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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.

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Photo of Phatz
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

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 -5.1%

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
Photo of kdmorse
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Crystal clear chestnut brown hue. Topped nicely with 1-2 fingers of white head.

S: Sweet corn malt. Where are the hops? Or better yet, where is anything but corn?!?

T/M: Still the same corn malt but slightly more complex than the smell. There are hops to cleanse the palate. The malt has a hint of roasted character and some sweet caramel. Really carbonated mouthfeel.

D: Could drink all night. Light on the palate and the BAC. Slightly more flavor than BMC lager.

Notes: Thanks to my friend for bringing the bottle back from Austin, TX. Great to finally get the chance to give it a try. Could see myself bringing pitchers and pitchers of this in a bar as tumbleweed rolls by on a dusty Texas street.

kdmorse, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of tykees88
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

I am not going to kill this one, but I didn't like it

Color was the only thing I liked in the amber area. With a little bit of head.

I can't really describe the smell it just smelled like beer, nothing stood out.

Tasted maltier than what I like and didn't like the finish it left on my throat, not a smooth drinker

Won't drink it again, wish I hadn't drank it kind of a beer. Sorry.

tykees88, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of ramseye4
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A=pours a dark copper color with a one finger head that dissipated before I was able to take a sip or smell.
S=Big on the caramel malt with a very faint hop aroma in the background
T=caramel malt, not too much else going on a faint hop bitterness in the finish
M=light body with very high carbonation levels make the beef pleasant on the tongue
O= Average in every sense of the word, a forgettable beer but it's widely available in areas In my state that traditionally only sell BMC

ramseye4, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jealousmonk
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A - Nice dark amber brown color. Decent head, but on the thin side.

S - Pretty boring lager smell, only a bit more appealing than your average mass market lager.

T - Better flavor than smell. A bit metallic, but not too sweet and still fun to drink. Tastes especially good in a lot of lousy and small town Texas bars where the other options are Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Light, . . . Not nearly as flavorful as a good true bock.

M - Good carbonation, not too fizzy like a lot of American lagers. Decent body considering the lack of aroma. Low alcohol, mild carbonation, easy to drink all evening.

O - Not a beer I would consider among the best, but I like it and definitely appreciate its ubiquity in Texas.

jealousmonk, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of match1112
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

a thin tan head settles quickly on top of a reddish brown body leaving no lacing. smell and taste are both very caramel forward, not much else. once again shiner produces a thin watery over carbonated beer. overall not excited as some with this beer. goes down quick and smooth, just doesnt offer much for flavor other than being a malt bomb. once again i would like to see some hops to cut thru the sweetness of this beer.

match1112, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of callmemickey
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A: Amber.. no head

S: Some sweet malts but mostly thin and faint

T: thin. thin. thin. when you get flavor its not bad... but this is too diluted to be a regular in my fridge

M: Thin, light bodied, but carbonated

D: Goes down like water... wait was this water?

callmemickey, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of freed
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

I was pleased to see this show up on the shelves of our local shoppe. The bottle was kind of cool, and it poured a fairly nice deep ruby color. (bock?). There was little head, and it scattered quickly. A few small colonies floated around, but did little.

The aroma was nearly acrid. The sour smell was kind of unpleasant. What's the deal? Its not quite a sour hop smell, and must be malt related.

The taste is decent though. Sweet, and a bit like spent malt. Reminds me of the ale that Redhook ESB has become. I suppose this is why people have such problems with its classification as a bock.

Its a decent beer though, and would be a great summer sipper.

freed, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of ToddT
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A- Clear medium brown with ruby highlights topped with a thick off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- mild aroma of malt, caramel, molasses and candied fruit.

T- Malty and bready at first, however this is soon replace with a caramel sweetness that continues until the finish. The finish is lingering and sweet.

M- Less than medium in body and well carbonated.

D- Easy drinker and at 4.4% ABV it could be a session beer but not the one I'd pick.

More than a macro but not much more.

ToddT, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of wheatyweiss
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler.

I will preface this review by saying calling this a Bock is like calling BMC lights a Pils.

Pours a light amber, nut brown with a small short lived head.

Aroma is of light roast malt, nutty with a touch of cane sugar and molasses.

Flavor is sweet roasted malt on the front. Malt is dextrose and caramel flavored. Very much broken butter in the middle. Dusty and a bit corny. The malt has some old quality to it, but it's hard to pull out. Finishes sweet and with little to no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin and not very exciting, crisp enough for a macro.

I miss having this on tap back in the early 90's in Austin. We used to go to the Hole in the Wall and get it. Then to the Black Cat for PBR in a can and catch a show at Emo's. Sadly, this is not the beer I remember it being back then. It is thin and flavorless, a disappointment. I have been putting this review off for years, hoping that Spoetzl would return to the Shiner of yore, but alas.

wheatyweiss, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Clearish coppery brown with small top of ivory colored foam that doesn't last, lace in minimal spotty fashion. Smell is mostly caramel with a bit of molasses, soft & plain malty nose thats fair but not moderate. Taste is a thinnish caramel malt with a toffee or molasses hinting in some bigger sips, but it really lacks a good flavor punch. Its just enough to take notice but not enough to enjoy really, kinda bland for a bock. Feel is a diluted mess thats a bit watered down and thin for a bock as well. Not much to it. Pass-a-bal!

tavernjef, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Medium-sized, coarse, noisy, fast, bubbly, tan-colored head. Clear brown liquid, a little rusty. No lacing. Sweetish smelling: watery malty with a little caramel. A corny front shows a little caramel. The middle has some decent malt, but is still somewhat watery tasting. A little nuttiness appears in the dry finish. Dusty.

This is a pretty bland beer. There are some good tastes lurking, but they're too shy to show themselves confidently. It's kind of like an amber NA with a little more bite and flavor.

kbub6f, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

A-Pours an odd amber-ish color. Sandy head dies off very quickly. Light, light lacing.

S-Very bland and one sided. Light grains and sweet caramel. Corny and brown sugar. No hop presence.

T-Nothing offensive…oh wait, here comes a wave of tinny metallic sadness. Aside from the coppery taste, the beer really is boring. Sweet and Bock-like but with no power or complexity. Bleh.

M-Very light and once you get acclimated to the metal, it does go down very quickly. Peppy carbonation.

O/D-Oh so boring.

VelvetExtract, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of cagocubs
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

I love bocks so I was excited to try Shiners. The beer poured a very clear brown with accents of redish orange. Very weak head for a bock with very active carbonation. The smell was dissapointing as it didnt smell like much at all. Some faint aromas of oat, malt, and some sweetness. The taste was better than the smell and apearance. The taste was malty and with some sweetness of molasses or caramel. The mouthfeel was crisp but at the expense of much carbonation. Shiner Bock is easy to drink because it is watered down compared to other bocks. All in all I would probably pass on this if I saw it again.

cagocubs, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of dren74
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Has a really light taste, good.. but I was expecting a little more meat to it.
Looks great... Has a dark nutty tint not red but has a hint of color
pours good . I had a head around 1" and a half
after taste not bad at all. I will have this beer again.
looking forward to tying more Shiner Beers

dren74, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Nytemare
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red, light brown with a pillowy off white head. The head doesn't last very long, but there is some lacing. Moderate carbonation throughout.

Smell: Smells mostly of malt, but there is a little sign of some hops. Nothing to get overly excited about, but not bad.

Taste: About the same as it smells. A very light hint of hops then a nice malty finish. Not over the tops malty, but it leaves a decent malt flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The malt is all it leaves in the mouth. Very light and smooth. No bite at all from bitterness or anything. Just goes down leaving nothing but flavor to tell you it was there.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. It's got decent flavor, it's smooth, light, and refreshing.

Well, I finally got around to reviewing it because I finally got some. My father-in-law gave me what he had left of a 12pack that he bought the other day. Not to say he doesn't like it, he just doesn't drink enough to keep the whole thing to himself. This is one of my old favorites and it was quite a trip to go back and try it after all the others I've now had. Really much different than I remember, but all around still good and refreshing. Goes great with popcorn and football. Still like it, just not the same as before.

Nytemare, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of chuckm
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Surprised to find out I enjoyed this beer more in a bottle than on tap. Had trouble finishing the one I had with dinner. Appearence was dark amber with one finger of head which disappeared to quickly, almost no smell and flavor was not as good as the bottle I had the prior evening.

chuckm, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of PatronWizard
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

One of my birthday beers this year. 12 oz into a glass...

A perfect clear amber. Nice color, but the head was up and down in less than 15 seconds. Zero lacing. Tiny bubbles.

Light aroma. A new smell to me. Not bad, not good, but closer to good than bad.

Taste just like tea. Only with carbonation. This is what tea-soda would taste like. With a splash of alcohol.

I like the body, but the carbonation is edging toward the rude side.

So it's not disgusting but not grand either.

Overall: tried it.

PatronWizard, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of artoolemomo
2.99/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance- Pours up some head but has pretty poor retention. The body is quite effervescent and alive with bubbles. The head is an off-white with slight brown notes (almost beige) while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon and garnet which appears as a medium dark amber with orange hues when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind as of yet.

Nose- From the glass and from the bottle are very different. I get a weak breadiness with some metal notes from the glass but the bottle (especially before the pour) gives off a lot of malt- sweet and sour bread (think rye and pumpernickel) with a small hint of raisins. Swirling shows off more of the sour notes that suggested rye and pumpernickel.

Taste- A slight sweetness mixed with a bit of water starts off the flavor profile as notes of raisin arise and move into bigger notes of cereal and grain, even cornflakes. Lots of cornflakes and really none of the bready or malty qualities that the nose seemed to promise. Ends with a slight sweetness suggestive of these breads but it really doesn't have enough presence to define anything in particular. Some caramel but it's very light. Very minor metallic notes as well. Some wood (primarily oak) mixes with the light finish of bread and caramel. Lacks presence but has some balance and integration. Basically average but better than I expected it to be. Definitely a notch or two above BMC. I have no real experience with bocks but this seems to be a weak version of one. I will certainly have to try more.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost crosses the line into “too much carbonation”.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A little too much cornflake taste for me but if I were in Texas 15 years, I imagine would have drank a whole bunch of this. 9 bucks a six pack is way too much though.

Overall- Just average (maybe slightly below). Worth a try if you don't have any expectations (I didn't). Will not repurchase.

artoolemomo, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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