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Shiner Premium - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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68 Reviews
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Reviews: 68
Hads: 382
Avg: 3.11
pDev: 40.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 mmmbeer89
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's a pretty average beer but it's enjoyable. i've never seen it for sale by itself but i've had it in the shiner mix-pack which is always a good mix-pack.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.44/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

All in all, this is a good beer. I only get it when I get a Shiner family pack or something - never get this beer on its own, but I always enjoy it. It's rich, slightly lighter than my preference, yet it's got some good flavor. It goes down smooth and has a decent aftertaste. It's no Bock, but altogether a decent Shiner beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Premium Beer"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

When I'm in Texas I'll take a Shiner Premium over a Lone Star any day, and always. It's got more malt flavor to it, and although that might be seen as leaving it a little "fuller", at least it doesn't have the processed "cleanliness" of Lone Star. It's just a basic, straightforward golden malt & generic hop beer that delivers. If simply putting a large number of beers down your gullet is the goal, then by all means go for the Lone Star (it doesn't have any discernible hops, and an almost antiseptically clean maltiness), but I'll take the one that tastes more like beer's supposed to taste!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night after bowling on 10/27/15 since it was "National Beer Day". Tried many different Shiner brews but never had this one. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10-ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a golden-straw in color with a thin white head with lots of streaming bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass. Spotty sheet-like lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains with a hint of sweet corn. Pretty close the taste follows the nose with the light sweet corn starting out followed by grass and yeast. Actually a decent brew that goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste is noted. Lighter side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Tasted_a_lot
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a lager drinker and think this is great stuff. This recipe is consistent and although some people think that's boring I celebrate the tradition. I enjoy a good steak without any sauces and a good beer without the variations. I do accommodate my guests with both lites and darks, but neighbors know they can always step over and get a cold Shiner. The brewery has really stepped up to appeal to others' tastes making their bock available all year long.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light straw golden color with a one finger head of white foam and tons of little carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a bready and corny smell mixed with a bit of caramel. Along with these smells are a hint of a grass and a little bit of grain.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet taste of a corn syrup and caramel nature mixed with a little bit of a more bready like taste. These tastes create a base flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the entirety of the flavor profile. A hint of a grass, hay, and grain come more toward the end, leaving one with a rather easy drinking but sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is actually sorta thick for a 4.4 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side, even though it looks like it has uber carbonation. Overall a little more carbonation may have created a slightly more refreshing brew, but even said, it had an OK feel overall.

Overall – Not a bad adjunct beer. A bit on the sweeter side, but very drinkable and lower in abv., which in the end, is what I am looking for in a adjunct lager. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I can't see any reason why I would ever drink this when Shiner has a much better product with Shiner Bock. This looks, smells, tastes and feels unremarkable. Smelled and tasted much more sour than the typical American lagers. Reminds me of PBR. Not a fan.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.11/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.12/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of KajII
2.18/5  rDev -29.9%
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 +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of NCMatt
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.84/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of buckyp
2.54/5  rDev -18.3%
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

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Photo of barnzy78
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
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

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Photo of Golden32
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.09/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of rorjets
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of m_hall
3.14/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.73/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Shiner Premium from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
73 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.