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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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3,457 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,457
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 43
Gots: 578 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.92/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of negroobserver
2.75/5  rDev -13%
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.


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3/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Light amber color with almost a one finger head. No lacing to speak of.

S-Not really to much to report. light malts and caramel if you try hard enough.

T-Not a bad tasting beer for its style. Light malts and caramel again.

M-Good carbonation and pretty smooth.

O-Not too bad of a beer. I don't think it deserves its poor rating. Certainly much better than any BMC and easily findable. Are there better beers out there? Hell yes but it is a decent beer and priced reasonably.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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