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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,425
Reviews: 1,023
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 41
Gots: 539 | FT: 2
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Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of SamN
2.55/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge lightly tan head swells and explodes into a a monster 3 finger foam bloom. Fine head, reminds me of nitro'ed Guinness. Dark and almost cloudy red coloring. A little ugly.

S- Tinned hops, slight doughy malts. A little spicy.

T- Wow, incredibly bland tastes. No movement of flavors, very watered down. Slight malt flavor, even less hops. Watery. Very mild bittered hops finish.

Really, it's surprising how little flavor there is coming out of this beer.

M- Medium light body, flat character, nothing exciting at all.

D- Considering it doesn't taste bad, drinkability is higher. Nothing to taste, so there's nothing to disgust you about this beer. In reality, I could drink this as a thirst quencher.

Photo of treque
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark red coloured, almost does not generate foam, and it dissipates very fast, with low retention and slightly residual . Very light carbonation.

S: Slight toasted smell.

T: with a hint of sweetness at the beginning, which becomes in some bitterness, with a long finish but
tenuous, with slight ethyl tints, despite its low alcohol.

Light in body making it easy to drink

Photo of JunkYardJake
2.31/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.
Amber to brown in color. The small head falls into the beer with record speed. Faint initial smell reminds me of cooked celery and cabbage. Taste is very mild but non--offensive. Slight bready malt and not much else. Mouthfeel is fluid without much presence on the tongue and seems flat. For such a mild beer, I found it rather toilsome to drink. Probably best to just slug these out of the bottle. Overall, not impressed.

Photo of aristeros
2.62/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Leaves a big, off-white head of two fingers plus, little retention. The beer is a dark amber, pretty clear, with very active carbonation visible. Almost no smell, a slight grain smell, maybe a wisp of alcohol, but no hops or definitive malts.

Lighter caramel malt presence up front, too light. Sweeter malt to follow but that's even tougher to detect. Mostly, I'm noticing the moderate carbonation. Clean finish with hops barely discernable until the back end, and even then, it's not much.

More of a lager than a bock. Light alcohol presence and moderate body would make you well able to have plenty of these if you wanted to. Better than a BMC lager but not what I wanted.

Photo of wca005
3.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers that I can get my hands on regularly being that its made in Texas for Texans- their slogan here in Texas. I have family that live in Louisiana that when they visit they buy several cases to take back. This although is not the greatest dark beer it is still a top choice of mine.
The color is a dark caramel with a brown head to it.
Smells rather bland but subtle notes of coffee and chocolate
Taste is nutty, sweet, toasted malt
Mouthfeel- slightly thick, could use a little less carbonation
Drinkability- good and easy

At most gatherings this beer is a usual suspect, they sell it in cans which is nice going to a river or lake since glass is not allowed at most places. Pairs well with heavy meals like barbeque, Tex-Mex, and in my opinion EVERYTHING

Photo of Halcyondays
2.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy short-lived white head, no lace.

S: Caramel malt, carbonic acid, not bad.

T: Has the caramel flavour with as with nose, some nice noble hopping, but gets fizzy in the end. Nowhere near the depth of flavour I associate with bockbier.

M: Light-bodied. Quite fizzy and watery, club soda like. Tad over-carbonated. For a bock, very thin.

D: Quaffable, but nothing really interesting. Better than the BMCs of the world, but not by much.

Photo of philbe311
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A fingers worth of slightly fizzy light cream colored head with minimal retention leaving only a ring of foam around the edges of the glass... The color is that of a dark amber mixed with a light cherry... Loaded with small bubbled rapid carbonation that can be seen bursting through the top of the surface...

S - Lightly toasted malts... Grain... Cereal... Caramel... Toffee... A touch of cherries... Rather subdued all the way around...

T - A very minimal initial kiss of toffee and fruit quickly fades and gives way to very basic grains and cereal... Slightly metallic... A watery flat seltzer like finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Fizzy... Slightly thin... Metallic...

D - After taking a look and a whiff, I thought this beer may be underrated, unfortunately upon first sip this beer begins to fall apart... Seems to stray greatly from style guidelines and doesn't do so in a groundbreaking or memorable way... A struggle to finish one and something I would likely avoid in the future... Just a tad better then the traditional BMC offerings...

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice mahogany color, clean and clear, with a little bit of foam on top. Aromas of caramel, toasted malt and maybe some molasses? Easy drinking, nicely carbonated, with some caramel flavor, a little malt and maybe, way back, some hops. Nothing all that exciting, but drinkable and fairly enjoyable.

Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thin, bubbley, off white head. There is terrible...make that no head retention. As soon as it hits the glass it fizzes away leaving nothing behind.

The aroma is ok, but a bit weak. There is a little caramel aroma as well as a bit of grain accompanied by a touch of hay and some soap.

The taste is ok. It's lightly sweet with a caramel note which is followed by a dry bit of grain. Nothing amazing, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high dose of fine bubbled carbonation that creates quite a tickle on the ride down. One of those crisp and refreshing type feelings.

Drinkability is relatively high. Although the flavor profile lacks dimension, it's not all bad and with low ABV it is quite sessionable. I would have no problems leaving this in the can and having an all day barbeque.

Photo of burnerfinger
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from the 12 oz bittle into a goblet

a deep orange with a foamy head that fades very quick to NOTHING . No lacing at all. after 2 minutes this looks like a glass of iced tea

s almost NOTHING to the nose.

t: really not much here either. soda water?

m I've lately had a few of the shiner brews and I notice a pattern: fuzzy over-carbonation and too watery.

d: sure! drink 'em up! long as it's free. otherwise find a better bre - wont be hard.
this beer is not overtly bad, it's just not GOOD at all.
overall NOT really what I can call a craft beer.

Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It poured clear amber in color with a one finger head that quickly died down. Only a hint of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is dominated by malts and not many hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both thin and watery. There is a good amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't difficult to drink this beer but the flavors taste a lot better while it is still cold.

Photo of olegv40
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden brown. Head is non existant.

Smells of sour malts and not much of anything else

Tastes more effervescent than it looks, the bubbles bite the tongue. Clean taste, nothing much comes through other than very slightly caramel malts. No real hop flavor.

Silky smooth mouthfeel.

Pretty drinkable, can put down a sixer with no problems.

Photo of Soilworker
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a tulip glass.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malts with a bit of grassy hops.

T: Nothing too overpowering here. Just some sweet and toasted maltiness and light grassy hops which follow the nose nicely. Quite clean and refreshing but seems to be lacking some body and complexity.

M: Moderately carbonated but seems slightly on the watery side.

D: Goes down quite smooth and I could definitely drink these all night...just not sure I would want to.

Notes: I didn't find anything too spectacular about this beer. It was just okay and didn't seem to bring anything unique to the table. Overall it was an average bock and I don't think I would buy this one again.

Photo of JMad
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into pint glass.

1. Had a nice clear brown color, with a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly, left little lacing on glass.

2. Couldn't smell much, smelt some light maltiness, not much else.

3. Tastes kind of weak, little roasted malt, no hops, kind of metallic.

4. not over carbonated

5. Goes down easy, very sessionable beer.

Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with yellowish brown hues when held to a light source and a very think beige head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, hazelnut and toffee. I was expecting a bit more but this beer smells pretty bland. There is also an earthy hop presence.

Thin bodied with a slightly dry earthy hop presence that lingers throughout over a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness but all of these characterisitcs are faint. It's a bit drier than I prefer and not very well balanced. Easy to drink but not something I would buy again.

Photo of Lukafer
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured quickly into a pint glass and got about 2 fingers of head which disappeared quickly. Color was a light, golden brown. Smells a little malty with a some nuts. Taste is malty, slightly nutty with a bitter finish, not much flavor. Mouthfeel is very thin with not much carbonation. You could drink a lot of these, as there isn't much to it, but I'd still take this over a Michelob Amber Bock.

Photo of witster18
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

practically no nose at all.... maybe a wiff of wet sock.

but the taste here is quite good. Honestly, when i think of an original american beer that is accessible... this is it.... Yuengling...ugh... Landshark...tastless...

Shiner Bocks bready sweetness, and fantastic drinkablity make this a real winner. It's like a light craft beer. Great summer beer even though it has some color.

These really grow on you...

the smell bad taste good original american brew.

a bit malty and metallic in the taste but not as overcarbonated or off-putting as some other non-mainstream macro selections.

a bit pricey for the quality.... but drinkability is very high.

Photo of mralphabet
2.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Dark copper in color, less than a fingers worth of head that just disappears. No lacing.

S: Malty, little bread and a touch of hops.

T: Mostly malty, just a touch of breadiness and a very light hop presence at the end. Little to no aftertaste.

M: Pretty thin but the carbonation good.

D: Low ABV and very drinkable, but not very Bock like.

Overall, not a bad beer just not a very flavorful Bock. If you are looking for something a little different from the big 3 give it a try, but if you are looking for a real Bock look elsewhere.

Photo of jwinship83
2.6/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from a pilsner glass. i couldnt find any sort of freshness information.

A- this one pours out a clear dark brown colored body with a small beige head on top. the head is quick to fade and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice here is toffee like malts. after that comes a definite nuttiness and a bit of toasted bread. not much at all in the hop department.

T- the nuttiness i could smell comes to the front here. the toffee isnt far behind. some sort of weird metallic taste also makes an appearance. kind of off putting. toasted bread and some caramel finish this one. once again, little to no hops.

M- too thin and watery for a bock. well carbonated despite the lack of a lasting or large forming head.

D- this can do in a pinch. i dont think this one is brewed with beer advocates in mind. for being the most well known bock, it doesnt fit the style definition very well.

Photo of soju6
3.43/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer pours a clear deep amber color with a light head that fades quickly. The smell is of toasted grain and a bit sweet. The taste begins sort of sweet but finishes clean. It has a light feel with not much body but goes down smooth & easy. Good beer to drink for most any occasion. The alcohol content makes it a good session beer.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Jayli for this one

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, high carbonation, a caramel brown color, clear

Smell: honey, toasted malt, grainy cereal

Taste: honey, toasted malt, grainy cereal

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, very sweet

Drinkability: Tasty. Not overly complex but certainly sessionable--especially on a warmer day. Could easily put back a six.

Photo of canucklehead
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in Mt Vernon Washington for $1.99 a bomber. Worth the the money for what it is: a easy drinking lager that has more caramel notes than a BMC lager. Drank it ice cold and enjoyed the basic plain drinkability of this beer. Food friendly and a decent finish this beer is not some craft take on a bock but rather a regional beer that sits slightly above the BMC beers

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of nuts. Taste is malty, bready, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

Photo of spoons
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is clear brown and dissapates quickly.

The smell. What can I say. well I can't say much cause there doesnt seem to be much there. Its like a constant theme with this beer.

The taste is smooth however. Watery, some wet malt flavor. There is nothing special about this beer. Im sure it would be perfect for a baseball game in really hot weather, and so would many other things...

Photo of fropones
2.38/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a copper brown with an ecru head with not that great retention.

S - Earthy. Not much there. Maybe some caramel?

T - Sweet, caramel, a bit of toasty and nutty, metallic, oh and did I mention sweet? And very metallic.

M - Light bodied, super overly carbonated.

D - Drinks fine. A half step up from BMC, but just a half. Definitely had better.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,425 ratings.