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 thekevlarkid
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle this beer was a 14K gold color with lots of visible carbonation. The head was cream-colored, retained itself well as a cap and left scattered lacing. The aroma was pretty much a light version of standard macro lager smells. The flavors were very washed out, dry grains, pale malt and lager malt, all bleached away. The body was medium. The mouthfeel average and the carbonation a little prickly. Sadly, the way it looked was the best part.

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is basically your average macro light lager nothing special at all about it. It smells a lot like a bud light with grainy malt scents. Things are still kinda hohum boring with the taste the same grainy malt comes out. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing though which is good. This wouldn't be my first choice for a beer. I would rather drink this than a Coors light though durring the summer.

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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 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 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 Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 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 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 BrewAskew
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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 Pegasus
3/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of SheepNutz
2.91/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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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 assurbanipaul
2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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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 Morris729
2.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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