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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,844 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,844
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 192 | FT: 2
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.

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zeff80

Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 23:08:43 | More by zeff80
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

During a trip to the heart of Texas, I got to know Shiner Bock. It is everywhere there, alongside Lone Star and all the other usual BMC suspects, on every bar's display counter. So, more often than not, jumping from place to place in Austin, following the live performance winds, this beer was the de facto beer choice for me. Now, in one of those unpredictable nostalgic turns, I see it on the shelf of my favorite local bottle shop. After a mild double take, I had to get a bottle, to complete this walk down memory lane.

This beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden brown, with a few fingers of off white head, that falls away very quickly, leaving no lacing. The smell is malt - grainy, spicy, a bit of rye. The taste is very light - a bready, biscuity malt, and a slight floral essence. The carbonation is prickly at first, but mellows out, making this fairly smooth. The body is quite thin, the taste inoffensive, kind of bland, but I could see having a few rounds of this, given no better options.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 22:16:26 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 21:20:49 | More by NeroFiddled
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 08:52:59 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 04:56:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 07:37:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2002 00:00:01 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 10:11:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2005 04:50:34 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:21:36 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 06:41:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 15:02:10 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 22:09:08 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have drank this beer for years, but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a clear medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some toffee malt and grassy hops. The flavor is toffee and crass. I also get a little bit of something that resembles dark fruit, but it is subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A Texas classic, but nothing too impressive. It certainly doesn't stack up to the some of the other craft beers from Texas.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 05:12:11 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 23:05:36 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev -4.2%

03-20-2012 05:03:00 | More by SocalKicks
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.51/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as American made bocks go, which by and large isn't saying much, this one isn't really all that bad, and its a whole lot better than some of the other shiner brews. its got a sweetness to it that's only mild, and the darker malts give it some reasonable depth of both smell and taste. its got a roasted character that teams up well with the molasses like sweetness. the yeast is a little out of place her I think, not sure what they used, but its off. furthermore, you cant have a darker bock under 5% abv, it just doesn't do the style justice and it doesn't work for me. that being said though, there are no offensive flavors here, and this beer is actually pretty drinkable. in a bar where miller and coors products are my only option except this, I will go back to it again and again. plenty of room fro improvement, and its a far cry from the german traditional, but in the right context this can be very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:26:12 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 15:07:35 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-06-2011 18:38:26 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy short-lived white head, no lace.

S: Caramel malt, carbonic acid, not bad.

T: Has the caramel flavour with as with nose, some nice noble hopping, but gets fizzy in the end. Nowhere near the depth of flavour I associate with bockbier.

M: Light-bodied. Quite fizzy and watery, club soda like. Tad over-carbonated. For a bock, very thin.

D: Quaffable, but nothing really interesting. Better than the BMCs of the world, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:25:49 | More by Halcyondays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -1%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 23:29:48 | More by smcolw
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kojevergas

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.2%
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
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

03-15-2012 19:18:59 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with yellowish brown hues when held to a light source and a very think beige head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, hazelnut and toffee. I was expecting a bit more but this beer smells pretty bland. There is also an earthy hop presence.

Thin bodied with a slightly dry earthy hop presence that lingers throughout over a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness but all of these characterisitcs are faint. It's a bit drier than I prefer and not very well balanced. Easy to drink but not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 15:54:54 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

04-05-2012 07:26:44 | More by MarkyMOD
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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