Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
70
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1,001 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,001
Hads: 3,573
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 720 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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 Beer_Me_Now_Please
4.5/5  rDev +49%

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It has a darkish red-brown color to it, but it drinks very smooth and lighter than it looks. Not much aftertaste. Good beer. (151 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: A light doughy, lager yeast, cereal grains, and dome caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a tad chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Middle of the road bock. Easy drinking and light. But too light and easy drinking for me. (548 characters)

Photo of PhantomWolf
3/5  rDev -0.7%

I had this beer while I lived in Texas. A local favourite. Not a whole lot going on here. This may have been considered a tasty beer pre-microbrew era, but nowadays it is only slightly more interesting than the big name lagers. Good if you wanna consume en masse at a party. (279 characters)

Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.46/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Isn't dark at all for a bock, but it has a nice brownish gold color to it
S: Do not smell too much with this beer. Left something to be desired as I was hoping it would smell more like a strong lager
T: Very drinkable. Nice balance of darker lager tasting notes with some slight hoppy after tones. Not too much complex flavors happening, but could definitely be a great session beer because of its drinkability. Malts are roasted, but are not burnt or over roasted.
M: Pretty standard. Nice amount of carbonation. Not overwhelming, but almost underwhelming as far as bocks are supposed to be
O: If I found a relatively cheap case of Shiner Bock I would not be opposed to drinking a plethora of them in one sitting (hence the drinkability). But for the beer nerds and connoisseurs out there I would not seek out this beer over some of the other options. Worth trying, but nothing spectacular. (894 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its dark mahogany pour leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very sweet and caramel-malt based with perhaps some butterscotch and clean crisp hops, albeit feint.

Thinner body.

The taste tends to bring out the malty sweet notes more than anything with only the slightest bitter finish. It tastes like something from the 1960's. (435 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap. Poured into a mason jar glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger of head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Caramel malts and faint hop aroma

Taste: Similar to the aroma with cracker malt up front, slight hop bitterness, and a clean, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: very watery compared to a traditional bock

Overall: Judging this beer as a bock will give it very low scores, but this beer is a great lager for warm days, tailgates, and hanging with friends. Its easy drinking and quite enjoyable. If this is priced the same as macro beers than this is great, but I really don't like Shiner trying to market itself for more than what it really is. I always pass it up if its more than $8-9/six pack or more than $13/12pack. (772 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brand new beer tonight. Picked up from Wally World. $7.28/6-pack. Lets see if this Bock rocks.

(Edit ... re-review, 9/28/14, from same six pack. First overall was 3.16 out of the bottle. This one is poured.)

Appearance (3.5) - pours a cranberry/currant red color with an almond colored two finger head. The head disperses pretty quickly and is soon only one finger, and soon after that just a ring. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles in the head are not very tightly knit so it's not really a creamy head. It's pretty carbonated.

Smell (3.25) - Caramel, yeast, toasted malts. Lots of toasted and yeast aromas. The bouquet is about medium strength. A faint hop character as well that seems to be appropriately balanced for this style. Out of the bottle it's got a sour funk. Not sure what that's all about.

Taste (3.5) - Toasted grain, malt, a little straw, some toffee notes. Some muted hops appear towards the finish but very balanced and in check. Aftertaste is of malted grains and biscuit.

Mouthfeel (3.25) - Carbonated but subdued. Swishing yields a creamy feel. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall (3.5) - Yeah, I'd buy it again. It's not bad. I always pour my beer into glasses now anyways, and this one tastes much better poured. A decent beer - although not really an appropriate representation of a traditional Bock. Still good, a great lager to have. Try it! (1,388 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz beer poured into a shaker pint.

A: Deep amber color with shades of brown. Great clarity. Fine bubbled off white head retains for a bit before falling. No real lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness and dextrins. Malt syrup, somewhat bready. Grassy and herbal hops. clean.

T: Much the same in taste. Loads of malty sweetness. Treacle syrup. Pinch of cocoa. Sweet bready flavors. Clean. Hops bite in with a lot of herbal spic on the back ends it's much needed to balance the tide of sweetness. Sweet malt and clamping spicy hops in the finish.

M: Sturdy medium body. Somewhat syrupy and coating feel. Fine scrubbing carbonation lifts it just enough to keep the syrupy texture from becoming off-putting.

O: Quite a bit darker and more hefty than I thought. The hops and the carbonation really have to fight to keep it from becoming cloying and syrupy. A decent beer at best. At its price point I don't think it will compete well here in MA. Interesting decision to enter such a saturated market, especially riding right on the coattails of Yuengling. (1,054 characters)

Photo of Roser
2.32/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- dark mahogany brown. Small thin head that disappeared quickly. Just about no lacing.

S- clean, light, biscuity.

T- almost nothing going on here. I struggled to identify any character other than feint maltiness (and a tiny bit of sweetness).

M- thin, ultra light bodied, watery.

O- barely even OK. Disappointing. For home consumption? Absolutely not! For mass consumption? Fine (i.e. tailgating, BBQ's), especially if it's hot outside and the beer is ice cold (to help hide its deficiencies).

Cheers! (510 characters)

Photo of H0pHed
2.43/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definatly not what it used to be. This was my go to beer back in the day. Since then they have gotten more popular and the quality has gone down. It seems more watered down and has that mass produced quality about it.

What a shame, this beer needs a rewind. (259 characters)

Photo of mirth23
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice amber coloration. Unfortunately, the head is moderate at best and the retention is very poor.

S: Plain. The malt prevent in comparison to the hop, but still weak. That said, it is no way offensive.

T: Malty and sweet.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Heavy on the carbonation and thin.

O: A decent brew, but disappointing overall. I expected more. (409 characters)

Photo of MacdaddyDI
1.06/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Texans cannot brew beer yuck, yet they act like Shiner is gods gift to the earth. The beer is obviously dyed. Shiner beer doesn't stack up to even your most common domestic beer. Save yourself the trouble don't buy shiner, unless you like beer that tastes like syrup mixed with stale bud light. (294 characters)

Photo of eigervue
2.09/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A beer almost as bad as a sober moment in texas. When you have to add food coloring to a beer you are making it wrong. When they say everything is bigger in texas, they must be referring to the hype around this swill as well.

Presentation: 12 oz twist off- what, coke doesnt even use a twist off

Appearance: A pretty obviously fake dyed brown, little head, little carbonation very little evidence of depth.

Smell: Aroma of whatever is already in the room with a hint, hint of malt, they should probably call up DOW chemical and purchase some sort of aroma along with the coloring they add.

Taste: No body, a coors light mouth feel, with a hint of O'Douls amber. Unlike most bocks, gets much worse the warmer it gets.

Notes: the love for this beer in texas explains a lot about the state, get into an argument with a texan and they'll tell you how much better than bud it is, like that's an achievement that nobody else has reached and can't be topped. But hey, maybe in texas being slightly better than the worst macro swill american lager is something to be proud of. (1,075 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of hippogasmo
3.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

If you live in Texas, you know Shiner. You know that there are worse things to find in a fridge at a party or any type of gathering. If you want something solid, Shiner Bock will not disappoint. It may not be the most spectacular beer on the planet, or even something you should drive to Texas specifically to find. But if you walk into a party, and the fridge/cooler is stocked with Miller, Bud, Coors, and Shiner, reach for the Shiner every single time and you will not be upset about your choice. (499 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.41/5  rDev +46%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the beer featured in country songs. Smoothest amber bock beer you can get under $10 a sixxer. Poors a good amber color with a nice foamy head. Mouthfeel is great and smells of hops and grains. Tastes like Texas. You show up at a party drinking this stuff and your guaranteed to get laid. This stuff is great. Shiner premium is also good to try. Anything shiner is good minus the farmhouse ale. Don't drink that crap. Shiner is guaranteed to make you a badass, get you laid, and put hair on your chest. (510 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.46/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle, coded, no discernible date.

Aroma of caramel,malt. Pours amber brown body with quickly dissapating white head. Head reduced to thin non lacing film. Taste is rather bland and bready. Leaves an odd, alkaline aftertaste, but not unpleasant.really, nothing like I expected. (299 characters)

Photo of guitarkirk
4.5/5  rDev +49%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm from Texas and i absolutely love this beer! I like dark beers anyway but this has been a personal favorite for decades. I'm in California now and it just showed up in my local store and i'm drinking one now...excellent! just as i remember...

Balanced the way I like with just enough Hops to give it character but no bitterness and a sweet caramel malt flavor, somewhat light for a dark beer(imho)!! It reminds me of Irish Reds i like a lot for the same reasons.

I came to the site to check its ABV and was somewhat shocked to see 4.40% as it doesn't "feel" like that to me!

It goes well with food(esp beef jerky!) or by itself, a great beer for a hot Texas summer day... (678 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that drops quickly with no lacing. Color is a clear rich amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: very mild aroma, pick up a bit of toasted malt and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: caramel is the dominate flavor along with some toasted bread crust and a bit of lemon hops.

Overall: a pleasant, easy drinking bock. (451 characters)

Photo of Bulljump
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An OK beer. It's a deep orange color, almost cherry when held up to the light. It doesn't smell like much (typical "beery" aroma), with hints of something sweet.

It felt a bit slippery in my mouth, slightly oily. Mild carbonation. The taste was pretty decent, with caramel and something that reminded me of vanilla coke.

With it's low ABV and relatively thin flavor, it's certainly not a true Bock. It leaves a slight bitter, chemically aftertaste.

I was a bit disappointed by this beer, but I enjoyed it at least. (518 characters)

Photo of jaredtp
4.52/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark beer. But it is not too dark it go`s down smooth. It has a some what heavy taste but not too heavy. If you like dark beer this is a good beer to buy. The smell is really good as well. The smell is not too strong or too weak. This beer is a good beer for just sitting back and relaxing around the house. It is also a good beer for out at a bar with friends, or at dinner. I would recomend it to anyone who likes dark beer, or to someone who likes to try new beers. It is one of my favorite beers and I know that I will have this beer again with no problem. So I would recommend that anyone who likes dark beer shpuld go out and have a Shiner Bock. I do not believe that you could go wrong with this beer. (723 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of JosefBerger
2.19/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance (3.00) : Has a nice amber body, lightly carbonated, with a small head (about a finger's width). The color fit that of other common bocks.

Smell (1.50) : Smell? I couldn't place a smell for this beer. It was very lacking aromatically. I smelled trace amounts of hops and a sweet smell, but it was challenging.

Taste (2.50) : Smooth and sweet, almost watery. I couldn't taste the malts whatsoever and I don't find that it fits the Bock style nearly enough. Tastes more like a darker pilsner.

Mouthfeel (2.00) : Fine. Nothing special - I do like the carbonation, however.

Overall (2.25) : Not at all what I expected from this beer. Entirely too watery and sweet and unfitting for the style. (702 characters)

Photo of smith1776
4.07/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I must admit that it has taken me a while to obtain a liking of most beers. Shiner Bock is the first beer I truly enjoyed.

The aroma and taste of the beer are just right for my liking. I would like to add that I only like this beer cold or near to it. It is not pleasant when it begins to warm up. (299 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.