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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,429
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 41
Gots: 551 | 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 Gatch
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Much better appearance than I expected, but it is a bock. Nice amber hue. Smell of melt, sugar, bit of hops, spices. Pretty standard malty bock with a slight hoppiness. Nice example for being more "main-stream" in my opinion. Very drinkable and feels good in the mouth.

Photo of vdread
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shiner Bock. The ubiquitous 'Texas' beer.

a dark copper with a bit of red around the edges. the thin head quickly disappears and leaves only a few spots. smells of sweet caramel and metal. not much coming through here. tastes sweet and robust with a biting (metallic?) aftertaste. more sweet and malty than anything else. it's heavy and flat, and very one dimensional. very slight european hop note at the end.

feels light, watery, highly carbonated.
drinkability about aveage. it's on the light side, without an overrabundance of flavor so i can drink these easily. not overly inebriating, so i can get loose on a sixer without having to worry about buying new pants in the morning.

= all in all, not the best example of a bock beer. i actually like this beer on tap, but i sometimes have difficulty enjoying it from a bottle. one of my favorites for sentimental reasons, but since discovering better beers, it's hard to really love a Shiner Bock.

= could be a decent beer if it weren't for the metallic taste

Photo of Spidey13
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bocks pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head. The nose is mild, with some grassy hop notes. I also get some hay with slight hint of licorice.

The flavor is light and malty. Bread crust flavors are followed by a mild sweetness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinker but not bad.

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

A: Unspectacular brown color, not much head to speak of.

S: Caramel and malt

T: Kind of sweet and some malt. Nothing worth writing home about. No real hop flavor or character.

M: Light-to-Medium body, smooth feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, since it's kind of a watered down bock.

Photo of Fnord
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear amber with an initially large head that fades into a small film on the top.

Smell - Mostly caramel, with a bit of alcohol.

Taste - Again, mostly caramel, with a touch of alcohol and skunk.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light mouthfeel, with high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very high. I can and have drunk many a pitcher of this stuff... It doesn't warm up well, though.

Notes - Good ol' Shiner Bock was my introduction to the beer world, and for that I owe it some props. Tastes just like I remember it, too. It's not nearly strong enough to really be a bock, more like an amber lager. It's mainly for people who aren't beer geeks, but who want something better than BMC, for a cheap price.

Photo of thekanna
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Love and War in Texas restaurant in Grapevine, TX.

A: Dark brownish color reminiscent of flat Coca-Cola. Barely any appreciable head.

S: Faint sweet malts and caramel.

T: Adjunct malts and an overall toffee-like sweetness. There was a strange biscuity taste reminiscent of stale wheat crackers. Hops were largely undetectable.

M: Smooth and slightly creamy. Carbonation was subdued.

D: Sweet and watery sums it up; drinkable in large quantities, yes. Would I want to? Probably not.

Photo of PhxHorn
2.23/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So I drank one of these where there wasnt much choice. Medium yellow, moderate head. Smells of corn and macro. tastes of sweet corn macro. Basically like Bud. As it warms up, it gets somewhat worse. Carbonation was fine. Just not much flavor. Light enough to drink, but I'd prefer something more complex.

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

A dark yellow color reminiscent of apple juice. Carbonation settled rather quickly.
A slightly biting mouthfeel due to the carbonation with a slight malt character and a hint of hops. With some slight farm yeast character and acetaldehyde. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still enjoyable.
Closest thing I have had to an adjunct Bock. Nothing Spectacular, but would accept if offered.

Photo of showell
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a pretty coppery color with a fairly large head that disippated quickly. Not much lacing. Really pretty color though. There was virtually no scent at all. What there was was grain and malt. The taste was about like the smell... grain and malt, and fairly weak. A rather watery mouthfeel. Not much complexity. Drinkable though. It's a nice one if you're really thirsty and just want something to quench your thirst. Honestly, it's not something I'd go out of my way to get, but it certainly beats the macros. Also, you really can't beat the price for something that's better than the macros, yet easy on the budget, and a low alcohol besides. I picked up a six pack for $5.99.

Photo of gmfessen
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep honey brown color with a slight red tinge. The head is almost non-existent barring a thin rim of carbonation and bubbles rising to the top. The smell is not overwhelming but is of sweet grainy malt, slightly buttery and bready. The flavor is similar, rather one dimensional sweetness that doesn't really ever go anywhere. The mouthfeel is definitely on the light side for a bock beer. The carbonation is thin and burns the mouth. Drinkability of this is decent, goes down like water and for the price is better than most BMC beers. The low ABV for the style also makes it more drinkable (but less desirable in my opinion).

Photo of Kromes
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with practically no head. Just a thin line of bubbles on top of the beer. Smells like honey roasted malts with a little bit of earthy hop. A sweet toasted malt flavor with a little bit of earthy hop. Pretty good. However, there is a slight tang to it. Mouthfeel is ok, carbonation adds a little spice to the beer. Drinkability is ok.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of diabecktic
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.54/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of fbinla
2.09/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of spointon
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of drunkboxer1
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of armock
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scootny
2.19/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,429 ratings.