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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,020 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 3,683
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 58
Gots: 841 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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 SDWNDR
4.99/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shiner Bock has been and likely will remain my favorite beer for most activities. It's strong yet slightly sweet an very drinkable nature make it the perfect companion for most outdoor activities, but it feels most at home paired with tailgating and a good ribeye. The Spoetzl Brewery's most famous offering is the best example of an American-style bock; it doesn't have the strength of its German counterparts but is a very easy beer to drink and enjoy throughout the day. Overall, it's hard to knock Shiner Bock.

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Photo of Fernans
1.09/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Can't believe that this cold be a flagship beer for a sizable brewer. This stinks. Typically I will fight through a bad beer to give it s chance but it never improved. Drain pour.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Light brown with high clarity. About a half-finger of off-white foam, with somewhat low retention.

S – Golden biscuit aroma with a bit of caramel, some sweet, grainy notes in the background. Hops are slightly herbal, mostly just a bitter aroma.

T – Similar to aroma, golden flaky biscuit, with just a bit of sweet caramel. Not getting much from the hops, it’s mostly some mild bitterness. Beer is a bit thin, so none of the flavors are particularly strong, but they are well-balanced.

M – Moderately carbonated and only mildly bitter, the touch of sweetness and the caramel last throughout. Thin body, fairly juicy to the finish.

O – Shiner Bock was (I believe) the first beer I had that wasn’t mass-produced American lager, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is very basic, but not at all a bad beer. It’s been “dumbed down” a bit from a traditional bock, and is a bit thin, but still a solid brew.

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Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a short head that is gone fast. Heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Smells of sweet malts and caramel.

Taste: Caramel, toast, bread, and grain with some malt character.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light of body.

Overall: Nice, simple, approachable beer. It hasn't got much in the way of hop bitterness or explosive flavor, but it's crisp and enjoyable. I paired it with latkes and matzah ball soup on the first night of Hanukkah. Nothing wrong with it at all.

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Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer on the less expensive side of things. The Yuengling for people in Pennsylvania who are too cool to drink Yuengling. For everyone else, it's just an okay beer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The best thing I can say about this one is that it has a nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. The color is not bad either; a solid dark brown. However, the taste is not so flavorful. It's a pretty watery and light tasting beer with a slightly creamy finish towards the end of the drink. Not a terrible beer and certainly not the worst I've ever had. I would not rule this one out forever, however, will not actively seek it out.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Pours a dark copper, amber color with a nice 2 inch head that dissipates very quickly leaving a puddle of fizz on top and no lacing on the 16oz pub glass.

There is a decent amount of smell to it with sweet malts making up the majority with some lager yeast smell to it.

Taste is of sweet malts up front with the crisp lager taste in the middle leaving a lingering sweetness in the mouth after its gone.

Mouthfeel is pretty effervescent with lively bubbles and a light feel to it.

Overall, a good beer for the price. I paid $8 for the six pack and I have enjoyed it thoroughly. I will not hesitate to pick this up again.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I got this on tap at a local place that advertised it as a happy hour special. Served in a standard pint glass:

Appearance: A dark crimson with no head to speak of and absolutely no lacing. Minimal carbonation on the surface. It doesn't look particularly like anything special.

Aroma: Very, very faint grains. Not much else.

Taste: Bitter on the roof of the mouth, and not much more to speak of. The taste is of stale grains and that's pretty much it.

Mouthfeel: As I said before, the bitterness hits you right away. Medium body. Very "flat." This is on tap, and I'm just not feeling it. Oh, well.

Overall: Well, it's a very tepid bock, with very little to make it shine, no pun intended. I was underwhelmed. I won't be getting it again. Sorry, Texas. This one just doesn't cut it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

BB 020615 bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt, weak
Head large (6 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 2 mm ring and center island
Lacing poor - few small islands of tiny bubbles
Body medium red-amber, clear, continual bubbles rising
Flavor of malt, weak; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25
A very sessionable beer, mild flavor and aroma. Body is very attractive with the sun shining through but the lack of lacing is detrimental.

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Photo of RexBanner
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%

Amber in color, 1" off white head that dissipates quick. No lacing.
Faint aroma of grains, bready yeast, sweet corn.
Not much excitement in the flavor department. Taste followed the nose closely. Akin to drinking just about any other American amber adjunct lager.
Overall; As stated earlier, not much excitement drinking this beer. One of, if not THE, most mediocre bock beer I've ever had. Bland, light bodied and boring. You won't be missing much by passing on this beer, trust me.

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Photo of brianmef
1/5  rDev -67.1%

This is probably the worst beer I've ever had from the liquor store. It's a lot like drinking brown water with a little bit of alcohol in it. There's no taste whatsoever. I will never buy beer from Shiner again.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rich, copper hued body with a thin yet lasting white head. Mild, roasted malt aroma; hazelnuts. Warm, nutty, caramel flavors; brown sugar. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

A decent enough beer though it comes across rather weak in all areas for a bock beer. It's especially odd to have such a relatively low ABV for a bock styled beer. This would make a pretty respectable amber lager or Vienna lager, but lacks the oomph and appeal of a classic bock beer. It's roasted grain and nutty flavors are a plus and makes the beer enjoyable enough for what it offers.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a dark copper with not much of a head to speak of, and predictably no lacing left along the glass. Smell is malty, sweet, and slightly grainy/astringent. Taste is also malty. Nothing to write home about, but it does have a toasted lager feel to it. A step up from a traditional, basic american lager, but I can't see myself reaching for more than two of these in a session -- just not much noteworthy about it.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

A- Dark copper with thick head that dies fast.

S- Brown Bread, syrupy sweetness. Some undistinguishable grains. Light nuttiness.

T- Flavors are all very light, Brown bread crust, sweetness. Toasty malts. Light grains. slight spicy quality from the hops.

M- Kind of flat. It is clean and refreshing. Body is light. Not all that dry. It finishes semi sweet and grainy.

it's a slightly above average. It's pretty watery, but it's got a tad more flavor than an American lager.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a mild brown with a one-finger head into my glass. It's nice to see this available here after hearing about it from friends down in TX.

Sweet malt with a caramel note.

Sweet and toasty with caramel toffee in the background.

Grainy finish accompanied by more of that nuttiness.

I like it. Won't win any awards but it's good as is.

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Photo of Milchad
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

One of my favorite mass produced Bock beers. Smooth taste without being too bitter. If you like Bock beers and you can't find your micro brew of choice, this one will do just fine.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Date: 8/31/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Light Brown to amber in color when held to the light. Beige off white head that when poured aggressively barely came to be. The beer lets some light through and there appears to be no sediment in the glass.
Aroma: The malt profile is of bread crusts and some light sugars. Light to mild hop aroma that is a touch floral.
Taste: Very crisp beer with the malts again providing some bready flavors along with some sweeter caramel malts. The hop flavor really is not apparent to me but the bitterness is noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp light/medium to medium bodied beer with a medium high carbonation level. The finish is very sweet and mouthwatering leaving me wanting more.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber brown. Fizzy, off white head; recedes with minimal lacing.

Smell: Clean, lightly toasted grains, a bit of malt extract sweetness.

Taste: Mostly malt, lightly toasted and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body crisp carbonation.

Overall: Far from the robustness of a true bock. More of an amber lager; light and drinkable with a bit of malt character.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%

Good bubbly head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. The body has a color halfway between iced tea and coca cola. Clear. Average carbonation.

Mild. Malty. Sweet.

Malty and sweet. Clean, smooth, and drinkable. Mild hop flavor and bitterness at the end. Very slight toastiness to the malt. Adjuncts are not detectable.

Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Decent carbonation. The low alcohol really helps this go down smoothly.

A good beer. A lager with more character than most, but still very smooth and drinkable. Not cheap but not expensive either. Middle of the road in terms of price and quality. An easy drinking beer, with some character, that is better than many others.

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Photo of Beer_Me_Now_Please
4.5/5  rDev +48%

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It has a darkish red-brown color to it, but it drinks very smooth and lighter than it looks. Not much aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: A light doughy, lager yeast, cereal grains, and dome caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a tad chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Middle of the road bock. Easy drinking and light. But too light and easy drinking for me.

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Photo of PhantomWolf
3/5  rDev -1.3%

I had this beer while I lived in Texas. A local favourite. Not a whole lot going on here. This may have been considered a tasty beer pre-microbrew era, but nowadays it is only slightly more interesting than the big name lagers. Good if you wanna consume en masse at a party.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Isn't dark at all for a bock, but it has a nice brownish gold color to it
S: Do not smell too much with this beer. Left something to be desired as I was hoping it would smell more like a strong lager
T: Very drinkable. Nice balance of darker lager tasting notes with some slight hoppy after tones. Not too much complex flavors happening, but could definitely be a great session beer because of its drinkability. Malts are roasted, but are not burnt or over roasted.
M: Pretty standard. Nice amount of carbonation. Not overwhelming, but almost underwhelming as far as bocks are supposed to be
O: If I found a relatively cheap case of Shiner Bock I would not be opposed to drinking a plethora of them in one sitting (hence the drinkability). But for the beer nerds and connoisseurs out there I would not seek out this beer over some of the other options. Worth trying, but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its dark mahogany pour leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very sweet and caramel-malt based with perhaps some butterscotch and clean crisp hops, albeit feint.

Thinner body.

The taste tends to bring out the malty sweet notes more than anything with only the slightest bitter finish. It tastes like something from the 1960's.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap. Poured into a mason jar glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger of head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Caramel malts and faint hop aroma

Taste: Similar to the aroma with cracker malt up front, slight hop bitterness, and a clean, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: very watery compared to a traditional bock

Overall: Judging this beer as a bock will give it very low scores, but this beer is a great lager for warm days, tailgates, and hanging with friends. Its easy drinking and quite enjoyable. If this is priced the same as macro beers than this is great, but I really don't like Shiner trying to market itself for more than what it really is. I always pass it up if its more than $8-9/six pack or more than $13/12pack.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.