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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,839
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 189 | 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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Photo of woodychandler


3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 22:31:46 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol


3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

03-08-2013 00:39:34 | More by orangesol
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a light red hue to it. There is a thin head of film that breaks up quickly and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of nougat and pot caramel are light but the only real aroma noticed.

T- The taste of soft brown nougat has a note of light honey to it followed by a soft green hop hint. There is a light sulfur note to the carbonic acid finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a soft clean flavor but the favor it does have is not that good. I had a tough time finishing this beer as it was just not tasty and I didn't care for the nougat flavor it did have.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 19:50:57 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%

05-22-2013 16:33:31 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:09:43 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Zorro


3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweetish and very malty, faint trace of Banana, Not a bock more of dark lager.

Taste is that of malty mild ale, not a bock. Crap for a bock, pretty good for a lager or ale. It is a level above Budweiser and others of the Macro brew Ilk.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good, this stuff was great when drank with BBQ in San Antonio, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 03:50:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say that this is better than I remember. I could be hallucinating, but it seems to have gained some body and depth of flavor since I last tried it. Who knows- it's been a awhile. In any case, the pour isn't much- very dark maber, almost chestnut with a head that promises much but fades quickly. Nicely malty and nutty in the aroma with some toasted grain and some light earthy hop aromas on the finish. The taste has some more of that toasted grain, a fair bit of sweetness, and some cereal grains. There is a bit of grainy slickness and slight sourness on the finish, but the nicely toasty notes are still there. Probably suffers more in the mouthfeel than taste from these defects. I could drink this ocassionally.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:03:37 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of DoubleJ


1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 07:45:44 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Wasatch


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

A - Pours a clear dark copperish color, thin head, some carbonation, nice lacing though.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is a kinda sweet, malty, but kinda watery as well. Finishes clean.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. The taste is not too bad, not sure if I will buy again, but I might use it in my chili recipe.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 23:07:27 | More by Wasatch
Photo of duceswild


3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-08-2012 17:56:11 | More by duceswild
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:33:04 | More by mothman
Photo of BARFLYB


3.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 02:40:27 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -4.2%

05-15-2012 21:45:52 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A. Served in a 12 oz pint glass. Dark amber in hue with little head that dissipates to nothing.

S. Not much of a nose at all, faint malts.

T. The malt prescence is there, with little in the way of hops. There is a hint of alcohal, but only a hint.

M. Medium bodied and a bit slick on the palate.

D. Fairly smooth and goes down pretty easy. Maybe thats just because it was the first beer of the night..

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2008 17:10:50 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:36:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

03-20-2012 00:25:39 | More by rab53
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice mahogany hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean malts and a smattering of noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light, yet husky grain, with some caramel sweetness. There was a decent doughiness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the light side with ample carbonation.

Overall a decently complex macro offering and extremely easy to drink. Could be a bit more robust however.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 03:22:34 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: A pale barley-gold pour has a pristine clarity to the point where you could read fine print text though the glass. A steady medium rise of effervesce, a chalk white frothy head that was short on the hold while providing only a modest show of lace rounds things out visually.

S: Fresh barley grains, clean, with some dry corn ears.

T: The flavor is sweetly buttered grains, clean, grainy, dry with some hints of soft hay and once again dried corn ears.

M: Sharp carbonation rings through on the mouthful, has a decent amount of substance, very smooth in texture. Tingles around the edges from active carbonation. clean leave.

O: Clean drinking, for those who want to keep things light on a hot summer day. Mindless downer, wont wow, but perhaps a gateway beer for your bmc buddies. Minimal hop presence shouldnt offend. A bock, more like a pale lager or blonde.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 00:13:48 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 03:28:58 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of smakawhat


2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 21:47:30 | More by smakawhat
Photo of mdaschaf


2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 01:53:38 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%

05-27-2014 15:09:12 | More by Latarnik
Photo of Bighuge


2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel colored brown. Thin beige head. Aroma consists of roasted malt, molasses and caramel. Taste is bland and flavorless. A little carmel characteristic. A little molasses. Thin mouthfeel. Subpar bock.

Thanks for introducing me to a Texas Style bock Senior Shit.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 10:28:24 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kind of an inconsistent beer for me traditionally, whether that is due to distributor, the brewery or merchant, I dunno.

Standard darker appearance bock. A muted sweetness aroma. Taste brings what you smell, plus a little more feel for the roasted malt. Really, for as widely avaiable as this is, I'm surprised its this decent.

Mouthfeel is consistent throughout, doesn't fade or change, kinda drinkable, although the cost increase lately is getting prohibitive.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 20:20:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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