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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,074
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.37%
Wants: 30
Gots: 295 | 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 Dster
4.13/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't think that I can be impartial of this one. Shiner taste like...home.

A medium orange brown with quarter inch of white head.
S sweet, slight smell of hops
T slight malt after taste, slightly sweet, medium carbonation
D In texas, this is the beer that teaches the young guys that there is life after budweiser. I could drink these all day. In fact I have had many a liter.

I definately think freshness makes a difference here. I have had at a restraunt like Love and War in Texas, where you know they empty at least keg of Shiner every day. And the drinkablity is killer. Then go to Applebees or something and the taste is different.

Dster, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, clear amber with good carbonation and small dirty white head. Nose is dry, weak, grains and thats about it. Taste is grain, hardly any booze, some citrus and maybe caramel. Body and mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not a bock I would go to again.

barleywinefiend, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.38/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Dark amber color with no head. Carmel, sugar, grain, corn, astringent tastes. A small amount of caramel and sugar tastes, some maple syrup. Slick mouth feel, like syrup on pancakes but not quite as sweet. Drinkable nature is okay.

mtnbikerpa, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear lighter amber brown color. Looks very carbonated. Poureed a 1 finger white head that dissopates quickly. Broken lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malts up front. A biscuity aroma. Nothing very prominent.

T: Bland malt with sweet finish. The front end of this beer has a roasted malt flavor. Little in the way of hop balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonations. Fizzy and dry with a sweet aftertaste.

D: Fairly easy todrink. Would be more so without the sweetness.

Haybeerman, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this at a gas station in Geneseo, IL

Appearance - Poured a brown-ish colour with good head retention, foam is off-white and half finger

Smell/Taste - A mixture of bready and grassy with some malts coming forward.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than your average lager with a somewhat smooth finish

Drinkability - Definitely suffers when it hits room temperature, serve ice cold

Overall - an OK beer, nothing special. If I want a sessionable bock, I'll go with SA Winter Lager.

tjd112, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of TubaManJack
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay let me put it out there... This is one of the best affordable beers that available in most of my friends' fridges. Excellent choice that is very sessionable and also pairs well with anything greasy.

Appearance- Moderately dark brown body, with a thin khaki head. Limited lacing that doesn't retain that well. Personally I would just stick to keeping it in the bottle.

Smell- A series of toned down malt smells emerge as well as a bit of grassy hops.

Taste- Malty breadiness comes upfront with a bit of bittereness from the hops coming at the end.

Drinkabilty- It pairs well with a variety of situations and food. Its been my go to for many occasions when I need to bring a six pack to share.

TubaManJack, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of ChopperSmith
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear and amber, almost brown, in color. Small white foamy head that doesn't retain long and doesn't really lace much.

Smell: Malty and sweet with very little hop presence.

Taste: A little bitter, malty and tangy (almost sour). No hops noticeable at all for balance. This is a beer for sweet malt lovers. It's not a typical Bock flavor, as there are no good hops flavors to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Thin and heavily carbonated. A belch maker.

Drinkability: With the odd sweet/sour flavors and low ABV, this isn't really what I would consider a true Bock style beer at all. I know Bock's and like Bock's, and you Shiner are no Bock beer. More like a weak and watery American Amber or Nut Brown than a Bock. Not going to seek this one out again.

ChopperSmith, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of crhensel
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Bottle into a dimpled mug) Poured a dark amber with one finger white head that dissipated very quickly. The nose was of a nutty caramel/molasses sweetness with a tiny hint of the yeast. Nothing too obtrusive, however. Lively carbonation in the mouth, and the drink itself was very smooth. The slight sweetness of the malts came forward as expected, but surprisingly there was very little bite at the end, which I have encountered in other examples of this style. A nice average offering and very drinkable -- I would think a nice hoagie would work nice here.

crhensel, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love Shiner Bock. It's great on draft or straight from the bottle. It has a very dark color, which is surprising because it doesn't taste like a dark beer at all. It isn't very heavy and doesn't have a very strong taste. An ice cold mug of Shiner Bock can be very refreshing.

Cubsfan1087, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.68/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber, clear, with a white head that lingers well and leaves good lacing.

Nose is alot of vegetal caramel notes and some crisp lagery grain.

Taste is pretty good, a nice amber lager without being too sweet, as the nose indicated, in fact it could use a little more malt presence. Hops are pretty muted, but its ok.

Mouthfeel is good crisp lager. Nice and thin.

Drinkability is solid, could easily put away a sixer.

Overall, an ok macroish "bock" Really more like an all malt lager with some food coloring, but certainly a step up from drinking macro junk. Good for what it is.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass (I think it was a juice glass)...obviously I had this at a Non-Beer bar...

Formed a 1/2 finger bone colored head the dissipated almost instantly. Little to no legs...
The body is yellow/bronze...like the color of a weak apple cider.

The nose is fruity with lots of honey in the background. Some hops can be detected also.

The first taste is very floral. This gives way to a sweet honey twinge. None of the hops I smelled are present...

The mouth feel is light and thin with pretty strong carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. What it lacks in mouth feel, it makes up in taste. Far from complex, but far from swill.

mgbickel, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of AlexMunse
3.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass at 43.5 degrees.

It pours a dark amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. The carbonation seems to stop altogether after about 30 seconds.

The smell is hoppy, bitter and slightly unpleasant.

The taste is just what I expect from a bock, though its lighter and more watery than most. I think that's because most bocks are seasonal and this one is a year round. Maybe they skimp on quality for the sake of quantity. I hate to say all this because Shiner is one of my favorite session beers.

Mouth is watery, but bold. This is a beer that I can, and will, drink all day. After trying so many new and interesting beers, the novelty from Shiner has worn off. Still a good beer and I will continue to drink it, but I know I'll keep trying others.

AlexMunse, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of jonziefle
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a clear brown color, with hints of red. Half finger head to start with, reduces to nothing immediately. Minimal visible carbonation. Lacing?

Smell: A malty nose with some subtle sweetness. Caramel and adjunct malts. Grainy. No hops at all.

Taste: Bitter bite to start, with a sour malty flavor. Like a darker adjunct lager. Again, no hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and fills you up quickly.

Drinkability: Nothing really like a real bock beer, more like a dark American lager. Easy to drink, but not appealing enough to want to drink more than one. Tastes the same in the bottle and the glass.

Buy again? Maybe with others, but not for myself.

jonziefle, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of rtepiak
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a light amber. gold candy rapper with a small head that fades. a nose initially of cereal and protein yeast bread. grain. malt of fruit loops. after it sits the cereal fades a bit and it opens up to some sweet and some hidden apple mostly. then a lot of poorly placed grain and yeast that combined have a paper flavor.

had it on tap and it was substantially worse. do avoid that.

rtepiak, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of zeapo
4.33/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice amber bronze color. a bubbly head that falls fairly quick.

S: a lightly hop scented beer. with a grainy follow-up and an almost nutty finish.

T: all i can say is it tastes like Texas...

M: a medium thickness with a foamy heady finish. extremely smooth.

D: this is my go-to beer. "oh you don't have this? you don't have that? Ill take a shiner bock please."


i have had shiner bock in a glass, on tap, and a can. it is all great.

zeapo, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
2.53/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright copper color, a few bubbles, the foamy head lives for 15 seconds, after white burrs reamin on the surface, without lacing obviously, i like the logo with a bighorn sheep;

S: Soft, sweet and clear, malt and toffee;

T: Very simple, almost-roasted malt and lot of carbonation, good balancing with floral hops;

M: Fizzy, watery, light body;

D: Too watery to be bock style, the good thing was that i taked me away the horrible taste of the spinachs i was eating, acceptable beer, i have tasted worst beers from Texas.

roddwolff, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Frosty80
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours brown. sits clear copper-brown

Smell: good malt aroma. light fruity notes. no hop aroma. light melanoidins. hint of adjunct noticed

Taste: malty sweet. slightly bready/toasty with a hint of fruity esters. noticable adjunct flavor. very low bitterness though somewhat more prominent in the finish. finish is somewhat dry and lingering is minimal

Mouthfeel: smooth medium body with moderate carbonation

Notes: decent bock but not enough alcohol and the adjunct flavor is disappointing. still a decent beer to go for if you want a dark, flavorful lager

Frosty80, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been along time since I had this one so I was glad to recieve this as another extra from gramatton, thanks again man!

Consumed 11/29/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown with a slight reddish tinge to it. Topped off with about a half finger off white head that faded to a spotty skim. Some lacing.

S- Slightly sweet, almost roasted caramel malt.

T- Much like the nose but a little deeper, a slight metallic note but some how it goes well with the other flavors.

M- Medium bodied and smooth, carbination is hardly noticable.

D- Very easy to drink, this has been available in my area for years so it was my go to at bars when they didnt have anything else.

tatoodkelt, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of usryguitar117
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Dark carmel brown, small head that went away quicker than it appeared.

S - Thick malty aroma. Somewhat of a sour alcohol smell present.

T - Nothing thats gonna blow you away but really not bad. Super malty. Almost a bitter carmel at times. Slight metallic finish. Somewhat nutty as well.

M - Light carbonation. Smooth feel. Nutty aftertaste.

D - Im gonna say high here. Ive been known to slam more of these than i can count playin in bar bands in my area.

Notes: This beer holds a soft spot in my heart. Having played in bar bands for several years where i live its very hard to find a beer that isnt one of the typical american light beers. As a young man this is the beer that would sit well in my gut and not make me feel like i was full of light-watery, stale foam. Darker, richer and far more flavor than the average bar beer around here. Thank you for countless nights of beer induced loud live music shiner bock.

usryguitar117, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown-amber with a head that quickly disappeared leaving no lacing. Fairly opaque.

S - A lot of caramel malts, really that's about it. Maybe slightly grainy, but hard to pick out.

T - You know, this isn't great, but it really isn't bad. Very malty, slight caramel and chocolate, littley grainy taste, nothing profound.

M - Lightly carbonated and medium bodied, mouthfeel doesn't really add much.

D - Pretty easy to drink, this isn't a bad beer, nothing I would seek out, but don't mind putting a couple away.

AgentZero, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of maleman
3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a dark, nutty opaque brown. less than one finger head that disappated quickly into a thin cap.

S - mainly malt is what i pick up.

T - malts, and dark chocolate, some caramel.

M - medium bodied, slightly acidic. less than average carbonation.

D - not a bad swill. could sit down for a session of these.

maleman, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Carlton1964
4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew...nice color, no nasty aftertaste. When you consider the price of this Texas brew with a comp from Europe it's a great value for bock drinkers. Impossible to find in the Western NY area I'm from, so I bring it back from beer stores in Erie, PA. I've never had a complainy when I serve this bock.

Carlton1964, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown screw cap; nice label, no freshness date

Appearance: This beer has bright, sharp clarity, and is a medium-chestnut/amber color. A hard pour produces a nice two finger ivory cap, but it fades almost immediately to a meagre, patchy film

Smell: Sweet cereal grains with the slightest hint of caramel and chocolate...very "Michelob Amber Bock with a slight bit more definition and less adjuncty-ness"

Taste: While nothing all that great, this is better than the aromas suggest. While it's still heavy on adjunct sweetness and has that odd macro-lager metallic character, there are some meager chocolate and caramel malt notes in the background.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Fairly High

Conclusion: It's better than Michelob Amber Bock, which is the only other bock I see non-craft people imbibing regularly. Maybe that's a bit harsh, to compare those two beers because this is significantly better than the AB. This is drinkable, and would be a great beer to introduce your macro-buddies to craft beer, but other than that, I probably wouldn't pick it up; overall, not up to the hype.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown into a pint glass with a decent showing of white head.

The aroma has some sweetish malt and a little corn and not much else.

Taste is clean with a little caramel malt and maybe a hint of toastiness. Not much in the way hops. The body is fairly thin.

Obviously, nothing like an actual Bock, but more like an American dark lager. Not bad, especially when compared to the major light lagers, but certainly not spectacular.

bump8628, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of rdub
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this in Oklahoma at the airport. The dudes at the bar raved about it. So, I picked up a mixed sixer and sat down to review. The golden appearance and medium, quickly dissipating head was not so bad for a semi-mainstream brew. I love the sweet malt taste of this for some reason, perhaps a bit too much. Mouthfeel was medium and ShinerBock was easily drinkable. Nice.

rdub, Nov 10, 2009
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,074 ratings.