Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of CowboyDarb
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this at my local corner bar about 2 weeks ago. I used to drink it while stationed in San Antonio. It's not a common beer here in PA. It was an accident at first, but now they carry it regularly. I just grabbed a six pack on the way home from work tonight.

Poured from a longneck bottle into a pint glass, it is crystal clear and dark amber in color. There's a full 2 fingers of parchment colored head that disapated rather quickly leaving a little lace and a few spots down the glass.

Not much of an aroma to speak of. Just smells like beer.

Taste is rich, full of roasted malt, a little metalic and slight hint of fruity/ester. Finishes pretty clean with just a passing thought of hops.

I had no problem downing 4 or 5 Shiners over the course of 2 hours at the bar last saturday. It's a good beer to drink with friends while thowing darts, shooting pool, or what have you. Almost everyone I've introduced it to has enjoyed it.

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Photo of chuckm
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Surprised to find out I enjoyed this beer more in a bottle than on tap. Had trouble finishing the one I had with dinner. Appearence was dark amber with one finger of head which disappeared to quickly, almost no smell and flavor was not as good as the bottle I had the prior evening.

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Photo of wolverinerocker
4.05/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass, the bock appears somewhat lighter than others I've tried but still has a decent, medium-brown hue. The head is a little on the thin side, however the stout I've been drinking lately might have skewed my view. The aroma is probably the beer's best feature - warm and fruity with just a hint of spice. Flavor wise the beer comes up a little short; it has many of the subtle fruity characteristics of a bock, but it seems a little on the thin side. Overall, not a bad beer, and at the very reasonable price I'm sure I'll buy it again.

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Photo of becktone
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Eye: Reddish brown in appearance and very clear. Head retention isn't all that great-recedes to a blanket over the top, and lacing is also lacking.

Nose: Strong sweet smell in this brew. At first I couldn't put a finger on what the sweet aroma reminded me of, then "alas!" it came to me. The strong sweet aroma reminds me somewhat of pecan pie. There are plenty of strong dark malt aromas as well as some caramel aroma in here.

Tongue: Seems to be somewhat lacking in flavor. I can taste a small amount of malt sweetness but it doesn't seem to be much more than that. Much more watered down than I expected. I'll come back to this one. Could be because I just washed my glass and used a fair amount of soap, but I don't think thats the case I rinsed it very well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium bodied in the mouth with a bit of wateriness, and in my opinion there is just a bit too much carbonation. Not tough beer to drink, but I think that there have to be much better ones out there that do a better job of summing up the style. We'll see how the rest of the sixer fares.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Shiner Bock to celebrate the coming of spring. Poured in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a mahogany brown color and is clear. A creamy eggshell white head forms and is moderately resilient, lacing the sides of the glass a bit.

The smell is strong and floral. There are perfume scents and a bit of a sweet dairy aroma.

The taste is OK. It has an odd sweetness, like milk or cream, that seems to be a characteristic of the style. There is a bit of a plain malt flavor, some cereal, and a very light hop finish.

Mouth feel is smooth and clean.

Drinkability is average. I'm not much on the style, or the taste. If you like a bock this is probably an OK choice.

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

From Safeway in Eureka, CA on sale at $6.29 a six-pack. This poured an amber to brown color with light tan head and almost no lacing. Nose was sweet malts. Mouthfeel average. Flavor very bland and finish non-descript. While this may be the best thing to come out of Texas it is not very impressive. This one is dead average for its type.

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Photo of mattcrill
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Slight DMS aroma up front (cooked corn). Light carmel notes and some grainy malt on the nose. DMS clears as the beer warms up. No hop aroma detectable.

Appearance: Crystal clear copper colored pour with golden edging. Streams of carbonation through the body. A white head that doesn't retain very long.

Flavor: Bready and grainy malt notes. No hop flavor but the bitterness balances out the grainy sweet notes. No off flavors detected. Slight carmel notes as the beer warms up. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively carbonation. No astringency with a dry finish. No alcohol warmth but the biting carbonation definitely beats down some of the flavor.

Overall impression: A lightly malty, slightly grainy, well balanced beer. No off flavors and seems like a fresh sample. Not sure this is truly a "bock" other than the fact that it's probably a lager yeast strain. Tastes like a macro lager with some carmel flavoring. Still, it's highly sessionable and pretty good once the DMS clears out. Worth a try I suppose.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up in Maryland a few months back, since I can't find this in my beloved Garden State. A few friends of mine from college loved this beer and said it went down easy. I'll give 'em that, but unfortunately, there wasn't much else to this besides that.

The pour was pretty unmemorable. Not a lot of head, no lacing, and the color was a standard nut brown. Malt, malt, and more malt can be found in the taste, from start to finish. It was watered down and I sense a slight amount of roasting up front, but nothing else that lingered long. I was hoping for some nut flavors or an earthy or grainy undertone to this, but they just couldn't be found.

I can't imagine anybody not liking this beer, as it has more to offer than any BMC product would. That being said, this would be a decent session beer for this time of the year, when the heavier stouts and winter brews start to give way to hefe's and belgian ales. This is a good transitional beer for that time period or something to enjoy for a relaxed night out, but not suited for much else.

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Photo of beeragent
3.86/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I first experienced after becoming of legal age. Before that, it was always my dads Bud Light. Therefore, this review may be a little biased. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a nice fluffy 1 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma appears to be mostly of malt, maybe a little grain, and a slight bit of hops. The taste is light malts, and a hint of hops, with a light caramle aftertaste. Not a heavy beer, but still no shortness of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and a smooth finish. This is easily a beer to session. Whether sitting at home, or in a tube on the river, this is a great beer wherever you go.

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Photo of Poser
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light brown/amber with a 1" head with little lacing. Aroma is fairly clean with malts and a light caramel. It has a decent taste with a mediocre mouthfeel. The flavor is clean with hints of the caramel/toffee taste while it stings slightly in the mouth -- too thin and carbonated.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Paid 6.69 for a 6-pack. Mahogany/cherry wood color, dark orange brown with hints of cherry red. Nice color. Not much head or lacing to speak of. Smell is light malt, honey, dust, some cherry fruit. No hops. Taste is weak. Watery, low malt presence, some metal, almost refined sugar taste. Slight fruitiness. That said, it finishes very clean and could be quite refreshing in summer. Mouthfeel is very fizzy with heavy open bubbles. Drinkability is higher due to the ease of drinking this beer.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unlike Phatz, I had higher expectations due to hype. Yea, I got sucked in, so I simply had to buy a bottle from Suds and Six packs.
12 oz. bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Nice dark bronze color, but no head and absolutely no lacing. High carbonation bubbles. Thin and clear.

S: Weak malt, corn, metal. Not good.

T: Not horrible, but not near good. Sweet malt. Heavy metal. Not much going on. Better than Michelob Amber.

M: Thin and watery, with a carbonated sting.

D: Whatever...easy come, easy go. Not that bad, but nothing I would ever seek out. If I'm ever in Austin, and my choices are BMC ot this, I would be fine with this.

I was really let down by this beer. It is nowhere as good as Penn St. Nick bock. I know that is a really good beer to live up to, but it really fell short. It was better than Michelob Bock, though.

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Photo of tonistruth
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

on tap at the Freakin' Frog (Las Vegas,NV)

A- 1" thin milky white head with good retent, settles to ring, thin lacing, light copper in color

S- malty and fruity sweet

T- all malt sweetness, very fruity (cherries, apple, figs), with just a touch of bitterness and toasted malt in finish

M- light and thin, but not watery, smooth, nice carbonation

D- i had a hard time drinking this, if you can make it through the initial sweet rush, then you get a glance at some decent flavor. not my thing, but recommend for macro drinkers who fear darker beer.

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Photo of Phatz
2.94/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This famous bock deserved a try but I did have low expectations. To my surprise, Shiner Bock was not as appalling as I expected. No surprise it lacked flare or excitement but a tolerable boring beer.

Appearance: Pours a clear bronze brown color with a small quick fading head and little notable lacing. It does have a constant flow of carbonation bubble rising through the body of the beer.

Smell: Bad. I did not like the smell. I was prepared for the worst when it got to the taste but it does taste better than it smells. It is a grainy corn husk aroma followed by the artificial sweetener and dextrinous malt attribute and some metallic character. Not really enjoyable.

Taste: The taste was a relief after smelling this thing. It was not terrible. It is a step up from Michelob Amber Bock if that is saying any thing, but does not even reach the level of flavor Saranac has. To put into perspective the mundaneness. It is a toasted grain flavor with a drop of caramel and a metallic prod to the back teeth (like when you bite a fork). Not offensive.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy an thin in the mouth. Extremely light body.

Drinkability: The beer it not all that tasty but it is not offensive either. It is light. Once you get used to the metallic attribute it actually becomes quite drinkable. Though I won't buy it again while I have other options.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was totally non-impressive. Poured very thin, to a pale amber color, with little head or lacing. I could not detect any aroma, and the taste, whatever was there, was not evident due to the watery texture and stale finish. I’d heard this was a good beer...obviously I was listening to the wrong people.

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Photo of BeerBard
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most Austinites love Shiner Bock...I do not.

But you just can't help but drink it down here unless you are obsessed about avoiding it. The problem is, it's as "exotic" as many restaurants get down here with beer...and if you want a beer with your food...and you don't want a Budweiser...then you're left with Shiner Bock as you're only alternative to water or Bud-Lite (another term for water).

So Shiner is light brown in color, has virtually no sustained head, and little aroma (though it creates quite a stench rotting outside the many fraternities near the University). Not much of a mouthfeel because of the weak taste.

This was a beer created to be something "exotic" in during an era of ignorance in Texas. But times have changed and I believe the only reason it's still popular is the same reason Bush was re-elected and Texas votes Republican. But I take no responsibility for that.

I'll drink it again...I live in Texas...and let's face it, it's just an average won't kill you.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark caramel with a 1/4" head that sticks around and clings lightly to the sides. Lots of carbonation in the body. Dark malt aromas try to push through but are shoved out of the way by the graininess. Not a whole lot on the palate, just sweetness, faint dark malts, and grain. Mouthfeel is full of sugars and with each sip, the beer turns to bubbles in my mouth. Not very drinkable.

I'm not one to knock on cans (I really like Warbird and Dale's Pale Ale), but out of the can, Shiner Bock is raunchy. Better in the bottle or on tap. I'd like to chalk this up to having had a really old can.

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Photo of jettjon
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into the pint glass. Pours a clear, red-brown, more ruby than brown color with a few bubbles. Basically no head, just a wisp of foam that vanishes leaving a thin ring and no lace. Nose is bready and malty. Taste is malty with a light hops balance, very subdued bitter finish. Overall, it’s malty sweet and ale like, pretty good mild malt/molasses character. Mouth is pretty bubbly on the tongue and is somewhat substantial; it’s not watery or thin. Drinkability is pretty good; it’s an easygoing, easily sessionable beer that looks a lot cooler at the bar than a macro.

Overall: A good drinking beer, especially if you enjoy moderately malty brew.

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Photo of srrn
2.14/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ordered on tap. Looked ok a deep mahogony in the club. Not much going on in the way of smell. Mouthfeel was carbonated like soda to me and the bitter tastes and sweet tastes were not blended, adjunct taste. I love Bocks and Dubblebocks, great quaffing beers for me and remind me of my tour in Germany, this one I just couldn't finish. This brewerys offering just aren't to my taste though it seems to be a solid seller.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich, red-amber body with a thick white head.

Smell is sourish malt.

Flavor is sweet malt, smooth on the palate, sour on the finish. Almost no hop presence. Very far on the light end for a bock, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is on the watery end of medium, high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good.

This beer is worshiped by many in TX. I have to say, it's not bad when compared to Coors Light, Bud Light, etc. Plenty of color and flavor compared to those usual macro suspects. As an aspiring craft-ish brew, it leaves a lot to be desired. I did enjoy this one, though. Thanks to cburian for "importing" this one so I could sample and review it.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clerk at the liquor store once put my three selected six packs in a discarded Shiner Bock box (say that three times quickly) and sent me on my way. I had never tried it. And then one evening last week my wife and I were out with friends and here comes the beer list. Shiner Bock on tap. So I tried it.

Came without much of a head, but the color was nice, dark brown (like rich chocolate milk) and just a bit of carbonation. I was surprised that there wasn't much smell to speak of, though the malt did come through in the nose a bit. A bit thin in the mouth, the flavor was surprisingly rich. Lightly roasted malt (a bit less "roast" flavor than I expected, given the color) and a delicate balance of hops to refresh. I enjoyed it. I was driving and that's all I could do; but others in our party had second glasses. It's easily a beer you could enjoy all night.

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Photo of stouty1
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured burnt orange in color with a minimal laced head. What was there was gone very quickly. Smells of malt and grapes. Tatses pretty much like nothing at first. No sweetness no malt. Then a slight bitterness tries to reach out to grab your tongue, but I think it moved done my throat too fast, leaving something trying to come but not quite reaching its goal. Very fizzy and overly carbonated. Very drinkable as its almost like drinking down a bottle of water.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a 20oz nonic glass

Coppery/reddish light brown hue very clear.Off-white head,dissapating to ring around glass.looked a bit flat.
Aroma was fruitty,nutty,caramelly,a hint of chocolate.
Taste was bisquitty,carmelly and fruity,dry and tart,a quick sharp,clean bitterness.Taste was a bit bland.
A thin to medium mouthfeel,a grainy texture.
Drinkable,but boring,reminds me of a macro. Got a keg for 1/2 price,now I know why.

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Photo of ruleof72
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium dark amber color with decent head
Smell is OK but nothing outstanding, toasted malt, some chocolate maybe
Taste is a little above average with toasted malt and some grain flavors
Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation
Overall drinkability was good. This beer is easily drinkable even though there is no particular outstanding component.

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Photo of therica
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'd reviewed this in bottled-version last year, with mixed feelings. Last night I was dining and the place featured this on-tap. The bar-maid encouraged me to try it, so I obliged.

The on-tap variety seems a totally different beer and experience than the bottled version.

Appearance-- deep red-amber with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell-- enticing, complex, a definite bock-scent and yet more to it that I couldn't quite decipher.

Taste-- upon first sip, I had the same experience as the person with me warned, the one who complained that it caused him immediate gas in the bottled-version. Yet, the taste was totally different from the bottled-version. Maybe just too much carbonation going on here. Malty bocky taste with some interesting diversions that seemed to change with each gulp on a clean palate, and again changing as the beer sat for a few minutes. Finish was still a bit carbony-gassy, moderately smooth aside from the carbonation burn in my throat. Mildly hoppy-bitter.

Mouthfeel-- hmmm... complex taste overwhelmed by biting carbonation?

Drinkability-- if we'd stayed, I would have been on to something else, I couldn't drink a lot of this in-session.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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