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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,993 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 260 | 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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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
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diabecktic

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance:
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.

Smell:
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.

Taste:
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.

Mouthfeel:
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.

Drinkability:
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.

Summary:
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
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Baileyuk

Michigan

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
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MadTown1000

Virginia

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
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fbinla

California

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
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spointon

Illinois

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
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

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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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -4.5%

When in Texas, do as the Texans do right? I had this a bunch during my trip to Texas. Mainly because it was the only option that didn't have "Light" behind it.

A: Looks pretty good, like a standard bock with a beautiful clear brown color. Good carbonation. The head is minimal.

S: Not much in the way of aroma. Some faint maltiness and slight toffee aromas. No hops.

T: Expecting the malty goodness of a bock, I was let down. Don't get me wrong, there are some malts, but they are subdued. I tasted some toffee and caramel mixed with some slight graininess. Maybe of hint of raisens too, but really I tasted water.

M: Really lightbodied. Really watery. Really not good. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't worthwhile.

D: This was really an average beer. Nothing really stands out other than the lack of flavor. A good choice for a light beer drinker who wants to have a "pretend" dark beer. If I was in the same situation I was before and everything else was a light, mass produced lager, I would pick this again. Otherwise, I will go with something else.

04-30-2009 01:04:25 | More by brewdoc75
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drunkboxer1

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Had in a bottle with barbeque. Mild toasty malt flavor quickly washed away with some hops. Dry finish. Nothing really stands out, but nothing offends either. Really good for having with barbeque or to drink multiple pitchers of. Bars in Texas tend to sell this pretty cheap, so thats always good.

04-27-2009 17:30:00 | More by drunkboxer1
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armock

New York

3.2/5  rDev +1.9%

A - Poured an amber color with a thin off white head

S - Is faint but theres some grainy malt scents

T - Has a slight caramel flavors but the grainy malt comes out more

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is the beer that I get when I'm at a non beer bar its better tasting than your macros but not as good as the local craft beers its the beer to drink when you don't want a fizzy yellow beer

04-24-2009 18:14:51 | More by armock
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scootny

New York

2.17/5  rDev -30.9%

A clear deep copper with a light head that quickly fades.

There is grain in there somewhere... I think I can smell it. Yes light cereal notes like a box of Cheerios or Rice Krispies. Okay, okay some malt in there too.

Taste is more light cereal. Hey! There is a malt flavor that underlies it. A light butterscotch and toasted corn biscuit. Not awful but ....Can you say Bud Dark? Feel is light and Fizzy.

Drinkabilty is OK but the question is Why? Why would you drink another one after the first? This is not good beer. Oh, if you GOTTA have a beer and your other option is Bud. Tough one there. I'd go for ginger ale instead, or root beer. Seriously.

This is a beer that is worse than the score. The sum of the components ought to be subtraction. I'll say it again. Bud Dark. Calling this a bock is a crime.

04-20-2009 05:41:36 | More by scootny
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

A clear copper colour with a 2 finger head of foam.

The smell is very corny and grainy.

The taste is the same, corny and grainy and overall sweet. Very basic brew that I drink on occasion on tap.

Light bodied with medium light carbonation.

Drinkability? It's ok, especially during the hot days of summer.

Head retention turns out to be excellent as is the lacing.

04-17-2009 22:41:05 | More by Bitterbill
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lanechaffin

Texas

5/5  rDev +59.2%

It's dark with a reddish glow and a nice head imo.
Has a little bit of a butterscotch taste similar to Newcastle Brown Ale. It's pretty good beer it is easy to polish off a 12pack without even trying. Goes down good. Very satisfying beer taste. It's affordable, too, at least here in Texas, you can buy 12 for 10.99 at your local grocery store.

04-16-2009 21:15:51 | More by lanechaffin
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willyumlong

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +32.2%

love at first sight
smells great nice and malty
i love this beer, drink it all the time as it by far the best choice at most restaurants in the area. maybe its my current lack of tasting experience but to me this is what bock is supposed to taste like. full flavor, smooth and very consistent. puts a smile on my face every time.
good feel, you know its there and just keep wanting more.
great because you can slowly enjoy the first few and continue to pound them all night

04-09-2009 08:35:18 | More by willyumlong
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Tone

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, some pale malt, and maybe some slight sweet malt. Wow, the aroma is decidedly lacking. I guess it fits the style of a Bock. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then some pale malt comes through, the slightest hop is noticeable only very quickly, and the finish is a hint of earthy malt. Overall, this brew is a little watery. I remember this brew being much better than this, oh well. This is not really worth a try. On the plus side it does get better as you go along.

04-08-2009 01:30:21 | More by Tone
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skeetermoses

Oklahoma

2.73/5  rDev -13.1%

It poured redish in color and did not have a memorable smell, it was a bit carmaly in taste and decent beer, I used to drink it exclusevly but overall this one is a pretty good go to beer, never dissapointed in it, would love to drink this one a little more as far as a good go to beer. pretty easy going beer, not will always go with this one.

04-06-2009 02:36:59 | More by skeetermoses
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured into a mug.

A: Clear reddish-amber color. Semi-fizzy white head wasn't too big, but retained for quite a while.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Hints of caramel and toasted malt as well as a dash of hops.

T: A bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted notes, backed up by a moderate level of hops. Not a lot going on, but what's there is adequate.

M: Light bordering on medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. While finishing smooth, the overall feel was pretty watery and weaker than I expected.

D: Goes down easy enough to make a night out of a case.

I'd seen a fair bit of criticism leveled at this beer, so being the skeptic that I am, I went in and really tried to like this beer. However, I just couldn't bring myself to do so. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it's just a lot shallower than I like my bocks to be. May be good for someone looking to get away from inferior beers, but I won't be purchasing this for myself again.

03-29-2009 06:48:19 | More by PirateUlf73
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dananabanana

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -44.3%

A: Looks like Diet Coke. No head at all. Lots of fizz, large bubbles. Caramel brown. No lacing.

S: Cloyingly sweet, vague malt.

T: Not very flavorful. Sort of wheaty.

M: Watery, over carbonated.

D: Awful, couldn't even finish it.

Not like any other bock I've had, it's like a poor macro version of a bock. I don't know what all of the hype is about.

03-29-2009 04:24:05 | More by dananabanana
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naterock

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%

poured into a frosty mug (damnit!) a deep amber with a nice two finger head. This beer actually looks sexy for a bock.

smell is really quite typical, some underwhelming malt notes. I think this is why it's best drank straight from the bottle so you don't have to smell it.

taste is kinda bitter to be honest. but sweet in the aftertaste. I can detect some smooth caramel malts and a kiss of hops.

mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated to the point that it makes me feel gassy. I could drink a few at a BBq but just to have one for the hell of it, no way.

03-28-2009 22:21:56 | More by naterock
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shanem

Vermont

2.85/5  rDev -9.2%

A: transparent brown with very tiny light head

S: not a hole lot, but some maltiness and some burnt caramel

T: not what i expected from a bock, carries a faint bit of roast and sweet but kind of watered down

M: nothing special, a bit thin

D: I can see how it would be en easy one to down quickly, but nothing too special

overall I was a little bummed on this one, had heard a lot about Shiner in Texas but was let down

03-27-2009 04:48:47 | More by shanem
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gpogo

California

3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

A- Brilliantly clear reddish brown. Small white head that dissipated almost immediately after pouring.

A- Bready malt aroma.

T- Clean malt flavor. Bready aroma is not as heavy in flavor. Light toasted flavors.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Felt a bit watery.

D- Not bad, but there are better bocks out there.

03-25-2009 23:39:22 | More by gpogo
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xhcadamx

Maine

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%

A - dark ruby brown with minimal head that left quicker than it came. No lacing and a gazillion tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smells like your typical lager with a background in bocks.

T - Tastes much like it smells. It just hits the mark to meet a quality bock. The great flavor profiles in a bock are there but only slightly so

M - too prickly from the carbonation.

D - easy drinking

give this beer more depth, body, and overall bock character and it's on its way to a good bock.

03-25-2009 02:00:54 | More by xhcadamx
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illidurit

California

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Deep copper color with a large but rapidly diminishing off-white head. Aroma is adjuncts, bready malts, and metal. Flavor is bready and semisweet. No hops, no complexity. Very simplistic , but tasty enough. Medium-thin body with nice carbonation. Tastes more like a Munich lager than a bock. Definitely not robust enough to claim the bock style. Very easy to drink.

03-24-2009 08:10:39 | More by illidurit
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Rainne

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Clear dark brown color with a decent head and a little lacing.

S- I didn't get any hops really. Malt for sure and some caramel and chocolate but also it seemed a little like artificial sweetening.

T- Taste was a little weak like a macro. Malt was there but balance wasn't very good. Toasty malt at least is a step up from corn and rice macros.

M- Kind of watery but smooth.

D- A step up from BMC but disappointing after trying the Anchor bock.

03-22-2009 12:39:10 | More by Rainne
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -17.2%

Reviewed 8/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a brown-red colored body, pretty clearish looking, with nearly no head, off-white in color. Has a nutty, maybe fruity, or grainy? aroma. Effervescent. Has a pretty weak taste. Some nuttiness, with a watery palate. Not much flavor here.

03-20-2009 03:22:28 | More by jujubeast6000
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.