Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner BockShiner Bock
4,062 Ratings
Shiner BockShiner Bock

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of usualpulp
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an average beer. It pours a dark amber color and has a very slight malty smell. Its not really a bock style more of an amber ale. This beer isnt really bad, but its just not as great as some people think. But in a pinch its a good beer, around here its on tap at most any resteraunt or bar. Its a nice beer for taking to the lake or camping, but there are many beers i would pick over this one for daily drinking.

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Photo of dbunch21
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dippy
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Greasy
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

as American made bocks go, which by and large isn't saying much, this one isn't really all that bad, and its a whole lot better than some of the other shiner brews. its got a sweetness to it that's only mild, and the darker malts give it some reasonable depth of both smell and taste. its got a roasted character that teams up well with the molasses like sweetness. the yeast is a little out of place her I think, not sure what they used, but its off. furthermore, you cant have a darker bock under 5% abv, it just doesn't do the style justice and it doesn't work for me. that being said though, there are no offensive flavors here, and this beer is actually pretty drinkable. in a bar where miller and coors products are my only option except this, I will go back to it again and again. plenty of room fro improvement, and its a far cry from the german traditional, but in the right context this can be very enjoyable.

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3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a semi-glossy dark burnt red almost brown color with a light transparency along the edges. Just a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace to leave some messy lace.
The aroma had some sweet dark bready qualities, dried caramel malts, brisk sweet to roasty nuts and a touch of dried yeastiness. Super light grassy hops shine through some earthiness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially and then developed decently through all of the previously mentioned aromas sweet to bready to light grassiness and a moderate earthiness. Aftertaste blended all of those flavors together and added in a hint of metallic qualities.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seeming to sit just a touch under to give way to a pretty good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt a bit under, but didn't bother me. Cloying qualities didn't show as I thought they would. Pretty smooth along my tongue.
Overall, as a bock, I'd say it did the trick for the most part except for that metallic aftertaste, oh nuts, and this could be a great one if Shiner got that out.

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3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This isn't the greatest bock I've ever had, but it is nostalgic and I love it. I used to seem to always have a six pack of Shiner in my fridge when I lived stateside.

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Photo of Doonzman
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent beer. Better than your bud lights and keystone. But nothing great

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Photo of pojo41
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like dark lagers and this one is pretty good. Good color with a quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation. Nice aroma and that malty taste that I love. Not a true bock in the German style but, a very drinkable American one. Not a bad beer to have on hand.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber, slightly transparent. thin cream colored head

S-a real clean and simple scent of sweet grains and caramel. very faint.

T-comes in just as the nose suggests. mostly sweet grains and some caramel malts. it actually reminds me of a really weak belgian dark ale. very clean taste. matching after-taste. very refreshing

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-obviously not a world class beer, but when stuck in a beer wasteland of BMC products, this is a treat. its very crisp and something that can be easily consumed in large amounts.

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3.51/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,062 ratings
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