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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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3,460 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,460
Reviews: 1,035
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 43
Gots: 580 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 3,460 | Reviews: 1,035
Photo of shirfan
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper with minimal foam, aroma is a let down. Minimal caramel malt mingles with an otherwise bland cereal smell.

Taste is light caramel, fairly clean. Body is oddly heavy without being full flavored. A little husk and maybe corn comes through before a crisp, carbonated finish. A bit too dry for a bock.

This is only on par with Amber Bock. There's no reason to seek it out, although it would be ok in a pinch if BMC were the only alternatives.

Photo of Andrii
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mitchel
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner is somewhat of an enigma in Texas. Some people adore this brew while others loathe it. Shiner is somewhat an institution in this fine state and being a Texas boy, I like to promote local beer. This one is just okay to me though.

Upon pouring it has a nice sized head which quickly disappears and leaves little to no lace you must notice the great copper, amber color. It looks like a great beer as far as color goes. The smell (malty breads) is nothing magnificent but it isn’t bad at all.

I suggest that you let the beer stand for a few minutes to let it breath. Letting it warm a small amount will allow for you to taste more of the levels. I feel that the brewers could make a more complex flavor.

I would suggest that you try this and make a judgment for yourself. I think it is nothing special but I do have one every now and then. Nothing appalling, just nothing fantastic; if you like this, try Shiner Light.

Photo of brbrocc
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of teg8612
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Outback in Plano to go with my steak as I wasn't too impressed with the selection and I didn't want the Oil Can.

Color was a dark brown which you can see through. No head was visible. Carbonation was alright but the beer or the glass was way too cold.

Smell is underwhelming for a Bock with just a hint of carmel.

Mouthfeel is a mixed bag. It is heavy and carbonated yet goes away with a light, clean finish. We'll go for average and say it's medium bodied.

Taste is really underwhelming for a Bock. Just a hint of carmel maltiness, slightly sweet with enough hops to balance it out which means very little is in there. I suspect they use corn or some other adjunct in the malt bill. It tastes fine with no off flavors just really blah.

I remember thinking this was the bomb in college before my palate found itself and tasted "good' beer from places like Sierra and Stone. It is a crappy Bock (why do they call it that when it really isn't) but is an alright substitute for Macros if there is nothing else around.

Photo of shanem
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: transparent brown with very tiny light head

S: not a hole lot, but some maltiness and some burnt caramel

T: not what i expected from a bock, carries a faint bit of roast and sweet but kind of watered down

M: nothing special, a bit thin

D: I can see how it would be en easy one to down quickly, but nothing too special

overall I was a little bummed on this one, had heard a lot about Shiner in Texas but was let down

Photo of dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper brown, no head just a small light tan ring, no lacing.

Aroma was very weak , a slight hint of malt.

Taste was a slightly grainy malt with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel was light body, very light carbonation an dry.

Overall a very average bock, nothing to write home about.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tab, while waiting for the train in Washington,DC. It was served in a pint glass and produced a clear brown amber color. There was almost no head and no lacing.
The smell was boring molasses, little else.
The taste was very similar, almost as boring as a cheap mass production lager. But it was ice cold and I was thirsty.
Would not buy it again.

Photo of kflorence
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 17, 2008

It was on sale at the grocery store and I hadn’t tried it yet, so I decided to give it a go. Poured the first one, not much head at all, smell was hoppy and metallic with some toasty notes in there as well. Although it is kind of dark in color, it is not a heavy beer and it’s very easy to drink. The flavor is sweet, toasted and nutty with some hop flavor as well. It’s really not bad, more than I expected, but it’s nothing special. It lacks the flavor that real bocks bring to the table and has nothing that makes it stand out, but it tastes pretty good and is light enough to be drinkable, so I can’t complain.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear bronze, with an admirable, bone-white, 1/2" froth.
Aroma: mild, even nearly negligible, with tiny hints of nuts and caramel.
Taste: rather flat and blase, flinty, even, at first, a nothing of a mouthfeel with very minor character. Mighty quick finish. Leaves the palate rather dryly. Flavor possesses traces of those nutty, sweet, malty characteristics, but they're just a faint whisper in the wind. Malt is dominant, as much as such a mild-mannered component can be, and hops don't seem to be around at all.
Not a beer I'd ever feel like drinking again, but I'd slug it in a pinch. Considering it's popularity in it's home state, I'm rather relieved that certain Texans are choosing this instead of Lone Star.

Photo of mdunman
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish brown that pours a decent head that lingers for a while

S: Alcohol and stale hops.

T: Alcohol, bit of roasted malt, mild lemon and very mild hops.

M: Medium body, slightly carbonated with not much smoothness.

Not a great beer, but here in Texas it's the same price as Coors Light at a bar, which makes it great value for the money when you're out.

Photo of drcarver
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - brown body has the appearance of carbonated iced tea. bubbles cling to the sides of the glass. no head to speak of. no lacing.

S - sweet maltiness. bready but more of stale bread than the fresh baked yeast aroma.

T/M - watery, but hints of molasses or dark brown sugar. clean finish with no aftertaste. no hints of anything beyond that of malt.

O - I'd like to think that I got an old bottle but I'm not too sure.

Photo of Proteus93
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised it has taken this long to get around to trying this. It's been readily available, but I haven't gotten around to it until now:

A: A brownish golden pour into a stange (I like using that glass from time to time!) Head was pretty pathetic, very fizzy and gone about as soon as it came.

S: A little bit of malty sweetness, and the slightest bit of faint dark fruit.

T: Very lacking in flavour, which is a real disappointment. A bit of malt graininess, and a little bit of a metallic edge.

M + D: A little thin, but a reasonable dryness to finish, which is alright. It's certainly a sessionable drink, but probably not for my taste. I would certainly go elsewhere for a refreshing brew, even to use as "lawnmower beer"

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

This is on tap just about everywhere in the Texas panhandle, since this is the easiest slightly darker / non American Adjunct beer to find here, I drink it quite a bit. Its a brownish / amber / copper color, very clear with a whitish head which goes away quickly. The smell is faint, a slight sweetness / maltiness very little to no hops. The mouthfeel is pretty light with some decent carbonation. The taste is okay, you get mostly some maltiness, no bitterness to speak of. Overall this beer is better than the 3 big alternatives, but I've long since grown tired of it but its all I can find with my meals so I still order it (while hoping to find someplace which at least has Guinness or Sam Adams on tap). It does have a pretty big following here in Texas, its the super popular "craft" beer, I've read somewhere its the best selling beer in Texas....I almost have to be careful not to let people I know see this review, they might feel betrayed.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark brown / amber. Gives off a quickly dissipating half finger of head.
S - Meaty in aroma. Notes of smoke.
T - A nice dark bock, has notes of smoke taste, some deeper sweet notes such as dates and a little maltiness. Certainly not the most complex of depths, but it has it's own range.
O - A good dark session beer. Dark enough to have flavor, but still remains easily sessionable.
V - Medium value, it's certainly not the cheapest beer, but it's not ridiculous either, right in the middle.

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.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,460 ratings.