Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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1,001 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,001
Hads: 3,572
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 52
Gots: 719 | FT: 2
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner 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 Spidey13
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bocks pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head. The nose is mild, with some grassy hop notes. I also get some hay with slight hint of licorice.

The flavor is light and malty. Bread crust flavors are followed by a mild sweetness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinker but not bad. (356 characters)

Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium amber-brown in color. Crystal clear with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing on glass

S - Malt, slight apple undertones. Minimal, not very strong overall.

T - Particularly mild, but good. Grain, malt and slight fruit tastes. Easy to please just about anyone. Not "extreme" by any means. But still pretty good.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty carbonated, which was unexpected. Somewhat fizzy. Less than desirable, but not bad either.

D - It wins with drinkability. I could easily put down a few of these. Would make a good sessionable beer. Something that I would give to my friends to help them cross over into "good beer" world. Easy to drink.

Overall, not bad. Had it on tap as the guest-brew at the Brewerie in Erie, PA. An easy "crowd pleaser." Good with a meal, or to session. Very well rounded. But nothing too intense in either direction good or bad. Average brew. I'd take another one if offered for sure. (947 characters)

Photo of david131
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very clear, dark copper color. Almost orange. A thin white head forms, but only maintains itself due to the numerous streams of rising carbonation.

S- Carmely and sweet. Not all that complex. Very clean though.

T- Carmely and sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Very smooth and not offensive.

M- A tad too much carbonation for my tastes. That being said, the creamy aspect and smoothness really make up for it.

D- This is a very nice and simple beer that is better than run-of-the-mill. Would make a great session beer. (526 characters)

Photo of fri3dric3boi
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light brown color, kinda like iced tea. The foamy head dissipates quickly although refreshing though. Nose is very mild, mostly malt. Has a slight grain smell and little else. Its a nice beer for taking to the lake or camping. Will drink again though. (266 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled earlier this evening and had this once before a couple of years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber in color with about a 1/2-finger off white head that leaves some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is a faint sweetness with malt. Carbonation is a bit under average. Taste is of a light sweet caramel malts unlike many other bocks. Goes down pretty easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Actually wasn't that bad and would have one again. (522 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so smooth....it just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary. (609 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Light brown with high clarity. About a half-finger of off-white foam, with somewhat low retention.

S – Golden biscuit aroma with a bit of caramel, some sweet, grainy notes in the background. Hops are slightly herbal, mostly just a bitter aroma.

T – Similar to aroma, golden flaky biscuit, with just a bit of sweet caramel. Not getting much from the hops, it’s mostly some mild bitterness. Beer is a bit thin, so none of the flavors are particularly strong, but they are well-balanced.

M – Moderately carbonated and only mildly bitter, the touch of sweetness and the caramel last throughout. Thin body, fairly juicy to the finish.

O – Shiner Bock was (I believe) the first beer I had that wasn’t mass-produced American lager, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is very basic, but not at all a bad beer. It’s been “dumbed down” a bit from a traditional bock, and is a bit thin, but still a solid brew. (990 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent dark brown with a touch of brown. Foamed a little, almost an inch, but quickly faded to a thick silky ring around the glass. Small bubbles, light tan.

S: Malty and sweet. Slight walnut but mellow. Brown sugar and slight cinnamon.

T: Starts off with a fascinating brown sugar sweetness and quickly squelched with a bright tangy carbonation. Woody cedarness comes through the middle with even more sweetness and cinnamon shining through again. Slight carbonic steel finish.

M: Good body, but finishes strong sweet and tangy from a good amount of carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers a tad long, but other than that it's great.

O: I know people talk down on beers like this, but it's a pretty good mellow brew. It's got way more flavor and body than your run of the mill macrobrew. It's like a microbrew version of a light beer. It's got a great finish and is a great refreshing beer. (899 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper brown, pretty clear. A very fizzy two finger head falls quickly with poor lacing. Strong buttery malt scent, no hop presence to speak of. Aroma sets you up for a let down with the bland, dry taste. While true to style in low hop presence, the malt flavor is weak and simple. Mild malt with a hint of nut and spice. It's light body and low carbonation make it drinkable and smooth, but boring. A German style lager made in Texas; what can you expect? (469 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
3.54/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color with little head or lacing.

Smell was of caramelized malts. Very pleasant smell, although for a bock I was hoping for something with more umph.

Taste was pleasant although again a little weak for a bock. Was light bodied.

Drinkability was high as this was a pleasant beer albeit a little weak. It did not fade like a lot of weaker lagers. Overall an okay beer, not one I would repeat unless I had too but it is alroght. In florida it is a lot higher than a lot of states. (502 characters)

Photo of h00dak
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkable and tasty. This is a great choice for a session beer. It takes about half of the bottle to really start picking up flavors but after that it is smooth sailing.

Good for a hot day to refresh yourself. Don't let the "bock" fool you though. There is nothing strong about this beer. Barely stronger than a lager. Just more flavor. (338 characters)

Photo of Ford
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coastal Crossing Grill in Alvin, Texas on tap.

When there is only Bud and Miller around, this is a much better option. Smooth and easy to drink. Doesn't sit to heavy. No bitterness to be found. Just a good beer. Not great and certainly doesn't carry the cool factor now that there are so many Craft breweries out there, but I'm always satisfied after drinking it. (364 characters)

Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine in Louisiana always has raved about this one, and coincidentally another friend brought a 6-pack back from TX this past weekend.

Pours medium amber, very slightly hazy. Nose does not consist of much, slight malts and alcohol. Good carbonation, not much head, slight lacing. Taste is a bit light, but not too light. Does not taste like a light beer, necessarily. Malts come out at the end to round out the feel and flavor. I think if the malts weren't there then it would be a failure. This beer was enjoyable and easy to drink. If you are looking for an option that is not your standard pisswater but still want to drink several beers without them being heavy, this is a good option. (703 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brew. Frothy off-white head with good carbonation movement.

Smell: Decent malt presence with a touch of toffee.

Taste: Light and refreshing with a bit of malt character. I did not expect this in a bock, but it was not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light for what it is trying to represent

Drinkablity: Good flavor in such a light bodied brew. (357 characters)

Photo of cbarrett4
3.56/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very thin reddish appearance. Typical for this style

S - A classic bock style with lots of dark fruit, a hint of something darker and more mysterious but not precise.

T - Actually the taste is pretty nice, slightly above average. The red and dark fruit core lingers with a slightly dry and faintly bitter aftertaste.

M - Somewhat light for a bock style.

D - The best aspect of the beer is the drinkability. Goes down smooth yet with a refreshing finish. Not like Bud Light; you can actually taste this one.

They have this beer virtually everywhere here in Houston, so if nothing else, it's better than the typical domestic swill (Bud, Bud LT) (651 characters)

Photo of StacyD
3.56/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Off, it seems that there is a huge difference in the Beer that is available in Texas and what is available elsewhere.

I had first tried this beer in Chicago on Tap in a local bar. I was not impressed to say the least. The again had it in a bottle at a social gathering and it tasted like the same bland easy-drinking ale.

Then I was offered it again in Dallas and it looks, smells, and drinks like a completely different beer.

The Beer that I had in Chicago (where I am from) had a frothier head and tasted like a Pilsner. It was rather bland with a fairly blonde color and not much better than your average Big 3 beer.

The Beer in Texas is another matter and completely different. The Head is relatively flat with only mild carbonation. The color is dark like a porter, only still clear to the bottom of the glass. The taste is much hoppier and darker as well. Mouthfeel is also much more syrupy, but not as syrupy as a porter and still relatively clean on the palate. The flavor does not linger long on the tongue.

Whomever is making the beer for export is doing something VERY WRONG. It is a completely different beer outside of the state.

In Texas, it is a "Good" Beer and can be had inexpensively almost anywhere. Outside of Texas, I would say to avoid it. Many of the people here know this, it is a shame that they give that other beer the same name. (1,374 characters)

Photo of dbtoe
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.
I'm not a real big bock fan and I liked this beer so it is either a pretty good bock or a bad one. What ever one it is it is a easy smooth drinking beer. I had both out of the family pack I had and could have used a few more.
Look is light brown, tanish, with a light tan head that didn't stick around for long.
Smell a little sweetness and yeast.
Taste is kind of weak a little roast, little sweet with some spice and yeast flavor. A pretty good mix but weak.
Feel has a lot of carbonation and all the bubbles kind of gave me a slight metal taste.
Drink a very easy drinking beer. Not bad at all. Not great but I wouldn't pass one up. Nothing I'd buy again. (704 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of smell, but the smell is malty. Taste is malty, with a vague sweetness to it. Flavor doesn't really go anywhere, but the flavor that is there is pleasant. Malty aftertaste dissipates quickly. Mouthfeel smooth. Not very complex, but has a pleasant taste, and very drinkable. (285 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nose has some cooked veggie and corn on it. It isn't very strong really but it's nothing special.

Taste has a mild malt sweetness on it with a definite presence of corn adjuncts. Like a standard adjunct lager with a little more body and sweetness. A little toasted grain shows on the finish with a somewhat light smattering of hops.
Drinkable, if not a little bland. There are certainly better bocks out there, but if one wants a very quaffable, inoffensive session brew, this will work. (489 characters)

Photo of Whadawookie
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I seemed to like this beer a lot better last winter when I first tried it. I also seem to like the flavor out of a can as well. I'm drinking this out of a bottle right now into a pilsner glass and am not really liking it as much as I remembered. Still, you could do much worse. this does have a little maltiness to it. The aroma isn't very flattering, mouthfeel isn't much, but leaves a nice thin honey flavor on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. I would find myself pounding down a sixer box of these bocks while working in my recording studio last winter, late into the evenings.

If I was in a shitty bar somewhere and didn't like their beer selection, it is possible they might still have this and it may still be cheap on the wallet so I would go with that over the other major domestics. I'd rather have a Celebrator (I know, not a regular bock...) but these were on sale at $11 for a 12 pack. I'd consider that a fair price for this brew. (945 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.58/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brownish amber color with a creamy white head and a light aroma of sweet malt. It has a crisp flavor with notes of caramel and goes down so easy it’s a little scary. As others have mentioned, one of the best features of this brew is that no matter how small the bar in Texas you find yourself in, they are almost guaranteed to carry it. (351 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light brown with large-bubbled head which disappears completely. Aroma is malty, bready and pleasant. No bad flavors; more malt, caramel and bread. Very light, not complex, but really not bad. I could drink this all night and not complain. (246 characters)

Photo of maleman
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - poured a dark, nutty opaque brown. less than one finger head that disappated quickly into a thin cap.

S - mainly malt is what i pick up.

T - malts, and dark chocolate, some caramel.

M - medium bodied, slightly acidic. less than average carbonation.

D - not a bad swill. could sit down for a session of these. (364 characters)

Photo of BeanBone
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Clear medium brown body with white head that fizzes out quickly, leaving moderate lacing

Aroma:
Medium roasted malt body with vague hints of hops in the background

Taste:
Roasted malt and carmel notes with a little booze and that famous metallic curve-ball at the end - nice carmel aftertaste

Mouthfeel:
Quite dry and clean with moderate carbonation

Drinkability:
I can personally assure you, Shiner can be drunk in large quantities over the course of a night

Verdict:
This is certainly not the greatest beer in the world, nor the greatest Bock. Hell, it might not even be a Bock. But still, I have a very warm place in my heart for Shiner Bock. It rescues me time and time again out in here the outback of American beer culture. (746 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shiner pours out a pleasant, clearish brown color. Head retention is fairly good. Nose is clean and malty. Flavor is a moderately clean caramel malt, with light hops, and a crisp, short finish. Light bodied, with average carbonation.

An above-average regional lager, really. It's not a bock by German standards, but it is a bock by early 20th century American standards, and it kinda tugs at a Texan's heartstrings. In college in Austin in the 80s, pitchers of Shiner were as cheap as Budweiser, and so much better, back before we discovered microbrews. It's still good for a nostalgic taste trip when nothing better is available. (633 characters)

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
70 out of 100 based on 1,001 ratings.