Shiner Light
Spoetzl Brewery

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #115
ABV:
4%
Score:
70
Ranked #49,957
Avg:
3.01 | pDev: 19.93%
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
191
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
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Year-round
Wants
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SCORE
70
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Reviews by burnerfinger:
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burnerfinger from Texas

2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet

a straw color brew, off white head that dissipates quick

s not nice at all, metallic a bit

t like tin, just a bit better than the macros

m extra fizzy. think budweiser

d: watery. very drinkable, that's its best attribute.

Jul 04, 2010
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RiceOwls27 from Texas

2.86/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Mar 31, 2020
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good light beer....one of the better one's I've had. It has that similar bready maltiness their main lager does...it is lighter in body but not thin like most in this style...smooth, rounded finish....

I'm impressed...nice slightly sweet bready flavor...decent body...nice finish...no cheapness to it...what more do you need for this style to rate it high?

Scores are per style.

Jul 02, 2010
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budgood1 from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a perfect gold colour with a respectable head reducing to a smattering of lace. a light, husky and sweet aroma. a lot more aroma than a majority of light beers. the flavour isn't too bad...lots of residual sweetness...a bit corny but that's alright. it actually has just enough character to be enjoyable. a bit of hop bitterness stings the back end to balance the sweetness. all this is supported by a crisp mouthfeel that is just watery enough to pass as a light beer. the overall body is about right, and if were to drink this blind, i would have trouble recgnizing this as a light beer. nice drinkability, i can see why this would be a good choice in the Texas heat.

for a light beer, this is pretty impressive. keep it on the cold side. rates high within it's style.

Mar 08, 2010
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Jul 2009.

Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug. Small white head quickly dissipates. Well carbonated. Brass colored, clear. Aroma is lightly sweet and bready. Fizzy, some corn to start. Quite light in flavor. Light body. Somewhat sweet finish.

Like washing down a piece of white bread with mineral water.

Sep 02, 2010
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours to a quickly disappearing head. Color is pale copper color with a dirty brown tinge. Aroma is weak but nicely malty. Flavor is watery and dry with a little fresh Munich malt shining (no pun) through. Hoppiness is there for balance only. Finishes clean. Looks dismal, smells nice, tastes weak and finishes like a regular Shiner Bock.

Jul 15, 2005
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Pegasus from Texas

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium golden color with a large white head, which fades fairly quickly. There are many small streams of fine, slow-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Slightly sweet,with toasted and caramel notes, bread light malt aroma, and with faint hints of hops.

Taste: Begins with a little tart malt flavor, turns astringent later in the taste, finishes with a mild metallic and herbal bitterness. Not a lot here, but this is a light lager, after all.

Mouth feel: Unsurprisingly, a bit watery, otherwise pleasant, with a slight tinle of carbonation at the start of the taste.

Drinkability/notes: A light and pleasant beer for the dog days of summer, easy to imagine this would be refreshing after mowing the lawn.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce twist-off brown glass longneck. Served in a standard pint tapglass.

Feb 06, 2005
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rockdick from Texas

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried the Shiner Light recently and was pretty impressed since i was expecting less.
Its pretty much the same as Shiner Bock except for the taste and feel. A comparison would be regular Coke vs. the new Coke C2.
It has the same sweet, roasty taste, just a tad bid weaker though.
When i don't wanna get that 'full' feeling on a hot summer day, i'll grab for the Shiner Light, otherwise, i'll take the original or just something else.

Jul 26, 2004
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, a beer from the texas sampler from assurbanipaul. Noticably darker than many light beers, make than almost any light beer i have had. not much head, just a little layer of foam. Grassy malt dominates the scent, which is not very profound. For a light lager, this is very flavorful and malty. If this was available here (I haven't seen it anywhere, except here) I would see me making this my extended session beer.

Feb 08, 2005
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chilidog from Ohio

3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thisones light all the way, but not bad.

Pours a golden straw, white well carbonated head. Faded yes, lace some but faded as well.

From here on its just alittle typical and bland. Aroma of grass, pine and hay.
Taste is thin along with the mouthfeel of watered grass. little malt sweetness, little hop crispness.

Overall its ok to drink and at 4%abv, not a problem there.

Nov 07, 2010
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, Happy Anniversary, Spoetzl Brewing!

This pours a clear and bright gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Good looking brew in my Pint glass.

The smell is grainy and malty with a ton of what smells like bread and or corn husk. Not too shabby.

The taste is dominated by the bready malt I noted in the smell. Not much else to note but it's a pretty strongly flavoured Light Lager so I'd guess that it doesn't exactly come in on the low end when it comes to calories and carbohydrates.

The mouthfeel is close to medium and the carbonation is also medium.

Drinkability? I'd take this over most of the Light beers I've tried. That being said, life is too short to put just about any of the style in a regular rotation.

Apr 17, 2009
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Morris729 from Texas

2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear pale golden amber color with a short white head that quickly dissipates into a thin and wispy lace. Nose is rather clean with some notes of grain and some underlying semi-floral aromas. Very light and crisp in texture with a moderate amount of active carbonation. Taste begins with a sweet grain flavor that begins to turn bitter as notes of grain husks begin to express themselves. There is also a bit of a steely metallic flavor that becomes more pronounced towards the end of the taste that eventually gives way to a light lemony hop bite. Nothing special, though for a light beer, this is a step up from the macros.

Nov 01, 2003
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TexIndy from Texas

2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but I know it's fresh. It was a light bronze color - clear. Carb fountain in center but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled into a barely there collar.

The aroma was very faint. Malty and grassy and bland. Taste was also barely there and bland. Starts out weak and never picks up. I'd rather have a Miller Lite over this one.

Overall, weak in aroma and flavor. Rather have a BMC. Don't recommend. One and done.

Mar 21, 2009
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Frozensoul327 from Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad light lager, just lacking depth. Pours out to a rich yellow color, with a foamy head that quickly calms to about 1/16th of an inch. Some lacing. Aromas are weak; kind of smelled like wet cardboard mixed with malt and some hops. Taste was fair, but unremarkable; maltiness, bread, hints of hops and dried sugar cane. Mouthfeel was zesty and refreshing. Drinkability is north of average. A touch more on the flavor, with some more complexity, and this would be fantastic. Nonetheless, it's not bad. Special thanks goes out to assurbanipaul for the sample.

May 05, 2006
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SheepNutz from Kentucky

2.91/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a very light copper color with one finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is a little malty and grassy, but not too much going on there. The taste is a little sweet with some caramel flavors, not much hops or anything else going on. The mouthfeel is light and watery. The drinkability is good though. It's just there.

Oct 04, 2004
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kbub6f from New York

3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Shiner Light billboards have been around for a little while now. And guess what? It didn't take long for AB to take notice. Now I'm starting to see Ziegenbock Light billboards too. Sigh.

Shiner Light comes with a medium-sized, white, noisy, coarse head and a clear, orangey/amber body. Dusty, tangy nose is just a little grainsy, just a little sourish. The front is a touch fruity, thinning through the somewhat watery middle to a surprising finish: some evident hops and grains. Just a little metal. This is not bad. Actually, it's not too far off Shiner Bock. A decent, fairly tasty, light beer.

Jan 17, 2004
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HardTarget from Texas

2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Very clear dark gold glass that barely holds a halo of foam.

S) Mild metallic note, mild noble hops, little malt sweetness

T) A bit of corn, Shiner house yeast, little malt sweetness, not much else. It's light, but it's supposed to be.

M) Fizzy, but not overly so, light body of course.

D) Eh. Got one in the family pack, I'll drink it, but doubt I'll ever order one.

Mar 29, 2009
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assurbanipaul from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear tawny gold with a thick, fluffy head that laces the glass quite well. This is a very attractive beer. Nose is thin, dry malts with no hint of skunk or grass.

Taste is weak but not unpleasant. Malty and clean, not a lot of hops flavors, not much depth. Not much to grab onto but nothing to offend, either. Impresses me as a regular Shiner Bock that is diluted a bit.

Mouthfeel is rather watery but palatable, indeed, very drinkable. Not my favorite style but better than any other light beer I've tried. If you are to judge beers strictly within the style, this has to receive high marks.

May 20, 2004
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Dubblebock from Texas

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK, look....here's the thing....it's a LIGHT beer...see? It's difficult for me to reconcile the fact that "the little brewerey in Shiner, Texas"....one of the more respected regional breweries in the state...finally entered the light beer market. I guess I really shouldn't be surprised. Light beers rule Texas, and Shiner has always put itself at a little bit of a competitive disadvantage by not brewing a light offering.

But that's yesterday's news. Shiner has a spiffy new product out, and their advertising is letting you know that it's there at your favorite store. It's approved by the citizens of Shiner, Texas...their signatures appear right on the neck label of every bottle. And in a nod to the low-carb craze that is currently sweeping the beer world, they have calorie and carb information prominently displayed on the label.

The beer itself? Well...hmmmm...it's a LIGHT beer, you know? So you have to review it against other light beers. And in those terms, it ain't bad at all. I bought a sixer and tried it out. It was ok straight from the bottle, but it really displayed more character from the mug. It would pair well with barbecue or pork chops, or maybe just by itself while you're out enjoying the back yard a bit.

Poured ok, not much head. Very nice copper color, though, pretty to look at. More nose than I expected, but nothing special.

Taste was actually smooth. It did not have the watery profile that most light beers have. It displayed a fairly nice malt character. Almost no hops in the taste at all. This beer is brewed fairly well. No corn/rice flavors to be found. No swampy veggies. No acidic aftertaste. Just a good, slightly bready malt crispness.

Mouthfeel was strictly average. Like most light beers, it was HIGHLY drinkable. If you are tired of the usual light beer parade and want to try something a little different, this a good one to pour. It's only available in Texas right now, but I would imagine that Shiner will expand distribution if this beer becomes popular. My guess is that it will be.

Nov 21, 2003
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beerdiablo from Texas

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other brands have taken the “artistic” road in their line of offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil’s Backbone.

This was a bit of a shocker when it was introduced as Shiner had always been straddling the macro and micro line but this was proof that the new owners wanted to compete on the macro end.

This light beer isn’t anything special unless its “on special” at the store.
Even then this is summertime, fetch me a cold one, beer. It does have a tinge of malt standing out but that doesn’t make it a must try.

Nov 08, 2005
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deejaydan from Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I was impressed by this one, for what it is. Pours a brilliant gold color, with a decent head retention. Not much aroma going on here. Faint tastes of bread dough in this beer, not much else, a touch of hops here and there, but that's about it. Mouthfeel is wonderful for a light beer, it's acutally kinda thick, not thin watery crap. Very drinkable, especially on a hot Texas summer day.

Sep 19, 2005
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -0.3%

Sep 14, 2013
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard tumbler. No freshness date.

Pours a light to medium straw with a two finger head that recedes to a cap and fades to nothing.

Aroma is tannic acid malt and sweetness. Funny, TX beer smells like sweet tea. Malt is slightly husky and yeast is a bit dank.

Flavor is caramel malt, loads of caramel, followed by sweet tea tannic acids and diacetyl, loads of diacetyl. The middle is butter scotch weak with a mix of husky grain. Finishes with a hint of sweet grain and an oh so light touch of hop.

Mouthfeel is thin and bubbly, OK for a light type macro. It is crisp enough that's for sure.

If not for the diacetyl flavor, this would be a decent beer. Unfortunately the predominant flavor shouldn't really be the show stealer it is.

Sep 11, 2009
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Gagnonsux from Texas

3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer that I'd call a "premium light beer". Color is light amber with average head. Smell is lightly malty, but nothing to get excited about. Taste is nice and malty. Basically this is Shiner Bock light. Very full for something labled as "light". Drinkability is very good. All in all this isn't spectacular, but very good for a light beer. I'd drink it again without complaint.

Jan 01, 2005
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acrawf6 from Louisiana

4.03/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep golden redish honey color and a thick white head(after an aggresive pour). Looks very nice for a light.

Smell is thin, but does have good notes of malts in it. I do get a good amount of bitter hopps as well. Interesting.

Taste is quite good for the style. It taste as though the hops overcome this beer. Is a slight metalic. malty undertones. Aftertaste has a slight cardboard taste to it, but overall is more hoppy. I really wonder if this is the norm for the beer, or if my tongue is in a hoppy phase.

Mouthfeel is ok, good though for the style. Good balance, but a little empty. decnet carbonation.

Overall this is quite the treat, i am very suprised with this. Very tasty and i would get it again, matches with my favorite lights, abita and sam adams. good stuff. for its style, i think its the best this brewery makes.

Feb 02, 2006
Shiner Light from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 70 out of 100 with 191 ratings