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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

3,392 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 3,392
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 39
Gots: 495 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery 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 PorterLambic
1.66/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of BierStein711
1.67/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of beersensei305
1.71/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

One of the worst regional beers I have ever had...I actually poured this one down the drain.

A: Copper/amber with a thin head then leaves quickly.
S: No Smell...malts maybe
T: Flat tasting, some toasted malts, tab carmel
M: Watery.. no bodied to it. little carbonation.
D: See above.

Photo of Twifiter
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of dananabanana
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of Offa
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I find this weak, boring and not even satisfying in the way cheap pale lagers often can be. It's as if it is intended to fill the roles of both a stronger, darker beer like a bock, as labelled, and a light pale lager-type, yet it miserably fails to do either.

Light brown, it's possessed of a small, bubbly off-white head that soon disappears entirely.

The aroma is a bit odd, old bread, candy, mild caramel, honey.

The taste is musty and sweet, with only hints of stale bread, candy, and soap. It's basically sweet with only the faintest trace of bitterness in the finish. It's thin, fizzy, and watery.

I have revisited this in OCt.2012 and found it, if anything, even more unimpressive than before. I have tried some new Shiner beers and revisited ones from before in the recent weeks and, as before, find that Shiner/Spoetzl produces some good beer but that, ironically, this "flagship" beer of theirs is possibly their worst beer. I have downgraded the taste score from 2 to 1.5 - it is simply almost utterly tasteless with only a very fleeting hint of flavour that vanishes abruptly to dry nothingness. It does not taste bad; it simply has almost no character at all. I compare this to their Hefeweizen, which is great, and their Kosmos Reserve lager, which is really good.

Photo of Jordan1985rec
1.76/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

As far as the style goes, this beer misses the mark. Maybe it's good in context (hot, dry weather of Texas), but here in Maryland it is awful. Sorry to simply bitch, but around here loads of people rave about this beer and I just don't see the appeal; there are much better examples of the style.I know we are not supposed to simply rag on beers on this site, and I don't plan on it, but I hate this beer. I have had it a few times, both on-tap and in the bottle, and honestly I think it has less flavour than Bud, definitely less than Miller HIgh Life, neither of which I enjoy. To me this beer tastes like a watery mess, a little corn in the after-taste and that is all!
Slainte.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
1.79/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of bowersdm
1.81/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of kfoss99
1.85/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of Arbitrator
1.88/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,392 ratings.