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Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BA SCORE
71
okay
1,058 Reviews
THE BROS
64
poor
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,058
Ratings:
3,826
Avg:
3.04
pDev:
39.47%
 
 
Wants:
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Shiner BockShiner Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Reviews: 1,058 | Ratings: 3,826
Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas and caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness on the finish; and very clean lager flavors, with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and watery mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was an okay vienna lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A decently enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown translucent color with a decent head that didn't hold long. Stronger aroma than others from shiner and a very slight maltiness, but that is not saying much.
Balanced flavor between malt/hops but not a whole lot of it. Light-bodied despite its color. Doesn't win any award for me but it isn't bad.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [2.75] The beer is a transparent brown. It looks like Coke but slightly lighter brown. It poured with about 1/2 a figner of white head. The head was gone instantly. The bottle does not list the ABV or any dating.

S: [3.50] Brown sugar, nice "woody" notes. Like maybe peat.

T: [3.50] The flavor profile is mild but works well. The beer has a decent amount of caramel/toffee up front. A less sweet version of caramel/toffee. There are some hints of smoke in the midpalate and then late a balance of sweetness with a slight hop kick.

M: [3.25] The beer is pretty thin. But there is some coating as you drink it. No off flavors or sensations linger. The carbonation is above average but still works.

O: [3.50] Maybe I have a soft spot for this one. An old friend used to rave about this beer constantly. I find it enjoyable. I would guess the ABV is 4.9%. It is approachable for BMC drinkers but also well crafted enough for everyone. I will drink it again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.08/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Lacking flavor and body even for a true Bock beer. Last one I think of when in the mood for the style since I do not really even think this fits it well

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Reddish brown amber with a two finger head that didn't leave lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, but I had to try to smell it. Smooth toasted malt body with a dry finish. Medium-light body with medium carbonation and no aftertaste.
It's an ok beer. Technically, it's too thin and a bit conservative for a bock. For me, it's a good outdoor concert beer, especially in the summer.

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Photo of Spooky_Action
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12 oz amber bottle poured into glass mug. Could not locate a manufacturing date on bottle.

A – Amber in color - very clear. A nice head formed initially, but the carbonation hissed and retreated within seconds, leaving absolutely no head or lacing.

S – Initially no aroma whatsoever. After a few moments a mild scent of sweet, toasty malt.

T – Smooth, mild taste of toasty malts up front. Did not have any kick for being a bock. Aftertaste was dry and a little sour, like pretzels. Difficult to find any other flavor profile.

M – Thin, watery body with minimal carbonation. I like to have at least some chew in a bock.

O - Drinkable, but no unique flavor profile. I would best enjoy this beer to cool down after a long day in the summer sun. Aftertaste was only slightly off-putting. Does not fit the bill to be called a bock.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Texas Tony’s, Naples, Florida.
Dark amber with a few white trailers. 3.75
Sickly sweet malt syrup nose with some flowers. 3.25
Dark toast, some muscavado, and root beer spice. 3.5
Stale oak leaf finish and mildly tingly linger.
Thin yet sticky, tinny. 3.5

Not vaguely like a good bock - cloying, no snap in the body, no bite to keep it clean. But also not horrible: different enough from Macro and quaffably smooth. Like Fat Tire, a gateway that can stand on its own. 3.5

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Photo of RomeosDelight69
4.9/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Love this beer! I had Shiner Bock on tap for first time it was delicious! Color caramel brown, not much head on this beer tho. Smooth refreshing beer that in my opinion is great drink after doing yard work or honey doos. This definitely not a full bodied wheat or ale beer but an upgrade from typical mass produced bud light or colors light. Next keg will be Shiner Bock in my kegerator. One of my all time faves. Cheers.

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Photo of flylower
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not heavy enough for a bock, crisp and refreshing on a hot summer Texas Day.
I much prefer Texas' Revolver Bock, while still not a true bock it has a much more full bodied finish than Shiner

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

It is a very deep amber color. It is topped with a fleeting tan head.

Aromas of caramel and toffee come to mind along with some toast.

The taste is toast and caramel.

Watery mouthfeel

This was a gateway beer for me. I haven't had it in a long time.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.36/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This beer poured out a light brown, with a thin layer of head that died quickly. Color was too light and head retention too short to give me a lot of hope, but here goes.

Aroma was lightly nutty and slightly sweet. Not too bad. But it was very faint, and did not declare itself as it should have. I had to sniff a second time to make sure there really was beer in the glass, not just the ghosts of an empty glass.

Taste was of very light malt. That was it. So faint there was almost no flavor at all. It made me think of how it would taste if you had a beer-flavored Mio and only added a few drops to your water. Zero bitterness.

This beer felt WAY too thin and watered down. I expected some body. After all, they are calling it a bock. Where the hell was the maltiness? Granted this is from Texas, not Munich... but still if you're going to name the style at least represent the dang style.

Overall very disappointing. It was drinkable, don't get me wrong. There was nothing about it that tasted BAD. I'd still take it over a PBR. But it is a poor representative of the style and was almost like drinking lightly flavored, nearly flat seltzer water. I am glad I only bought a single. It was at least worth the experience, since to really be able to rate a beer I feel you need to have tasted some bad examples as well as the good ones to be well rounded.

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Photo of MikeMess99
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had tried getting into bocks so started with this. With the reviews I was excited but overall disappointed. Not a bad beer but nothing great. I'll be in search of different bocks.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber color with little to no head at all. Smells like a wheat beer. Also tatses like one too. Goes down smooth for me. Not a strong beer for my taste, I like em heavy. Still I can see myself getn a sixer for later. Not bad. But not the best I've had of this kind.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not bad, store bought bock, better than most mexican options but not great either. Kind of flat and odorless. Taste is nice. It used to be the king before big craft brewers started to import awesome stuff to mexico.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really delicious, sessionable beer dominated by toasted malts and a rounded, smooth flavor profile. Not quite as good as Yuengling Traditional Lager, but fairly close. Nothing offensive here, so its a win in my book.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random bottle in a relative's refrigerator was better than I expected, and I seemed to like it better than most. May have been my mood or the food I was eating. Decent malt flavors and aroma. Medium-light body. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Plower
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The way beer should be. You guys can keep your overrated fancy beers, just keep "The Bock" flowing for me. Shiner Bock is basically Texas personified into a beverage.

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Photo of Capt_Pete
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured in a pint glass. A rather light Bock beer with a dark amber translucent body and small-medium head. Smells of a balance of malts and grain with a hint of hops and alcohol. Taste mostly to the sweet malts side tending afterward to a slightly bitter bite of hops. Mouthfeel is mostly smooth, clean and refreshing, with medium crispness and carbonation. Overall a drinkable brew for an everyday beer but nothing special.

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Photo of dodge408
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This is not a bock. It's more of a flavored water. It reminds me of a waterd down abbey. No flavors stick out and what flavor there is, is stale and weak. If you like something like this then enjoy. If you're a bock fan, skip this

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Photo of DrunkEnTraining
3.09/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mediocre beer. Pouring it into a glass and letting it sit for a little bit improves on the flavor and smell but not by enough to where I'd call it good stuff. Spend your money elsewhere.

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Photo of predikit
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured a slightly reddish brown, left a fizzy off white head that receded immediately. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells very plain, basic beer scent. Yeast, malted barely, maybe some corn syrup.

Tastes similar to Yuengling Traditional Lager, most minor caramel notes from the malt, some brown bread.

Light bodied, fairly high carbonation, crisp and clean and refreshing, but maybe a bit too bubbly.

Fairly middle of the road, no off flavors, not too watery, but nothing spectacular either.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I generally have liked the Shiner beers, they are all decent for each style. Bock is no different. I liked it but I am not the best critic of of this style. I can see how some rate this really low and some like it a lot. Flavors are good but not strong. It's worth a try and you will probably get more if you like this style.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2/7 - (Home) Bottle. I liked the taste and feel of this beer. Liked the hops and this beer had some kick, and was pleasant. Overall good offering by Shiner.

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Photo of hophugger
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

dark gold-brown color, crystal clear with a decent head that disappates quickly. Minimal lacing. Aroma is full of bread and malt. Flavor is malt forward, obviously, with very light hop, as this style should. Mouthfeel is good, cool with great balanced carbonation..

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Photo of loubar
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Clear dark brown with a head that thins out quickly. Mild malt aroma.Taste of bready malt up front with a crisp middle leaving a mild sweetness after its gone. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or complexity. I found this to be a light, refreshing, drinkable lager beer. Love the low ABV.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,058 ratings.