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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,166 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,166
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 331 | 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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SHAKZULA, Dec 04, 2013
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2.76/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I first enjoyed this beer over a decade ago in South Texas alongside some raw oysters. Now that it's in my area, I'm anxious to try it again for the first time.

Pours a mahogany brown body that's surprisingly translucent. Whitish head is gone before I can come up with a better adjective, leaving no trace.

Not much going on with the nose. Faint corn aroma, caramel and raisin.

The taste is only slightly less understated. Not as corny as your average macrobrew, it's fresh, has some caramel malt character, and is effortlessly balanced by its hop presence. Pretty clean, but there is a slightly off-putting metallic finish.

This beer thin. In the words of the immortal Bilbo Baggins, "like butter, scraped over too much bread."

Quaffable yet underwhelming, it has some bock characteristic but doesn't pack enough punch to suit the palate of the craft beer generation.

NedShakeshaft, Dec 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -4.8%

javahead71, Nov 28, 2013
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2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. The flagship beer of Spoetzl Brewery.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark copper orange colored body with lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a half finger of off-white head dissipates within seconds. Looks pretty bad, in all honesty.

S - Smell is of sweet dried grains, corn husk, dusty malt, dusty vegetals, medicinal cherry, and some metallics.

T - Taste is more of the same: wet soggy grains, adjunct corn, wet cardboard, some sugary sweetness, maybe a hint of cherry / raisins, and some coppery metallic presence.

M - Feel is clean and watery with minimal stickiness.

Overall, it is what it is. A simple beer from the people of Shiner. Definitely not recommended by any means, and I might even prefer an awful American adjunct lager over this one. Avoid.

Shiner Bock ---2/5.

mfnmbvp, Nov 28, 2013
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2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled November 9th 2013.

A: Pours a clear mahogany brown with an off white head. Average amount of visible carbonation.

S: Initially this one has sort of a macro lager like smell, but as you swirl it a bit of aroma comes out. Carmel and dark fruits blend nicely together, just wish they were more dominant.

T: Reminds me of a american adjunct lager blended with a true German bock. Sure there is the molasses, carmely, raisiny blend we know and love but it is overtaken by a corn

M: Light to medium body with average carbonation. A tad sticky on the backend. Fairly crisp finish.

Overall this beer flows like water in the great state of Texas so its gotta be light and tame enough to be enjoyed by all. Sure beats the BMC lagers.

CloudStrife, Nov 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -4.8%

Mgm54, Nov 27, 2013
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Trex, Nov 27, 2013
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,166 ratings.