Shiner Blonde | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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69
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806 Ratings
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Shiner BlondeShiner Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 11-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
806
Reviews:
286
Avg:
2.93
pDev:
18.09%
 
 
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5
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122
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Ratings: 806 |  Reviews: 286
Photo of shererjt
3.14/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear, non-descript yellow with a frothy, white head. Crisp, near-Munich-like nose with a pleasant hop presence. Light-to-medium body. Somewhat adjunct-y. Much more hop bitterness than I’d expect. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkability was above average.

Pretty good beer for what it is.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
4.1/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this out of the bottle into a glass, the color was a blonde color as the bottle refers. The smell was a bit hoppy but sweet. While the taste is a little bit more robust than say your average macro. It is a quality beer. I would be able to enjoy this one year round. I would commend shiner for once agian hitting the nail on the head with their beer.

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Photo of pojo41
3.6/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like pilsner style beers so this one appealed to me. Lighter in color and taste than say a Pilsner Urquell. Thin head with a whiff of hop aroma. Slight bitterness at the end. Much better than the usual run of the mill massed produced lagers from the US. I like Shiner beers and I like this one.

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Photo of lawman834
2.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very light yellow. Very tall head, but it goes down fast. No lacing.

S: Smells corny with a very faint hint of hops.

T: Tastes bland, malty and corny. Finishes fairly smooth.

M: Carbonation lasts. Helps add a little bite where the hops are missing.

D: Pretty easy to drink. By the end, I get a little of that sweet sticky taste on the back of my tounge as is typical with a Macro Lager.

Overall: Not too bad. I know this is mean, but honestly, it is quite similar to a regular Bud. I feel like they don't quite cut the corners as bad as AB, but they are shooting for the same basic end product.

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Photo of Billolick
2.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info offered. Pours lightest of golden amber, clear, almost white head, leaving a thick ring of foam, just a slight wiff of a stale nose. This is a thin and fairly tasteless ofering. Lawn mower beer...stay away if you like flavor and have any interest in quality/tasteful beer

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Photo of biggmike
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really a Pilsener guy, so maybe I am prejudiced, but I found nothing special in this brew. Nothing out of the ordinary or memorable. If you want a good Shiner beer, try the Bohemian Black Lager (schwarzbier). Decent head, dissipated quickly. Standard fare pilsener taste, not their best effort.

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Photo of Andbrew
3.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one tastes like it could be a macro.

Light, pale yellow and thin with a short lived wispy head.

Smells like a classic macro with a slight hop on the nose.

Highly carbonated with the crisp back of the palate fizz easy to drink, it seems like it has been adjuncted with rice or corn.Slightly bitter with an almost citric feel to it. Finishes easily with no marked aftertaste.

A good choice if you want a pale American lager but don't want the BMC.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a typical clear bright yellow with a nice thick head. Aroma is malty and of average strength. Flavor is malty and on the thin side, no complexity. It feels a little watery, rather like a "light" beer. It is nice and smooth but not particularly delightful to drink.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really sure what to say about this one. Got it at a barbecue after having a very tasty Anchor Liberty Ale. Almost an incredibly average beer (oxymoron?). Color is golden macro-lager color with a minor head that dissolves very quickly. Nose is mild, mostly grain and malt. Taste is likewise unexceptional. Feel is a little thin bodied. I dunno. It's one I would (and did) drink at any barbecue, but not if something else is available. It's also (so I hear) insanely cheap here, which gives it a couple points in my book.

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Photo of rayjay
3.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very light colored lager, akin to a macro-adjunct lager. Foam? Lacing? Hello? I guess nobody's home.

S: Definitive pilsner aroma with mild DMS. Mild hops and corn.

T: Very clean, refreshing palate. Hoppy bitterness, and CO2 spicyness. Right on target for what they're shooting for, which is a light tasting, lawnmowing, hot-as-shit-outside, bbq kind of beer. Not very challanging, but it's the kind of beer that you can drink alot of.

M: Quite carbonated for a foamless beer. It burns my throat a bit. Very light and unoffensive all-malt body, so light that I suspect rice.

D: Good drinkability. This would be a good choice if you don't want to stop and reflect on the beer you're drinking, you just want to put a cold one back. Speaking of which, I recommend this one straight from the fridge (40-45°F). Cheers!

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
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 CpnYates
3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is better out of the bottle.... period.
I've tried it both ways. Trust me.
Drink it outside, on a hot day, while playing horse shoes, or corn hole... something.
Do not expect this beer to be more than it supposed to be and it will be more than it is.

Later

Jon

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Photo of russpowell
3.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent light gold with 3 fingers of white head. Faint hints of lacing & zero head retention

S: Slight sweetness & perfumy notes as this warms

T: Light breadyness & grainyness up front. Slight metallic taste follows& lemony hops. Finishes juicy & slighlty grainy

MF: Light with moderate carbonation & okay balance. Why so stingy with the malt bill?

Drinks really easy, but kind of tasteless. A step up from BMC though

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Photo of beeragent
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer pours a light clear straw, forming a thin 1 inch head, with light lacing. The aroma is slightly skunky, with some light sweet malt. The taste is a slight hop presence, a little malt, and alot of grain flavor. Light mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer. This reminds me alot of St. Pauli Girl, but without the overpowering skunkiness. But, in the end, its just okay.

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Photo of wingman14
3.13/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear darker straw yellow with a frothy white head that fades quickly. The smell is subtle and inviting, the doughy yeast characters came out first with the head, as it fades it leaves a grainy and malty smell with some sweet notes. The taste is the same, very subtle, crisp and clean. Better than your average macro, but not by too much. Easy drinker, nice mouthfeel, good with just about anything. A beer for all people, not offensive, but nothing spectacular. This one is good when you just want a nice American lager. Enjoy.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Blonde pours to a light golden color with a head of foam that features large bubbles. The foam falls apart very quickly, leaving behind a glass of beer that looks very much like a standard American lager. The body of the beer is crystal clear and the aroma is one of cereal grains, yeast, and a small amount of fruit; again, much like a mass produced product.

Shiner Blonde offers a flavor that is grainy and slightly hoppy, and also sweet. The taste starts out with the flavor of light, sweet malt, followed by the faint taste of grassy hops. The crisp, clean flavor profile is also influenced by the contributions from the yeast, which adds a slightly dough- like character, but smooth lager character in the middle.

Shiner Blonde is a beer that offers a few good points as well as a few negative points, almost equally balanced between the two. Its dominate flavors of yeast, sweet malted barley, corn, and cereal grains and the crisp finish remind me of many other standard beer products. It’s one of those take it or leave it type of beers: One that won’t offend and that most will find acceptable, but not one that stands out in any positive way.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
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 mrasskicktastic
2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden brew. Clear with vigorous carbonation and some tiny floaters of unknown origin (doesn't look like yeast). Two fingers of head that lingers for about two minutes. A bit of lacing clings to the side.

S - Sweet corn, crystal malt and some faint hay.

T - Corn with some light malt backing. There is a bit of grassy hops. The aftertaste is bland with a slight parafin flavor.

M - Medium bodied with a slightly waxy mouthfeel. Very strange. Pretty refreshing.

D - Not awful, but not worth it with so many gret beers out there. I don't think I will have this again. Pretty easy to drink. Sessionable as well.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Crystal clear pale straw color with a pearl white head that holds well. Lots of rising carbonation. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Bready malt base along with grassy hop notes. Maybe a slight amount of honey-like sweetness.

Sweet malty flavors in the beginning with slight hop twang at the end, but still has a very clean finish with no lingering aftertaste, except for a slight grain flavor. Thin bodied with very high carbonation gives it a fizzy bite.

Not much too this beer, just a light fizzy beer that probably goes well in the summer with a BBQ. Serve cold.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.84/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours light golden with a three finger head of white soap bubbles. Excellent clarity, decent retention and nice spotty lacing. Extra pale malt in the nose, with some mild hops, mabye cluster? Overall clean aroma. Pale malt sweetness upfront, clean lager flavor, with a hint of kolsch yeast character. Semi-drying aftertaste, again, a low alpha hop flavor and meak bitterness. The timid flavors do balance, and it is very pleasent on the tounge, Light in body, with an effervescent carbonation. Finshes soft, with just a touch of alt/kolsch yeast and pale malt. A superb hot-weather quencher, too bad it's released so late in the year.

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

This brewery's burp beer. Every bit of unoffensive, bbq wash as as a lot of the Macro guys. It was yellow, it was bubbly like a soda, little head. There is some hops there, so it's a little on the bitter. There is a fuller wheat taste but it seems dumbed from corn. The mouth was a simple, average wash, like any other yellow, fizzy, concoction.

If I lived in TX, could get this cheaply rather than $6 a six, and I didn't have access to Yuengling beers, I could see this becoming a go-to beer. Otherwise, average as they come.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer pours a very clear pale golden color with practically no head even after an aggressive pour. There are quite a few bubbles stuck to the side, so I guess that is where my head is. There are very few bubbles rising.

Aroma: The aroma just has some toast malts like Vienna or even a bit of British style malts may make up the backbone of this beer, but there is also a defined corn presence here. I get some subtle floral hops in the nose along with some even more subtle spicy hops here. The nose is really light, and it is hard to pick out anything in particular except the grainy notes I mentioned earlier.

Taste: Well, the flavor follows pretty closely with the aroma. There are plenty of grainy notes along with a subtle floral hop presence. The malts taste even a little more like British varieties than I got in the aroma. Pretty much the malt is in charge the entire time with the toasty and corny notes. The hops are there, but only support. The finish is rather wet and grainy with no alcohol apparent at all.

Opinion: This beer is OK, but there really isn't all that much to set it apart from anything. You could call this a macro brew as easily as you could a very neutral craft beer. I don't know...this beer is just OK. It isn't metallic and gross like you often get with this type of beer, so they didn't screw up...it is just very bland corny and neutral.

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

This is an average beer. Like the big three. Maybe a little better. I prefer high life to this if I want a no frills macro. It's just average. The only think I don't like is the mouthfeel. It needs to be more crisp. It's just not the crispness I expect from an american lager.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle in a mixed sixer at Wilbur's in Fort Collins, CO for $1.21.

Very pale yellow body under a three-finger white head that fades quickly to a slim lid. Not much lacing, but there's some there.

Smell of soap, grass, mild citrus, a tiny hint of banana, even a bit of grapefruit. Says it's an all-malt lager, but I thought I detected bit of rice.

Taste is lightly floral hoppy with a sour dry finish. A bit of soapiness in the taste. (Note: it's not the glass, which was well-rinsed.) A little skunky, with a lingering skunk-bitter aftertaste.

Nice soft and round mouthfeel. Pretty good in that department.

Fairly drinkable, but who would want more than one. I suppose if this is the only beer available, I'd have another in a pinch.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.19/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a crystal clear straw color with a persistent head. It had a slightly malty, sweet smell. The taste was mild and balanced. The mouthfeel was thin with noticeable carbonation with a clean and crisp aftertaste. This is a very drinkable beer a hot day.

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