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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,968
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 24
Gots: 249 | FT: 3
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

06-03-2014 00:53:46 | More by xJMFCx
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

08-18-2012 01:09:36 | More by n00blar
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4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

01-13-2013 23:36:12 | More by harrylee773
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

08-15-2014 12:18:07 | More by costanzo_mike
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3.1/5  rDev -1.3%

A hard pour forced a bit of head onto the beer but it dissipated almost immediately into nothing. Lacing is nearly nonexistent although the nice, deep brown/red body saves the appearance somewhat.

Mild malt sweetness gets lost in the cereal aromas (wheat chaff). Still, nothing bad going on here per se.

Hard to see where this is a bock. Essentially no malt sweetness until a final wisp at the conclusion and the overall taste is rather flat. The predominant flavor is akin to a macro-lager without any of the negative lowlights and a slightly pleasant caramel hint on the back end. Totally inoffensive yet almost as uninteresting.

Mouthfeel is good and thick up front but succumbs to a fizzy/watery ending.

For all its deficiencies, this is a drinkable brew and is the most widely available non-swill in Texas. When I visit the in-laws in East TX this is what I retreat to. It reminds me of a Southern Leinie's and strikes me as something I'd have drunk as a stepping-stone brew if I'd grown up in, let's say, Ft. Worth. Or on second thought, let's not say that.

05-17-2007 14:42:49 | More by malcontent
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Had this on-tap at Love and War in Texas restaurant in Grapevine, TX.

A: Dark brownish color reminiscent of flat Coca-Cola. Barely any appreciable head.

S: Faint sweet malts and caramel.

T: Adjunct malts and an overall toffee-like sweetness. There was a strange biscuity taste reminiscent of stale wheat crackers. Hops were largely undetectable.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy. Carbonation was subdued.

D: Sweet and watery sums it up; drinkable in large quantities, yes. Would I want to? Probably not.

06-03-2009 02:29:47 | More by thekanna
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2.63/5  rDev -16.2%

on tap at the Freakin' Frog (Las Vegas,NV)

A- 1" thin milky white head with good retent, settles to ring, thin lacing, light copper in color

S- malty and fruity sweet

T- all malt sweetness, very fruity (cherries, apple, figs), with just a touch of bitterness and toasted malt in finish

M- light and thin, but not watery, smooth, nice carbonation

D- i had a hard time drinking this, if you can make it through the initial sweet rush, then you get a glance at some decent flavor. not my thing, but recommend for macro drinkers who fear darker beer.

02-04-2007 20:39:51 | More by tonistruth
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-23-2013 23:10:16 | More by Punisher
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1.48/5  rDev -52.9%

Served on tap at Dr. Dremo's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light copper color with a smallish offwhite head that dissipates to a small ring of foam rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Anemic aroma of roasted malts, corn, and precious little else.

Taste: Tastes like stale tortilla chops with some light caramel overtones. Light wintergreen aftertaste. Blech!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly crisp. Ho-hum.

Drinkability: I think I'd rather not repeat this experience ever again. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but certainly among them.

11-20-2003 01:59:33 | More by ManekiNeko
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

06-22-2014 03:17:23 | More by mrcraft
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.5%

05-07-2014 21:53:59 | More by brauseboof
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

02-03-2013 01:31:53 | More by jmccullough108
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

06-09-2013 13:38:53 | More by DbbC
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Had this in San Antonio a couple of weeks ago. Catching up on inputting some reviews. Taken from notes. Poured in a standard hotel glass.

Light brown - dark amber in colour and clear. Cream coloured head is 1/4 inch on the pour. Spots of lacing here and there.

Aroma is pretty mild. Very little comes out other than malts, but there are hints of biscuit, dried fruit.

Taste is pretty mild and muted for a bock. Kind of like a mass produced versioned toned down for the masses. Mostly malts with a hint of caramel and dried fruit and a tinge of metallic twang.

Pretty watery and light bodied for a bock. Very little carbonation.

Overall it's not bad, but it really isn't a good representation of the style. Going by style guidelines alone, this is a big miss, but I kind of enjoyed it and preferred it to the macros available at the function I was attending. Give it a try, but don't go out of your way.

04-15-2012 22:00:55 | More by Noxious26
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3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

Growing up in Texas, I know Texans are proud of their beer. And Shiner is no exception. I've always been a fan, and even though many knowledgable beer drinkers will argue that there is nothing terribly exciting about Shiner (and they would be right), it's still a huge success for a number of reasons. It's a highly drinkable, worthy alternative to the American macro brews that rule the market. It has a nice color, and is an excellent thirst-quencher to accompany a saturday cookout. But as far as bocks go, Shiner is one of the least complex versions out there. It's not fancy, but it's not trying to be. It's just trying to be a dependable beer. Here in the mid-Atlantic (where you can now find Shiner at various locales), it's akin to Yuengling. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

08-04-2005 19:43:08 | More by Atlas1
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2.83/5  rDev -9.9%

(from memories...I have not had this beer in at least half a year)

Living in Texas, Shiner has been marketed hard as a special brew, a Lone Star State one of a kind beer. Well, it's not a very good beer.

Pours light brown,...almost like a cola.

Smells like, well, not much of a scent at all; maybe a bit bready....certainly nothing that sticks out.

Tastes like...I've always though it tasted a bit like earthy. yes, dirt. Maybe a dirty biscuit.

If you're into a beer with a earthy flavor, this beer is for you. you can certainly drink a lot of these as the abv is under 5%, but would you really want to?

01-09-2011 19:29:23 | More by obrike
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2.25/5  rDev -28.3%

04-12-2013 00:35:42 | More by RandyKemka
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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2.98/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours a nice dark amber/light brown with a small tan head that runs away very quickly. The smell is of slight malt and adjuncts. Taste is fairly bland with some light malt sweetness. Adjunct taste is also present. Very fizzy on the tongue and down the throat. This brew is somewhat drinkable mainly because of its lack of flavor. It seems to be a trend among the Shiner line to be bland and tasteless. It tastes like someone took a pretty good tasting beer and poured a bunch of water in it. I won't buy it again.

05-12-2002 17:33:03 | More by Murph
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a dark copper brown, pretty clear. A very fizzy two finger head falls quickly with poor lacing. Strong buttery malt scent, no hop presence to speak of. Aroma sets you up for a let down with the bland, dry taste. While true to style in low hop presence, the malt flavor is weak and simple. Mild malt with a hint of nut and spice. It's light body and low carbonation make it drinkable and smooth, but boring. A German style lager made in Texas; what can you expect?

08-25-2005 05:30:09 | More by PBRstreetgang
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3.73/5  rDev +18.8%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with lots of carbonation bubbles headed to the top. The head is thick and pillowy and dissipates slowly. The head leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Smell: Has an interesting malty smell to it. There is also an interesting biscuity smell (the only thing I can compare it to is cornbread) as well.

Taste: The same biscuity flavor that came out in the smell comes out strong in the taste. There is some nice malty flavor as well but almost no hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and kinda bready.

Drinkability: This is a pretty good beer. I don't think it's a true bock and it certainly doesn't taste like one. That said, it's still a great beer and one I'm sure I'll turn to again.

10-26-2009 23:52:23 | More by wahhmaster
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

07-09-2013 22:16:03 | More by ahommell
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

03-02-2014 16:02:16 | More by djgustafson
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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