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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,390
Reviews: 1,008
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 39
Gots: 493 | FT: 2
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Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of showell
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty coppery color with a fairly large head that disippated quickly. Not much lacing. Really pretty color though. There was virtually no scent at all. What there was was grain and malt. The taste was about like the smell... grain and malt, and fairly weak. A rather watery mouthfeel. Not much complexity. Drinkable though. It's a nice one if you're really thirsty and just want something to quench your thirst. Honestly, it's not something I'd go out of my way to get, but it certainly beats the macros. Also, you really can't beat the price for something that's better than the macros, yet easy on the budget, and a low alcohol besides. I picked up a six pack for $5.99.

Photo of mirth23
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of bocks in general, but this one's just sweet without much else going for it. It gets too sweet too fast if it doesn't stay extra cold.

A: A nice transparent amber. Poor head.

S: Slightly sweet, fairly plain.

T: Extremely sweet without any hops to counterbalance.

M: Very crisp and bubbly, great for a hot day. Somewhat watery.

O: Not terribly exciting as far as bocks go.

Photo of Mavajo
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with a thin head that dwindles down to nothing almost immediately. Little to no lacing. Taste is carbonated and somewhat watery with hardly any bitterness. A fairly uninspired beer.

It's drinkable enough - low ABV and mild taste. But you'll get bored of it quickly.

Photo of beerpirates
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into my gouden carolus glass

A: Poured a clear brown color, with hints of red. Half finger head to start with, reduces to nothing immediately. Minimal carbonation.no Lacing

S: A malty nose with some subtle sweetness. Caramel and adjunct malts. Grainy. No hops at all.

T: Bitter bite to start, with a sour malty flavor. Again, not much going on , very watery , not much taste

M: Thin bodied , not much aftertaste

I'm à bit disapointed , i expected à litle bit more of this beer

Photo of GossageBrewery
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this Bock from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Bock poured a reddish brown color, produced a very thin off white head and it disappeared instantly. Poor Head retention. The aroma consists of some malted grain and not much else- No hops any other scent to speak of. Medium in body, this bock features some toasted grain flavor, just a slight hint of sweet caramel- Not much to get excited about here- i guess i would prefer this to say AB's Amber Bock. Not a bad brew to try once. Prost!

Photo of kfawku123
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of AgentMunky
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a pilsner glass at the Tower of the Americas.

A: Rich amber-brown. Hint of auburn. No head. Some effervescence. Very pretty.

S: Malt and lager yeast. Moderately unpleasant.

T: Initially not so bad, but then it gets just...bad. Sweetish-bland malt, no discernible hop prescence whatsoever, and a cheap, bitterish finish.

M: not bad! Smooth, with a hint of carbonation.

O: It's not bad in gulps, but this is not a sippin' beer.

Photo of spointon
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Cemeno's pizza in Joliet on 5/1/2009.

A= This beer poured a very clear copper-brown color with a thin white head. The head disappeared fast and left a few streaks of lace down my glass.

S= The aroma was all sweet and dark maltiness. Had a toffee and treacle characteristic that wasn't half bad.

T= Malts were more subdued than the aroma indivated. Sort of sweet but without much of the caramel/toffee/treacle aspect I was looking for. A wierd grainy astringency came forth at times. Dry finish.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied for sure, with a thin, crisp mouthfeel.

D= Nothing to write home about, but not one I had to choke down either. It's good in a pinch though!

Photo of Thur123
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that soon fizzles away to a minimal amount of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Toasty malt aroma with little to no hops present as well as barely any alcohol. Semi-stale

T- Toasted, grainy malt yields a touch of caramel sweetness. Just enough hop presence to balance. Super easy to drink with the alcohol being barely noticeable.

M- Crisp, thin and watery. Low carbonation leaves much to be desired.

O- Although there is some character to it, unlike most of Shiner's other beers, it's still a dud in the grand scheme of things.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a fairly nice, frothy cream colored head. Nice retention but not much in the way of lace.

Smells mostly like sweet caramel and crystal malts with some bready characteristics. Not much in the way of hops and has a slight metallic twang. Everything is pretty muted, but certainly not offensive.

There is very little to taste here, maybe a few hints of toasty malts and a bit of graininess. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. It's ok, but far from Spoetzl's best offering, unfortunately is it the most widely distributed. It does go down easy and preferable over a BMC, but it is hard to rate this very high as a bock.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Decent looking darker caramel color with an average sized, foamy, soapy, light, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Metallic and lager yeast provide a lot of the aroma. Too faint and watered down with just the faint of caramel malt. Slight herbal and earthy aroma. Just too light.

T - Two strongest flavors are caramel sweetness and metallic copperish flavors. Some toasted grain and bread flavors as well. Other flavors just get covered up by these. Sweet and metallic flavors are just too strong overall.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Lighter, thin feel.

D - Sure it is easy to drink, but I don't really want to drink more. Decent beer to drink and if offered I would drink it, but I'm not really excited to grab one.

Notes: Another Shiner beer that I was underwhelmed by. This one is just too heavy on sweet caramel and copper metallic flavors. Nothing that I would seek out or really want to drink. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy one again.

Photo of Voonder
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown colour with off-white head which dissapeared almost immediately. Smell - not too much here, malty with some medicine-like notes. Taste - malts mostly with some toasted sugar perhaps. Watery, very light, nice level of carbonation. It's drinkable as it very light, but really, it's net that good of a beer. It's not awful, but with so many options over there..

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Not much of a head. Nice amber color. Completely clear.

S: A little skunky. Some deep malt tones.

T: Skunk unfortunately holds through the taste. Maltiness is covered by all of the off flavors.

M: Thin, unremarkable.

D: I've had this on tap a few years ago and it was better but still not great.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.91/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark ruby with good head with lots of lacing on the way down. Nose is yeasty with a slight sweet tone. Flavor is bordering on wooden with a metallic aftertaste and a slight bitter tone. Feel is pretty good, just slightly above average - no doubt due to the fact it is off the tap. This is worse than I remember it being on bottles (though the bottle did get a lower score) and wouldn't have gone for it if there were better choices in the crappy airport bar I was in.

Photo of Evan30345
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of jdg204
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Second brew from my business trip to the Atlanta area was another big name Southern brew that I was looking forward to trying.

A: Decent mahogany body but no discernable head at all.

S: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

T: Lightly toasted malt with a light taste of caramel. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. Had a bit of a cola feel.

M: Light-bodied, but overly carbonated.

D: Pretty disappointing experience, I had a feeling it was going to be bad when I saw no head (it wasn't just the bar either as I got a Sweetwater with a perfect head). A pretty poor testemant to Shiner, my second bad brew from them after their Hefeweizen. Try at your own risk.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was served in a very tall glass stein, so cold that there are ice chunks throughout the glass. Oh bother...

Appearance- The head is slightly foamy and creamy, an off-white, brown tinge to it. The body is a dark brown-auburn color and transparent.

Smell- There is a slight hint of a sweet and wheaty malt. It has a toasty character as well.

Taste- That nutty toastiness is the first thing to hit the tongue. Unfortunately, it is all down hill after that. There is a wheaty and grassy adjunct hop flavor that takes over. This lasts well into the finish. There may be some sweet malt in the finish as well, but by this point, I am already very disappointed by the flavors.

Mouth feel- This one is watery and just a little bit caustic. Not only because of the carbonation and the thin body, but the adjunct finish as well.

Overall- This is best described as a malty american adjunct that disappoints especially on the palate, with the feel not far behind. I really hope that this is not anyone's introduction to the bock style.

Photo of thaichile
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown without much of a head. Scents of toasted caramel and fruit on the nose. I had this beer several years ago and recall enjoying it at the time. However, I found this to be on the thin side, although it was smooth, this could be due to the watered down effect the beer provided. Not offensive, but not enough to make you want another. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

Photo of ArmandoBroChin
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber-brown color with a tiny white head. The head fades within seconds to leave no lacing.

Smell –The aroma is a mix of caramel and some lighter fruit smells. The fruit has a good presence of an apple aroma as well as a lighter showing of some grape. With these sweeter aromas are some lighter bready smells as well, which while they round out the smell some, can’t quite balance the sweeter smells.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready flavors as well as some of the fruit that was detected in the nose. Fruit flavors of grape along with a lighter caramel sweetness complement the bready flavors. The fruit fades as more caramel and some light roasted flavors come to the tongue. In the end a light herbal flavor and a drying out of the sweetness creates a crisper flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with the carbonation level being about average. While the carbonation is good for the drinkability of the beer the thin body does not do a nice job of highlighting the flavors and is too thin for the style.

Overall – While the flavors are decent, the look, feel and aroma are not the greatest. Just alright.

Photo of corywalston
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a standard I drank alot while living in North Carolina because the people I hung out with thought this was a "special beer".Pours a amber/brown with a light off white colored head.The aroma is grainy and lightly sweet and a little earthy.Taste is watery in my opinion with some resdual caramel sweetness but not much,not much of a bock for sure.

Photo of VoodooBrew
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

In many respects, Shiner Bock offers a sad commentary on the way beer is perceived -- by consumers and by vendors -- in America today. To the masses, this "dark" beer embodies what they imagine to be all the qualities of the enigmatic concept of the microbrew: it is either a frightening departure from the predictable comforts of BMC-dom, or it allows John Doe the occassion to demonstrate that by drinking a Shiner, he, too, is sophisticated enough to enjoy a "craft" beer from time to time. On the supply side, bars and restaurants feel they can offer Shiner Bock in order to appeal to the discerning beer drinker, and also so that they may justify a seperate pricing scheme for "Premium" beers.

Not all of this is the fault of the Spoetzl Brewery, of course, just the reality in places like Texas and Louisiana where Shiner Bock enjoys its curious dual status as both mainstream and eccentric.

Being a "discerning beer drinker" myself, I find little in Shiner Bock that either disgusts me or impresses me. It has slightly more body and appreciably more flavor than your major American Lagers, but as a true Bock or a craft brew it falls way short. For these reasons I give it mostly average scores (not to be compared to what I would consider an "average" craft brew but rather to qualities that I would say are basically neutral), but I do not share the view of some other reviewers who find the beer to be utterly undrinkable. In fact the only thing that I find makes drinking this beer in any large quantity difficult is boredom.

Photo of Berticus
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No thanks. For the price you can get a dopple bock thats much better.
The taste reminds me of Rolling Rock's Rock Red except a bit more hops and a better after taste.
Hardly any head retention. Nice amber color thats not as full flavored as it looks.
Probably better on tap.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,390 ratings.