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 kylehay2004
2.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single finger head with better than expected retention and decent lacing on a bright straw colored clear body. Lots of breads and biscuits with grain notes for the aroma. Flavor is very light with more grains, minimal malt presenece and a sharp bitter note which comes and goes as it rests on the palate. Light body and high carbonation. This one is very bland and plain. Refreshing and no bad after taste but unimaginative.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to the industrial light lagers out there. Add a touch of fruitiness and more substantial maltiness without sacrificing emptiness and blandness, here we go.

A standard yellow straw color has brilliant clarity. Medium head formation leads to a moderate retention except for the lace around the class that holds 'til the end. Lively carbonation keeps the foam comming.

A part-grain, part-malt balance gives a light bready, cracker-like malt character while the grains give a bit of sharpness and acidity- much needed with the low levels of herbal hops. Somewhat floral at times; could be hops, could be soft esters. Light sulfurs keep the beer from being as clean as it could be.

Fairly light and crisp in texture with a fleeting body that matches the flavor. Quite clean in the end with a short-lived linger of grain breads and sweetness.

Compared to Budweiser, this is a beer that is better in quality, complexity, and cleanliness.

Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Never the most exciting style, but hey it was part of the mixed 12 pack. To be honest though, this is a pretty good beer. Pours a nice golden color, lots of lively bubbles. Taste is light to medium bodied, nice crispness to it. Finishes nice and clean with a tinge of hop bite. Nothing special, but as far as blonde ales go you can't do much better. Nice easy drinker on a hot day.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden blond color lager with a medium pure white foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of light sweet floral malt with light crisp hops notes. Taste is more enjoyable then I had expected with floral and dry notes well balanced. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Better then I had expected - nothing bad just a bit too subdued.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, gold color with a small, short-lived head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and corn.

T - The taste is very malty. There is also a spicy element.

M - It was fairly sharp, but a little thin. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - It is an okay beer. It just lacks in flavor compared to other All-Malt lagers.

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Photo of nickfl
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of snow white head on top of a clear golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves decent lace.

S - Grainy malt with a light note of musty hops. Otherwise quite clean.

T - Lightly sweet, creamy malt with a hint of light hop flavor. More of the same in the middle with a hint of acidity. The finish is dry and balanced by the lightest hint of bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A pretty generic blonde ale, not bad but not particularly good either. Not much else to say about this one.

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Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this for a cookout I went to yesterday because it was pretty darn hot and wanted something on the lighter side,pours a light blond color with a thin wispy head that is gone fast and leaves no trace.Aromas of corn husk and a light grassiness but not much there at all,taste like aroma to me was dominated by corn with a light herbal not.Decent when cold and goes down real easy but this could pass as something from the big 3 for sure.

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Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shiner Blond

Pours a light fizzy head. Color is a clear light straw yellow.

Aroma: Grains and corn (creamed corn). Much like the Light. Some grassy hops.

Taste: Bland. Creamy corn, grassy hops, grains. Not very much here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and bubbly. Light bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, much like the Light, but lighter. Not much here to talk about.

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Photo of chinchill
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a snifter.

A: crystal clear yellow-golden; Small and short-lived, sudsy white head. Looks suspiciously like a light beer.

Aroma: light malt and grassy hops -- or maybe just plain grassy -- with a slight earthiness. Smells suspiciously like a light beer.

T: balanced, but barely present hops and light malt. Tastes suspiciously like a light beer, although the subdued flavor does linger a good while.

M: light and watery body; carbonation is medium (very good) with some crispness; slightly dry.

Overall: comes across as a Amer. light beer. Nothing like a Belgian blonde. It is hard to believe there is a light version of this beer. Suitable as a dining beverage or thirst quencher.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Blonde is a standard golden lager with a short-lived white head (it does leave some nice lace at the outset), and a sulphury lager aroma. It's crisp in the mouth with a medium body. The flavor delivers a subtly sweet, straightforward, and mildly grainy malt that's lightly infused with a non-descript hop flavor (mostly floral and a touch spicy, but muddled) and backed by a firm bitterness. It's well-made, readily accessible, and fairly drinkable with the exception that it lacks enough complexity to compel you to have another.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light pale yellow color with a thin white head that very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a faint amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that is followed by some grain breadiness and both flavors are I got out of it. Overall, there really isn't much to it to describe. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp but kind of watery, light body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not too flavorful, goes down very easily and is not filling at all since there isn't much substance to it, very mild kick, not the best representation of style, it seems like one of those beers that is designed to be poundable but while it's light enough for that role, I didn't find it to have the kind of flavor I'd care for even in a lighter beer.

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Photo of mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden color in the glass with the usual modest head. There is enough spritziness to be beery.

Kind of sweet with a corn flavor. Maybe it's grits, being Spoetzl. Overall it's pretty insipid. Just a touch of something bitterish at the finish.

I suppose a taste test would reveal whether this is better than Keystone, but we'll probably never know. From the 12 oz bottle as part of the "Family Reunion" six-pack.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with a fizzling inch of pure white bubbles, though it departs at a rapid pace.

Smell: This Blonde has a cereal sweet aroma, flecks of cracked grains, and water-soaked malts.

Taste: Light taste of pale and pilsner malts, modestly grainy, and a vaguely sweet notion of honey water. A few corn husks. Very faintly herbed, spiced hops with an altogether low degree of bitterness. Sweet cereal grains on the crisp-ish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Yeah, yeah, refreshing and all, but it's subdued and subtle to a fault, never really satisfying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale amber with a cottony white, cottony soft head that doesn't fall instantly, but isn't long-lived either. Within several minutes, I'm left with a patchy film on the surface of the beer and one small splotch of lace. The aroma is one mini-step above a macro lager. In other words, sour and grain-like with very little to recommend it.

It tastes better than most macro lagers, but not by much. Again, there's a mildly sour, mildly bitter, mildly skunky flavor that's only tolerable because of all the 'mildlys'. The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation feels harsh. Bitter, dry as dust finish.

I don't really have much that's good to say about Shiner Blonde so I think I'll stop right here. Thumbs down.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear extremely pale yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy bright white head that slowly reduce to a thin patch covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Not much to the smell of this beer, just the lightest hint of grassy hops.

T: Very light amounts of cracker malts with some light hints of grassy hops - not a lot to the taste of this beer, seems awfully similar to a light beer.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of lacing.

O: Pretty easy to drink and definitely sessionable but really nothing super special or interesting about this beer. I think it would be super easy to drink outside on a hot summer afternoon in Texas.

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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 russpowell
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent light gold with 3 fingers of white head. Faint hints of lacing & zero head retention

S: Slight sweetness & perfumy notes as this warms

T: Light breadyness & grainyness up front. Slight metallic taste follows& lemony hops. Finishes juicy & slighlty grainy

MF: Light with moderate carbonation & okay balance. Why so stingy with the malt bill?

Drinks really easy, but kind of tasteless. A step up from BMC though

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Photo of Jason
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck twist, red white and blue colours for the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Yellowish straw colour, decent head that looks like frothed milk which leaves some stickiness behind.

Smell: Mostly clean aroma with hints of cooked corn, faint hop twang within the fermented vagueness.

Taste: Crispness and smoothness go hand and hand to make for a real nice flowing mouth feel, carbonation is at a perfect and balanced medium level to hold the light body together. Almost immaculate palate with faint at best for malt character, lots of cracker like grain on the tongue that seems to head more towards a fresh cut hay flavour (DMS). Hops are scarce though are at the appropriate level they should be at with a beer this light. Obviously on the dry side. Bitterness brings a sharp twang to the mouth and nearly cleans house to leave not much at all in the after taste. The finish is just the after shock of the hop twang and some powdery grain.

Notes: On par with the big three (Bud, Miller, Coors) if not a tad better, that is a hard thing to do being that beers this small have to be flawless regardless if they have little flavour or not. On a hot sweaty day this would be a perfect ice cold beer to grab.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I purchased a Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack while visiting my aunt down in DC and it was a really good deal. I usually enjoy the Shiner beers.

From the bottle: "Local Love - In Shiner you'll find Blonde on tap at gas stations, antique stores, and of course the Spoetzl Brewery."; "Classic Blonde - This Bohemian-style Golden Lager is a classic Blonde Beer. Distinctive, flavorful, and refreshing."; "The Local Favorite - For over a century, we've been brewing this Bohemian-style golden lager at our small brewery right here in Shiner, Texas (pop. 2,070). And for just as long, it's been a local favorite. Folks around here have always loved the blend of European and American hops that make this Blonde slightly sweet and full of flavor. We hope you enjoy it as much as our locals do."; "There's nothing finer!"

My pour created a big fluffy finger of bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. This was a Greg Koch Special, to be sure! Nose had a light lager-like honey sweetness underlain by a very light sulfurous odor, but nothing terribly untoward. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the immediate taste in the mouth was of metal, followed by a lager sweetness. Did I get this out of a CAN? No! But I definitely tasted metal and that was not pleasant. Finish was less obtrusive, but I still had that metallic tang in mouth well after the swallow. I CANnot remember whether I liked it in the CAN, but if my scores were better than from a bottle, stick to a CAN.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a clear golden yellow hue with a bright white two finger sized head leaves behind streaks of lace. Aroma contains corn and rice tones with light two row malted grains leaves behind a weak hop aroma very grassy in origin. Flavor has a creamy sweet corn and rice texture with light pockets of hops that have grassy components to it, very nice light beer. Mouthfeel is light bodied with overly carbonated profile. Drinkability is less than complex when it comes to overall drinkability very simplisitc in nature I will pass next time.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the weakest of the Shiner beers that I've had (still haven't had their Light or Winter), but Blond is still a decent brew. Appearance is pale golden with short head. Aroma is clean, but run-of-the-mill, basically a higher end macro smell. Blond tastes solid, but unremarkable. No off-tastes are present. The taste is nicely balanced, but fairly boring. This beer works well in that it won't offend BA members and will also work for people who are used to macros. I could easily knock back quite a few of these without getting tired of it.

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Photo of tdm168
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, clear golden color with 1/4" of head that quickly fades. Smells musty and grainy. Taste is extremely mild almost nonexistent. There's just a light hint of grains up front and very, very mild bop bitterness in the finish. The beer is very thin making it incredibly quaffable.

This is a very forgettable beer. Maybe refreshing for a hot summer day, but it's not a beer you want to enjoy for flavor. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of jwc215
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to armock for this.

Pours light straw yellow - very light - white a thin white head that has brief retention before becoming a patch, then disappears. It has some trailing lace at first, but leaves a clean glass.

The smell is of light cereal, lighter than some macros. Very faint hops, if at all.

There is a touch of grainy sweetness with a slight touch of non-descript washed-out hop presence, enough to give it a dry finish. There is a touch of salt. It's pretty much bland and fairly tasteless, though nothing particularly "off".

The feel is seltzery and prickly, though not more than most macros, maybe a hair less. It is thin. Crisp, if nothing else.

This could be mixed in with a typical American macro lager, as it's on that level.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Looks like good till Jan 16th 2012 I think if I read the neck line correctly?

A very pale straw clear lemon body with little rising carbonation. A very styrofoam shocking white head, that falls at a good clip. Lots of snapping carbonation noise is apparent.

Light bready malt on the nose, some small small sweetness of even some sort of faint artificial cherry. Unfortunately it also smells like vomit and bile a little.

Taste is, hard to describe. Because there is hardly any taste of anything in this beer. Extremely light bodied but that's to be expected, seems about right for feel, but there is almost nothing here to taste except for some faint citrus flat soda. Some faint spiciness on the finish which is interesting.

Overall ridiculously easy to drink, feels like a total lawnmower beer, but really lacking in providing anything interesting to the palate. I can't say any reason to even drink this again.

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