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Shiner Premium - Spoetzl Brewery

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 16.23%
Wants: 4
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

djrn2, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

metter98, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -2.6%

kjkinsey, May 26, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

jaydoc, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

zeff80, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.81/5  rDev -8.8%
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

kojevergas, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -2.6%

imperialking, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev -2.6%

InspectorBob, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

woodychandler, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

LXIXME, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.21/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

tdm168, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

dmorgan310, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Tone, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

GarthDanielson, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.16/5  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.

johnnnniee, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

Brad007, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

tone77, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

DrDemento456, May 19, 2014
Photo of KevinGordon
3/5  rDev -2.6%

KevinGordon, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of puboflyons
3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Gagnonsux, May 11, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Slightly above average, sweet, and clean lager. Would not be the first I would go to, but not one to turn down either.

tigg924, Oct 10, 2014
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Shiner Premium from Spoetzl Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.