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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,531 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 2531
Reviews: 924
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really?!? I've only ever reveiewed this in a BT? Pssshhh. I had so much of it on draft during my 2004 visit to Dallas that I passed it like water for a week after I went home. Do I like it? Well, it was so popular that A/B felt it neccesary to brew their own knockoff to compete with it. I am less enamored than that, but I am a fan and seeing it in a CAN really pulled my trigger.

100 years, eh? Wow, did this pour beautifully. The color was a deep orangish-brown with super-NE-quality clarity. The head began with a deep-brown color that disappeared fairly quickly. Nose had a sweet, malty character. Mouthfeel was medium with a sweet quality on the tongue. Finish had a root beer-like semi-sweetness. OK, but not fantastic.

Beach/Shore: Yes, but not my first choice. I was underwhelmed by the total sum of this beer.

Serving type: can

08-03-2009 22:31:46 | More by woodychandler
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Wegbier

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance is quite nice, it is a dark amber with lots of little bubbles keeping a stubborn and sophisticated i white head afloat.

i only recognize week thin pils in the taste.

the taste doesnt reach much deeper than the smell with light toasted malts and some light floral hops, clearly more refreshing and light than most bocks.
good only because it is too hot here.

thin body carbonated and a moderate finish

i imagine if i wanted to drink dark beer on a sweltering day this would be the compromise.

Serving type: can

07-30-2009 05:22:51 | More by Wegbier
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jbphoto88

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear, reddish brown color with an aggressive head. A tan khaki head that almost spills over the side of the glass.

It smells like a very processed synthetic grain and that is about all. No discernible hops or much of anything else.

Taste is very surprising. I was expecting to be drinking a "drain dumper" but its actually not bad. There is a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste. Slightly coppery in character with a nice sweetness that I didn't see coming. The only downfall is that its a one trick pony, there isn't anything else to this brew to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is only average. There isn't much carbonation and its tastes kind of watered down and slightly synthetic. This blah-ness makes it a less drinkable beer in my book. I am initially intrigued by it only to be disappointed by the whole package.

Serving type: can

04-09-2008 23:51:36 | More by jbphoto88
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goochpunch

Texas

2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark caramel with a 1/4" head that sticks around and clings lightly to the sides. Lots of carbonation in the body. Dark malt aromas try to push through but are shoved out of the way by the graininess. Not a whole lot on the palate, just sweetness, faint dark malts, and grain. Mouthfeel is full of sugars and with each sip, the beer turns to bubbles in my mouth. Not very drinkable.

I'm not one to knock on cans (I really like Warbird and Dale's Pale Ale), but out of the can, Shiner Bock is raunchy. Better in the bottle or on tap. I'd like to chalk this up to having had a really old can.

Serving type: can

01-17-2007 06:52:02 | More by goochpunch
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

decent head, dark amber color, average carbonation, flavor is smooth with nice hop balance.

The big plus with Shiner Bock is drinkability. I can put back quite a few of these.

Shiner Bock is my favorite cheap beer that you can buy in Oklahoma liquor stores. I'm drinking from the can tonight but I've compared the taste with the Shiner Bock from the bottle and could taste no significant difference (but the price is better in the can... $4.58/6 pack is mighty fine). I've also compared the liquor store version with the 3.2 version, and was surprised how little of a difference there was between the two versions.

Compared to typical microbrews, it's a bit on the weak side. You can definitely tell it is not all barley/wheat, but for what it is, Shiner Bock is mighty good. Definitely head and shoulders above most of the beers you can find local bars.

Serving type: can

01-11-2006 05:58:00 | More by jmbranum
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kbub6f

New York

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium-sized, coarse, noisy, fast, bubbly, tan-colored head. Clear brown liquid, a little rusty. No lacing. Sweetish smelling: watery malty with a little caramel. A corny front shows a little caramel. The middle has some decent malt, but is still somewhat watery tasting. A little nuttiness appears in the dry finish. Dusty.

This is a pretty bland beer. There are some good tastes lurking, but they're too shy to show themselves confidently. It's kind of like an amber NA with a little more bite and flavor.

Serving type: can

11-03-2003 20:10:36 | More by kbub6f
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Todd

Colorado

2.05/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz can

Appearance: Copper/amber with a thin head that shows little sign of carbonation.

Smell: Clean smelling with no apparent aromas -- probably due to its being canned.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing like a seltzer water. Grain and husk-like flavours turn this brew dry, while a semi-astringent hop presence joins the steeliness of the can to provide a cheap beer flavour. The brew finishes with a metallic twang and an echo of real hop flavour.

Notes: Not impressed at all. Purchased and consumed on Northwest Airlines (Detroit to Boston).

Serving type: can

10-03-1999 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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txaggievet

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

As a Texan I have a special affinity for Shiner and the Spoetzl brewery. Shiner Bock is what turned me onto dark beers and it has always been one of my favorites. So good and popular that Anheuser-Busch had to copy it with their Ziegen Bock. It is in my opinion the Beer of Texas.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 21:38:05 | More by txaggievet
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TucsonTom

Arizona

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yep, Shiner Bock is an "okay" beer; I gave it 3s across the board. But it has two things going for it.

First, it only has a 4.4% ABV. I seek beers at <=5.0% ABV, so this one fits that bill.

Second, it's often on sale here in Arizona at $4.99 a sixer. When I can get decent beer for <$1 a bottle, that helps with the actual bill.

Combine the above with the beer having some decent taste (sweet with no real hops), then it's a beer I'll buy again, when $4.99 a sixer.

Final notes: It could do with some better carbonation. After a decent pour, it went flat in only a few minutes, no bubbles even from an etched glass. It's sweetness and low hops might make it a good braising beer; I'll have to give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 21:18:44 | More by TucsonTom
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ChristopherWIU-UTPA

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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....

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 16:51:39 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown with pillowy head that quickly recedes. Minimal aroma so not much to talk about there. I think this beer is often served too cold and that obscures its taste and texture ... I definitely let some of the chill off from pulling it out of the display case at the package store and drink it cool, but not cold. This beer has a nice malty flavor with a hint of hoppiness. I would love it to be a bit thicker and maltier though. The mouth feel is very nice ... smooth and satiny. Again, serve it too cold and the taste and mouth feel attributes disappear.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:40:28 | More by marzenfannm
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JamesGrove

Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This excellent beer has a deep amber, almost copper, color and has a thin, white head. The smell is not overwhelming, in fact is very subtle. The taste is absolutely sublime. Not overpowering, not too hoppy, not bitter. It is perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. This has been my all-time favorite beer for quite some time. It's very hard to beat this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 21:56:41 | More by JamesGrove
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thehooksman

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Bock has been a favorite for a long time. But I admit it can be a mix bag. Some batches appear to be better than others. It seems the amount of dimethyl (cooked cabbage) ranges from mild to a lot. Get a good one and you have a nice german amber lager. It is always a beautiful clear amber. There's never too much happening in the nose. The flavor is toast, caramel, dimethyl. No hop presence here. The mouthfeel is rather thin but but still has some smooth creaminess and is not overly carbonated. A great session beer that beats mass market cheap stuff in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2014 23:13:19 | More by thehooksman
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vkv822

Oregon

3.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz : pilsner glass
best by: 04/01/14

Pours a clear, golden brown with a fizzy, short lived off white head.

Lightly grassy floral notes muddled with a bready, caramel malt backing.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

A decent beer, nothing particularly exciting, but easy drinking, and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 20:59:30 | More by vkv822
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On-tap at $4 a pint.

Appearance: Brown. Plenty of clarity. Not much head, and virtually zero lacing. Looks alright, I guess.

Smell: Malty. Slightly roasty. No hop aroma, really. Just has a cheap sort of smell, but it's not off-putting or anything like that. Again, alright.

Taste/feel: For a third time, it's okay. It has a thin feel with a moderate prickly carbonation. Caramel malts and the like with a slight roastiness as well. Sweet, not bitter at all... mediocre, and pretty uninteresting.

Short review for a beer that doesn't require a long one. It's a beer that... just... it is what it is. Affordable, decent, nothing-at-all-special beer. Sweet, quite thin, a good amount of carbonation, not very interest piquing. Probably wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 22:40:21 | More by Alextricity
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jjamadorphd

Florida

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I guess sometimes a micro brew just isn't all that it's cracked up to be - Shiner Bock is one of those.

Although it has a very nice and appealing dark amber color, there's no head and of course staying power to mention. The beer was either skunky (didn't taste like it though) or it was just not up to par. Mouthfeel would have been better if it weren't so carbonated - it just detracted not only from the mouthfeel but the taste as well. About the taste - it wasn't all that bad, it was pretty good, once you got past the high carbonation.

Overall, not an okay beer, but not the worst I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 00:24:43 | More by jjamadorphd
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JerUrbans

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear amber color, (thought it would be darker since it's a bock style) with a very small head that dissipates very rapidly. Smells sweat and grainy somewhat like a lager. Taste is refreshing and light, a lot of grain in the flavor with slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is very light almost no bitterness and maybe slightly savory.

Overall, had this on tap at a steakhouse... it was served in a frosted mug from a draft and I was actually blown away by how good it was. Picked up a sixer and the beer is refreshing but just ok. That said I believe this beer is best served very cold. For my next one, I have it in the snowbank and I'm gonna drink it right before it freezes.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 22:55:46 | More by JerUrbans
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a lackluster shade of mahogany that's reminiscent to a glass of birch beer. A thumb-width, bubbly, off-white head sits on top of brew for about 15 - 20 seconds before it completely disappears. There's no cap on top, and no lacing to be found. Keep this away from children because now it honestly just looks like a refreshing glass of birch beer.

S: The aroma is completely clean and even after damn-near dipping the tip of my nose into it, I can't pick up anything. Very faint grains at the most. I'd rate it lower, but I feel those scores are reserved for offensive aromas. And since there's NO aroma at all, I can't really call it offensive.

T: The flavors are clean and refreshing, like you'd expect from a fountain soda. Very light roasted grain flavors with an extremely weak malty backbone. The finish reveals the faintest presence of hop bitterness. Little to no aftertaste.

M: I'm a little surprised in this department, given the fact that there's no aroma and the flavor profile is weak. Shiner Bock offers a medium-light body with a crisp carbonation that isn't too fizzy, allowing for the brew to sport an ever-so-slightly sleek and creamy texture. Honestly a few steps above what I was expecting, and definitely leagues above the mouthfeel of the "big guys."

O: Despite scoring weakly in most categories, Shiner Bock IS, in fact, an okay brew. It's very disappointing considering it sports the "bock" name, but I guess it could hold its own against some American dark lagers. It's definitely light years ahead of most of the BMC offerings. It's not something I'd drink for the pleasure of its consumption, but I wouldn't object to mindlessly pounding down a few pints on Gameday with some friends.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 00:51:18 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -5.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:21:13 | More by WunderLlama
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titty_mcbitty

Texas

3.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark color brown.

S: Not much here on the nose but nothing to complain about I guess.

T: Now, I don't dislike shiner, and this review is based purely objectiveness. This isn't bad. It's definitely not amazing, as you'd expect, but not bad at all. It's refreshing, crispy, and it's got a peppery wheat bock taste to it.

M: Light bodied but not super light. Heavier side. Good carb on it as well.

O: Whenever I just want a lighter refreshing beer to drink, I usually go for the lighter lagers. Shiner works for this. It's not my favorite style of lager, but it's not bad at all. It is good for the money. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 03:35:39 | More by titty_mcbitty
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GreesyFizeek

New York

3.16/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear orange yellow. No head or lacing.

Smells like nothing, really. I can't pick out much here.

The taste is similarly boring- some bready malt, some grainy sweetness. That's about it. Boooring.

Light bodied, crisp, drinkable.

Pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:38:19 | More by GreesyFizeek
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

2.35/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A: Bronze caramel color with substantial carbonation present, pours into a thick head that quickly disappears.

S: Subtle caramel notes, not a strong scent, similar to that of a light lager.

T: Very simple starch taste with metallic dominating on the back-end.

M: Very thin body with high carbonation that pops midway, followed by an antiseptic sensation that lingers for a while.

O: Not enough body, too much carbonation, simple flavor, not impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2014 19:05:00 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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stannard2

New York

1.94/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I have seen this beer numerous times in the grocery store and finally decided to pick up a single 12 ounce bottle. I wouldn't get this beer again. It's very bland doesn't offer much of a taste. This beer doesn't offer a bad taste just not much of a taste at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 02:29:26 | More by stannard2
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NedShakeshaft

Ontario (Canada)

2.76/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I first enjoyed this beer over a decade ago in South Texas alongside some raw oysters. Now that it's in my area, I'm anxious to try it again for the first time.

Pours a mahogany brown body that's surprisingly translucent. Whitish head is gone before I can come up with a better adjective, leaving no trace.

Not much going on with the nose. Faint corn aroma, caramel and raisin.

The taste is only slightly less understated. Not as corny as your average macrobrew, it's fresh, has some caramel malt character, and is effortlessly balanced by its hop presence. Pretty clean, but there is a slightly off-putting metallic finish.

This beer thin. In the words of the immortal Bilbo Baggins, "like butter, scraped over too much bread."

Quaffable yet underwhelming, it has some bock characteristic but doesn't pack enough punch to suit the palate of the craft beer generation.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 05:18:01 | More by NedShakeshaft
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. The flagship beer of Spoetzl Brewery.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours a clear dark copper orange colored body with lots of bubbles streaming topside. About a half finger of off-white head dissipates within seconds. Looks pretty bad, in all honesty.

S - Smell is of sweet dried grains, corn husk, dusty malt, dusty vegetals, medicinal cherry, and some metallics.

T - Taste is more of the same: wet soggy grains, adjunct corn, wet cardboard, some sugary sweetness, maybe a hint of cherry / raisins, and some coppery metallic presence.

M - Feel is clean and watery with minimal stickiness.

Overall, it is what it is. A simple beer from the people of Shiner. Definitely not recommended by any means, and I might even prefer an awful American adjunct lager over this one. Avoid.

Shiner Bock ---2/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 01:36:18 | More by mfnmbvp
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 2,531 ratings.