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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,387
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 37
Gots: 490 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of watermelonman
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This poured to a healthy dark amber and brown with a decent head.

The flavor is a bit weak for the style, but what's there is reasonably good. The smell is malt with a hint of some spice. The taste is also mostly malt, with a definite caramel presence. Alcohol and hops are minimal. Due the relative weakness of this beer, mouthfeel is easily the low point, although that helps lead to easy drinkability.

Photo of gmfessen
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep honey brown color with a slight red tinge. The head is almost non-existent barring a thin rim of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. The smell is not overwhelming but is of sweet grainy malt, slightly buttery and bready. The flavor is similar, rather one dimensional sweetness that doesn't really ever go anywhere. The mouthfeel is definitely on the light side for a bock beer. The carbonation is thin and burns the mouth. Drinkability of this is decent, goes down like water and for the price is better than most BMC beers. The low ABV for the style also makes it more drinkable (but less desirable in my opinion).

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of acrawf6
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear dark brownish amber with a somewhat tan head.

Smell. hard to get that much here. small malts and sweet, some tea aromas.

Taste. Easy drinking, but not bock-like. the malts i get are neutral, no aggressiveness. small sweetness. just really tastes like a dark lager, ignoring the characteristics of a bock. but still, easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is decent. body is on the thinner side but with lots of carbonation.

Overall. its one of those you just have old memories of, certainly one that we all drank some in the past. Bad example of a bock, but i say it is quite drinkable and great at bbq's.

Photo of auxiliary
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Brown color with a decent size off white head that decended.

smell - Roasted malt here with some hops present.

taste - Has a sweet malt taste, mixed with some roasted malts, and ending with some hops presnet. Nice balanced beer.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, nothing special, decent beer.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On a business trip to Memphis, I grabbed a bottle of this popular beer. It poured a deep golden color, with manifest carbonation, over a finger of white head, and average retention. The nose was somewhat unspectacular; malty, with only slight notes of apple and caramel. The taste was a little more pronounced, with malty fruit notes, and a sweet finish. Very thin and highly carbonated, the feel made it easy enough to session, though I would have appreciated a little more intensity in the flavor profile.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of mralphabet
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark copper in color, less than a fingers worth of head that just disappears. No lacing.

S: Malty, little bread and a touch of hops.

T: Mostly malty, just a touch of breadiness and a very light hop presence at the end. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin but the carbonation good.

D: Low ABV and very drinkable, but not very Bock like.

Overall, not a bad beer just not a very flavorful Bock. If you are looking for something a little different from the big 3 give it a try, but if you are looking for a real Bock look elsewhere.

Photo of JMad
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

1. Had a nice clear brown color, with a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly, left little lacing on glass.

2. Couldn't smell much, smelt some light maltiness, not much else.

3. Tastes kind of weak, little roasted malt, no hops, kind of metallic.

4. not over carbonated

5. Goes down easy, very sessionable beer.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled earlier this evening and had this once before a couple of years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber in color with about a 1/2-finger off white head that leaves some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is a faint sweetness with malt. Carbonation is a bit under average. Taste is of a light sweet caramel malts unlike many other bocks. Goes down pretty easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Actually wasn't that bad and would have one again.

Photo of BigRedDog
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +50.3%

Photo of Skidz
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so smooth....it just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very amber, 'rusty' color. Mid-clarity, very foamy head. Head is somewhat tannish in color, and retains very little. Like the head was gone after about a minute, and no lacing at all.

S- Definitely mostly malty, with some metallic undertones. Very little hop smell present. Metal smell was mingling with something else, possibly the glass not being completely clean.

T- Hard to describe because of the lack of complexity. Starts off with mild malt that persists for a bit. Right before you finish the drink, a little hop bitterness comes through, but not much, and I couldn't tell you which kind of hops for the life of me.

M- Very watery. Very carbonated. Not what I normally think of for a bock style. Almost light enough for a full night of exclusive drinking.

Overall, I like this beer. I've had it at a brew pub in my hometown a few times and it had never disappointed me. This time it was a little different. The lack of lacing concerns me, but I think that could be due to the cleanliness of the glass like I said. I might have to give this one another try. Still, one of the beers I'd order in a bar for something different, but not one I'd go pay $8 a 6-pack for at the store.

Side note, Shiner's labels are pretty entertaining and informative. I especially liked the ram on the cap of this one.

Photo of Pintofbrown
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was served in a very tall glass stein, so cold that there are ice chunks throughout the glass. Oh bother...

Appearance- The head is slightly foamy and creamy, an off-white, brown tinge to it. The body is a dark brown-auburn color and transparent.

Smell- There is a slight hint of a sweet and wheaty malt. It has a toasty character as well.

Taste- That nutty toastiness is the first thing to hit the tongue. Unfortunately, it is all down hill after that. There is a wheaty and grassy adjunct hop flavor that takes over. This lasts well into the finish. There may be some sweet malt in the finish as well, but by this point, I am already very disappointed by the flavors.

Mouth feel- This one is watery and just a little bit caustic. Not only because of the carbonation and the thin body, but the adjunct finish as well.

Overall- This is best described as a malty american adjunct that disappoints especially on the palate, with the feel not far behind. I really hope that this is not anyone's introduction to the bock style.

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2.75/5  rDev -13%

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,387 ratings.