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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,066
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 28
Gots: 291 | 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 bucklemyshoe
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees (not cold enough) into a pint glass.

A: It pours a clear brownish-copper color with some fizziness that dies almost immediately and leaves no head nor lace. I should have been warned by the metallic color.

S: Light grain and caramel maltiness. That is all.

T: Heavy metallic notes up front, caramel, light toast, and a weird, grainy sweetness late.

M: The body is light and watery but the flavors linger longer than I wanted.

D: This is very macro-esque. And to think that Texans SWEAR by this garbage.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of bowersdm
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

A - amber-ruby color, no head.

S - fruit, caramel malt.

T - very tangy weird taste that predominated and basically covered up the caramel malt, what little hops there was, and the fruitiness. not a good flavor. It also had this weird flavor that I always associated with Budweiser's beers. I don't know what it is.

M - disgusting.

D - i will never ever drink this again.

bowersdm, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of dananabanana
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

A: Looks like Diet Coke. No head at all. Lots of fizz, large bubbles. Caramel brown. No lacing.

S: Cloyingly sweet, vague malt.

T: Not very flavorful. Sort of wheaty.

M: Watery, over carbonated.

D: Awful, couldn't even finish it.

Not like any other bock I've had, it's like a poor macro version of a bock. I don't know what all of the hype is about.

dananabanana, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of Casterbridge
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Casterbridge, May 10, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Davideo, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of DarthGator
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

DarthGator, May 11, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

rojocorsa, Sep 16, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

BigRob329, May 24, 2012
Photo of atrocity
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

strib, Apr 28, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

javatime, Dec 11, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

gelasin, Sep 08, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

WheelsPSU, Jan 17, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

Newenglandcraftbrew, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of MichaelRausch
1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

MichaelRausch, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of kfoss99
1.8/5  rDev -42.7%

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear brown body with a white head that disappeared quicker than a card in a magic trick.

Smell - Smell is of sweet caramel

Taste - Taste is sweet, very sweet, but somewhere behind it all are some nutty notes.

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated and light in mouthfeel

Drinkability - Did I mention this beer is sweet? It was very difficult to finish the glass. Disappointing for a beer I consider an American classic.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

kfoss99, Jun 27, 2004
Photo of ummswimmin
1.88/5  rDev -40.1%

I didn't expect much from the beer. So I poured it as the fourth drink of the night.

I poured the bottle into a pint glass. Surprisingly there was no head. I saw carbonation, but no foam.

The coloring is brown with a little red in it.

I told my friend that it tasted like college... cheap, skunky, with little redeeming quality. It tastes like Rolling Rock at room temperature (unfortunately I have had this).

The flavors are very lager heavy. I get lots of corn style flavors.

Honestly, this was a sink pour after drinking about a quarter of it.

ummswimmin, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.9/5  rDev -39.5%

Purchased at the orders of @LaitueGonflable, who'd never tried a beer from Texas, and knew that this beer existed. So be it.

Pours a pleasant deep amber colour, quite clear, with a small, but fine-bubbled head of white. Very light body, especially for a bock (although, probably not for a bock weighing it below 5% ABV), although it hold carbonation quite firmly, making it seem bigger than it is. Some patchy lacing when it's tilted. Not bad, but not great.

Nose is grainy with adjuncts, giving a cornmeal and unprocessed wholegrain character, with a sweetness that speaks of faux vanilla essence. Slight sharpness on it as well, partially from the carbonation, partially from maybe something else—it lingers, suggesting some kind of volatile from hops or grain.

Taste is exceptionally weak and bland, almost excruciatingly so. Slight corn characters on the back, and another tingle of that vague volatile character, but nothing else whatsoever. It's tasteless—offensively so.

Extremely bland, and extremely pointless. It's barely above the watery nothingness of an American adjunct lager. Bock?? Yeah, just fuck the hell off.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of vette2006c5r
1.91/5  rDev -39.2%

Shiner Bock pours a blackish color with a small lacing head. There aroma malts and garbage. The taste is similar to eat a pile of cat litter, rather pitiful. Watery and weak flavors (prb a good thing). Overall nearly a drain pour, weak and horrible flavors, but at least it pours nice.

vette2006c5r, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Beerevity
1.93/5  rDev -38.5%

A - Bronze caramel color with a frothy white head that doesn't last.

S - Smells of rice and very light malt.

T - Boring malt with a bit of, is that tin? There is no real way to convey this but it tastes like half beer, half pool water.

M - Watery and fizzy but drinkable.

O - I really don't like the taste of this beer. It's drinkable, especially straight from the bottle, but there are so many better choices for the same price.

Beerevity, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
1.93/5  rDev -38.5%

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a medium brown color in the glass, essentially translucent. The head is a limpid finger of short-lived foam. No lacing.

S: None to speak of, really. Not a very aromatic beer, although you can detect some small hop and malt content.

T: Much like the smell, a thin taste. Mostly watery with some roasted malt hints and light hoppy taste.

M: Very thin, light body.

D: This runs at a relatively premium price but offers little in the way of complexity. I'd probably downgrade to a cheaper beer if I just wanted something to drink or upgrade to a better one if I wanted something to enjoy. Not a very good balance.

Arbitrator, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of timtwoface
1.93/5  rDev -38.5%

I am absolutely NOT a fan of this beer. The price point at $1.99 was fine, so I could swallow that, but I couldn't really swallow the rest.

Was it BAD? No. Was it GOOD? God, no. I can only regard this beer as...well...bland. To be fair, it pours a very nice clear darker colour so I was excited by that, but the taste had...well..nothing really, beyond carbonation and a very weak light lager sort of taste. I was honestly unsure as to whether there was actually any alcohol in it - and for a beer, that is somewhat important to me.

Sadly there was no wow factor that made me want this beer, it was just far too week for my tastes. If you want something rather cheap, go for it. Otherwise, I wouldn't really recommend this to suit your needs.

timtwoface, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of joedon
1.93/5  rDev -38.5%

Served overly chilled in "frosty" mug. Dark brown with almost no head; possible due to the near freezing condition.

Smell mostly of sour apples and a bit of brown sugar.

The taste is pretty nasty. Very sour with a bit of dark sugar-caramel flavor. No discernable hop taste or bitterness. Aftertaste is sort of sour vinegar.

Really thin, watery body. Nothing to make you think of German beers. I could finish the mug but would not order another.

This "bock" is nothing like the real thing. Sort of like a PBR with caramel coloring. Actually gives bock a bad name.

joedon, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of stannard2
1.94/5  rDev -38.2%

I have seen this beer numerous times in the grocery store and finally decided to pick up a single 12 ounce bottle. I wouldn't get this beer again. It's very bland doesn't offer much of a taste. This beer doesn't offer a bad taste just not much of a taste at all.

stannard2, Dec 16, 2013
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 3,066 ratings.