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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-19-2001

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's been a hot day, and I'm thirsty. Time for a cold one. On to the beer:

That head on top is extremely soapy looking. It gracefully falls to just some tiny spots on top this ginger ale colored beer. It looks like macro lager. Out come sweet cereals from the nose....I kind of like it, kind of don't like it. I'm leaning towards the "kind of don't like it" category.

As I taste it, I'm transplanted back to Brazil, where I drank more Skol's than I'd like. To be fair, Shiner Blonde is less crazy about the sweetness, and is a little cleaner. Sweet cereal and a dash of chemicals I would expect from a mass produced beer. The mouthfeel is light, but thankfully the bubbles don't interfere much. In fact, the crisp bite it gives is the best part. It isn't difficult to drink, but just drink it without thinking about it.

I sure hope the locals in Shiner, TX chill this beer really cold, because I can't imagine the horrors of a merely cool one on a hot day in south-central Texas.

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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 Haybeerman
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, deep straw yellow color. Poured almost a 2 finger fissy white head that dissipated to reing on the edges. Decanted continually. Laced in spots.

S: Grass, hay and wet grain.

T: Slightly sweet grains. Even bitter with a grassy flavor that lingers.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Easily drinkable. Low ABV. Nothing wrong with the beer; pretty average for the style.

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Photo of JMad
3.57/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a chilled glass.

The beer had a thin head that disappeared right after I poured it. The color was light clear straw.
You can smell a little malt, but not much.
Tastes of light malt with a slight hay flavor.
Goes down easy, not overcarbonated, very drinkable. Nothing special here. Good beer though.

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Photo of aristeros
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Class Six on post. This is the last of the sixer. I've had other Shiner brews and seen some good offerings from the place, though a beer snob might give them a thumbs down.

Pours a light straw with a finger of very white head. Low retention, some lacing. Moderately active carbonation, very good clarity. Looks like a Miller or equivalent. Nose has corn grits, some hay, and a light hop presence. Very light.

Tastes of grain, but not malty. Light hop presence. Good mouthfeel due to pretty active carbonation, and remains so even three minutes after opening and pouring. Dry finish.

This beer would appeal to the macro adjunct lager crowd. It's got a little more character than a Miller and I think I'd choose it over the big three in a blind taste test; Lord knows it holds up better because it isn't gross at just below cellar temps, which is in its favor. However, if you -told- me this was a macro adjunct lager, I'd probably believe you, because there's not a lot here that's different.

I'm appreciating it more because it's over a hundred degrees out.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: The pour is a straw and dandelion yellow with three fingers of creamy head. The head retention is fair, lasting a few minutes. Slightly effervescent, was expecting more given the large head on the gentle pour. A few streaks of lace are at the top of my glass.

Smell: The nose is full of pale malt, cereal grains and a touch of hops.

Taste: The palate is actually more pleasant than I was expecting. Quite a bit of fruitiness comes in after it warms up a bit, with pear and peach coming through for me. The common lagering yeast shines through as well on top of the cereal grains.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Surprisingly I enjoyed this beer. Easy to sip on, with enough character to make me enjoy each sip. I have plenty of other beers that I'd prefer over this, but this was a bottle worth trying through a trade.

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

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Straw yellow with about a fingers worth of head that dissipated to nothing in no time, leaving no lacing.

S: Grass and malt, maybe a little yeast.

T: First thing I'm getting is grain and malt. It balances out with a little grassy taste at the end.. maybe a little on the husky side.

M: Light and crisp, lots of carbonation... but this settles as it warms up.

D: Pretty drinkable.... Low ABC and the flavors are not too bad... Overall pretty average.

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Photo of Soilworker
1.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz twist top bottle into a globe glass.

A: Straw yellow with a half-finger white head. Very little head retention and the remaining thin film of head clings to the side of the glass.

S: Grassy hops with a sweet, lightly toasted maltiness to accompany it and some corn-like qualities to it. Doesn't seem to much different than a basic macro lager.

T: Not at all of fan of what they got going on here. Very light and while it is crisp the main characteristics here is a light sweet malt with a quite off-putting hop character. Finish is an unpleasant bitterness. Its really missing something here and it doesn't do much to set it apart from a basic macro lager.

M: Watery and relatively highly carbonated.

D: I could not get through more than one of these (in fact I'll probably drain-pour the rest of it in favor of something more appetizing). There were just too many unpleasant qualities with the hops while paired with some watery malts that didn't make this one easy to put down.

Notes: Will not be buying this one again and not sure I'll be finishing it.

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Photo of jsh420
1.64/5  rDev -44%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

pours clear pale yellow with 1 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like cheap light macro but very faint

taste is very weak and watery - some sweet corn and bitter hops

mouthfeel is awful - if you are going to produce a light pale with no flavor it better have some carbonation and this brew is dead

drinkability - this is craft?? i call BS on that - for the same price of this 6pack i could have bought a 12 of stag which has 10x the flavor

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Photo of 1759Girl
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance> low liveliness, light yellow. Quite pale for a blonde. not much head. Very slight lacing. clear.

Smell>grain, lager, ... cat pee?

Taste>not great, meh.bleh. My friend bought this and I had to do my "Awe thanks!-A-beer-I-haven't-reviewed-face"

Mouf> decent

drinkability> no fanks. Didn't even finish the first one

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Photo of budgood1
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out a very light straw yellow colour; clear and carbonation supporting a short lived fizzy white head which leaves little to no lace. light grainy aroma, some soft spoken fruitiness. the taste is more of the same...light crispy and crackery sweet pale maltiness with a slight bitterness to round it out. that's it. glorified mineral water. watery mouthfeel with a touch of slickness. a body that is stick thin and in need of a meal. drinkability is nice.

this is a total lawnmower beer and i bet would quench quite nicely in the summer heat. it also would wash down some spicy hot wings or jalapeno poppers pretty nicely.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is a bright golden color, near clear. My pour produces a fluffy white head, about 1 1/2 inches in height. Head slowly fades to a partial cover that leaves limited lacing.

Smell: Light aromas, a touch malty/grainy. Light citrus/grassy hop aroma towards the end as it warmed up some.

Taste: While more taste and scent than a typical macro lager, this is light in both departments; an unoffensive beer. Close to even balance, leaning perhaps a bit to the malty/grainy (not wheat, more lightly malted barley). Light hop bitterness (key is lightly hopped) on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and lively, with moderate carbonation. Prickly on the tongue and going down.

Drinkability: A nice, easy drinking, sessionable lager. I got a six pack and would do so again. Not a big ABV sipping beer, but it's not supposed to be. It's a good watching the game or sitting on the patio in the evening beer.

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Photo of Dster
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in pint glass.

Straw yellow beer with no head retention.

Mild smell, mild taste. Mouthfeel average.

Drinkabilty higher. Has almost no after taste.

Nothing offensive about it just not a lot of taste to talk about.

Average lawnmower beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
2.17/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a macro in the glass.

This has more of an adjunct smell than the other light beers I've had from Shiner. Light, not much going on at all. But hey, it doesn't smell like rice, right?

Taste is malty and grainy with a hint of grassy hops, i'm assuming. The finish is short, almost absent.

This one isn't going to be for the craft lover. But at least it doesn't taste like an aluminum can, I guess.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass...

This one pours a clear golden color, not much head, bubbly, no lacing or retention.

Hardly any aroma to it, a little bit of straw smell. Mediocre.

The taste is better, but still nothing remarkable... grassy, hardly any malts or hop flavors to speak of, but it's easy to drink, goes down smooth.

Better than a macro lager, but not by a whole lot.

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Photo of rdub
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the mood to slam a beverage so I drank this straight from the bottle.

Appearance was light yellow down in the bottle with a nice smell and nothing offensive.

Taste was a step above your average BMC offering and quite honestly something I could session.

Mouthfeel was medium. Drinkability was excellent and perfect for lawnmoer mania.

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Photo of thecheese86
3.04/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into my pilsner glass (was out of regular pint glasses). It was part of a 6 brew/12 bottle variety pack from Shiner. Had a lot of tiny, rapidly forming bubbles that created a very thin layer on the top of the beer. Not a very strong taste, but also not an offensive taste. My non-beer drinking friends would probably drink this. Beer professionals would not be too impressed with the flavor. I could see myself drinking it as an afternoon beer with lunch since it is also rather light.

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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 bilyboy65
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This would be a good introduction into beer. Especially for someone only use to drinking one of the big 3 at parties. Other then that it's pretty basic.

A: Looks more like apple juice. Barely any bubbles, almost no head that dissipated extremely quick. It is a nice yellow in color though for a pale.

S: Slight hops, but mostly grains and rice. The hops may actually not exist, but seem to be there from a combination of the grains and rice.

T: Like beer. I really can't explain this one. It's grains and rice flavored beer. Not a bad taste, just plain. No bad after taste which is nice. Because, honestly, if the beer has a plain taste and a bad after taste, you did something wrong.

M and D: Light and dry body. Makes this a good beer to consume quickly for gaming reasons if need be.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.51/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to gramatton for the trade!

Consumed 11/8/2009- from notes.

12oz brown bottle poured into a shaker glass.

I see its listed here as a pale and I think that fits more but I'll review it as a blonde like the bottle says.

A- Very clear, pale yellow capped off by about a fingers worth of tightly bubbled white foam. Miled carbination.

S- What is there is very faint. A little grassy/floral with an almost metallic tang.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell with a little crackerish/biscuity note as well.

M- Light bodied, pretty watery. The carbination isnt very noticable.

D- I guess its an easy drinker if you like it. Not much here though. I was suprised since I like the other Shiner brews I've tried.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a shiner mix-six a few weeks ago...

A: Pale and clear. Not overly impressive. Not much head or lacing.

S: Kind of corny-barley. Some indistinguishable hops.

T: Bland. I find it better when straight from the bottle. Overall, not too impressive. Maybe better than most for the style.

M: Light. Highly carbed, not impressive, but not terrible.

D: It is what it is.

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Photo of maleman
2.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating.

A - aptly named as it poured as pale as green tea. thin white bubbly one-finger head that receded quickly. thin lacing.

S - barley is dominant. a bit of spice of some kind. something almost like burnt grass.

T - having a hard time describing the taste...not much there to hang onto.

M - extremely light-bodied, medium carbonation. not much of a finish, nor any aftertaste.

D - not much to get excited about with this swill. will not purchase again.

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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 wahhmaster
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L KruĀšovice-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a small, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no lacing. Lots of carbonation bubbles as well. Looks as yellow as your palest macros.

Smell: Smells like corn. This smells almost as bad as some light beers.

Taste: Really light on taste. Just grainy, corny flavors. Once again, just tastes like your typical adjunct lager. I really expected more from a Shiner beer.

Mouthfeel: Like over-carbonated water. Very little body to it.

Drinkability: Go elsewhere. While I could down a few of this in short order, there are cheaper beers out there that do the job just as well. If you're looking more for a tasty drink, go elsewhere too; there's very little of that here.

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