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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,965 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,965
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 24
Gots: 248 | 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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1.25/5  rDev -60.2%

10-18-2012 23:33:00 | More by Roland45s
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -58.6%

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.

09-07-2011 23:25:52 | More by jtierney89
Photo of AtrumAnimus


1.3/5  rDev -58.6%

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. : - (

01-07-2003 07:46:59 | More by AtrumAnimus
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1.4/5  rDev -55.4%

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.

06-22-2012 00:01:03 | More by tjsmith910
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1.43/5  rDev -54.5%

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.

02-03-2012 02:05:18 | More by chugalug06
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1.48/5  rDev -52.9%

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.

11-20-2003 01:59:33 | More by ManekiNeko
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South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

12-07-2012 23:54:59 | More by Damian74Shensky
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

07-27-2012 19:58:53 | More by cwd
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

02-15-2012 21:30:07 | More by jwmarcum
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

05-14-2012 19:21:01 | More by CEDAMA
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

07-31-2014 23:58:52 | More by Nnetherton
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

06-06-2012 05:48:24 | More by chrispoint
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

11-20-2013 22:44:38 | More by wpqx
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

02-15-2012 01:18:11 | More by HarmonMW
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

02-07-2014 02:51:29 | More by Baxterbl
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

12-27-2011 04:33:09 | More by inbierveritas
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

06-10-2014 01:59:50 | More by tfkirk1
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North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

05-23-2013 21:20:46 | More by Leitz
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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

07-03-2014 22:51:02 | More by SimonPuggle
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1.58/5  rDev -49.7%

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.

11-30-2005 14:40:55 | More by harkjohnny
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1.6/5  rDev -49%

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"

09-25-2013 21:43:58 | More by andyinsdca
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1.6/5  rDev -49%

I'll start by saying that I think the keg of this stuff was about 994 years old. It was a cloudy brown color, and the smell that spewed forth from this stuff was atrocious. Like a malty skunk. The taste was even worse. At first it seemed like it might have a rather pleasant maltiness to it. Then the overpowering bitterness took over, and I cringed, as did everyone else drinking it. People were actually flocking to the Coors Light. Wow. That's saying something right there. Again, it was probably skunked and I would like to try it fresh. Thank God it was free.

03-08-2003 15:29:49 | More by IrishRedRock
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1.6/5  rDev -49%

Bottle poured into shaker

Dark brown with off white head

This is a beer that drinks like a watery cola. Don't have this as well because it tastes like plants, and burnt veggies. The finish was very metallic!

It smelled like a beer, though!

I either had a bad bottle, or I just don't like it.

04-26-2012 00:53:48 | More by BierStein711
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1.6/5  rDev -49%

Shiner Bock pours a nice reddish brown body, but yields no head to speak of. Large, unappealing bubbles cling to the sides of the glass before floating up to the surface, where they rest a while before bursting.

The beer smells mostly of tin, though if one focuses intensely one can pick up notes of roasted malt.

The taste follows suit, offering little else to recommend itself. Aluminum foil conceals faint flavors of toasted malt. The more the palate grows accustomed to the tinny taste, the more perceptible becomes the toasted malt. Bock beer should be rich and full-bodied. Shiner Bock feels watery on the tongue and fails to froth.

Shiner Bock often appears on menus in small restaurants as the only alternative to standard American macro lagers (e.g., Budweiser, Miller, and Coors). If you find yourself seated in such a restaurant and must have a beer, do yourself a favor and order a Miller Lite.

10-05-2012 17:47:43 | More by GMB
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1.65/5  rDev -47.5%

Pours the color of cola with a very short-lived tan head, just like a Pepsi. Won't be any lace here either.
Smell is odd with notes of malt, some caramel, metal and a serious and overriding mustiness. Not quite skunky but skunk adjacent.
Taste is malt, artificial caramel and metal. Pathetic.
Medium bodied at best, somewhat drying, sharp effervescence up front fades fast. This one is for the drain. Not alcohol abuse, it's palate protection.

10-23-2012 02:38:08 | More by PorterLambic
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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