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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner BockShiner Bock

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2,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 2518
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of claytri


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold with an off white head. The aroma is of sweet malt. It has a sweet malt taste with very little hops. The feel is medium and wet. I find this to be a very drinkable session beer, and a fine low cost alternative. I had never had one, and wound up at Dover downs and it was the only non-macro available. I was so impressed I bought some when I got home.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 22:38:52 | More by claytri
Photo of wca005


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite beers that I can get my hands on regularly being that its made in Texas for Texans- their slogan here in Texas. I have family that live in Louisiana that when they visit they buy several cases to take back. This although is not the greatest dark beer it is still a top choice of mine.
The color is a dark caramel with a brown head to it.
Smells rather bland but subtle notes of coffee and chocolate
Taste is nutty, sweet, toasted malt
Mouthfeel- slightly thick, could use a little less carbonation
Drinkability- good and easy

At most gatherings this beer is a usual suspect, they sell it in cans which is nice going to a river or lake since glass is not allowed at most places. Pairs well with heavy meals like barbeque, Tex-Mex, and in my opinion EVERYTHING

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 02:31:47 | More by wca005
Photo of nickfl


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, amber-brown body with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Fruity malt notes of plum and red apple with lots of caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some red apple notes. More fruity character in the middle, some plum and toffee. The beer finishes with a slightly darker sugar character, more intense caramel and lots of toffee lingering on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This bock has all the classic flavors, but it is somewhat lacking in intensity of flavor. The aroma is quite nice with lots of complex, sugary notes that are exactly what I would expect from a traditional bock. The flavor has all of the same flavors, but they seem just a bit dull and perhaps not as dark as they should be. Some flavor and intensity would almost have to be sacrificed considering the low alcohol content, but all things considered this beer works quite well.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 08:52:59 | More by nickfl
Photo of gerite


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is a good example of an American bock beer brewed in Texas. My Shiner poured a dark amber color with an average sized head that dissipated a little too rapidly for me. It has a robust malty flavor with a slight hint of hops and good carbonation. This is a great all-purpose bock beer that goes good with bar-b-ques and other meaty dishes.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 17:25:59 | More by gerite
Photo of BeerCon5


3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber color with about one finger of fluffy off-white head that disappears fairly quickly.

The scent is of caramel notes and some toasted malts.

The taste is of sweet caramel, toasted malt, some light hop presence.

Light body, smooth and crisp, moderate carbonation.

I thought this was a nice presentation of the style. It was flavorful, well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2012 18:42:26 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of Rootdog316


3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I personally thought that this was a great overall beer. It poured an amber/copper color. Had a very rich, full flavored smooth taste to it. Absolutely no excessive bitterness at all. This is definitely one of the better beers to come out of the state of Texas.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 07:24:21 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of tesguino


3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Special beer with German reminiscenses multiprized brewery.

deep brown color and great body, defined flavor.

Ample hoped, special aroma for Mexican food by its similarity with vienna to lager, very common in a couple of mexican popular beers,

recommendable 88%.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 21:44:32 | More by tesguino
Photo of mjurney


3.78/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Sweet malts, a little toasted.

Sweet malt up front, bready, a little toasted and caramel notes. Hop bitterness is minimal. Crisp and clean finish. Body is light, clean, crisp, refreshing, semi dry, sharp carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 04:00:45 | More by mjurney
Photo of beertastegood


3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I figured I would review this beer, as it has been a staple of my family and friends for as long as I can remember. For me, it is the best beer to swill from the bottle after a hard day's work out in the country. It has a refreshingly evident malt flavor, and even a bit of hops comes through in the finish. While this can still be classified as mass-produced beer, for the price here in Texas you can't go wrong with stocking a cooler full of Shiner for an outing to the country.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2005 04:20:45 | More by beertastegood
Photo of AlexMunse


3.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass at 43.5 degrees.

It pours a dark amber with a one finger head that dissipates quickly. Almost no lacing on the glass. The carbonation seems to stop altogether after about 30 seconds.

The smell is hoppy, bitter and slightly unpleasant.

The taste is just what I expect from a bock, though its lighter and more watery than most. I think that's because most bocks are seasonal and this one is a year round. Maybe they skimp on quality for the sake of quantity. I hate to say all this because Shiner is one of my favorite session beers.

Mouth is watery, but bold. This is a beer that I can, and will, drink all day. After trying so many new and interesting beers, the novelty from Shiner has worn off. Still a good beer and I will continue to drink it, but I know I'll keep trying others.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 05:54:19 | More by AlexMunse
Photo of jcharlesmith


3.83/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Shiner is an excellent drinkable Lager. It is not a true bock but it is close. True it has been detuned for the mass market but this is a great introduction to craft brewing for the Bud & Coors crowd.

This beer has nice copper colour, light aroma, a bt too much carbonation but good maltiness.

I love Shiner Bock!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 04:15:18 | More by jcharlesmith
Photo of rockdick


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock has become a Texas commodity and i've been drinking it since college(28 now), so i figure its time to write a quick review.
Pours a beautiful, deep, amber color with a nice creamy head.
It smells sort of sweet and 'roasty' . Taste is also on the sweet side, but not overly so. Very easy to drink. Its best to pour into a pint glass or get it on tap at the pub. Haven't been to the Spoetzl Brewery yet, but can't wait to have a fresh one there.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 15:03:01 | More by rockdick
Photo of emericanchaos


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample bottle is one of a six pack from Johnston's Liquors in Conowingo Md. Pours a nice red-brown with a light carbonated head that quickly subsides.

Smells very earthy. Hearty malts and a dash of hops.

Tastes exactly how it smells. Talk about truth in advertising. Has a strong initial attack which quickly rolls into a malty sweetness remant of a marzen.

Mouthfeel isn't anything to write home about. It doesn't feel like your mouth is going to explode because of the carbonation nor do you feel you have to spit it out because it's too fizzy. What you would expect from a better beer.

This is an awesome session beer. It has alot of flavor but not so much that you get tired of it. Combined with lower alchohol content this beer will last you the night.

If you've ever had yuengling's traditional lager, this is a great substitute for it. I find shiner's bock to be very similar in flavor, about the same in price and more consistent than yuengling. Alot of times yuengling will taste too flat and watered down or too carbonated. Sometimes you get it really sweet which is awesome but it's very rare. If you know what i'm talking about than relate to flavor to a more carbonated yuengling. I find shinerbock a bit more prickley unless yuengling is over carbonated. Overall i think the texans are beating us in a Shiner bock vs. Yuengling lager battle.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 02:30:20 | More by emericanchaos
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner is a unique bock in that is has low alcohol content and not much deep flavor. Still gets you feeling good if you drink a few or mix with a stronger bock.

A- Copper-brown. semi-transparent and not viscous-looking at all.

S- Smells faintly of sweet malts and caramel

T- Tastes like a sweet roll to me. Not complex like most bocks.

M- Feels clean with a sticky quality

D- Easy to drink too many and still feel great

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 03:22:19 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of blackearth


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper body with a thin white head that faded quickly. Aroma of caramel, metallic copper and toffee. Medium bodied with a biscuity light malt flavor and sweet aftertaste that finished clean. Good drinkability, this is nothing to seek out, but a great alternative if you find it at a bar stocked with macros.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 17:19:35 | More by blackearth
Photo of dcxxray


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad beer. I think this beer is definitely under-rated. The head isn't anything special; however, it does have a nice color. This beer is great for sessions. In some places you can find it in cans. It tastes good and it's easy to drink. I consider it one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 07:52:39 | More by dcxxray
Photo of sweett3k


3.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer at Cousin's BBQ at the Dallas Airport. It was served in a plastic pint cup. The beer was Medium brown in color with a sweet aroma. The beer was smooth, dry, a little bitter and metallic taste. No after taste at all. Best Texas beer I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 18:16:23 | More by sweett3k
Photo of Dukeofearl


3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation- 12 oz bottle from Texas!

A clear brown, not quite like most browns I have seen in beer- this seems richer than many of the transparent brown beers I am familiar with.

Aroma is fresh bready malt= slight sweetness. Not complex, but nice!

Flavor is mostly malty, a little roasted caramel. Not terribly sweet, just a slight sweetness, kind of like fresh-made dark German bread is sweet. A slight hop bite in the finish, just enough to let you know it's there. Generally simple in it's overall profile (i.e., not terribly complex, but that's not really a bad thing!).

Mouthfeel is moderate and this is a nice, simple, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 03:19:11 | More by Dukeofearl
Photo of jayrod20


3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great session beer. Pours with a dark mahogany color that belies its easy drinkability. The smell is a subtle maltiness with slight hops bitters. The taste is light, with malty sweetness perfectly balanced by the bitterness and carbonation. I could drink this one all night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 03:34:32 | More by jayrod20
Photo of hoegaardenhero


3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: reddish mahogany brown; decent white bubbly head

s: sweet hay; some brown sugar, some corn; some light toffee

t: very mild flavor; sweet hay; some watery sweet malt backbone; light skunky taste (not that the beer is skunked)

m: basically a macro mouthfeel with intense carb but some a bit heftier and more syrupy of a mouthfeel

d: i love this beer as an american macro classic; the labeling is so oldschool and classic; and i know that for a lot of peple in the southwest, were it not for this beer and michelob amber they would not even know that there were styles other than pilseners; as a bock it is only soso, but as a mainstream american beer/gateway beer for the unenlightened i give it a super high rating

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 03:44:29 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.88/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Bock is the most popular beer from this company, but really not their best. It has a clear golden/reddish appearance, and a medium off-white head. Carbonation is low, which gives it its flat, so-so characteristic. Taste is on the bland side and mouth feel is light and watery. I usually try to avoid this one when I'm out at a bar, but it's everywhere and usually their "dark" beer offering. It seems like they've watered it down over the years, but it could just be me.


Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 17:34:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of beeragent


3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I first experienced after becoming of legal age. Before that, it was always my dads Bud Light. Therefore, this review may be a little biased. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a nice fluffy 1 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma appears to be mostly of malt, maybe a little grain, and a slight bit of hops. The taste is light malts, and a hint of hops, with a light caramle aftertaste. Not a heavy beer, but still no shortness of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and a smooth finish. This is easily a beer to session. Whether sitting at home, or in a tube on the river, this is a great beer wherever you go.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:47:13 | More by beeragent
Photo of gkunkle


3.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with depechemode1983, thanks man! Pours a semi- transparent ruddy brown color (maybe better described as maple syrup color) with a 1in off-white head. Smells of bready malt and slightly of alcohol. A friend told me they use rice in this beer, I think I can smell it a bit. Taste is of sweet malts with a touch of wheat hops. The finish has a little bit of malt and makes you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. I know many others don't like this beer, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. As a bock it may not be very impressive, but style aside, this beer is delicious and enjoyable to drink. At 4.4% ABV it's pretty dang sessionable. I think it would be best enjoyed in the end of summer and during fall. It has a lot more taste and color tha. Your average APA or lawnmower beer, but it's still not so overwhelming that isn't refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 19:28:36 | More by gkunkle
Photo of CU570M


3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red autumn color, decent head with nice lacing. Smell came off fruity, but i liked that. I can't explain the taster over than there was a hint of citrus and was a good well rounded beer. Medium carbonation, great for everyday drinking. My kind of beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 21:14:00 | More by CU570M
Photo of BgThang


3.93/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was always a favorite and it is what actually got me started drinking different beers than the macros brews.

I was drinking this stuff back in the early 90's when you could only get it in texas. It was quite different than your bud or miller lite.

It pours a nice dark copper color and I will admit the keg taste better than the bottle. I am reviewing the draft because it has close to the same nose , but there is some spicyness to it from the keg. Somewhat of a bite. Its really good. For being "a darker beer" it goes done really well on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2008 08:53:17 | More by BgThang
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72 out of 100 based on 2,518 ratings.