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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,828 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,828
Reviews: 945
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 19
Gots: 184 | FT: 2
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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djrn2

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-13-2013 03:13:10 | More by djrn2
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RoyTX

Texas

4.56/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Now, I have to level set for the rest of the 49 states that get Shiner weeks/months after it was made. I've toured the shiner brewery and can certainly attest to the affects of harsh storing and shipping condition on beer. I have had the flat, bitter, watery shiner bock that has been reviewed and I have also tasted the sweet "Texas tea" that is shiner bock, hours/days after the factory brewed it. Do not blame the brewery or the beer for the failings of time and mishandling of man. Firstly, shiner bock is no where near "hoppy" it is a sweet (as far as beers go) blend of yeast, malt, and hops. We sure do make bread with it down here. The deep caramel color is a clear indicator of taste. It is not intended to be be an overbearing weigh you down, alcoholic bock. It is refined for drinkability and sweet sipping (again think iced tea). It's certainly not a heavy headed brew that and does not pretend to be an exotic concoction of ingredients that blend together to make a disappointing off-putting flavor (Sam Adams Boston lager comes to mind). Take the traditional German respect for bier and an American sensibility for drinkability and crave for refreshing flavors and you have Shiner Bock. I can use apply all the adjectives and similes for the look but taste is he only thing that matters. I'd happily drink a shiner instead of a snobby craft beer placed on a pedestal that tastes like bathroom soap. If you notice the score I didn't say it was perfect due to the varying environments (consistency) I've tasted it in but it is good when it's good.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:49:18 | More by RoyTX
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apasternak

District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

07-12-2013 22:29:19 | More by apasternak
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Beer_Slayer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

07-10-2013 18:00:53 | More by Beer_Slayer
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

1.91/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Shiner Bock pours a blackish color with a small lacing head. There aroma malts and garbage. The taste is similar to eat a pile of cat litter, rather pitiful. Watery and weak flavors (prb a good thing). Overall nearly a drain pour, weak and horrible flavors, but at least it pours nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 03:55:50 | More by vette2006c5r
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pabney

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-09-2013 23:56:47 | More by pabney
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ahommell

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-09-2013 22:16:03 | More by ahommell
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radiofish

Michigan

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-09-2013 21:44:50 | More by radiofish
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msanborn

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

07-09-2013 15:25:01 | More by msanborn
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-09-2013 00:00:34 | More by WOLFGANG
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-08-2013 17:34:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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rkarimi

Colorado

2/5  rDev -36.1%

07-08-2013 03:47:08 | More by rkarimi
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Giantspace

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-08-2013 03:28:56 | More by Giantspace
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terence

California

2/5  rDev -36.1%

07-08-2013 00:02:48 | More by terence
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GABrew

Georgia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-07-2013 23:36:36 | More by GABrew
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Arcman

Georgia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-07-2013 18:45:59 | More by Arcman
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TEOTH

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - Dark amber, one finger of head
S - Minimal smell a hint of malt perhaps
T - Clean, easy drinking taste, a bit bitter
M - Fizzy, carbonated feel in the mouth
O - Drinks pretty easy, tastes better in a bottle cold versus a pint glass. Would not seek out in the store, but would drink it over a standard light beer at a social gathering absent other options

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 17:33:54 | More by TEOTH
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DuffDaddy

Florida

5/5  rDev +59.7%

07-07-2013 11:43:25 | More by DuffDaddy
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Kevin60

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber/Brown color. About an inch or so of frothy head.

Smell - Very weak smell, slight hint of maltiness at times.

Taste - Very smooth tasting, with a slight bite of bitterness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and smooth.

Overall - Although it lacks in aroma and has a mediocre appearance, the taste of the brew makes up for it. It is smooth with a slight hint of bitterness at the end of the drink. Not the best beer, but great upgrade from your standard brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 04:35:35 | More by Kevin60
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dabakemon

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

07-06-2013 23:42:13 | More by dabakemon
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BryantForestry

Texas

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

07-06-2013 00:28:59 | More by BryantForestry
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mtbdonn

Colorado

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-05-2013 15:09:51 | More by mtbdonn
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stinkydaddy

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-04-2013 21:10:08 | More by stinkydaddy
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brett606

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

07-04-2013 06:51:39 | More by brett606
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Caj1

Texas

3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a beer I went from liking to hating to liking again. Probably because I feel that it is overrated by the other Texans around me, I used to resent how ubiquitous it is in this state and how there are better beers, and better Texan beers, than this flagship. However, it serves a purpose and there are many worse beers to drink.

It pours a deep brown, almost like weakly brewed coffee, and creates a quick to dissipate bubbly head that leaves unremarkable lacing. The nose isn't much - a little bit of toast and diacetyl butterscotch and slight earthy hop notes. The flavor is sweet and malty but a little bit lacking; there's only a small hint of hops and truthfully it tastes like a middling dark lager. After swallowing the beer the flavor sweetens on the tongue and a satisfying bitterness takes hold. Mouthfeel is thin but quenching, and the foam preserves some body.

Overall this is a very average beer, but as far as average beers go, you could do a lot worse. In other words, Shiner isn't a bad choice for BYOB.

To good health and good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:22:59 | More by Caj1
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,828 ratings.