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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 1,011
Hads: 3,632
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 39.47%
Wants: 55
Gots: 791 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of DogFood11
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Haven't tried a bock from texas so today is as good as any. Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass and it had a real nice appearance, very clear filtered and amber color.

that was the last of the passing grades. smelled some metallic and uninspired bitterness, with a crippled malt presence. Tasted some dark fruits/prunes. Not much to counter that. Taste was faint. mouthfeel was ok. slid nicely down the neck without irritation. Its not garbage by any stretch because it is fairly nuetral and inoffensive. its a snooozer ZZZ zzzz zzzz.

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Photo of emericanchaos
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample bottle is one of a six pack from Johnston's Liquors in Conowingo Md. Pours a nice red-brown with a light carbonated head that quickly subsides.

Smells very earthy. Hearty malts and a dash of hops.

Tastes exactly how it smells. Talk about truth in advertising. Has a strong initial attack which quickly rolls into a malty sweetness remant of a marzen.

Mouthfeel isn't anything to write home about. It doesn't feel like your mouth is going to explode because of the carbonation nor do you feel you have to spit it out because it's too fizzy. What you would expect from a better beer.

This is an awesome session beer. It has alot of flavor but not so much that you get tired of it. Combined with lower alchohol content this beer will last you the night.

If you've ever had yuengling's traditional lager, this is a great substitute for it. I find shiner's bock to be very similar in flavor, about the same in price and more consistent than yuengling. Alot of times yuengling will taste too flat and watered down or too carbonated. Sometimes you get it really sweet which is awesome but it's very rare. If you know what i'm talking about than relate to flavor to a more carbonated yuengling. I find shinerbock a bit more prickley unless yuengling is over carbonated. Overall i think the texans are beating us in a Shiner bock vs. Yuengling lager battle.

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3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock has the appearance of a traditional English brown ale. There is a 1/4" white head that settles down into a solid cap and stays put. It is odd to see a beer of this color with a bright white head on top.

Lightly roasted aroma and a little bit of hops. Very subdued. I have sampled this beer many times before and found a much fuller nose.

Flavor is better than aroma. Earthy, nutty, mild chocolate. Light tanginess from the hops. This has somewhat of a Marzen flavor to it.

Good drinkability, I have put down several of these on many ocassions. Obviously not a bock, this beer shares more characteristics with an amber ale or an Oktoberfest. Still a decent beer and it is easy to see why it is so popular. It lands somewhere between a macro and a micro and is a good cross-over for many.

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

I loved the color of this beer, brown to molasses, but wanted more body more taste more nose. Having said that, still better than most of your choices in the lone star state. The brewrey should try to gradually bump up the body & nose, subvert from within!

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Photo of Atlas1
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growing up in Texas, I know Texans are proud of their beer. And Shiner is no exception. I've always been a fan, and even though many knowledgable beer drinkers will argue that there is nothing terribly exciting about Shiner (and they would be right), it's still a huge success for a number of reasons. It's a highly drinkable, worthy alternative to the American macro brews that rule the market. It has a nice color, and is an excellent thirst-quencher to accompany a saturday cookout. But as far as bocks go, Shiner is one of the least complex versions out there. It's not fancy, but it's not trying to be. It's just trying to be a dependable beer. Here in the mid-Atlantic (where you can now find Shiner at various locales), it's akin to Yuengling. And that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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Photo of BuckSpin
2.62/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a sharp looking warm, honey amber, brassy hue with a 3/4" head of tight cream foam on a nicley bubbling body that disappated quickly and laced lightly & sporatically. Nose wasn't anything special, some straw, sharp, odd.

Even yet dull on the pallete, perhaps some mild sweetness on a very flat tasting malt base. Pallete was the best part as a crisp, pleasing, cinnamon like spiciness showed up, but alas it too faded into a lackluster, dull, watery finish with a mild bitterness.

There was nothing remarkable about this. I'll pass on future ones if other options are available.

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

A weaker attempt of a traditional beer. Still plesant tasting though. It looks brown and moderately carbonated. Slightly tan head pours a 1/2" head that wants to stay. No lacing detected. Smells mildly malty, nutty, bready, and yeasty. Tastes smoothly malty, caramelly, roasted, toasty, and a bit chocolatey. Flavors similar to a porter, but not nearly as bold. Body is medium and a bit carbonated. Like many American Bock beers, it is grainy and sweetly sticky to the toung without the supporting malt character or the warming finish. Likewise the finish is sticky and a bit grainy. Yeast character remains. Aftertaste is slightly nutty and clean. A safe, easily drinkable beer, but not one to brag about either.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pints on sale for $1.75 at the Echo Tap here in Madison. I can tell why it they were trying to get rid of it. If there was one word to describe this beer, it would have to be "...oh...". Probably the most neutral, average, uninspiring, neither bad nor good beer I've ever had. Oh...I'm, uhhh....drinking a beer?

Pours a transparent dark brown with no real head to speak of. Smells like....umm, beer? Kind of metallic. Tastes like....watery beer? A hint of caramel malt to let you know it's supposed to be dark, but other than that entirely bland. Mouthfeel is probably about the thinnest I've ever experienced in a beer, even the carbonation was limp. Slightly higher drinkability rating only because it goes down like water. So...apparently I drank a beer last night....I guess.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz bottle from Texas!

A clear brown, not quite like most browns I have seen in beer- this seems richer than many of the transparent brown beers I am familiar with.

Aroma is fresh bready malt= slight sweetness. Not complex, but nice!

Flavor is mostly malty, a little roasted caramel. Not terribly sweet, just a slight sweetness, kind of like fresh-made dark German bread is sweet. A slight hop bite in the finish, just enough to let you know it's there. Generally simple in it's overall profile (i.e., not terribly complex, but that's not really a bad thing!).

Mouthfeel is moderate and this is a nice, simple, drinkable brew.

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

Thanks for sharing Kev! 12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. It pours a deep copper color with two fingers of head that die off quickly. There is almost no lacing. The smell has a decent caramel malt base. It's fairly sweet, and there's a faint hint of biscuit malt. The taste is sweet and malty. Lots of caramel, kinda toasty as well. The finish has the slightest bit of hops. The mouthfeel could be a little bit thicker. The drinkability is great. A decent American take at a bock.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a very slight covering over top. It seems to want to stay around more than others. The nose is roasty, slightly grainy and a touch of brown sugar sweetness. Not too bad here. The flavor is fairly grainey and slightly toasty with a faint sweetness. Almost a little drying on the finish as well. the feel is a solid moderate, even light thick, with a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice brew. Good session brew. I can easily have a few of these in a night.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark chestnut yet clear hues with a bright ivory uneven cap which settles thin and quick to a collar.

Slight leafy grainy scents.

First swigs: Grainy diluted oatmeal cereal flavors. Harsh earthy cola notes.

Last swigs:
Harmless benign flavor leads to the easy drinkability. This was a daily staple in Nashville, TN on Broadway while bar hopping.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner's best known "bock" pours a crystal clear chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. Standard sized bubbles can be seen rising quickly beneath. The nose delivers a distinctive note of sulphur from the lager yeast over a dull, lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's crisp in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium-light body. The flavor is bright and clean with it's yeast character showing just as strong as it's subtly toffee-ish and lightly bready-sweet malt. There are no noticeable hop flavors, but the bitterness is firm and there's an average amount of alcohol there, leaving it to finish dry and refreshing.

Now, onto the "bock" categorization that everyone mentions. It was common during the late 50's, 60's and 70's for breweries to simply add coloring to their regular beers (or slightly higher gravity brews) and release them in the spring as bocks. That seems like what this is. I'd guess they're using a product called "porterine", but there are others available. Or it could have had something to do with the way that beers of a certain strength are categorized in Texas. Either way, it's nothing new and there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's a decent, enjoyable beer.... forget that it's not really a bock and have another one!

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Photo of Puddleglum
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

If you intend to go to Austin at anytime you will be forced to consume this beer. I appreciated the fact that there wasn't a budweiser to be found in the club we were in. Yet Shiner Bock was ubiquitous. I hadn't even asked for a beer when it was handed to me. "Don't mind if I do." I wasn't expecting a real bock beer so I wasn't let down. Yet it was nicely balanced with a caramel malt sweetening it slightly withough any cloying. The smell was of sweet malt with a grainy note and a hint of some hops. It was gone in a few gulps and I was on to the next one. The second one I poured in a "Cincinnati" they had sitting there next to the water jug and the clarity was fine but the color was certainly off for a bock as I suspected and the head was nice and sticky.

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Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color with a thin lace for a head. Carbonation sizzles a bit when the beer is first poured. The smell is clean with a hint of toasted grains and faint hops. The taste is not very big either. Medium bodied with toasted grain dominating the flavor. A fair amount of carbonation and a small amount of hops come through. Light toasted grain aftertaste. Nothing complex here. Just an easy drinking beer that is better than your mainstream dark lager.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine in Louisiana always has raved about this one, and coincidentally another friend brought a 6-pack back from TX this past weekend.

Pours medium amber, very slightly hazy. Nose does not consist of much, slight malts and alcohol. Good carbonation, not much head, slight lacing. Taste is a bit light, but not too light. Does not taste like a light beer, necessarily. Malts come out at the end to round out the feel and flavor. I think if the malts weren't there then it would be a failure. This beer was enjoyable and easy to drink. If you are looking for an option that is not your standard pisswater but still want to drink several beers without them being heavy, this is a good option.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally thought that this was a great overall beer. It poured an amber/copper color. Had a very rich, full flavored smooth taste to it. Absolutely no excessive bitterness at all. This is definitely one of the better beers to come out of the state of Texas.

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Photo of jdm
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a one finger plus head. it is a medium brown that is very clear. i smell malt, an earthy note, and grassy. malt and bitter is well-balanced. the style should be a little heavier to the malt but i like it balanced. finishes clean and spicy. fair, very drinkable beer but nothing remarkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a moderate copper color with slight head that quickly fell to a slight ring. Smell was almost totally absent, but at least not unpleasant. Taste was refeshing, but I could not find anyting to get excited about. Mouthfeel is not unpleasant with a slight hint of malt. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry yet fruity scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, roasted flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. I see the overall average is low, but I think it's tastey and quite enjoyable.

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

Light bronze color with a decent off-white head and good carbonation. Toasty malt aroma. Bready, toasty flavors but a bit sweet. Light bodied and a bit watery.


Per Shiner website:
2002 GABF - Bronze - American Dark Lager
2001 GABF - Bronze - American Dark Lager

A poor introduction to the Bock style but not nearly as awful as I remember. More of an American Dark Lager but I can't believe this beer has won awards...

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Photo of wgk
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my first bottle last week after my brother brought some home from his Texas trip and a visit to the brewery. This is a light brown colored beer with a pleasant smell out of the bottle. Taste, I agree, is light for a bock which I expect to have some mouthfeel chewability to it. It is probably the reason that there is a reputation this beer has as a college brew...it's not going to slow you down any chewing on it. I have to say I like it and will easily drink a few again. I understand that the distribution of Shiner is pretty extensive so you may find it at a decent brew depot.

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Photo of Winter
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber - brown in color with an airy off-white head. Unpleasant aroma of sour fruit, malt and wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is thin. In addition, Shiner Bock is thin in flavor for a bock beer. Has this been watered-down for mass appeal? Taste was grainy. It lacks the caramel and raisin flavors of a good bock. Slight sourness toward the back. Finish is dry. If you want to introduced something to newbie beer drinkers and not scare them away, this might be a good starting point.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big cheers to fellow BA dungaree who was exceptionally generous in shipping this brew to NY. Cheers to you man!

Dungeree tells me that this one is a favorite among Texas college students, and I believe him. Comes in a standard 12oz bottle with twist cap. No obvious best by date. Pours a orange amber color. Head is almost non-existent. Does not taste like other bocks I have sampled. Light and hoppy with subtle malt. Nothing to complain about, (except head retention) but nothing interesting either.

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Photo of diablo14
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i was looking forward to trying this bock from texas. considering these texans say everything is big there, i was thinking this might be the same. i thought wrong. nothing about this beer was big. it was insipid, boring and generally dismal.

didnt have the deep colors of a real bock, was bordering more on an amber ale in that area. lacked nose, all i could get was a sweet smell and the faintest hint of malt. to say the taste was nondescript would be an understatement. it was damn sweet with barely any malt, and none of the rich nutty, biscuity characteristics you expect to find in a bock. were there hops in this beer? i couldnt really tell. lacked any type of finish full stop, let alone, the full, dry and flavorsome finish on the back palate any beer of this style has to have as the basics.

i have had worse bocks sure. but calling this beer a bock is truly a misnomer. its not a great beer regardless, but its a shocker in this category. a waste of quality drinking space when there were plenty of better beers on offer i could have had.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.