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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 192 | 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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Photo of wierdo1212d


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Beer is alright. its the beer that got me into local beers. Shiner Bock is an average beer. A beer i would drink before anything AnBus but if theyre is pretty much any other craft brew on tap i would take it over this. It has a relatively low alcohol percentage so its real easy to get down and its could easily be a session beer. All in all its okay. i wish they put more effort into their beers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2011 21:30:02 | More by wierdo1212d
Photo of FreshHawk


2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Decent looking darker caramel color with an average sized, foamy, soapy, light, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Metallic and lager yeast provide a lot of the aroma. Too faint and watered down with just the faint of caramel malt. Slight herbal and earthy aroma. Just too light.

T - Two strongest flavors are caramel sweetness and metallic copperish flavors. Some toasted grain and bread flavors as well. Other flavors just get covered up by these. Sweet and metallic flavors are just too strong overall.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Lighter, thin feel.

D - Sure it is easy to drink, but I don't really want to drink more. Decent beer to drink and if offered I would drink it, but I'm not really excited to grab one.

Notes: Another Shiner beer that I was underwhelmed by. This one is just too heavy on sweet caramel and copper metallic flavors. Nothing that I would seek out or really want to drink. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:21:13 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of CuriousMonk


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a modest beige head and some great lacing. Aroma is incredibly sweet with whiffs of toffee and caramel. Taste is a little watery and similar to Yuengling albeit a bit heavier- very much like artificial maple syrup. Long, sweet aftertaste. Not offensive, smooth and drinkable. But this is not a bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 20:09:13 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of bubseymour


3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance - Reddish copper see thorugh color. About 1/2 finger head that quickly disappeared.

Smell - Really didn't notice much scent at all.

Taste - Very mild watery taste. Crisp hop finish without any bitterness. Sort of similiar to the Noble Pils I had a week ago.

Mouthfeel - watery/fizzy carbonation

Drinkability - A very easy drinker. I could easily put down several of these.

Overall - Somewhat bland in taste yet refreshing and crisp none-the-less. Nothing noteworthy yet it would be a nice beer for me to add as a summer slammer to complement the couple of adjunks that I prefer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 01:25:30 | More by bubseymour
Photo of kchag


4.1/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I personally like the taste of the beer. Its color is good which fits its taste. I did notice after a while that it has been pulled from tap that it acquires a lack of a better word, a buttery taste that really dosn't go good with anything. I do like this beer and I'm not bashing it. The Buttery taste in my opinion did not take effect until thirty or so minutes after pour. I do keep some in my fridge. I have Shiner before to make burgers with, which turned out great. Good beer for Beer lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 08:46:47 | More by kchag
Photo of hdofu


2.38/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't say this was a favorite. Poured dark brownish with a white head. Smell was wheaty, as was the taste with a sort of watery finish. Can't remember much of the smell except it being wheaty, nothing great about it. Taste was like watered down wheat toast. Had a sort of thin mouth feel. Not a very fun beer and hardly worth going out of your way to get, though the light alcohol and lack of a strong taste might make it good for session drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 06:33:29 | More by hdofu
Photo of Swimsum


2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours out a deep brown with some ruby mixed in. When held to the light it is almost copper in color. The body is clear but not what I'd call crystal clear. An inch high head forms on the pour and it is white in color. Quickly recedes to almost nothing atop the liquid. No lacing is produced on the walls as this one reduces in the glass.

Mostly malt in the smell that has a slight toast bread smell to it. This really reminds me of a BMC smell. Not very interesting.

Must like the smell, getting bready malt sweetness. There is also this very noticeable metallic taste that I get toward the end of each sip. Aside from that, there ins't much else to this one. Can't say this one is impressing me much.

Very thin and fizzy feeling. Lots of carbonation fizz on the tongue at this one is drank.

This is a pretty easy drink. For me this was a slight step above say the normal BMC line up. No problem finishing this and I wouldn't refuse one if I was handed one but I don't plan on buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 04:34:22 | More by Swimsum
Photo of aficionado224


2.23/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Looks OK for beer, a little on the dark side, but as a bock, it should be.

S - There is almost no detectable smell to this beer at all. It could be caramel colored water for all I can tell.

T - Shiner Bock has very little flavor, but to its credit, it doesn't have any bad flavors, either.

M - Mouthfeel is OK but I was hoping for more.

When I pay a premium price for beer, I expect to obtain a premium beer. Shiner Bock is a serious disappiontment, because it sits beside the likes of Sierra Nevada and Sam Adams. I should have bought one of those.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 22:58:07 | More by aficionado224
Photo of poporolo


2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 FL. OZ. bottle with lightly printed best before date on bottle, served into my general purpose German glass mug with lid.

The appearance is a very nice clear copper to brown hue, it has a alcoholic, malty and grassy smell. The head disappears rapidly. Good carbonation.

First sip hits me with the malt and hops of a nice but nothing out of the extraordinary bock, leaving the alcohol taste on the mouth.

I think this bock is just on the edge of the worthy ones but stays out of the league, don't think I'll go back to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 02:48:06 | More by poporolo
Photo of slackerlack


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, dark amber, almost brown

S - Smells of malt, faint hops, and hints of pine/flowers

T - Bland malty flavor, slight hint of liquorice

M - Lots of carbonation

D - Goes down smooth.

I used to love Shiner, but after exploring more beers this is becoming less of a favorite. I can now taste the bad water quality that they use. When I went to the brewery the creek that ran beside the place was dried up. I guess that south texas heat just does not help with beer making.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 14:39:03 | More by slackerlack
Photo of shand


2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Pours an amber color with two inches of head. Looks great until the head starts to recede, when it's revealed that there's no lacing or retention on this brew at all. Bready malts dominate the nose, followed by alcohol and grains. There's just a little touch of sharpness. The taste is fairly non-descript as well, it goes down tasting almost like alcoholic water, then some malts, earthiness, and just a tiny hint of hops come in. Not very good.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and carbonated and fairly pleasant, and the drinkability is just about average. There's really nothing special in this beer. It's just a step up from BMC swill. I'd drink one if offered, but I doubt I'll be purchasing this again. Glad I only got a single. As far as mainstream, easily available bocks go, Leinie's 1888 blows this out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 22:01:34 | More by shand
Photo of gkunkle


3.9/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with depechemode1983, thanks man! Pours a semi- transparent ruddy brown color (maybe better described as maple syrup color) with a 1in off-white head. Smells of bready malt and slightly of alcohol. A friend told me they use rice in this beer, I think I can smell it a bit. Taste is of sweet malts with a touch of wheat hops. The finish has a little bit of malt and makes you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. I know many others don't like this beer, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. As a bock it may not be very impressive, but style aside, this beer is delicious and enjoyable to drink. At 4.4% ABV it's pretty dang sessionable. I think it would be best enjoyed in the end of summer and during fall. It has a lot more taste and color tha. Your average APA or lawnmower beer, but it's still not so overwhelming that isn't refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:28:36 | More by gkunkle
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A little less than one finger of very light brown head. Lace was a little lacking on cling. Color was a rich medium dark amber, with good micro bubble action. Smell was average, nothing really stood out, aromas of roasted wheat, malt, and a little pine. Taste was well balanced with traces of wheat, corn, malt, and just a touch of hops. Refreshing, with good flavor, but nothing special. Not a bad price for a beer that tastes better than any of the big three in this type.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 18:07:59 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of mdunman


2.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish brown that pours a decent head that lingers for a while

S: Alcohol and stale hops.

T: Alcohol, bit of roasted malt, mild lemon and very mild hops.

M: Medium body, slightly carbonated with not much smoothness.

Not a great beer, but here in Texas it's the same price as Coors Light at a bar, which makes it great value for the money when you're out.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 03:06:25 | More by mdunman
Photo of ToddT


2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear medium brown with ruby highlights topped with a thick off white head. Head fades quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- mild aroma of malt, caramel, molasses and candied fruit.

T- Malty and bready at first, however this is soon replace with a caramel sweetness that continues until the finish. The finish is lingering and sweet.

M- Less than medium in body and well carbonated.

D- Easy drinker and at 4.4% ABV it could be a session beer but not the one I'd pick.

More than a macro but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 05:18:12 | More by ToddT
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is beer #3 for me out of the Spoetzl Family Reunion 6 pack. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a harvest orange, with a 1/2" head that quickly reduces to nothing.

Smells of toffee malt, grains and grass.

Tastes sweet and malty with a hint of yeast underneath. Has a decent amount of carbonation, despite the lack of any head. Has a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Light to medium bodied, the carbonation this beer is starting to leave me feeling full.

Perhaps the best of the three I've had so far, which isn't saying a lot. Still, I could see drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 21:48:12 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of obrike


2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(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?

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 19:29:23 | More by obrike
Photo of midwestbrewers


3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio

A: Sort of a copper/caramel color with no real head. Nice carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and bready with a smooth hop finish.

T: Taste is exactly as it smells. Very malty and smooth. Nice crisp finish though which makes for good feel in your mouth and on the way down.

Overall this beer is definitely better in Texas on tap then in Kansas out of a bottle. It is a wonderful session-able beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 03:40:20 | More by midwestbrewers
Photo of elgiacomo


2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, best by Dec 11, 2010.

Pours clear amber with a small white head that quickly fades to a wispy cap and ring, little to no lacing.

Aroma is sweet adjunct-smelling grains, bread, a bit of caramel, some grassy hops. Moderate strength.

Flavor follows suit with sweet grains, bread, a touch of caramel and some grassy/herbal notes, fairly watery, with an odd medicinal note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, oily and slick, medium carbonation.

Average lager at best, but at $8.50 a sixer around here one can do much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:11:13 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Slatetank


3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Texas Roadhouse having a steak and decided this was the best choice based on their tap selection. Served chilled in a mug.

A clear bronze with short-lived cream head. there is no lace to speak of and bead is fine -carbonation is visible, not a bad looking lager. The smell is slight toasted malt and somewhat cornpop sweet cereal aroma, not too fruity but subtle ester of sweet grain is there with the caramel elements. The feel is a litte high in carbonation for my taste, not very full but not overly sweet either a fairly malty texture but comes of more like a vienna lager with its smooth and effervescent overall mouthfeel.

The flavor is moderately creamy from the malt and carbonation that is high in the mix. The slight sweet essence of the cornpops is there with slight tinge of very gentle woody qualities -not sure if it is malt or hop derived with a slight light brown sugar element. the finish is semi-dry with slight slick effect on the palate. The 'bock' is ok for me, I kind of enjoyed it with some deep fried appetizers and the steak it was paired with was perfect which made me feel the beer was drinkable in the setting. I could take it or leave it personally, but if no other options are available it is ok.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 15:02:10 | More by Slatetank
Photo of EgadBananas


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Good looking dark auburn color, with a light tan finger of head that goes away quickly, leaving a smidge of lacing.

Aroma is biscuit-y, malty, slightly sweet, astringent, and a tad yeasty.

Slightly sweet, with a touch of caramel malts, slight tinny quality.

Way too thin. Even for a bock it's thin. Medium carbonation level.

Drinkability is solid. If nothing was available, this would do. It's an easy drink, despite not being a super special one.

Serving type: can

12-27-2010 02:16:21 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's a clear brown drink with a fair head and some lacing that sticks in patchy clumps. Pretty color but not spectacular.

Smells of caramel malts, with some graininess. So-So.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts, a few light fruits, grains, not much hops, little in the way of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin, light-bodied and a little watery. The carbonation is weak.

Overall it's not very impressive. Not a bad beer but not as good as some of shiner's other beers.

Was much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 16:37:23 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, amber-brown body with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Fruity malt notes of plum and red apple with lots of caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some red apple notes. More fruity character in the middle, some plum and toffee. The beer finishes with a slightly darker sugar character, more intense caramel and lots of toffee lingering on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This bock has all the classic flavors, but it is somewhat lacking in intensity of flavor. The aroma is quite nice with lots of complex, sugary notes that are exactly what I would expect from a traditional bock. The flavor has all of the same flavors, but they seem just a bit dull and perhaps not as dark as they should be. Some flavor and intensity would almost have to be sacrificed considering the low alcohol content, but all things considered this beer works quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 08:52:59 | More by nickfl
Photo of beersensei305


1.68/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

One of the worst regional beers I have ever had...I actually poured this one down the drain.

A: Copper/amber with a thin head then leaves quickly.
S: No Smell...malts maybe
T: Flat tasting, some toasted malts, tab carmel
M: Watery.. no bodied to it. little carbonation.
D: See above.

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2010 02:57:29 | More by beersensei305
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


3.45/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-brown body with an initially light head dwindling to faint lacing. Smells of slightly metallic husk but not too strongly. Tastes of toasted grain, tiny pinch of hops with a relatively sweet and dry finish. Cannot pick up any strong traces in particular. In this bock style, this beer could use a bit of "beefing" up in terms of flavor, however, this is a light, refreshing beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 23:38:15 | More by Beerbluesbiology
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