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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,279 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,279
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 391 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of willyumlong
4.15/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

willyumlong, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Tone, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

skeetermoses, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

PirateUlf73, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of dananabanana
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

dananabanana, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of naterock
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

naterock, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of shanem
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

shanem, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

gpogo, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

xhcadamx, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

illidurit, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Rainne
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Rainne, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

jujubeast6000, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but I got this in the Shiner Family Reunion six pack featuring Kosmos Reserve which was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear dark copper color with good carbonation but no lacing. It had a good sized fizzy beige head that quickly settled into nothing. Not even a hint of a collar.

The aroma was weak. Caramel, molasses and toasted malt. No hop presence. The taste was really weak. Watery and bland with no lasting attributes. Mouthfeel was OK but over carbonated.

Overall, a fair beer that is just a tad better than a BMC. When I moved to Texas 16 years ago, I feel in love with this beer. This was the beer that got me beyond BMC's and eventually on to even better beers. I have definitely moved past this one over the years though. Also, I swear (and several forum posts claim it as well) that it tastes different than it did a decade ago. Shiner says it's the same but it doesn't taste the same. I also find the quality to be wildly erratic. Don't recommend unless you are just now leaving the BMC's. For me, I have the rare one for nostalgia.

TexIndy, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this on tap up in MI with a friend who's a fan of the fizzy yellow stuff. Much improved over the can.

The color is a deep amber-brown. Head look liked it poured okay and retention was okay. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation wasn't very lively at all.

Malt and husky grains up front. A little caramel sweetness detected. Hops seemingly nonexistent; the smell does seem a bit weak.

Taste is a bit thin on the palate. The caramel malt and grains detected in the smell, but not very well-balanced due to the very minimal existence of hops. A step up from macro, but still quite weak.

Mouthfeel is, as expected, thin and a little watery. It's crisp and I'd say it's pretty clean and smooth, so it's not a bad feel.

This one is pretty average.

Brenden, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of MillRat
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass by the bartender at Mad Maggie's in downtown Elgin, Illinois. A cool venue for live acts.

A dark golden brew with a hint of redness and a fine-bubbled white head that fades fast. A light aroma of grain and caramel, not much else. Flavor is like a adjunct-macro-lager with some extra caramel flavoring and sweetness.

Overall a little thin for a bock. Certainly a beer that could be consumed in quantity at a backyard BBQ party, but not interesting enough to hold your attention by itself.

In a world of blind men, a one-eyed man is king. In a bar with only American adjunct lagers and light lagers, this beer is king. Fortunately Maggie's had GI Honkers Ale and 312, Guinness, Magic Hat No. 9, and a few other craft brews, so a single pint of Shiner Bock for the record was enough for the night, and I enjoyed far more worthy quaffs from then on.

MillRat, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of elricorico
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly deep red-brown, quite clear body. Thin tan head. No real lacing.

Smells faintly of caramel and grain. Sweet smelling overall, but only faint aroma.

Malty sweet lager flavour, little bit of caramel and a little bit nutty. Clean finish, light in hops. Inoffensive all around.

Mouthfeel is light enough to border on watery with medium carbonation. Not bad really, but nothing special.

Really comes down to a warm weather brew. Not a lot to speak of in the flavour department, but could be refreshing in the Texan heat.

elricorico, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Yimosan
2.3/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Why? Why did I buy this, I don't know...I had a six of Sam Adams Light and put it down for this...why? Can I return a 5 pack?

Appearance: Looks a little like apple cider in color. Head?

Smell: Yeasty...I didn't find it pleasant.

Taste: Not as bad as the aroma. Bland and leaves your taste buds lightning fast.

Drinkability: If it wasn't almost 90 degrees out there and I'm doing yard work, I would not drink it, but lets face it, it is better than H2O.

Yimosan, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a victim of circumstance. Having had numerous bocks before reviewing Shiner, it simply doesn't compare in smell, drinkability or most importantly, taste. It's not a bad beer, slighty bland for a bock. However, it does smell decent as some sweet malty scents do escape upon pouring. Taste, as I said is a bit bland, some richness comes through but not much. Chalk it up as "you get what you pay for".

Infamous7100, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of whoneeds8
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out amber brown with a very noisy thin white head that disolves quickly. Lacing? Are you joking??? Smell is actually good with malt hints. But the taste isn't as good. It's just not much of anything, really.

Shiner was my "gateway" beer into this BA world. But since I've widened my variety in beer in the last year, it's caused me to think very little of this beer. I seriously don't know how I ever liked this.

whoneeds8, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, dull copper color with some visible carbonation. A large, foamy and fluffy light tan head bubbles up with okay retention and some sporadic lacing.

S: Some toasted grain scents. Quite metallic. Some vague caramel and leafy hop notes.

T: Toasted grain and a sulfur-esque, metallic character. A bit yeasty, with some leafy hop flavor into the finish.

M: Medium-thin body, with fizzy carbonation. A slightly coating feel as well.

D: This is not recommended. The only purpose a beer like this serves is to be that baby step for people who think that anything that comes in a bottle is fancy, high-end stuff. Very over-hyped for such a mediocre beer.

Clydesdale, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of theghost3
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with oddly no head, just a little off-white ring that quickly dissapates. No lacing.

Smell is sour yeast with very faint malts. The taste is rather flat--really faint malts & maybe a hint of hops & yeast. Mouthfeel is carbonated but no real crispness.

This is an OK beer when you're at a bar with few choices, but almost everywhere has Sam Adams or Blue Moon & those are both much better choices than this.

theghost3, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Not sure why I got this really other than the fact that it was $1.

Appears a medium brown color, with a light tan head that is like a fizzy yellow lager, only it's not yellow. The head goes away, never to be seen again. Actually it looks a lot like a cola.

Aroma is attempting to put forth some caramel maltiness but it really fails big time. I think there might be a touch of some earthy hops, but who knows really.

Taste is not as piss poor as the first two luckily. There's actually a bit of caramel maltiness that shows up, but it's very watered down almost. In the finish a slight hop presence seems to make itself know, but quickly fades into tasteless oblivion.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied, with a rather harsh carbonation and weird slick feel.

A pitiful excuse for a Bock. I suppose it might be a good one for the BMC crowd as it has pretty much no flavor but is ghastly dark in color...

roadhouse, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a clear deep amber color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that left no lacing. Basic semi-sweet malt aroma. A fundamentally solid flavor with no outstanding characteristics, light on the tongue with a slight tang on the finish. Typical light body. Very good drinkability, but most Bocks do. An average example of the style, try one if you see it, or if you're stuck someplace with fizzy yellow beers and this, you will be happy with Shiner Bock.

beertunes, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium amber-brown in color. Crystal clear with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing on glass

S - Malt, slight apple undertones. Minimal, not very strong overall.

T - Particularly mild, but good. Grain, malt and slight fruit tastes. Easy to please just about anyone. Not "extreme" by any means. But still pretty good.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty carbonated, which was unexpected. Somewhat fizzy. Less than desirable, but not bad either.

D - It wins with drinkability. I could easily put down a few of these. Would make a good sessionable beer. Something that I would give to my friends to help them cross over into "good beer" world. Easy to drink.

Overall, not bad. Had it on tap as the guest-brew at the Brewerie in Erie, PA. An easy "crowd pleaser." Good with a meal, or to session. Very well rounded. But nothing too intense in either direction good or bad. Average brew. I'd take another one if offered for sure.

TylerAddisonJ13, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a fizzy white head that quickly settles into a thin collar. Light toasted grain with an herbal kind of quality in the nose. Tastes mild and well balanced between light biscuit malt and hop bitterness. Light seltzery mouthfeel. Squeaky clean and easy drinking, decent session beer.

biggred1, Feb 28, 2009
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,279 ratings.