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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Added by kbub6f on 11-19-2001

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Photo of schmidtn
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of the variety 6 pack purchased today.

Poured into a wine glass. Very light in color, very clear. Wispy head which dissipated leaving what appeared to be white wine in my glass.

Smells of light malt, not much else there.

Carbonated nicely. Not too much. Flavor is gone as quick as it came. Very light malt taste indeed.

Not a blond I would tell anyone about.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into glass.

A: Pale yellow, looks almost like a light juice. No head, hmm. Might be the most pathetic looking beer I have ever seen.

S: Faint. Maybe some citrus sweetness.

T: Some sweetness that I can't really identify. Hops do come through on palate and has a decent finish.

M: Very light and crisp. Light-bodied with powerful carbonation.

O: I don't like bashing beers, but this one just doesn't have what it takes. I have had other Shiner styles that I like, but this one...not so much.

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Photo of ranger7
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a tumbler.

A - Clear and yellow appearance. Looks light.

S - Very light. Still smells like beer, but barely. Nothing really stands out, but it's not bad either.

T - Again, light. Better than the average light brew. A little sweet, but balanced flavor.

M - Not much to speak of. A bit fizzy, but nothing overwhelming.

Summary - This definitely isn't Shiner's best brew. There is just nothing special or memorable about it. A decent choice if you enjoy a lighter beer every now and then.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, another disappointment from Shiner. I really wanted to like this brewery. I really did...but so far nothing good and this one might be the worst of the bunch thus far.

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Pint glass.

Apple juice looking beer with a ton of carbonation but no head, no lacing, nothing. A light fizzy yellow beer. Smell was very faint and almost non-existent. Peach and maybe some spice. Grainy. Paper thin and watered down. This almost got poured down the drain but I decided to give it a fair shot. Still not working for me.

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Photo of kemoarps
2.36/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer pours an apple juice clear yellow, with minimal head and no lacing. Just based on appearance, it looks like a thin mertinelli's.

smell is thin. vaguely sweet, with a macro-esque yeast/grain archetypes.

taste is even thinner than the nose. It's got that lagered paleness to it, and vague hints at a watery yeast, but that's about it.

is fairly crisp, and smoothe down the old beer-hole, and the carbonation isn't too sharp.

If I wanted to drink vaguely yeasty water, I can think of some analogies that wouldn't be appropriate for this site. Came in the Shiner family pack. Maybe Blonde's just really really aren't for me (no comment); as I don't often drink them I don't have a very developed sense of what would be an example of a well done one, but this is a beer that I would not drink again. If someone gets another family pack and brings it over, I will either foist it off on the ignorati and hope they don't care, or it will sit in my fridge until I get tired of looking at it and just give it to a homeless person who looks really thirsty and I feel has done me wrong somehow.
If you are on this site, don't get this beer.

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Photo of zaphodchak
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow body with fizzy white head that dissipates rapidly.

Smells... not good. Kind of a macro-y stank with a tiny bit of redeeming honey sweetness.

Tastes all right, I guess. Mostly tastes of carbonation, with a trace of honey over... plastic?

Mouthfeel is fizzy, poor, detracts from what flavor there is.

Overall, blonde is kind of an overstatement in what this is doing, unless it's a 'dumb blonde' joke. I expected better from Shiner. Barely better than an average macro.

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

Pours a clear pale yellow straw color. Not a bad head but it dissipates quickly. Light aroma, little bit of husky grain and maybe a bit of citrus. More of the same on the palate. Overall this is a bit of a step up flavor wise from the macro lagers but not by too much. Good beer for a hot day, or maybe a good bridge beer for not craft drinkers.

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

12oz brown bottle into pint glass.

A: Clear, pale gold with lively carbonation. Head is short-lived.

S: Lager yeast, pale malt, vague citric/floral notes.

T/M: Light mouthfeel with biting carbonation. Malty up front, but not sweet -- bready, cracker-y malt flavor. Clean finish with some balancing bitterness.

Overall: Average pale lager, but without major flaws and certainly quite drinkable. In my opinion, one of Shiner's better offerings.

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

Blonde pours an appropriate blond color with a thin white head that quickly falls to a thin film. The beer leaves just a bit of lace behind.

There's not a whole lot going on here. A light mustiness and a slight honey sweetness are pretty much it. The flavor follows suit. It's light and consists mostly of husky grain backed by a little sweetness. Bitterness adds balance, but no real flavor to the proceedings. Blonde finishes very clean until it warms, at which point it goes oddly metallic. Its light body is very fizzy.

There's nothing exciting happening here, but nothing too terribly off either. The light body makes it go down easily.

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Photo of codsmith
3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Light golden with a slight white foam head. The head dissipates and leaves a very thin white head that stays around throughout the beer

S: Heavy amount of yeast smell with a thick sweet grainy notes

T: Very thin and crisp with dry flavor on a near corn type sweetness.

M: Very light, but with a medium body and full maltiness.

O: Not very representable of the style.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Blonde has a medium, white head and a clear, straw appearance, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up. Little lacing is left behind. The aroma is faint, but some indistinguishable light grains can be picked up. Taste is balanced, with sweet grain predominating and just a slight hop bitterness present. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Blonde finishes crisp, refreshing, and highly drinkable. Overall, I will say it's worth sampling.


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Photo of videofrog
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Straw yellow with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates.

S: Not much going on here; sweet malts are there faintly.

T: Biscuity malts typical to Shiner, but muted here. Mild hop presence and sweetness in the background.

M: Nice, crisp, and & light-bodied as expected. Goes down smoothly. Carbonation matches perfectly with style.

O: Exactly as advertised: really light and refreshing. Would take this over a BMC light/lite any hot Texas day. I think I'll pass on the Light Blonde that just came out, though. This one's light enough, already.

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Photo of soju6
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale yellow with no real head and no lacing.

S: Aroma is very faint, just a slight hint of grain. Not musty.

T: Taste is quite mild, just a hint of grain and some sweetness.

F: Light body, crisp and clean. Quite refreshing.

O: Probably best as a lawnmower beer. Just an average pale lager.

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Photo of Dope
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very pale yellow with literally no head or lacing at all.

S: Smells like it looks - almost non-existent.

T: Very light with a nice crispness. This is a lawnmower beer plain and simple. No offensive flavors - hell no strong flavors at all. Almost no bitterness at all. Just clean and crisp.

M: Very thin and plain.

D: Given the low ABV and the thinness you could probably drink a approximately a boatload of these. Especially on a hot day.

Honestly I think this was my favorite Shiner just due to the fact that I consider it a lawnmower beer and it accomplishes that goal handily. The "fancier" Shiners just fall way short of their goal while this one seems to have hit its desired mark.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.07/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer number 2 of my shiner mixed 6

Appearance-I almost laughed at this as I was pouring it. Clear light yellow. No character at all. No bubbles, no head, no lacing, no retention...Not sure how this could be anything else but a 1. I'm giving it a 1.5 just because there is some carbonation floating up.

Smell-Nothing. Which is better then it smelling like Hot Peppers or skunkiness.

Taste-Taste's like water. I may have found a beer my fiance will drink alot of! At least it's not skunky or anything funky. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel-Very light, crisp.

Overall-If I was thirsty I could down a few of these cold just for the hell of it. Besides that, this beer is close to not even being beer. Drain poured half way through cause not even worth it. Next beer...

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

Appearance: Very clear yellow, almost no head, what was there was gone when I blinked. No lacing

Smell: Faint hops and malt, very light smell

Taste: Faint hops, some bitterness, not a whole lot of flavor going on. I do have to give them credit for there being no off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation, dry finish

Overall: Not worth it for the price. Would make for a good lawnmower beer if the price was right, maybe $6 a six pack or less (Okay so I got it in a Shiner mixed 6 so maybe this particular brew would be cheaper than the mixed 6 was, but the mixed 6 was the same price as the Bock and 102). But, its not a bad brew, just average in every way.

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Photo of grittybrews
2.86/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very pale straw yellow into a tulip with a finger of bright, quick-receding head. Almost no aroma, just a little graininess.

Moderate carbonation and a light mouthfeel. Some lemon and slight grassiness up front followed by a bit of bread. Doesn't scream blonde to me, more like a slightly sweeter pilsner in character. Easy drinking but not memorable.

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Photo of ajbaird1
3.52/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you are looking for complexity of flavors and aromas, this is definitely not your beer. However, there is a certain purity to the brew that makes it a great laid back summer beer. The color is very light, very thin, and not a ton of taste. However, this beer will never surprise of overwhelm you, only retain a crisp and refreshing finish. Good both warm and cold. Shiner brews are definitely growing on me.

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Photo of brewemstrong
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a very light straw with almost no head. Some carbonation rises and not much lacing.

S: Not a lot here, just light malt and some adjuncts. Slight bready touch. Wish I could say more.

T: Bread malt but some corn taste there as well.

M: Medium carbonation dulls much of the flavor. Really easy to drink

O: A very easy drink but almost no flavor.. Incredibly dissapointed by this beer. Will not try again

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Photo of schoolboy
3.58/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This is like drinking water. I seldom drink these, but once in a while I need some water. It kind of reminds me of a Rolling Rock without the nice smell. This might be better warm (Rolling Rock is best at room temp or WARMER!).

There is very little character to this, like most beers this style. But it is well brewed - pure, clean, crisp, refreshing. Drink a bunch and you will be fine but you will need to pee!

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

Lager? Hmm not what I expected from a lager. It is however something I would like if wanted to drink for awhile whiteout getting too full. Basically every aspect of
This brew for me was pretty average. I noticed that the head was non existing, mild
Flavors, not too hoppy,and maybe a little flat in taste. In short I guess I have tasted worse.

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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 ZenAgnostic
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear blond body. Go figure. Small white lace.

Smell - Buttery. Some malt.

Taste - Bland. Very American Adjunct Lager like.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Lacks some much needed effervescence.

Overall Drinkability - One of the crappier shiners. Almost refreshing, but not quite. Something is lacking.

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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 Treyliff
2.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light straw color. Good retaining head with a bit of lacing.

S- Earthy, veggies, not much going on.

T- Can taste a little bit of hops and malt. Sweet on the back end, overall very light.

M- Very light, gows doen like water on the back end. Good balance of carbonation for a lager.

Overall a decent beer. It serves it's purpose as a light beer but there's not a lot going on with this one. Could use a little more taste on the back end as well.

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