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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,771
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 159 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-15-2011 16:39:01 | More by ColSanders123
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-15-2011 16:07:45 | More by randomdanger
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3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seemed to like this beer a lot better last winter when I first tried it. I also seem to like the flavor out of a can as well. I'm drinking this out of a bottle right now into a pilsner glass and am not really liking it as much as I remembered. Still, you could do much worse. this does have a little maltiness to it. The aroma isn't very flattering, mouthfeel isn't much, but leaves a nice thin honey flavor on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. I would find myself pounding down a sixer box of these bocks while working in my recording studio last winter, late into the evenings.

If I was in a shitty bar somewhere and didn't like their beer selection, it is possible they might still have this and it may still be cheap on the wallet so I would go with that over the other major domestics. I'd rather have a Celebrator (I know, not a regular bock...) but these were on sale at $11 for a 12 pack. I'd consider that a fair price for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:08:38 | More by Whadawookie
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-15-2011 00:50:23 | More by wyatt
Photo of Daktyls


4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-15-2011 00:45:07 | More by Daktyls
Photo of Adamostella


4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-14-2011 23:45:21 | More by Adamostella
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-14-2011 20:20:42 | More by AlexM
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4/5  rDev +27.8%

11-14-2011 19:21:34 | More by videofrog

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-14-2011 16:40:30 | More by TEAMHOLT
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2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tapped into a pint glass.

Appearance - Thin white lace with no retention and low to no stick.

Smell - Faint caramel and coffee. Very mild.

Taste - Metallic. Some coffee bitterness. Very underwhelming. Very watery.

Mouthfeel - Lacks any effervescence or body carbonation. Must be from a flat keg. Some froth when agitated vigorously in the mouth.

Overall Drinkability - I've had this beer before and it was much more flavorful. Must be a flat keg, bad lines, or maybe a false memory. Not sure why it's so watery compared to my memory.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2011 23:44:57 | More by ZenAgnostic
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with very little in the way of head.
Smell: Malty aroma with a touch of hops for balance.
Taste: Moderate maltiness with a little hop balance. A little lighter in taste than other traditional bocks. Darker malts are evidenced balanced by
Mouthfeel: Light in body and somewhat watery.

Overall- Have had better bocks. Not bad, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 20:11:35 | More by coalcracker
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2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A decent gold color with a thicker head that fades quickly.

Smell: I am getting some malt and a little sweetness. Not really much there.

Taste: I really dont get a whole lot from this beer. It has some grain and malty tastes, with maybe a little honey.

Mouthfeel: There is a decent amount of carbonation, but very easy to drink

Overall: I use to drink this all the time when I started to get into craft beers. I usually get this beer for a party because it doesnt offend anybody and is very cheap (12 pack for 11 dollars). I dont really care much for it now, but it is what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2011 16:18:28 | More by gtermi
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New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark amber with a small, short lived, off-white head and slight carbonation. Aroma is of bready malt, caramel and some grassy hops. Light, slightly crisp body. Not much flavors are going on the palate: some bready malt and light hops. Drinkable but forgettable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 14:04:02 | More by mikeg67
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at International Beverage in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a clear and dark ruby hue with a sliver of beige head and some dots of lacing on the tumbler.

Smell is toasted grain, pumpernickel, raisin, table cream, and figs.

Flavour is toasty and grainy malts, caramel, and pumpernickel with just a hint of dark fruit sweetness. Fleeting aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is lighter than medium bodied, cola-like bite mid-palate (a bit spicy), quick drying finish. Refreshing.

Overall, Shiner Bock is a basic but enjoyable dark larger that quenches the thirst without making you think too much. Pretty decent for what it is; I would quaff this at a party no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 05:29:42 | More by cratez
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2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bought this at the recommendation of a family member from Texas. What the hey...
Poured vigorously into a pint glass, got a 1 inch head that almost instantly dissipated. The color is brown, but very clear. I detected a faint slight sweet smell, but mixed with metallic odor was not so appealing. The taste was very light, metallic with a slightly nutty sweetness, but very bland, not matching the color. The mouthfeel is slight carbonation, no real impressiveness there. I find this overall to be not terrible compared to other macro lagers, but not great. I am somewhat disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2011 03:21:54 | More by Pete0714
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4.03/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pulled a 12 FL. OZ. bottle out of a Spoetzl Mix Pack I bought @ Shop N' Save in Valley Park, MO for $15.99. Poured from the Golden bottle with the Shiner Ram on it with no Freshness Date into 16oz Plastic Cup.

Aroma- Very strong Peanut Brittle and honey aroma! Sweet aroma follows this but these first two attributes are very huge here! Awesome!

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger head that dies right off the bat. Has a nice brown, dark copper body with good clarity. Leaves a bit of lacing but not like other bocks I've had.

Flavor- Very strong honey taste just like the aroma and the malts are well used in here. There is a slight caramel note along with the honey that are great! Light to almost no bitterness due to the absence of hop flavor in this one.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and good all around! No honey or much on the palate but easy drinking.

Overall Impression- Since living in Texas, I haven't enjoyed a Shiner Bock in quite some time! I have to say, there is some actually character to this one! Some of the categories don't fit the "bock" style but I have to say, this one is one hell of a brew! Very malty and has a nice honey/caramel aroma and taste throughout. Will be enjoying again!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 15:26:48 | More by DCon
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed on July 31, 2011.

A: Nice amber color. Terrible fizzy head that quickly turned into nothing. Not attractive.

S: Smells fairly bland. Very slightly nutty and bready. Actually not terrible.

T: Not much going on here. Very faint flavors. Light malty body with not much in the way of hops. Finishes fairly clean though.

M: Very light body. I thought it could use some more carbonation.

O: I guess this beer could be refreshing, but you have a lot better options out there. Worth trying because it's a classic but don't buy more than one!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 06:59:14 | More by tony223366
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3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear brownish amber color with a medium fine white head that retains pretty well as a film.

Smells of corn and slightly toasted malt.

Tastes pretty much the same, some corn and lightly toasted malt. A bit of hop bitterness in the end.

Feels moderate with some tingles of carbonation.

So-so sessionable brew. Not as good as Yeungling but better than the macros. Wouldn't turn this down, but wouldn't go looking for it either.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 22:01:53 | More by Cylinsier
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1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark brownish amber with a fizzy whitish head. Looks like a fairly standard dark lager, but the poor head retention does not wow me.

S: Very boring. A combination of molasses and an almost coppery, metallic smell. This does not smell appealing in the least.

T: Enters sweet with notes of caramel, molasses, heavy cream, a little bit of grassy hop bitterness, and an odd metallic tang that gets stronger and more distracting as the beer warms. The finish is mercifully short, as it is dominated by a molasses flavor and that same odd metal taste.

M: Thin, syrupy, and light-bodied. Gets stickier as the beer warms.

O: I'm sure if I were in a crappy Texas bar and this were my only choice outside of the usual bland yellow lagers, I would take it. That, however, is not a compliment to this beer. Has nothing remotely in common with a real bock. I think I'll avoid this one from this point forward.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 21:10:54 | More by mrfrancis
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2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tab, while waiting for the train in Washington,DC. It was served in a pint glass and produced a clear brown amber color. There was almost no head and no lacing.
The smell was boring molasses, little else.
The taste was very similar, almost as boring as a cheap mass production lager. But it was ice cold and I was thirsty.
Would not buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 00:17:49 | More by Hopfenpeter
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2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice dark amber brown color. Decent head, but on the thin side.

S - Pretty boring lager smell, only a bit more appealing than your average mass market lager.

T - Better flavor than smell. A bit metallic, but not too sweet and still fun to drink. Tastes especially good in a lot of lousy and small town Texas bars where the other options are Bud, Bud Light, Miller, Miller Light, . . . Not nearly as flavorful as a good true bock.

M - Good carbonation, not too fizzy like a lot of American lagers. Decent body considering the lack of aroma. Low alcohol, mild carbonation, easy to drink all evening.

O - Not a beer I would consider among the best, but I like it and definitely appreciate its ubiquity in Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 01:16:11 | More by jealousmonk
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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Reddish caramel color, very soda-like with the ever present carbonation. Clear body, completely transparent. The head fizzled away very quickly. Not too impressive.

S: It's a lager...lager yeast, toasted bread, grain and husks, some mild sweetness, faint whiffs of caramel.

T: The bready character comes off like overtoasted rye crust. Still some sweetness and small caramel character. Can't really tell where the hops are...the finish is that unpleasant wood/tannic quality that I get in a lot of lagers.

MF: Thin, fizzy, carbonated, wet. No body really.

O: Finished the bottle...and I could probably do it again but there are many beers I'd drink first. Not overly pleasant to any of the senses.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:19:37 | More by Scotchboy
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3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice richdark reddish amber color with a decent cap of tan foam.

S: Good malty aroma with hints of carmel and toffee.

T: Solid taste with malts, carmel, toffee and a faint touch of hops.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Overall would definitely drink this one again, nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:28:47 | More by nukem5
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Rhode Island

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

Review adapted from notes taken 5/27/11

Appearance: A dark reddish/brownish amber with some orange around the edges, thin white head

Smell: Simply put, weak - some hints of toffee and bread crust, but mostly just smells like a macro lager - not much of an aroma, really

Taste: Very odd, but it could definitely be worse - I wouldn't call this a bock - there is some sweetness, and some graininess, and some bread crust - but this bock-like flavor tastes blended with a generic, corny, light lager - not offensive, but not good - decidedly average

Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost overly-carbonated - extremely easy to drink though

Overall: Meh...

I bought this beer in Washington, D.C. because I was in a terrible beer store and this was the only thing on the shelf that I hadn't already tried. Maybe I should have stuck with something else. It's not terrible, but it's a stretch to call it a bock.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 19:06:19 | More by angrybabboon
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4.03/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted: Just about everyday

Appearance - Reddish brown body and a tan head
Smell - Caramel/malty, not too strong
Taste - Malty, smooth, sweet,
Drinkability - Full flavor and easily the best flavor/ease of drinking I have had.

I prefer Shiner in a can over a bottle and from the tap. But, all are good. Overall, a great beer. This is my daily beer, great flavor and not overpowering.

Serving type: can

09-20-2011 04:01:53 | More by Preisman
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.