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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,170 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,170
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 335 | 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.

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Photo of WithinTheGlass
2.15/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Want to try a beer that makes Budweiser taste like a craft beer? Look no further. Shiner Bock, despite it's loyal fanbase, has to be one of the blandest and most watered down beers I've ever tried.

A- Nothing too wrong with the look of the beer. The bottle is appealing and the brew pours a golden straw with a fluffy white head.

S- Not much to be said for this category... Malt, cereal grains and straw. No hops whatsoever

T- This beer tastes like Pabst Blue Ribbon mixed with sparkling water and just a hint of rust. Not altogether awful, but not what I'd classify as good beer in any way shape or form.

O- No hate to the brewers or to the fans, but I advise fans of quality brews to stay far away from this... beer?

WithinTheGlass, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Sarunas7
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Sarunas7, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of khargro2
4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of zildjian2800
4/5  rDev +27%

zildjian2800, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.03/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Continuing with the variety six pack. This one is probably Spoetzl's best-known offering around my neck of the woods.

Very light...almost not even amber anymore in color with a tiny head and low carbonation. Tiny head that fizzles out in about one minute, smells of cooked vegetables and faint wheat-like malts...remind me why is this called a Bock again? Tastes similar to a poorly-done BMC lager, whisper-thin hopping and strange metallic off-tastes, thin watery body and all. If you are going to have this one, have it on tap where it will be at least tolerable. I would even hazard a guess that this is one of "those" beers that degrade rapidly in the bottle at the store.

(Seriously, I've had this one on tap before and it tasted and smelled much better than the bottled version.)

WastingFreetime, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of TexAggie011
3/5  rDev -4.8%

TexAggie011, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of mecmd
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

mecmd, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

schoun, Jan 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Sudbuster, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Rustee, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Naamandroid
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Naamandroid, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of fvoegtlin
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

fvoegtlin, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was served in a very tall glass stein, so cold that there are ice chunks throughout the glass. Oh bother...

Appearance- The head is slightly foamy and creamy, an off-white, brown tinge to it. The body is a dark brown-auburn color and transparent.

Smell- There is a slight hint of a sweet and wheaty malt. It has a toasty character as well.

Taste- That nutty toastiness is the first thing to hit the tongue. Unfortunately, it is all down hill after that. There is a wheaty and grassy adjunct hop flavor that takes over. This lasts well into the finish. There may be some sweet malt in the finish as well, but by this point, I am already very disappointed by the flavors.

Mouth feel- This one is watery and just a little bit caustic. Not only because of the carbonation and the thin body, but the adjunct finish as well.

Overall- This is best described as a malty american adjunct that disappoints especially on the palate, with the feel not far behind. I really hope that this is not anyone's introduction to the bock style.

Pintofbrown, Jan 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Shakerman, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

quantumcipher, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Otisimaas, Jan 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

UnderPressure, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

jpotocik, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Stoffel, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

MEOGDEN, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +27%

daveKng4, Jan 05, 2012
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2/5  rDev -36.5%

SirPlunkett, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of OremLK
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

A: Nice amber color, fizzy head which fades very quickly with no lace and leaves absolutely no retention after the first minute or two.

S: Not much here, very mild grainy beer smell.

T: Metallic. Tastes like sparkling mineral water. Faintest hint of malt and hop backing but not enough to pick out any particular flavor, other than a very mild bitterness. Although metallic, I find nothing offensive about the taste, but also nothing I couldn't find in a bottle of Canada Dry.

M: Very light, watered down almost, mild carbonation. Again, it's like seltzer water which has sat out for awhile.

Look, I'll drink a Shiner Bock if I'm at a restaurant and it's that or a BMC, but there's just not a lot going on here. Too bad Texas restaurants often carry this in lieu of a Sam Adams Boston Lager.

OremLK, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jaredseaman77
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of negroobserver
2.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spoetzl Brewery, Shiner, TX
Shiner Bock Beer
12oz Twist Off Bottle
best before date: 07/08/11

C: 4.0 - Filtered clear. Beautiful Medium amber color. Pours with about 1/2 inch of light beige colored head, which dissipates quickly leaving behind light lacing on the glass. Very little visible carbonation rising in the glass.

S: 4.0 - Sweet malts. Not overpowering or too malty. Pleasant scent. Faint hint of hops. Smells very much like a lager, but looks like a brown ale.

T: 2.0 - Watery texture. Crisp and refreshing. There is a bite on the tongue, probably from the alcohol and the carbonation, but the beer has no distinctive qualities. The hoppy bitterness is present at the back end and lingers for a few seconds. Overall, not an impressive beer. Beats bud in color and appearance, but tastes flat.

M: 2.5 - Beer is watery with a moderate amount of carbonation. It lacks body and smoothness. The carbonation and alcohol offer a tingling sensation on the tongue, which is interesting, but doesn't come close to impressing me.

OVERALL DRINKABILITY: 2.5 - Overall the beer looks good in a glass, but fails to deliver what it promises in appearance. The beer was, at best, underwhelming and disappointing. It's a decent beer to present at a barbeque where folks will drink it because its cold and refreshing, but not one to present to a coneisseur.


negroobserver, Jan 04, 2012
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,170 ratings.