Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of h00dak
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkable and tasty. This is a great choice for a session beer. It takes about half of the bottle to really start picking up flavors but after that it is smooth sailing.

Good for a hot day to refresh yourself. Don't let the "bock" fool you though. There is nothing strong about this beer. Barely stronger than a lager. Just more flavor.

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Photo of Ford
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coastal Crossing Grill in Alvin, Texas on tap.

When there is only Bud and Miller around, this is a much better option. Smooth and easy to drink. Doesn't sit to heavy. No bitterness to be found. Just a good beer. Not great and certainly doesn't carry the cool factor now that there are so many Craft breweries out there, but I'm always satisfied after drinking it.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine in Louisiana always has raved about this one, and coincidentally another friend brought a 6-pack back from TX this past weekend.

Pours medium amber, very slightly hazy. Nose does not consist of much, slight malts and alcohol. Good carbonation, not much head, slight lacing. Taste is a bit light, but not too light. Does not taste like a light beer, necessarily. Malts come out at the end to round out the feel and flavor. I think if the malts weren't there then it would be a failure. This beer was enjoyable and easy to drink. If you are looking for an option that is not your standard pisswater but still want to drink several beers without them being heavy, this is a good option.

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Photo of That_Turtle
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buster
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncherf
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber brew. Frothy off-white head with good carbonation movement.

Smell: Decent malt presence with a touch of toffee.

Taste: Light and refreshing with a bit of malt character. I did not expect this in a bock, but it was not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light for what it is trying to represent

Drinkablity: Good flavor in such a light bodied brew.

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Photo of OneBeertoRTA
3.55/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

December 30, 2014

12 oz bottle, weizen glass

A – Light brown with high clarity. About a half-finger of off-white foam, with somewhat low retention.

S – Golden biscuit aroma with a bit of caramel, some sweet, grainy notes in the background. Hops are slightly herbal, mostly just a bitter aroma.

T – Similar to aroma, golden flaky biscuit, with just a bit of sweet caramel. Not getting much from the hops, it’s mostly some mild bitterness. Beer is a bit thin, so none of the flavors are particularly strong, but they are well-balanced.

M – Moderately carbonated and only mildly bitter, the touch of sweetness and the caramel last throughout. Thin body, fairly juicy to the finish.

O – Shiner Bock was (I believe) the first beer I had that wasn’t mass-produced American lager, so it holds a special place in my heart. It is very basic, but not at all a bad beer. It’s been “dumbed down” a bit from a traditional bock, and is a bit thin, but still a solid brew.

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Photo of Dms844
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent dark brown with a touch of brown. Foamed a little, almost an inch, but quickly faded to a thick silky ring around the glass. Small bubbles, light tan.

S: Malty and sweet. Slight walnut but mellow. Brown sugar and slight cinnamon.

T: Starts off with a fascinating brown sugar sweetness and quickly squelched with a bright tangy carbonation. Woody cedarness comes through the middle with even more sweetness and cinnamon shining through again. Slight carbonic steel finish.

M: Good body, but finishes strong sweet and tangy from a good amount of carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers a tad long, but other than that it's great.

O: I know people talk down on beers like this, but it's a pretty good mellow brew. It's got way more flavor and body than your run of the mill macrobrew. It's like a microbrew version of a light beer. It's got a great finish and is a great refreshing beer.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper brown, pretty clear. A very fizzy two finger head falls quickly with poor lacing. Strong buttery malt scent, no hop presence to speak of. Aroma sets you up for a let down with the bland, dry taste. While true to style in low hop presence, the malt flavor is weak and simple. Mild malt with a hint of nut and spice. It's light body and low carbonation make it drinkable and smooth, but boring. A German style lager made in Texas; what can you expect?

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Photo of arrott
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Baileyuk
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown color with little head or lacing.

Smell was of caramelized malts. Very pleasant smell, although for a bock I was hoping for something with more umph.

Taste was pleasant although again a little weak for a bock. Was light bodied.

Drinkability was high as this was a pleasant beer albeit a little weak. It did not fade like a lot of weaker lagers. Overall an okay beer, not one I would repeat unless I had too but it is alroght. In florida it is a lot higher than a lot of states.

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Photo of bluesyasian
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squire
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue collar Bock.

This is good, no, let me rephrase that, this is quite good for what it is. It isn't a German Bock, it's a variation of AAL, and has met with wide acceptance because people like the flavor. Attractive brownish redish color, malt/hops appear in enough volume to be heard, texture is thinner than Euro styles but still medium, taste leaves a sense of sweetness without actually being sweet. Remarkably consistent, I get the impression this beer was designed to compete with the Vienna style lagers from South of the River. As a crossover from AALs this one performs admirably and the lack of roasted malt bitterness makes it an easy drinker. Works well with food, most any occasion, most any company.

Is popularity reason enough to buy it? Well, yeah.

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Photo of Exeggutor
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of nuts. Taste is malty, bready, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bocks pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head. The nose is mild, with some grassy hop notes. I also get some hay with slight hint of licorice.

The flavor is light and malty. Bread crust flavors are followed by a mild sweetness on the back. The mouthfeel is medium/thin with medium carbonation.

Overall, an easy drinker but not bad.

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Photo of TylerAddisonJ13
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium amber-brown in color. Crystal clear with a very thin white head that dissipated quickly. No lacing on glass

S - Malt, slight apple undertones. Minimal, not very strong overall.

T - Particularly mild, but good. Grain, malt and slight fruit tastes. Easy to please just about anyone. Not "extreme" by any means. But still pretty good.

M - Light and crisp. Pretty carbonated, which was unexpected. Somewhat fizzy. Less than desirable, but not bad either.

D - It wins with drinkability. I could easily put down a few of these. Would make a good sessionable beer. Something that I would give to my friends to help them cross over into "good beer" world. Easy to drink.

Overall, not bad. Had it on tap as the guest-brew at the Brewerie in Erie, PA. An easy "crowd pleaser." Good with a meal, or to session. Very well rounded. But nothing too intense in either direction good or bad. Average brew. I'd take another one if offered for sure.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very clear, dark copper color. Almost orange. A thin white head forms, but only maintains itself due to the numerous streams of rising carbonation.

S- Carmely and sweet. Not all that complex. Very clean though.

T- Carmely and sweet. Very clean and refreshing. Very smooth and not offensive.

M- A tad too much carbonation for my tastes. That being said, the creamy aspect and smoothness really make up for it.

D- This is a very nice and simple beer that is better than run-of-the-mill. Would make a great session beer.

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Photo of fri3dric3boi
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a light brown color, kinda like iced tea. The foamy head dissipates quickly although refreshing though. Nose is very mild, mostly malt. Has a slight grain smell and little else. Its a nice beer for taking to the lake or camping. Will drink again though.

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Photo of kkarimi
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmills3
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,133 ratings