Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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1,071
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3,963
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,071 | Ratings: 3,963
Photo of CJanders
4.04/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark look, smells malty, good taste but a little watery, good feel. My go-to beer when going to a family event or party where half the people drink macrobrews and the other half only drink craft brews. Its a great middle ground.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a bone colored soapy head. Lots of streaming bubbles throughout.

Slightly sweet smell of barley with notes of some breadiness.

Tastes like it looks with a nice rich malty sweetness. The sweet is just the right amount and does not overpower.

Mouth feel borders on medium yet is very wet and refreshing with a crisp finish.

This is a very tasty beer that has that bit of sweet that hits it just right. I found this to be a very nice easy drinking beer and with a light ABV this would be great as a nice sessionable beer when hanging with your friends.

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Photo of rexbock
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A personal favorite..

It is a deviation from the original Shiner Bock, but still tasty..

A - light brown, reddish hints, minimal head..

S - smell of a strong bock, sweet scented, light carbonation

T - Very light on the first drink, enjoyable sweetness, lacking depth or aftertaste..

D - taste of a darker beer, but lightness allows for excellent drinkability..

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really delicious, sessionable beer dominated by toasted malts and a rounded, smooth flavor profile. Not quite as good as Yuengling Traditional Lager, but fairly close. Nothing offensive here, so its a win in my book.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was one of my standards while I was living in Texas. It was carried just about everywhere and tasted great. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Tasted a bit like new castle (don't yell at me) but they both have a bit of a nutty taste. easy to drink, perfect carbonation. if you haven't tried it I would defiantly recommend picking some up. no doubt it wont be the best thing you ever had. but like I said, its a good regular and its not too expensive.

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Photo of BuffaloBilly
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A thumbs up on this beer. This beer is pretty dark but not too filling. It has a good full bodied taste. This beer is way better when its fresh, if this is on sale, ill buy it again definetly, definetly a good beer. Sometimes it can be a bit pricy though. I had it in the bottles, I never even seen cans for this. Taste was pretty good for a dark beer.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Not quite the Bock style that it was back in the early 90’s, this beer has become a lager-ized brown ale that isn’t too sweet. For the price it’s a good session beer that is a state favorite.

It is best served on the warmer side and paired with schnitzel and sauerkraut.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, should be rated higher. An easy drinking bock, though it will be considered weak by many hard core beer folks. If you are already a fan of bocks, you will be disappointed, but this is a great gateway beer to your friends who only drink Bud and Corona.

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Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this should be the national beer of texas.living here in texas this is one of my main fridge beers.this is a beer that wont gag you if it gets warm.has a nice head with moderate lacing.cost a little more than the macro brews but its worth it.so when yall come to visit try a shiner bock you wont be sorry. oh and ask about the rams head on the bottle.

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Photo of liquidnoise
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is on tap all over Texas, and WHAT a brew to have on tap all over Texas.

For starters, if you live in Massachusetts and you are at your local Liquor megaplex, aching to try something new in search of the treasure chest that is your perfect beer, the beer that represents you and all you stand for, don't go here. I've only had it on tap, and it's basically a really, REALLY high quality American Macro.

BUT, if there is one great thing about being in Texas, it is that I can get a beer this good on tap everywhere in Texas. When the beer list only has 4 brews, Shiner is there to save you from Bud, Bud Light, and Corona.

In sum, I'm never gonna buy it at the liquor store when there are better options, but it's a great quality brew and in Texas it's somewhat of a savior when your out for pizza.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

Poured a nice Amber dark red color with little lace and two finger head lots of bubbles.

Smell was light w/hints of malt

Taste - Very light tasting with hints of hops and malts .

Very drinkable beer - these go down easy

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Photo of joshg
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think perhaps the most underrated beer when talking with others. I keep this around my house as a standby for when I want a good, solid beer without breaking the bank.

Heavy enough for my stout partial tastes but light enough it won't fill me up after a few.

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Photo of drobo
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

20+ years drinking this beer. Appearance is amber with little to no head out of the bottle -- from tap the head is a bit better and longer retention. Very drinkable, not as heavy as you would think a bock-style beer, which makes it a good 'session' beer.

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Photo of Hex92
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shiner Bock was for many years my favorite. Its hard to find now that I live in Virginia so I don't drink it much now. After consuming several hundred gallons of this beer I can tell you this: Don't bother drinking it unless you can get it on draft. Its no good out of the bottle. The carbonation, mouthfeel, flavor, etc. is all wrong. The only way to drink it is on tap. Period. Its a very smooth very drinkable beer on tap.

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Photo of Preisman
3.96/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted: Just about everyday

Appearance - Reddish brown body and a tan head
Smell - Caramel/malty, not too strong
Taste - Malty, smooth, sweet,
Drinkability - Full flavor and easily the best flavor/ease of drinking I have had.

I prefer Shiner in a can over a bottle and from the tap. But, all are good. Overall, a great beer. This is my daily beer, great flavor and not overpowering.

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Photo of skillerified
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly, almost suspiciously dark. It definitely doesn't taste as dark as it looks. The color is a nice dark amber. Almost a little reddish too. Moderate head and lacing.

It smells pretty good to me. Mostly caramel, but some hoppiness too. Not a particularly strong scent, but a pleasant one no less.

Taste is also a bit caramel. Light to medium bodied with some sweetness up front. A little flat in the middle, but not in a particularly awful way. Just a hint of bitterness at the finish.

There's nothing special about the mouthfeel. It's doesn't add to or detract from the experience.

Extremely drinkable for me. It tastes better than most, goes down pretty easy, and is readily available most anywhere here in Texas. It's often the only alternative to the major macros in local restaurants, so you get to drink plenty of it. I could see myself getting tired of it eventually.

Admittedly it's far from true to style, but if you look past that, the taste isn't bad.

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Photo of ryalmighty1
3.95/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light amber color that is almost completely transparent. Works itself into a nice frothy cream head that dissolves rather quickly into about an inch and a half of lacing.

Smell: Very very malty smell. Not much hop or floral scent. Almost chocolatey and coffee like smell

Taste: Very smooth and malty. Sweet with decent carbonation. Not very full-bodied but still flavorful enough to not be bland. Still have the chocolatey notes in the taste, but more caramel and toasty flavors than anything. No real aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Very thin and lacy, not one to linger on your tongue for long. Smooth, yes but thick and creamy it is not. This is the least noticeable part of the beer IMO.

Drinkability: Most certaintly easy to drink. This is my session beer for any occasion.

This beer outpaces any of it's macro counterparts. More flavor, drinkability and character than most anything well known and advertised today. The Spoetzl brewery is one of the oldest continuously operating micro in N. America and still basically operates the same as it has since the turn of the 20th century.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of CU570M
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red autumn color, decent head with nice lacing. Smell came off fruity, but i liked that. I can't explain the taster over than there was a hint of citrus and was a good well rounded beer. Medium carbonation, great for everyday drinking. My kind of beer!

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Photo of spaceranger
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner gets kicked alot here on the advocate and I guess I understand that. Compared to the great micros and European imports it's just - well, it is what it is. But there's something about their Bock and their Kolsch (which is not reviewed here). They are just plain drinkable. And the more you drink them the more you appreciate them. Day in and day out Shiner is a good choice.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep golden amber with no activity. It had a very small off white head that quickly disappeared.

A robust scent of earthy grains mixed with a slight tang of clovy hops.

A complex taste of wheat, corn and tarty pine (perhaps the hops pushing through the corn). The beverage is medium to full yet goes down light and doesn't make me feel full.

It is a good beer. I enjoy the flavor and the smell greatly. I am a bit disappointed with the appearance. I will have to revisit this beverage in the future to ensure that I did not just have a bad bottle.

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Photo of Rio
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness dating

Pours a nice goldish-brownish color with a decent head that receeds a bit, and hangs onto the glass in a few places. Clean aroma with a bit of maltiness to it. Malty taste with a tiny bit of a sweetness to it. Clean carbonation feel in the mouth.

One of my favorite all time brews, but I've had plenty of beers since then that have expanded my horizons. It'll still be an old standby, but with so many new beers to try, there's plenty of other things to drink.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite shiner beer so far besides maybe their oktoberfest. This is a really solid beer that you can't go wrong with, great out of the bottle and great on tap.

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Photo of generallee
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: From the pour I got a nice amber colored beer with good clarity and an average two finger just off white head. The head fades to a wispy thin layer but a quick swirl will keep a small cap of foam on top. Lacing is very slick and minimal.

Smell: The aroma is mildly sweet with some light hints of caramel and toasted malt back by grainy and light bready maltiness. Hop presence here is very light and sort of earthy/leafy.

Taste/Palate: Just as the nose would suggest there is a mild sweetness from the light caramel and bready maltiness. A touch of raw grain or husk is also noted in the mix. Hops mix in here too and add a light balance of earthy hop bitterness. Its easy medium body and level carbonation is a bit light for a Bock but very easy to drink.

Notes: I drank more than a few of these the last time I was down in Texas. This is an easy drinking beer in the summer heat and it pairs very well with Texas BBQ.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay let me put it out there... This is one of the best affordable beers that available in most of my friends' fridges. Excellent choice that is very sessionable and also pairs well with anything greasy.

Appearance- Moderately dark brown body, with a thin khaki head. Limited lacing that doesn't retain that well. Personally I would just stick to keeping it in the bottle.

Smell- A series of toned down malt smells emerge as well as a bit of grassy hops.

Taste- Malty breadiness comes upfront with a bit of bittereness from the hops coming at the end.

Drinkabilty- It pairs well with a variety of situations and food. Its been my go to for many occasions when I need to bring a six pack to share.

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Photo of BgThang
3.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was always a favorite and it is what actually got me started drinking different beers than the macros brews.

I was drinking this stuff back in the early 90's when you could only get it in texas. It was quite different than your bud or miller lite.

It pours a nice dark copper color and I will admit the keg taste better than the bottle. I am reviewing the draft because it has close to the same nose , but there is some spicyness to it from the keg. Somewhat of a bite. Its really good. For being "a darker beer" it goes done really well on a hot day.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 3,963 ratings.
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