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 tjwarren
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass although I am thinking it is better out of the bottle.

Appearance - very pale yellow with slight white head.

Smell - not my strong point but smell was faint to say the least.

Taste - not a lot of taste but that is not what it is for, it is to refresh and it does that well.

Mouthfeel - smooth with enough carbonation to make it interesting.

Drinkability - this one goes down way too easy. Can only imagine what it would be like on a hot summer day. At 4.4% abv this is very drinkable.

Surprised how much I liked it considering that it is rather light in the taste department. But I like the beers from Shiner and this one is no exception.

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Photo of emsroth
2.54/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Light gold/straw. Pefect clarity. small frothy white head.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt with perhaps a touch of hops. The scent has hints of sour apple and honey that mask the biting aroma of alcohol. A rather complex scent for a simple beer.

Taste: Really not much going on. The strongest flavor is a bit of mineral bitterness. Ends with a husk that lingers for a while. Tastes like a full barley brew, but rather lacking in flavor.

Crisp and refreshing with a nice medium-low carbonation. The mouthfeel, however...I'm not sure if it's unpleasant, or if it's somehow linked to the taste which makes it unpleasant. Either way I'm not liking it.

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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 TeeCee
2.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Quick review - BMC American Lager made by a craft brewery.

Color - yellow beer with a tinge of honey. I poured it hard and it built a bit of pure white head which dissipated to a little foam with no lacing.

Smell - this smells like a BMC American Lager. I get a little bit of malt at the tail end.

Taste - this tastes like a BMC American Lager. Not much else. It's a bit smooth, maybe slightly malty for the type.

Mouthfeel - medium thin but thicker than expected.

Sessioning - extremely. This is a lawnmower beer.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Very pale golden color that is very clear. Had a small head.

Smell: This had what I would call a funky malt aroma. Not very pleasing.

Taste: Fairly sweet malt flavor with very little bitterness. Smooth, but pretty plain.

Mouthfeel: A pretty modest body, but not too thin.

Drinkability: It's not horrible, but it's not all that great. There's better beers within this style.

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Photo of gmfessen
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer looks like an American macro lager, being a clear golden-straw color with a fizzy white head and millions of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The nose is pretty non-descript; a bit of grainy malt and weak, faded hops - slightly skunky. The taste reveals more of the skunkiness. Tastes like many generic pale euro lagers I've had, skunkiness and all. Grainy and one dimensional (two if you count the skunk), I have nothing positive to say about the taste. The mouthfeel is light in body with just a touch of tongue-burning carbonation. Overall, a beer that would be easy to drink if you wanted to but as the flavor stands I'm not sure why you would. Stick with Shiner Bock - a much better beer!

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Photo of Thur123
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a stella glass.

A: Golden kind of yellow. or wheat if you like.
The head was very white and about a quarter inch high. Fizzled out nicely with no lacing.

S: Whoa...wheat and yeast.

glug glug glug
Tatse - The first thing I get is alot of grains, which then fades into a more bitter grassy taste. ends on the malty notes. i want to say there are adjucts in this but i dont know.

mouthfeel - pretty good, a little on the thin side, too watery. the fizz is fine but seems to fade quickly.

drinkability - i feel like the flavor comes in like two unbalanced notes. its not horrible, and this is not my style of choice but this is really just middle of the road. sessionable, but i doubt i would choose it.

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Photo of tobymugg
4.12/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I believe that all Pilsner style lagers should be judged on their own turf. If you compare them to exotic, dark, heavy, expensive, bottle conditioned, or other whooplah beers, they invariably can be described as piss-coloured, blandish, fizzy and boring. However these beers are the most popular and best-selling beers in the world, for the simple reason that they are refreshing, drinkable, and pair well with many common dishes. They have no distinct outstanding flavor notes, but their flavor can be an excellent and very balanced blend of those notes we most savor in a fine lager. This being said, I see a few Pilsner style lagers being notably better than the rest, and Shiner Blonde fits in the category of a good specimen Blonde beer.

A: A good looking pale lager.

S: Grains, yeast.

T: Sweet, pleasant, slightly hopped, light bitterness. My only complaint with Shiner Blonde and Shiner Bock alike is their lack of the characteristic biscuity aftertaste that makes a good pale lager so wonderful. The flavor is very good, but it ends abruptly instead of echoing pleasant grain notes to finish.

M: Very normal carbonation.

D: Drinkability is the strength of this beer. It can be enjoying in large amounts without hangovers. But don't. Drink two or three at a barbecue in Alpine or Marfa in may, or have a few during your stay in Big Bend National Park. This is a great Texas backyard beer.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw yellow. No relevant head or lacing.

S: Hint of grass and cloves. I say hint, because you really have to try to smell this beer. It has almost no smell at all.

T: Think macro-brewery lager, but a hair better. Lightly carbonated. Hints of malt. Hints of hops.

M: The carbonation is ok, but there is just nothing going on with this beer.

D: This is the high point of the beer. I would call this a lawnmower beer as this is more of a refreshing drink on a hot day than anything.

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Photo of blackearth
3.04/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light yellow with no head. Aroma of pilsner malt, clove and a little fruity. Light bodied and crisp with pale flavors and light hops. Thinking that this was the same as Spoetzl's first brew from 1919 makes it a bit more interesting, but it's not much different from a macro lager. A good alternative to BMC.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.09/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color with almost no head.

Smell: Lots of grain and corn, with a bit of malt and hints of hops.

Taste: Starts sweet with a bit of a corny flavor, and finishes off with a pleasant bit of hops at the end.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and heavily carbonated, but also crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Overall not too impressive. It tastes pretty good, but isn't too great for much else. Is a good choice for outdoor Texas barbecue, though. I'd drink it again, although probably not regularly.

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Photo of Tone
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. One inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, grain, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, grain, and a hint of citrus. Overall, not an exciting blonde at all - more of a regular lager. Nothing to go out of your way to get.

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Photo of Fnord
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner Blonde

Appearance - Very clear, very pale yellow with almost no head.

Smell - Almost nothing. Maybe a hint of sweetness, a barest whiff of grass.

Taste - Very underwhelming. A bit of grass to start with, closely followed by caramel malts When it warms up a little, some pale malts begin to peek out of hiding in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, very low carbonation. I think this is the least carbonated pale lager I've ever had.

Drinkability - Less refreshing than a lot of pale lagers, but it's really easy to drink. I'm already 2/3 of the way through this one by the time I'm writing this.

Notes - The lack of carbonation combined with the light flavors is a little weird. I can see this being a summer beer in the Yukon. Mainly, though, I think this is a beer intended to appeal to people who don't drink beer. In fact, I've known people who disliked all beer but this one. I suppose it fills a useful market niche, but it's really not for the beer geek.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, pale straw body with half a finger of fizzy white head that burns out rapidly leaving no lacing. Blonde is certainly an appropriate name for this beer.

Aroma: Grainy, pale malt with some grassy hops mixed in. Reminiscent of a macro lager, but not quite as soulless.

Taste: A mildly sweet, grainy pale malt body with a few hints of grassy hops around the edges. A grainy, cereal-like aftertaste. This is a very straightforward beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and medium bodied with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Certainly a very drinkable beer, though just a little boring if I'm honest.

Verdict: Blonde is certainly not the most complex or exciting beer in the Shiner lineup, but I don't think it was ever meant to be. This is pretty much Shiner's take on the American macro-style Lager, and the result is certainly a little more interesting than the offers from the big three. This works well as a gateway beer for the Bud/Miller/Coors set.

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Photo of Daybis
2.91/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pale yellow in color. Crystal Clear. 1/4in head that quickly dissipates.

S- Clean, but not a whole lot of smell.

T- Weak up front, but a slight grainy taste upfront. Bitter aftertaste and a sweetness that lingers long after swallowed.

M- Watery, the carbonation also helps add a bit of a bite up front.

D- Is drinkable. Great for sitting by the pool or enjoying outdoor activities.

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Photo of smibroncos
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured a clear light blonde, with a short white head. The head did not last and almost no lacing on the glass.

S. Corn, grain, grass

T. Slightly bitter,I thought maybe like a cross between a kolsh and a pilsner. Soapy.

M. Lightly carbonated with small bubbles. Slight dryness. Light bodied, light flavored.

D. I did not care too much for this beer. Below average.

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

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a thin line of bubbles for a head. Looks rather thin. A standard american lager smell, some sweet honey malt and hop. A sweet malt flavor and earthy hop finish. A slightly bitter finish from the hop. Not too bad. Mouthfeel is a little thin before the carbonation kicks in. Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear medium yellow color with a fairly small white head that fades a shade slower than most macros.

The nose is comprised of pale malt graininess and a very faint grassy hop aroma. Nothing offensive here at all, but nothing especially noteworthy either.

The flavor is extremely light and unsubstantial. A few hints of light malt are about the only things I can taste. It has less flavor than the Shiner Light. It is crisp, smooth and refreshing. Absolutely no off flavors are present, it's a well crafted beer...but the lack of body and flavor are disappointing.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow. Thin white head that disappears real quick like, although it does leave some thin lace. Smells faintly of corn and grain. Very thin malt profile with a really crisp finish. The mouthfeel puts this above BMC, but it really doesn't taste like much. Fairly high carbonation. Actually as it warms there is a bit more maltiness to this than I thought. This would make one hell of a lawnmower beer, but there are cheaper lawnmower candidates out there.

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Photo of BlankFrank
3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a glass, showing it's extremely light gold color. The clean, white head makes the briefest appearance, and it leaves almost no lacing.

Very light and vague smells of sweetness combine with an even lighter whiff of hops at the end. Nothing bad comes out, but then again almost no smells are noticeable.

This has a very clean cut taste. It's perfect in that there is no "bad" flavor, but because there is really no interesting flavor to set it apart I couldn't really call it great. Dry and crisp with the standard grainy malty taste and whisper of hops that define so many of the lighter American lagers, Shiner doesn't really produce anything special with this beer. Though there isn't anything bad to say about it, there's nothing that makes the Blonde's taste great.

I do like the feel of this beer; it's very appropriate for the style. Lots of action with the carbonation, but you can get a good sense of body, particularly at the beginning of the sip. A clean finish with a good bitterness brings it together very well at the end.

Especially during a hotter day, this beer is hard to beat for drinkability. It's perfectly quenching and easily sessionable. The lack of interest, though, doesn't really entice me to drink more.

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Photo of zdk9
2.45/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Pale yellow. Not really any head- and thus not really any lacing.

S- The first thing I pick up is corn. It's not an aweful DMS type smell, but sort of a cornbread type flavor. After that is some malt but not really a lot.

T- Weakly flavored. There is some light straw like malt flavor. And there is a touch of earthy hops.

M- Light, and a little sugary on the tongue.

D- Not a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of armock
2.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that fades faster than any I've seen before

S - Is faint with a sweet maltiness

T - Not much going on here either sweet malt the slightest touch of hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Compared to the other blondes made in Texas this one is disappointing just below average ok on a hot day I guess but I'd rather have a Southern Star or Real Ale version of a blonde ale

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a really pale yellow with a very small head of foam that fades quickly. Surprisingly, there's some lacing.

The smell is *very* light so I can't sense anything other than a bit of sweet malt and very light citrus. Wow. What a hard task it is to smell this one.

The taste is a bit more assertive but only just. Light notes of some sweet malt and grain with a smidgeon of some hop bitterness. This is definitely a beer intended to drink cold as warming it up does nothing for it.

Light bodied with brisk carbonation, it finishes with a decidedly corny flavour.

Drinkability? It's not a bad drinker at all, despite my comments above. The abv is perfect for sessioning and it has enough flavour not to bore you to death. ;^)

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

I notice a lot of people selecting this brew, but I can't really understand does nothing for me. The finish is starkly brisk and it doesn't taste like much. I was expecting much better. This is easily the worst beer in a case of Shiner family reunion- including the lights. I'd probably reach for an Old Milwaukee before this. It's not undrinkable though, but it damn sure isn't my favorite.

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

Part of the Shiner Family 6-pack

A - Poured up pale yellow with golden highlights and thin white head that dissipates to nothing fairly quickly.

S - Sweet malt aroma to start, hops cutting through in the finish.

T - Nice hint of malt graininess, with some hop bitterness on the side of the tongue, but otherwise nothing too spectacular.

M - Moderate mouthfeel

D - When I drink pale yellow fizzy lager, I prefer Shiner Blonde.

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