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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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3,173 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,173
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 337 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of jneiswender
1.18/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Had on tap at bubba a grill in houston. Served in a big mug
Dark mahogany body with no head
Smells stale and skunked even though its on tap
Tastes catty like a beefed up bud
Medium carb
Just not even close style wise. Big disappointment. When I drink a bock I want sweet malt. This just tastes cheap

jneiswender, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of apasternak
1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

apasternak, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of jenlovesbeer
1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

jenlovesbeer, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Roland45s
1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

Roland45s, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
1.3/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was very disappointed with this beer. It almost had no flavor. I thought it looked great when the bartender brought me over a tasting glass but was very surprised to taste almost nothing. A lot of carbonation and very light and almost no taste notes that my taste buds could pick up.

jtierney89, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of AtrumAnimus
1.3/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It is a sad day when the Micro's sell out to the big guys - And it has happened again. Shiner Bock - used to be a standard in Texas for quality Bock beer. The taste was rich and had a decent mouthfeel. They mostly had taste.

Now that the Sell out has occurred (Apparently to the Devil Anheuser-Bush) they have watered down this beer. The Color is still good and quite deceptive. The taste is nearly non-existent. Essentially a little more flavor than regular (American) Budweiser. But not much. This is a weak watery beer and a sad disappointment. The head is short lived and the aroma is nearly extinct as well. I would have recommended this onel highly about a year ago. But no way will I sully my wonderful reputation recommending this. Avoid it.

Oh Well - Another one bites the dust. : - (

AtrumAnimus, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of tjsmith910
1.4/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

boring color of a burnt yellow with a 1 finger off white head and lacing. tad on the taste side of caramel and real malty. was ice cold for all of about 30 seconds. terrible mouth feel and flow. bad after taste. slow to no carbonation depletion. very bad all around.

tjsmith910, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
1.43/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Brew is very dark with nice clarity. Not too much head. No lacing. Below average.

S - Not too much of a scent... Very bland and bready.

T/M - Over carbonated. How do people drink/enjoy this beer??? There's no flavor other then light malt.

O - This beer is bad. Very bland and disappointing. Highly not recommended.

chugalug06, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ManekiNeko
1.48/5  rDev -53%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap at Dr. Dremo's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light copper color with a smallish offwhite head that dissipates to a small ring of foam rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Anemic aroma of roasted malts, corn, and precious little else.

Taste: Tastes like stale tortilla chops with some light caramel overtones. Light wintergreen aftertaste. Blech!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly crisp. Ho-hum.

Drinkability: I think I'd rather not repeat this experience ever again. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but certainly among them.

ManekiNeko, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of Damian74Shensky
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

cwd, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of jwmarcum
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

CEDAMA, May 14, 2012
Photo of DrMindbender
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

DrMindbender, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Nnetherton
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

Nnetherton, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of chrispoint
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

chrispoint, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of wpqx
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

wpqx, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

HarmonMW, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Baxterbl
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

Baxterbl, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of inbierveritas
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

inbierveritas, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of tfkirk1
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

tfkirk1, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of Leitz
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

Leitz, May 23, 2013
Photo of SimonPuggle
1.5/5  rDev -52.4%

SimonPuggle, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of harkjohnny
1.58/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Shiner Bock... seems like this beer is a legend to some people. I've even heard of texas families shipping it off to loved ones in other cities. Has to be pretty good right? Hardly.

The label is nicely designed and provides interesting information about the "little brewery" and it's history. Unfortunately that's the best part of this brew. It pours into a pint glass with a bit below average carbonation and a clear brown color with just a tinge of red to it. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of DMS and slight malty grains. Flavor is weak and barely more than a Swiller Lite with a hint of dark malt/chocolate to it. Poor representation of the Bock style, and just short of awful. Choked down the rest of the pint. I bought a 6 pack... guess i'll have to pass off a couple bottles on those who might want to try "one of those dark beers." Even a Mich Amber Bock tries harder than this. That's not saying much.

harkjohnny, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of andyinsdca
1.6/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Every time I get Shiner Bock I curse myself for not remembering how bland this beer is. There's nothing to it. No flavors to speak of, no aroma. I'm not quite sure what the point of the beer is. It's not awful, it just isn't anything.
Appearance: sort of amber
Smell: None to speak of
Taste & Mouthfeel: None at all
Overall: Doesn't even rate "meh"

andyinsdca, Sep 25, 2013
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,173 ratings.