Shiner Blonde | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BlondeShiner Blonde

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Coyotebob
4.4/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's good! I had been looking for an everyday beer since Stroh's committed suicide by aquiring Schlitz and ruining themselves. I bought a 6 of bottles and was quite happy with the overall product. A very good, crisp taste that does not linger on well after the drink. This is not a beer snob beer. It's a working guys beer.

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Photo of zsk
4.28/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this Bohemian style is damned near perfect for type. It look like a Czechvar and you can't get better than that fo this style.
Smell is somewhat subdued, byt the Saaz hops comew thru after some warming.
Taste is exactly what I expected. Malt and Saaz. Also, very good mouthfeel.
This is a very good beer. Compare this to Rebel or Czechvar and you'll see. Czechvar in particular is better, but I like this one.
Lastly, head formation and retention are not as good as some, but didn't detract.

I like this beer and will buy more.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.18/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, crisp, golden color with a small white head that disappears very quickly.

Smell - Kinda has a straw-like smell to it.. It's very hard to distinguish the smell honestly.

Taste - Kind of sweet with some notes of maltiness. Has a little bit of a spicy aftertaste, but fades away quickly. Definitely a refreshing beer though..

Mouthfeel - It's pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Overall - I like this beer a lot.. Shiner Bock is one of my favorites and this one is good too

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Photo of tobymugg
4.12/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I believe that all Pilsner style lagers should be judged on their own turf. If you compare them to exotic, dark, heavy, expensive, bottle conditioned, or other whooplah beers, they invariably can be described as piss-coloured, blandish, fizzy and boring. However these beers are the most popular and best-selling beers in the world, for the simple reason that they are refreshing, drinkable, and pair well with many common dishes. They have no distinct outstanding flavor notes, but their flavor can be an excellent and very balanced blend of those notes we most savor in a fine lager. This being said, I see a few Pilsner style lagers being notably better than the rest, and Shiner Blonde fits in the category of a good specimen Blonde beer.

A: A good looking pale lager.

S: Grains, yeast.

T: Sweet, pleasant, slightly hopped, light bitterness. My only complaint with Shiner Blonde and Shiner Bock alike is their lack of the characteristic biscuity aftertaste that makes a good pale lager so wonderful. The flavor is very good, but it ends abruptly instead of echoing pleasant grain notes to finish.

M: Very normal carbonation.

D: Drinkability is the strength of this beer. It can be enjoying in large amounts without hangovers. But don't. Drink two or three at a barbecue in Alpine or Marfa in may, or have a few during your stay in Big Bend National Park. This is a great Texas backyard beer.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.1/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of the bottle into a glass, the color was a blonde color as the bottle refers. The smell was a bit hoppy but sweet. While the taste is a little bit more robust than say your average macro. It is a quality beer. I would be able to enjoy this one year round. I would commend shiner for once agian hitting the nail on the head with their beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: high carbonation, 1/4 inch head that fades quickly, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, and grass

Mouthfeel: sweet with a light bitter undertone, high carbonation, light body

Overall: For the style, I actually enjoyed this one. It tastes more like a pilsner than an adjunct beer. I could have several on a hot day. It has a very clean taste to it. If I were not grading to style though, I suspect this would be about a 3.25

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Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I'm not a true beer snob after all. I like this brew. It looks good. It has decent head retention and nice color. It smells sweet and inviting. It tastes tangy and sweet with a touch of hop flavor and aroma. Finishes clean and refreshes. For what it is, a light-flavored session beer, it hits the spot.

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Photo of ronniebruner
3.95/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a light, golden yellowish color with light head and foam. Brew smells sweet and light, with a nice malty taste to finish it off. Very surprisingly good beer, worth a try. This is a perfect beer for a summer barbeque, or a light meal. This is one of the better blondes I have tried in some time. Its not too expensive, so its worth a try.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.93/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed as part of the Shiner Family Reunion 6-Pack

This is not a style I normally enjoy, so I'm pleasantly surprised that I did enjoy this beer.

Slight grainy aroma. Pours a bright golden straw colored liquid with a very even white head. Settles into a perfect clear liquid with a stead number of bubbles but almost no head.

Flavor isn't bad. Lots of crisp grain. Reminds me a little of a slatine cracker. A little bit of hops. Dry aftertaste.

Light-to-Medium mouthfeel is perfect for this beer. Just the right amount of carbonation.

On the negative, this beer is one that is best drunk cold. Better beers get better as they warm a little bit. This one does not.

Overall, I liked it. I didn't expect to like it, but I did.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.92/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - not a very impressive look to this beer. no head, pale yellow and clear

smell - nothing much...just some malty

taste - I wish they sold this beer in 6-ers and 12 packs...this would be a go-to summer time refresher beer. Extremely refreshing and void of any ill flavorings. Very little flavoring but what is there is very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - watery

Overall - if you take this beer and put it up against the cheap adjuncts, it comes out crisper and more refreshing than most all of them. Great beer for picnics, crab feeds etc. I really like the lightness and refreshness of this one. Probably the best Shiner beer I've sampled to date.

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Photo of tjwarren
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass although I am thinking it is better out of the bottle.

Appearance - very pale yellow with slight white head.

Smell - not my strong point but smell was faint to say the least.

Taste - not a lot of taste but that is not what it is for, it is to refresh and it does that well.

Mouthfeel - smooth with enough carbonation to make it interesting.

Drinkability - this one goes down way too easy. Can only imagine what it would be like on a hot summer day. At 4.4% abv this is very drinkable.

Surprised how much I liked it considering that it is rather light in the taste department. But I like the beers from Shiner and this one is no exception.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.89/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Pours a very pale yellowish color with the scent of grassy grains. Has a very nice blend of different grains and wheats in its taste. Finishes with a nice smooth taste and a light feel. Not to much craft in it, but if you are a Miller/Bud drinker during the summer, give this a try instead.

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Photo of CpnYates
3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is better out of the bottle.... period.
I've tried it both ways. Trust me.
Drink it outside, on a hot day, while playing horse shoes, or corn hole... something.
Do not expect this beer to be more than it supposed to be and it will be more than it is.



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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.84/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light golden with a three finger head of white soap bubbles. Excellent clarity, decent retention and nice spotty lacing. Extra pale malt in the nose, with some mild hops, mabye cluster? Overall clean aroma. Pale malt sweetness upfront, clean lager flavor, with a hint of kolsch yeast character. Semi-drying aftertaste, again, a low alpha hop flavor and meak bitterness. The timid flavors do balance, and it is very pleasent on the tounge, Light in body, with an effervescent carbonation. Finshes soft, with just a touch of alt/kolsch yeast and pale malt. A superb hot-weather quencher, too bad it's released so late in the year.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.78/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Shiner's old Premium recipe wrapped in spiffy new packaging (for the second time). The gal on the label is certainly an eye-catcher....

And the beer is pretty good, too. Keep in mind that it's a pale lager, and these types of beers are generally revered here in Texas. You can almost hear the waves lapping against the side of the boat on a lazy afternoon as you pop the top on this one...just drag that lure along the weedbeds and wait for that big lunker to strike...

Pours well, clean and slightly yellow to pale colors. Not a huge head, but it sticks around a little while.

Not a big nose on this sample. Malty character to the smell.

Tastes smooth and light, the malts are really coming through. Lightly hopped, not bitter at all. Slightly sweet aftertaste leaves you wanting another. Mouthfeel is average to slightly above, but it's the drinkability that makes this beer what it is. Smooth, tangy, and tasty, it's real darn easy to reach for another one of these as soon as one is's one of the more perfect summertime lagers that I have ever had. It screams out for an ice chest and a barbecue, or maybe it's chillin' out down by the old swimmin' hole with a bunch of your friends on a hot summer day...

Get you a nice warm, sunny day and grab one of these if you can....

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Photo of ZAP
3.76/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Yellow...light whisp of white head..

S-Mildly bready...soft..

T-Basic and bland....some light bready notes...not a whole lot of flavor good or bad...

M-Light bodied...a little buttery textured...

D-Nothing wrong with off flavors...mildly enjoyable with a little breadiness....clean looking and drinking...I could see kicking back a few of these after hockey or bull riding or something like that..

Ratings are per styel

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Photo of rayjay
3.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light colored lager, akin to a macro-adjunct lager. Foam? Lacing? Hello? I guess nobody's home.

S: Definitive pilsner aroma with mild DMS. Mild hops and corn.

T: Very clean, refreshing palate. Hoppy bitterness, and CO2 spicyness. Right on target for what they're shooting for, which is a light tasting, lawnmowing, hot-as-shit-outside, bbq kind of beer. Not very challanging, but it's the kind of beer that you can drink alot of.

M: Quite carbonated for a foamless beer. It burns my throat a bit. Very light and unoffensive all-malt body, so light that I suspect rice.

D: Good drinkability. This would be a good choice if you don't want to stop and reflect on the beer you're drinking, you just want to put a cold one back. Speaking of which, I recommend this one straight from the fridge (40-45°F). Cheers!

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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 rabsten
3.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass, clear gold with high carbonation, good, thick head with some retention.

Light malt and yeast, somewhat sweet smelling. Not bad, but definitely an AML kind of aroma.

Tastes crisp with mild sweetness. Minor hop presence. Decent-to-above-average Macro lager.

Crisp mouthfeel. The carbonation carries the mild flavor into parts of the mouth that aren’t reached by most lagers of this type, in my experience. Good drinkability. Goes down easy, despite the carbonation levels.

Pretty good macro-style lager. Refreshing brew for a hot, hot July evening. This beer would go well with BBQ or cookout type food. However, it’s not really anything special and surely isn’t worth the premium pricing ($7+ per six).

Bottom line: not bad; not great; Shiner Bock or Kolsch are better.

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Photo of merddyn2002
3.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

what you would expect from a good blonde ale. i prefer blonde bombshell over this one for a blonde ale, but this is very drinkable. I certainly wouldn't turn it down. It's a little lacking in aroma but overall taste and drinkability make up for it.

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Photo of Rio
3.65/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured kind of a bright yellow color from a 12 oz. twist off bottle with no freshness dating. Color isn't very impressive, but it did pour with a nice, thick head that receeded to a thin, cloudy layer over the top.

Light smell to it, somewhat remenicent of the typical beer smell, but not as overpoweringly harsh as the normal macros.

Crisp and clean in the mouth, a bit thin, though. Taste is nice and light, a bit remincent of hay or grain.'

A decent beer. Doesn't have quite enough flavor or character for me to have it too often, but I imagine it would be a good hot summerday beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled in a mug.

A - Golden straw w/ refulgent appearance and clarity. 2 fingers of pure white w/ a tiny bead. The effervescence is noticeable in multiple streams of pin sized bubbles and wisps of lace form around the collar

S - Gentle malt w cereal accented nose and mild herbal hop tinge the odor is light w/ toasted grain

M - Light refreshing and mild w/ subtle sweetness and moderate carbonation as a blonde should be. Semi sweet as it finishes on the clean side

T - A grainy malt taste w/ subtle toasted corn flavors and hints of light hopping in the flavor w/ mild sweet taste as it finishes the yeast gives no off flavor, but really does nothin' to help either w/ a light toast & spice on the last sip

D - I could tak or leave this honestly but it is true to the style and has many qualities I expect from a blonde-mainly refreshment and it is a quencher foremost

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is damn good for an All-Malt lager. A bit watery, but nonetheless solid.

A- Looks good with an almost-amber/gold color, decent carbonation, but weak head

S- Smells like a macro but with better malts

T- Tastes better than any all-malt I've ever had. I could swear I almost tasted some hoppiness.

M- Feels mmm-mmmalty good. Smooth

D- Drinks down quick and easy for when you wanna drink something light that isn't offensive

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Photo of pojo41
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like pilsner style beers so this one appealed to me. Lighter in color and taste than say a Pilsner Urquell. Thin head with a whiff of hop aroma. Slight bitterness at the end. Much better than the usual run of the mill massed produced lagers from the US. I like Shiner beers and I like this one.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've hjad avergae experience with Shiner so far but since I am in Texas on vaaction and it's in the fridge here, why not? Actually much better than all-malt beverages that I can thik of? Nothing too exciting, but this could be session brew down here. Pretty light and quite easy to consume. My wife enjoyed it as well, which always is nice to know.

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