Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery
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3/5 rDev -4.5%
Shiner Bock has an eye-catching auburn colour that has a very deep complexion yet also a perfectly clear one. Attractive no doubt but I'd say it more resembles a soda; its bubbles all fizzled out so loudly and quickly you'd think they did so in anger.
The aroma definitely displays some maltiness but it's more reminiscent of malt extract than the aromatic byproducts of a quality grain that's been dried, sprouted, and then kiln-roasted. It has a kind of concentrated quality like that of flavoured syrups. Again it reminds me of pop.
The flavour just barely manages hints of dried fruits and dark toffee but the style's trademark toasty, bready bits aren't prevalent enough to taste. The notion of concentrated malt extract is confirmed on the palate by a strong treacle-like flavour. It's a bit cloying.
And it's also lacking in the texture department. Bocks are historically hearty, nourishing, richly malted beers but this one has only as much body as a cola (similarly sweet and carbonated too); the beer really couldn't be any less substantial. What kind of bock is only 4.4% anyhow?!?
I appreciate that Spoetzl is the oldest in brewery in Texas and that Shiner Bock is its longest-standing brand, but I don't understand the appeal - nor how the brewery became one of the top ten largest craft beer producers in America on the back of such a bland flagship recipe.
09-18-2013 22:09:59 | More by biegaman
3/5 rDev -4.5%
A very important beer in U.S. drinking history. I'm really excited to try it. Here's the beer that beat the macros in local markets, and the beer that's become synonymous with the bock style. When I think of a bock, this is the first beer that comes to mind - even over the traditional German bocks I tried in Europe.
Acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack at me local HEB grocery. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and iconic label art served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.
Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as I pour. I don't think I've ever seen a bock with a bubble show, so no worries there.
Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2+ minutes.
Body colour is a clear dark copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Good clarity. Appears well-carbonated.
Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a bock. Perhaps even THE standard appearance for a bock.
No flaws are immediately obvious.
Sm: Amber malts, bready malts, a bit of toasted malt, some toffee, and a light floral hop character. Caramalt. Biscuit malt. Definitely smells sweet. It flirts with a candied fruity character, but never fully commits. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.
Nontraditional for the style, to be sure, but I'm looking forward to trying it. It's a pleasant simple aroma without any obvious off-notes. Not unique or special, but generally appealing. Average in terms of strength.
T: Sweet bready malts, biscuit malts, caramalts, amber malts, and grains - some of them lightly toasted. A light generic floral hop character does little to balance the sweetness, but it's not cloying by any means. I do want a bit more in terms of hop presence just for balance's sake. I like the graininess which nicely closes out the beer. Admittedly, it's a pretty simple build for a bock. I could use more depth of flavour, subtlety, and complexity. Flavour intensity and duration are average for the style. I like it, but it's not in league with the best beers of the style.
No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.
Not unique or special.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Good crisp body. Well-carbonated. Not biting, oily, gushed, or hot. Nice full presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored specifically to it. Nice chewy thickness.
Dr: You needn't like it, but you must respect it. I am a bit surprised by its low ABV for the style; how long do they lager this? Overall, it's a tasty bock brewed on a macro scale, and it's brought the bock style to many American beer drinkers. You could do worse for a widely available mainstay at local bars here in Texas, and I'm glad this has supplanted the macros in many Texan markets. Quite drinkable for a bock, but far from traditional. Good value for what it is. I wouldn't buy another if I had better choices, but I'd be relieved to see this in the cooler at a local BBQ. A good go-to value offering when out at bars, and certainly sessionable.
09-17-2013 02:02:12 | More by kojevergas
2.64/5 rDev -15.9%
Tasted On: 09-14-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Shaker pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Kroger
A: Starts with a good-sized offwhite head on the clear, dark copper beer. The head shows a fair retention level and no lacing.
S: Well, there's not much to say about the smells, as I only detect perhaps a light malty sweetness.
T: The taste follows the nose in that there's not much in the way of flavors to speak of. I get some breadiness of malt and no hop character.
M: Moderately carbed with a medium body, the finish is lightly sweet and has some unpleasant medicinal notes.
O: I wasn't a big fan of this one. It would do as a beer to gulp down at the bowling alley...
09-14-2013 19:53:40 | More by sommersb
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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