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Shiner Premium - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 61
Hads: 367
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 16.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-30-2013

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light toast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, light toast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,348 characters)

Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden hue with a quickly dissipating foamy head; really carbonated and not much lacing

S: simplistic but pleasant: toasty, bready, some graininess but a pretty simple smelling lager

T: crisp, refreshing, toasty, tasty; but not a ton going on here--just a simple, easy-to-drink clean lager

F: nice carbonation up front but it's not overwhelming and actually it gets a bit creamy in the finish

O: A decent little lager from Shiner and one that I could drink quite a few of on a hot day (497 characters)

Photo of cowboy1962
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color: Golden
Smell: Not much. Not good or bad, there just wasn't much odor coming from the beer.
Taste: Very smooth taste. Not bitter, not malty, a little bit of a grainy taste.
Feel: Light body.
Overall: Very little head. Good carbonation. Very much like a good adjunct, which means not a lot of positives, but also not any bad traits either. (344 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Clear pale gold with 1" of fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Retention is so-so, lacing is nice.

S: Some grain, off-sweet oatiness, maybe an inkling of mild hop in the back somewhere.

T: Cereal, cane sugar, oats, very mild honey on the finish. Hop bitterness is present but kinda buried.

M: This is the best part. Super dry, crisp, refreshing. Not over-carbed & nicely medium-bodied with a grainy creaminess. This is as good as it gets.

O: I really like this brew, it's not that Shiner is doing anything different here, it's that they're doing it better. (603 characters)

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pale straw. One of the worst I've sen color wise however it has great bubbles and whats left of the head of the brew clings to the edge of the glass for dear life. I like that.

S: Very very faint. I cannot determine the composition.

T: Fair. Bitter notes trying to get through to me.

M: ah even better. Tickles the tongue.

O: Quite drinkable. (355 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Fizzy head with modest retention and decent lacing. As clear as one could ask, for the style. Pours a golden yellow into pilsner glass. Smell denotes the onset of undesirable qualities, but not really present in the taste. The beer I had was probably a couple months past the best before date, but has not gone bad yet. Similar flavor and feel to a Dos Equis Lager Especial, but less sweet and less crisp. Slightly watery, not as carbonated as similar lagers, but then, as I said, it's past BBD. (495 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a clear pale yellow with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head. The aroma is very, very light with a hint of grain malts and a touch of an adjunct. This brew has such a super light taste that it is almost non-existent. There is however a light graininess and a very mild bitterness at the end. I really can’t see drinking more of this, might as well drink water...
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Photo of predikit
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow, left no head, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smelled almost like nothing, very subtle scent.

Taste is reminiscent of Kirin Ichiban, light toasted malts, almost nothing else.

Thin and watery, very high carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing.

Middle of the road, light beer appealing to as many people as possible. (341 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that drops moderately with no lacing. Color is clear pale straw with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: lightly toasted barley, a bit of yeasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and thin, slightly slick, with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: cracker and biscuit, some barley malt sweetness, a very mild hop presence.

Overall: light and easy drinking. Pleasant and should pair well with many foods. (478 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
2.91/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was part of the reunion 6 pack. It's just a macro style lager, but a bit better than your average bud, miller, or whatever, but nothing special. I wouldn't ever seek it out on it's own. (185 characters)

Photo of dukeandduke
2.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

2/7 (Home) Bottle - Decent smell and taste, though very bland and average beer. Minimal aroma, clean palate and easy going down. Overall, average beer. (151 characters)

Photo of buckyp
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: very pale yellow, aggressive pour formed massive head that disappeared quicky. No lacing.

Aroma: light corn, no malt or hops.

Taste: not much to speak of...faint malt, dominate corn, very little hops with almost no bitterness.

Feel: gone immediately (259 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - clear and golden, thin white head dissipates quickly
S - faint aroma; grain, mild spicy hop
T - typical pale lager flavors with grain, spicy hop, a bit grassy, but not much going on
M - lighter body, ample carbonation
O - nothing special here. I'd rather just drink an MGD or something (433 characters)

Photo of Golden32
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Easy-drinking chugger from Spoetzl. Not a lot of smell or taste for that matter. Maybe a step up from standard US macro brews, maybe not. I wouldn't turn it down on a hot day. (175 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
2.09/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Almost no smell, light corn, wheat, and malt.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light hops and malts with wheat and corn.

Overall: Nothing special about this beer. Glad I tried it. (296 characters)

Photo of rorjets
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours nicely into pint glass, with a fine white head that has some lacing. Very mild malt aroma. The taste is very blase, not much to it. Fine for lunch on a work day, or a hot summer day when you are thirsty. (211 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.14/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Standard pour from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a clear, pale straw-yellow with a small head that quickly recedes away.

Aroma is biscuty and malt-y, with just the faintest trace of hops, very understated overall.

The flavor is just as understated- think a big American macro-brew, but done with less use of adjuncts. A trace of sweetness up front followed shortly by a crisp, dry finish. Nothing especially spectacular, but completely inoffensive at the same time. Easy to drink at just over 4 percent ABV.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, and notable for the quite high carbonation.

Not my usual sort of beer, but for what it is, it's quite serviceable- would be a good summertime thirst quencher. If you can find it Shiner Premium would be good as a slightly more upscale replacement for the standard American mega-lagers. (837 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%

Purchased in a single at Hy-Vee Wine and Spirits. Poured into Miller pilsner glass. I will be comparing this to the conglomerate that is macro American adjunct lagers, so keep that in mind throughout my review.

Appearance (3.25) : A bold, fluffy, creamy three fingered head on top of a golden straw body with excellent clarity. Pillowy head recedes to a tiny crown within a minute or so. About average and on par with the macros.

Aroma (3.75) : Barley malts and slight wheat. Maybe a distant hint of corn or rice. This smells better than most macro lagers - cleaner, crisper. More barley is present, rather than extra adjuncts like corn and rice. Shows Shiner's pride into making even a basic premium lager.

Taste (3.75) : Very crisp and smooth with minimal bitterness. It doesn't taste like much except for malts and barley. That is both its strength and downfall. No off flavors, and a slight dry malt finish.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Creamy yet carbonated. Light bodied. Finishes dry with a faint hop presence.

Overall (3.73) : A great beer that I would purchase again and again. Better than the macros for sure, and much cleaner finishing. The only hit I would give it is that its taste is a bit lacking, but overall it's very malty and pairs with food well. It does what it's supposed to. Not a craft beer with tiers of flavor, so don't judge it by that. For what it is, and it IS a basic, no frills lager, it does a great job. (1,432 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly above average, sweet, and clean lager. Pours deep yellow with decent head. Would not be the first I would go to, but not one to turn down either. (154 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

In a mix and match six pack. Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a straw yellow color, similar to a standard AAL, with a decent half finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing. Anything with a picture of Texas on it, I like it.

Smell - Some faint biscuity-ness, grains, a bit of malts, not much else. Nothing too impressive.

Taste - A sweet, toasty flavor complements the biscuits in the nose very well. Certainly some malts in the mix. While it is not super complex, it is enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Finishes clean and smooth, leaving a bit of maltiness on the palate.

Overall - I think this is a decent beer for the price (cheap). It won't blow your hair back, but it's worth a taste. Condor recommended and approved. (794 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -2.3%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by!

From the bottle: “Brewed from pure artisan well water”; “A Beer Behind the Times. In a lot of ways the town of Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070) is the same today as it was in 1909. Sure, there’ve been a few concessions in the name of progress. Like the stoplight on the road through town. But somehow its spirit remains the same. Maybe part of the secret is in the bottle, a premium style lager crafted with the same love and care today as it was generations ago. We hope it takes you back. – Prosit!”

It was a screw-cap, so no Pop!, but plenty of Glug as I nearly upturned the bottle just to see what would happen. I got a brief pseudo-cascade followed by the creation of three fingers of dense, fizzy, bone-white head that began to fall fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see into the future, when I have a job interview. Nose was malty with a cooked vegetal scent and a little bit of a metallic twang. Hmmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was much better than the nose, and actually rather unexpectedly sweet. It had a kind of sugary maltiness that I have not experienced in a while. It was clean and adjunct-free, which is definitely in its favor, but I just was not feeling it. Finish wavered between sweet and semi-sweet with a lingering sweetness in the mouth. It will make an interesting segue to their Oktoberfest, which I scored today and plan to drink a little later following this one. (1,717 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a bright gold with a decent head into my glass. Shiner has made its' way up here.

Lightly sweet with a mild toastiness. Nothing much else to write about.

Sweetness goes from mild to cloying in sixty seconds.

Finishes with that toasty texture once again. Gives it a bit of a nutty finish going down.

I'm not sure if this is intentional or not. Either way, not horrible. (380 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

Brewed from pure artesian well water the label exclaims! And it pours straw yellow with a foamy, white head that lingers. Loads of carbonation bubbles roaring up the pilsener glass I put it in.

Aroma of grains, malts, toast, rice, and corn with a clean crisp hop bite.

Light body.

There is a sweetness to the malty character in the flavor with grainy notes and a nice, clean hop bite to finish. (455 characters)

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.51/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a twist-off cap. Very vintage looking label. Poured into a Blackwater Draw Brewing Company Texas Independence Day 2014 Mason Jar Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1 finger of head that recedes quickly. Minimal to no lacing

Smell: Faint biscuit and pale malts

Taste: Similar to the aroma with a stronger biscuit note and a slight hop bitter in the finish

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and on point for american style lagers

Overall: Nothing too fancy, I always really liked shiner blonde and I love the rebranding with the old-school packaging. Great easy-drinking pale american lager. The only issue I have is when it tries to be more fancy than it is such as price. But if it is at the same price point as the other macro beers where ever you may be, then this wins. (811 characters)

Photo of mirth23
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A solidly decent lager. Nothing particularly outstanding to write home about, but definitely a good option compared with many of its American counterparts. It has a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Great clarity. It's well balanced, but doesn't end up tasting like much of anything particular. (287 characters)

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Shiner Premium from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.