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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,336
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 423 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of ArmandoBroChin
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of corywalston
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of whoneeds8
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out amber brown with a very noisy thin white head that disolves quickly. Lacing? Are you joking??? Smell is actually good with malt hints. But the taste isn't as good. It's just not much of anything, really.

Shiner was my "gateway" beer into this BA world. But since I've widened my variety in beer in the last year, it's caused me to think very little of this beer. I seriously don't know how I ever liked this.

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

A nice amber colored brew, with a slightly sweet smell, highly carbonated body, and minimal frothy head. On tap, this is a much better beer than in its bottled form, a much fresher tasting brew, with hightened characteristics. I had the brew directly at the Spoetzel brewery a few years ago and enjoyed it imensly, I've yet to have that experience again with this beer.

Photo of Mavajo
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 mdunman
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 FreshHawk
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 xhcadamx
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby brown with minimal head that left quicker than it came. No lacing and a gazillion tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smells like your typical lager with a background in bocks.

T - Tastes much like it smells. It just hits the mark to meet a quality bock. The great flavor profiles in a bock are there but only slightly so

M - too prickly from the carbonation.

D - easy drinking

give this beer more depth, body, and overall bock character and it's on its way to a good bock.

Photo of jdg204
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 GossageBrewery
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Keffa
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking copperish amber, off white/almost tan head that settled down into a tiny ring that also went away after a few minutes. No lacing at all. Overall, this one is pretty but not very good.

S: Smells like a standard American Adjunct, corn, a little malt sweetness, a faint floral hop. If I wanted an aroma like this, I would buy a Budweiser.

T: Sweet caramel malt, a little bit of a corn flavor, and that is about it. Tastes like an AAL if it had caramel malt instead of 2 Row. Not horrible, I have had worse.

M: Slick, and that is about it. Carbonation is lacking.

D: The only good thing about this beer, IMO. This would be a great intro to craft, as it has a slightly similar flavor to most of the AAL's I have had, but with the addition of a caramel sweetness. Not offensive, so easy to put back in quantity.

This beer is a disappointment compared to most of the beer I have had flavor wise, but I can understand why people like this beer, it is very easy to drink for anyone who is stuck on adjunct lagers and has enough substance to keep all but the most picky snobs interested.

If you drink for flavor, aroma, and overall experience, move on elsewhere. If you are just looking for something cheap that most BMC drinkers will not object at, this one is not a bad choice.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 thaichile
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Darkmagus82
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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 steve-l
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Photo of naterock
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a frosty mug (damnit!) a deep amber with a nice two finger head. This beer actually looks sexy for a bock.

smell is really quite typical, some underwhelming malt notes. I think this is why it's best drank straight from the bottle so you don't have to smell it.

taste is kinda bitter to be honest. but sweet in the aftertaste. I can detect some smooth caramel malts and a kiss of hops.

mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated to the point that it makes me feel gassy. I could drink a few at a BBq but just to have one for the hell of it, no way.

Photo of Immortale25
2.94/5  rDev -7%
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 oberon
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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 jisom123
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old-school BLOC Bock, deep in the heart of Texas. The idea is backwards, but has spirit. This is a decent beer. worth the effort. Buy it and you won't be disappointed in the flavor, just don't expect anything too fantastic. Its $8-10 per 6-pack I recall. Not worth it. The Shiner black is better.

Photo of tastybeer
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Woody brown color with a decent two finger head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Nose is ok. Not real offensive in any way but lacking in awesomeness. Softly malty caramel, and fairly crisp. Taste is not much but good for getting food down the ol' tunnel. A little bit malty and semi sweet. Mouthfeel is thin and finish is quick. Drinkability is alright.

Ok, but not great.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown with a little tan head that shows nice retention.

S - Caramel and brown sugar are there, but only just. This doesn't really smell powerful, but that's the idea.

T - Much like it smells, this one is very mild and unassertive. The flavors are tasty and caramel/toffee based, but this would be better if those flavors were amplified a bit. Iced tea comes to mind.

M - Light in body and in carbonation, this is really smooth. The flavors are sort of easy going, and so is the neutral finish.

D - Not half bad. Gentle and unassuming. Very quenching.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have developed a taste for Texas beers and the Spoetzl brewery does make some outstanding beers. It pours clean with a dark amber color, with white laces that lead up to a fluffy head that dissipates pretty fast. it has a malt taste, blended with hops, and has traces of metal, corn, sweet, and wheat tastes. It is smooth with malt after taste and is somewhat filling. For a better consumption drink it cool not cold....

Photo of PirateUlf73
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Clear reddish-amber color. Semi-fizzy white head wasn't too big, but retained for quite a while.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Hints of caramel and toasted malt as well as a dash of hops.

T: A bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted notes, backed up by a moderate level of hops. Not a lot going on, but what's there is adequate.

M: Light bordering on medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. While finishing smooth, the overall feel was pretty watery and weaker than I expected.

D: Goes down easy enough to make a night out of a case.

I'd seen a fair bit of criticism leveled at this beer, so being the skeptic that I am, I went in and really tried to like this beer. However, I just couldn't bring myself to do so. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it's just a lot shallower than I like my bocks to be. May be good for someone looking to get away from inferior beers, but I won't be purchasing this for myself again.

Photo of KTCamm
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium dark brown with no foam. Light malty smell - kind of a sweeter caramel smell. Light sweet malt taste - a little bland and with no carbonation. Mild and uneventful. Some cola flavor in there. Just enough bubbles to let you know its not the wort. But just Ok at best.

Photo of VoodooBrew
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,336 ratings.