Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
73
okay

3,558 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,558
Reviews: 1,078
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 696 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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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Ratings: 3,558 | Reviews: 1,078
Photo of visualweasel
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark amber pour, with a solid two-finger head.

S: Traditional bock profile of sweet grainy malts.

T: Comparable to many mass-produced bocks. Not bad. Heavy malt, minimal hop bitterness, with an astringent finish. Certainly not up to German standards.

M: Good carbonation and medium-thin mouthfeel.

O: A better than average session beer, especially for picnics and backyard BBQs, but nothing special.

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im a Texan so this beer is a Texas classic (even if its really a dark amber lager and not a true bock)

pours up a dark amber color, small off-white head. aromas of pale malts and caramel malts. taste is metallic up front, then lightly chewy malty, subtle hops are apparent (not a good bock characteristic). medium bodied, medium carbo, sweet finish.

i dont care if this beer isn't the best beer ever, its a classic in my land and this used to be my "expensive classy" beer back in the day before my "real" beer awakening.

Photo of meechum
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark copper/amber color into a pils glass with a small one finger white head that left a big lace down the glass as it was drained

S - Not much here just the malts and a touch of some piney hops

T - Clean, crisp with a decent malt statement and a bit of a piney floral hoppy dry finish

M - Crisp and dry it was pretty good

D - It's certainly drinkable and a better candidate to reach for over most any macro on the other hand if Boston Lager is on tap I'd take that over this

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours into a frozen mug (hey, when in Texas...) with a brownish amber color. Thick, foamy 2-finger beige head, very creamy, nearly like Guinness, and slow to recede (due to the coldness?). Leaves thick dotty lacing.

Aroma - light caramel malt and grain. Not much here, a bit of a disappointment.

Taste - nice caramel malt start, more so than was picked up in the nose. Basic graininess beyond that, no hops but some moderate sweetness. Develops some more depth as it warms. Slightly sour/bitter finish, but very low key.

Mouthfeel - average body, carbonation and smoothness, reasonably well-done for the style.

Drinkability - my favorite Texas beer when it comes to session picks. Goes down easily, more than a lawnmower beer but not too heavy to enjoy in this Texas heat.

Photo of Rhcp1072
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Shit sucks.

Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an easy to drink dark beer. It's a good introduction to dark beer for novices. Good, malty taste and lightly hopped. Better for my money than Michelob Amber Bock for this style (American Bock Beer). Slightly sweet taste but not cloying. Good lighter American Style Bock Beer. Mouthfeel decent. Overall, a B minus here. A gateway to better things. Very good session beer. I like it but it's too expensive in East Tennessee ($7 a six pack).

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Listen, I think Shiner Bock is an American classic. It tastes just like itself and is very easy on the palate. But it's distinctive despite the easiness. Now it may not look or smell like anything special. It's certainly not a textbook "bock." What it is is a hell of a good session beer. Hop flavor isn't what distinguishes this. It's the grainy malted carbonation. It's got its own zing that isn't bitter or citrusy, just a good medium-bodied lager with modest alcohol content. I'm more than likely going to have this again.

Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sorta hate to give every category the same score, it looks like an apathetic attempt to review, however i feel this beer is a solid above "avg" beer.

A: the head could last longer for sure, but the amber reddish color is nice and there is a very slight lacing.

S: there is a decent aroma, a little malt I would say a little caramel not in the way you would expect from a bock beer, not strong, not powerful, but a little better than avg

T: its a little too light in taste and mouthfeel too watery the taste has some of the malt and caramel character that you would expect however that said like the aroma it wasnt so powerful. its a good solid beer, not great but def a cut above avg

Photo of Jake559
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Not a bad bock, like an old friend it's always there. At least in Texas.

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a central texas classic, good quality beer, a lighter bock than most that I have had.

great color, I have had this beer many times and I can say it is one of the most consistant beers around.

not very bitter, can be a session beer on a warm day, not a hot day, a big difference in central texas.

Photo of inbeertruth
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the University of Texas at Austin's Cactus Cafe, though it is a regular staple in my home in bottles.

Appearance: Dark amber with a creamy white head that dissolves quickly, but leaves substantial residue.

Smell: Malt, oats, with a touch of hops and sweetness.

Taste: Cereals, caramel, with sweet finishes.'

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this is where Shiner Bock shines. I was raised on this beer, and even though I am from Texas and a little biased, Spoetzl's flagship beer is an affordable bock to have around the house. It is very inviting, perfect for a pick-me-up in the spring. I have had better bocks and beers before, but when I need a comfort drink to make me think of home, Easter pot lucks, and bluebonnets, I return to the yellow ram.

Photo of Doonzman
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent beer. Better than your bud lights and keystone. But nothing great

Photo of pojo41
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like dark lagers and this one is pretty good. Good color with a quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation. Nice aroma and that malty taste that I love. Not a true bock in the German style but, a very drinkable American one. Not a bad beer to have on hand.

Photo of AdamBear
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber, slightly transparent. thin cream colored head

S-a real clean and simple scent of sweet grains and caramel. very faint.

T-comes in just as the nose suggests. mostly sweet grains and some caramel malts. it actually reminds me of a really weak belgian dark ale. very clean taste. matching after-taste. very refreshing

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-obviously not a world class beer, but when stuck in a beer wasteland of BMC products, this is a treat. its very crisp and something that can be easily consumed in large amounts.

Photo of usualpulp
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an average beer. It pours a dark amber color and has a very slight malty smell. Its not really a bock style more of an amber ale. This beer isnt really bad, but its just not as great as some people think. But in a pinch its a good beer, around here its on tap at most any resteraunt or bar. Its a nice beer for taking to the lake or camping, but there are many beers i would pick over this one for daily drinking.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as American made bocks go, which by and large isn't saying much, this one isn't really all that bad, and its a whole lot better than some of the other shiner brews. its got a sweetness to it that's only mild, and the darker malts give it some reasonable depth of both smell and taste. its got a roasted character that teams up well with the molasses like sweetness. the yeast is a little out of place her I think, not sure what they used, but its off. furthermore, you cant have a darker bock under 5% abv, it just doesn't do the style justice and it doesn't work for me. that being said though, there are no offensive flavors here, and this beer is actually pretty drinkable. in a bar where miller and coors products are my only option except this, I will go back to it again and again. plenty of room fro improvement, and its a far cry from the german traditional, but in the right context this can be very enjoyable.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of nuts. Taste is malty, bready, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

Photo of Spidey13
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bocks pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head. The nose is mild, with some grassy hop notes. I also get some hay with slight hint of licorice.

The flavor is light and malty. Bread crust flavors are followed by a mild sweetness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinker but not bad.

Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium amber-brown in color. Crystal clear with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing on glass

S - Malt, slight apple undertones. Minimal, not very strong overall.

T - Particularly mild, but good. Grain, malt and slight fruit tastes. Easy to please just about anyone. Not "extreme" by any means. But still pretty good.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty carbonated, which was unexpected. Somewhat fizzy. Less than desirable, but not bad either.

D - It wins with drinkability. I could easily put down a few of these. Would make a good sessionable beer. Something that I would give to my friends to help them cross over into "good beer" world. Easy to drink.

Overall, not bad. Had it on tap as the guest-brew at the Brewerie in Erie, PA. An easy "crowd pleaser." Good with a meal, or to session. Very well rounded. But nothing too intense in either direction good or bad. Average brew. I'd take another one if offered for sure.

Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very clear, dark copper color. Almost orange. A thin white head forms, but only maintains itself due to the numerous streams of rising carbonation.

S- Carmely and sweet. Not all that complex. Very clean though.

T- Carmely and sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Very smooth and not offensive.

M- A tad too much carbonation for my tastes. That being said, the creamy aspect and smoothness really make up for it.

D- This is a very nice and simple beer that is better than run-of-the-mill. Would make a great session beer.

Photo of fri3dric3boi
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light brown color, kinda like iced tea. The foamy head dissipates quickly although refreshing though. Nose is very mild, mostly malt. Has a slight grain smell and little else. Its a nice beer for taking to the lake or camping. Will drink again though.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled earlier this evening and had this once before a couple of years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber in color with about a 1/2-finger off white head that leaves some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is a faint sweetness with malt. Carbonation is a bit under average. Taste is of a light sweet caramel malts unlike many other bocks. Goes down pretty easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Actually wasn't that bad and would have one again.

Photo of Skidz
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so smooth....it just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Light brown with high clarity. About a half-finger of off-white foam, with somewhat low retention.

S – Golden biscuit aroma with a bit of caramel, some sweet, grainy notes in the background. Hops are slightly herbal, mostly just a bitter aroma.

T – Similar to aroma, golden flaky biscuit, with just a bit of sweet caramel. Not getting much from the hops, it’s mostly some mild bitterness. Beer is a bit thin, so none of the flavors are particularly strong, but they are well-balanced.

M – Moderately carbonated and only mildly bitter, the touch of sweetness and the caramel last throughout. Thin body, fairly juicy to the finish.

O – Shiner Bock was (I believe) the first beer I had that wasn’t mass-produced American lager, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is very basic, but not at all a bad beer. It’s been “dumbed down” a bit from a traditional bock, and is a bit thin, but still a solid brew.

Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent dark brown with a touch of brown. Foamed a little, almost an inch, but quickly faded to a thick silky ring around the glass. Small bubbles, light tan.

S: Malty and sweet. Slight walnut but mellow. Brown sugar and slight cinnamon.

T: Starts off with a fascinating brown sugar sweetness and quickly squelched with a bright tangy carbonation. Woody cedarness comes through the middle with even more sweetness and cinnamon shining through again. Slight carbonic steel finish.

M: Good body, but finishes strong sweet and tangy from a good amount of carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers a tad long, but other than that it's great.

O: I know people talk down on beers like this, but it's a pretty good mellow brew. It's got way more flavor and body than your run of the mill macrobrew. It's like a microbrew version of a light beer. It's got a great finish and is a great refreshing beer.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
73 out of 100 based on 3,558 ratings.