Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 1,004
Hads: 3,580
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 722 | FT: 2
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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 johnnnniee
3.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.98/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at the orders of @LaitueGonflable, who'd never tried a beer from Texas, and knew that this beer existed. So be it.

Pours a pleasant deep amber colour, quite clear, with a small, but fine-bubbled head of white. Very light body, especially for a bock (although, probably not for a bock weighing it below 5% ABV), although it hold carbonation quite firmly, making it seem bigger than it is. Some patchy lacing when it's tilted. Not bad, but not great.

Nose is grainy with adjuncts, giving a cornmeal and unprocessed wholegrain character, with a sweetness that speaks of faux vanilla essence. Slight sharpness on it as well, partially from the carbonation, partially from maybe something else—it lingers, suggesting some kind of volatile from hops or grain.

Taste is exceptionally weak and bland, almost excruciatingly so. Slight corn characters on the back, and another tingle of that vague volatile character, but nothing else whatsoever. It's tasteless—offensively so.

Extremely bland, and extremely pointless. It's barely above the watery nothingness of an American adjunct lager. Bock?? Yeah, just fuck the hell off. (1,135 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (391 characters)

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

Poured a deep, clear amber with good carbonation and small dirty white head. Nose is dry, weak, grains and thats about it. Taste is grain, hardly any booze, some citrus and maybe caramel. Body and mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not a bock I would go to again. (254 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.41/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Weisse vase, the beer is a slightly hazy nutty/auburn-brown color with a thick, white head that settles into a quarter inch layer of foam. Smells were very muddled, but I got hints of nutty and caramel malty aromas. Round, malty flavors on a crisp, light body. The flavors are a bit underwhelming, and I could pick out hazelnut and caramel. High carbonation makes the beer sharp on the tongue, and the flavors are a bit bland for the body and style. There is a light, malty aftertaste that vanishes quickly. The finish is crisp. This is a mediocre beer. (581 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.02/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,378 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
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. (471 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
2.87/5  rDev -5%
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.

3.5/2.75/2.75/3/3 (292 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a clear deep amber color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that left no lacing. Basic semi-sweet malt aroma. A fundamentally solid flavor with no outstanding characteristics, light on the tongue with a slight tang on the finish. Typical light body. Very good drinkability, but most Bocks do. An average example of the style, try one if you see it, or if you're stuck someplace with fizzy yellow beers and this, you will be happy with Shiner Bock. (489 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty shocked to see this one in the Bottom of the Barrel 100. This was the first micro my buddies and I got a keg of while we were in college. Everyone loved it, maybe that should've given me an idea that BA would hate it.

It pours a dark amber with a one finger off white head. There's not too much to the nose, perhaps just light carmel malt. The flavor consists of slightly sweet carmel and it's slightly bready. On tap, it drinks just fine. It's between light and medium in body and also features good carbonation. I find this to be very drinkable and I'm not even a fan of the style. (598 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Half inch of off white head atop a dark amber/brown beer. Very little lacing and below average head retention.

S- Bready.

T" More bread character. Tastes "burnt'. Easy drinking, no alcohol detected.

M- A little thin but good carbonation.

D/O- With such a low abv and its easy drinkingness, its no wonder why this is so popular. I found it very quaffable. (361 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The famous Shiner bock left me feeling a bit disappointed, I’m afraid. Nearly clear, mahogany brown color, with a good-sized cream colored head that settles rather quickly. Lacing is nice enough. The aroma leaves something to be desired; there’s a bit of bready malt, some caramel sweetness, and faint floral hops here, but it’s a muted and undistinguished nose overall.

The flavor follows suit. I kept looking for more here and it wasn’t there. You get some lightly toasted bread in the malt, again a bit of caramel sweetness that dries up in the finish, and very faint floral, grassy hops that give the beer a very restrained bitterness. But there’s little in the way of depth or complexity; the chewy, robust malt character of the best bocks is decidedly absent here. Instead there is a generic and plain flavor that’s pretty unexciting.

Body is medium at best, maybe a bit light for the style, carbonation is medium and somewhat crisp. Drinks clean and easy, so there’s that, and I can see how this might be appealing in the Texas heat. But it falls short of satisfying my malty cravings when I reach for a bock and isn’t something I’d reach for again if faced with any of the superior bottles on the shelf. (1,231 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of Tone
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some pale malt, and maybe some slight sweet malt. Wow, the aroma is decidedly lacking. I guess it fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then some pale malt comes through, the slightest hop is noticeable only very quickly, and the finish is a hint of earthy malt. Overall, this brew is a little watery. I remember this brew being much better than this, oh well. This is not really worth a try. On the plus side it does get better as you go along. (660 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent with a deep tawny hue and a quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell: very light, malty aroma.

Taste: nice and malty but not a whole lot of character. Slightly bitter but hops flavor is minimal. Not bad, but average.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium but the carbonation is quite nice.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable in my book, but the relatively light and monotonous flavor hold it back a little. (481 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of nuts. Taste is malty, bready, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer. (254 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark brownish amber color with a light tan colored head that leaves a solid amount of lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is sweet and malty with very little hops. Not bad, just pretty faint with not much going on.

T- The taste follows the aroma with some sweet malt, a touch of caramel and a minimal

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a very high amount of carbonation.

D- Shiner Bock isn't terrible but at the same time isn't something I would purchase again. (493 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very corny and grainy.

The taste is the same, corny and grainy and overall sweet. Very basic brew that I drink on occasion on tap.

Light bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? It's ok, especially during the hot days of summer.

Head retention turns out to be excellent as is the lacing. (369 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had several of these during a work meeting in Fort Worth. I have the moto, drink what is local.

A- Pale light yellowish-orange. Thin white head, fades very quickly.

S- wheat, malts, barley.

T- Very mild malts, wheat, barley.

D- Very lively carbonation.

O- It is not gonna win any awards, but in Texas it is hot. This is a good beer on a hot day. Goes down easy. (369 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its dark mahogany pour leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very sweet and caramel-malt based with perhaps some butterscotch and clean crisp hops, albeit feint.

Thinner body.

The taste tends to bring out the malty sweet notes more than anything with only the slightest bitter finish. It tastes like something from the 1960's. (435 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this to compare to the Shiner Bock I had on-tap earlier this week. Appearance is a nice dark copper color, slightly ruby when it hits the light. Smell isn't very strong, slightly sweet smelling, with hint of alcohol smell. Taste is quite nice, not spectacular, but malty enough to enjoy. This is an easily drinkable beer that I could see becoming one of my standard fridge stock. Versus tap the bottle has less of a full mouthfeel and is slightly less malty in flavor. I like it on tap a little better, but the differences are tiny. (541 characters)

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