Shiner Blonde | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 11-19-2001

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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of kylehay2004
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
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 jaydoc
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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 WillieThreebiers
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of mothman
1.95/5  rDev -34.1%
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 dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
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 NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | 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 Gagnonsux
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.15/5  rDev -27.4%
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 oberon
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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 nickfl
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
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 mactrail
2.16/5  rDev -27%
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 atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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