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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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3,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 34
Gots: 380 | 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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Photo of dtivp
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear copper brown, no head just a small light tan ring, no lacing.

Aroma was very weak , a slight hint of malt.

Taste was a slightly grainy malt with a hint of spice.

Mouthfeel was light body, very light carbonation an dry.

Overall a very average bock, nothing to write home about.

dtivp, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Kunsan90
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the color was dark amber with a quick dissolving light tan head. I wasn’t able to identify a distinct odor while drinking. It had a very quick spicy snap to it with a slight sweet taste on the sides of my mouth and leaving a dry after taste. The beer actually had a slight flatness to it, didn’t seem to have a lot of carbonation. It is a nice change to the mainstream beers you advertised on TV during the football games and not pass one up if offered.

Kunsan90, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of thirtysixbelow
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

a - dark orange color with a 1 finger white head. The head disappears quickly which is sort of disappointing but the color of this beer is very appetizing.

s - not too much, a little grains and some mildly sour hops

t - i taste some malt and a faint hint of hops. The hops arn't too pleasent to me as the smell would have suggested. This is very watery. It has a decent taste for what it is, but the watery flavor hurts it.

m - very thin, light carbonation

d - it's an easy beer to drink that is refreshing. It's nothing special flavor-wise that I would go out of my way to drink. I find I enjoy certain foods with lighter beers, and this fits the bill better than most of the big guys.

thirtysixbelow, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tab, while waiting for the train in Washington,DC. It was served in a pint glass and produced a clear brown amber color. There was almost no head and no lacing.
The smell was boring molasses, little else.
The taste was very similar, almost as boring as a cheap mass production lager. But it was ice cold and I was thirsty.
Would not buy it again.

Hopfenpeter, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Sosh
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at a Nick's Sports Pub. They have a large selection, and I'm trying to get through everything. First off, I love bock's. I gave this a try. I was not happy. It felt watery and tasted kind of flat, which I guess is how it is supposed to taste since I had it on tap. I don't think I'd get this ever again. It was slightly sweet, but overall very boring. Also, the smell was weird. I don't know else how to describe it....but it wasn't pleasant.

Sosh, May 07, 2006
Photo of kflorence
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - FEB 17, 2008

It was on sale at the grocery store and I hadn’t tried it yet, so I decided to give it a go. Poured the first one, not much head at all, smell was hoppy and metallic with some toasty notes in there as well. Although it is kind of dark in color, it is not a heavy beer and it’s very easy to drink. The flavor is sweet, toasted and nutty with some hop flavor as well. It’s really not bad, more than I expected, but it’s nothing special. It lacks the flavor that real bocks bring to the table and has nothing that makes it stand out, but it tastes pretty good and is light enough to be drinkable, so I can’t complain.

kflorence, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.9/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear bronze, with an admirable, bone-white, 1/2" froth.
Aroma: mild, even nearly negligible, with tiny hints of nuts and caramel.
Taste: rather flat and blase, flinty, even, at first, a nothing of a mouthfeel with very minor character. Mighty quick finish. Leaves the palate rather dryly. Flavor possesses traces of those nutty, sweet, malty characteristics, but they're just a faint whisper in the wind. Malt is dominant, as much as such a mild-mannered component can be, and hops don't seem to be around at all.
Not a beer I'd ever feel like drinking again, but I'd slug it in a pinch. Considering it's popularity in it's home state, I'm rather relieved that certain Texans are choosing this instead of Lone Star.

feloniousmonk, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of corywalston
2.92/5  rDev -7.3%

corywalston, Tuesday at 04:17 AM
Photo of whoneeds8
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out amber brown with a very noisy thin white head that disolves quickly. Lacing? Are you joking??? Smell is actually good with malt hints. But the taste isn't as good. It's just not much of anything, really.

Shiner was my "gateway" beer into this BA world. But since I've widened my variety in beer in the last year, it's caused me to think very little of this beer. I seriously don't know how I ever liked this.

whoneeds8, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of paganbeast
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice amber colored brew, with a slightly sweet smell, highly carbonated body, and minimal frothy head. On tap, this is a much better beer than in its bottled form, a much fresher tasting brew, with hightened characteristics. I had the brew directly at the Spoetzel brewery a few years ago and enjoyed it imensly, I've yet to have that experience again with this beer.

paganbeast, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of Mavajo
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color with a thin head that dwindles down to nothing almost immediately. Little to no lacing. Taste is carbonated and somewhat watery with hardly any bitterness. A fairly uninspired beer.

It's drinkable enough - low ABV and mild taste. But you'll get bored of it quickly.

Mavajo, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of mdunman
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear reddish brown that pours a decent head that lingers for a while

S: Alcohol and stale hops.

T: Alcohol, bit of roasted malt, mild lemon and very mild hops.

M: Medium body, slightly carbonated with not much smoothness.

Not a great beer, but here in Texas it's the same price as Coors Light at a bar, which makes it great value for the money when you're out.

mdunman, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Decent looking darker caramel color with an average sized, foamy, soapy, light, white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving a thin foamy lace.

S - Metallic and lager yeast provide a lot of the aroma. Too faint and watered down with just the faint of caramel malt. Slight herbal and earthy aroma. Just too light.

T - Two strongest flavors are caramel sweetness and metallic copperish flavors. Some toasted grain and bread flavors as well. Other flavors just get covered up by these. Sweet and metallic flavors are just too strong overall.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Lighter, thin feel.

D - Sure it is easy to drink, but I don't really want to drink more. Decent beer to drink and if offered I would drink it, but I'm not really excited to grab one.

Notes: Another Shiner beer that I was underwhelmed by. This one is just too heavy on sweet caramel and copper metallic flavors. Nothing that I would seek out or really want to drink. I wouldn't turn one down, but I wouldn't buy one again.

FreshHawk, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of xhcadamx
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - dark ruby brown with minimal head that left quicker than it came. No lacing and a gazillion tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smells like your typical lager with a background in bocks.

T - Tastes much like it smells. It just hits the mark to meet a quality bock. The great flavor profiles in a bock are there but only slightly so

M - too prickly from the carbonation.

D - easy drinking

give this beer more depth, body, and overall bock character and it's on its way to a good bock.

xhcadamx, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of jdg204
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Second brew from my business trip to the Atlanta area was another big name Southern brew that I was looking forward to trying.

A: Decent mahogany body but no discernable head at all.

S: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

T: Lightly toasted malt with a light taste of caramel. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. Had a bit of a cola feel.

M: Light-bodied, but overly carbonated.

D: Pretty disappointing experience, I had a feeling it was going to be bad when I saw no head (it wasn't just the bar either as I got a Sweetwater with a perfect head). A pretty poor testemant to Shiner, my second bad brew from them after their Hefeweizen. Try at your own risk.

jdg204, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this Bock from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Bock poured a reddish brown color, produced a very thin off white head and it disappeared instantly. Poor Head retention. The aroma consists of some malted grain and not much else- No hops any other scent to speak of. Medium in body, this bock features some toasted grain flavor, just a slight hint of sweet caramel- Not much to get excited about here- i guess i would prefer this to say AB's Amber Bock. Not a bad brew to try once. Prost!

GossageBrewery, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Keffa
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Nice looking copperish amber, off white/almost tan head that settled down into a tiny ring that also went away after a few minutes. No lacing at all. Overall, this one is pretty but not very good.

S: Smells like a standard American Adjunct, corn, a little malt sweetness, a faint floral hop. If I wanted an aroma like this, I would buy a Budweiser.

T: Sweet caramel malt, a little bit of a corn flavor, and that is about it. Tastes like an AAL if it had caramel malt instead of 2 Row. Not horrible, I have had worse.

M: Slick, and that is about it. Carbonation is lacking.

D: The only good thing about this beer, IMO. This would be a great intro to craft, as it has a slightly similar flavor to most of the AAL's I have had, but with the addition of a caramel sweetness. Not offensive, so easy to put back in quantity.

This beer is a disappointment compared to most of the beer I have had flavor wise, but I can understand why people like this beer, it is very easy to drink for anyone who is stuck on adjunct lagers and has enough substance to keep all but the most picky snobs interested.

If you drink for flavor, aroma, and overall experience, move on elsewhere. If you are just looking for something cheap that most BMC drinkers will not object at, this one is not a bad choice.

Keffa, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Not much of a head. Nice amber color. Completely clear.

S: A little skunky. Some deep malt tones.

T: Skunk unfortunately holds through the taste. Maltiness is covered by all of the off flavors.

M: Thin, unremarkable.

D: I've had this on tap a few years ago and it was better but still not great.

ForWhatAlesYou, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of thaichile
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown without much of a head. Scents of toasted caramel and fruit on the nose. I had this beer several years ago and recall enjoying it at the time. However, I found this to be on the thin side, although it was smooth, this could be due to the watered down effect the beer provided. Not offensive, but not enough to make you want another. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

thaichile, May 17, 2006
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an amber-brown color with a tiny white head. The head fades within seconds to leave no lacing.

Smell –The aroma is a mix of caramel and some lighter fruit smells. The fruit has a good presence of an apple aroma as well as a lighter showing of some grape. With these sweeter aromas are some lighter bready smells as well, which while they round out the smell some, can’t quite balance the sweeter smells.

Taste – The taste begins with some bready flavors as well as some of the fruit that was detected in the nose. Fruit flavors of grape along with a lighter caramel sweetness complement the bready flavors. The fruit fades as more caramel and some light roasted flavors come to the tongue. In the end a light herbal flavor and a drying out of the sweetness creates a crisper flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with the carbonation level being about average. While the carbonation is good for the drinkability of the beer the thin body does not do a nice job of highlighting the flavors and is too thin for the style.

Overall – While the flavors are decent, the look, feel and aroma are not the greatest. Just alright.

Darkmagus82, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of steve-l
2.93/5  rDev -7%

steve-l, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of naterock
2.93/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a frosty mug (damnit!) a deep amber with a nice two finger head. This beer actually looks sexy for a bock.

smell is really quite typical, some underwhelming malt notes. I think this is why it's best drank straight from the bottle so you don't have to smell it.

taste is kinda bitter to be honest. but sweet in the aftertaste. I can detect some smooth caramel malts and a kiss of hops.

mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated to the point that it makes me feel gassy. I could drink a few at a BBq but just to have one for the hell of it, no way.

naterock, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of Immortale25
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that soon fizzles away to a minimal amount of surface foam. Nearly no lacing.

S- Toasty malt aroma with little to no hops present as well as barely any alcohol. Semi-stale

T- Toasted, grainy malt yields a touch of caramel sweetness. Just enough hop presence to balance. Super easy to drink with the alcohol being barely noticeable.

M- Crisp, thin and watery. Low carbonation leaves much to be desired.

O- Although there is some character to it, unlike most of Shiner's other beers, it's still a dud in the grand scheme of things.

Immortale25, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of oberon
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a standard I drank alot while living in North Carolina because the people I hung out with thought this was a "special beer".Pours a amber/brown with a light off white colored head.The aroma is grainy and lightly sweet and a little earthy.Taste is watery in my opinion with some resdual caramel sweetness but not much,not much of a bock for sure.

oberon, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of jisom123
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Old-school BLOC Bock, deep in the heart of Texas. The idea is backwards, but has spirit. This is a decent beer. worth the effort. Buy it and you won't be disappointed in the flavor, just don't expect anything too fantastic. Its $8-10 per 6-pack I recall. Not worth it. The Shiner black is better.

jisom123, Sep 05, 2008
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.