Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
70
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1,002 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,002
Hads: 3,576
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 721 | FT: 2
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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 smith1776
4.07/5  rDev +34.8%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.44/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of u2carew
2.24/5  rDev -25.8%
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.... (526 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (1,055 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of MaddestHatter
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of txaggievet
4.4/5  rDev +45.7%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of TucsonTom
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yep, Shiner Bock is an "okay" beer; I gave it 3s across the board. But it has two things going for it.

First, it only has a 4.4% ABV. I seek beers at <=5.0% ABV, so this one fits that bill.

Second, it's often on sale here in Arizona at $4.99 a sixer. When I can get decent beer for <$1 a bottle, that helps with the actual bill.

Combine the above with the beer having some decent taste (sweet with no real hops), then it's a beer I'll buy again, when $4.99 a sixer.

Final notes: It could do with some better carbonation. After a decent pour, it went flat in only a few minutes, no bubbles even from an etched glass. It's sweetness and low hops might make it a good braising beer; I'll have to give it a go. (716 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have developed a taste for Texas beers and the Spoetzl brewery does make some outstanding beers. It pours clean with a dark amber color, with white laces that lead up to a fluffy head that dissipates pretty fast. it has a malt taste, blended with hops, and has traces of metal, corn, sweet, and wheat tastes. It is smooth with malt after taste and is somewhat filling. For a better consumption drink it cool not cold.... (422 characters)

Photo of marzenfannm
3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with pillowy head that quickly recedes. Minimal aroma so not much to talk about there. I think this beer is often served too cold and that obscures its taste and texture ... I definitely let some of the chill off from pulling it out of the display case at the package store and drink it cool, but not cold. This beer has a nice malty flavor with a hint of hoppiness. I would love it to be a bit thicker and maltier though. The mouth feel is very nice ... smooth and satiny. Again, serve it too cold and the taste and mouth feel attributes disappear. (568 characters)

Photo of JamesGrove
4.78/5  rDev +58.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This excellent beer has a deep amber, almost copper, color and has a thin, white head. The smell is not overwhelming, in fact is very subtle. The taste is absolutely sublime. Not overpowering, not too hoppy, not bitter. It is perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. This has been my all-time favorite beer for quite some time. It's very hard to beat this beer. (375 characters)

Photo of thehooksman
3.69/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Bock has been a favorite for a long time. But I admit it can be a mix bag. Some batches appear to be better than others. It seems the amount of dimethyl (cooked cabbage) ranges from mild to a lot. Get a good one and you have a nice german amber lager. It is always a beautiful clear amber. There's never too much happening in the nose. The flavor is toast, caramel, dimethyl. No hop presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but but still has some smooth creaminess and is not overly carbonated. A great session beer that beats mass market cheap stuff in every way. (574 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.07/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz : pilsner glass
best by: 04/01/14

Pours a clear, golden brown with a fizzy, short lived off white head.

Lightly grassy floral notes muddled with a bready, caramel malt backing.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing particularly exciting, but easy drinking, and pleasant. (296 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap at $4 a pint.

Appearance: Brown. Plenty of clarity. Not much head, and virtually zero lacing. Looks alright, I guess.

Smell: Malty. Slightly roasty. No hop aroma, really. Just has a cheap sort of smell, but it's not off-putting or anything like that. Again, alright.

Taste/feel: For a third time, it's okay. It has a thin feel with a moderate prickly carbonation. Caramel malts and the like with a slight roastiness as well. Sweet, not bitter at all... mediocre, and pretty uninteresting.

Short review for a beer that doesn't require a long one. It's a beer that... just... it is what it is. Affordable, decent, nothing-at-all-special beer. Sweet, quite thin, a good amount of carbonation, not very interest piquing. Probably wouldn't buy it again. (759 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I guess sometimes a micro brew just isn't all that it's cracked up to be - Shiner Bock is one of those.

Although it has a very nice and appealing dark amber color, there's no head and of course staying power to mention. The beer was either skunky (didn't taste like it though) or it was just not up to par. Mouthfeel would have been better if it weren't so carbonated - it just detracted not only from the mouthfeel but the taste as well. About the taste - it wasn't all that bad, it was pretty good, once you got past the high carbonation.

Overall, not an okay beer, but not the worst I've had. (599 characters)

Photo of JerUrbans
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color, (thought it would be darker since it's a bock style) with a very small head that dissipates very rapidly. Smells sweat and grainy somewhat like a lager. Taste is refreshing and light, a lot of grain in the flavor with slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is very light almost no bitterness and maybe slightly savory.

Overall, had this on tap at a steakhouse... it was served in a frosted mug from a draft and I was actually blown away by how good it was. Picked up a sixer and the beer is refreshing but just ok. That said I believe this beer is best served very cold. For my next one, I have it in the snowbank and I'm gonna drink it right before it freezes. (679 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
2.74/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lackluster shade of mahogany that's reminiscent to a glass of birch beer. A thumb-width, bubbly, off-white head sits on top of brew for about 15 - 20 seconds before it completely disappears. There's no cap on top, and no lacing to be found. Keep this away from children because now it honestly just looks like a refreshing glass of birch beer.

S: The aroma is completely clean and even after damn-near dipping the tip of my nose into it, I can't pick up anything. Very faint grains at the most. I'd rate it lower, but I feel those scores are reserved for offensive aromas. And since there's NO aroma at all, I can't really call it offensive.

T: The flavors are clean and refreshing, like you'd expect from a fountain soda. Very light roasted grain flavors with an extremely weak malty backbone. The finish reveals the faintest presence of hop bitterness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: I'm a little surprised in this department, given the fact that there's no aroma and the flavor profile is weak. Shiner Bock offers a medium-light body with a crisp carbonation that isn't too fizzy, allowing for the brew to sport an ever-so-slightly sleek and creamy texture. Honestly a few steps above what I was expecting, and definitely leagues above the mouthfeel of the "big guys."

O: Despite scoring weakly in most categories, Shiner Bock IS, in fact, an okay brew. It's very disappointing considering it sports the "bock" name, but I guess it could hold its own against some American dark lagers. It's definitely light years ahead of most of the BMC offerings. It's not something I'd drink for the pleasure of its consumption, but I wouldn't object to mindlessly pounding down a few pints on Gameday with some friends. (1,762 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Transparent Mahogany ruby brown , slight carbonation visible, scant ring of white bubbles grabbing the edge of the glass

Faint aroma of grains and sweet malt. Not much there.

Taste of grain and maybe adjuncts??? Smooth on the sip, foams on the back of the tongue , whisk of bitterness and smooth, clean finish and aftertaste.

I used to seek out this beer on visits to Texas and loved it. Better in my memory than in in my review (464 characters)

Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark color brown.

S: Not much here on the nose but nothing to complain about I guess.

T: Now, I don't dislike shiner, and this review is based purely objectiveness. This isn't bad. It's definitely not amazing, as you'd expect, but not bad at all. It's refreshing, crispy, and it's got a peppery wheat bock taste to it.

M: Light bodied but not super light. Heavier side. Good carb on it as well.

O: Whenever I just want a lighter refreshing beer to drink, I usually go for the lighter lagers. Shiner works for this. It's not my favorite style of lager, but it's not bad at all. It is good for the money. Nice beer overall. (632 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear orange yellow. No head or lacing.

Smells like nothing, really. I can't pick out much here.

The taste is similarly boring- some bready malt, some grainy sweetness. That's about it. Boooring.

Light bodied, crisp, drinkable.

Pass. (308 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Bronze caramel color with substantial carbonation present, pours into a thick head that quickly disappears.

S: Subtle caramel notes, not a strong scent, similar to that of a light lager.

T: Very simple starch taste with metallic dominating on the back-end.

M: Very thin body with high carbonation that pops midway, followed by an antiseptic sensation that lingers for a while.

O: Not enough body, too much carbonation, simple flavor, not impressed. (455 characters)

Photo of stannard2
1.98/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I have seen this beer numerous times in the grocery store and finally decided to pick up a single 12 ounce bottle. I wouldn't get this beer again. It's very bland doesn't offer much of a taste. This beer doesn't offer a bad taste just not much of a taste at all. (262 characters)

Photo of NedShakeshaft
2.71/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I first enjoyed this beer over a decade ago in South Texas alongside some raw oysters. Now that it's in my area, I'm anxious to try it again for the first time.

Pours a mahogany brown body that's surprisingly translucent. Whitish head is gone before I can come up with a better adjective, leaving no trace.

Not much going on with the nose. Faint corn aroma, caramel and raisin.

The taste is only slightly less understated. Not as corny as your average macrobrew, it's fresh, has some caramel malt character, and is effortlessly balanced by its hop presence. Pretty clean, but there is a slightly off-putting metallic finish.

This beer thin. In the words of the immortal Bilbo Baggins, "like butter, scraped over too much bread."

Quaffable yet underwhelming, it has some bock characteristic but doesn't pack enough punch to suit the palate of the craft beer generation. (878 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. The flagship beer of Spoetzl Brewery.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark copper orange colored body with lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a half finger of off-white head dissipates within seconds. Looks pretty bad, in all honesty.

S - Smell is of sweet dried grains, corn husk, dusty malt, dusty vegetals, medicinal cherry, and some metallics.

T - Taste is more of the same: wet soggy grains, adjunct corn, wet cardboard, some sugary sweetness, maybe a hint of cherry / raisins, and some coppery metallic presence.

M - Feel is clean and watery with minimal stickiness.

Overall, it is what it is. A simple beer from the people of Shiner. Definitely not recommended by any means, and I might even prefer an awful American adjunct lager over this one. Avoid.

Shiner Bock ---2/5. (943 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
2.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Initially this one has sort of a macro lager like smell, but as you swirl it a bit of aroma comes out. Carmel and dark fruits blend nicely together, just wish they were more dominant.

T: Reminds me of a american adjunct lager blended with a true German bock. Sure there is the molasses, carmely, raisiny blend we know and love but it is overtaken by a corn

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. A tad sticky on the backend. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this beer flows like water in the great state of Texas so its gotta be light and tame enough to be enjoyed by all. Sure beats the BMC lagers. (775 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.