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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,253
Reviews:
1,106
Ratings:
4,094
pDev:
19.5%
Bros Score:
2.73
 
 
Wants:
78
Gots:
1,152
Trade:
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Ratings: 4,094 |  Reviews: 1,106
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 Squire123
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 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

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

Sampled earlier this evening and had this once before a couple of years ago. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a tulip glass.

Pours a dark amber in color with about a 1/2-finger off white head that leaves some spotty lacing as well. The aroma is a faint sweetness with malt. Carbonation is a bit under average. Taste is of a light sweet caramel malts unlike many other bocks. Goes down pretty easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. Actually wasn't that bad and would have one again.

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

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so smooth....it just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of scaryguy4u
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Zenvortex
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

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

Photo of CtheGeneral99
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of nbeardsley
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of g_tharp
3.52/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Didier
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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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,094 ratings
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