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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
okay

3,173 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 3,173
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 337 | 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A. Served in a 12 oz pint glass. Dark amber in hue with little head that dissipates to nothing.

S. Not much of a nose at all, faint malts.

T. The malt prescence is there, with little in the way of hops. There is a hint of alcohal, but only a hint.

M. Medium bodied and a bit slick on the palate.

D. Fairly smooth and goes down pretty easy. Maybe thats just because it was the first beer of the night..

Stinkypuss, May 31, 2008
Photo of stumac
3.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im a Texan so this beer is a Texas classic (even if its really a dark amber lager and not a true bock)

pours up a dark amber color, small off-white head. aromas of pale malts and caramel malts. taste is metallic up front, then lightly chewy malty, subtle hops are apparent (not a good bock characteristic). medium bodied, medium carbo, sweet finish.

i dont care if this beer isn't the best beer ever, its a classic in my land and this used to be my "expensive classy" beer back in the day before my "real" beer awakening.

stumac, May 28, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprised it has taken this long to get around to trying this. It's been readily available, but I haven't gotten around to it until now:

A: A brownish golden pour into a stange (I like using that glass from time to time!) Head was pretty pathetic, very fizzy and gone about as soon as it came.

S: A little bit of malty sweetness, and the slightest bit of faint dark fruit.

T: Very lacking in flavour, which is a real disappointment. A bit of malt graininess, and a little bit of a metallic edge.

M + D: A little thin, but a reasonable dryness to finish, which is alright. It's certainly a sessionable drink, but probably not for my taste. I would certainly go elsewhere for a refreshing brew, even to use as "lawnmower beer"

Proteus93, May 19, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
2.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a head that dissipates rapidly. Decently carbonated. Very little aroma - some slight sweetness but not much going on. Tasted like it had a lot of adjunct grains - corn or rice - very bland. Light-bodied and not much of a malt backbone to it. Drinkability is okay but expected for something this bland.

jhu1995, May 17, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.83/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely clear light brown color with a head that disappears before you put the bottle down.

S: Not much of anything in the aroma. Only thing I can pick up is a little bit of roasted malt.

T: Just like the smell, there is not much in way of taste. In fact, there is almost no flavor until the after taste.

M: It is so thin and lacking in carbonation, it is definitely below average in mouthfeel.

D: Since it tastes like a glass of water you can knock it down easily.

GatorBeerNerd, May 17, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a keg of this (not by my self). Poured into glass tumblers.

A: Came out a dark gold brown with a nice fizzy head that receded rather quickly. Still had some light lacing.

S: Malt and hops. What else do you need?

T: Light malt, a touch of hops with a metallic twang in the finish. The twang doesn't really turn you off.

M: Light, a little watering with a good amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

D: We finished the keg, so I would say it is drinkable. It is nice change from any dominant macro that is for sure. Good attempt from a German brewery in Texas, but I prefer their Hefe.

everetends, May 13, 2008
Photo of BeanBone
3.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Clear medium brown body with white head that fizzes out quickly, leaving moderate lacing

Aroma:
Medium roasted malt body with vague hints of hops in the background

Taste:
Roasted malt and carmel notes with a little booze and that famous metallic curve-ball at the end - nice carmel aftertaste

Mouthfeel:
Quite dry and clean with moderate carbonation

Drinkability:
I can personally assure you, Shiner can be drunk in large quantities over the course of a night

Verdict:
This is certainly not the greatest beer in the world, nor the greatest Bock. Hell, it might not even be a Bock. But still, I have a very warm place in my heart for Shiner Bock. It rescues me time and time again out in here the outback of American beer culture.

BeanBone, May 13, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.88/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great session beer. Pours with a dark mahogany color that belies its easy drinkability. The smell is a subtle maltiness with slight hops bitters. The taste is light, with malty sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness and carbonation. I could drink this one all night.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Very clear amber with a slightly taned head. The head has no retention and no film is left on the glass. Little to no carbonation can be seen in the beer.

S: Smell is more of a dark lager then a bock beer. Scents of burnt grains with a hint of hops and brown sugar.

T: Pretty much the reverse of the scent. The hops and brown sugar dominate while the grains seem to add a bitter after taste.

M: Very dry and smooth beer. No carbonation to be felt.

D: This does not drink like a bock style beer. Seems to be more of a Brown ale. With a little tweaking would probably make a very good brown ale.

bilyboy65, May 03, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
2.13/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a restaurant to go with a dish that was cooked with the stuff. Both looked better on the menu than they did on the table.

Appearance was that of a glass of iced tea sans ice. Or maybe brown dishwater. No head whatsoever. Aroma? Very faint smell of grains. Flavor was weak malt and water, not necessarily in that order. Carbonation was stronger than expected, which seemed to give some semblance of body to an otherwise thin and lifeless brew, and I'll give it an extra half a point for drinkability simply because I actually had two...although I'm still not sure why I ordered the second one.

Rzzzzz, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of bort11
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall shaker pint. thin soapy looking head that quickly recedes. Color is a clear mahogany with a lot of carbonation activity. Sort of looks like a Coke.

Smell has a slightly burnt grain aroma. Hints of grassy hops are barely noticable. A little bit skunky. Taste is also quite grainy with a little bit of caramel malts present.

Mouthfeel is light and thin. Just not very interesting. So far, I have yet to have a really good beer from Texas.

bort11, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown with a little tan head that shows nice retention.

S - Caramel and brown sugar are there, but only just. This doesn't really smell powerful, but that's the idea.

T - Much like it smells, this one is very mild and unassertive. The flavors are tasty and caramel/toffee based, but this would be better if those flavors were amplified a bit. Iced tea comes to mind.

M - Light in body and in carbonation, this is really smooth. The flavors are sort of easy going, and so is the neutral finish.

D - Not half bad. Gentle and unassuming. Very quenching.

pmcadamis, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of 1099
3.48/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My favorite brew from the Spoetzl Brewery is a staple here in San Antonio.

I sampled this on tap at a local Hooters during a Spurs game.

When it arrived at my table in a frosted mug, the first thing I noticed was the extremely dark color of this beer. It also had a nice 1 finger head that was very creamy and stuck around like nobody's business. Lacing was also very pronounced.

The smell is kind of perplexing. It smells of musty, stale malt. If I graded this on smell alone, it would fail.

The taste was very nice, however. Caramel malts, some hops and a little alcohol. This was like a party on my palate (or maybe it was just the spurs crowd?)

The mouthfeel was thin, and the finish was dry and bitter. I like that.

Drinkability is very high. I could drink a ton of these if given the chance.

This is a nice offering from Shiner.

1099, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of KI9A
2.55/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Blues City Cafe on Beale street, in Memphis, before killing my pallet with BBQ ribs.

A: From bottle, light copper, off white head.

S: Not much here. Some caramel.

T: Not much here either. Light malt, a bit sweet. No complexity like other bocks.

M: Clean, decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, maybe a step up from a macro-lager. Was hoping for more from a bock, but, the 2nd & 3rd went down great with BBQ ribs.

KI9A, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Offa
1.73/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I find this weak, boring and not even satisfying in the way cheap pale lagers often can be. It's as if it is intended to fill the roles of both a stronger, darker beer like a bock, as labelled, and a light pale lager-type, yet it miserably fails to do either.

Light brown, it's possessed of a small, bubbly off-white head that soon disappears entirely.

The aroma is a bit odd, old bread, candy, mild caramel, honey.

The taste is musty and sweet, with only hints of stale bread, candy, and soap. It's basically sweet with only the faintest trace of bitterness in the finish. It's thin, fizzy, and watery.

I have revisited this in OCt.2012 and found it, if anything, even more unimpressive than before. I have tried some new Shiner beers and revisited ones from before in the recent weeks and, as before, find that Shiner/Spoetzl produces some good beer but that, ironically, this "flagship" beer of theirs is possibly their worst beer. I have downgraded the taste score from 2 to 1.5 - it is simply almost utterly tasteless with only a very fleeting hint of flavour that vanishes abruptly to dry nothingness. It does not taste bad; it simply has almost no character at all. I compare this to their Hefeweizen, which is great, and their Kosmos Reserve lager, which is really good.

Offa, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear reddish-brown color with no head at all.
Very grainy smell t it, with a slight smell of hops.
Very malty taste, hop bite at the end.
Almost too sharp on the mouthfeel, very carbonated.
Drinkability is good, but wouldn't really want to drink a lot of these.

BDIMike, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is extremely mediocre, although I feel like that's probably pretty well known on this site. You're probably all coming around here, reviewing it for the same reason I am - you stumbled on it. Amber color with a weak head and no lacing. Nose is mild, mostly malt and grain. Taste is likewise, maybe some other adjuncts in there as well. Feel is too thin, but not terrible. Overall, I had it not expecting much, and got what I expected.

soupyman10, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of tab021
3.45/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

was down on vacation in Texas and figured I'd try the locals, so here goes

A- Golden brown. sort of clear

S- faint sweet

T- Tastes pretty decent. not very bock like but surprisingly good.

M- clean and easy

D- could take a whole case of these back with me. easy go to favorite from shiner (so far)

tab021, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear, reddish brown color with an aggressive head. A tan khaki head that almost spills over the side of the glass.

It smells like a very processed synthetic grain and that is about all. No discernible hops or much of anything else.

Taste is very surprising. I was expecting to be drinking a "drain dumper" but its actually not bad. There is a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste. Slightly coppery in character with a nice sweetness that I didn't see coming. The only downfall is that its a one trick pony, there isn't anything else to this brew to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is only average. There isn't much carbonation and its tastes kind of watered down and slightly synthetic. This blah-ness makes it a less drinkable beer in my book. I am initially intrigued by it only to be disappointed by the whole package.

jbphoto88, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of BgThang
3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was always a favorite and it is what actually got me started drinking different beers than the macros brews.

I was drinking this stuff back in the early 90's when you could only get it in texas. It was quite different than your bud or miller lite.

It pours a nice dark copper color and I will admit the keg taste better than the bottle. I am reviewing the draft because it has close to the same nose , but there is some spicyness to it from the keg. Somewhat of a bite. Its really good. For being "a darker beer" it goes done really well on a hot day.

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.85/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner is a unique bock in that is has low alcohol content and not much deep flavor. Still gets you feeling good if you drink a few or mix with a stronger bock.

A- Copper-brown. semi-transparent and not viscous-looking at all.

S- Smells faintly of sweet malts and caramel

T- Tastes like a sweet roll to me. Not complex like most bocks.

M- Feels clean with a sticky quality

D- Easy to drink too many and still feel great

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - very clear reddish brown brew with racing carbonation bubbles and no head at all

S - dull grainy smell, mild hop aromas that expanded after a few minutes of carbonation bubbles shoving them out

T - starts out with a solid malt flavor that weakens out before a sharp hop finish

M - carbonation just a bit too much...distracting

D - OK to drink, nothing really stood out other than the carbonation, not my bag

SaltyLime, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of drinksandeats
3.35/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer got me through school in Austin, and I have fond memories and vague recollections of enjoying pint after pint, pitcher after pitcher.

I wanted to do a proper tasting, so I opened a bottle from my cheap regional beer cache last night. It poured a nice seal brown, with little foam and a nice roasted aroma. Roasted malt is the strongest taste, with a bit of bittering hops. The mouthfeel isn't the best, but the flavor compensates.

Compared to other macrobrews on tap in Texas, Shiner Bock takes the cake. (Of course, in the summer it's time for Shiner Hefeweizen.) Compared to other bocks, however, it lacks the depth to make the top tier.

drinksandeats, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of JamesS
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear, weak brown/copper color with almost no head and no lacing. There is really no scent, beyond an extremely slight maltiness. Taste is also weak, with a bit of maltiness, but that's about it. It does go down fairly smooth, but that's it's best attribute. It has almost no bock attributes at all.

JamesS, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of joedon
1.93/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served overly chilled in "frosty" mug. Dark brown with almost no head; possible due to the near freezing condition.

Smell mostly of sour apples and a bit of brown sugar.

The taste is pretty nasty. Very sour with a bit of dark sugar-caramel flavor. No discernable hop taste or bitterness. Aftertaste is sort of sour vinegar.

Really thin, watery body. Nothing to make you think of German beers. I could finish the mug but would not order another.

This "bock" is nothing like the real thing. Sort of like a PBR with caramel coloring. Actually gives bock a bad name.

joedon, Mar 25, 2008
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,173 ratings.