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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,834 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,834
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 187 | 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.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey


2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Orange amber color, good clarity, weak head.

Toasty malt with honey apple crispness, mild sweetness. Plenty of carbonation, thin body. Faint metallic sensations.

This is just such a light diet coke-like beverage. Very little appreciable taste or aroma make it a purely thirst-quenching, drunk-getting kinda beer. Yeah, I'd choose the lovable Shiner over some of the other big name lagers, but AB's ZiegenBock is a better choice (albeit not my top choice :-).

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 04:07:06 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of karengarys


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours fairly dark amber, light for a bock.

Smells a little dusty, but something else is there kind of okay... A sweetness.

Taste is more beer than bock. A little malty, a little hoppy. Unfortunately a little watery.

Body is thin.

Mouthfeel is coarse but bubbly

finish isn't bad, kind of bitter but there isn't that much of an aftertaste.

I would have another. It isn't offensive. I don't yearn for another, but if it is there, and I want a beer, and I don't mind wasting my carb/calorie intake on just anything this will be ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:52:27 | More by karengarys
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer arrived with a very thin white head that disappeared very quickly. There really wasn't much of a smell to speak of. The taste had little real flavor, with a touch of malt and a whisper of hops in the background. It had a soft drink like carbonation and mouthfeel, but it was reasonably drinkable. I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2008 18:00:23 | More by cbleary
Photo of EagleAg


2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Since I live in Texas almost every place has this beer and it is an adequate choice.

The beer is clear and a has a rather deep reddish brown color. There is virtually no head.

Slightly sweet smell with virtually no hops detectable.

This beer is a step up from alot of the major macro brewers but is still fairly weak. Slightly sweet taste, a slight undertone of hops (not enough for the style), and a bit watery.

Feels very watery in the mouth. Does not really improve as you drink it.

This beer is pretty drinkable though as it goes down easy especially if it is really cold.

Overall not bad but nothing really that memorable from how much this beer is talked up here. It is worth a try though.

I have had this on tap before and it is better out of the bottle. This beer though is fairly inconsistent. Every brew is very different.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 04:38:10 | More by EagleAg
Photo of scoobybrew


2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear, ruby amber color with a small head that dissipates a bit too quickly

S - malty, but adjunct rice like, no hops perceptible

T - malt dominates with a slight hop finish

M - light to medium body, a bit too thin for a bock

D - incredibly disappointing bock - this is a very faint and pale comparison to it's European roots - it's 'drinkable' but barely - very bland in nature

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 02:00:38 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of baseballrock


2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Shiner is kind of over rated in my mind. Im not sure what exactly this beer is trying to be. Im not really sure if the Spoetzl Brewery is considered a micro or not.

appearance is amber but kinda bland. Smell, not a whole lot a little caramel. taste not as watery as a macro but not a whole lot there. The drinkability is its high point, i it goes down easy on a warm texas day. I'd rather save a few bucks and have a budweiser on any occasion though, but i dont have a problem drinking an occasional shiner or two.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2008 04:12:16 | More by baseballrock
Photo of lionking


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a glass. One finger head disappeared rather quickly. Dark amber color with the faint sweet smell of malt. Overall taste was about average to me, no overpowering taste, a little bit of a bite to the finish. Quite honestly, i was expecting a little bit more to it. I think this is one of those beers which as a local beer is a little different and kind of a novelty which goes national. Its really more of a "mass market" type beer than a craft brew. If I'm Texas I am checking this place out and drinking some local brew but I wouldnt seek it out at my local beer distributor.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:13:20 | More by lionking
Photo of JDV


2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of malt, caramel mostly with perhaps a tiny hint of hops. Pours a dark brown, clearish color with a bit of head. Carbonated well, with a fairly subdued taste at first, then a sweet, smooth malt finish. Fairly light bodied overall, easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:03:42 | More by JDV
Photo of bluejacket74


3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/brown color with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is low, lacing is OK. It smells like toasted malt and caramel. The aroma is light, but nice. Taste is similar to the aroma, although there's also a grainy taste too. As with the aroma, the taste is sweet and on the light side, but it's not bad at all. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with average carbonation and a dry finish. Drinkability is decent, I could drink this as a session beer if there wasn't anything better available. Overall it's an OK beer. It's not great, but certainly not awful either.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 01:13:03 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Hollenbeck2


3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a central texas classic, good quality beer, a lighter bock than most that I have had.

great color, I have had this beer many times and I can say it is one of the most consistant beers around.

not very bitter, can be a session beer on a warm day, not a hot day, a big difference in central texas.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:06:47 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of MisterClean


3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Friend bought to a party.

A - Pours a light brown, little creamy head, which dissipates rather quickly.

S - Aroma of lightly toasted hops, ginger, coriander, and clove.

T - Sweet, definite hints of ginger and coriander, with bread crust. Wet malt-like finish.

M - Despite the dissipation of head, still fairly carbonated on the tongue, with a moist pleasing finish.

D - Definitely easy drinking and decent on its own. While not a big fan, easy to see why it is mass produced now.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:55:19 | More by MisterClean
Photo of jspruit


3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle and drank at home in Ireland.

Pours a caramely brown with some red hints and a 1.5 finger white head that disappears pretty quick to a light ring around the glass.

Not too strong smells really-some nice light hints of malts and caramel though.

Relatively light beer composed of some caramel hints, sticky sweetness, and a bit of hops. No overwhelming dominating tastes.

Goes down pretty smooth as there isnt anything too strong in this beer. Definitely something that you could drink over and over if you really like it.

I dont think that I would really buy this one again as there are plenty of other great beers out there to try. Not exactly my favorite style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 22:32:06 | More by jspruit
Photo of Tilley4


2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Didn't enjoy this one at all. Way too much like the BMC stuff if you ask me.

Actually looked pretty good in the glass. Nice and dark with a pretty decent head.

Smelled kind of bready and biscuity, kinda like any macro available.

Nope, just don't do it for me. I tried this cause it was on special for $2.75 per pint. Drank half and threw the rest out.

I just didn't enjoy this one. There are some who will probably really like this beer. I'm just not one of them

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2008 20:36:34 | More by Tilley4
Photo of hwwty4


2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Boulevard Pint glass. Poured a ruby amber with a decent head that disappeared quickly and left no lacing. Aroma is sweet, toffee and caramel. Taste is sweet to start with a grainy finish. Mouthfeel is very thin with a active carbonation. A very easily sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 21:42:52 | More by hwwty4
Photo of CDBeerDisappear


2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber orange with a modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very light kind of a toasty grain with a faint hop aroma. Taste is about like Michelob Amber Bock; not great and not bad. It is worth drinking in establishments that have great food but limited beer selections. Although around here those kinds of places also have something from Great Lakes and everything from GL is better than this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2008 22:10:20 | More by CDBeerDisappear
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.88/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark ruby with good head with lots of lacing on the way down. Nose is yeasty with a slight sweet tone. Flavor is bordering on wooden with a metallic aftertaste and a slight bitter tone. Feel is pretty good, just slightly above average - no doubt due to the fact it is off the tap. This is worse than I remember it being on bottles (though the bottle did get a lower score) and wouldn't have gone for it if there were better choices in the crappy airport bar I was in.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 07:37:03 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of indiana1414


2.78/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is about as Texas as it gets... not to say that everything Texas does is awesome, but to understand the Texas spirit, you need to try this beer. But I digress.

A - Deep copper or medium amber. Poor head retention with little lacing.

S - Grainy, but not intense, but just about right for a dark lager.

F - Sweet, dull malt flavor, with very little complexity. Straw-like. Finishes dry and clean, with a slightly stale flavor lingering.

M - Significant carbonation for the purported style, though calling this a bock is certainly strange.

Overall, a great tailgate beer, and certainly better than the xxLight usually available. Shiner Amber Lager would be a better name for this beer, but then they wouldn't be able to put the billy goat on the label...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 19:26:52 | More by indiana1414
Photo of dnichols


2.33/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured a 12 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: It had body consisting of a clear brown color with ruddy hues and a thin tan head.

S: It presented lightly-toasted malt aromas with hints of earthy grainy aromas that seemed out of place.

T: It had a standard bock malt profile with a thin woody and earthy finish that left an aftertaste that was slightly bitter.

M: It was smooth and malty but very thin bodied.

D: Not a good bock. It is drinkable but why do it.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2007 20:30:58 | More by dnichols
Photo of champ103


3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A: Brown with some red as you hold it up to the light. Small white head forms and leaves pretty fast. Light lace.
S: Almost non existent, sweet caramel malt? Blah
T: Some caramel malt, light hops. Not the worst tasting beer ever, but very thin and watery.
D: Light body and ABV makes for a session beer.

This is something to appeal to the BMC crowd in Texas, and very popular in its home state. I think the people at Spoetzl dumbed this down intentionally. They can make some good beers, see Shiner 96, 97, 98 for proof.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 21:12:57 | More by champ103
Photo of tronester


2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small, off white head. Smells faintly of grain. Taste is rather sweet, with a bit of toasty grain flavor. Slight presence of hops to balance. Average mouthfeel, with slightly high carbonation levels. A pretty drinkable beer, appeals to the masses, but with a bit more flavor than an average BMC. Still, seems to share that same sickly sweet flavor that many of the macro lagers have, I don't know if this is from adjuncts, or something else.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 23:20:51 | More by tronester
Photo of jeffmonarch


2.7/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Deep copper brown with a light head that disappears quickly.

S - Is there any? I can't pick up anything.

T - Quite watery, very light flavor with overpowering carbonation.

M - Lots of carbonation that lingers through the finish.

D - I bought it because it was on sale for $2 less than Sam Adams. I wish I had bought the Sam. Enough said!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 04:59:44 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a light red hue to it. There is a thin head of film that breaks up quickly and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of nougat and pot caramel are light but the only real aroma noticed.

T- The taste of soft brown nougat has a note of light honey to it followed by a soft green hop hint. There is a light sulfur note to the carbonic acid finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a soft clean flavor but the favor it does have is not that good. I had a tough time finishing this beer as it was just not tasty and I didn't care for the nougat flavor it did have.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 19:50:57 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of monkeybeer


3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear Golden dark yellow with little head and lacing.

S- Smells of caramel malt with little to no hop smell

T/M- Nice and smooth went down easy. Has a good sweet malty taste to it.

D- This is a real nice beer, especially when you can get it on tap. Goes good with all types of BBQ nice and refreshing with good flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 01:26:57 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the DFW airport between flights. I'd had it previously from bottles about 3 years ago, and wasn't really impressed. Now after trying it again I'm still not altogether impressed. It was a dark brown color with almost no head, and the aroma wasn't as malty-rich as the bocks I prefer. The smell definitely had a malt component, no hops in the smell, but it wasn't sweet and thick in the scent. The flavor was the same, kind of a bland beer with a hint of the bock style to it. I suspect that the brewery wanted to make a beer that was mostly still macro in character, with just a hint of the category of beer they were emulating. It's possible that this beer would then sell well, as it wouldn't be too offensive to the vast majority of typical beer consumers. It's just a guess on my part, but in any case I feel this is the definition of a gateway beer, not interesting enough to keep me occupied with it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2007 13:28:07 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of MMAJYK


3.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with minimal head that leaves the scene quickly.

S- Smells of caramel, wood chips, and charcoal.

T- Taste of the same smells caramel, charcoal, and a hint of bitter chocolate.

M- Semi watery, with not much feel. Thicker that some of the other TX "bocks" though.

D- Is a drinkable brew because of the low ABV. Decent beer, but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 13:47:12 | More by MMAJYK
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