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 weissbierdrinker
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color

Smell is mildly malty with some hints at hops.

Taste like is smells a watery malt with notes of hops.

Light watery mouthfeel lots of carbonation

Better than budlight, I would drink it again, but it's not as cheap as budlight.

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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 civilizedpsycho
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, dark gold color with a very small head.

Smell: A slight malt aroma, but not much.

Taste: Had a modestly strong flavor for the style with a decent bitter kick. On the whole, however, fairly bland.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and watery.

Drinkability: Not too impressed. I wouldn't get this again.

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Photo of Brenden
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't even know where this thing came from. The notes are from a long time ago.

The color is a yellowish-gold with more of an amber hue, making it darker than any macro light I've seen. The head retention is actually pretty good and there are even a few small sopts of lacing.
Like most lights, the nose is more grains than anything, though this one isn't tainted so much by adjuncts. There's a light hops presence with a barely present caramel malt.
The taste follows suit exactly.
The carbonation's on the high side of moderate and the body, of course, is light. This one's smoother than most lights.
This is the one (thus far in my experience) to drink if you must have a light beer.

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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 Fnord
3.26/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber with lots of bubbles. The head is bigger than I expected, and is composed of larger-than-usual bubbles.

Smell - Sweet malt, some grass.

Taste - Not a lot going on, but what is there is tasty. Caramel, grass, and some soft hop flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth. Light body and medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very high.

Notes - This is the first time I've had this beer, and I'm surprised it's as good as it is, with the 'light' label and everything. Trying to diet by drinking crappier beer just isn't worth it, but if you feel the need to do so anyway, then this is the beer for you. Now if only they could make a gluten-free beer that was as good...

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Photo of johntangus
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

My mother-in-law brought me back 2 sixers of the "Family Tradition" mixed six-pack. It also contains Shiner Bock, Shiner Bock Black Lager, Hefeweisen, Kosmos and Blonde. The regular Shiner Bock is all that is sold in our area and is the only one i've tasted so far.

This beer pours a light copper color with a white head that dissapates quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is not much. A little malt and grassy fragrance.

It tastes of light malt and biscuitiness. Pretty light taste, but definitely something more there than a Bud Light or Coors Light. No real hop taste to speak of.

Mouthfeel is a medium-light body with a clean finish.

Drinkability is an easy-going affair, but there's not much here to keep one's attention.

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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 BeanBone
2.61/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body with a finger of white head that fizzes out quickly and leaves no lacing. Much darker than the typical American light beer.

Aroma: A thin, grainy malt body with not much in the way of hops. Pretty bland.

Taste: Much the same as the aroma. A thin and watery malt body that's frankly boring as hell. A little more lively than most light beers, but no revelation. The aftertaste is grainy and short lived.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Dries a bit in the finish.

Drinkability: All that's holding you back is the general blandness of it all.

Verdict: This is still a step, albeit not a massive one, up from Bud/Miller/Coors Light. Despite being pretty bland and boring, I still think this beer still serves it's purpose. Texans used to the normal light beers aren't going to be scared off by this, and hopefully they'll start exploring the rest of the Shiner line and beyond.

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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 Kromes
3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass. The smell isn't too appealing, some very sweet honey malt aromas, but it resembles a stale beer on a bar room floor type smell. Taste is ok, it starts off with a good sweet malt flavor and then finishes with some earthy hop flavors. Very simple flavors and well balanced. I kept getting some metallic tang tastes, not on every sip, so it might just be me. Carbonation is a little too high, sound like pop rocks are going off if you hold a sip in your mouth. Drinkability is good.

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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 zdk9
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light orange color- no doubt this one is a darker color than any other light beer I've had so props for that. No head or lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Somewhere in between straw/ hay and corn. So maybe sort of a corn husk?

T- Less corny than the smell. There's some vineous quality that reminds me of a Boston lager. Not bad for a light beer indeed.

M- Evervescent. Like the look, this one is heavier than the style normaly delivers on, but unlike the look I'm not sure I would rate that as a good characteristic.

D- Definitely drinkable. I may even like this one better than the standard shiner bock. While I think it has less flavor, it's cleaner and more drinkable, which is usually what I'm looking for anyway when I turn to Shiner.

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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 BlankFrank
2.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After taking the first sip, I was surprised that this was a decent light beer, so I poured the rest into a glass to get a better look at it.

Very light gold, practically yellow, there are a few bubbles rising to the top to meet the almost non-existent white head. There was no lacing or anything too impressive about the look of it.

Unlike most light beers, though, you can actually get some aroma from this one. Not surprising, the malt comes out the most followed by a bit of hoppiness. However, there is a slight staleness to it (and no, it's not an old bottle).

A fairly good, round bread taste is held by the beer. Faint hops eventually show themselves, but no real aftertaste lingers. Stark and clean like a light beer usually is. Not that it's bad, but this just isn't really a beer I would get excited about.

The mouthfeel is a little too sparkling for what I like, and the body doesn't fill out much, but again I have to use the excuse that it is a light lager.

This is an easy beer to drink, but after one I really want something more satisfying.

Shiner definitely has a victory with the light beer circle in my eyes, but it's far from their best offerings.

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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 Bitterbill
3.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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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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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 jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/5/2009 (bottle):

Pours a small whitish colored head, very quickly diminishing. Light amber colored body, fizzy, very clear. Somewhat nutty, very malty, pilsenery aroma. Light aroma, typical aroma of a light lager, not very appealing. Nutty taste, nutty carbonated aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, somewhat creamy body. Pretty clean aftertaste. Has that acidic taste, I find often in lagers. Might be more refreshing after a long hot activity.

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Photo of Vengeance526
3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/amber color with a thin white head that quickly settles.

Smells largely of malt. A little reminiscent of the typical macro, but this comes off a little bit better.

Malt presence also comes through well on the taste. Light beers don't usually have a full flavor profile to offer, but this one is very refreshing and the taste, while not exceptional, is certainly not offensive in any way.

Lots of carbonation is felt, but this is a very drinkable light lager. I don't usually care for light beers but this one has its time and place...not to hate on BMC here but I would much rather my friends bring along the Shiner Light for gameday than the typical offering of Coors and Miller.

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Photo of bmwats
2.97/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Nice dark golden color. Hefty carbonation pours into a very slight, white, bubbly, head which quickly rides off into the sunset leaving only remnants of carbonation. Hints of lacing, but quickly retreats to the body of the brew.

S: A little malt, a little wheat, and a bit of a soapy smell for lack of a better distinction.

T: Light maltiness, but a bit of a soapy palette.

M: Light, diluted (it is a light after all). Aftertaste is a little off-putting.

D: Okay.

Atmosphere is serviceable. Flavor is not bad, but not really there either. I have the same enthusiasm about the feel. Okay quaff.

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Photo of Bagman007
2.55/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Clear yellow macro coloring with a little bit of head.

S- Has sort of a malty scent to it, but for the most part it does smell like your typical macro miller/bud beer.

T- Very watery and very bland. Again this is a very macro like beer.

M- Smooth beer, not very bitter at all. Well carbonated.

D- Not much of a taste, but it is very smooth.

Overall this is pretty much a macro like beer from a micro brewery in an attempt to draw in drinkers of macro beers. Not a great beer, but I guess it does what it was intended to do.

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