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Shiner Bock - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,778 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 2,778
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 18
Gots: 162 | FT: 2
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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J_Dub

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

04-22-2013 22:50:57 | More by J_Dub
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beertaster13

Washington

2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off I've yet to find a bock that really made me say wow, that being said this is just another average bock at best. Pours a light brown with hints of red, a slight white head will arise and fall, nothing spectacular. The smell is very malty, otherwise not much detected, the taste is a little to sweet, not many hops detected, caramel malts are in the forefront, very light bodied and not very refreshingly crisp and smooth, dryness. Wouldn't go back to this again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 03:55:39 | More by beertaster13
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock has the appearance of a traditional English brown ale. There is a 1/4" white head that settles down into a solid cap and stays put. It is odd to see a beer of this color with a bright white head on top.

Lightly roasted aroma and a little bit of hops. Very subdued. I have sampled this beer many times before and found a much fuller nose.

Flavor is better than aroma. Earthy, nutty, mild chocolate. Light tanginess from the hops. This has somewhat of a Marzen flavor to it.

Good drinkability, I have put down several of these on many ocassions. Obviously not a bock, this beer shares more characteristics with an amber ale or an Oktoberfest. Still a decent beer and it is easy to see why it is so popular. It lands somewhere between a macro and a micro and is a good cross-over for many.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2005 00:59:44 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +27.8%

12-28-2013 19:38:25 | More by ToddGingerich
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cubedbee

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, this a dark amber brown with a thin white head, little retention, no lacing. Smell is really light, a sweet grainy malt, a little corny. Taste is a slightly roasted malt, pretty light, slightly caramel, and a tiny trace of hops. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, and carbonation is on the high side. Pretty bland, but drinkable enough, there's worse beers out there.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2005 13:59:42 | More by cubedbee
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switzer

Oregon

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

12-21-2013 23:35:20 | More by switzer
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Cavanaghty

Maine

3.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, had before in Texas, got this one in trade. Thank You to shan8454 for the trades!

Appearance: Reddish brown in color, with a thin off white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can smell malts, mild hops, maybe some nutty/fruity notes too.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium to light bodied. Flavor is a little watered down, but not bad. Malty and nutty I think.

Overall: Not a bad brew, would be good on a hot summer day while grilling.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 13:42:07 | More by Cavanaghty
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aflies

Arizona

3/5  rDev -4.2%

06-24-2012 21:37:35 | More by aflies
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SGToliver

Washington

3/5  rDev -4.2%

08-23-2013 09:23:40 | More by SGToliver
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Kornoms

Texas

3/5  rDev -4.2%

02-16-2012 00:36:56 | More by Kornoms
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Bieniek30

New York

3/5  rDev -4.2%

04-28-2013 14:45:16 | More by Bieniek30
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SoCaliC8

California

3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

01-18-2014 20:42:26 | More by SoCaliC8
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.2%

02-12-2012 02:20:20 | More by dugly2ugly
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UDbeernut

New York

2.85/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark amber color with a 1/4" head and a good amount of carbonation

Smell: strong hops

Taste: smooth with a hint of hops and citus. Not as bad as I expected.

Drinkability: ok, could drink these rather easily.... but I would not want it on a real hot day.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2005 20:45:23 | More by UDbeernut
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep red with a small white head that disappears very quickly. Smells of caramelized malt with not much else. Tastes of fruit and some malt, but still watery. Beer is definitely sessionable, but is light for a bock. Overall an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:49:09 | More by cyclonece09
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inebrius

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A typical American macro lager with color. Spoetzl Brewery should be fined for the gross misrepresentation of this brew (Bock, right?) I let it warm up to try and find a redeeming quality, but it just got worse. I ask you, what is the point? If you want a pretty beer buy Shiner Bock. If you want flavor buy something else.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2002 20:27:35 | More by inebrius
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brauseboof

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.2%

05-07-2014 21:53:59 | More by brauseboof
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djgustafson

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

03-02-2014 16:02:16 | More by djgustafson
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AlexM

California

3/5  rDev -4.2%

11-14-2011 20:20:42 | More by AlexM
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Theniz

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

12-04-2013 10:43:12 | More by Theniz
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instinct2

Indiana

3/5  rDev -4.2%

12-23-2013 16:31:20 | More by instinct2
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brewerburgundy

California

2.1/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

At first the head looks promising. It fades to a small ring in a matter of seconds that leaves very little to no lacing. The beer is too clear for my tastes, clear and a dull brown with a little yellow around the edges.

When cold an aroma is difficult to detect. As it warms it becomes sweet as you would expect a bock to be. Sweet malts, ever so slight caramel whiff. Syrupy.

Again, when cold there isn't much flavor. Some malt but not much sweetness. And again, as it warms it definitely becomes sweet and a bit malty. The bit of bitterness is provided I think, by darker malts. A twang from what I think is over-carbonation is present.

I'd seen signs and bottles and packs of this all around since moving to Arkansas. I am very disappointed. The beer just doesn't have any redeeming qualities and seems to be a lacking, slightly sweet commercial lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 01:52:24 | More by brewerburgundy
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KillaB

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

01-29-2013 09:17:15 | More by KillaB
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich, red-amber body with a thick white head.

Smell is sourish malt.

Flavor is sweet malt, smooth on the palate, sour on the finish. Almost no hop presence. Very far on the light end for a bock, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is on the watery end of medium, high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good.

This beer is worshiped by many in TX. I have to say, it's not bad when compared to Coors Light, Bud Light, etc. Plenty of color and flavor compared to those usual macro suspects. As an aspiring craft-ish brew, it leaves a lot to be desired. I did enjoy this one, though. Thanks to cburian for "importing" this one so I could sample and review it.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 01:37:05 | More by ghostwalker
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hockeypuck

Maine

3/5  rDev -4.2%

06-23-2013 00:16:31 | More by hockeypuck
Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery
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