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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner BockShiner Bock

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2,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 2523
Reviews: 924
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of jimdkc


3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-brown with a small off-white head. Malty aroma. Taste is initially sweet malt that gives way to a more toasted malt flavor. Corn adjunct flavors are also apparent. Just enough hops to add a little welcome bitterness to the middle. Thin mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish. Considerably better than a macro, but not what I'd consider an outstanding beer. Still, it does have it's charm, and is a good example of a style (American Bock) that was once much more popular than it is now.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 10:17:09 | More by jimdkc
Photo of sideshowrob


3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours a golden yellow, very crisp and clear. Very little head. Slightly sweet taste and smell. Little to no hop note present at all. Definately a malt-domminant brew! Nice mouthfeel; an emminently quafable brew. An excellent brew for a summers BBQ, or casual events where you need to bring a beer that won't be wasted on the masses, yet still shows you "get" beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 22:15:48 | More by sideshowrob
Photo of niknar


3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had not tasted a Shiner Bock for a couple of years prior to this review... but fate brought us together in time for this writing. It pours out a nice, deep reddish-amber color. A moderate head quickly formed, and just as quickly disappeared. Not much lacing to talk about either. Smell is a difficult topic for me (not a good sniffer), but it was not particularly strong. Taste is so-so. Nothing bad, but nothing wow. Malty, but I prefer a much maltier flavor. Some carbonation (perhaps a little too much). Not much hop character. Pretty simple, straight forward medium-colored beer. It gets some points on the drinkability scale for being simple (and a little thin) ...but elsewhere it really doesn't stand out from the macro-brewed crowd.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 22:26:38 | More by niknar
Photo of beertaster13


2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off I've yet to find a bock that really made me say wow, that being said this is just another average bock at best. Pours a light brown with hints of red, a slight white head will arise and fall, nothing spectacular. The smell is very malty, otherwise not much detected, the taste is a little to sweet, not many hops detected, caramel malts are in the forefront, very light bodied and not very refreshingly crisp and smooth, dryness. Wouldn't go back to this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 03:55:39 | More by beertaster13
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had numerous experiences with this brew during the week of April 25 - May 1st on a cruise out of Houston TX. It was a nice change from the Bud and Coors light, Corona, Miller products, etc! Not a bad brew, pours to a copper color with a white bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and caramel but they seem to be difficult to pick up. Not a bad smelling brew compared to the macro’s that where available but not very robust! The taste is similar to the aromas, not much depth but enough going on to make it an enjoyable experience. Was able to handle the hot sticky weather with this brew so it fit the bill. Over all I would get this brew if it was available in NY State once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2004 01:59:01 | More by Stimack
Photo of daledeee


3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice coppery color with medium head. Good carbonation and the lace stayed around. Smell was fresh and malty. Taste was very drinkable. Malty and a hop presence. A little dry mouth feel. This is a very drinkable beer that is becoming more available here in Iowa.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 02:36:11 | More by daledeee
Photo of merlin48


3.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was much better than my recollection of past samplings. This Texan pours a crystal clear, amber, copper body with a one finger, ivory head. The head doesn't last very long, and some minimal patch lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma has some caramel or toffee notes, and a restrained German(Hallertau?) lager style hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and features medium carbonation. Taste immediately reveals a lighter body than the mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness is dominant in the flavor profile, but is evenly balanced by the Germanic hops in the background. This is a tasty brew for an American regional, and far above average in that context. Finish is clean and leaves no aftertaste. A very pleasant, drinkability factor, but it's not really a bock or a dunkel lager. To be honest, I'm at a loss on how to caterorize this one, but it's certainly a better tasting brew than I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 10:35:02 | More by merlin48
Photo of MobBarley


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been eying this one for weeks and just picked up a single. Pours a nice deep brown with a small head and good wavy lacing down the glass. The smell is clean and slightly grainy with a hint of bittersweet hops. The taste is similarly clean, but simple, save for a curious series of sweet floral notes at the finish. Otherwise, it's a well balanced if slightly bland brew. Mouthfeel is thin but the drinkability is great and versatile. I can see this being very refreshing and can vouch for its perfect fit with a hearty meal. Decent, average stuff that I might snag again in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 07:06:41 | More by MobBarley
Photo of Tballz420


3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown colored beer, clear bodied, with a nice foamy white head on top. Fair amount of lacing. The scent is malted lagered water. The taste is more like some of the dunkels ive had than any bock. Its main features are caramel malts, but they are not as upfront or strong as they should be. Not a bad beer, but not worth a repeat purchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 20:51:37 | More by Tballz420
Photo of Zorro


3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweetish and very malty, faint trace of Banana, Not a bock more of dark lager.

Taste is that of malty mild ale, not a bock. Crap for a bock, pretty good for a lager or ale. It is a level above Budweiser and others of the Macro brew Ilk.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good, this stuff was great when drank with BBQ in San Antonio, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 03:50:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of brewQ


2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Starting my Lenten Bock Season slowly with an old regional brew ... The look is fine: medium brown, not much of a head though- certainly not able to retain it despite decent carbon dioxide apparent.

Taste is just okay- not quite up to the color or style.
Some residual sweetness.

Although it does not match my memories from several years and owners ago it is drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2004 01:47:13 | More by brewQ
Photo of ThreePistols


3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottled beer poured a clear medium caramel brown with a short beige head that disappeared quickly. Low carbonation. The aroma was malty sweet and grainy with hint of honey or molasses. The taste was weak and a tad too sweet and could use more hops for a better balance with the malt sweetness. The body was medium to thin. Overall this is an average beer that is easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 20:00:29 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of Reidrover


2.85/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I had seen this beer ever..they seem to be making moves in the PNW.
COmes in the 12 oz long neck..I like the old fashioned label with the goat.
Not too bad a beer to look at a nice darkish brown, with a good sized off white head..some lace.
Smell is ok fresh, but reminiscent of some of the better American macro lagers.
I felt let down by the taste I expected at least some chocolate type malts but none just regular old American lager taste..its is smooth though..and has some tiny hop notes at the end..
Pretty weak and thin in the mouthfeel deparment.
Its drinkable..its a just above average American lager..I dare say if I lived in deepest Texas this would be a great beer considering.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 02:36:25 | More by Reidrover
Photo of freed


2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this show up on the shelves of our local shoppe. The bottle was kind of cool, and it poured a fairly nice deep ruby color. (bock?). There was little head, and it scattered quickly. A few small colonies floated around, but did little.

The aroma was nearly acrid. The sour smell was kind of unpleasant. What's the deal? Its not quite a sour hop smell, and must be malt related.

The taste is decent though. Sweet, and a bit like spent malt. Reminds me of the ale that Redhook ESB has become. I suppose this is why people have such problems with its classification as a bock.

Its a decent beer though, and would be a great summer sipper.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2004 04:59:55 | More by freed
Photo of Skidz


3.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so smooth....it just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2004 04:08:41 | More by Skidz
Photo of CharlesRiver


2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap during a recent visit to Georgetown at a bar called Old Glory (I think that is what it was named).

Seemed a bit earthy to me. Peanut butter and like come to mind.

Not really much there. The smell was pretty blah! Some malt notes and that is about it. The taste was like a 100 yard dash. Quick, then done. The taste was some what malty but lacking so much. No trace of hops what so ever.

I had to ask the bartender if he really poured me a Bock.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2003 03:19:04 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear bronze, with an admirable, bone-white, 1/2" froth.
Aroma: mild, even nearly negligible, with tiny hints of nuts and caramel.
Taste: rather flat and blase, flinty, even, at first, a nothing of a mouthfeel with very minor character. Mighty quick finish. Leaves the palate rather dryly. Flavor possesses traces of those nutty, sweet, malty characteristics, but they're just a faint whisper in the wind. Malt is dominant, as much as such a mild-mannered component can be, and hops don't seem to be around at all.
Not a beer I'd ever feel like drinking again, but I'd slug it in a pinch. Considering it's popularity in it's home state, I'm rather relieved that certain Texans are choosing this instead of Lone Star.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2003 10:11:49 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of ManekiNeko


1.48/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served on tap at Dr. Dremo's in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light copper color with a smallish offwhite head that dissipates to a small ring of foam rather quickly. No lacing whatsoever.

Smell: Anemic aroma of roasted malts, corn, and precious little else.

Taste: Tastes like stale tortilla chops with some light caramel overtones. Light wintergreen aftertaste. Blech!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, slightly crisp. Ho-hum.

Drinkability: I think I'd rather not repeat this experience ever again. Not the worst beer I've ever had, but certainly among them.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2003 01:59:33 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of BierManVA


2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is about one average bier. I wouldn't write home about it, but I wouldn't turn it down either. I would just drink it and hope for some effect.

From the Spoetzl Website:

Shiner Bock is a distinctive, rich, full-flavored, deep amber-colored beer. Its handcrafted brewing process creates an inviting smooth taste without the excessive bitterness that charaterizes many micro, specialty and imported beers.

Top honors include:

* Bronze Medal for American Dark Lager at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival
* Bronze Medal for American Dark Lager at the 2002 Great American Beer Festival
I am wondering if I got a bad one or what!??

It just doesn't seem to have much character! to me. Just a "plain ole bier"


Serving type: bottle

11-17-2003 23:16:13 | More by BierManVA
Photo of TastyTaste


2.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a regular brown lager in appearance. This beer was as average as it comes. Smooth flavor, but lacking anything special or different. It was better than a macrobrew, but i still wasn't impressed. It's good if you are stuck with that, or AB or Miller products.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2003 22:44:04 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a standard I drank alot while living in North Carolina because the people I hung out with thought this was a "special beer".Pours a amber/brown with a light off white colored head.The aroma is grainy and lightly sweet and a little earthy.Taste is watery in my opinion with some resdual caramel sweetness but not much,not much of a bock for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2003 22:53:58 | More by oberon
Photo of kbub6f

New York

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium-sized, coarse, noisy, fast, bubbly, tan-colored head. Clear brown liquid, a little rusty. No lacing. Sweetish smelling: watery malty with a little caramel. A corny front shows a little caramel. The middle has some decent malt, but is still somewhat watery tasting. A little nuttiness appears in the dry finish. Dusty.

This is a pretty bland beer. There are some good tastes lurking, but they're too shy to show themselves confidently. It's kind of like an amber NA with a little more bite and flavor.

Serving type: can

11-03-2003 20:10:36 | More by kbub6f
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with an off-white head.
Aroma is faint, but shows lightly roasty malt and earthy, slightly pungent hops.

Taste is pretty mild, but has some crispness to it. Lightly roasty, toffee malt flavors and earthy hops. Touch of sourness to it, but otherwise pretty clean.

A little thin, but still a decent mouthfeel for a dark lager.
Drinkability: unexciting, but easy-going.

OK, calling this a bock should be illegal, but this is really a decent dark lager. Better than I was expecting after some of the bad things I've heard about this one.
Big thank you to AKSmokedPorter for bringing this Texas legend up to Ohio for me!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 05:03:14 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of Gusler


3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice deep amber to copper color, the head modest and a light tan color, nice sheet of lace to slide down the glass. Crisp malt dominated nose, sweet and fair to middling malt profile with a lean in feel top. Finish is vivacious in its acidity, hops are unimpassioned in their bite, dry aftertaste, a “Great Beer”, no, but a decent and drinkable beer that is benign and will accompany most food nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 16:46:42 | More by Gusler
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep cream-colored head that recedes over medium dark brown liquid tinged with a touch of redness. Sweet maltiness dominates the nose with a hint of lightly roasted malt. The taste is a light-bodied mix of nicely roasty malt, light nonetheless mixed with a dash of dryness and very very light bitterness...otherwise it's sweet malt all the way. Finishes sweet as well. Very tasty and quite drinkable, a nice Bock all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 18:23:08 | More by beerluvr
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