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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,008 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,008
Hads: 3,594
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 54
Gots: 740 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Reviews: 1,008 | Hads: 3,594
Photo of dukeandduke
3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2/7 - (Home) Bottle. I liked the taste and feel of this beer. Liked the hops and this beer had some kick, and was pleasant. Overall good offering by Shiner. (156 characters)

Photo of hophugger
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

dark gold-brown color, crystal clear with a decent head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is full of bread and malt. Flavor is malt forward, obviously, with very light hop, as this style should. Mouthfeel is good, cool with great balanced carbonation.. (265 characters)

Photo of loubar
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Clear dark brown with a head that thins out quickly. Mild malt aroma.Taste of bready malt up front with a crisp middle leaving a mild sweetness after its gone. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or complexity. I found this to be a light, refreshing, drinkable lager beer. Love the low ABV. (322 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, deep, dark, mahogany color with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Pretty nice, but muted, aromas of toasted malt, imparting some notes of freshly baked pretzels or biscuits, followed by some brown sugar, caramel and black pepper.

Taste: Delicious! Massive malt bomb! Strong flavors of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, followed by more, bready toasted malt!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This beer is not world class, excellent, or even great, it’s just a damn solid, damn good beer, and I love it! It’s one of my favorite session beers, and a bottle or two are always in my fridge. (913 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

single bottle into a pint glass (in the midst of moving and painting)

some toasted grain, and a little caramel and toffee on the nose, then the taste follows. nothing too exciting or subtle, but it drinks okay, and in the midst of a winter move, it's refreshing and tasty enough. (281 characters)

Photo of WestmontStorm
2.1/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.75

If you don't like the taste of beer or you like the taste of water, this is your brew. It's not terrible. It's drinkable, but so is diet coke.
This beer will fool you. It has a nice looking amber color. From a distance, very appealing. Just no flavor. (251 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown with large-bubbled head which disappears completely. Aroma is malty, bready and pleasant. No bad flavors; more malt, caramel and bread. Very light, not complex, but really not bad. I could drink this all night and not complain. (246 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

04 17 15 etched on neck of 12oz bottle. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - thinner tan head fades to a foam atop a copper colored body
S - earthy hops, sweet malt, caramel
T - sweet toasted grain, caramel, brown sugar, earthy & spicy hops
M - lighter side of medium for body, moderate carbonation, clean finish
O - decent bock, but nothing great. It's not as good as some proclaim; maybe not as bad as some might say. I haven't had this in at least 4 years & I'd be fine waiting that long again. (566 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
2.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown producing 1+ finger of foamy, khaki, short-lived head that leaves only little streaks & motes of lace. Aroma is weak & thin being toasted & biscuit malt with caramel & hints of roasted nuts, toffee, floral hops & very faint vanilla. Taste is slightly more robust being of toasty dark malts, caramel, biscuit, roasted nuts, earthy & floral hops that provide a slightly lopsided balance. Peppery spice & more caramel in the finish. Roast & a little bitterness in the dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is low side of medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth with a slight prickle, juicy & wet with a dry aftertaste. The most redeeming quality of this brew is its drinkability. What it lacks in aroma and flavor it somewhat makes up for by going down easy. (770 characters)

Photo of CIBoy10
2.64/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - dark brown with rapidly disappearing head and minimal lacing.

Smell - grainy and very much like a adjunct lager.

Taste - grainy, malty, metallic, skunky.

Feel - very light and very refreshing, but also very thin.

Overall - reminded me of Miller High Life minus the heavy carbonation honestly. I'd rather have an Old Milwaukee, PBR, etc. (348 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear brown (thinking mahogany) but with almost no head by the time I get it at the table. Not even a hint. The aroma is barely there, with nothing distinct. The taste is a little better, with a caramel malt flavor. But it's not very robust. The body does has have a decent weight and feel to it but it lacks carbonation. Not sure what all the raves for this beer in Texas are about. (396 characters)

Photo of JRM13
5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great example of what a BOCK is supposed to look and taste like. It is a dark Amber color. The smell is full and the taste is outstanding just the right amount of caramel left to linger.***** (193 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark brown / amber. Gives off a quickly dissipating half finger of head.
S - Meaty in aroma. Notes of smoke.
T - A nice dark bock, has notes of smoke taste, some deeper sweet notes such as dates and a little maltiness. Certainly not the most complex of depths, but it has it's own range.
O - A good dark session beer. Dark enough to have flavor, but still remains easily sessionable.
V - Medium value, it's certainly not the cheapest beer, but it's not ridiculous either, right in the middle. (508 characters)

Photo of SDWNDR
4.99/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shiner Bock has been and likely will remain my favorite beer for most activities. It's strong yet slightly sweet an very drinkable nature make it the perfect companion for most outdoor activities, but it feels most at home paired with tailgating and a good ribeye. The Spoetzl Brewery's most famous offering is the best example of an American-style bock; it doesn't have the strength of its German counterparts but is a very easy beer to drink and enjoy throughout the day. Overall, it's hard to knock Shiner Bock. (514 characters)

Photo of Fernans
1.09/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can't believe that this cold be a flagship beer for a sizable brewer. This stinks. Typically I will fight through a bad beer to give it s chance but it never improved. Drain pour. (182 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Light brown with high clarity. About a half-finger of off-white foam, with somewhat low retention.

S – Golden biscuit aroma with a bit of caramel, some sweet, grainy notes in the background. Hops are slightly herbal, mostly just a bitter aroma.

T – Similar to aroma, golden flaky biscuit, with just a bit of sweet caramel. Not getting much from the hops, it’s mostly some mild bitterness. Beer is a bit thin, so none of the flavors are particularly strong, but they are well-balanced.

M – Moderately carbonated and only mildly bitter, the touch of sweetness and the caramel last throughout. Thin body, fairly juicy to the finish.

O – Shiner Bock was (I believe) the first beer I had that wasn’t mass-produced American lager, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is very basic, but not at all a bad beer. It’s been “dumbed down” a bit from a traditional bock, and is a bit thin, but still a solid brew. (990 characters)

Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a short head that is gone fast. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Smells of sweet malts and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, toast, bread, and grain with some malt character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light of body.

Overall: Nice, simple, approachable beer. It hasn't got much in the way of hop bitterness or explosive flavor, but it's crisp and enjoyable. I paired it with latkes and matzah ball soup on the first night of Hanukkah. Nothing wrong with it at all. (521 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The best thing I can say about this one is that it has a nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. The color is not bad either; a solid dark brown. However, the taste is not so flavorful. It's a pretty watery and light tasting beer with a slightly creamy finish towards the end of the drink. Not a terrible beer and certainly not the worst I've ever had. I would not rule this one out forever, however, will not actively seek it out. (431 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Pours a dark copper, amber color with a nice 2 inch head that dissipates very quickly leaving a puddle of fizz on top and no lacing on the 16oz pub glass.

There is a decent amount of smell to it with sweet malts making up the majority with some lager yeast smell to it.

Taste is of sweet malts up front with the crisp lager taste in the middle leaving a lingering sweetness in the mouth after its gone.

Mouthfeel is pretty effervescent with lively bubbles and a light feel to it.

Overall, a good beer for the price. I paid $8 for the six pack and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I will not hesitate to pick this up again. (634 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I got this on tap at a local place that advertised it as a happy hour special. Served in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A dark crimson with no head to speak of and absolutely no lacing. Minimal carbonation on the surface. It doesn't look particularly like anything special.

Aroma: Very, very faint grains. Not much else.

Taste: Bitter on the roof of the mouth, and not much more to speak of. The taste is of stale grains and that's pretty much it.

Mouthfeel: As I said before, the bitterness hits you right away. Medium body. Very "flat." This is on tap, and I'm just not feeling it. Oh, well.

Overall: Well, it's a very tepid bock, with very little to make it shine, no pun intended. I was underwhelmed. I won't be getting it again. Sorry, Texas. This one just doesn't cut it. (799 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with a half fingers worth of white foam that dissipates within 30 seconds to not even a line of foam. Extremely bubbly at first. Bubbles become mild around the time the foam head dies. Is brown in color. Has mild aromas of malts and caramel with a hint of hops. A hint of a chemical-like smell can be detected. Initial taste is strong with malts and mild with caramel. Slight bitterness and sweetness from hops enter immediately after combining with the initial flavors. A pretty good combination so far. However, mild corn adjunct flavors finish off the taste along with that hint of chemical detected earlier within the aromas. Carbonation is slightly too high and and the beer leaves the mouth dry. Overall, a slightly above average beer. (795 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BB 020615 bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt, weak
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and center island
Lacing poor - few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear, continual bubbles rising
Flavor of malt, weak; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25
A very sessionable beer, mild flavor and aroma. Body is very attractive with the sun shining through but the lack of lacing is detrimental. (548 characters)

Photo of RexBanner
2.45/5  rDev -18.9%

Amber in color, 1" off white head that dissipates quick. No lacing.
Faint aroma of grains, bready yeast, sweet corn.
Not much excitement in the flavor department. Taste followed the nose closely. Akin to drinking just about any other American amber adjunct lager.
Overall; As stated earlier, not much excitement drinking this beer. One of, if not THE, most mediocre bock beer I've ever had. Bland, light bodied and boring. You won't be missing much by passing on this beer, trust me. (483 characters)

Photo of brianmef
1/5  rDev -66.9%

This is probably the worst beer I've ever had from the liquor store. It's a lot like drinking brown water with a little bit of alcohol in it. There's no taste whatsoever. I will never buy beer from Shiner again. (211 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rich, copper hued body with a thin yet lasting white head. Mild, roasted malt aroma; hazelnuts. Warm, nutty, caramel flavors; brown sugar. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

A decent enough beer though it comes across rather weak in all areas for a bock beer. It's especially odd to have such a relatively low ABV for a bock styled beer. This would make a pretty respectable amber lager or Vienna lager, but lacks the oomph and appeal of a classic bock beer. It's roasted grain and nutty flavors are a plus and makes the beer enjoyable enough for what it offers. (561 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.