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Shiner Premium - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 63
Hads: 372
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 40.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 117 | 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 UCLABrewN84
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.

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Photo of metter98
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Classic old-school label.

A - Poured out a clear, pale golden color with a small, short-lived head. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel with a slight floral presence.

T - Nice sweet caramel presence with a touch of graininess. Very subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay lager. Fairly typical for a Shiner.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -9%
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.


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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
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 tdm168
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle received in trade.
Pours a crystal clear medium golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to wisps of foam on top. Aromas of light bready pilsner malt with a hint of either caramelized sugar or caramel flavoring and a hint of prune type fruits. Very faint aromas of earthy spicy hops round us out. The flavor is a bit sugary sweet with hints of prune or fruit. Little to no hop flavor and just enough bitterness to keep this from cloying. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Decent brew, but nothing to go out of your way to try like I did.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A buddy brought me this back from Texas with him. The label art is pretty cool...retro look to it. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, white, light head that quickly disappears to leave a clear surface behind. Steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of roasted grains and a buttery sweetness. Not much else, really. Flavors of toast and corn, with roasted qualities throughout. Light palate on a thin body. The aftertaste is roasty as well. Slick, clean finish. This one strikes closer to an adjunct than anything else I can put my finger on.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can't say I ever seen this beer so I totally picked it up when I found it at my local house of 1,000 dollar shelf. Into a mug.
A - First off twist off love it in a pinch. Secondly is this a light lager? It's so light yellow! The head is pretty nice it takes a while to fizz out. Pretty ok.
S - Distinct house yeast, canned corn, and some skunky husk.
T - It's decent for a lager sweet corn goodness, light toasted husk, and a bit of lager yeast twang.
M - It's much fuller than I expected for a light lager still crisp and light.

Overall It's a good lager much tastier than the typical Stegmeier I pick up. If I see it again for a buck I will try and score a six pack.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.6/5  rDev -16.1%
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 Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
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 tigg924
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of buckyp
2.54/5  rDev -18.1%
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 mfnmbvp
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this as part of Shiner variety pack. Could be the most bland beer I have ever had. Nothing bad to really say, nothing off putting. It seems like all Shiner beers have the same appearance with different colors. And none seem to have anything going for the nose. This one has nohing wrong with it, very easy to drink. But it also does not really have anything good about it. Basically, meh, easy drinking but, again, meh.

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Photo of bmwats
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.

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Photo of rorjets
2.97/5  rDev -4.2%
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 rangerred
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.09/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of EagleTalon
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.

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Shiner Premium from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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