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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 1,011
Hads: 3,632
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 791 | 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 Jason
3.41/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
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!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
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)

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a small off-white head. Color is a burnt orange copper. Good head retention.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Biscuit flavors. Fairly malty. A bit of toffee as well.

Taste: Has a grassy hop profile. Caramel, bready, and biscuit malts. A bit of toffee again. Has some dried fruit flavors as well. Maybe some bananas.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, this wasn't a favorite bock of mine. Mouthfeel is way off. I like German bocks much better. Not really for me. A bit too simple.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Transparent, brown in color. There is but a tiny head that leaves no lacing.

S: Malt, in the bock style. Subtle sweetness.

T: Decent. Nothing too exciting here. Malty and fairly thin. There is a very slight alcohol note that I find somewhat obtrusive, especially in such a low alcohol beer.

M: Thin and plain.

D: Unexciting. I have had many better bock beers. This tastes like an assembly line macro-brewed bock.

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Photo of tdm168
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells fruity and malty. Taste is malty and fruity as well with a light malt character and an apple like fruity sweetness. Over carbonated and rather light and thin.

If this beer weren't over carbonated and had just a slightly more robust flavor profile, it would be a really decent beer. As it stands it's just OK.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really?!? I've only ever reveiewed this in a BT? Pssshhh. I had so much of it on draft during my 2004 visit to Dallas that I passed it like water for a week after I went home. Do I like it? Well, it was so popular that A/B felt it neccesary to brew their own knockoff to compete with it. I am less enamored than that, but I am a fan and seeing it in a CAN really pulled my trigger.

100 years, eh? Wow, did this pour beautifully. The color was a deep orangish-brown with super-NE-quality clarity. The head began with a deep-brown color that disappeared fairly quickly. Nose had a sweet, malty character. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweet quality on the tongue. Finish had a root beer-like semi-sweetness. OK, but not fantastic.

Beach/Shore: Yes, but not my first choice. I was underwhelmed by the total sum of this beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A good two three fingers of head is produced off the pour, and off white in color. Head falls very fast with a styrofoam like quaility, and makes lots of noise. A very clear body with no rising carbonation present, and a real nice indian red dark brown mahogany, it literraly looks like the same color as a brown beer bottle. However, the beer looks very lifeless.

Nose is light malt, some sort of "sticky stinky" sensation. A large smell of yeast also. Kind of ordinary.

This is incredibly watery for the feel. First taste brings next to nothing for flavor. Subsequent gulps show an extremely watery malt on the palate. There is just nothing going on here. Not much carbonation either which is obvious noticing how it looked.

This beer is incredibly wet and watery for a bock. It has practically no flavor and just feels completely flat. Easy drinking yes, but pretty darn boring, someone hand me a Sam Adams winter lager at least.

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Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, no indication of freshness to be found. Poured a medium al mond brown, larger bubbles rising to the top at a seady pace. Malty nose, nutty bready brew. Medium bodied, got alot of maple syrup notes. Prickly carbonation not appreciated. Sharp dry finish. Not the best version of the style, never was crazy about this stuff.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint type glass.

A- Shiner Bock pours out ruby type red and lays in the glass the same shade, a fizzy inch and a half of dark tan foam that dies into nothing, no lace.

S- A very straight forward bock, no punches pulled here. Grainy with a touch of caramel and a sense of earthy german type noble hops maybe.

T- Str8 forward bock yet less full in flavor than a German. 4.4 is quite light so the body is quite full for that as well. Caramel with earthy grainy taste and a touch of bitterness on the end that is a memory.

M- A touch maltier and thicker than expected for a four point fourer. Carb is almost non existant, but thats the style, even though this could use a push.

D- A bock to go for in a crunch and priced approprietly for what you get. I would drink a few in a party setting, although I think I might of enjoyed this a bit more from a can.

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.96/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Here's a macro-craft offering you can find around at many bars and stores. Says bock on the label, though in south Texas where this beer hails from, I'm guessing I'll get something lighter than I expect. On to the beer:

Twist-off the top, pour into a shaker pint, and get a clearish dark color with the head going away. It kind of looks like they added coloring to a macro pale lager. The smell is extrmely clean with a trace of...I can't make it out it's so faint. Tortillas? Now I'm worried.

I'm scared, but I'm going to put this in my mouth. Here goes...wow....I'm sharting to think they throw corn tortillas in the fermenter to get the dominant flavor. Dominant corn in a dark lager? Um, no. Just as you taste it, it fades away. Malts are thin, powdery, create a very light toffee flavor, and the hops are thinner to the palate. Light bodied it is, but which is boosted by a drive of carbonation.

If I closed my eyes, I'd swear I was drinking a macro with a dash of dark malt. Too light to be considered a real bock and just enough weird flavor to steer you away if tasteless refreshment is on your mind; it's a lose-lose proposition.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber pour, somewhat fluffy head and a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.
I didn't smell much of anything, but then again it did not smell bad. Some malt and a bit of roast, though.
Taste was a thicker Bud. Malt and sticky sweet. Balanced a bit by the hops, but still too sweet. Some rye hints as well.
A smooth brew. Average MF.
Can drink easily if poured in a glass for a while, but it gets boring.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.