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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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2,832 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,832
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 186 | 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.

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3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: A transparent, dark brown body, below a thin layer of white head, that does not hold long. The lacing slowly holds.

S: A minimal aroma of corn, malt and nutty notes.

T/M: The taste is similar to the nose, but for a bock of any sort this is not it. Too light and missing some earthy notes from the malt. The mouthfeel is a bit too smooth as well.

D: Being on the lighter side this does bump up the drinkability. A brew I would not seek out, but not turn away.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 14:03:36 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with moderate lacing. The appearance is amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malts. The taste is mainly of malt with little hop presence. The feel is light with a clean finish.

This is a refreshing boch that's especially good in warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 02:49:55 | More by rfabian
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2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from draft into Pint glass.

Appearance: Dark but clear amber-brown without hardly any head or lacing.

Smell: Cherry and dark fruit malts, some faint metallic hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet fruity malts, with some very light metallic hops at the end. Leaves a slight medicinal aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body. Finish is not dry enough.

Drinkability: An okay lager that is certainly not a bock.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 01:35:24 | More by bsp77
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Whats that I taste? Budweiser dark? no its Shiner Bock! the worst bock ever! (at least in my experience) And what is with the 4.4% abv?

A: Brown colour with a light beige head. The head is decent but fades into a weak lacing...

S/T: Smell, what smell? Apparently there is none. As for taste, if I try really hard I can taste some caramel malts, if I try even harder maybe a slight fruit taste (raisin or prune). Otherwise, this beer tastes like a watered down crappy adjunct lager...

M/D: The body feels a bit light for the style and the carbonation is light. This beer is not very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2010 04:45:59 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Amber color not very between bright and opaque with a small head that dissipates too fast.

S: Very light aroma, a very faint bread - grain smell.

T: Very little toasted sense.

M: Very light body with a short ending that lets feel a little bitterness of hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 04:30:38 | More by karait95
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Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour with some head. Not a huge smell, sweet caramel. I think I'm missing the hops here, but I can't really notice any. I get sweet malt. There are no off flavours though either, so I don't want to say this tastes bad, it just is lacking. Carbonation and drinkability are fine though.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 15:02:34 | More by kwjd
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3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bomber at Fred Meyer for $1.80

Dark amber, has a sour smell. It reminds me of that off smell you get when something made out of plastic gets mixed in with the burnable trash.
The taste is kind of like a "pumped up" American Lager.
Mouthfeel is very wet, efforvescent, thirst quenching.
I think it is OK. I would buy this any time that my choices are slim and if the price is right.
It is easy to see how some who have higher expectations of a true bock would object to this stuff, but I reviewed it as a beer in general since I'm no authority about what a bock should be like.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 18:39:38 | More by industrialswill
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2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge lightly tan head swells and explodes into a a monster 3 finger foam bloom. Fine head, reminds me of nitro'ed Guinness. Dark and almost cloudy red coloring. A little ugly.

S- Tinned hops, slight doughy malts. A little spicy.

T- Wow, incredibly bland tastes. No movement of flavors, very watered down. Slight malt flavor, even less hops. Watery. Very mild bittered hops finish.

Really, it's surprising how little flavor there is coming out of this beer.

M- Medium light body, flat character, nothing exciting at all.

D- Considering it doesn't taste bad, drinkability is higher. Nothing to taste, so there's nothing to disgust you about this beer. In reality, I could drink this as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 04:28:27 | More by SamN
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2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark red coloured, almost does not generate foam, and it dissipates very fast, with low retention and slightly residual . Very light carbonation.

S: Slight toasted smell.

T: with a hint of sweetness at the beginning, which becomes in some bitterness, with a long finish but
tenuous, with slight ethyl tints, despite its low alcohol.

Light in body making it easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 20:17:09 | More by treque
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2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Amber to brown in color. The small head falls into the beer with record speed. Faint initial smell reminds me of cooked celery and cabbage. Taste is very mild but non--offensive. Slight bready malt and not much else. Mouthfeel is fluid without much presence on the tongue and seems flat. For such a mild beer, I found it rather toilsome to drink. Probably best to just slug these out of the bottle. Overall, not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 02:11:11 | More by JunkYardJake
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2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Leaves a big, off-white head of two fingers plus, little retention. The beer is a dark amber, pretty clear, with very active carbonation visible. Almost no smell, a slight grain smell, maybe a wisp of alcohol, but no hops or definitive malts.

Lighter caramel malt presence up front, too light. Sweeter malt to follow but that's even tougher to detect. Mostly, I'm noticing the moderate carbonation. Clean finish with hops barely discernable until the back end, and even then, it's not much.

More of a lager than a bock. Light alcohol presence and moderate body would make you well able to have plenty of these if you wanted to. Better than a BMC lager but not what I wanted.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 18:49:04 | More by aristeros
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers that I can get my hands on regularly being that its made in Texas for Texans- their slogan here in Texas. I have family that live in Louisiana that when they visit they buy several cases to take back. This although is not the greatest dark beer it is still a top choice of mine.
The color is a dark caramel with a brown head to it.
Smells rather bland but subtle notes of coffee and chocolate
Taste is nutty, sweet, toasted malt
Mouthfeel- slightly thick, could use a little less carbonation
Drinkability- good and easy

At most gatherings this beer is a usual suspect, they sell it in cans which is nice going to a river or lake since glass is not allowed at most places. Pairs well with heavy meals like barbeque, Tex-Mex, and in my opinion EVERYTHING

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 02:31:47 | More by wca005
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2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy short-lived white head, no lace.

S: Caramel malt, carbonic acid, not bad.

T: Has the caramel flavour with as with nose, some nice noble hopping, but gets fizzy in the end. Nowhere near the depth of flavour I associate with bockbier.

M: Light-bodied. Quite fizzy and watery, club soda like. Tad over-carbonated. For a bock, very thin.

D: Quaffable, but nothing really interesting. Better than the BMCs of the world, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 02:25:49 | More by Halcyondays
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2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of slightly fizzy light cream colored head with minimal retention leaving only a ring of foam around the edges of the glass... The color is that of a dark amber mixed with a light cherry... Loaded with small bubbled rapid carbonation that can be seen bursting through the top of the surface...

S - Lightly toasted malts... Grain... Cereal... Caramel... Toffee... A touch of cherries... Rather subdued all the way around...

T - A very minimal initial kiss of toffee and fruit quickly fades and gives way to very basic grains and cereal... Slightly metallic... A watery flat seltzer like finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Fizzy... Slightly thin... Metallic...

D - After taking a look and a whiff, I thought this beer may be underrated, unfortunately upon first sip this beer begins to fall apart... Seems to stray greatly from style guidelines and doesn't do so in a groundbreaking or memorable way... A struggle to finish one and something I would likely avoid in the future... Just a tad better then the traditional BMC offerings...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:09:25 | More by philbe311
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3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color, clean and clear, with a little bit of foam on top. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt and maybe some molasses? Easy drinking, nicely carbonated, with some caramel flavor, a little malt and maybe, way back, some hops. Nothing all that exciting, but drinkable and fairly enjoyable.

Serving type: can

06-26-2010 05:38:07 | More by emmasdad
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3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thin, bubbley, off white head. There is terrible...make that no head retention. As soon as it hits the glass it fizzes away leaving nothing behind.

The aroma is ok, but a bit weak. There is a little caramel aroma as well as a bit of grain accompanied by a touch of hay and some soap.

The taste is ok. It's lightly sweet with a caramel note which is followed by a dry bit of grain. Nothing amazing, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of fine bubbled carbonation that creates quite a tickle on the ride down. One of those crisp and refreshing type feelings.

Drinkability is relatively high. Although the flavor profile lacks dimension, it's not all bad and with low ABV it is quite sessionable. I would have no problems leaving this in the can and having an all day barbeque.

Serving type: can

06-24-2010 22:19:57 | More by Goliath
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2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from the 12 oz bittle into a goblet

a deep orange with a foamy head that fades very quick to NOTHING . No lacing at all. after 2 minutes this looks like a glass of iced tea

s almost NOTHING to the nose.

t: really not much here either. soda water?

m I've lately had a few of the shiner brews and I notice a pattern: fuzzy over-carbonation and too watery.

d: sure! drink 'em up! long as it's free. otherwise find a better bre - wont be hard.
this beer is not overtly bad, it's just not GOOD at all.
overall NOT really what I can call a craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:30:54 | More by burnerfinger
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New York

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

A: It poured clear amber in color with a one finger head that quickly died down. Only a hint of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is dominated by malts and not many hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both thin and watery. There is a good amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't difficult to drink this beer but the flavors taste a lot better while it is still cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 00:55:29 | More by metter98
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3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown. Head is non existant.

Smells of sour malts and not much of anything else

Tastes more effervescent than it looks, the bubbles bite the tongue. Clean taste, nothing much comes through other than very slightly caramel malts. No real hop flavor.

Silky smooth mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, can put down a sixer with no problems.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 00:26:45 | More by olegv40
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3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a tulip glass.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malts with a bit of grassy hops.

T: Nothing too overpowering here. Just some sweet and toasted maltiness and light grassy hops which follow the nose nicely. Quite clean and refreshing but seems to be lacking some body and complexity.

M: Moderately carbonated but seems slightly on the watery side.

D: Goes down quite smooth and I could definitely drink these all night...just not sure I would want to.

Notes: I didn't find anything too spectacular about this beer. It was just okay and didn't seem to bring anything unique to the table. Overall it was an average bock and I don't think I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:10:45 | More by Soilworker
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3.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 18:57:38 | More by JMad
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2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with yellowish brown hues when held to a light source and a very think beige head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, hazelnut and toffee. I was expecting a bit more but this beer smells pretty bland. There is also an earthy hop presence.

Thin bodied with a slightly dry earthy hop presence that lingers throughout over a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness but all of these characterisitcs are faint. It's a bit drier than I prefer and not very well balanced. Easy to drink but not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 15:54:54 | More by corby112
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3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured quickly into a pint glass and got about 2 fingers of head which disappeared quickly. Color was a light, golden brown. Smells a little malty with a some nuts. Taste is malty, slightly nutty with a bitter finish, not much flavor. Mouthfeel is very thin with not much carbonation. You could drink a lot of these, as there isn't much to it, but I'd still take this over a Michelob Amber Bock.

Serving type: can

05-26-2010 04:52:24 | More by Lukafer
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3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

practically no nose at all.... maybe a wiff of wet sock.

but the taste here is quite good. Honestly, when i think of an original american beer that is accessible... this is it.... Yuengling...ugh... Landshark...tastless...

Shiner Bocks bready sweetness, and fantastic drinkablity make this a real winner. It's like a light craft beer. Great summer beer even though it has some color.

These really grow on you...

the smell bad taste good original american brew.

a bit malty and metallic in the taste but not as overcarbonated or off-putting as some other non-mainstream macro selections.

a bit pricey for the quality.... but drinkability is very high.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 19:52:14 | More by witster18
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2.88/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 04:16:05 | More by mralphabet
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,832 ratings.