Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,340 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,340
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 429 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Listen, I think Shiner Bock is an American classic. It tastes just like itself and is very easy on the palate. But it's distinctive despite the easiness. Now it may not look or smell like anything special. It's certainly not a textbook "bock." What it is is a hell of a good session beer. Hop flavor isn't what distinguishes this. It's the grainy malted carbonation. It's got its own zing that isn't bitter or citrusy, just a good medium-bodied lager with modest alcohol content. I'm more than likely going to have this again.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark caramel translucent color with a 1 finger head which hangs out for a little while.

S - Smells like malt, a bit sweet + lager yeast

T - Tastes like an amber lager. Not very bocky at all unless you strain to pick up slightly sweet caramel. Tastes like an amber lager and not a bock.

M - light, smooth, nice carbonation. Not a good bock, but a very drinkable beer.

Overall - I'd rather buy Yuengling or Red Oak Amber Lager to achieve this taste. I would not purchase it again.

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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?

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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.)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,340 ratings.