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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,011 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,011
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 265 | 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 oscarfuentes77


3.43/5  rDev +9.2%

Shiner Bock deserves two seperate reviews: one for a Shiner had in San Antonio in 104 degree heat after walking for five miles on the riverwalk and another review for a Shiner had anywhere else in the world under less dire circumstances.

In Albuquerque, sitting on my porch, Shiner Bock pours a light brown with no head retention. The immediate smell is of corn, as is the taste. Maybe the corniest beer I've ever tried. Mouthfeel is decent and drikability is ok, but the smell, for me, is nauseating--so much so that I couldn't drink more than two.

Maybe it was the Texas heat or my need for something cold and alcoholic (both?), but my second try was very pleasant. No corn, no watered-down feel, even minimal head retention. I had one later at the San Antonio airport...same story. I have come to the conclusion that either Texas exports the junk and keeps the good stuff for itself or that I have been heavily influenced by my circumstances.

The key now is to try one again now that I'm home...maybe I got a bad batch the first time around?

07-19-2009 22:15:21 | More by oscarfuentes77
Photo of ryalmighty1


4/5  rDev +27.4%

Appearance: A light amber color that is almost completely transparent. Works itself into a nice frothy cream head that dissolves rather quickly into about an inch and a half of lacing.

Smell: Very very malty smell. Not much hop or floral scent. Almost chocolatey and coffee like smell

Taste: Very smooth and malty. Sweet with decent carbonation. Not very full-bodied but still flavorful enough to not be bland. Still have the chocolatey notes in the taste, but more caramel and toasty flavors than anything. No real aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very thin and lacy, not one to linger on your tongue for long. Smooth, yes but thick and creamy it is not. This is the least noticeable part of the beer IMO.

Drinkability: Most certaintly easy to drink. This is my session beer for any occasion.

This beer outpaces any of it's macro counterparts. More flavor, drinkability and character than most anything well known and advertised today. The Spoetzl brewery is one of the oldest continuously operating micro in N. America and still basically operates the same as it has since the turn of the 20th century.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 10:19:32 | More by ryalmighty1
Photo of blackearth


3.85/5  rDev +22.6%

Poured a deep copper body with a thin white head that faded quickly. Aroma of caramel, metallic copper and toffee. Medium bodied with a biscuity light malt flavor and sweet aftertaste that finished clean. Good drinkability, this is nothing to seek out, but a great alternative if you find it at a bar stocked with macros.

07-13-2009 17:19:35 | More by blackearth
Photo of BierFan


3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light tan head looks impressive to begin with, but then it starts to drop rather rapidly. Clear dark amber body.

Smell: Little bit of hops and a malty aroma.

Taste: Little bit of caramel, little bit of floral hops. Fairly clean and refreshing. Kind of a dry finish to it.

07-13-2009 03:05:19 | More by BierFan
Photo of nightcrawler


3.65/5  rDev +16.2%

I find myself coming back to Shiner Bock again and again. If I find it on sale, I have no problem picking up a 6 or 12 pack. Sure, it isn't the best example of the style. But it is a mellow, malty beer that is smooth. It gives a small, tan head when poured correctly but there really isn't any smell I can detect. It goes down clean and, if well chilled, refreshes all the way down the throat.

You won't find "complex flavorings from exotic malts and yeasts" with this beer. Don't expect them.

07-11-2009 22:55:04 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of ajmoody76


3.23/5  rDev +2.9%

get it anywhere! twelve ounce bottle pours clear and an amber brown color. one finger tan head which fades out quickly. no lace. looks ok.

good malty aroma. nutty. no off odors.

sweet taste. some fruitiness. alcohol also.

lightish body. enough carbonation present. this is a decent beer. i may try again.

07-08-2009 02:43:49 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of bamadog


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%

Got a bottle of this because someone that is constantly around always says that this is his favorite beer and how it's never let him down. We'll see... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Body is a nice deep coppery/amber color and it starts with a very short head that disappears almost instantly to a very thin and incomplete skim on the surface and what is actually a pretty solid ring around it as well; there is an oily film hanging out just above the surface ring -- hmmm... -- a really oily lacing hangs out briefly as well and then slides back down; solid carbonation bubbling up from below

Smell: Comes across grainy like a macro lager with a very faint hint of sweeter malts hiding in the background; nothing else really and that grainy scent is a definite turn-off...

Taste: Not really impressed here -- the graininess is really a bit of a bummer, but at least it's followed by some biscuity and mildly sweet malt flavors... Essentially, it tastes like an extra malty macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp from the carbonation; body is a little watery and not giving me much to think about; a slight sticky coating is left on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: While nothing is really making this beer stand out, it's not as if it's a terrible tasting drink and the body isn't heavy, so I do feel that I could drink sevefal of these if necessary or if it was all that was being offered.

07-07-2009 21:05:45 | More by bamadog
Photo of Gatch


3.13/5  rDev -0.3%

Much better appearance than I expected, but it is a bock. Nice amber hue. Smell of melt, sugar, bit of hops, spices. Pretty standard malty bock with a slight hoppiness. Nice example for being more "main-stream" in my opinion. Very drinkable and feels good in the mouth.

07-05-2009 20:21:18 | More by Gatch
Photo of vdread


3.08/5  rDev -1.9%

Shiner Bock. The ubiquitous 'Texas' beer.

a dark copper with a bit of red around the edges. the thin head quickly disappears and leaves only a few spots. smells of sweet caramel and metal. not much coming through here. tastes sweet and robust with a biting (metallic?) aftertaste. more sweet and malty than anything else. it's heavy and flat, and very one dimensional. very slight european hop note at the end.

feels light, watery, highly carbonated.
drinkability about aveage. it's on the light side, without an overrabundance of flavor so i can drink these easily. not overly inebriating, so i can get loose on a sixer without having to worry about buying new pants in the morning.

= all in all, not the best example of a bock beer. i actually like this beer on tap, but i sometimes have difficulty enjoying it from a bottle. one of my favorites for sentimental reasons, but since discovering better beers, it's hard to really love a Shiner Bock.

= could be a decent beer if it weren't for the metallic taste

06-30-2009 00:02:11 | More by vdread
Photo of Spidey13


3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

Shiner Bocks pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head. The nose is mild, with some grassy hop notes. I also get some hay with slight hint of licorice.

The flavor is light and malty. Bread crust flavors are followed by a mild sweetness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinker but not bad.

06-29-2009 11:19:32 | More by Spidey13
Photo of womencantsail


2.95/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Unspectacular brown color, not much head to speak of.

S: Caramel and malt

T: Kind of sweet and some malt. Nothing worth writing home about. No real hop flavor or character.

M: Light-to-Medium body, smooth feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, since it's kind of a watered down bock.

06-22-2009 17:44:14 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Fnord


3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance - Clear amber with an initially large head that fades into a small film on the top.

Smell - Mostly caramel, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste - Again, mostly caramel, with a touch of alcohol and skunk.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light mouthfeel, with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very high. I can and have drunk many a pitcher of this stuff... It doesn't warm up well, though.

Notes - Good ol' Shiner Bock was my introduction to the beer world, and for that I owe it some props. Tastes just like I remember it, too. It's not nearly strong enough to really be a bock, more like an amber lager. It's mainly for people who aren't beer geeks, but who want something better than BMC, for a cheap price.

06-22-2009 16:46:11 | More by Fnord
Photo of thekanna


3/5  rDev -4.5%

Had this on-tap at Love and War in Texas restaurant in Grapevine, TX.

A: Dark brownish color reminiscent of flat Coca-Cola. Barely any appreciable head.

S: Faint sweet malts and caramel.

T: Adjunct malts and an overall toffee-like sweetness. There was a strange biscuity taste reminiscent of stale wheat crackers. Hops were largely undetectable.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy. Carbonation was subdued.

D: Sweet and watery sums it up; drinkable in large quantities, yes. Would I want to? Probably not.

06-03-2009 02:29:47 | More by thekanna
Photo of PhxHorn


2.23/5  rDev -29%

So I drank one of these where there wasnt much choice. Medium yellow, moderate head. Smells of corn and macro. tastes of sweet corn macro. Basically like Bud. As it warms up, it gets somewhat worse. Carbonation was fine. Just not much flavor. Light enough to drink, but I'd prefer something more complex.

06-01-2009 01:03:06 | More by PhxHorn
Photo of alovesupreme


3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

A dark yellow color reminiscent of apple juice. Carbonation settled rather quickly.
A slightly biting mouthfeel due to the carbonation with a slight malt character and a hint of hops. With some slight farm yeast character and acetaldehyde. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still enjoyable.
Closest thing I have had to an adjunct Bock. Nothing Spectacular, but would accept if offered.

05-29-2009 16:16:32 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of showell


2.9/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured a pretty coppery color with a fairly large head that disippated quickly. Not much lacing. Really pretty color though. There was virtually no scent at all. What there was was grain and malt. The taste was about like the smell... grain and malt, and fairly weak. A rather watery mouthfeel. Not much complexity. Drinkable though. It's a nice one if you're really thirsty and just want something to quench your thirst. Honestly, it's not something I'd go out of my way to get, but it certainly beats the macros. Also, you really can't beat the price for something that's better than the macros, yet easy on the budget, and a low alcohol besides. I picked up a six pack for $5.99.

05-29-2009 02:42:49 | More by showell
Photo of gmfessen


3.1/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep honey brown color with a slight red tinge. The head is almost non-existent barring a thin rim of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. The smell is not overwhelming but is of sweet grainy malt, slightly buttery and bready. The flavor is similar, rather one dimensional sweetness that doesn't really ever go anywhere. The mouthfeel is definitely on the light side for a bock beer. The carbonation is thin and burns the mouth. Drinkability of this is decent, goes down like water and for the price is better than most BMC beers. The low ABV for the style also makes it more drinkable (but less desirable in my opinion).

05-27-2009 23:35:06 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Kromes


3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a clear brown with practically no head. Just a thin line of bubbles on top of the beer. Smells like honey roasted malts with a little bit of earthy hop. A sweet toasted malt flavor with a little bit of earthy hop. Pretty good. However, there is a slight tang to it. Mouthfeel is ok, carbonation adds a little spice to the beer. Drinkability is ok.

05-26-2009 00:07:53 | More by Kromes
Photo of BeerFMAndy


2.8/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

A - Loose and creamy tan head with a steady stream of carbonation. Good retention on an amber body.

S - Very disappointing. Aroma is full of adjuncts - dry wheat, husky, grainy, and roasted corn with the malts being an after thought almost. Slightly metallic finish.

T - Somewhat malty amid the adjunct flavor crazyness here. Husky and grainy. Not very bock-like at all. All malt, or at least most malt mashing would make this so much better!

M - Light and crisp. Strong carbonation bite but nothing like a bock should be.

D - Probably the best part of this beer is it's drinkability. Since it isn't a typical bock, its certainly easy to drink but it's really just a watered down bock with adjuncts.

05-23-2009 13:55:09 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of diabecktic


3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Head formation is minimal (~0.5 fingers); retention and lacing are also minimal. The beer is colored a dark shade of brownish copper. There really isn't much else to say.

Thick, malty tones dominate. It smells like a sweet caramel with hints of grain. As accurately described on the bottle, the hop aroma is minimal.

As the bottle again indicates, it is fairly sweet. I would say that the taste matches the nose fairly well, but it's less intense. In terms of balance, there is definately more malt character than hop character. Subtle graininess and caramel tones dominate in the first part of the tasting; hop flavors are manifest near the end.

The sweetness makes this beer feel denser than it really is. It feels heavier in the mouth than it looks when a glass is swirled. I would rate the body as medium-light. This beer is definately "lighter" than I would have thought.

Given the aforementioned comments in the mouthfeel section, I would rate this component as excellent. Aside from the illusion of density, this beer doesn't really sit too heavily on the tongue and is thus easy to consume quickly.

This particular review was conducted with a Shiner Bock that was brewed during the 100th Anniversery of the Spoetzl Brewery. For the most part, it's quite good. However, it seems fairly light for a dark lager in terms of both color and mouthfeel. It's definately on the sweeter side (as would be expected for the style), but I'm not sure how I feel about the overall presentation. From my previous experiences, it is definately far better on-tap. Try a few of these if you're out for a night on the town.

05-17-2009 03:43:35 | More by diabecktic
Photo of Baileyuk


3.55/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a light brown color with little head or lacing.

Smell was of caramelized malts. Very pleasant smell, although for a bock I was hoping for something with more umph.

Taste was pleasant although again a little weak for a bock. Was light bodied.

Drinkability was high as this was a pleasant beer albeit a little weak. It did not fade like a lot of weaker lagers. Overall an okay beer, not one I would repeat unless I had too but it is alroght. In florida it is a lot higher than a lot of states.

05-17-2009 03:40:09 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of MadTown1000


3.68/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours a dark red-brown with practically no foam at all. It looks flat, although it's not. Not much smell to speak of. Flavor's great though - lots and lots of malt, a little bit of hop kick, not much carbonation but a flavor that sticks with you for a while. This one threads the needle for me between a light American lager and a darker, more intense brew. It's not spectacular, but I feel like it would be hard to find an occasion or food pairing for which this would be a bad beer.

05-15-2009 23:22:36 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of fbinla


2.08/5  rDev -33.8%

Pours a great dark copper brown, very clear, thin white head that disappears really quickly. Smell has a very light sweet aroma with some caramel/toffee, no, hop.

Mouth feel is thin, watery and very carbonated.

Very little flavor upon drinking, watery, carbonation, then once the bubbles dissipate off the tongue you can taste a very slight malt and caramel flavors with a tiny sweetness all in the background but no prominent flavor other than the watery o2. No hop taste at all.

Overall a very bland beer, not bland enough to tip, but close.

I'm just glad this was a left over from a party and i never paid for this so called Bock. I suggest sending this back to Texas.

05-11-2009 07:50:20 | More by fbinla
Photo of spointon


2.88/5  rDev -8.3%

Had this on tap at Cemeno's pizza in Joliet on 5/1/2009.

A= This beer poured a very clear copper-brown color with a thin white head. The head disappeared fast and left a few streaks of lace down my glass.

S= The aroma was all sweet and dark maltiness. Had a toffee and treacle characteristic that wasn't half bad.

T= Malts were more subdued than the aroma indivated. Sort of sweet but without much of the caramel/toffee/treacle aspect I was looking for. A wierd grainy astringency came forth at times. Dry finish.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied for sure, with a thin, crisp mouthfeel.

D= Nothing to write home about, but not one I had to choke down either. It's good in a pinch though!

05-02-2009 06:42:33 | More by spointon
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz twisty brown bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear and dark tree sap brown with a fizzy head that fades into a thin bubbly ring on the side of the glass. Would have like to see a head that could sustain itself but really nothing is going on here.

S: A firm hand (as opposed to a light tough of malt) that brings a decent amount of bread crusty sweetness but fails to cover up some of the adjunct corny aromas that work their way though this initial cover.

T/MF: Light, smooth mouthfeel, slightly clinging finish. Bit of a malty sweetness not offensive, not off putting, just a solidly bland beer with just a bit of adjuctness and a bit more malt than you would normally expect from a mass produced beer.

D: I can say one thing, I drank this beer fast. It goes down quite easy, the problem, you forget you actually drank it.

05-01-2009 03:36:01 | More by bluemoonswoon
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