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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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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 womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unspectacular brown color, not much head to speak of.

S: Caramel and malt

T: Kind of sweet and some malt. Nothing worth writing home about. No real hop flavor or character.

M: Light-to-Medium body, smooth feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, since it's kind of a watered down bock.

womencantsail, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of metallistout
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color, but with very little head. Smell of a bock(sort of) with a hint of adjunct. This is a smooth brew and does go down pretty good, but if you're looking for an original bock taste, you will be a little dissapointed. I have had many different varieties of bocks and was excited to see a cheap one, but it was kind of obvious why it is cheap. Michelob Amberbock is actually a better bock and has a little more alcohol I believe(since a bock should have at least 5%) Not a bad brew, but not something that I would tell you to go out and get now, because you are missing something.

metallistout, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of treque
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark red coloured, almost does not generate foam, and it dissipates very fast, with low retention and slightly residual . Very light carbonation.

S: Slight toasted smell.

T: with a hint of sweetness at the beginning, which becomes in some bitterness, with a long finish but
tenuous, with slight ethyl tints, despite its low alcohol.

Light in body making it easy to drink

treque, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of tronester
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small, off white head. Smells faintly of grain. Taste is rather sweet, with a bit of toasty grain flavor. Slight presence of hops to balance. Average mouthfeel, with slightly high carbonation levels. A pretty drinkable beer, appeals to the masses, but with a bit more flavor than an average BMC. Still, seems to share that same sickly sweet flavor that many of the macro lagers have, I don't know if this is from adjuncts, or something else.

tronester, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but clear amber colored body with a modest head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing

Smell: Toffee sweetness dominates the nose

Taste: A rush of toffee sweet flavors flit across the tongue but quickly fade in a flash of flinty fizziness; after that, everything fades away due to the lack of any balancing hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery but with a ton of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a step up from the macros and not unpleasant but there are much more flavorful and representative bocks out there

brentk56, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of kwjd
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour with some head. Not a huge smell, sweet caramel. I think I'm missing the hops here, but I can't really notice any. I get sweet malt. There are no off flavours though either, so I don't want to say this tastes bad, it just is lacking. Carbonation and drinkability are fine though.

kwjd, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown into a pint glass with a decent showing of white head.

The aroma has some sweetish malt and a little corn and not much else.

Taste is clean with a little caramel malt and maybe a hint of toastiness. Not much in the way hops. The body is fairly thin.

Obviously, nothing like an actual Bock, but more like an American dark lager. Not bad, especially when compared to the major light lagers, but certainly not spectacular.

bump8628, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of bonkers
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a light chesnut color with a thin white head. There is not much that I can smell, just a hint of malt. The taste and mouthfeel is too thin. The up front flavor is slightly sweet, perhaps a hint of raisin, but it fades quickly. All this being said, it is an easy drinking beer. If you are in search of this style, Shiner is not a great example.

bonkers, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, copper in color...small white head that goes away faster than any head I can remember.
This is a very clear beer.
Nose is sweet, malts of caramel.
Mild malts prevail in the taste. Caramel, bready and a slight bitterness finishes on the palate.
Mouthfeel is decent.
This one is growing on me.

dmamiano, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahha, I get to try the "coveted" Shiner Bock. What secrets lie within, you ask? This one pours out to a sparkingly clear darker amber, forming a modest, yet quickly receding off-tan head with average lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma isn't "bock" at all...i.e, I'm not picking up much in the way of amber malts. Mostly the nose is of caramel, a little skunk when swirled, a touch of husk, green hay and distant alcohol. The mouthfeel is springy with a very light body. The taste...caramel pale lager with a few higher alcohols. Bitterness is mild and herbaceous. Not much in the way of malts. Semi-dry finish with a watery body and distantly woody aftertaste. The secret to Shiner Bock is to take a domestic pale lager (i.e.-Stroh's) and throw in some chocolate malt and roasted barley to make it look dark and forboding. "Wow...it's dark! That must be like 10% alcohol, dude!"

A one-trick pony. This wouldn't be a bad beer if there was more "beer" in the bottle. Average across the board. But hey, if it goes for $8.99/12 and impresses your friends that you're into "microbrews", more power to ya.

Mitchster, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Slight DMS aroma up front (cooked corn). Light carmel notes and some grainy malt on the nose. DMS clears as the beer warms up. No hop aroma detectable.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper colored pour with golden edging. Streams of carbonation through the body. A white head that doesn't retain very long.

Flavor: Bready and grainy malt notes. No hop flavor but the bitterness balances out the grainy sweet notes. No off flavors detected. Slight carmel notes as the beer warms up. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively carbonation. No astringency with a dry finish. No alcohol warmth but the biting carbonation definitely beats down some of the flavor.

Overall impression: A lightly malty, slightly grainy, well balanced beer. No off flavors and seems like a fresh sample. Not sure this is truly a "bock" other than the fact that it's probably a lager yeast strain. Tastes like a macro lager with some carmel flavoring. Still, it's highly sessionable and pretty good once the DMS clears out. Worth a try I suppose.

mattcrill, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of Pencible
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like sour yeast and burnt barley with some lemon and copper hops and a bit of caramel and bread crust. It tasted like roasted barley and copper hops with some lemon and crust and sour yeast. It was thin and very carbonated, with a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was fairly clean with a moderately enjoyable taste, but was generally not an appetizing beer. The body was poor, although it was bland enough to still be reasonably easy to drink. Better than some macros, but not as good as most craft beers. Not recommended.

Pencible, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of hero27
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. Carbonation seems good. Off-white head is gone in the blink of an eye. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very...and I mean very faint aroma of roasted malts and grains.

Taste: Hints of caramel and molasses..roasted malts with an extremely subtle hop flavor..barely noticeable. Fairly weak overall taste. If it had more flavor and a bit more "bite", this beer could have some potential.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily in the mouth. Way too thin for the style..needs some muscle to make this an above average brew.

Drinkability: One of the thinnest bocks I've had, for sure. Could be easily consumed if one were so inclined.

This seems to be Shiner's most well-known beer, but not their best, in my opinion.

hero27, Feb 23, 2005
Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, no indication of freshness to be found. Poured a medium al mond brown, larger bubbles rising to the top at a seady pace. Malty nose, nutty bready brew. Medium bodied, got alot of maple syrup notes. Prickly carbonation not appreciated. Sharp dry finish. Not the best version of the style, never was crazy about this stuff.

Billolick, Dec 12, 2004
Photo of CloudStrife
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Initially this one has sort of a macro lager like smell, but as you swirl it a bit of aroma comes out. Carmel and dark fruits blend nicely together, just wish they were more dominant.

T: Reminds me of a american adjunct lager blended with a true German bock. Sure there is the molasses, carmely, raisiny blend we know and love but it is overtaken by a corn

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. A tad sticky on the backend. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this beer flows like water in the great state of Texas so its gotta be light and tame enough to be enjoyed by all. Sure beats the BMC lagers.

CloudStrife, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of umtox
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall nothing spectacular, but I don't think it is bad as many of the reviews suggest.

Pours a light reddish brown, fairly transparent suggesting a weak brew.

Smell if very faint malt.

Taste is a bit of roasted malt and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is very light with little body.

Not much punch so I am sure I could have a few,

umtox, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of Thur123
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a mug

A- ruby/amber in color, almost no head due to the size of the mug sadly. carbonation seems average

s- quite malty with a bit of hops. the smell is not strong and its hard to coax. theres also a standard grain stink to it.

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taste- sweet with a malt taste. lighter in body and taste then it might appear. seems to lack in a strong flavor but i like it. very drinkable with lighter flavors of many better beers, but as i recall, shiner bock is fairly priced and decent tasting.

mouthfeel - just ok. a little less fizzy then i like, but its easy to drink and tastes nice.

drinkability- very drinkable, had many times before with few problems. its not the best, but its shiner. it'll do. would like to try on tap closer to its home in texas.

Thur123, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its dark mahogany pour leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very sweet and caramel-malt based with perhaps some butterscotch and clean crisp hops, albeit feint.

Thinner body.

The taste tends to bring out the malty sweet notes more than anything with only the slightest bitter finish. It tastes like something from the 1960's.

puboflyons, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Murph
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark amber/light brown with a small tan head that runs away very quickly. The smell is of slight malt and adjuncts. Taste is fairly bland with some light malt sweetness. Adjunct taste is also present. Very fizzy on the tongue and down the throat. This brew is somewhat drinkable mainly because of its lack of flavor. It seems to be a trend among the Shiner line to be bland and tasteless. It tastes like someone took a pretty good tasting beer and poured a bunch of water in it. I won't buy it again.

Murph, May 12, 2002
Photo of Bierguy5
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Good looking color. Thin off-white head disappears immediately. Faint malty aroma, corn husky. Faint floral aroma. Sweet m,alt, slightly toasty but very faint. Feels prickly on the tongue. Light body, almost watered down. Easy to drink, but not flavorful. Certainly not a good bock. Maybe a fair alternative to a macro.

Bierguy5, Sep 08, 2005
Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It poured clear amber in color with a one finger head that quickly died down. Only a hint of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is dominated by malts and not many hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both thin and watery. There is a good amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't difficult to drink this beer but the flavors taste a lot better while it is still cold.

metter98, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of StoutHunter
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 6 pack of this the other day, i had beer once before but it was at a bar a couple years ago so I don't really remember what it was like. Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- This beer poured a brownish amber with a fingers worth of head that disappeared quickly.

S- Not a lot going on here, just the faint aroma of malts and hops, a little sweeter than i expected.

T- Mainly malts with caramel malts sticking out the most. The sweetness carries through from the nose. There's a slight presence of hops on the finish.

M- Thin, crisp, and moderately carbonated.

D- This isn't a bold flavorful beer so it makes it quite drinkable. I would probably drink two or three of these if nothing better was around.

Overall i thought this was a pretty mediocre beer, I expect something a little more bolder and less watered down from a bock. Won't be picking this up again.

StoutHunter, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Hawk345
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Texans love it. So do folks from surrounding states. God knows why cos it tastes of next to nothing at all. I think they order it to look cool, as its not a Coors Lite. Tastes the same (of nothing) but looks like one of them craft beers those Europeans drink. You know them. They like weird beer and i am a crazy guy.
No, you are not.
Go but some Saint Arnold Endeavour you sad, pathetic loser.
Oh, and for the last time, slip on shoes with tassels are not good in any way.
That is all.

Hawk345, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This famous bock deserved a try but I did have low expectations. To my surprise, Shiner Bock was not as appalling as I expected. No surprise it lacked flare or excitement but a tolerable boring beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear bronze brown color with a small quick fading head and little notable lacing. It does have a constant flow of carbonation bubble rising through the body of the beer.

Smell: Bad. I did not like the smell. I was prepared for the worst when it got to the taste but it does taste better than it smells. It is a grainy corn husk aroma followed by the artificial sweetener and dextrinous malt attribute and some metallic character. Not really enjoyable.

Taste: The taste was a relief after smelling this thing. It was not terrible. It is a step up from Michelob Amber Bock if that is saying any thing, but does not even reach the level of flavor Saranac has. To put into perspective the mundaneness. It is a toasted grain flavor with a drop of caramel and a metallic prod to the back teeth (like when you bite a fork). Not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy an thin in the mouth. Extremely light body.

Drinkability: The beer it not all that tasty but it is not offensive either. It is light. Once you get used to the metallic attribute it actually becomes quite drinkable. Though I won't buy it again while I have other options.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Bluemoonlover
2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark copper amber with thick white head.

S-kind of hoppy smell with grainy kind of corny smell.

T-again a grainy corny kind of taste also a little bitter.

M-crisp kind of dry feel.

D-not my favorite beer, but still pretty easy to drink.

Bluemoonlover, Oct 05, 2006
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,173 ratings.