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Shiner Blonde | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BlondeShiner Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-19-2001

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286
Ratings:
805
Avg:
2.93
pDev:
30.38%
 
 
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Photo of Squire123
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The eyes of Texas are upon us.

I've been told by locals this is regular old Shiner with an updated look. Whether that's true or not it makes sense. Light color, medium flavor AAL with no noticeable flaws and a crisp finish. Not bad overall, good match with barbecue.

Pop a cool one and fill the plate with brisket.
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Photo of stevoj
2.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Premium lager, my ass. This is a pale lager through and through. Pale golden in color with small foamy head . Light cereal, corn aroma. taste is also weak, although mouthfeel is fairly slick and has some body. No lingering aftertaste. Macro lager all the way.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The color is blah yellow, but the full inch of head on it is impressive, even if it fades away quicker than Paris Hilton. Grass and corn in the aroma.

Taste was non descript, a few more canned cooked veggies come to mind. Corny. Hardly any hopping or bitterness. Crisp I guess. I wouldn't pay $1 a beer for this when there's a bunch of $7/12pack stuff that is just as good or even better than what it brings to the table.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I got this one as a gift from a family member. They knew I liked Shiner, so they assumed any Shiner would do, I suppose. I'm not a blonde beer guy. This one was okay, but not spectacular. It had decent flavor and wasn't too light. It went down more or less smoothly, but the aftertaste wasn't as rich as I like. I would drink it again, but I'd never purchase it on my own. One of the few Shiner beers I don't much care for.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.31/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

-Cloudy yellow
-Fruit (unkown which one), grains, maybe corn?
-A fruity beery type thing at first, grainy
-Creamy (was on tap) smooth

-on tap. It was sweet but not sickly. It was ok. Not amazing.
-Go for it if you are trying to like beer for the first time in general or like sweet beers only.

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Photo of Good_Ale84
3.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Being from Texas, I'm a Shiner fan. Had 'em all and this one isn't terrible, but by far my least fave from Shiner. It has that "bud" or "Miller" look to it, thin head with little to no lacing. It does taste better than the standard brands, but still has that corn chip smell and after taste that you get with standard,mass-brewed American beers. However, if you have a Budweiser sixer in your hand as you read this, Shiner Blonde is a step above and a better choice.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.69/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager was pretty good. It was not what I expected, it was lighter than I thought that it would be. It smelled really good as well. The taste was not that bad, I know that I liked it. If anyone has not had this beer They should try it out. That is if you like this kind of beer, It had a golden look to it. I know that I have always liked Shiner beers, so if their are anymore out their that I have not had I can't wait to try them.

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Photo of Offa
2.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another decent, fairly enjoyable but basic Shiner beer that is not remotely close to their best in my book but is definitely better than the characterless Shiner Bock. In the end, it is a light, standard but reasaonbly good basic American pale lager.

Very pale gold, it has a small white head soon thinning to thin ring, no wisps or lace.

Aroma is slightly soapy perfumy apple, grain, hint of grass - standard basic pale lager but nice.

Taste is similar, grain, apple peels, grass, hint of 7-up, dryish mineral water throughout, faint sweetness amd bitterness lingering with grassy element, lingering hint of grain.

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours transparent straw with little head. Smells of some sweet grain, possibly some corn. Tastes of a little watery grain. Beer is light bodied heavily carbonated. Overall a slightly below average beer, but better than most adjuncts.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-yellow with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly with not much lacing either. Light aroma of malt, grain with a touch of honey. The taste started out with a good amount of carbonation with sweet malt but finished a little on the dry side. Overall it wasn't that great.

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Photo of smt1
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: true to its name, this is a blonde lagger. Small bit of head, not much remenants.

S: Light corn smell from the adjuncts

T: Similar to taste. Can't detect much in the way of hops. M

M: light carbonation

O: Overall, a light blonde lagger. noting special, but refreshing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw color. The head is a typical-looking one finger white shade. It seems to retain itself more strongly than others in the style, which isn't saying much.

S: Unfortunately, it's not far off (at all) from a typical adjunct lager here. Notes of corn and cooked veggies emanate from the aroma. These notes aren't as strong as they are in, say, Bud; if they had a healthy backing of hops behind them I could easily view this as a pre-pro pils and be done with it - alas, it's not the case. Meh.

T: Flavors are as straightforward as they can be - some sweet cream and a touch of corn. No cooked veggies from the aroma are here, thankfully. If this does anything right, it's the fact that the adjunct notes here aren't as off-putting like they'd be in a typical BMC product. Actually, my main problem here stems back to what I said about the aroma: where are the hops? The malt backbone is perfectly acceptable for the style, but without any balancing hops, it's simply too sweet.

M: Typical of a lager, it's light and easy to drink. But it finishes too sweetly, and as such, isn't as quaffable as it could be.

O: This seriously needs more hoppiness to it. What's sad is that this missing feature is all that stands between Shiner Blonde being just another crappy AAL (which it is) and a wholly solid pre-pro pils. A shame, really.

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Photo of plaid75
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell and taste featured light adjuncts atop a soft pale malt with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a clean, dry finish.

Overall an uneventful adjunct lager. Quaffable however.

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Photo of Gmann
2.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale pale pale straw color, crystal clear, with a pure white airy head that quickly settles into a light ring. Fizzy yellow beer.

The aroma is sweet and grainy. Some cracker malt notes followed by a corn like grainy scent. Ok for the style, I guess.

The taste is watery with some grainy notes; corn like flavor. Surprised that this is not a light lager. Not overly adjuncty due to the lightness of the brew. Some honey sweetness.

The feel is light and watery with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate. It is fine cold but worry if it warms it would become more astringent.

Standard macro lager. Tastes more like a light lager. Meh.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well that's a pretty tame and weak colored yellow right there. White head, 1", dissipates at a steady clip.

Nondescript aroma, lightly vegetal and grainy. Not much there. Corn and grass.

Taste, unoffensive lager. Not really the hallmarks of flavor, mild corny grain, little to no hops, high carbonation, barely any malt heft or presence. It does have a dry and crisp mouthfeel, no doubt helpful on a hot Texas day.

At best, you only have to drink one of these since it came from a variety pack of Shiner stuff.

Where it really falters is charging more than other BMC quality stuff. Decent enough to give someone without feeling really embarassed, but don't bother buying these in quantity, pick up some PBR, Olympia, Rolling Rock etc. . . they all do the same thing, but this is a little more expensive for some reason.

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Photo of JG-90
2.23/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle poured into glass leaves a small white bubbly head that quickly dissapears to leave a small ring of bubbles around edge and almost no lacing. Perfectly clear straw/yellow in color. Does not have a remarkable, but not bad aroma, smells like "light beer".

The flavor adds a little more than the taste. At first the taste is "light beer" but then you first get a hint of grapes, then husk and grains. Has a crisp grape/grain taste that lingers in mouth. Light body with high carbonation.

This beer is better than Major Brand X Lite, but not by a lot.

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Photo of Immortale25
2.27/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a super fizzy 1/2 inch head that immediately dies away to absolute zero surface foam. Lacing is nonexistent.

S- Slightly sweet aroma of stale bread and a kiss of alcohol.

T- Nearly flavorless save for some husky grain-like flavor probably from adjuncts like corn or rice plus a slight tinge of alcohol.

M- Pretty much just water as far as the consistency goes. Barely any carbonation either, resulting in a lame, lifeless feel.

O- Wow. I figured, out of all in the variety sixer I got, this would only be enjoyable to drink in order to quench my thirst after an intense workout but it's not even accomplishing that for me. This is not what beer is supposed to be like. It's like they didn't even try.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up as a single bottle in Totowa, having never tried this before. I expected it to be a lot like Pabst Blue Ribbon and sure enough, it was. While this didn't measure up to the beers that I normally enjoy, it was good enough to down and not pour out, while reminding me of lazily kicking back and soaking up some sun during the warmer months.

The pour to this was straw, clear, and with little head. There was even less lacing to be seen and no discernible aroma at all but thankfully, there was just a bit of carbonation. This wasn't sour like I expected at all and it reminded me more of an Adjunct or a Macro Lager. Some floral notes, a bit of honey, and a starch-like malt base gave a bit of oomph to this, without the mouthfeel of a mass-market beer. This finished clean like any Lager should have and it was just filling and bright enough to keep my attention, even though it didn't quite feel like beer.

That's because of how low the alcohol was, which I never tasted or felt from start to finish. Session beers don't get much of obvious than this and had I bought another, it would have gone down just as easily afterwards. It's nice to find a brew of this style without the fillers that the mass-market beers consist of. Here is just an unassuming beer that goes down nicely without much thought and once in a while, that can be a great thing. I may give this a go again in the Summer!

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Photo of Drew966
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Blonde pours a pale amber with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle.
The aroma is so mild as to be almost non-existent. The flavor is mild and on the malty side. This is a very light beer, really, a nice one for what it is, kind of a high class lawnmower beer if you will. Pleasant enough, goes down easy.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear transparent straw yellow. Fluffy white foamy head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin white layer of bubbles. No lacing.

Smells of floral grasses, a hint of hops, and maybe just a bit of lemon and sweet malt, but very faint.

Taste is sweet malt, and grain, a hint of honey suckle, and some faint sweet bread in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but crisp and clean. Very drinkable, with a little carbonation, and a dry finish.

A nice clean crisp lager. It was worth trying, if you like a basic beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well looks wise it ain't much, clear, yellow and fizzy with a small head that dissipated quickly and left not much lacing.

Aroma is kind of sweet, smell more like an adjunct lager brewed with corn than a pure malt brew. A bit of honey and some grains too.

Taste isn't quite as sweet as the aroma led me to believe it would be, but it's still somewhat sweet. It's got a nice graininess and a little grassy flavor too. There's a light bitterness that provides some balance, but nothing notable as being hops.

Body is very light, fizzy, and quite easy to drink.

It's a good lawnmower beer, or a substitute for AALs. It's not much to write home about though.

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Photo of acelin
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pils glass.

Pours a clear yellow with minimal to no lacing. No head to speak of.

Smells like faint malts.

Tastes like pale malts, slight sweetness, bready, with faint floral hops.

Mouthfeel is average. Very sessionable.

There are many other beers at the same price point that are better.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Popping the top it's a bit of adjunct smell. Pours to a bright yellow with wispy white head that disappears in an instant. Taste has a bit of grape and yeast but fades to a weak grape. Mouthfeel is very carbonated, apparently carrying the lack of backbone. Not a keeper.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a half finger of head. Clear, golden colored body with a few bubbles rising up.
Smells like honey and grain.
Taste has initial sweet note, followed by a dry bitterness.
Medium body, moderate carbonation. Fairly crisp texture.
A decent enough drink.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

A blonde with a shiner is never a good combination in real life... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mildly funky wheat, light grass, and a touch of whole-kernel corn. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more corn, which is now even sweeter than before. The body is fairly light, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta watery feel. Overall, a pretty limp blonde, barely a step-up from your average adjunct lager.

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