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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner BockShiner Bock

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2,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 2521
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of Captain_Komamura


3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clear dark brown, with no head at all.

Smell - a nice roasted malt smell.

Taste - like the smell, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak, and a bit over carbonated.

Overall - Its an easy beer to drink, not to much depth to the flavor though.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:06:13 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of Spikester


3.04/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a small tan head that became the tiniest ring ever. No lacing.
Smell is clean dark malts a kiss of floral hops.
Taste is mild dark malt with very little bitterness. Not overly sweet just not enough hop presence to satisfy a craft beer palate.
Mouthfeel is watery and a bit over carbonated. There is a very mild bitterness that lingers.
Overall a pretty good beer if it was an "American Light Bock" . Not sure how old this beer might be but it is the first time found in my area of the country so I must assume it is fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:56:53 | More by Spikester
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I drank quite a few of these back in the early 90's when I was in Houston so nostalgia played a part in me making an effort to secure a sixer of this brew all these years later.
Pours a deep copper color with a huge fluffy off white head that persists forever. Aromas of light sweet pilsner malt, caramel and a hint of sulfur. Light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is more dark macro than bock honestly. Light sweet maltiness with a heavy overtone of caramel and faint earthy hop bitterness. Little to no hop flavor. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Easy enough to drink and really nothing flawed here. It's a bit sweet and could use some melanoids. Well at least this helped to get me thinking beyond cookie cutter macros all those years ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 23:55:18 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of JohnGalt1


2.86/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Family Reunion 6'er... Pours with a long lasting off white head.. decent lacing.. the brew is clear chestnut...

Malty and sorta corny... no real hops to speak of... toasted malt with a background metallic element. watery... certainly thin... unremarkable.


Serving type: bottle

10-24-2013 05:50:43 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of MikeWard


3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

poured from 12oz bottle into tall glass. No bottled date that I could understand, most of it was smeared away.

Looked pretty decent in the glass. Clear, reddish amber coloring. less than one finger head, which setteld to a ring. Lots of carbonation. Virtually no lacing though.

Couldn't get anything on the nose except some faint sweet malts

Taste was...okay, but pretty bland. Was only getting some sweetness toward the end.

Mouth was thin, finish clean.

I can see as a session beer on a hot day you could clear off a couple of sixers of these and still manage your 8X tablees. But nothing to the beer really. Doesn't taste terrible, just...bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 01:17:58 | More by MikeWard
Photo of artoolemomo


2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up some head but has pretty poor retention. The body is quite effervescent and alive with bubbles. The head is an off-white with slight brown notes (almost beige) while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon and garnet which appears as a medium dark amber with orange hues when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind as of yet.

Nose- From the glass and from the bottle are very different. I get a weak breadiness with some metal notes from the glass but the bottle (especially before the pour) gives off a lot of malt- sweet and sour bread (think rye and pumpernickel) with a small hint of raisins. Swirling shows off more of the sour notes that suggested rye and pumpernickel.

Taste- A slight sweetness mixed with a bit of water starts off the flavor profile as notes of raisin arise and move into bigger notes of cereal and grain, even cornflakes. Lots of cornflakes and really none of the bready or malty qualities that the nose seemed to promise. Ends with a slight sweetness suggestive of these breads but it really doesn't have enough presence to define anything in particular. Some caramel but it's very light. Very minor metallic notes as well. Some wood (primarily oak) mixes with the light finish of bread and caramel. Lacks presence but has some balance and integration. Basically average but better than I expected it to be. Definitely a notch or two above BMC. I have no real experience with bocks but this seems to be a weak version of one. I will certainly have to try more.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost crosses the line into “too much carbonation”.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A little too much cornflake taste for me but if I were in Texas 15 years, I imagine would have drank a whole bunch of this. 9 bucks a six pack is way too much though.

Overall- Just average (maybe slightly below). Worth a try if you don't have any expectations (I didn't). Will not repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2013 02:49:26 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of BMMillsy


3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had straight from bottle so just giving a mid level appearance here. Easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor for a cheap price. Dark malts, some sweet molasses, and a slight adjunct lager aftertaste. Easy drinking and a good alternative to the macros at a BBQ. Certainly worth drinking with plenty of dark malt flavor to feed the taste buds. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:26:12 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of JSuperman


2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

As someone who really enjoys German style bocks I was disappointed. It was light, nutty (more like a brown beer), a bit watery and lacked defining flavours. It is an
easy drinking American beer that tastes like it is from a big brewery. It will work with a burger but don't bring it out to impress friends.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:20:55 | More by JSuperman
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A- See-thru brown color, some amber. Off-white head is minimal yet leaves lots of sticky blotches of lacing ( I'll learn that it's from the sugars). Lots of bubbles.

S- Sweet malts, minerals.

T- Brown sugar and malts. Mineral or metallic.

M- Light and syrupy. Mucho carbonation.

O- I want to like it, but it is just too sugary sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 22:49:08 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of lancecenter


3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhere between amber and brown. No head retention and no lacing.

S - Bready malts, and brown sugar, and grass.

T - Very metallic. I don't remember it being this metallic. The bready bock taste is there with a little bit of sweetness. But then the metal comes back.

M - The feel is very crisp and carbonated.

O - There is nothing offensive about this beer, but it's not all that great either. As uninspired as it is, it's super drinkable, even as it warms. This was definitely one of the "gateway" beers for me. Growing up in Texas, I thought Shiner was the end-all, be-all for beer. Maybe it's gotten worse, or maybe my taste buds have matured. Either way, it's not something I would seek out anymore. Still, it holds a special place in my heart and is definitely a step or two above the macros.

Serving type: can

10-02-2013 22:01:19 | More by lancecenter
Photo of andyinsdca


1.6/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Every time I get Shiner Bock I curse myself for not remembering how bland this beer is. There's nothing to it. No flavors to speak of, no aroma. I'm not quite sure what the point of the beer is. It's not awful, it just isn't anything.
Appearance: sort of amber
Smell: None to speak of
Taste & Mouthfeel: None at all
Overall: Doesn't even rate "meh"

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2013 21:43:58 | More by andyinsdca
Photo of AgentMunky


2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 23:49:53 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Dsimenson


2.11/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz plastic cup. Lovely light brown color. No head at all, just some attractive lacing. Little aroma at all. Flavor is disappointing, one-dimensional. Little bitterness, no detectable hops flavor. Mouth feel is thin. Overall a timid and uninteresting brew. I won't be trying it again. I've never sampled anything by the Spoetzl Nrewery before. I hope this is not their best!

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:44:22 | More by Dsimenson
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Shiner Bock has an eye-catching auburn colour that has a very deep complexion yet also a perfectly clear one. Attractive no doubt but I'd say it more resembles a soda; its bubbles all fizzled out so loudly and quickly you'd think they did so in anger.

The aroma definitely displays some maltiness but it's more reminiscent of malt extract than the aromatic byproducts of a quality grain that's been dried, sprouted, and then kiln-roasted. It has a kind of concentrated quality like that of flavoured syrups. Again it reminds me of pop.

The flavour just barely manages hints of dried fruits and dark toffee but the style's trademark toasty, bready bits aren't prevalent enough to taste. The notion of concentrated malt extract is confirmed on the palate by a strong treacle-like flavour. It's a bit cloying.

And it's also lacking in the texture department. Bocks are historically hearty, nourishing, richly malted beers but this one has only as much body as a cola (similarly sweet and carbonated too); the beer really couldn't be any less substantial. What kind of bock is only 4.4% anyhow?!?

I appreciate that Spoetzl is the oldest in brewery in Texas and that Shiner Bock is its longest-standing brand, but I don't understand the appeal - nor how the brewery became one of the top ten largest craft beer producers in America on the back of such a bland flagship recipe.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 22:09:59 | More by biegaman
Photo of kojevergas


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very important beer in U.S. drinking history. I'm really excited to try it. Here's the beer that beat the macros in local markets, and the beer that's become synonymous with the bock style. When I think of a bock, this is the first beer that comes to mind - even over the traditional German bocks I tried in Europe.

Acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack at me local HEB grocery. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and iconic label art served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour. I don't think I've ever seen a bock with a bubble show, so no worries there.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear dark copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Good clarity. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a bock. Perhaps even THE standard appearance for a bock.

No flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Amber malts, bready malts, a bit of toasted malt, some toffee, and a light floral hop character. Caramalt. Biscuit malt. Definitely smells sweet. It flirts with a candied fruity character, but never fully commits. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Nontraditional for the style, to be sure, but I'm looking forward to trying it. It's a pleasant simple aroma without any obvious off-notes. Not unique or special, but generally appealing. Average in terms of strength.

T: Sweet bready malts, biscuit malts, caramalts, amber malts, and grains - some of them lightly toasted. A light generic floral hop character does little to balance the sweetness, but it's not cloying by any means. I do want a bit more in terms of hop presence just for balance's sake. I like the graininess which nicely closes out the beer. Admittedly, it's a pretty simple build for a bock. I could use more depth of flavour, subtlety, and complexity. Flavour intensity and duration are average for the style. I like it, but it's not in league with the best beers of the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.

Not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good crisp body. Well-carbonated. Not biting, oily, gushed, or hot. Nice full presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored specifically to it. Nice chewy thickness.

Dr: You needn't like it, but you must respect it. I am a bit surprised by its low ABV for the style; how long do they lager this? Overall, it's a tasty bock brewed on a macro scale, and it's brought the bock style to many American beer drinkers. You could do worse for a widely available mainstay at local bars here in Texas, and I'm glad this has supplanted the macros in many Texan markets. Quite drinkable for a bock, but far from traditional. Good value for what it is. I wouldn't buy another if I had better choices, but I'd be relieved to see this in the cooler at a local BBQ. A good go-to value offering when out at bars, and certainly sessionable.

High C

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 02:02:12 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sommersb


2.64/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tasted On: 09-14-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger

A: Starts with a good-sized offwhite head on the clear, dark copper beer. The head shows a fair retention level and no lacing.

S: Well, there's not much to say about the smells, as I only detect perhaps a light malty sweetness.

T: The taste follows the nose in that there's not much in the way of flavors to speak of. I get some breadiness of malt and no hop character.

M: Moderately carbed with a medium body, the finish is lightly sweet and has some unpleasant medicinal notes.

O: I wasn't a big fan of this one. It would do as a beer to gulp down at the bowling alley...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 19:53:40 | More by sommersb
Photo of tviz33

New York

3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at the Wegmans in State College, PA.

A- The body is a translucent medium brown with a small and short-lived gray/tan head.

S- Light but malty. Nutty and caramel on the nose.

T- Malty and subtly roasty. Very light and unoffensive.

M- Light and bubbly.

O- Quite comparable to Genesee Bock, if not a half notch below it. Easy to drink if you want to have multiples.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 04:45:15 | More by tviz33
Photo of gbarbee

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Light brown, lightly carbonated, light head, and alive.

Smell - Mildly smoky and malty with a slight earthy aroma.

Taste - Slightly bitter yet clean. Mildly malt flavor and excepted. No bad surprises and fits the bock style well as far a Texas made beer goes.

Mouthfeel - Light and clean, the beer feels nice on the palate.

Overall - My favorite beer for barbecuing, especially brisket. This beer is best served ice cold with ribs or Texas style barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:23:15 | More by gbarbee
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pilsener:

A: amber-brown colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies within thirty seconds, spiderweb clingy lacing speckles the sides

S: nutty sweet maltiness and lots of it, overbearing to some - perhaps, to me - unsure

T: smooth sweet, nutty and bready aftertaste, smooth malty finish

M: light, sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me yet still leaves me a bit full

O: a decent bock that I think I can come back to

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:27:01 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of jimmah120


3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a weird looking 8oz glass

look is darkish amber, no head, generally unimpressive: drink this one out of the bottle. smell is roasty toasty malt and skunky wheat. taste is toasted and nutty, smooth and inoffensive. feel is crisp, light, with a cloying sweetness.

overall, it's not bad. but it gave me heartburn.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 03:48:33 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Weston19


3.01/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Dark amber color, clear, very little carbonation, initial head is quickly reduced into an extremely thin lacing.

S: Caramel, some malt, and a unique smell that I can't get my nose on. Almost like stale mango; kind of hard to describe.

T: Initial taste has some sweetness to it and it disappears rather fast. There is a subtle taste of biscuit once you begin to swallow but you really have to look for it. There is no real aftertaste and once you finish taking a drink the flavors are non existent.

MF: Very smooth beer. Leaves no bitterness behind and no taste of alcohol. The finish is a little dry. Overall very watery.

O: I think this is a good beer to have when you want to have a session beer and don't want to settle for a BMC. It definitely has more flavor than the macro beers but they aren't very memorable. I suppose it's a good beer to give to a friend or relative who is looking into craft beers but is not ready for something like Stone, Laguanitas, or Sam Adams. For what it is, it's an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 07:18:17 | More by Weston19
Photo of twinsdad1994


3.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I enjoy this beer. It is nothing fancy, has a slight sweet taste, just pour and drink. I like the color and the taste. Not the best in a darker beer, but also not the most expensive. Good to keep around the house.

Serving type: bottle

This is my first review.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 16:22:27 | More by twinsdad1994
Photo of JoeyJetFan

New York

3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer straight from a 12oz bottle and also from a bottle poured into a beer mug.
The beer is a clear amber color with a beige head that eventually goes away but that's cool.
The aroma doesn't justify the smooth caramel malt taste that has just a touch of bitterness on the finish.
It goes down so smooth and easy and is a good session beer at a fair price.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 21:46:37 | More by JoeyJetFan
Photo of jdcook90


3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initial smell made me immediately think back to college and had me worried at first. Taste wise it was no where near as bad as that first sniff made me think it'd be. Reminds me a lot of a few Steam beers that I've had. Its nowhere near the best beer in the world, but its a lot better than drinking anything red white and blue. I could definitely session these. I bought a 6 of it on a business trip to east Texas where I don't actually think craft/micro beer exists (best stuff I've seen is Sam and Goose Island) and figured I'd give a locally brewed Texas beer a try. I'm pleased with it overall and would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 21:40:53 | More by jdcook90
Photo of KidKrafty

New York

3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear amber color with a white head that bubbled away in a few seconds.

S - light caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and malty taste with just a hint of bitterness on the back end.

F - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - a tasty American bock to drink while waiting for the release of Genny Bock.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 00:26:21 | More by KidKrafty
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.