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Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of KI9A
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Blues City Cafe on Beale street, in Memphis, before killing my pallet with BBQ ribs.

A: From bottle, light copper, off white head.

S: Not much here. Some caramel.

T: Not much here either. Light malt, a bit sweet. No complexity like other bocks.

M: Clean, decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink, maybe a step up from a macro-lager. Was hoping for more from a bock, but, the 2nd & 3rd went down great with BBQ ribs.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 8/8/2008 (bottle):

Pours a brown-red colored body, pretty clearish looking, with nearly no head, off-white in color. Has a nutty, maybe fruity, or grainy? aroma. Effervescent. Has a pretty weak taste. Some nuttiness, with a watery palate. Not much flavor here.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: amber body, trace head, zero lacing.

S: hint of malt, but very muted aroma

T: mild malt with trace amount of spices

M: light body, low carbonation, very dry mouth

D: Very weak bock beer. Move along there is nothing to see or taste here. Wish this was a greater attempt at a fine style.

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Photo of jbphoto88
2.57/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very clear, reddish brown color with an aggressive head. A tan khaki head that almost spills over the side of the glass.

It smells like a very processed synthetic grain and that is about all. No discernible hops or much of anything else.

Taste is very surprising. I was expecting to be drinking a "drain dumper" but its actually not bad. There is a nice toasted malt flavor with a slight metallic aftertaste. Slightly coppery in character with a nice sweetness that I didn't see coming. The only downfall is that its a one trick pony, there isn't anything else to this brew to keep it interesting.

Mouthfeel is only average. There isn't much carbonation and its tastes kind of watered down and slightly synthetic. This blah-ness makes it a less drinkable beer in my book. I am initially intrigued by it only to be disappointed by the whole package.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber orange with a modest head and minimal lacing. Aroma is very light kind of a toasty grain with a faint hop aroma. Taste is about like Michelob Amber Bock; not great and not bad. It is worth drinking in establishments that have great food but limited beer selections. Although around here those kinds of places also have something from Great Lakes and everything from GL is better than this.

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Photo of kevman527
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a friend pick me up some Shiner Bock on his trip to Texas after reading about it in a book.

Wasn't as impressed with it after trying it, not horrible just not what I was expecting.

Reddish brown, a little bit of head which dissipated quickly, no lacing. Was not much there in the smell department, couldn't pick up anything noticeable. Just a tiny bit of malt in the taste, no hops, nothing spectacular but, nothing off tasting. Low carbonation, a little fizzy but it is easy to drink, however with not much taste I probably would not drink too many. I am glad I did not have to buy it.

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Photo of spoons
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color is clear brown and dissapates quickly.

The smell. What can I say. well I can't say much cause there doesnt seem to be much there. Its like a constant theme with this beer.

The taste is smooth however. Watery, some wet malt flavor. There is nothing special about this beer. Im sure it would be perfect for a baseball game in really hot weather, and so would many other things...

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a 20oz nonic glass

Coppery/reddish light brown hue very clear.Off-white head,dissapating to ring around glass.looked a bit flat.
Aroma was fruitty,nutty,caramelly,a hint of chocolate.
Taste was bisquitty,carmelly and fruity,dry and tart,a quick sharp,clean bitterness.Taste was a bit bland.
A thin to medium mouthfeel,a grainy texture.
Drinkable,but boring,reminds me of a macro. Got a keg for 1/2 price,now I know why.

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Photo of SamN
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge lightly tan head swells and explodes into a a monster 3 finger foam bloom. Fine head, reminds me of nitro'ed Guinness. Dark and almost cloudy red coloring. A little ugly.

S- Tinned hops, slight doughy malts. A little spicy.

T- Wow, incredibly bland tastes. No movement of flavors, very watered down. Slight malt flavor, even less hops. Watery. Very mild bittered hops finish.

Really, it's surprising how little flavor there is coming out of this beer.

M- Medium light body, flat character, nothing exciting at all.

D- Considering it doesn't taste bad, drinkability is higher. Nothing to taste, so there's nothing to disgust you about this beer. In reality, I could drink this as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of bilyboy65
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. No BBD on bottle.

A: Very clear amber with a slightly taned head. The head has no retention and no film is left on the glass. Little to no carbonation can be seen in the beer.

S: Smell is more of a dark lager then a bock beer. Scents of burnt grains with a hint of hops and brown sugar.

T: Pretty much the reverse of the scent. The hops and brown sugar dominate while the grains seem to add a bitter after taste.

M: Very dry and smooth beer. No carbonation to be felt.

D: This does not drink like a bock style beer. Seems to be more of a Brown ale. With a little tweaking would probably make a very good brown ale.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Miller Lite with food coloring. Clear tan. Tan, fizzy small head. Corny aroma, some hints of malt, and metal. Shiner and their metal. I wonder what the taste has in store for me. Corn, corn syrup, brown sugar, and metal. How is this a bock beer? I remember a friend from Texas touting this "great" beer. I should have remembered he loved Lone Star, too.

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Photo of roddwolff
2.54/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Bright copper color, a few bubbles, the foamy head lives for 15 seconds, after white burrs reamin on the surface, without lacing obviously, i like the logo with a bighorn sheep;

S: Soft, sweet and clear, malt and toffee;

T: Very simple, almost-roasted malt and lot of carbonation, good balancing with floral hops;

M: Fizzy, watery, light body;

D: Too watery to be bock style, the good thing was that i taked me away the horrible taste of the spinachs i was eating, acceptable beer, i have tasted worst beers from Texas.

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Photo of warnerry
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner bock
A - Pours a nice amber color but is completely lacking head.

S - Hardly any detected aroma except for a bit of sweet malt

T - A bit of malt with a weird slightly metallic taste and faint touch of hops. Doesn't really taste like a bock, more like a lager.

M - Pretty thin mouthfeel with a low level of carbonation.

D - Poor flavor profile and thin mouthfeel make one more than enough.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pints on sale for $1.75 at the Echo Tap here in Madison. I can tell why it they were trying to get rid of it. If there was one word to describe this beer, it would have to be "...oh...". Probably the most neutral, average, uninspiring, neither bad nor good beer I've ever had. Oh...I'm, uhhh....drinking a beer?

Pours a transparent dark brown with no real head to speak of. Smells like....umm, beer? Kind of metallic. Tastes like....watery beer? A hint of caramel malt to let you know it's supposed to be dark, but other than that entirely bland. Mouthfeel is probably about the thinnest I've ever experienced in a beer, even the carbonation was limp. Slightly higher drinkability rating only because it goes down like water. So...apparently I drank a beer last night....I guess.

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Photo of karst
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear amber, with a moderate sized sticky head
Aroma: little malt & some grainy scents.
Taste: bland and watery, butterscotch and the other malt tastes are vaguely syrupy, though thin mouthfeel, little aftertaste.
From Baum La Vernia, Tx south of China Grove. I picked up a six of these (Rick got six pack of Busch "tallboys") Decent drinkability. Better than ZiegenBock

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Photo of Dope
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Decent brown beer with a thin white head that dissipates almost immediately. No lacing to speak of.

S: Very generic malt smell - almost a bit bready but very subtle in general.

T: Average at best. Tastes like a watered down generic bock. Some maltyness and not much else.

M: Watery, boring as can be.

D: Given the low ABV and the thinness you could probably drink a bunch of these. However I could barely drink one bottle, it just has almost no appealing side to it.

Really didn't find this beer appealing at all. It was plain to the point of almost being undrinkable. Simple beers can be (very) good but to be honest I think I'd rather drink a bud light.

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Photo of SummitVA
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - amber pour into a dingy pint glass. Light carbonation, very little head

S - sweet malt, some caramel, maybe a bit of brown sugar

T - sweetness and a bit of bitterness, but fairly lifeless overall

M - thin and watery

O - hadn't had a Shiner in years, and I'm thinking I'll take another break. Still this has so often been an oasis of a tap handle at a dive bar, just as it wad tonight. Goes down well while kicking back and viewing hipster antics and listening to bad local music

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass - because why not?

A: Pours a crystal-clear chestnut color. The head is barely off-white, and about one fingers high. Retention isn't great, nor does it leave much lacing on the glass. But it is a good-looking lager.

S: Uh oh. This smells like little more than an adjunct lager with a touch of caramel malt. There's way too much corn prevalent on the nose for this to be a good bock.

T: This is better...ish. Corn adjuncts aren't the dominant note here, though I still think they're a bit overpowering. Rather, they're melded together with decent caramel maltiness. On one hand, it's pretty far from great; on the other hand, it exceeded my expectations.

M: Clean and crisp. I think it's a touch too sweet to be superbly drinkable, though. However, I can foresee this being a good lawnmower beer.

O: Eh, I'd put it on par with Yuengling. The problem here, though, is that it's a craft beer that tastes like a macro, which is never good. Additional points taken off for giving me a bit of a headache.

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Photo of Mechphisto
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's really nothing much I can say about this. Nothing noteable about it.
Nothing really bad, nothing really good or interesting.
The amber color is OK, not much of a scent, and a bitter-sweet flavor that is basically a strong Coors. A really strong Coors.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

Taste: Faintly toasty maltiness with a light taste of caramel and an ambiguous nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. A revolting metallic component leeches into the flavor -- always a turn off. Finishes dry with a crisp carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a tad bit fizzy.

Drinkability: A plain, dull lager, but when you throw in that metallic mouthful of nickels and pennies, you've totally lost me.

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Photo of donniecuffs
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On a business trip to Memphis, I grabbed a bottle of this popular beer. It poured a deep golden color, with manifest carbonation, over a finger of white head, and average retention. The nose was somewhat unspectacular; malty, with only slight notes of apple and caramel. The taste was a little more pronounced, with malty fruit notes, and a sweet finish. Very thin and highly carbonated, the feel made it easy enough to session, though I would have appreciated a little more intensity in the flavor profile.

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Photo of BeerBard
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most Austinites love Shiner Bock...I do not.

But you just can't help but drink it down here unless you are obsessed about avoiding it. The problem is, it's as "exotic" as many restaurants get down here with beer...and if you want a beer with your food...and you don't want a Budweiser...then you're left with Shiner Bock as you're only alternative to water or Bud-Lite (another term for water).

So Shiner is light brown in color, has virtually no sustained head, and little aroma (though it creates quite a stench rotting outside the many fraternities near the University). Not much of a mouthfeel because of the weak taste.

This was a beer created to be something "exotic" in during an era of ignorance in Texas. But times have changed and I believe the only reason it's still popular is the same reason Bush was re-elected and Texas votes Republican. But I take no responsibility for that.

I'll drink it again...I live in Texas...and let's face it, it's just an average beer...it won't kill you.

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Photo of drowninginhops
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a standard pint glass.

A: Not terribly impressive standard bock look brown with red accents. Off white head ~ 1 finger that dissipates quickly.

S: Malts not much else.

T: Bland, some malts.

M: On the thin side, but the beers best aspect.

D: Meh.... pass

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Photo of taters21
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a cola brown, super carbonated, very little head.
Smells of caramel, metal, and sweet malt.
Tastes of bread followed by earthy hops, weird.
Mouthfeel I nonexistent, poor for the style.
Overall, can't see what some people see in this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a light red hue to it. There is a thin head of film that breaks up quickly and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of nougat and pot caramel are light but the only real aroma noticed.

T- The taste of soft brown nougat has a note of light honey to it followed by a soft green hop hint. There is a light sulfur note to the carbonic acid finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a soft clean flavor but the favor it does have is not that good. I had a tough time finishing this beer as it was just not tasty and I didn't care for the nougat flavor it did have.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.04 out of 5 based on 3,907 ratings.
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