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 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 tjsdomer2
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Fairly flat. Straw yellow. The only positive thing is the decent, thin layer of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Sour, burnt caramel and lemon. Skunky.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour, skunky lemon and herbal soap (not that I have much experience eating that). Mouthfeel is sudsy, but also soapy.

Overall Drinkability: Just a bad-below average beer overall.

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Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color, with about an inch of white head that had low retention and no lace.

The aroma was mostly lightly sweet malts, a nice bit of grain and some soft hops. The taste was fundamentally the same, a sweet, grainy, "beer" taste.

The body was nicely full for the style, but yet stayed crisp, even, and clean. Drinkability was very nice, the beer went down quickly and easily. Overall, a nice little beer. Nothing spectacular, but probably worth throwing a sixer in the fridge to have when you're in the mood for something a little lighter.

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

Pours a clear, bright straw yellow color. Small white head consists of small bubbles but is nowhere near creamy. Fizzy is what it is. No retention to speak of.
Smell is musty, malt, some light citrusy hops and a touch sweet. Balance is good.
Taste is hops, malt, some citrus and a light sweetness with mustiness. Decently balanced
Medium-ish body, lighter than expected carbonation. Nothing to really recommend this brew except it is better than the megabrew offerings.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a clear straw color with a tiny white head that fades almost instantaneously to give no lacing.

Smell – The aroma is mainly of a biscuit nature with a light citrus smell. Along with these aromas are some notes of a paper smell.

Taste – The taste is fairly one-dimensional. It starts out of sweeter caramel with some sweet corn and a lighter bready taste. These flavors persist throughout the taste with very little change; leaving the same flavors that starts out the taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is very light and the carbonation level is rather average. The lighter body and the carbonation are good for the style and do make for a quite easy drinking brew.

Overall – Quite simple and easy drinking. If looking for a session brew or when looking for something very simple, then this will work just fine.

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Photo of raznug
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours a straw golden color and is topped with an 1” of white head that disappears rather quickly.
Smell: It smells rather clean and simple as I expected with just a hint of malt aroma, I wish that there was a bit more in the aroma.
Taste: The taste is rather clean like the aroma but it does have more of a malt taste than the aroma had. It is a tasty representation of a very classic style.
Mouthfeel: Its mouthfeel is spot on where I was expecting it.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a slightly gold straw color with plenty of bubbles rising to the, white one-finger head that is disappearing rapidly. A thin ring of bubbles stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several splotches of lacing.

S - Grains with a tiny hint of mustiness.

T - Clean malt upfront. The all-malt body is acceptable and has just a bit of musty bitterness for balance. A tad more bitterness manages to come through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a clean grain finish.

M - Light bodied with enough substance not to confuse it with a macro lager. Appropriately, has a substantial amount of carbonation.

Shiner Blonde reminds me a lot of Labatt Blue. It is a simple straight ahead all-malt lager that isn't really memorable. For about a buck a bottle, you can't complain as it beats out nearly every adjunt lager and will suffice in washing down some food. I may come back to this in the Shiner variety pack, even though there isn't much variety, as it offers a lot of acceptable beers at a low price.

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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 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 Mdog
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow, good head.

Smell: Sweet, corny.

Taste: Mildly sweet lager, hint of grass in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy to drink.

Another from the Shiner variety 6 pack. A pretty decent blonde, easy drinking and tastes pretty good. You can't ask for much more from a blonde.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Available as part of the Family Reunion 2012 Mixed 12 pack or alone in a six pack, the Shiner Blonde is one of Shiner's staple year round offerings, brewed in the Pale Lager/Blonde style. According to the label, "This Bohemian-style Golden Lager is a classic Blonde beer distinctive, flavorful, and refreshing."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Shiner Pint glass. Served at 43.5º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a fizzy white crisp head with little staying power, fading away quickly, leaving a light bubbly clear surface and no lacing. Body color is a pale golden-amber, crystal clear with ample relaxed carbonation. The color is an appropriate tone, neither too dark or pale, but the lackluster head quality and nonexistent lacing gives this beer at the very best an average appearance and I've seen significantly better choices from what we can see. 2.5

(Smell) Aroma is mild, and what can be discerned is geared towards simple tastes. Mild pale malt, a touch of wheat and perhaps a hint of honey malt, none of which truly shine in the light aroma. Aroma is slightly sweet, with little hop bitterness and no hop flavor rounding it out. Nothing is particularly unique nor unusual about this beer. For a light drinking session lager, this is probably a better option than most Macro choices, but I don't have much reason to choose this over my common choices based on aroma alone. 3

(Taste) The taste is less impressive than the smell, and what subtleties are hinted at hardly deliver in the flavor. Very watery pale malt with a thin body and little else in the flavor. Honey or honey malt may be there too, but it is so thin it's hardly enjoyable. One can craft a more impressive Blonde lager with a more developed flavor than this! In my opinion this is only a few steps away from water, largely unenjoyable because no flavor development occurs throughout the entire drink. Sad. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) The mouthfeel would pair better with the taste if there was a more developed flavor, but I prefer the textures of the beer over the flavor, so the mouthfeel is immediately more enjoyable for the style. Very thin and light body, although crispness from the carbonation gives it some significant life potential. Alcohol presence is surprisingly low despite the very light body. A better texture in the mouthfeel than the flavor itself, but unfortunately does little to accelerate the overall impressions of this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Despite being classified as beer, the flavor profile is nearly too thin for my personal taste, even as a session beer I am left longing for so much more. The limited flavor profile doesn't chalk it up to much better than run-of-the-mill macro options like Budweiser or Coors, although there's more potential and a bit more flavor diversity in the little flavor I can get out of the drink. Overall, I'd steer clear of this beer unless light and limited flavor happens to excite the drinker. I'm only more shocked and curious that a light version of this beer somehow exists. How could the flavors get any more light? 2.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Blonde

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

A very pale yellow/straw colored beer a nice cap of white foam that settles slowly. Patchy lacing. Light pale malt aroma; a hint of sweetness, fruitiness, and honey; floral and fruity hops buried beneath.

Flavor follows nose fairly closely; the sweetness is pretty restrained; pleasant bitterness from a fruity and floral hop combination; dry bready cracker malt character. Nothing too big terms of taste or aroma but fitting to the style.

Body is on the light side and the carbonation is crisp. The refreshing feel of the beer and the overall dryness made it a very nice choice on a broiling Sunday afternoon during a backyard barbeque. Maybe a little watery but that’s to be expected, I think. Certainly nothing profound here but a nice example of the style and an easy drinking quencher.

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Photo of Gavage
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a pale light yellow color with a wispy head that disappears quickly.

Smell: grass and corn is the only tones in the aroma.

Taste: grass, corn, and a bit of bitterness is all you can detect.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste.

Overall: this beer has little flavor and was hard to finish since it was so bland.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very light yellow with a barely existent white head but the carbonation is awesome. The lacing is good also.

Smell: Sweet malt/corn

Taste: Sweet malt/metal

Mouthfeel: Watery

Average, bland macro. Maybe some extra sweetness and metal. It would be a session beer that could be refreshing on a really hot freakin' day, otherwise it isn't worth a crap.

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

A: Yellow just leaning a touch straw, crystal clear with lots of large bubbles rising to a big white head of huge and loose bubbles that collapses almost instantly and does not leave much for lace.

S: A sort of muddles floral lager ester note, some honey-like (sort or) sweetness. Very light background grassy hops. Just a hint of some grainy malts.

T: Crackery, dry grain with at least a bit of husk. Just a hint of pils sweetness and also a touch of DMS. Hops stay in the background but do grown a bit - especially in the finish. Only a ghost hint of german character – mostly just grassy. Simple yet muddled taste.

M: Just barely medium body with over matched carbonation. Still manages to feel a tad cushiony. Finish only goes a bit semi-drying. Works just alright.

D: Basic sort of lager. Sort of straddles style – too flabby for a Pils, not rich enough for a Dort, some almost cream ale traits. But it drinks alright. It would be a fair to good hot day beer. And it does have enough spine for some milder food.

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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 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 BeerCon5
3.44/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw-yellow color with almost no head.

The scent is of grain and some fruit, maybe apple or pear.

The taste is of grain, notes of earthy hops, apple is also present.

Light body, crisp and kind of thin, with sort of a dry finish, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent beer, with more flavor than I expected from this style.

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Photo of shoeinc
1.55/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2.0 AT BEST!!!
Not to sound like a broken record, but

A- Very light, straw, I think there might be a hint of yellow in there...

S- Little bit skunky

T- bitter, some hops, salty?

M- Thin, watery

O- I got this in a reunion sixer also, and I thought long and hard about switching this one for something else.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jtnelson40
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing from notes.

A- Bottle to mug, yellow color 1/2" white head which leaves fast, but leaves some lacing.

S- Little bit skunky

T- Corn, some hops, some citrus

M- Thin, watery

O- Not too impressed, got this in a reunion sixer. I would like to try this on tap somewhere and see if maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of acevenom
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours the color of straw with a finger length white head that dissipates quickly. The smell is very mild, but I could pick up some malt. The taste is fairly crisp and clean and the hop flavor is mild. If I had to sum up the taste, I'd say it was fairly average. The mouthfeel was light. This is an average beer overall. I picked this up as part of the Shiner Family Reunion six pack.

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Photo of BelgiumBill
2.97/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. A very thin white head resulted that quickly faded away to nothing except a thin rim around the glass with minimal stickiness. The color was a clear bright, pale straw yellow.

The smell was hard to find. What was there was grain, tad of malt.

Taste was of light grain, a tiny bit of hop toward the end.

Fairly refreshing and clean finish.

This is in the league of Bud Light, Coors light etc. except a bit better. I could see kicking back a few after mowing the lawn on a hot Texas summer day.

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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 GossageBrewery
2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It produced a clear straw color, a average white head and there was some lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma consists of corn and malted barely. Light in body, this lager was smooth, easy to drink and well balanced. The taste of fresh grain appears but not much else. There is maybe a dash of hops added- clean brew, nothing exciting but that is more of a result of style. If I had my choice to drink this or Budweiser- i would choose this one- However that doen't say much. Ok session beer, good summer beer. Prost!

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Shiner Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
2.93 out of 5 based on 806 ratings.
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