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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,993 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 957
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 260 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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Matt_C

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.5%

10-14-2013 20:51:38 | More by Matt_C
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Catlin

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-14-2013 03:47:10 | More by Catlin
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MikeWard

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%

poured from 12oz bottle into tall glass. No bottled date that I could understand, most of it was smeared away.

Looked pretty decent in the glass. Clear, reddish amber coloring. less than one finger head, which setteld to a ring. Lots of carbonation. Virtually no lacing though.

Couldn't get anything on the nose except some faint sweet malts

Taste was...okay, but pretty bland. Was only getting some sweetness toward the end.

Mouth was thin, finish clean.

I can see as a session beer on a hot day you could clear off a couple of sixers of these and still manage your 8X tablees. But nothing to the beer really. Doesn't taste terrible, just...bland.

10-14-2013 01:17:58 | More by MikeWard
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TR0219

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.5%

10-13-2013 19:06:27 | More by TR0219
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claspada

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-13-2013 16:38:55 | More by claspada
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Pens1967

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

10-13-2013 14:29:04 | More by Pens1967
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AnthemOfTheSun

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-12-2013 10:27:32 | More by AnthemOfTheSun
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artoolemomo

Oregon

2.99/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance- Pours up some head but has pretty poor retention. The body is quite effervescent and alive with bubbles. The head is an off-white with slight brown notes (almost beige) while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon and garnet which appears as a medium dark amber with orange hues when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind as of yet.

Nose- From the glass and from the bottle are very different. I get a weak breadiness with some metal notes from the glass but the bottle (especially before the pour) gives off a lot of malt- sweet and sour bread (think rye and pumpernickel) with a small hint of raisins. Swirling shows off more of the sour notes that suggested rye and pumpernickel.

Taste- A slight sweetness mixed with a bit of water starts off the flavor profile as notes of raisin arise and move into bigger notes of cereal and grain, even cornflakes. Lots of cornflakes and really none of the bready or malty qualities that the nose seemed to promise. Ends with a slight sweetness suggestive of these breads but it really doesn't have enough presence to define anything in particular. Some caramel but it's very light. Very minor metallic notes as well. Some wood (primarily oak) mixes with the light finish of bread and caramel. Lacks presence but has some balance and integration. Basically average but better than I expected it to be. Definitely a notch or two above BMC. I have no real experience with bocks but this seems to be a weak version of one. I will certainly have to try more.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost crosses the line into “too much carbonation”.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A little too much cornflake taste for me but if I were in Texas 15 years, I imagine would have drank a whole bunch of this. 9 bucks a six pack is way too much though.

Overall- Just average (maybe slightly below). Worth a try if you don't have any expectations (I didn't). Will not repurchase.

10-12-2013 02:49:26 | More by artoolemomo
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blbarnett3

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

10-12-2013 00:22:00 | More by blbarnett3
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GDPete

Texas

4/5  rDev +27.4%

10-11-2013 20:21:00 | More by GDPete
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PCBrewski

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

10-11-2013 15:25:43 | More by PCBrewski
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Had straight from bottle so just giving a mid level appearance here. Easy drinking beer with plenty of flavor for a cheap price. Dark malts, some sweet molasses, and a slight adjunct lager aftertaste. Easy drinking and a good alternative to the macros at a BBQ. Certainly worth drinking with plenty of dark malt flavor to feed the taste buds. Not bad.

10-11-2013 01:26:12 | More by BMMillsy
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TxMdScotty298

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-11-2013 00:36:57 | More by TxMdScotty298
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csfcmitchell

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-10-2013 16:56:50 | More by csfcmitchell
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weaverd33

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-10-2013 16:02:37 | More by weaverd33
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Kopfschuss

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

10-10-2013 00:49:53 | More by Kopfschuss
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lauries444

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-10-2013 00:40:03 | More by lauries444
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Lare453

Florida

2/5  rDev -36.3%

10-09-2013 22:32:32 | More by Lare453
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JSuperman

California

2.15/5  rDev -31.5%

As someone who really enjoys German style bocks I was disappointed. It was light, nutty (more like a brown beer), a bit watery and lacked defining flavours. It is an
easy drinking American beer that tastes like it is from a big brewery. It will work with a burger but don't bring it out to impress friends.

10-09-2013 04:20:55 | More by JSuperman
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ColdWaffles

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-09-2013 01:31:06 | More by ColdWaffles
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -14%

12oz bottle in a standard pint glass.

A- See-thru brown color, some amber. Off-white head is minimal yet leaves lots of sticky blotches of lacing ( I'll learn that it's from the sugars). Lots of bubbles.

S- Sweet malts, minerals.

T- Brown sugar and malts. Mineral or metallic.

M- Light and syrupy. Mucho carbonation.

O- I want to like it, but it is just too sugary sweet for me.

10-08-2013 22:49:08 | More by NiceTaps
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Boone757

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-08-2013 22:31:54 | More by Boone757
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SJtheFox

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

10-08-2013 00:07:53 | More by SJtheFox
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wejohnsn

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.5%

10-06-2013 22:45:59 | More by wejohnsn
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

10-05-2013 20:29:47 | More by otterbearfla
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.