQ ribs.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 8/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a brown-red colored body, pretty clearish looking, with nearly no head, off-white in color. Has a nutty, maybe fruity, or grainy? aroma. Effervescent. Has a pretty weak taste. Some nuttiness, with a watery palate. Not much flavor here.

Photo of BeerLover99
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: amber body, trace head, zero lacing.

S: hint of malt, but very muted aroma

T: mild malt with trace amount of spices

M: light body, low carbonation, very dry mouth

D: Very weak bock beer. Move along there is nothing to see or taste here. Wish this was a greater attempt at a fine style.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear, reddish brown color with an aggressive head. A tan khaki head that almost spills over the side of the glass.

It smells like a very processed synthetic grain and that is about all. No discernible hops or much of anything else.

Taste is very surprising. I was expecting to be drinking a "drain dumper" but its actually not bad. There is a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste. Slightly coppery in character with a nice sweetness that I didn't see coming. The only downfall is that its a one trick pony, there isn't anything else to this brew to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is only average. There isn't much carbonation and its tastes kind of watered down and slightly synthetic. This blah-ness makes it a less drinkable beer in my book. I am initially intrigued by it only to be disappointed by the whole package.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber orange with a modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very light kind of a toasty grain with a faint hop aroma. Taste is about like Michelob Amber Bock; not great and not bad. It is worth drinking in establishments that have great food but limited beer selections. Although around here those kinds of places also have something from Great Lakes and everything from GL is better than this.

Photo of kevman527
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a friend pick me up some Shiner Bock on his trip to Texas after reading about it in a book.

Wasn't as impressed with it after trying it, not horrible just not what I was expecting.

Reddish brown, a little bit of head which dissipated quickly, no lacing. Was not much there in the smell department, couldn't pick up anything noticeable. Just a tiny bit of malt in the taste, no hops, nothing spectacular but, nothing off tasting. Low carbonation, a little fizzy but it is easy to drink, however with not much taste I probably would not drink too many. I am glad I did not have to buy it.

Photo of spoons
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is clear brown and dissapates quickly.

The smell. What can I say. well I can't say much cause there doesnt seem to be much there. Its like a constant theme with this beer.

The taste is smooth however. Watery, some wet malt flavor. There is nothing special about this beer. Im sure it would be perfect for a baseball game in really hot weather, and so would many other things...

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a 20oz nonic glass

Coppery/reddish light brown hue very clear.Off-white head,dissapating to ring around glass.looked a bit flat.
Aroma was fruitty,nutty,caramelly,a hint of chocolate.
Taste was bisquitty,carmelly and fruity,dry and tart,a quick sharp,clean bitterness.Taste was a bit bland.
A thin to medium mouthfeel,a grainy texture.
Drinkable,but boring,reminds me of a macro. Got a keg for 1/2 price,now I know why.

Photo of SamN
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge lightly tan head swells and explodes into a a monster 3 finger foam bloom. Fine head, reminds me of nitro'ed Guinness. Dark and almost cloudy red coloring. A little ugly.

S- Tinned hops, slight doughy malts. A little spicy.

T- Wow, incredibly bland tastes. No movement of flavors, very watered down. Slight malt flavor, even less hops. Watery. Very mild bittered hops finish.

Really, it's surprising how little flavor there is coming out of this beer.

M- Medium light body, flat character, nothing exciting at all.

D- Considering it doesn't taste bad, drinkability is higher. Nothing to taste, so there's nothing to disgust you about this beer. In reality, I could drink this as a thirst quencher.

Photo of bilyboy65
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Very clear amber with a slightly taned head. The head has no retention and no film is left on the glass. Little to no carbonation can be seen in the beer.

S: Smell is more of a dark lager then a bock beer. Scents of burnt grains with a hint of hops and brown sugar.

T: Pretty much the reverse of the scent. The hops and brown sugar dominate while the grains seem to add a bitter after taste.

M: Very dry and smooth beer. No carbonation to be felt.

D: This does not drink like a bock style beer. Seems to be more of a Brown ale. With a little tweaking would probably make a very good brown ale.

Photo of magictrokini
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Miller Lite with food coloring. Clear tan. Tan, fizzy small head. Corny aroma, some hints of malt, and metal. Shiner and their metal. I wonder what the taste has in store for me. Corn, corn syrup, brown sugar, and metal. How is this a bock beer? I remember a friend from Texas touting this "great" beer. I should have remembered he loved Lone Star, too.

Photo of roddwolff
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of warnerry
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of karst
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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

Photo of Dope
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Photo of SummitVA
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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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