Shiner Light | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner LightShiner Light

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty good light of the better one's I've had. It has that similar bready maltiness their main lager 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 cheapness to it...what more do you need for this style to rate it high?

Scores are per style.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.1/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant Clarity with a golden hue and a ton of active carbonation. The head started out as about a finger and a half, but it's quickly fading. That head really hurts it, but otherwise it's a good looking beer for sure. 4.0

S: Sort of bready malts, and no hops. Less of the generic "beeriness" than I expected, which is nice. It's not phenomenal, but for a light beer, it's pretty robust and nice. 4.0

T: Hmmm, not really anything going on here. I'm getting a little sharp bite, and not much else. There's nothing wrong, it's super clean and completely free of off flavors. I'm really having trouble finding words for this beer. I wish there was a little something, but I don't think that's what they're going for. It's like sex in a canoe. 4.0

M: Light bodied, but not as light as a BMC light beer. 4

D: 4.5

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Photo of acrawf6
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.95/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good light beer. It pours a very nice looking clear, amber color. The smell is lightly hoppy. The taste is not heavy and there is a slight crisp malt that is balanced with a slight bite of the hops. No real special flavors. Natually, if you are looking for a beer that has a lot of flavor, this would not be your brew. But, if you are in the mood for something refreshing that also has some taste, this is a very good choice. Further, the beer goes very well with food, such as pizza, as it has just enough flavor to do so. Since the beer is fairly light, this would be an ideal brew for a hot day (which is most days here in central Texas) out by the pool or just hanging around.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight from the bottle 'cause I was thirsty and didn't want to wait. Carbonation sits on the palate a little too long. Definitely a thinner version of Shiner Bock.

Decant - wouldn't know, I skipped this part, sorry!

Look - as any other light beer, nothing to it.

Smell - floral, suggesting hops, but this one favors malt

Taste - like candy in a bottle. Lingering aftertaste, but very drinkable.

This is my least favorite Shiner (it's a little boring) but it still far exceeds the macro 'lites'. Happy 100th, Shiner, congratulations and Prosit!

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into American-style pint glass branded with the logo of the Roanoke College Maroons.

Appearance: Very good color for a light lager. Pours a light caramel color with a small, thin white head that dissipates very quickly, leaving only a hint of lace around the glass. Again, for this style, this looks great.

Smell: Very weak smell. A bit sweet and slightly grassy.

Taste: Lots of flavor for the style. Starts sweet and slightly tart, and finishes with a toasty hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and also pretty heavily carbonated. Goes down good and has a nice refreshing quality about it.

Drinkability: This gets a five for being a great light beer. It's drinkable and refreshing enough to pass for a light lager, but doesn't compromise too much on flavor. This is a beer that shouldn't be ignored simply because it says "Light" on the label and is well worth a shot.

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Photo of budgood1
3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.87/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a very light amber. Almost the color of a bitter or pale. No head at all, though. None. The aroma is all malt. Bready and nutty. Very impressive for a light beer. No hops detected. Tastes is the same. Very malt considering what type of beer this is. No hops in the taste. Slight odd aftertaste I can't put my finger on. This is violently prickly in the carbonation, but it has good body. Definately drinkable.

Texas makes the best light beer of all time.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast, grain, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, yeast, hops, and slight wheat. Overall, this is one of the best Light Lagers I've ever had. Good flavor, nice blend, and easy drinkability.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Probably one of the better "Light" beers I've had. Pours a plae amber color with a decent head as the slight scent of malts tickle your nose. Upon drinking there is complex malt taste which leaves the beer weaker in taste but still has a rather indepth texture to it that finishes rather smooth. Something better to try than the ol' Miller Lite and Bud Light.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 deep gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and barley. Then there's a mild caramel sweetness that comes in along with a stronger than average hops bitterness for a light beer creating a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, normally when you see "light" on a beers label you anticipate it to be a shadow of anything good, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer is well-worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of omar
3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light beers usually are pretty worthless, no taste, no smell. Basically you get beer flavored water.

Shiner Light is the exception, it actually tastes like beer and feels like beer in your mouth. What a concept. This beer is great with burgers, mexican food, BBQ.

Average lager color, medium to light head.

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Photo of rockdick
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.63/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear dark golden color with a fluffy white head that fades moderately fast and leaves just a touch of lacing. Very dark in color for a light lager.

Nose is sweet caramely malts and not much else. Fairly big aroma and it is actually pretty decent.

The taste falls somewhere in between that caramel corn that comes in those big-ass tins at christmas time and some burnt white bread toast. It is actually a pretty flavorful light lager with nice carbonation. Refreshing and crisp. Not that I reach for a light lager very often, but this is not a bad choice for the style.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nose is grainy/toasty, mildly sour and hoppy. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear pale gold, very mild head. Looks fair.

Flavor is indeed light. Grainy toasty malt. Spot of hops. Slight sourness. Very carbonated and thin bodied. Tastes pretty good. Feels okay. Good drinkability.

A decent light beer.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
3.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold color. Looks really good of a light lager. Big rocky white head that dissipated quickly. Leaves way more lace than I would have thought. Smells faintly of grain and pale malt. I can taste some pale malt notes barely, maybe some hops? Since this is a light lager I didn't expect much, and I didn't get too much flavorwise. Still, this beer has more character than Shiner Blonde (oddly). Probably the best "lite" beer I've had.

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Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. The label has a brief description of the beer but no ABV or freshness date.

Appearance: This beer has a very clear straw yellow color with a light soapy head on top that quickly dissipates. Only a small ring of bubbles is left and lacing is nil.

Smell: The aroma is light clean and a little bready with the slightest hint of grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: It's simple, clean and light bodied. Light bready maltiness brings mild sweetness for the light hops to balance. The texture is light and well carbonated but not overly fizzy.

Notes: For a Light Lager this one is not bad at all just a little boring but so is the style really.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold, fairly effervescent body with a foamy, off-white head.

Smell: Slight aroma of grainy malts with a fairly mild whiff of Noble hop character.

Taste: Light maltiness upfront, perhaps a bit grainy, maybe even a touch bready. Faint sweetness. Lightly fruity. Just enough Noble hops and imparted bitterness to provide some balance. The latter half is dominated by a taste of sweet steeped grains until you reach the semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so bad, actually! A light beer that isn't entirely devoid of character and flavor.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

OK,'s the's a LIGHT beer...see? It's difficult for me to reconcile the fact that "the little brewerey in Shiner, Texas" 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?'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.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as light beers go, this one is pretty good. It definitely out ranks the major 3 light beers.

A: is a a decent copper, but seems to really try to force a head with a lot of carbonation out of the gate that fizzles quickly. Nothing remains after a minute or so.

S: Some hops some malts, basically a light beer. Nothing shocking here.

T: Same as the nose. It does surprise me though that there is actually a taste to this beer. Is why I think it out ranks the major 3. No unwanted harsh after taste either.

M: Light bodied, and lets be honest would you really have expected anything else. No unwanted feelings left behind.

D: Easily could drink a lot more than one.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In bottle on 8/14/09.

A: Crystal clear, dark golden. A little bit of coarse head, doesn't stick around for long.

S: Not much going on here. I would say a little bit of malt, not much else.

T: Well, this isn't that bad for a light lager. A little caramel flavor to it, some biscuit. and some very faint hops. If I were training for a marathon or something, this might be my beer.

M: Light, highly carbonated.

D: For the style, this is pretty good. I'm not going to reach for it over any other Shiner, but if I'm specifically looking for a light beer, I'd choose this over the usual suspects. Honestly, I should probably rate it higher just because I don't know where it could pick up points and still be in style.

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Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear and bright orange/yellowish color. A two finger white head forms at first pour, but recedes fast. Little lace.
S: Sweet malt with some husky grass aroma. Very faint floral hops.
T: Very clean and simple. Some sweet malt and a very faint hop bitterness.
M/D: A light to medium body and carbonation. Thin and watery. Very smooth and easy to quaff. A session beer without a doubt.

Not bad at all. I was not expecting much, but this is an enjoyable beer. Something for the hot summer months, ball games, or BBQ. It blows the other light macro lagers out of the water.

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3.14 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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