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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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3,465 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,465
Reviews: 1,036
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 42
Gots: 584 | 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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Ratings: 3,465 | Reviews: 1,036
Photo of Backer2004
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first time I tried this was the weekend of my wedding back in July 2003. A friend brought two cases up from Texas to St. Louis and just raved about how great this tastes. Maybe I had too high expectations from that memory, but it was average at best. No head rentention, very cola colored, no lacing. Rather flat tasting with just a bit of hops to note.

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3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of AlexM
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of aubuc1
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

Pours a golden light brown with a somewhat thin tan head. Not quite as dark as expected.

Smell is bready and mediciney.

Taste is lightly malty and some other mediciney taste.

Mouthfeel is thin, and there is an initial tang that isn't very recognizable. Definitely a do not buy.

Photo of everetends
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a keg of this (not by my self). Poured into glass tumblers.

A: Came out a dark gold brown with a nice fizzy head that receded rather quickly. Still had some light lacing.

S: Malt and hops. What else do you need?

T: Light malt, a touch of hops with a metallic twang in the finish. The twang doesn't really turn you off.

M: Light, a little watering with a good amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

D: We finished the keg, so I would say it is drinkable. It is nice change from any dominant macro that is for sure. Good attempt from a German brewery in Texas, but I prefer their Hefe.

Photo of valianes
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of brownbeer
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moment that I never drink a Shiner beer again can't come too soon. Fortunately, this is the last of my mixed pack.

It has a generic grainy aroma just like their other beers with maybe a hint of tree bark and maple.

Easy to drink, not much going on. A step above macro lager.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Notes from Aug/08
Pours a dark brownish amber with a very weak white head. The head is whispy and disappeared within a minute. No lacing/webbing whatsoever.
Smells average. Some hops,maybe licorice, with a hint of alcohol.Taste is malty with low bitterness,kind of like a flat diet cola. Crisp with high carbonation present. No aftertaste at all.
Overall, not a bad beer, but also not that great.

Photo of Punisher
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Shafaegalo
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of OgreSanchez
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of beeragent
3.86/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I first experienced after becoming of legal age. Before that, it was always my dads Bud Light. Therefore, this review may be a little biased. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a nice fluffy 1 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma appears to be mostly of malt, maybe a little grain, and a slight bit of hops. The taste is light malts, and a hint of hops, with a light caramle aftertaste. Not a heavy beer, but still no shortness of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and a smooth finish. This is easily a beer to session. Whether sitting at home, or in a tube on the river, this is a great beer wherever you go.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Waxy O'Conner's in San Antonio. I've heard about it and I couldn't resist trying it on a recent business trip.

A decent looking dark amber color with a light tan head that did not linger long.

Not much in the nose. Taste is slightly sweet with minimal maltiness to it. No hop presence to speak of. Definitely more flavor than the other Texas lager I tried, but nothing overwhelming. The mouthfeel was decent, and I could drink a bunch of these in a night if nothing else was available.

Try it if you get the chance, and then move on to something else.

Photo of slimntubbs
2/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of robertjskelton
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jpd026
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of dnichols
2.32/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It had body consisting of a clear brown color with ruddy hues and a thin tan head.

S: It presented lightly-toasted malt aromas with hints of earthy grainy aromas that seemed out of place.

T: It had a standard bock malt profile with a thin woody and earthy finish that left an aftertaste that was slightly bitter.

M: It was smooth and malty but very thin bodied.

D: Not a good bock. It is drinkable but why do it.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear, reddish brown color with an aggressive head. A tan khaki head that almost spills over the side of the glass.

It smells like a very processed synthetic grain and that is about all. No discernible hops or much of anything else.

Taste is very surprising. I was expecting to be drinking a "drain dumper" but its actually not bad. There is a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste. Slightly coppery in character with a nice sweetness that I didn't see coming. The only downfall is that its a one trick pony, there isn't anything else to this brew to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is only average. There isn't much carbonation and its tastes kind of watered down and slightly synthetic. This blah-ness makes it a less drinkable beer in my book. I am initially intrigued by it only to be disappointed by the whole package.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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