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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,335
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 422 | FT: 2
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of miket163
4.13/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Shiner Bock poured a beautiful transparent autumn colored amber, with a 1 inch head in to my pint glass.

smell: The smell was that of flowers, slight hops, and almost a touch of citrus zest.

taste: Malty and lightly hopped, floral like flavor.

extremely smooth and clean tasting, yet in my opinion has the premier flavor and characteristics of a great session beer. The drinkability is perfect, I could drink these all night!


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

Poured a nice amber color, but with very little head. Smell of a bock(sort of) with a hint of adjunct. This is a smooth brew and does go down pretty good, but if you're looking for an original bock taste, you will be a little dissapointed. I have had many different varieties of bocks and was excited to see a cheap one, but it was kind of obvious why it is cheap. Michelob Amberbock is actually a better bock and has a little more alcohol I believe(since a bock should have at least 5%) Not a bad brew, but not something that I would tell you to go out and get now, because you are missing something.

Photo of Onenote81
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brownish amber with a very weak white head. The head is whispy and disappeared within a minute. No lacing/webbing whatsoever.

Smells average. Some floral hops and licorice, with a hint of alcohol.

Taste is also average. Malty with low bitterness. Crisp with high carbonation present. No aftertaste at all.

Overall, not a bad beer, but also not that great. Expecting more from this style, and this tastes no different than a Vienna Lager. Would have again if offered and nothing else available.

Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brownish color and a clear consistency. Had a quarter inch of head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, but not much other than that.

T: Tasted of roasted malt up front, but had a watery quality to it. Not much complexity with this one.

M: A very average amount of carbonation and a slick finish.

D: On the whole, a very uninteresting beer. It doesn't dare to be anything but mediocre.

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

appearance - Brown color with a decent size off white head that decended.

smell - Roasted malt here with some hops present.

taste - Has a sweet malt taste, mixed with some roasted malts, and ending with some hops presnet. Nice balanced beer.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, nothing special, decent beer.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nut brown in color with a thick light brown head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - A very faint nose of toasted grains and roasted nuts. Very faint caramel sweetness as well.

T - LIghtly sweet up front with hints of burnt caramel and toffee. A nuttiness comes through in teh middle and there is very little hop bitterness to speak of. A very passable beer but nothing to write home about.

M/D - A little thin on the feel. Goes down crisp and clean though. Very drinkable.

Photo of BMoney575
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-24-08

Pours a clear amber, no head, no lacing.

Smell is thin, fruity, and maybe a bit adjuncty. Not bad though.

Taste is slightly malty, but in the end, kind of thin and cheap. Tasty, just not much going on.

Mouthfeel is fizzy, and that's about it.

Drinkability is very good, I'd take this over a macro any day.

Overall, an American lager, but a smart pick.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 1 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks Again to Gnome-Fest!!

A - The head is a light tan and begins receding very fast leaving no remnants at the surface. The body is a transparent brown.

S - The scent is malty and clean.

T - There is a slight hop taste at the start and in finishes in a similar way. There's a soft aftertaste of hops and malt leaving me wanting another sip.

M - The texture is a bit coarse over the front to middle of my tongue. It really doesn't do much for the rest of the brew.

~ For a Bock this brew has very subtle characteristics all around. However, this beer will make for a nice session brew because,even though it is a Bock, it doesn't overwhelm.

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

From my limited notes, had last summer when I was in Louisiana.

Pours a clear amber color, decent sized head but fades fast, leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a bit of a grassiness.

Taste is fairly straightforward, reminds me more of a macro lager than a bock, crisp carbonation with mostly a sweet caramel malt taste, flavor leaves as fast as it comes, seems a bit watery at time.

Considering where I was, this was easily the best choice going on. A decent beer to drink in the sweltering heat, but I'd rather reach for other bocks or beers.

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

No thanks. For the price you can get a dopple bock thats much better.
The taste reminds me of Rolling Rock's Rock Red except a bit more hops and a better after taste.
Hardly any head retention. Nice amber color thats not as full flavored as it looks.
Probably better on tap.

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

Texas strikes again! This classic was a clear amber color out of the bottle but the white head was shorter lived than Billy Blanks career (who?). No lacing either. The aroma was very clean, almost to the point of being non-existent! Grains and dry husk. The flavors were thankfully better defined. Some malt and malted sweetness along with hints of astringent hops that nip at the palate a little. Nothing bold but very crisp and quite refreshing. Very light body with a fizzy carbonation much like beer flavored seltzer water. Good summer beer and sessionable even if not inspired.

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

One of my birthday beers this year. 12 oz into a glass...

A perfect clear amber. Nice color, but the head was up and down in less than 15 seconds. Zero lacing. Tiny bubbles.

Light aroma. A new smell to me. Not bad, not good, but closer to good than bad.

Taste just like tea. Only with carbonation. This is what tea-soda would taste like. With a splash of alcohol.

I like the body, but the carbonation is edging toward the rude side.

So it's not disgusting but not grand either.

Overall: tried it.

Photo of jisom123
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old-school BLOC Bock, deep in the heart of Texas. The idea is backwards, but has spirit. This is a decent beer. worth the effort. Buy it and you won't be disappointed in the flavor, just don't expect anything too fantastic. Its $8-10 per 6-pack I recall. Not worth it. The Shiner black is better.

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

The beer poured from the bottle a deep amber color with wispy foam above it. The aroma is caramel and molasses, it makes me think sweetness lies ahead. Fairly carbonated on the palate. The flavor isn't overly sweet, but rather like strange askew caramel topping over a slightly buttery biscuit. This beer could use some work in the flavor department and also a bit of balance would be desirable. I am glad I didn't buy a six pack.

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

App - cola color, brilliantly clear. Small, coarse bubbled head with poor retention (also like cola).

Aroma - generic macro lager smell - very limited malt, fairly clean.

Taste - weak initial malt character, nicely balanced by hops to a fairly dry, clean finish. Clean flavor profile befitting a lager, but lacks the robust flavor profile of a bock.

MF - medium body, med-high carbonation (very spritsy). No astringency aside from carbonation bite. No warming.

D'ability - smooth, but bland dark lager. Drinkable, but there are better options.

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

Comes out of the tap a clear, appetizing mahogany, not much head. Aroma is malty with a fruity undertone - apple or pear. Flavor is mainly malty with a hint of fruit and touches of sweetness, hops, and nutty taste. Texture is smooth and fizzy like cola.

Photo of cvstrickland
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce bottle with a twist-off top, poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear smoked garnet body with a thin cap of off-white foam. The head shrivels to a timid ring that leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is malty with a whiff of dark caramel and a bit of brown sugar.

The taste is malty, mostly dry with a tinge of sweetness in the finish.

Super-thin and watery, crisp, dry, and lame. An easy drinker, as it is virtually devoid of body or flavor that might otherwise taste like something and annoy the drinker.

Photo of Rayek
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Irish Snug in Denver.

A: Chestnut brown color has good clarity. My beer arrived with almost no head, and what was there disappeared quickly. Left no lace.

S: A little sweet toffee and a little caramel, plus a touch of pepper. Quite mild for a Bock.

T: Overall bittersweet toffee flavor. Toffee hits first, followed by a mild pepper bitterness. Finishes very clean and somewhat dry. There was an odd grainy taste in the background that I couldn't quite place. Perhaps an adjunct? It detracted heavily from the experience.

M: Medium light body with the right level of carbonation.

D: Not my favorite. OK as a session brew, but not something I'd pick over other offerings.

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

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and nutty with flavors of caramel, lager yeast and smoky malts. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. It kind of tastes like a watered-down brown ale, to be honest. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't a bad beer and is a decent alternative to your fizzy yellow beers. However, this beer doesn't have enough to it that will make me choose it over too many other craft beers.

Photo of eweneek83
2.03/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance - looks much like a light version of a brown ale. not too much for looks here, a thin white foam quickly vanishes into American beer heaven.

Smell - smells very medicinal or like dead grass after the rain. Offputting sweet smell as well.

Taste - It tastes exactly like the old crumpled up Coors Lite can you smelled on the roadside that was tossed by someone who later killed a family of four... very beery taste. lite and empty.

Mouthfeel - light fizzy, rubbing alcohol like. light and unsubstantial.

Drinkability - It's too bad I've discovered good beer, unfortunatley this is not one of them. BUT, if I was a rebel flag waving tattooed biker guy, I'd down a case of these and still not have a buzz. try again, Shiner.

Photo of youngleo
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured to a nice head that disappated very fast. Not what I expected. Beer was more brownish than gold in color. No lacing at all. Smelled slightly sweet and thats about it. Had a very mild smell. Maybe a hint of caramel. Tasted a little on the sweet side. With a slightly bitter aftertaste. No flavors hung around. Felt very thin in the mouth almost watery. I thought the carbonation was a little excessive. I wanted to try the Spoetzl Brewery products and did. My first impression wasnt very good.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark goldern, almost amber color into lager glass. A tight, sticky compact head formed at the top of the glass leaving a nice lace.

The smell was malty and sweet -a bit grainy, but otherwise what one would expect from a Bock. The tast was likewise malty, smooth, and tad cloying. The malt profile was a bit muted for a Bock, and I think the finish could be a bit drier (perhaps hops underutilized?). However, this was a surprisingly smooth lager; I found very little astringincy.

While this Bock obviously underwhelms it isn't all that bad. I wonder if the brewers used even a single decoction mash. Traidtionally Bocks get thier color, malt profile, and flavor from a triple decoction mash and a very long boil. Shiner's Bock is typical what many brewers today brew. It isn't bad as far as beer goes, but for purists it has a ways to go.

Photo of ATPete
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Cool label. Shiner Bock pours a brilliant translucent red/brown color, a very vocal white soda-like head forms and dissapears very quickly, lots of carbonation bubbles are stuck to the inside of the glass. Kind of boring. The nose gives notes of semi-sweet toasted malts and a subtle apple/cherry fruit aroma, also some caramel and chocolate as it warms. The Shiner Bock is very light in flavor initially, malts, nuts, chocolate and booze at first that basically show up and disappear as fast as its head did. There is a slight hop bite just before the finish But the aftertaste is slow, long and lingering of funky fruity malt and burnt chocolatey grain, not too great. Its light enough to drink easily.

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

Lots of hype here about this beer finally making it to Michigan. Not sure what the big deal is? Pours a very bock-like light brown, not too dark. Trying to coax some aroma out of this by swirling around in the glass but not getting much. Basic malt/yeast beer smell. Lack of complex aromas indicates a basic beer with no exceptional ingredients or brewing processes happening. Flavor is sweet, light malts, light caramel, slightly more complex fruit flavor in the finish: sweet dark raisin with a twist of sour cherry. Wishing the beer was more crisp and clean as it would redeem it a bit, but I'm just not getting it. A beer this thin should be more refreshing.

Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the guy who recommended this was from Texas I thought he'd be recommending me a big , strong beer - not exactly. Poured a brownish-amber that left a large head and good lacings. A faint smell of hops on the nose left little to the smell. A medium-bodied brew that has some toasted/roasted malts and a sweetness that is a little syrupy like caramel. Goes down smooth with some biting hops, but for a bock it is not nearly strong enough to hang around with the big boys.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,335 ratings.