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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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3,429 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,429
Reviews: 1,026
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 19.62%
Wants: 41
Gots: 551 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of grapemaster
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

If this beer were a mountain, a tree covered jut of rock and dirt, arcing skyward in defiance of gravity and the forces of nature, admired and adored by all humans and animals, then this would only be an average mountain. Maybe 6000-8000 ft. Not one of the towering 14,000 foot mountains, the massive 20,0000 footers or the infamous 29,000 foot Everest. It was a decent beer, plenty drinkable and for sure tasty. However, it was nothing to shout about.

Photo of adahm16
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's weird how much my palate has changed in the 6 months that I have been 21. I remember this beer as being more full of taste and nice to drink, but it tastes somewhat watered down. A bock beer should be stronger than this crap NO HOPS in this beer. It's horrible

Edit: I had this beer, my friend bought some and owes me so I had one. Holy crap, I can not taste anything but malts. Where are the hops? Adjunts come out a little too.

Photo of MillRat
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass by the bartender at Mad Maggie's in downtown Elgin, Illinois. A cool venue for live acts.

A dark golden brew with a hint of redness and a fine-bubbled white head that fades fast. A light aroma of grain and caramel, not much else. Flavor is like a adjunct-macro-lager with some extra caramel flavoring and sweetness.

Overall a little thin for a bock. Certainly a beer that could be consumed in quantity at a backyard BBQ party, but not interesting enough to hold your attention by itself.

In a world of blind men, a one-eyed man is king. In a bar with only American adjunct lagers and light lagers, this beer is king. Fortunately Maggie's had GI Honkers Ale and 312, Guinness, Magic Hat No. 9, and a few other craft brews, so a single pint of Shiner Bock for the record was enough for the night, and I enjoyed far more worthy quaffs from then on.

Photo of Rainne
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark brown color with a decent head and a little lacing.

S- I didn't get any hops really. Malt for sure and some caramel and chocolate but also it seemed a little like artificial sweetening.

T- Taste was a little weak like a macro. Malt was there but balance wasn't very good. Toasty malt at least is a step up from corn and rice macros.

M- Kind of watery but smooth.

D- A step up from BMC but disappointing after trying the Anchor bock.

Photo of Reidrover
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I had seen this beer ever..they seem to be making moves in the PNW.
COmes in the 12 oz long neck..I like the old fashioned label with the goat.
Not too bad a beer to look at a nice darkish brown, with a good sized off white head..some lace.
Smell is ok fresh, but reminiscent of some of the better American macro lagers.
I felt let down by the taste I expected at least some chocolate type malts but none just regular old American lager taste..its is smooth though..and has some tiny hop notes at the end..
Pretty weak and thin in the mouthfeel deparment.
Its drinkable..its a just above average American lager..I dare say if I lived in deepest Texas this would be a great beer considering.

Photo of Mattyb79
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TastyTaste
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was a regular brown lager in appearance. This beer was as average as it comes. Smooth flavor, but lacking anything special or different. It was better than a macrobrew, but i still wasn't impressed. It's good if you are stuck with that, or AB or Miller products.

Photo of sethmcconkey
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of gus
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A mild malt aroma is noticable, no apparent hoppy smell. Light carmel color in appearance. Large creamy head, which quickly dissapated while drinking. Persistent small bubbles, moderate carbonation. Very malty in flavor. Mouthfeel is what i would consider somewhat of a smooth bite at the back of the mouth but goes down with no bitterness. This is what i would consider a good, but not great bock beer. Will drink again, occaisionally.

Photo of acelin
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. I know I know... but it's what I had at my desk and didn't care to get anything else.

Poured a dark brown, with a slightly reddish tint. Has a small white head with minimal or no lacing.

In the nose is a sweet malt smell, nothing much else.

The taste is very simple. It's very clear, very much a lager. It's simple, in that the malts are very one dimensional. Very little hop taste.

This beer is clearly just a dark lager, almost BMC but without the off tastes. It's well made, consistent, and good quality. A great beer to get people into craft beer, and a great session beer.

Photo of Keffa
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange color with a small 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of bready malt only. Pretty one dimensional overall. Taste is just like the smell with only a biscuit-like malt flavor coming through. This beer has a very high level of carbonation with a crisp and effervescent mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a one dimensional smell and taste.

Photo of donteatpoop
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear orange - rogue; the color of a setting sun. A nice cap of foam forms upon pour but quickly dissipates.

The nose is candy-sweet, caramel, and dry earthy tones.

The tongue is overrun with thick caramel malts and that seem to contrast one another; not the most solid of blends... This beer leaves my tongue asking difficult questions that I am not prepared to answer.

Kind of bleh in the mouth, oil-slick and rather stale.

Photo of shirfan
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper with minimal foam, aroma is a let down. Minimal caramel malt mingles with an otherwise bland cereal smell.

Taste is light caramel, fairly clean. Body is oddly heavy without being full flavored. A little husk and maybe corn comes through before a crisp, carbonated finish. A bit too dry for a bock.

This is only on par with Amber Bock. There's no reason to seek it out, although it would be ok in a pinch if BMC were the only alternatives.

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2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Mitchel
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner is somewhat of an enigma in Texas. Some people adore this brew while others loathe it. Shiner is somewhat an institution in this fine state and being a Texas boy, I like to promote local beer. This one is just okay to me though.

Upon pouring it has a nice sized head which quickly disappears and leaves little to no lace you must notice the great copper, amber color. It looks like a great beer as far as color goes. The smell (malty breads) is nothing magnificent but it isn’t bad at all.

I suggest that you let the beer stand for a few minutes to let it breath. Letting it warm a small amount will allow for you to taste more of the levels. I feel that the brewers could make a more complex flavor.

I would suggest that you try this and make a judgment for yourself. I think it is nothing special but I do have one every now and then. Nothing appalling, just nothing fantastic; if you like this, try Shiner Light.

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2.88/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of teg8612
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Outback in Plano to go with my steak as I wasn't too impressed with the selection and I didn't want the Oil Can.

Color was a dark brown which you can see through. No head was visible. Carbonation was alright but the beer or the glass was way too cold.

Smell is underwhelming for a Bock with just a hint of carmel.

Mouthfeel is a mixed bag. It is heavy and carbonated yet goes away with a light, clean finish. We'll go for average and say it's medium bodied.

Taste is really underwhelming for a Bock. Just a hint of carmel maltiness, slightly sweet with enough hops to balance it out which means very little is in there. I suspect they use corn or some other adjunct in the malt bill. It tastes fine with no off flavors just really blah.

I remember thinking this was the bomb in college before my palate found itself and tasted "good' beer from places like Sierra and Stone. It is a crappy Bock (why do they call it that when it really isn't) but is an alright substitute for Macros if there is nothing else around.

Photo of shanem
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: transparent brown with very tiny light head

S: not a hole lot, but some maltiness and some burnt caramel

T: not what i expected from a bock, carries a faint bit of roast and sweet but kind of watered down

M: nothing special, a bit thin

D: I can see how it would be en easy one to down quickly, but nothing too special

overall I was a little bummed on this one, had heard a lot about Shiner in Texas but was let down

Photo of dtivp
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of kflorence
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of mdunman
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 3,429 ratings.