Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,004 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,004
Hads: 3,580
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 53
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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Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out a brownish/copper color. A small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Basically all I could smell was malt, not much else.

T - It tastes of roasted malts and hints of caramel.

M - It is crisp and smooth. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - As far as bocks go, it's not my favorite but it goes down well. (316 characters)

Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -3%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unspectacular brown color, not much head to speak of.

S: Caramel and malt

T: Kind of sweet and some malt. Nothing worth writing home about. No real hop flavor or character.

M: Light-to-Medium body, smooth feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, since it's kind of a watered down bock. (308 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

Taste: Faintly toasty maltiness with a light taste of caramel and an ambiguous nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. A revolting metallic component leeches into the flavor -- always a turn off. Finishes dry with a crisp carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a tad bit fizzy.

Drinkability: A plain, dull lager, but when you throw in that metallic mouthful of nickels and pennies, you've totally lost me. (635 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, amber-brown body with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Fruity malt notes of plum and red apple with lots of caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some red apple notes. More fruity character in the middle, some plum and toffee. The beer finishes with a slightly darker sugar character, more intense caramel and lots of toffee lingering on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This bock has all the classic flavors, but it is somewhat lacking in intensity of flavor. The aroma is quite nice with lots of complex, sugary notes that are exactly what I would expect from a traditional bock. The flavor has all of the same flavors, but they seem just a bit dull and perhaps not as dark as they should be. Some flavor and intensity would almost have to be sacrificed considering the low alcohol content, but all things considered this beer works quite well. (1,032 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock glass.

Pours a very clear brown with a miniscule white bubbly head that leaves no real amount of lacing behind. The nose is caramel with a hint of molasses. The taste generally follows, though the caramel is weaker and the molasses has a good amount of water thrown in, making for a pretty bland bock-like taste. The body is quite light, with a low bit of carbonation (though a slight fizzy feel on the tongue) and a watery feel, making a decently drinkable brew, but the desire to do so really doesn't come through very much. Average at best. (587 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner's best known "bock" pours a crystal clear chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. Standard sized bubbles can be seen rising quickly beneath. The nose delivers a distinctive note of sulphur from the lager yeast over a dull, lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's crisp in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium-light body. The flavor is bright and clean with it's yeast character showing just as strong as it's subtly toffee-ish and lightly bready-sweet malt. There are no noticeable hop flavors, but the bitterness is firm and there's an average amount of alcohol there, leaving it to finish dry and refreshing.

Now, onto the "bock" categorization that everyone mentions. It was common during the late 50's, 60's and 70's for breweries to simply add coloring to their regular beers (or slightly higher gravity brews) and release them in the spring as bocks. That seems like what this is. I'd guess they're using a product called "porterine", but there are others available. Or it could have had something to do with the way that beers of a certain strength are categorized in Texas. Either way, it's nothing new and there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's a decent, enjoyable beer.... forget that it's not really a bock and have another one! (1,323 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and nutty with flavors of caramel, lager yeast and smoky malts. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. It kind of tastes like a watered-down brown ale, to be honest. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't a bad beer and is a decent alternative to your fizzy yellow beers. However, this beer doesn't have enough to it that will make me choose it over too many other craft beers. (977 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack, really liked all of them so far. I've actually heard of this beer before, and it's one of my least favorite styles but I'll try anything. Pours a reddish/orange color, not much going on in the aroma department. Very little carbonation, almost seems like it's flat. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, for a low ABV beer has a bit of an alcohol taste and not very appealing. I drink the two bottles in the box, but would never purchase this on its own. Not the worst beer I've had, but definitely not a good one by any means. (548 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Texas Roadhouse having a steak and decided this was the best choice based on their tap selection. Served chilled in a mug.

A clear bronze with short-lived cream head. there is no lace to speak of and bead is fine -carbonation is visible, not a bad looking lager. The smell is slight toasted malt and somewhat cornpop sweet cereal aroma, not too fruity but subtle ester of sweet grain is there with the caramel elements. The feel is a litte high in carbonation for my taste, not very full but not overly sweet either a fairly malty texture but comes of more like a vienna lager with its smooth and effervescent overall mouthfeel.

The flavor is moderately creamy from the malt and carbonation that is high in the mix. The slight sweet essence of the cornpops is there with slight tinge of very gentle woody qualities -not sure if it is malt or hop derived with a slight light brown sugar element. the finish is semi-dry with slight slick effect on the palate. The 'bock' is ok for me, I kind of enjoyed it with some deep fried appetizers and the steak it was paired with was perfect which made me feel the beer was drinkable in the setting. I could take it or leave it personally, but if no other options are available it is ok. (1,244 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark ruby with good head with lots of lacing on the way down. Nose is yeasty with a slight sweet tone. Flavor is bordering on wooden with a metallic aftertaste and a slight bitter tone. Feel is pretty good, just slightly above average - no doubt due to the fact it is off the tap. This is worse than I remember it being on bottles (though the bottle did get a lower score) and wouldn't have gone for it if there were better choices in the crappy airport bar I was in. (480 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear with a tawny amber that is on the verge of brown, big rocky off white head settles to a two fingered lace that leave a few sticky patches here and there down the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma with hints of husk and dextrin malt, little on the plate of alcohol or hop.

Taste: Medium body with a moderate carbonation, clean and smooth mouth feel with a thin maltiness on the palate. Flavours of toasted malt and caramel run slim with a strained malt sweetness. Hops seem faded and used up with a struggling bitterness. Alcohol warms a bit with a perfume or rose ghost like taste, finish is lean and clean with not much to show for other than remnants of toasted grain.

Notes: Not a bad brew but it leaves the taste buds short on flavour for what a bock should be, for an American Dark Lager it hold up well and is a step above the big guys. (953 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.29/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I loved the color of this beer, brown to molasses, but wanted more body more taste more nose. Having said that, still better than most of your choices in the lone star state. The brewrey should try to gradually bump up the body & nose, subvert from within! (256 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Midtown Billiards, Little Rock, Arkansas

Poured a clear, copper-brown with a thin, white head. Pale malts in the nose, caramel sweetness. Basic, but nice. Lightly toasted malts in the taste, with notes of toffee and caramel. Not much as far as hops goes, so it's overall sweet, but lacking a good balance. Medium-light mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though nothing extraordinary. Just a good "night out" beer. (433 characters)

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

Well, the first time I tangled with Shiner was back in Costa Mesa last summer and we had a pretty hot waitress from Texas. I asked what I should order a yard of because I wanted to experience drinking out a vessel that stood three feet tall. Boy I am glad I ordered then what a great beer to drink from a yard not to full bodied or flavored just enough of everything to be enjoyed in that style of drinking beer. Now here I am back home and sitting here noting the visual aspects of this beer it pours amber ruby with an off white cream colored head about two fingers worth and quickly dwindles down to a thin collar of lace only to leave scattered lacing with each sip. Aromatics on this beer are well a little faint with a slight caramel malt tone but no real hop aroma to be found. Taste is creamy buttered caramel malts with faint hop bitterness in the background to balance out the sweetness and touches of dark roasts add to the experience. Mediocre at best with a thin body artificial carbonation, not much of anything special going on. Drinkability is good due to the fact that I can consume alot of this even a yard glass of this, however it's not a quality brew that I would buy religiously. (1,201 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (3,469 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the land of Bud, Bud Light, Coors, etc., this is a huge improvement from the bland and limited choices. As far as bocks go, this is a weaker entry.

Appearance wise, it's encouraging--it pours a dark amber with a good head and light lace.

The aroma is light malt and is appropriate for the style, nothing special. The taste is similar to the aroma although some hop shows up on the swallow. Decent body, good carbonation, doesn't have the winey alcohol flavors of most bocks. My sample was just starting to skunk (ordered at Prego in Rice Village, Houston) (564 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (731 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given to me by the other Matt so I could tick it off. I was going to wait for bad beer thursdays but what the hell.

Beer is dark brown and clear with a one finger head of medium bubbles that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is weak, mildly malty.

Beer is medium bodied and kind of malty. There is some minimal sweetness and there is a clean finish to the beer. Its not a great masterpiece but there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. Its drinkable, it has a flavor and there is no nasty aftertaste. There are far worse beers that deserve to be on the bottom of the barrel list. (618 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas and caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness on the finish; and very clean lager flavors, with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and watery mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was an okay vienna lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A decently enjoyable offering. (1,496 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours copper amber with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a disappearing, thin wispy patch. Little to no lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with a hint of caramel.

The taste is grainy with mild caramel. Sweet, but aggressive, selzter-like carbonation wipes away most of the sweetness in the finish.

Light-bodied and rather fizzy for the style.

Low abv for style, and inoffensive, but a rather thin, fizzy brew. (442 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, crystal clear red-amber with a average size tan head that has only limited durability. Spotty lacing on glass.

In both the taste and smell, there's an attractive caramel malt with a bit of brown bread and corn and a touch of spicy hops but not much else. Hops are faint in the aroma and not much more apparent in tasting. Aroma of corn is too pronounced. Lightly sweet.

M: Near medium body is a bit too thin; has a nice bit of dryness and a very clean finish. Good level of moderate carbonation imparts some crispness.

O: While I've had a number of these over the years, I hadn't had one in at least 5 years and my expectations were not high. So, i was pleasantly surprised to find an above average beer that's highly drinkable. (747 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark amber with very little head which disappeared before I was finished putting the bottle down after pouring. Small amounts of visible carbonation. No lacing.

S: Hints of bready malts and roasted malts but not much smell overall.

T: Flavors are dominated by the malts both bready and roasted. Slight hint of bitterness from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: Easy to drink but nothing exceptional. Pairs well with Texas style BBQ. Quite sessionable. (523 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry yet fruity scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, roasted flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. I see the overall average is low, but I think it's tastey and quite enjoyable. (531 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light brown with a small, egg-white head with very little retention and no lacing left behind.

S: Light, grainy malt, some lager yeast, a little bit of caramel, and a hint of light fruity hops.

T: Slightly sweet, with a little bit of citrusy fruit. Heavier amounts of caramel and grains that end up dominating the flavor profile. The finish has a bready taste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and easy drinking.

D: For a bock, the flavors are rather weak, its a good introductory beer for people that only drink BMC, especially at its price, but it tastes more like a light lager than a bock. (610 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,004 ratings.