Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pibbxtrasucks
4/5  rDev +31.6%
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 +31.6%
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 +31.6%
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 +31.6%
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 +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this should be the national beer of 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 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 +31.6%
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 +31.6%
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 +30.9%
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 +30.9%
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 +30.9%
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 +30.3%
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 +29.9%
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 +29.9%
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 +29.3%
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 +29.3%
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 +29.3%
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 +29.3%
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 +28.6%
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 +28.3%
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 +28.3%
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 +28.3%
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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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a: reddish mahogany brown; decent white bubbly head

s: sweet hay; some brown sugar, some corn; some light toffee

t: very mild flavor; sweet hay; some watery sweet malt backbone; light skunky taste (not that the beer is skunked)

m: basically a macro mouthfeel with intense carb but some a bit heftier and more syrupy of a mouthfeel

d: i love this beer as an american macro classic; the labeling is so oldschool and classic; and i know that for a lot of peple in the southwest, were it not for this beer and michelob amber they would not even know that there were styles other than pilseners; as a bock it is only soso, but as a mainstream american beer/gateway beer for the unenlightened i give it a super high rating

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Photo of gkunkle
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with depechemode1983, thanks man! Pours a semi- transparent ruddy brown color (maybe better described as maple syrup color) with a 1in off-white head. Smells of bready malt and slightly of alcohol. A friend told me they use rice in this beer, I think I can smell it a bit. Taste is of sweet malts with a touch of wheat hops. The finish has a little bit of malt and makes you want another sip. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. I know many others don't like this beer, but I really enjoyed it for what it is. As a bock it may not be very impressive, but style aside, this beer is delicious and enjoyable to drink. At 4.4% ABV it's pretty dang sessionable. I think it would be best enjoyed in the end of summer and during fall. It has a lot more taste and color tha. Your average APA or lawnmower beer, but it's still not so overwhelming that isn't refreshing.

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Photo of loubar
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus. Clear dark brown with a head that thins out quickly. Mild malt aroma.Taste of bready malt up front with a crisp middle leaving a mild sweetness after its gone. Not much in the way of hop bitterness or complexity. I found this to be a light, refreshing, drinkable lager beer. Love the low ABV.

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Photo of beeragent
3.86/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that I first experienced after becoming of legal age. Before that, it was always my dads Bud Light. Therefore, this review may be a little biased. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a nice fluffy 1 inch head, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma appears to be mostly of malt, maybe a little grain, and a slight bit of hops. The taste is light malts, and a hint of hops, with a light caramle aftertaste. Not a heavy beer, but still no shortness of flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation, and a smooth finish. This is easily a beer to session. Whether sitting at home, or in a tube on the river, this is a great beer wherever you go.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.04 out of 5 based on 3,890 ratings.
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