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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,390 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,390
Reviews: 1,007
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 38
Gots: 493 | 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 smithza9
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This has a rich amber color and a bold taste. It can be poured very aggressively. I was lucky enough to go to the home of Spoetzl Brewery, San Antonio, with the Spartan Marching Band for the Alamo Bowl this last year and I got to have some there. It's always better in the city it was brewed in.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours copper amber with a thin off-white head that soon becomes a disappearing, thin wispy patch. Little to no lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy with a hint of caramel.

The taste is grainy with mild caramel. Sweet, but aggressive, selzter-like carbonation wipes away most of the sweetness in the finish.

Light-bodied and rather fizzy for the style.

Low abv for style, and inoffensive, but a rather thin, fizzy brew.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was incredibly puzzling.

It looks like a bock, with a nice light-brown color to it, it even does an okay job of smelling kind of like a bock.

When I tasted it though, I needed to do a double-take to make sure I hadn't ordered coors light.
It has very minimal flavor, and what flavor there is is tinged with a strange metallic taste, which is odd considering I had this on tap.
Don't get me wrong, if I have to pick a light beer -- it'll be coors, but this isn't what I ordered or wanted.

At 4.4%, you may as well just be drinking coors light, because that's cheaper.

Photo of KrisPaulk77
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in the Shiner Family Reunion six pack, picked up by the Missus.
The beer was poured into a standard pint glass, and poured a clear and bright chestnut brown, with a thin, fizzy dish soap like head. Next to nothing for retention, and zero lacing.
The aroma was faint. Clean, with some mild toffee and maybe a touch of honey.
The taste is thin but clean, with mild toffee sweetness, some graininess, maybe a little corn sweetness, and mild hop bitterness. The carbonation is heavy and feels rough on the tongue.
Overall, not a terrible beer. If faced with a choice between Shiner or a BMC, I'd take the Shiner. I won't go out of my way to chase down Shiner Bock, but I will drink one from time to time, if only in the name of nostalgia.

Photo of Natural510
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber-brown color with good amount of fizzy head. Leaves a light ring of lacing at the side of the glass.
Nose is somewhat faint; heavy on the cereal malt with hints of molasses.
Initial smack of cola-like malt, follows with a sweet element resembling black licorice, then dissipates into almost nothing.
Body is thin, which is the main drawback of this beer. It is quenching, and leaves a faint hint of hops in the mouth, but could be muchfuller while maintaining its refreshing quality.
While it won't blow your socks off, Shiner Bock does get respect for being a viable option all those years before the craft movement took hold of the American brew scene. I will leave it at that.

Photo of MOB210SA
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At the Sea Island @ The Forum in town. The best beer they had besides Sam Adams, which wasn't on-tap.

1/2 finger bubbling head that was gone by the time I got to the table. Just a small film was scattered across the top, for the rest of the glass. Is the same light iced tea colored brown. A light toasted maltiness is really the only thing I could detect from a whiff.

The only difference is this beer is more drinkable and smoother on draught. Somewhat less carbonation but overall somewhat more enjoyable. Not the worst beer ever, but not to impressive for a bock.

This is the usual on-tap dark beer at restaurants and bars around here. So I'm sure Ill end up having this again.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Bock is the most popular beer from this company, but really not their best. It has a clear golden/reddish appearance, and a medium off-white head. Carbonation is low, which gives it its flat, so-so characteristic. Taste is on the bland side and mouth feel is light and watery. I usually try to avoid this one when I'm out at a bar, but it's everywhere and usually their "dark" beer offering. It seems like they've watered it down over the years, but it could just be me.


Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

everything about this beer, except the initial pour, screams "mediocre."

pours a dark amber with a nice tan head. the head doesnt stick around for long tho, and leaves almost no lacing down the glass. Smells and tastes of all malt, with no noticeable hops. bearable, but very forgettable. has a ton of carbonation like a macro, buthas a heavier mouthfeel, a bit syrupy. that would be really nice if it was paried with a good flavor, but it's just not there.

Photo of Jayli
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had 2/5 at The Draft in Dallas

A: This beer poured a deep dark amber color with about a one finger of off white head. Head retains almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is a relatively strong malt character mixed with biscuit notes.

T: Taste is almost all malt. Caramel malts really dominate and give a strange sweetness to the beer. There are mild, mild hints of hops and brown sugar. Leaves a rather distracting, cloying aftertaste.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat sticky in the finish.

D: Doesn't go down that easily, and leaves an odd aftertaste. I would op for others of this style in the future.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a light brown, translucent, with a fizzy off white head. It looks kine of like cola.

S-Malty, kind of musty, with a hint of caramel.

T-Mostly malty, some caramel and light licorice, and a very, very slight hop presence. No real aftertaste.

M-Thin and carbonated.

D-Very drinkable given its low abv and the fact its just an easy drinking beer.

Overall, this beer is in about the same price range as the big three which makes it a good value. Its not something I would seek out or even drink often, but if you are in a pinch its a nice fall back.

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.65/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a pretty red amber with a small head that subsides fairly quickly.

Fairly sweet smell with hints of prune.

Taste is decent, with a fair amount of malt taste and very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty watery, but this doesn't really detract from the beer.

This is a fairly drinkable beer. A bit watery and it will probably get a little bland after a while, but for the most part, it's not bad at all.

Will probably get this again some other time.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: reddish mahogany brown; decent white bubbly head

s: sweet hay; some brown sugar, some corn; some light toffee

t: very mild flavor; sweet hay; some watery sweet malt backbone; light skunky taste (not that the beer is skunked)

m: basically a macro mouthfeel with intense carb but some a bit heftier and more syrupy of a mouthfeel

d: i love this beer as an american macro classic; the labeling is so oldschool and classic; and i know that for a lot of peple in the southwest, were it not for this beer and michelob amber they would not even know that there were styles other than pilseners; as a bock it is only soso, but as a mainstream american beer/gateway beer for the unenlightened i give it a super high rating

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

Shiner Bock... Bock style beer at 4.4%. I expected more personally. Nice presentation of yellow label with red and black writing and a ram on the front.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown fluid with little head that produces very little trace lacing.

S- Simple metallic scents upfront with lightly breaded malts.

T-M- Taste is a very bland flavor of sweet malts and light hints of decaf coffee and alcohol esters. Mouthfeel is watery and goes as it comes.

D- Very drinkable at a price of a simple beer that is very macro-like.

Photo of brownbeer
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moment that I never drink a Shiner beer again can't come too soon. Fortunately, this is the last of my mixed pack.

It has a generic grainy aroma just like their other beers with maybe a hint of tree bark and maple.

Easy to drink, not much going on. A step above macro lager.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Kind of an inconsistent beer for me traditionally, whether that is due to distributor, the brewery or merchant, I dunno.

Standard darker appearance bock. A muted sweetness aroma. Taste brings what you smell, plus a little more feel for the roasted malt. Really, for as widely avaiable as this is, I'm surprised its this decent.

Mouthfeel is consistent throughout, doesn't fade or change, kinda drinkable, although the cost increase lately is getting prohibitive.

Photo of h00dak
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkable and tasty. This is a great choice for a session beer. It takes about half of the bottle to really start picking up flavors but after that it is smooth sailing.

Good for a hot day to refresh yourself. Don't let the "bock" fool you though. There is nothing strong about this beer. Barely stronger than a lager. Just more flavor.

Photo of Dster
4.12/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I don't think that I can be impartial of this one. Shiner taste like...home.

A medium orange brown with quarter inch of white head.
S sweet, slight smell of hops
T slight malt after taste, slightly sweet, medium carbonation
D In texas, this is the beer that teaches the young guys that there is life after budweiser. I could drink these all day. In fact I have had many a liter.

I definately think freshness makes a difference here. I have had at a restraunt like Love and War in Texas, where you know they empty at least keg of Shiner every day. And the drinkablity is killer. Then go to Applebees or something and the taste is different.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, clear amber with good carbonation and small dirty white head. Nose is dry, weak, grains and thats about it. Taste is grain, hardly any booze, some citrus and maybe caramel. Body and mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not a bock I would go to again.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Dark amber color with no head. Carmel, sugar, grain, corn, astringent tastes. A small amount of caramel and sugar tastes, some maple syrup. Slick mouth feel, like syrup on pancakes but not quite as sweet. Drinkable nature is okay.

Photo of Haybeerman
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear lighter amber brown color. Looks very carbonated. Poureed a 1 finger white head that dissopates quickly. Broken lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet toasted malts up front. A biscuity aroma. Nothing very prominent.

T: Bland malt with sweet finish. The front end of this beer has a roasted malt flavor. Little in the way of hop balance.

M: Light body. Ample carbonations. Fizzy and dry with a sweet aftertaste.

D: Fairly easy todrink. Would be more so without the sweetness.

Photo of tjd112
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this at a gas station in Geneseo, IL

Appearance - Poured a brown-ish colour with good head retention, foam is off-white and half finger

Smell/Taste - A mixture of bready and grassy with some malts coming forward.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than your average lager with a somewhat smooth finish

Drinkability - Definitely suffers when it hits room temperature, serve ice cold

Overall - an OK beer, nothing special. If I want a sessionable bock, I'll go with SA Winter Lager.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay let me put it out there... This is one of the best affordable beers that available in most of my friends' fridges. Excellent choice that is very sessionable and also pairs well with anything greasy.

Appearance- Moderately dark brown body, with a thin khaki head. Limited lacing that doesn't retain that well. Personally I would just stick to keeping it in the bottle.

Smell- A series of toned down malt smells emerge as well as a bit of grassy hops.

Taste- Malty breadiness comes upfront with a bit of bittereness from the hops coming at the end.

Drinkabilty- It pairs well with a variety of situations and food. Its been my go to for many occasions when I need to bring a six pack to share.

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours clear and amber, almost brown, in color. Small white foamy head that doesn't retain long and doesn't really lace much.

Smell: Malty and sweet with very little hop presence.

Taste: A little bitter, malty and tangy (almost sour). No hops noticeable at all for balance. This is a beer for sweet malt lovers. It's not a typical Bock flavor, as there are no good hops flavors to balance the malts.

Mouthfeel: Thin and heavily carbonated. A belch maker.

Drinkability: With the odd sweet/sour flavors and low ABV, this isn't really what I would consider a true Bock style beer at all. I know Bock's and like Bock's, and you Shiner are no Bock beer. More like a weak and watery American Amber or Nut Brown than a Bock. Not going to seek this one out again.

Photo of crhensel
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Bottle into a dimpled mug) Poured a dark amber with one finger white head that dissipated very quickly. The nose was of a nutty caramel/molasses sweetness with a tiny hint of the yeast. Nothing too obtrusive, however. Lively carbonation in the mouth, and the drink itself was very smooth. The slight sweetness of the malts came forward as expected, but surprisingly there was very little bite at the end, which I have encountered in other examples of this style. A nice average offering and very drinkable -- I would think a nice hoagie would work nice here.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.52/5  rDev +43%

I love Shiner Bock. It's great on draft or straight from the bottle. It has a very dark color, which is surprising because it doesn't taste like a dark beer at all. It isn't very heavy and doesn't have a very strong taste. An ice cold mug of Shiner Bock can be very refreshing.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,390 ratings.