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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: 57
Gots: 840 | 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 cooncat
2.16/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Serving was from 12 oz. longneck, with a "drink by" date of Aug. 21, 2006 (and my taste was July 1, 2006 .. so it was 'in date').

The pour produced a deep copper/amber colored brew, with a small tan head that disappeared rapidly. Minimal sheeting evident. Almost nothing to the nose, perhaps a light maltiness, but disappointing for a bock. I found the taste rather lacking in what I expect from a bock, i.e., lacking in malt character and sweetness. If there are hops in there, they must have been of the stealth variety, as it had no hop bite at all. I found the mouthfeel to be thin, especially for a bock. Overall, I would have to say this beer, imho, is entirely "unremarkable". Nevertheless, I would prefer this to any of the mass produced 'lawnmower beers' sold across the country.


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Photo of soulgrowl
2.44/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Ah, the infamous Shiner Bock. It doesn't look so bad... a nice, clear, brick red amber with a volatile, sparkly beige head.

Smell: Corn, peas, coins, roasted peanutty (almost chocolatey) malts, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Stale apple cider, caramel malts, musty yeast, light spicy hops... imagine a caramel apple with 85% of the flavor sapped out of it, and you've got Shiner Bock.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, and clean.

Drinkability: This beer makes me frown and shake my head. It's not awful, just really off in a lot of ways. I wouldn't mind trying a fresher bottle or a glass on tap.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear, fairly dark reddish-brown (not exactly amber...) color, with a thick tan head.

Smell: Pretty much just malts! Maybe a bit of roasted grains too.

Taste: Again, mostly malts. But, although the flavor isn't weak, it comes across really bland. Tiny bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth, light- to medium-bodied beer. Fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable - seems to go down well, alcohol isn't high, and there's nothing that tastes bad in it.

I'm not sure how they get away with calling this a bock, as the flavor here is so bland! It feels too light for a bock as well. Maybe it could work as a dark lager. Might be best have it with food, so that you don't notice the complete lack of flavor. Overall, it's a fairly average beer.

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

I lot of people hate on this beer and as a bock it is a fraud, however as a beer it sometimes fills the void. Out of the bottle or on tap the beer is pretty much the same. Nice amber color with a white head that doesn't lace but has some staying power. This smells of mostly clean lager yeast with a hinting of malts and hops but nothing too much. The flavor is crisp amber lager beer with maybe a bend to the sweeter ock style. This beer could just use more to push it into the next step-up. Overall an easy drinker, but it holds back to gain mass appeal. Beer is buisnesss.

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Photo of ArcTeryx
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a slight brownish tint. There is virtually no head. The aroma has hints of caramel and toffee.

There is a sweet caramel maltiness in the initial portion of each sip. That gives way to a very slight hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, but it thickens a wee bit as it goes down.

This is an alright beer, but not really worth the $6.99/6-pack price tag, IMO. Give me some Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for $1 more.

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Photo of spaceranger
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner gets kicked alot here on the advocate and I guess I understand that. Compared to the great micros and European imports it's just - well, it is what it is. But there's something about their Bock and their Kolsch (which is not reviewed here). They are just plain drinkable. And the more you drink them the more you appreciate them. Day in and day out Shiner is a good choice.

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Photo of drobo
3.98/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20+ years drinking this beer. Appearance is amber with little to no head out of the bottle -- from tap the head is a bit better and longer retention. Very drinkable, not as heavy as you would think a bock-style beer, which makes it a good 'session' beer.

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Photo of BlackMagik
2.82/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this from a friend who procured a bottle for me, poured into a pint glass. No real head to speak of, with a smell comparable to that of bud or another mass-produced brew. Taste was a little better with some sweet malt shining through, though nothiung striking. mouthfeel was very light as was taste,which was unexpected due to darkened color. allright beer for cookouts or when its hot out im guessing

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Photo of nlmartin
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pleasing dark amber coloration. The head was two fingers high thick honey colored.

Smell: The beer has a coppery caramel malty smell. The beer has a bit of earthy yeast or hops?

Taste: The beer is pretty much thin sweet malty flavors. The beer has a dash of hoppyness that struggle to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied. The beer is well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer. This may work itself into my beer rotation. Is this a good bock? I seriously doubt that it is a good bock. This is not a bad beer in my book.

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Photo of omar
4.51/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Have had it on tap in many food and drink establishments in the Dallas Ft. Worth area.

Great with steaks, beef fajitas, and brisket.

Clear brown brew, no cloudiness or sediment. Not much head, smooth and refreshing. Slightly nutty.

Very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my standards while I was living in Texas. It was carried just about everywhere and tasted great. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Tasted a bit like new castle (don't yell at me) but they both have a bit of a nutty taste. easy to drink, perfect carbonation. if you haven't tried it I would defiantly recommend picking some up. no doubt it wont be the best thing you ever had. but like I said, its a good regular and its not too expensive.

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Photo of thaichile
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown without much of a head. Scents of toasted caramel and fruit on the nose. I had this beer several years ago and recall enjoying it at the time. However, I found this to be on the thin side, although it was smooth, this could be due to the watered down effect the beer provided. Not offensive, but not enough to make you want another. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of Mechphisto
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's really nothing much I can say about this. Nothing noteable about it.
Nothing really bad, nothing really good or interesting.
The amber color is OK, not much of a scent, and a bitter-sweet flavor that is basically a strong Coors. A really strong Coors.

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

From the 12fl.oz.brown bottle pours a dark copper-brown with a small off-white head. The head instantly disappears and dots of lace are sparce as you consume.

Nutty and roasty malt dominate the smell, semi-sweet with a hint of hops. A faint wiff of alcohol after a few sniffs.

Roasted grainy malt upfront with a mild sweeness, that turns watery and a bit bubbly into a bittery finish. Aftertaste is kind of synthetic and sweet. It has some Bock likeness, but different from the German Bocks if tasted. It tastes alright and the mouthfeel is ok, but this one does not impress.

Drinkable, but nuthin special.

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Photo of Sosh
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a Nick's Sports Pub. They have a large selection, and I'm trying to get through everything. First off, I love bock's. I gave this a try. I was not happy. It felt watery and tasted kind of flat, which I guess is how it is supposed to taste since I had it on tap. I don't think I'd get this ever again. It was slightly sweet, but overall very boring. Also, the smell was weird. I don't know else how to describe it....but it wasn't pleasant.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Shiner Bock pours a nice copper color with a head that dissipates really quickly. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Didn't notice anything exceptional in the smell. Not a particularly memorable taste, but not unpleasant either. Overall malt background, a little bitterness, a real slight astringent taste. Other than lack of head, the only other thing that disappoints is the mouthfeel. Really thin. Drinkability is good (I had three of them and they went down fine, just enough taste to hold your interest for a session). If I had a choice between Yeungling, Sam Adams Boston lager or Shiner Bock, the Shiner Bock would lose. As an alternative to BMC...no problem.

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

A: Crystal clear chestnut brown hue. Topped nicely with 1-2 fingers of white head.

S: Sweet corn malt. Where are the hops? Or better yet, where is anything but corn?!?

T/M: Still the same corn malt but slightly more complex than the smell. There are hops to cleanse the palate. The malt has a hint of roasted character and some sweet caramel. Really carbonated mouthfeel.

D: Could drink all night. Light on the palate and the BAC. Slightly more flavor than BMC lager.

Notes: Thanks to my friend for bringing the bottle back from Austin, TX. Great to finally get the chance to give it a try. Could see myself bringing pitchers and pitchers of this in a bar as tumbleweed rolls by on a dusty Texas street.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's weird how much my palate has changed in the 6 months that I have been 21. I remember this beer as being more full of taste and nice to drink, but it tastes somewhat watered down. A bock beer should be stronger than this crap NO HOPS in this beer. It's horrible

Edit: I had this beer, my friend bought some and owes me so I had one. Holy crap, I can not taste anything but malts. Where are the hops? Adjunts come out a little too.

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Photo of oelergud
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear red and brown body. Light tan somewhat rocky head with ok retention but very little lace. Good carbonation initially but doesn't last long.
Sweet malty brown sugar scent with a hint of grass, wet moldy hay and sommerfields.
Unassuming mild malts up front giving way quickly to a short lived aftertaste. Caramel notes and small hop presence.
Only a little coating, this is a lager afterall. Leaves the palate wet and slightly oily.
Easy to drink as not much is really going on, low ABV. Maybe too subtle to be a good bock. More assertive malts and spicier hops without being over the top would be a great improvement however, I bet this brew is a damn good thirst quencher for the Texan rancher.


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Photo of BigBry
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a chance to sample a bottle on a recent trip south of the border. One of the beer options available at the Famous Tootsie's in Nashville. Clear copper brown color, small top of off white foam that doesn't last. Smell is some caramel with a bit of molasses, malty nose but really have to look for it. Taste is a caramel malt with a toffee or molasses. Pretty thin taste, hint of flavor but kind of lacking. The more you drink, the more bland it seems, leaves you wanting more flavor and taste. Mouthfeel is diluted and watered down, pretty thin for a bock. A little darker, but not much to it. A easy to drink, step up from a macro.

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Photo of hylton44
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this local brew in a recent trip to Austin, TX, accompanying a Mexican meal. It was served in a tiny little tequila cup, which I think served to accentuate the alcoholic character of the beverage.

This beer was not like any other bock I've tasted, and was not what I was expecting. I hope it wasn't the meal interfering with my pallette, but this brew really seemed like it was in an entirely different family altogether; and not a good one at that: American (macro) Lager/Pilsener. The color was lighter than I expected, a reddish amber, and a little pale. The bitterness seemed way out of balance, a biting sort of front end to the experience, and a rather watery, thin mouthfeel followed. It definitely fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears dark, dark, amber, small carbs and little head that left nothing on top. This beer has no real smell. It had a slight grainy scent, other than that, nothing to appetize. It the mouth, it was average for foam but seemed to have a wierd sour taste not from hops, it didn't seem like this was turning bad either, just unwelcome. It seemed like a darker lager taste, but there really wasn't anything else to speak off. It was a little bitter, but hops were not noticeable and there was a note of must from the water. Date on the bottle was 02 03 06, so either it's old, or it's young and it tastes no good. I wouldn't reccomend this.

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Photo of PatandDavid
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the Fox and Hound in Beavercreek. My main problem with this one is it was just bland. Not bland as in bad, but bland as in nothing distinguishing about it. Draft when served was a clear reddish brown with a faint veil of foam. Aroma was clean. Tastewise...sorry just bland. Low malt, low hops, nothing to distinguish, same at the start as at the finish. An interesting experience.

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

In short, it tastes like a macro brew (adjuncts) with some malty "bock-like" characteristics in the background.

In the glass it looks fantastic, warm medium amber color with a thick off-white head that reduces quickly. The adjuncts come to the forefront in the aroma, corn sweetness that reminds me of Miller Hi Life but thankfully there's more to it than that. In the background there's a hint of caramel maltiness along with some pleasant bready grain.

Mouthfeel is on the watery side, especially for the style but not too bad if you just think of this one as an Amber Lager.

I'd pick this over several other macros, but there are too many better brews to make it a regular.

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Photo of danielharper
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a dark brown color into my pint glass. Thick head fades to a very thin top layer after a few minutes. Looks pretty much exactly like a bock should -- good presentation.

Heavily malty aroma, some notes of coffee and nuts. Again, pretty much standard for a bock, but lack of complexity just makes it "eh". Average.

Sweet malty backbone in flavor, some sugars (not too cloying) in aftertaste.

Very grainy texture, thin-bodied but somehow also chewy.

Is it possible for a beer to be the epitome of a style, but so boring that it's just dead-on average? That's Shiner Bock -- I drink these every so often, but never buy a six-pack and will generally pick another beer over it. Might be a bridge for a macro-lover, but that's about it.

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