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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Photo of Hex92


4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Bock was for many years my favorite. Its hard to find now that I live in Virginia so I don't drink it much now. After consuming several hundred gallons of this beer I can tell you this: Don't bother drinking it unless you can get it on draft. Its no good out of the bottle. The carbonation, mouthfeel, flavor, etc. is all wrong. The only way to drink it is on tap. Period. Its a very smooth very drinkable beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2003 02:02:36 | More by Hex92
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Nice, clear brown bock color with a little head.

Smell – Nice, lightly-toasted bock aroma. There seems to be a scent of cheap grain, though, like a Budweiser or something.

Taste – The traditional bock flavor is there, but some cheap graininess and a watery finish spoil the show.

Mouthfeel – Thin and watery.

Drinkability – This Shiner was indeed a black eye.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 20:15:49 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beerguy101


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

Deep copper brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, malty and sweet. A lightly hopped, medium malted bock. Nice light tasty malty bock. Rich flavor, smooth maltyness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty, not bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 02:08:48 | More by beerguy101
Photo of Nytemare


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

Appearance: Pours a clear dark red, light brown with a pillowy off white head. The head doesn't last very long, but there is some lacing. Moderate carbonation throughout.

Smell: Smells mostly of malt, but there is a little sign of some hops. Nothing to get overly excited about, but not bad.

Taste: About the same as it smells. A very light hint of hops then a nice malty finish. Not over the tops malty, but it leaves a decent malt flavor in the mouth.

Mouthfeel: The malt is all it leaves in the mouth. Very light and smooth. No bite at all from bitterness or anything. Just goes down leaving nothing but flavor to tell you it was there.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. It's got decent flavor, it's smooth, light, and refreshing.

Well, I finally got around to reviewing it because I finally got some. My father-in-law gave me what he had left of a 12pack that he bought the other day. Not to say he doesn't like it, he just doesn't drink enough to keep the whole thing to himself. This is one of my old favorites and it was quite a trip to go back and try it after all the others I've now had. Really much different than I remember, but all around still good and refreshing. Goes great with popcorn and football. Still like it, just not the same as before.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 02:49:02 | More by Nytemare
Photo of Dubblebock


3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas produces a number of good quality, noticible beers, but they are probably most famous for their Shiner Bock brand. Us folks in Tejas been drinkin' this stuff for many a year, and it goes down mighty smooth on a hot afternoon, especially with a little salsa and some salty chips...

BUT, to write a good review, one must put regional and personal biases aside. To start with, calling this a bock is probably wrong. It's a nice, dark lager is what it really is. It doesn't produce a thick head nor does it convey a hearty, malty presence like a true bock beer should. That said, it does have a nice aroma and pours well. It has good body, although a bit carbonated. Get a cold one and the taste will develop. It has an ok mouthpresence, and the finish is nice. No trace of bitterness.

Overall, it's not to shabby if you like dark lagers. It's a big step up from the soda-pop rip-offs like Ziegen Bock. Spoetzl puts a lot of effort in brewing this beer and they take some pride of ownership. I want to do their brewery tour as I've heard it's great.

Try this one with a couple of friends, some good Tex-Mex, and a football game. I'm bettin' you'll like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 15:44:58 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of chaduvel


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

Lance Armstrong's favorite beer. Had this one at the Brickskellar in Washington DC. Amber in color, off-white head. Some faint aromas, malt and some roastiness. Not much in the way of smells here. Taste is smooth, malty and with a nice roasted/smoky flavor, not like a smoked beer, but very roasted. Hops are unable to bust through the smoke. Not bad, probably good with TexMex, it's not a true Bock though. Maybe I should carry this stuff in my water bottles during bike races...maybe not.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 17:42:49 | More by chaduvel
Photo of chilidog


3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner in the bottle helped the appearance for me by providing a much better pour. It pours a dark amber with a good off-white head though it does fade to a thin film quickly.The aroma is malty as with the taste. The mouth is left alittle tart and dry. The body I thought was alittle thin for a darker brew. An "ok" brew for something Texas born and off the beat-n-path, for an ohio guy like myself. Had to try it!!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 16:01:30 | More by chilidog
Photo of jcalabre


2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 3 August 2002. I am writing this review from my notes.
Appearance: This has a dark amber color with a medium white head.
Aroma: This beer has no aroma
Flavor: Shiner Bock has very little taste. It's not a bock. It's a notch above the megaswills, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2003 01:40:26 | More by jcalabre
Photo of stoutman


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

Head sticks around a little longer than the bottled version. Body is clear medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread, caramel), with a light fruity smell. Flavor is a lightly sweet, acidic, bitter combo. Finish is nice. Light to medium body, watery texture, with lively carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2003 23:51:26 | More by stoutman
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Well, the first time I tangled with Shiner was back in Costa Mesa last summer and we had a pretty hot waitress from Texas. I asked what I should order a yard of because I wanted to experience drinking out a vessel that stood three feet tall. Boy I am glad I ordered then what a great beer to drink from a yard not to full bodied or flavored just enough of everything to be enjoyed in that style of drinking beer. Now here I am back home and sitting here noting the visual aspects of this beer it pours amber ruby with an off white cream colored head about two fingers worth and quickly dwindles down to a thin collar of lace only to leave scattered lacing with each sip. Aromatics on this beer are well a little faint with a slight caramel malt tone but no real hop aroma to be found. Taste is creamy buttered caramel malts with faint hop bitterness in the background to balance out the sweetness and touches of dark roasts add to the experience. Mediocre at best with a thin body artificial carbonation, not much of anything special going on. Drinkability is good due to the fact that I can consume alot of this even a yard glass of this, however it's not a quality brew that I would buy religiously.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 06:41:33 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of tavernjef


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

Clearish coppery brown with small top of ivory colored foam that doesn't last, lace in minimal spotty fashion. Smell is mostly caramel with a bit of molasses, soft & plain malty nose thats fair but not moderate. Taste is a thinnish caramel malt with a toffee or molasses hinting in some bigger sips, but it really lacks a good flavor punch. Its just enough to take notice but not enough to enjoy really, kinda bland for a bock. Feel is a diluted mess thats a bit watered down and thin for a bock as well. Not much to it. Pass-a-bal!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 21:40:28 | More by tavernjef
Photo of BobLuvBeer


3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish and auburn color. Medium head. Has a very light and crisp taste. An excellent overall flavor. Just a hint of hops. Leaves a ver pleasing aftertaste. Excellent drinkable beer. It’s overall light and easy to drink. But has the body that tells you this is a beer with care and meant to be enjoyed. A very good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 15:01:34 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of Boilermaker88


3.2/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber color. Poured a 1" head which quickly dissapated leaving minimal patchy lacing. Constant strings of bubbles raise to the surface.

Not much smell. Vaguely malty and little to no hops.

Taste was virtually all malt with a touch of hops at the end. Not sweet, not bitter.

Carbonation stands out and makes the beer refreshing. Not the heavy feel one might expect. A nice brew to relax with on a summer evening

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 10:33:27 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of cokes


1.98/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Clear dull and dark amber. Foamy pale yellow head vanishes quickly.
Husky nose with little evident maltiness, sweet or otherwise. Suggestions of stewed veggies is not a plus either.
Taste is more of the husk, less of the malt, and pretty much part and parcel of what one would expect from a macro lager. I could tolerate it if it was marketed as such, but slapping "bock" on a thin, malt-less brew is unacceptable.
Back to the actual taste: More veggies appear towards the back of the mouth, although they're pretty faint. Some heavily diluted caramel (maybe?). No hops.
Thin and absolutely lifeless in the mouth.
Not a fan, at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2003 20:24:17 | More by cokes
Photo of Suds


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

What a letdown. I had this with some broiled salmon and shrimp...the food was fabulous, but the beer was a complete bust.
Pours a dark-golden color with moderate carbonation and a thin, fizzy head. Slightly hoppy aroma, but nothing even close to the malty, doughy smell that a true bock would have. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Decent hop finish, but nothing outstanding. I'll steer clear of this one in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 14:13:04 | More by Suds
Photo of Globetrotter


2.25/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty bad. It pours reddish-brown, with next to no head, no lace and no collar. It smells like caramel, and sits heavy-sweet in the mouth. The taste is caramel and sugar. I couldn't find any hops. Saying it tastes like Coke would be doing Coke a disservice.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2003 10:06:39 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Realale


2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light brown. Tight white 3/4 inch head dissipates somewhat slowly to a very barely there, but complete cap.

Nose is brown bread, with a bit of supporting chalky minerality, and a hint of spicy hops. A bit sweet and simple.

Quite thin on the palate with the malt nowhere near as dominating as the nose would indicate. Unfortunately, there is nothing to take the malt's place. The finish is short and watery.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2003 14:57:59 | More by Realale
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

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

Here in Texas, Shiner Bock is an institution. Folks who would never think of drinking a fancy shmancy German beer have no problem cracking open a "bock" because this beer is made in Texas. Well, I ain't from Texas and this ain't no bock.

Shiner pours a nice dark brown with a minimal off-white head. At first glance, this does not look like your run-of-the-mill ordinary macro, which this isn't...Shiner is a run-of-the-mill ordinary regional.

The aroma is very faint, not befitting a German clone. What I can detect is malty. How's that for vague?

The taste is quite disappointing. As a bock this is extremely light. The maltiness is dominant here, a sweetness that lasts to the end. As the sweetness fades a very slight hoppiness appears for an instant. Then it's over.

Shiner is not the Godly nectar folks 'round these parts swear it is. However, it is quite a refreshing beer, good for a hot day and a dry mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2003 20:49:42 | More by kindestcut
Photo of Bighuge


2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Caramel colored brown. Thin beige head. Aroma consists of roasted malt, molasses and caramel. Taste is bland and flavorless. A little carmel characteristic. A little molasses. Thin mouthfeel. Subpar bock.

Thanks for introducing me to a Texas Style bock Senior Shit.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2003 10:28:24 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mickstepp


2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ordinarily I'm a fan of Bock beers. It's one of the few lager styles that I can tolerate. This stuff, however, ought to be called bock lite or something like that because there's not much to it. Dark amber in color with a thin head. Slighly malty in the nose and even less so in taste. Very, very bland. This was the best available choice in the U.S. Airways terminal at Bush International. I should have had a bottle of water.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 19:00:21 | More by mickstepp
Photo of Redrover


2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this one on tap while in Beaumont, TX. The color is a dark brown. The head had large bubbles that quickly vanished. Virtually no lace. The smell was of faint roasted malt, esters & alcohol.

The taste was mildly disappointing. Some malt, but beer appeared to be out of balance for a bock. Had some cloying sweetness, but not the sweetness that I expect from this style. Could have used a little more carbonation. The mouthfeel was also thin.

Beer was passable with the fresh oysters I was eating, but not good enough to order a second.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2003 12:00:22 | More by Redrover
Photo of IrishRedRock


1.6/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'll start by saying that I think the keg of this stuff was about 994 years old. It was a cloudy brown color, and the smell that spewed forth from this stuff was atrocious. Like a malty skunk. The taste was even worse. At first it seemed like it might have a rather pleasant maltiness to it. Then the overpowering bitterness took over, and I cringed, as did everyone else drinking it. People were actually flocking to the Coors Light. Wow. That's saying something right there. Again, it was probably skunked and I would like to try it fresh. Thank God it was free.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2003 15:29:49 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of LiquidBreadMan


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

Shiner Bock is a good all-around 'drinking' beer. It's also an excellent introduction to crafted brews for squeemish Miller Lite drinkers -- although I would not rate this beer with the likes of Anchor or Shipyard brews.

The smell was somewhat malty, nothing to write home about. It pours a deep amber (the few times I've bothered pouring it), with not much head to speak of. The taste is slightly malty at first, with a clean finish. Perhaps some fruity undertones, but nothing pronounced.

Although I rate this beer below some of my favorites, it has a place at my summer barbecues, while I tend to the pit. It's also the one I serve to guests who ask for MGD or Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 22:37:36 | More by LiquidBreadMan
Photo of texascarl


3.6/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = dark lager, light cola color with a medium white head. Medium carbonation, a glass of this beer looks very inviting.

Smell = fruity, lite hops (if any)

Taste = medium sweetness and light to medium hops. While a pretty good brew it's not really everything that I like in a bock. And not as much flavor as it looks like there should be. Crisp enough, clean mouthfeel, just 'less of it' there than I really want.

It's like they stop the brewing process too soon or something, just not delivering everything that the appearance promises. In Texas this beer is on tap everywhere, and I've grown used to it over the years. I just wish it was 20% better than it really is, since it looks 100% tasty but only delivers ~ 80% of the taste I expect. What's really weird, is every time I drink it, I'm a little disappointed, every time. You'd think I'd be used to it by now. A TV actress of a beer, it always looks good but there's just not all that much there.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 17:06:50 | More by texascarl
Photo of BeerManDan


2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It looked and poured a medium dark brown with little to no head. The smell was of malts and hops, nothing outstanding. The taste of this bock had a no nothing flavor, blah and boring. I can't understand why some people rave about this beer! They should keep all the six packs in Texas!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 15:00:13 | More by BeerManDan
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,523 ratings.