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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,860 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,860
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 200 | 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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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I normally do an "appearance, aroma, and taste" for each beer I try, but I just got back from having this on tap at Hooters. I tried it beside its "rival" Ziegenbock...the Hooters girl thought I was strange ordering two beers at the same time.

I have lived in Texas for some time now, and my best friend graduated from UT, so Shiner has been a staple of my diet for a lot longer that I knew what a good beer was. I even got a keg of this stuff for my wedding! Anyway, I digress...here is what I think.

The beer had an initial phenolic note to the aroma that set me off a bit. After this started to mellow, you could pick out a healthy a, dition of caramel as well as a bit of dark malts. The flavor and aroma was a little sweet as I believe the roast was Chocolate malt rather than Carafa or some such. The flavor was mostly wet and attenuated tasting with a mellow addition from the caramel malts. There was a hint of roast and a little bitterness to linger, but nothing too spectacular.

After my experiment today...I will definitely be drinking the Shiner over the Ziegenbock at Hooters. If I want a "real" beer, I am going elsewhere.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2006 01:42:19 | More by SkeeterHawk
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad bock. But it is not one of the great ones either.

I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass. The head started at 1" and fairly quickly disspiated. The lacing was minimal.

The overall apearance was a thinish (for a bock) dark.

Smell was light for a bock beer. Hints of chocolate sweetness.

Taste was not as robust as I like in a bock. But still the mild hoppiness and the chocolate/coffee flavours came through.

Not on the short list, but it'll do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 23:07:04 | More by TheBierBand
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

This one was much better than my recollection of past samplings. This Texan pours a crystal clear, amber, copper body with a one finger, ivory head. The head doesn't last very long, and some minimal patch lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma has some caramel or toffee notes, and a restrained German(Hallertau?) lager style hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and features medium carbonation. Taste immediately reveals a lighter body than the mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness is dominant in the flavor profile, but is evenly balanced by the Germanic hops in the background. This is a tasty brew for an American regional, and far above average in that context. Finish is clean and leaves no aftertaste. A very pleasant, drinkability factor, but it's not really a bock or a dunkel lager. To be honest, I'm at a loss on how to caterorize this one, but it's certainly a better tasting brew than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 10:35:02 | More by merlin48
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SetarconeX

Florida

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

Not a bad beer, but it could be quite a bit better. It's got a fairly nice color to it, and a fairly good malty smell, but the taste falls short.

The main problem here is an odd metallic flavor on the finish, but even if that weren't a problem, it lacks some of the thickness and depth that you can find in other bocks. Even so, it's quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 22:13:07 | More by SetarconeX
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Backer2004

North Carolina

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

The first time I tried this was the weekend of my wedding back in July 2003. A friend brought two cases up from Texas to St. Louis and just raved about how great this tastes. Maybe I had too high expectations from that memory, but it was average at best. No head rentention, very cola colored, no lacing. Rather flat tasting with just a bit of hops to note.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 22:50:58 | More by Backer2004
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drinksandeats

Massachusetts

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

This beer got me through school in Austin, and I have fond memories and vague recollections of enjoying pint after pint, pitcher after pitcher.

I wanted to do a proper tasting, so I opened a bottle from my cheap regional beer cache last night. It poured a nice seal brown, with little foam and a nice roasted aroma. Roasted malt is the strongest taste, with a bit of bittering hops. The mouthfeel isn't the best, but the flavor compensates.

Compared to other macrobrews on tap in Texas, Shiner Bock takes the cake. (Of course, in the summer it's time for Shiner Hefeweizen.) Compared to other bocks, however, it lacks the depth to make the top tier.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 15:01:22 | More by drinksandeats
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nicksta

Michigan

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

Got this from my brother. Kept in the beer fridge for a couple of months.

The beer pours a nice brown amber body that cascades into gold highlights. Nice, creamy, light-brown head slowly recedes. The smell is big on chocolate notes and some bitter hops that are more dark chocolate than coffee. Airy like carbonation. Not much else. The taste is light and inoffensive. Slightly chocolate-sweet finish. I like the mouthfeel. Not too light and creamy, but not overloaded with carbonation. A beer I could probably drink all day if I had more.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 02:23:12 | More by nicksta
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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
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BMoney575

Texas

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
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rfabian

Texas

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
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thain709

Pennsylvania

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
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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
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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
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

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
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elNopalero

Texas

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
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jettjon

Florida

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
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LiquidBreadMan

Texas

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
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Caj1

Texas

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
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Beric

Illinois

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
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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
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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
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

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
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jdm

Texas

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
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wierdo1212d

Texas

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
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olegv40

Ohio

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
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,860 ratings.