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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
73
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3,386 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,386
Reviews: 1,005
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 37
Gots: 490 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

During a trip to the heart of Texas, I got to know Shiner Bock. It is everywhere there, alongside Lone Star and all the other usual BMC suspects, on every bar's display counter. So, more often than not, jumping from place to place in Austin, following the live performance winds, this beer was the de facto beer choice for me. Now, in one of those unpredictable nostalgic turns, I see it on the shelf of my favorite local bottle shop. After a mild double take, I had to get a bottle, to complete this walk down memory lane.

This beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden brown, with a few fingers of off white head, that falls away very quickly, leaving no lacing. The smell is malt - grainy, spicy, a bit of rye. The taste is very light - a bready, biscuity malt, and a slight floral essence. The carbonation is prickly at first, but mellows out, making this fairly smooth. The body is quite thin, the taste inoffensive, kind of bland, but I could see having a few rounds of this, given no better options.

Photo of Frosthazard
2.1/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Appears decent. Good thick frothy head. Little lacing going on.

S - Almost smells metallic, strange leafy smell, a little caramel and really lacking depth.

T - based on how dark the brew is, you would think it would have a nice deep flavor, but it tastes like water. Flat and stale tasting. No hops to be found, no pine.

M - kinda flat and watery, although smooth.

D - I think the only way I would drink this beer again is if it were free and there were no other beer available. Reminds me of cheap yellow beer masquerading as dark beer.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with a fairly nice, frothy cream colored head. Nice retention but not much in the way of lace.

Smells mostly like sweet caramel and crystal malts with some bready characteristics. Not much in the way of hops and has a slight metallic twang. Everything is pretty muted, but certainly not offensive.

There is very little to taste here, maybe a few hints of toasty malts and a bit of graininess. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery. It's ok, but far from Spoetzl's best offering, unfortunately is it the most widely distributed. It does go down easy and preferable over a BMC, but it is hard to rate this very high as a bock.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

What a huge disappointment. It looks like diluted mud, which is fine as the darker color would seem to imply there's flavor hidden beneath. Wrong!

There's almost no smell. You'd have to crush up a menthol cough drop and snort it first to get any hint of aroma. A slight tingling of sweetness is there, but that's about it.

Taste is equally weak. Some faint grains and a bit of caramel sweetness. No bitterness, no robust flavors. Just a few light reminders that you're not drinking water. There's a strange aftertaste which I can only describe as wet paper.

But at least it goes down easy. I guess that's something.

Photo of K7M
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours OK into a glass, the head does not stick around very long. Overall a decent Beer, not great, better than anything the mega brewers can produce. In my opinion it is better than Michelob Amber Bock, not far better, but it is better. This is a beer that would make a light beer drinker uncomfortable, but leave a true afficianado looking for something a little better. I would not turn this Beer down and I would not go out of my way searching for it.

Bottom line, it is a good Beer, but not a great Beer.

Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an easy to drink dark beer. It's a good introduction to dark beer for novices. Good, malty taste and lightly hopped. Better for my money than Michelob Amber Bock for this style (American Bock Beer). Slightly sweet taste but not cloying. Good lighter American Style Bock Beer. Mouthfeel decent. Overall, a B minus here. A gateway to better things. Very good session beer. I like it but it's too expensive in East Tennessee ($7 a six pack).

Photo of CityBoy1986
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a golden-orange with a finger's worth of white head. The head is gone quickly, and there is very little lacing.

The nose is toffee with some dark fruity aromas. The taste keeps the toffee, but the fruit disappears under some sweet notes. A mild bitterness is present toward the finish. As it warms, it leaves an increasingly unappealing aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is thin with low carbonation. Drinkability is low, mostly due to the aftertaste. Of course, this doesn't matter if the beer is guzzled.

On my old list just of what I tried, I have this marked as "good." I don't know what I was thinking.

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

Overall nothing spectacular, but I don't think it is bad as many of the reviews suggest.

Pours a light reddish brown, fairly transparent suggesting a weak brew.

Smell if very faint malt.

Taste is a bit of roasted malt and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is very light with little body.

Not much punch so I am sure I could have a few,

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

I should preface this by saying bock beers in general are my favorite beers. So far, even a bad bock is a decent beer to me. I'm always happy to find Amber Bock on tap, especially if I'm with a group, so we don't have to get a pitcher of some horrible light beer.
After viewing and enjoying at least parts of the movie "Death Proof", I figured Shiner Bock should be worth a try. It has only been widely available in the midwest for a couple of years, so the movie was my first knowledge of this cult beer.
Unfortunately, I would rate it a cut below Amber Bock. It does have a faint maltiness about it in smell, texture and taste, but in no way is it even average as bocks go.
And every bottle in the sixer I drank was flat! Very little carbonation. I gather that makes it more drinkable toTexans who choose it over Bud Light, but it's not a quality I look for.
I might buy it again if I want to introduce someone to the quirkiness of "Death Proof" on dvd, or I might try it on tap if I'm ever again in Texas, and I wouldn't turn down a freebie. Otherwise, I'm unlikely to visit this brew again.

Photo of bowersdm
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic

A - amber-ruby color, no head.

S - fruit, caramel malt.

T - very tangy weird taste that predominated and basically covered up the caramel malt, what little hops there was, and the fruitiness. not a good flavor. It also had this weird flavor that I always associated with Budweiser's beers. I don't know what it is.

M - disgusting.

D - i will never ever drink this again.

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

appearance: bright orangish brown

smell: light hops, coffee and chocolate

taste: slight roasted malts and hops flavors

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty

drinkability: very very easy and smooth. A decent session beer and goos transfer beer. But overall averga efor beer adovcates. not much better than amberbock

Photo of liquidnoise
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is on tap all over Texas, and WHAT a brew to have on tap all over Texas.

For starters, if you live in Massachusetts and you are at your local Liquor megaplex, aching to try something new in search of the treasure chest that is your perfect beer, the beer that represents you and all you stand for, don't go here. I've only had it on tap, and it's basically a really, REALLY high quality American Macro.

BUT, if there is one great thing about being in Texas, it is that I can get a beer this good on tap everywhere in Texas. When the beer list only has 4 brews, Shiner is there to save you from Bud, Bud Light, and Corona.

In sum, I'm never gonna buy it at the liquor store when there are better options, but it's a great quality brew and in Texas it's somewhat of a savior when your out for pizza.

Photo of pumarocks
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the local HI-LO on the westside in hopes that it might remind me of warm spring days. After shoveling 10 inches of snow and ice off my driveway I can say this Bock did not let me down. It is malty, very drinkable and refreshing. Is it a heavy-hitter all time great? Not really. It is a bit watery with no head retention. Please please groundhog, dont see your shadow. Spring cannot get here soon enough.

Photo of bmwats
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Medium dark brown with an almost greenish tint. Medium carbonation pours into a slight white bubbly head. Quickly dissipates leaving nothingness. Very light carbonation continues to rise. No lacing.

S: Roasted chocolate malt.

T: Malty flavor (but not like it smells), light hops, and a little peaty taste.

M: Feels carbonated (although not visibly evident), and a little diluted. A malty start and pungent finish.

D: Decent drinkability. Light body, and pretty good flavor.

Atmosphere leaves a little to be desired, but flavor and feel are okay making for good drinkability. Decent quaff.

Photo of hopdog
2.35/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with lb4lb (thanks!).

Not much more to add that 500+ people haven't said before...Poured a medium and clear amber color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, roasted caramel, and nuts. Tastes of the same but thinner and somewhat watery. Body was thin and watery as well.

Photo of erikm25
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown into my Shiner Bock pint glass (one of my favorite glasses). Sits crisply in the glass. The head is average after an aggressive pour. Retention and lacing are hardly noteworthy. Overall, there is nothing special about the appearance of this beer other than a decent color.

S: Grain and some malt aromas. Little hints of caramel and maybe a pinch of hops towards the back of the nose.

T: Light tastes of malts. Caramel and roasted nuttiness with some brown sugar. This doesn't have any tastes that jump out but tends to be very crisp and clean feeling. Nothing complex but still reasonable even after it warms.

M: Medium body with low to medium carbonation.

D: Being from Texas this was a staple for me, like others, for many years. I hold this beer close to my heart so for that reason it will always be a winner. From a straight beer perspective there is nothing particularly special about this. I still think it is a pretty solid delivery and I was glad to see it has made it as far up as WA state (kudos to Spoetzl Brewery). Great for a long session.

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

I love bocks so I was excited to try Shiners. The beer poured a very clear brown with accents of redish orange. Very weak head for a bock with very active carbonation. The smell was dissapointing as it didnt smell like much at all. Some faint aromas of oat, malt, and some sweetness. The taste was better than the smell and apearance. The taste was malty and with some sweetness of molasses or caramel. The mouthfeel was crisp but at the expense of much carbonation. Shiner Bock is easy to drink because it is watered down compared to other bocks. All in all I would probably pass on this if I saw it again.

Photo of joecast
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

attractive clear red/copper color but the head is disappointing. forms a thin tan head which disappears quickly. low carbonation.

aroma consists mainly of malts but doesnt really lean too far towards sweetness. slight cardboard comes through as well. not much more else.

fairly clean malty taste. not a whole lot of character makes me think this is just a really base, beginner craft beer. some flavor but nothing too opver the top. not that the style would call for anything extreme but this would be in the same vein as SA Boston Lager.

cant say much more than that. not any obvious flaws that i can pick up, but nothing coming right out and saying "drink me again".

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

Taste: Faintly toasty maltiness with a light taste of caramel and an ambiguous nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. A revolting metallic component leeches into the flavor -- always a turn off. Finishes dry with a crisp carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a tad bit fizzy.

Drinkability: A plain, dull lager, but when you throw in that metallic mouthful of nickels and pennies, you've totally lost me.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,386 ratings.