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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,158
Reviews: 968
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 31
Gots: 328 | 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.

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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
Photo of tastybeer
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Woody brown color with a decent two finger head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Nose is ok. Not real offensive in any way but lacking in awesomeness. Softly malty caramel, and fairly crisp. Taste is not much but good for getting food down the ol' tunnel. A little bit malty and semi sweet. Mouthfeel is thin and finish is quick. Drinkability is alright.

Ok, but not great.

tastybeer, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Reddish brown with a little tan head that shows nice retention.

S - Caramel and brown sugar are there, but only just. This doesn't really smell powerful, but that's the idea.

T - Much like it smells, this one is very mild and unassertive. The flavors are tasty and caramel/toffee based, but this would be better if those flavors were amplified a bit. Iced tea comes to mind.

M - Light in body and in carbonation, this is really smooth. The flavors are sort of easy going, and so is the neutral finish.

D - Not half bad. Gentle and unassuming. Very quenching.

pmcadamis, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have developed a taste for Texas beers and the Spoetzl brewery does make some outstanding beers. It pours clean with a dark amber color, with white laces that lead up to a fluffy head that dissipates pretty fast. it has a malt taste, blended with hops, and has traces of metal, corn, sweet, and wheat tastes. It is smooth with malt after taste and is somewhat filling. For a better consumption drink it cool not cold....

ChristopherWIU-UTPA, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of PirateUlf73
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a mug.

A: Clear reddish-amber color. Semi-fizzy white head wasn't too big, but retained for quite a while.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Hints of caramel and toasted malt as well as a dash of hops.

T: A bit of caramel sweetness and some toasted notes, backed up by a moderate level of hops. Not a lot going on, but what's there is adequate.

M: Light bordering on medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. While finishing smooth, the overall feel was pretty watery and weaker than I expected.

D: Goes down easy enough to make a night out of a case.

I'd seen a fair bit of criticism leveled at this beer, so being the skeptic that I am, I went in and really tried to like this beer. However, I just couldn't bring myself to do so. It's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it's just a lot shallower than I like my bocks to be. May be good for someone looking to get away from inferior beers, but I won't be purchasing this for myself again.

PirateUlf73, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours a medium dark brown with no foam. Light malty smell - kind of a sweeter caramel smell. Light sweet malt taste - a little bland and with no carbonation. Mild and uneventful. Some cola flavor in there. Just enough bubbles to let you know its not the wort. But just Ok at best.

KTCamm, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of VoodooBrew
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

In many respects, Shiner Bock offers a sad commentary on the way beer is perceived -- by consumers and by vendors -- in America today. To the masses, this "dark" beer embodies what they imagine to be all the qualities of the enigmatic concept of the microbrew: it is either a frightening departure from the predictable comforts of BMC-dom, or it allows John Doe the occassion to demonstrate that by drinking a Shiner, he, too, is sophisticated enough to enjoy a "craft" beer from time to time. On the supply side, bars and restaurants feel they can offer Shiner Bock in order to appeal to the discerning beer drinker, and also so that they may justify a seperate pricing scheme for "Premium" beers.

Not all of this is the fault of the Spoetzl Brewery, of course, just the reality in places like Texas and Louisiana where Shiner Bock enjoys its curious dual status as both mainstream and eccentric.

Being a "discerning beer drinker" myself, I find little in Shiner Bock that either disgusts me or impresses me. It has slightly more body and appreciably more flavor than your major American Lagers, but as a true Bock or a craft brew it falls way short. For these reasons I give it mostly average scores (not to be compared to what I would consider an "average" craft brew but rather to qualities that I would say are basically neutral), but I do not share the view of some other reviewers who find the beer to be utterly undrinkable. In fact the only thing that I find makes drinking this beer in any large quantity difficult is boredom.

VoodooBrew, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Voonder
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear brown colour with off-white head which dissapeared almost immediately. Smell - not too much here, malty with some medicine-like notes. Taste - malts mostly with some toasted sugar perhaps. Watery, very light, nice level of carbonation. It's drinkable as it very light, but really, it's net that good of a beer. It's not awful, but with so many options over there..

Voonder, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Puddleglum
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Puddleglum, Jul 12, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I'll give it this, Shiner is as good a mass produced beer as any and certain preferable compared to the really big boys. Calling this a Bock however is reaching I think, seriously.

Nose is a bit bitter, faint hop aromas and a certain graininess prevail. Poured into a standard tumbler a light brown/gold in color with a thin white head with decent retention. Taste is pretty thin, fairly well balanced however and decently fresh tasting. Nicely carbonated and accompanied my authentic slow cooked Texas brisket nicely, very resfreshing. Nothing too interesting here though. Average.


Gaisgeil, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of WunderLlama
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into tulip glass

Transparent Mahogany ruby brown , slight carbonation visible, scant ring of white bubbles grabbing the edge of the glass

Faint aroma of grains and sweet malt. Not much there.

Taste of grain and maybe adjuncts??? Smooth on the sip, foams on the back of the tongue , whisk of bitterness and smooth, clean finish and aftertaste.

I used to seek out this beer on visits to Texas and loved it. Better in my memory than in in my review

WunderLlama, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of Berticus
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No thanks. For the price you can get a dopple bock thats much better.
The taste reminds me of Rolling Rock's Rock Red except a bit more hops and a better after taste.
Hardly any head retention. Nice amber color thats not as full flavored as it looks.
Probably better on tap.

Berticus, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Unspectacular brown color, not much head to speak of.

S: Caramel and malt

T: Kind of sweet and some malt. Nothing worth writing home about. No real hop flavor or character.

M: Light-to-Medium body, smooth feel. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, since it's kind of a watered down bock.

womencantsail, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of metallistout
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color, but with very little head. Smell of a bock(sort of) with a hint of adjunct. This is a smooth brew and does go down pretty good, but if you're looking for an original bock taste, you will be a little dissapointed. I have had many different varieties of bocks and was excited to see a cheap one, but it was kind of obvious why it is cheap. Michelob Amberbock is actually a better bock and has a little more alcohol I believe(since a bock should have at least 5%) Not a bad brew, but not something that I would tell you to go out and get now, because you are missing something.

metallistout, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of treque
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: dark red coloured, almost does not generate foam, and it dissipates very fast, with low retention and slightly residual . Very light carbonation.

S: Slight toasted smell.

T: with a hint of sweetness at the beginning, which becomes in some bitterness, with a long finish but
tenuous, with slight ethyl tints, despite its low alcohol.

Light in body making it easy to drink

treque, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of tronester
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small, off white head. Smells faintly of grain. Taste is rather sweet, with a bit of toasty grain flavor. Slight presence of hops to balance. Average mouthfeel, with slightly high carbonation levels. A pretty drinkable beer, appeals to the masses, but with a bit more flavor than an average BMC. Still, seems to share that same sickly sweet flavor that many of the macro lagers have, I don't know if this is from adjuncts, or something else.

tronester, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but clear amber colored body with a modest head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing

Smell: Toffee sweetness dominates the nose

Taste: A rush of toffee sweet flavors flit across the tongue but quickly fade in a flash of flinty fizziness; after that, everything fades away due to the lack of any balancing hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery but with a ton of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a step up from the macros and not unpleasant but there are much more flavorful and representative bocks out there

brentk56, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of kwjd
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber colour with some head. Not a huge smell, sweet caramel. I think I'm missing the hops here, but I can't really notice any. I get sweet malt. There are no off flavours though either, so I don't want to say this tastes bad, it just is lacking. Carbonation and drinkability are fine though.

kwjd, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of bump8628
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown into a pint glass with a decent showing of white head.

The aroma has some sweetish malt and a little corn and not much else.

Taste is clean with a little caramel malt and maybe a hint of toastiness. Not much in the way hops. The body is fairly thin.

Obviously, nothing like an actual Bock, but more like an American dark lager. Not bad, especially when compared to the major light lagers, but certainly not spectacular.

bump8628, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of bonkers
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a light chesnut color with a thin white head. There is not much that I can smell, just a hint of malt. The taste and mouthfeel is too thin. The up front flavor is slightly sweet, perhaps a hint of raisin, but it fades quickly. All this being said, it is an easy drinking beer. If you are in search of this style, Shiner is not a great example.

bonkers, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark, copper in color...small white head that goes away faster than any head I can remember.
This is a very clear beer.
Nose is sweet, malts of caramel.
Mild malts prevail in the taste. Caramel, bready and a slight bitterness finishes on the palate.
Mouthfeel is decent.
This one is growing on me.

dmamiano, Oct 24, 2008
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,158 ratings.