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Shiner Premium - Spoetzl Brewery

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 14.19%


Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-30-2013)
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this beer producing a robust foamy head the quickly subsided with little remnant. A light pale, clear appearance. Vaguely fruity, but not unpleasant aroma. Mouthfeel is decent, if not memorable. Very light taste ... equally unmemorable. Not a bad beer, but nothing distinguished to share with others.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:03:23 | More by marzenfannm
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Caj1

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

If I didn't know Shiner better than I do (which, being from Texas where their products are nigh ubiquitous, is quite well) then I might feel insulted by this beer. As it stands, Shiner Premium isn't very good. There's nothing explicitly "wrong" with it, per se, but it's so painfully average that it's barely a step above something you'd find in a bottle of Budweiser.

So, to start this review off, I'll say that I wasn't disappointed but underwhelmed. This beer pours an exceedingly clear pale straw with a quick-foaming, quicker-dissipating head that leaves minimal lacing. Smell is barely there: a whiff of a vaguely beery aroma, barley malt, not much else. No hops that I can tell. Taste is pretty much the same, inoffensive but bland. It's sweeter than some of the big boy beers, but it's not much different, except for a vaguely metallic taste and a tiny touch of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a beer like this, at least. It's crisp, refreshing, goes down easy and leaves no complaints whatsoever.

This beer could and should be better. Just because it's an "American Pale Lager" doesn't mean it can't have at least a little bit of character. If it were on tap, yeah, I'd buy it over a Bud or Miller, but I probably won't be drinking this one again any time soon. I won't just bash a beer and leave, though: like I've said, it did nothing to offend me and it's not exactly a "bad" beer: it just doesn't do anything to set itself apart.

To good health and inoffensive beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 04:58:31 | More by Caj1
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a clear straw yellow with a 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles quickly to a ring with very little lacing, lots of active carbonation.

S: I'm getting a lot grain, some sweet caramel and a slight floral finish.

T: I'm getting sweet malt upfront... a little graininess with a touch of citrus mixed in... the finish has a little sweet caramel in it.

M: Light bodied, crisp, sharp yet smooth with a dry finish.

O: Not a bad lager, pretty average for the style, pretty average for Shiner.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:13:41 | More by mralphabet
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is light, mild, some malts and grains, almost like a light beer. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre brew, nothing offensive, just bland.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 16:46:06 | More by tone77
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Tone

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. Overall, the aroma and body are dominated by adjunct. Weak appearance and poor blend.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:02:43 | More by Tone
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metter98

New York

3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short whit head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of corn are present in the nose—hints of grainy malts become noticeable as the beer warms up.
T: The taste has flavors of corn and nondescript malts along with hints of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and relatively clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer might look like an adjunct lager, is definitely a cut above with less aromas and flavors of corn adjuncts and a mouthfeel that isn't watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 01:53:59 | More by metter98
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy off-white head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is easy to drink but fairly boring all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 05:34:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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HighGravityMan

Kansas

2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is typical pale golden lager color. Smell is also typical with a grainy sweetness. Taste reminds me of Bud Light, if perhaps slightly better. Mouthfeel is fine, good carbonation. At the very least, a drinkable beer. Not the kind I would enjoy on it's own when just sitting at home unless I was in the right mood.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:55:21 | More by HighGravityMan
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. Expectations are about average given the brewery and the genre. Simple, vintage label art, with no abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours your typical clear pale straw yellow colored body with lots of bubbles rushing topside. One finger of eggshell white head rises and falls within seconds. No lacing. Pretty dull and ordinary to look at, but no worse than your typical American adjunct lager.

S - Smell is of grain, corn, biscuit malts, brown bread, and buttered popcorn. Pretty bland and unappealing, in all honesty.

T - Taste follows the nose: dry grainy malt, mineral water, stale earthiness, hint of paperboard, and adjunct corn.

M - Feel is thin, clean, and watery. Miniscule grains & some metallics on the finish.

Overall, a fairly harmless, bland, and tasteless beer. Goes down like water, with a low sessionable 4.40% abv, Shiner's version of a watered down American adjunct lager, I suppose. Fairly inoffensive and drinkable, just very boring and generic. Although, I would clearly choose this over a Bud Light anyday.

Shiner Premium Beer ---3/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 22:53:14 | More by mfnmbvp
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a clear gold color, with a light head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Sweet smell, mainly malts though.

Taste - Like the smell, sweet and malty.

Mouthfeel - Perfect amount of carbonation for an American Lager, good-bodied.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer a lot, this beer is nice and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 22:43:03 | More by Captain_Komamura
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Labeorphile

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Left about a one finger head, very "crispy" more like a soft drink head. Beer was golden and very clear with little streams of bubbles.

Nose was standard lager with some hops and a bit of honey sweetness. Flavor was also typical lager. Slightly metallic on the finish, but the mouthfeel was good for style. Very drinkable.

Would be refreshing on a hot summer day, but not complex enough for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 02:35:38 | More by Labeorphile
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ranger7

Texas

3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought from Central Market in a Family Reunion sampler.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - Gold, very carbonated, but no head.

S - Some hops and honey.

T - Balanced. Maybe a hint of hops with some honey sweetness.

M - Light, easy to drink. Very bubbly, which is different.

Summary - I was skeptical about this brew, but it turned out to be just fine. Would be good with something spicy - Mexican or Chinese maybe. Definitely a decent non-BMC brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 19:09:48 | More by ranger7
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Hergestridge

Illinois

3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer.. It's not the best.. it's a good american lager..
The aroma is pleasant... slightly sweet.. and pinch of pine..
Smell is pleasant and sweet..
Taste is better that an adjunct.. not as good as a craft brew..
Mouth-feel is effervescent.. s bit of pop. pleasant to the tongue.
I have tried several Shiner beers and like them all.. A good beer for the price..
And besides.. with a Spoetzl name.. it's just so German.. :)

Serving type: can

09-10-2013 23:38:15 | More by Hergestridge
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kojevergas

Texas

2.81/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cute legacy label and branded twist-off cap acquired as part of a variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I'm a fan of the sort of generic "Premium Lager" style as well. Reviewed as such; I see nothing on the label (or the website) that identifies this as an "American Pale Lager."

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is wretchedly thin. No creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. Dull and weak looking. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is poor - about 40 seconds at best.

Body colour is a clear watery yellow, typical of the style. Translucent and transparent. Below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks like your typical adjunct lager. There's a healthy amount of visible carbonation bubbles.

Sm: Clean barley, straw, obvious corn adjunct, tap water, and a heavy cereal & grainy character. A handful of hops lend a generic floral character to the aroma. I also get a hint of caramalt. A biteen buttery. Some might call it grassy, but I don't know that I'd agree; it's really more of a grainy aroma. Unfortunately, corn adjunct is dominant here.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Inoffensive, but there's little here to entice. There aren't any off flavours, and it doesn't seem watery - which is a lot more than I can say about most Premium Lagers. Comes down slightly on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum.

An unappealing aroma of below average strength.

T/Mf: Sweet corn adjunct, leavening grains and cereals, clean barley, straw, a bit of caramalt, some buttery character, and a handful of hops. Painfully simple, but it does have a decent body to it. Could certainly be more imbalanced, but it's wanting. Zero depth of flavour; poor duration and intensity of flavour as well. A bit on the sweeter side. No complexity or subtlety really at all.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet. Light on the palate, but unrefreshing due to the sticky syrupy adjunct character. Good thickness. Decent crispness, even a bit of overcarbonation and an accompanying bite.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy.

The mouthfeel is far from married to the taste, but it does suit it in a general sense.

Dr: Quite average for the style. If you're looking for a passable adjunct lager, you've found it. Hides its ABV decently and is pretty drinkable for what it is. If Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers switched to this, I'd be a happy man. It's nothing unique or special, but it's downable beer at a reasonable price point. You could do worse than getting a couple of these in your variety box.

C

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 23:05:39 | More by kojevergas
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no date

flat lookin gold color. smell is candied apples, some hop spice, and lots of stinky, skunky wheat. buttery butterscotch butter taste. there are some cleaner yeast flavors coming through and some raw alcohol, but mostly b-scotch and hard water.

wanted to like this, but no thanks. schlitz is better.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:00:00 | More by jimmah120
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Weston19

Illinois

2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Guinness glass

A: Clear, golden straw color, moderate carbonation, thin lacing.

S: A little floral and piney, some malts, primarily malts but both scents are weak.

T: A little bitterness at first, mid palate you get some sweetness, aftertaste is bitter then bready.

MF: Smooth and very water. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of a Budweiser.

O: Not very good, the taste is way too watery and there aren't any standout flavors. I think this is just a mediocre beer that just barely has more flavor than macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 22:02:59 | More by Weston19
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JMad

Texas

3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden color with a thin filmy whit head.

It's aroma is very sweet like milk and honey almost, it's weird but inviting.

The taste is like the smell, with honey and butter and no hop presence besides maybe a slight hint of grass.

The beer's feel has lots of carbonation and is pretty light, with a refreshing finish.

This is a solid session beer but i drank 8 last night and it wasn't strong enough. Good beer though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:43:54 | More by JMad
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Libationguy

Nevada

2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium straw color with a thin bright white head that has very low retention.

Not much to the nose: crackers, lemon zest and a little Wonder bread.

Really pretty bland on the palate, crackers and a little toast. Really no hop feel to the beer and no bitterness.

Medium- bodied and a little watery with a short finish.

It's not offensive, but there's just nothing here. Pretty generic.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:43:18 | More by Libationguy
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - light golden yellow with a thin, loose, bubbly head that dissipates quickly

S - grainy, sweet, somewhat grassy

T - cereal grains, grass, mild sweetness

M - light bodied, crisp, a tad overcarbonated

This isn't a bad beer by any stretch. It isn't a beer I'd be quick to label craft, but it is a beer that is far superior to any macro/adjunct lager. This beer does have the qualities such as good drinkability that one would look for in a beer such as this. It's also refreshing with a low abv which makes it an ideal lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:16:06 | More by tdm168
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner.

A: Hay color. Pours a 3 finger, bubbly white head. Rising effervescence is pervasive. Head craters slowly, and inconsistently. Solid, beer ring lacing.

S: Pale malty grains, and French bread. A little soapy.

T: White bread, with a light indistinct hop bite, and just the slightest indistinct sweet hint for balance.

M: Light body, earthy feel, slight grainy aftertaste. Kind of shallow.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Shallow hue, giant head, lots of effervescence, and some pretty solid lacing. Nose is pale and bready. White bread with a slight hop and a hint of sweetness. Earthy and light. Overall, this is decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:00:37 | More by bmwats
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Did this use to be shiner blonde? Either way this beer recently appeared in my area so I thought I'd give it a go.

Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a one finger fizzy white head that quickly disappears to nearly nothing.

Just a hint of stale bread on the aroma with a touch of caramel and grassy hops. Quite weak.

The same can be said for the flavor. Some bread and corn along with a quick shot of grass from the hops. Maybe the tiniest bit of toast and caramel Almost no bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, there is not much to this beer at all. A very light and easy drinking beer but not at all interesting. Not something i will pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 01:56:28 | More by rangerred
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ahommell

Mississippi

3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear golden straw color. Head barely lasts two seconds. No lacing.

S: Grainy. Floral. Since of some kind of wheat.

T: Grainy. Crisp Clear. Sour at moments. Wheat. Ends very clean.

M: Dry finish. Clear. Crisp. Nothing really to say about this beer.

O: No bad. Not memorable either.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 04:40:54 | More by ahommell
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jmbranum

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a style I normally drink or enjoy, but this particular beer wasn't bad.

Bright gold clear liquid with white head.

Grain-laden aroma.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Sweeter than most lagers but not overpoweringly so. A little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Decent amount of carbonation.

As expected with a beer of this style, it is best drunk cold.

Overall, far superior to most macro beers or for that matter most pale lagers brewed by microbreweries.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 04:14:14 | More by jmbranum
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Crystal clear straw color. Fizzy white head that recedes fast. No lacing.

Aroma: Faint sweetness, grains, corn adjuncts?

Taste: Barely. Pretty metallic, faint barley, a sourness from any hops.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated.

Overall: Light, and not that great from a craft brewer. PBR or Hamms is better.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 18:16:26 | More by JuicesFlowing
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EagleTalon

Arkansas

3.74/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a nice 1" head that falls to a thin ring of foam that is permanent. Lacing is minimal. Color is pale gold. Aroma leans toward malt and a bit of white grape juice. Some hops detected in nose. Flavor is clean, crisp and refreshing. Pilsner malts with a balancing noble hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is appropriate to style. This is well made and easy to drink. A good summer session lawnmower beer without all the damn spices, fruit or funky yeasts.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 19:20:41 | More by EagleTalon
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Shiner Premium from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.