Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
70
okay

1,003 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 1,003
Hads: 3,577
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 722 | 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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Reviews: 1,003 | Hads: 3,577
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer poured out a light brown, with a thin layer of head that died quickly. Color was too light and head retention too short to give me a lot of hope, but here goes.

Aroma was lightly nutty and slightly sweet. Not too bad. But it was very faint, and did not declare itself as it should have. I had to sniff a second time to make sure there really was beer in the glass, not just the ghosts of an empty glass.

Taste was of very light malt. That was it. So faint there was almost no flavor at all. It made me think of how it would taste if you had a beer-flavored Mio and only added a few drops to your water. Zero bitterness.

This beer felt WAY too thin and watered down. I expected some body. After all, they are calling it a bock. Where the hell was the maltiness? Granted this is from Texas, not Munich... but still if you're going to name the style at least represent the dang style.

Overall very disappointing. It was drinkable, don't get me wrong. There was nothing about it that tasted BAD. I'd still take it over a PBR. But it is a poor representative of the style and was almost like drinking lightly flavored, nearly flat seltzer water. I am glad I only bought a single. It was at least worth the experience, since to really be able to rate a beer I feel you need to have tasted some bad examples as well as the good ones to be well rounded. (1,379 characters)

Photo of MikeMess99
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had tried getting into bocks so started with this. With the reviews I was excited but overall disappointed. Not a bad beer but nothing great. I'll be in search of different bocks. (182 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber color with little to no head at all. Smells like a wheat beer. Also tatses like one too. Goes down smooth for me. Not a strong beer for my taste, I like em heavy. Still I can see myself getn a sixer for later. Not bad. But not the best I've had of this kind. (270 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really delicious, sessionable beer dominated by toasted malts and a rounded, smooth flavor profile. Not quite as good as Yuengling Traditional Lager, but fairly close. I don't know what kind of fault you could find with this one unless you were a big brewery snob. If that was your main reason for hating this one, then your opinion is invalid anyways.

Would absolutely purchase and drink again. (398 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random bottle in a relative's refrigerator was better than I expected, and I seemed to like it better than most. May have been my mood or the food I was eating. Decent malt flavors and aroma. Medium-light body. Easy drinking. (225 characters)

Photo of Plower
5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The way beer should be. You guys can keep your overrated fancy beers, just keep "The Bock" flowing for me. Shiner Bock is basically Texas personified into a beverage. (167 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass. A rather light Bock beer with a dark amber translucent body and small-medium head. Smells of a balance of malts and grain with a hint of hops and alcohol. Taste mostly to the sweet malts side tending afterward to a slightly bitter bite of hops. Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, clean and refreshing, with medium crispness and carbonation. Overall a drinkable brew for an everyday beer but nothing special. (438 characters)

Photo of dodge408
2.59/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This is not a bock. It's more of a flavored water. It reminds me of a waterd down abbey. No flavors stick out and what flavor there is, is stale and weak. If you like something like this then enjoy. If you're a bock fan, skip this (232 characters)

Photo of DrunkEnTraining
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre beer. Pouring it into a glass and letting it sit for a little bit improves on the flavor and smell but not by enough to where I'd call it good stuff. Spend your money elsewhere. (186 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.26/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a slightly reddish brown, left a fizzy off white head that receded immediately. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells very plain, basic beer scent. Yeast, malted barely, maybe some corn syrup.

Tastes similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager, most minor caramel notes from the malt, some brown bread.

Light bodied, fairly high carbonation, crisp and clean and refreshing, but maybe a bit too bubbly.

Fairly middle of the road, no off flavors, not too watery, but nothing spectacular either. (500 characters)

Photo of hotpauko
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I generally have liked the Shiner beers, they are all decent for each style. Bock is no different. I liked it but I am not the best critic of of this style. I can see how some rate this really low and some like it a lot. Flavors are good but not strong. It's worth a try and you will probably get more if you like this style. (325 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

dark gold-brown color, crystal clear with a decent head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is full of bread and malt. Flavor is malt forward, obviously, with very light hop, as this style should. Mouthfeel is good, cool with great balanced carbonation.. (265 characters)

Photo of loubar
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Clear dark brown with a head that thins out quickly. Mild malt aroma.Taste of bready malt up front with a crisp middle leaving a mild sweetness after its gone. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or complexity. I found this to be a light, refreshing, drinkable lager beer. Love the low ABV. (322 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Pretty nice, but muted, aromas of toasted malt, imparting some notes of freshly baked pretzels or biscuits, followed by some brown sugar, caramel and black pepper.

Taste: Delicious! Massive malt bomb! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, followed by more, bready toasted malt!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This beer is not world class, excellent, or even great, it’s just a damn solid, damn good beer, and I love it! It’s one of my favorite session beers, and a bottle or two are always in my fridge. (913 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

single bottle into a pint glass (in the midst of moving and painting)

some toasted grain, and a little caramel and toffee on the nose, then the taste follows. nothing too exciting or subtle, but it drinks okay, and in the midst of a winter move, it's refreshing and tasty enough. (281 characters)

Photo of WestmontStorm
2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

If you don't like the taste of beer or you like the taste of water, this is your brew. It's not terrible. It's drinkable, but so is diet coke.
This beer will fool you. It has a nice looking amber color. From a distance, very appealing. Just no flavor. (251 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown with large-bubbled head which disappears completely. Aroma is malty, bready and pleasant. No bad flavors; more malt, caramel and bread. Very light, not complex, but really not bad. I could drink this all night and not complain. (246 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04 17 15 etched on neck of 12oz bottle. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - thinner tan head fades to a foam atop a copper colored body
S - earthy hops, sweet malt, caramel
T - sweet toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, earthy & spicy hops
M - lighter side of medium for body, moderate carbonation, clean finish
O - decent bock, but nothing great. It's not as good as some proclaim; maybe not as bad as some might say. I haven't had this in at least 4 years & I'd be fine waiting that long again. (566 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown producing 1+ finger of foamy, khaki, short-lived head that leaves only little streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is weak & thin being toasted & biscuit malt with caramel & hints of roasted nuts, toffee, floral hops & very faint vanilla. Taste is slightly more robust being of toasty dark malts, caramel, biscuit, roasted nuts, earthy & floral hops that provide a slightly lopsided balance. Peppery spice & more caramel in the finish. Roast & a little bitterness in the dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is low side of medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight prickle, juicy & wet with a dry aftertaste. The most redeeming quality of this brew is its drinkability. What it lacks in aroma and flavor it somewhat makes up for by going down easy. (770 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - dark brown with rapidly disappearing head and minimal lacing.

Smell - grainy and very much like a adjunct lager.

Taste - grainy, malty, metallic, skunky.

Feel - very light and very refreshing, but also very thin.

Overall - reminded me of Miller High Life minus the heavy carbonation honestly. I'd rather have an Old Milwaukee, PBR, etc. (348 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear brown (thinking mahogany) but with almost no head by the time I get it at the table. Not even a hint. The aroma is barely there, with nothing distinct. The taste is a little better, with a caramel malt flavor. But it's not very robust. The body does has have a decent weight and feel to it but it lacks carbonation. Not sure what all the raves for this beer in Texas are about. (396 characters)

Photo of JRM13
5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great example of what a BOCK is supposed to look and taste like. It is a dark Amber color. The smell is full and the taste is outstanding just the right amount of caramel left to linger.***** (193 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of SDWNDR
4.99/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shiner Bock has been and likely will remain my favorite beer for most activities. It's strong yet slightly sweet an very drinkable nature make it the perfect companion for most outdoor activities, but it feels most at home paired with tailgating and a good ribeye. The Spoetzl Brewery's most famous offering is the best example of an American-style bock; it doesn't have the strength of its German counterparts but is a very easy beer to drink and enjoy throughout the day. Overall, it's hard to knock Shiner Bock. (514 characters)

Photo of Fernans
1.09/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can't believe that this cold be a flagship beer for a sizable brewer. This stinks. Typically I will fight through a bad beer to give it s chance but it never improved. Drain pour. (182 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,003 ratings.