Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
73
okay

3,555 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 3,555
Reviews: 1,077
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 50
Gots: 695 | FT: 2
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 CIBoy10
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look - dark brown with rapidly disappearing head and minimal lacing.

Smell - grainy and very much like a adjunct lager.

Taste - grainy, malty, metallic, skunky.

Feel - very light and very refreshing, but also very thin.

Overall - reminded me of Miller High Life minus the heavy carbonation honestly. I'd rather have an Old Milwaukee, PBR, etc.

Photo of delta490
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a deep clear brown (thinking mahogany) but with almost no head by the time I get it at the table. Not even a hint. The aroma is barely there, with nothing distinct. The taste is a little better, with a caramel malt flavor. But it's not very robust. The body does has have a decent weight and feel to it but it lacks carbonation. Not sure what all the raves for this beer in Texas are about.

Photo of Wevs24
2.47/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks good, pours fair, smells fair and tastes watered down with little to no carbonation. Not something I would seek out.

Photo of JRM13
5/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great example of what a BOCK is supposed to look and taste like. It is a dark Amber color. The smell is full and the taste is outstanding just the right amount of caramel left to linger.*****

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.39/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hits you like a ton of bliss

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a dark brown / amber. Gives off a quickly dissipating half finger of head.
S - Meaty in aroma. Notes of smoke.
T - A nice dark bock, has notes of smoke taste, some deeper sweet notes such as dates and a little maltiness. Certainly not the most complex of depths, but it has it's own range.
O - A good dark session beer. Dark enough to have flavor, but still remains easily sessionable.
V - Medium value, it's certainly not the cheapest beer, but it's not ridiculous either, right in the middle.

Photo of Nysteve15
2.12/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Beer has very little character. Little caramel in the after taste, but Not altogether pleasing.

Photo of SDWNDR
4.99/5  rDev +57.9%
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.

Photo of Fernans
1.09/5  rDev -65.5%
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.

Photo of Jimjacobs
4.25/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good. One of my go to beers.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of knucky
4.06/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer goes well with pizza

Photo of Hoggo
2.86/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Don't understand the hype around this beer. Yuengling blows Shiner out of the water as far as overhyped beers go.

Photo of Khushrenada
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tasted cheap and not delicious :)

Photo of gmattkennedy
2.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not sure why the folks in Texas like this so much...

Photo of illpass78
3.73/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of bmeehan
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Solid beer on the less expensive side of things. The Yuengling for people in Pennsylvania who are too cool to drink Yuengling.

Photo of zaraspook
1.95/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's all right but not a beer for me

Photo of Gajo74
3.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of Sam1959
5/5  rDev +58.2%

Baby got bock.

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of Myotus
3.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with a half fingers worth of white foam that dissipates within 30 seconds to not even a line of foam. Extremely bubbly at first. Bubbles become mild around the time the foam head dies. Is brown in color. Has mild aromas of malts and caramel with a hint of hops. A hint of a chemical-like smell can be detected. Initial taste is strong with malts and mild with caramel. Slight bitterness and sweetness from hops enter immediately after combining with the initial flavors. A pretty good combination so far. However, mild corn adjunct flavors finish off the taste along with that hint of chemical detected earlier within the aromas. Carbonation is slightly too high and and the beer leaves the mouth dry. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Photo of Vitruvius
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Great with tacos

Photo of ThorsHammered
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Shiner is a Texas standard, not the best and not the worst. It is nice that it is in the northeast now so I can have a part of home when I want.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
73 out of 100 based on 3,555 ratings.