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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,020 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,020
Hads: 3,681
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 57
Gots: 839 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brand new beer tonight. Picked up from Wally World. $7.28/6-pack. Lets see if this Bock rocks.

(Edit ... re-review, 9/28/14, from same six pack. First overall was 3.16 out of the bottle. This one is poured.)

Appearance (3.5) - pours a cranberry/currant red color with an almond colored two finger head. The head disperses pretty quickly and is soon only one finger, and soon after that just a ring. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles in the head are not very tightly knit so it's not really a creamy head. It's pretty carbonated.

Smell (3.25) - Caramel, yeast, toasted malts. Lots of toasted and yeast aromas. The bouquet is about medium strength. A faint hop character as well that seems to be appropriately balanced for this style. Out of the bottle it's got a sour funk. Not sure what that's all about.

Taste (3.5) - Toasted grain, malt, a little straw, some toffee notes. Some muted hops appear towards the finish but very balanced and in check. Aftertaste is of malted grains and biscuit.

Mouthfeel (3.25) - Carbonated but subdued. Swishing yields a creamy feel. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall (3.5) - Yeah, I'd buy it again. It's not bad. I always pour my beer into glasses now anyways, and this one tastes much better poured. A decent beer - although not really an appropriate representation of a traditional Bock. Still good, a great lager to have. Try it!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz beer poured into a shaker pint.

A: Deep amber color with shades of brown. Great clarity. Fine bubbled off white head retains for a bit before falling. No real lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness and dextrins. Malt syrup, somewhat bready. Grassy and herbal hops. clean.

T: Much the same in taste. Loads of malty sweetness. Treacle syrup. Pinch of cocoa. Sweet bready flavors. Clean. Hops bite in with a lot of herbal spic on the back ends it's much needed to balance the tide of sweetness. Sweet malt and clamping spicy hops in the finish.

M: Sturdy medium body. Somewhat syrupy and coating feel. Fine scrubbing carbonation lifts it just enough to keep the syrupy texture from becoming off-putting.

O: Quite a bit darker and more hefty than I thought. The hops and the carbonation really have to fight to keep it from becoming cloying and syrupy. A decent beer at best. At its price point I don't think it will compete well here in MA. Interesting decision to enter such a saturated market, especially riding right on the coattails of Yuengling.

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Photo of Roser
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- dark mahogany brown. Small thin head that disappeared quickly. Just about no lacing.

S- clean, light, biscuity.

T- almost nothing going on here. I struggled to identify any character other than feint maltiness (and a tiny bit of sweetness).

M- thin, ultra light bodied, watery.

O- barely even OK. Disappointing. For home consumption? Absolutely not! For mass consumption? Fine (i.e. tailgating, BBQ's), especially if it's hot outside and the beer is ice cold (to help hide its deficiencies).


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Photo of H0pHed
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definatly not what it used to be. This was my go to beer back in the day. Since then they have gotten more popular and the quality has gone down. It seems more watered down and has that mass produced quality about it.

What a shame, this beer needs a rewind.

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Photo of mirth23
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of bocks in general, but this one's just sweet without much else going for it. It gets too sweet too fast if it doesn't stay extra cold.

A: A nice transparent amber. Poor head.

S: Slightly sweet, fairly plain.

T: Extremely sweet without any hops to counterbalance.

M: Very crisp and bubbly, great for a hot day. Somewhat watery.

O: Not terribly exciting as far as bocks go.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice amber coloration. Unfortunately, the head is moderate at best and the retention is very poor.

S: Plain. The malt prevent in comparison to the hop, but still weak. That said, it is no way offensive.

T: Malty and sweet.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Heavy on the carbonation and thin.

O: A decent brew, but disappointing overall. I expected more.

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Photo of MacdaddyDI
1.06/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Texans cannot brew beer yuck, yet they act like Shiner is gods gift to the earth. The beer is obviously dyed. Shiner beer doesn't stack up to even your most common domestic beer. Save yourself the trouble don't buy shiner, unless you like beer that tastes like syrup mixed with stale bud light.

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Photo of eigervue
2.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A beer almost as bad as a sober moment in texas. When you have to add food coloring to a beer you are making it wrong. When they say everything is bigger in texas, they must be referring to the hype around this swill as well.

Presentation: 12 oz twist off- what, coke doesnt even use a twist off

Appearance: A pretty obviously fake dyed brown, little head, little carbonation very little evidence of depth.

Smell: Aroma of whatever is already in the room with a hint, hint of malt, they should probably call up DOW chemical and purchase some sort of aroma along with the coloring they add.

Taste: No body, a coors light mouth feel, with a hint of O'Douls amber. Unlike most bocks, gets much worse the warmer it gets.

Notes: the love for this beer in texas explains a lot about the state, get into an argument with a texan and they'll tell you how much better than bud it is, like that's an achievement that nobody else has reached and can't be topped. But hey, maybe in texas being slightly better than the worst macro swill american lager is something to be proud of.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent dark brown with a touch of brown. Foamed a little, almost an inch, but quickly faded to a thick silky ring around the glass. Small bubbles, light tan.

S: Malty and sweet. Slight walnut but mellow. Brown sugar and slight cinnamon.

T: Starts off with a fascinating brown sugar sweetness and quickly squelched with a bright tangy carbonation. Woody cedarness comes through the middle with even more sweetness and cinnamon shining through again. Slight carbonic steel finish.

M: Good body, but finishes strong sweet and tangy from a good amount of carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers a tad long, but other than that it's great.

O: I know people talk down on beers like this, but it's a pretty good mellow brew. It's got way more flavor and body than your run of the mill macrobrew. It's like a microbrew version of a light beer. It's got a great finish and is a great refreshing beer.

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Photo of hippogasmo
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

If you live in Texas, you know Shiner. You know that there are worse things to find in a fridge at a party or any type of gathering. If you want something solid, Shiner Bock will not disappoint. It may not be the most spectacular beer on the planet, or even something you should drive to Texas specifically to find. But if you walk into a party, and the fridge/cooler is stocked with Miller, Bud, Coors, and Shiner, reach for the Shiner every single time and you will not be upset about your choice.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer featured in country songs. Smoothest amber bock beer you can get under $10 a sixxer. Poors a good amber color with a nice foamy head. Mouthfeel is great and smells of hops and grains. Tastes like Texas. You show up at a party drinking this stuff and your guaranteed to get laid. This stuff is great. Shiner premium is also good to try. Anything shiner is good minus the farmhouse ale. Don't drink that crap. Shiner is guaranteed to make you a badass, get you laid, and put hair on your chest.

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

From a twelve ounce bottle, coded, no discernible date.

Aroma of caramel,malt. Pours amber brown body with quickly dissapating white head. Head reduced to thin non lacing film. Taste is rather bland and bready. Leaves an odd, alkaline aftertaste, but not unpleasant.really, nothing like I expected.

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Photo of guitarkirk
4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm from Texas and i absolutely love this beer! I like dark beers anyway but this has been a personal favorite for decades. I'm in California now and it just showed up in my local store and i'm drinking one now...excellent! just as i remember...

Balanced the way I like with just enough Hops to give it character but no bitterness and a sweet caramel malt flavor, somewhat light for a dark beer(imho)!! It reminds me of Irish Reds i like a lot for the same reasons.

I came to the site to check its ABV and was somewhat shocked to see 4.40% as it doesn't "feel" like that to me!

It goes well with food(esp beef jerky!) or by itself, a great beer for a hot Texas summer day...

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Photo of Foyle
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that drops quickly with no lacing. Color is a clear rich amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: very mild aroma, pick up a bit of toasted malt and caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: caramel is the dominate flavor along with some toasted bread crust and a bit of lemon hops.

Overall: a pleasant, easy drinking bock.

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Photo of Bulljump
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

An OK beer. It's a deep orange color, almost cherry when held up to the light. It doesn't smell like much (typical "beery" aroma), with hints of something sweet.

It felt a bit slippery in my mouth, slightly oily. Mild carbonation. The taste was pretty decent, with caramel and something that reminded me of vanilla coke.

With it's low ABV and relatively thin flavor, it's certainly not a true Bock. It leaves a slight bitter, chemically aftertaste.

I was a bit disappointed by this beer, but I enjoyed it at least.

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Photo of jaredtp
4.52/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark beer. But it is not too dark it go`s down smooth. It has a some what heavy taste but not too heavy. If you like dark beer this is a good beer to buy. The smell is really good as well. The smell is not too strong or too weak. This beer is a good beer for just sitting back and relaxing around the house. It is also a good beer for out at a bar with friends, or at dinner. I would recomend it to anyone who likes dark beer, or to someone who likes to try new beers. It is one of my favorite beers and I know that I will have this beer again with no problem. So I would recommend that anyone who likes dark beer shpuld go out and have a Shiner Bock. I do not believe that you could go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled earlier this evening and had this once before a couple of years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber in color with about a 1/2-finger off white head that leaves some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is a faint sweetness with malt. Carbonation is a bit under average. Taste is of a light sweet caramel malts unlike many other bocks. Goes down pretty easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Actually wasn't that bad and would have one again.

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Photo of JosefBerger
2.19/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance (3.00) : Has a nice amber body, lightly carbonated, with a small head (about a finger's width). The color fit that of other common bocks.

Smell (1.50) : Smell? I couldn't place a smell for this beer. It was very lacking aromatically. I smelled trace amounts of hops and a sweet smell, but it was challenging.

Taste (2.50) : Smooth and sweet, almost watery. I couldn't taste the malts whatsoever and I don't find that it fits the Bock style nearly enough. Tastes more like a darker pilsner.

Mouthfeel (2.00) : Fine. Nothing special - I do like the carbonation, however.

Overall (2.25) : Not at all what I expected from this beer. Entirely too watery and sweet and unfitting for the style.

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Photo of smith1776
4.07/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I must admit that it has taken me a while to obtain a liking of most beers. Shiner Bock is the first beer I truly enjoyed.

The aroma and taste of the beer are just right for my liking. I would like to add that I only like this beer cold or near to it. It is not pleasant when it begins to warm up.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to CT. On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a translucent reddish copper color with a half inch of head. Zero lacing. The aroma is malty and bready with some light caramel notes. Maybe a hint of citrus. The taste is more of the bready malts with some caramel and light orange peel. Malty finish with some light nuttiness. Very light mouthfeel for the style. Thin. This is a decent easy drinking Bock but it is certainly not going to replace 'Gansett Bock as my go-to in that category. Overall, alright.

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Photo of u2carew
2.24/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly into a few bubbles on top. Clear amber colored body.
S) Not very aromatic. From what I can gather, faint German crystal malt aroma with a dose of earthy pungency.
T) Watery, sugary and slightly grainy. (Where's the malts?)
M) Extremely light-weight body. Thin.
O) Sadly, this is a not a Bock. This is a dark colored, watered down pilsner. It is missing the medium range ABV, the girth in terms of body, and more profound malt characteristics. Down the drain....

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour gives you about a half inch of off-white head, which dissipates quickly and is semi-sticky. The beer is a pale reddish-yellowish brown with medium carbonation which keeps it frothy around the edges.

Malt-forward on the nose, with just a hint of earthy hops. I think the malt does taste like Viennese malt, and produces aromas and light flavors reminiscent of muskmelon (to me, at least). The taste is of light malts, with accents of light sweetness, with brown sugar and honey-like accents. Very light hop bitterness on the tongue with maybe a little bit of lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Shiner products just became available in my area, though I had tried some in Wyoming a year or two ago. While this beer has little in common with any German or microbrewed bock that I've tried, it may harken back to American "bocks" that came out seasonally way back in the day- quite a bit darker and a little sweeter than the average pale brew, with perhaps a tiny bit more alcohol.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not what I was expecting. After years of being a southern thing along with Fat Tire, Shiner Bock has finally come up to CT. There was a lot of hype surrounding this beer and when I tried it, it was hard not to be let down. It was thin for a bock, with the smell of the wheat and a little grapefruit on the nose. The taste was similarly thin although very refreshing. I thought it was a pretty good beer but altogether forgettable.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Altogether this is a nice beer which tastes good and is easy to drink. It isn't all that particularly special, but it's a hell of a lot nicer than what you'd expect from most large American breweries. Definitely something worth having on hand for just about any situation.

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Photo of txaggievet
4.4/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Texan I have a special affinity for Shiner and the Spoetzl brewery. Shiner Bock is what turned me onto dark beers and it has always been one of my favorites. So good and popular that Anheuser-Busch had to copy it with their Ziegen Bock. It is in my opinion the Beer of Texas.

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