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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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2,846 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,846
Reviews: 947
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 192 | 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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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite beers! Need I say more? Oh but I will. I've had Shiner Bock on tap a couple of places and more often than not the tap hasn't been as good as the bottle. Shiner Bock obviously has a little more sugar than most beers and it has a slight sweet taste, but is still very refreshing. I took a backpacking trip into the mountains of West Virginia last weekend and hadn't had a beer in a couple of days. All I could think of on the hike out was the Shiner Bock in my cooler. It tasted like liquid joy, I thought my companion the black dog was going to take it off me and drink it himself. It's a bit darker in appearance than I once thought the perfect beer would be, but now that dark amber is my favorite color. The smell is light and appealing, not too aromatic, but with enough weight to make you anticipate what is to come. The taste, is slightly sweet with a hint of molasses and caramel, without being too sweet. Shiner Bock goes well with wings, ribs, crabs or anything a beer is supposed to go with. The feel in your mouth is light enough to want to drink several, but heavy enough to know you have. Overall, an superb surprise from right here in the USA.
I've got a couple good buddies who feel like I do. So you beer snobs can have your beer that no one can find, spell or stomach, I'll take a Shiner Bock and I'm not even from Texas.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:13:11 | More by Smokehole13
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-16-2013 20:05:49 | More by Kahlstrom
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3.14/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: light brown/copper look

S: smell tends to be stronger than taste

T: not very hoppy which is typical of a bock

M: quaffable, slightly dry aftertaste, quaffable

O: Not my favorite shiner, but drinkable and refreshing, better than a lot of other common beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 17:52:16 | More by smt1
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

07-16-2013 03:59:16 | More by cam12
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

07-16-2013 03:27:22 | More by DSkilling
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-15-2013 18:30:48 | More by TheMrFarnham
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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-15-2013 14:56:55 | More by HollywoodNate
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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

07-15-2013 08:55:36 | More by E_Cox
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4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

07-14-2013 21:23:52 | More by fishguyac
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New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-13-2013 22:14:46 | More by freeHorizon
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-13-2013 18:33:44 | More by Gregwa
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-13-2013 13:35:11 | More by acurtis
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2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

07-13-2013 03:14:05 | More by dkinney
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

07-13-2013 03:13:10 | More by djrn2
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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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District of Columbia

1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

07-12-2013 22:29:19 | More by apasternak
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

07-10-2013 18:00:53 | More by Beer_Slayer
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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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2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-09-2013 23:56:47 | More by pabney
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-09-2013 22:16:03 | More by ahommell
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-09-2013 21:44:50 | More by radiofish
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

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

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

07-09-2013 00:00:34 | More by WOLFGANG
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

07-08-2013 17:34:32 | More by ncstateplaya
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2/5  rDev -36.1%

07-08-2013 03:47:08 | More by rkarimi
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,846 ratings.