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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

3,066 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 3,066
Reviews: 964
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 28
Gots: 291 | 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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3/5  rDev -4.5%

OldSmaug, Oct 16, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

RoninBirdman, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

viewtiful, Oct 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Matt_C, Oct 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Catlin, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of MikeWard
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.

MikeWard, Oct 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

TR0219, Oct 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

claspada, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Pens1967, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of AnthemOfTheSun
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

AnthemOfTheSun, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of artoolemomo
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.

artoolemomo, Oct 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

blbarnett3, Oct 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

GDPete, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

PCBrewski, Oct 11, 2013
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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.

BMMillsy, Oct 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

TxMdScotty298, Oct 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

csfcmitchell, Oct 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

weaverd33, Oct 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Kopfschuss, Oct 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

lauries444, Oct 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Lare453, Oct 09, 2013
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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.

JSuperman, Oct 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

ColdWaffles, Oct 09, 2013
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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.

NiceTaps, Oct 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Boone757, Oct 08, 2013
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 3,066 ratings.