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:
Tip back a bock. Brewed with rich roasted barley malt and German specialty hops, this lightly hopped American-styled dark lager always goes down easy. Originally a seasonal beer, fans have demanded it year-round since 1973.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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4,161
pDev:
19.44%
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2.73
 
 
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Photo of Strix
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a lot of smell, but the smell is malty. Taste is malty, with a vague sweetness to it. Flavor doesn't really go anywhere, but the flavor that is there is pleasant. Malty aftertaste dissipates quickly. Mouthfeel smooth. Not very complex, but has a pleasant taste, and very drinkable.

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Photo of Jaker07
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olduo2
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of imanidiot777
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbarrett4
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very thin reddish appearance. Typical for this style

S - A classic bock style with lots of dark fruit, a hint of something darker and more mysterious but not precise.

T - Actually the taste is pretty nice, slightly above average. The red and dark fruit core lingers with a slightly dry and faintly bitter aftertaste.

M - Somewhat light for a bock style.

D - The best aspect of the beer is the drinkability. Goes down smooth yet with a refreshing finish. Not like Bud Light; you can actually taste this one.

They have this beer virtually everywhere here in Houston, so if nothing else, it's better than the typical domestic swill (Bud, Bud LT)

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Photo of Red_Zeke
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StacyD
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Off, it seems that there is a huge difference in the Beer that is available in Texas and what is available elsewhere.

I had first tried this beer in Chicago on Tap in a local bar. I was not impressed to say the least. The again had it in a bottle at a social gathering and it tasted like the same bland easy-drinking ale.

Then I was offered it again in Dallas and it looks, smells, and drinks like a completely different beer.

The Beer that I had in Chicago (where I am from) had a frothier head and tasted like a Pilsner. It was rather bland with a fairly blonde color and not much better than your average Big 3 beer.

The Beer in Texas is another matter and completely different. The Head is relatively flat with only mild carbonation. The color is dark like a porter, only still clear to the bottom of the glass. The taste is much hoppier and darker as well. Mouthfeel is also much more syrupy, but not as syrupy as a porter and still relatively clean on the palate. The flavor does not linger long on the tongue.

Whomever is making the beer for export is doing something VERY WRONG. It is a completely different beer outside of the state.

In Texas, it is a "Good" Beer and can be had inexpensively almost anywhere. Outside of Texas, I would say to avoid it. Many of the people here know this, it is a shame that they give that other beer the same name.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a dark amber color, no head or lacing to speak of.

Aroma - Malty, sugar cookies, burnt toast

Taste - Starts out with a nice toasted malt flavor, reminds me of hard pretzels, light caramel, bit of char, though I'm fairly certain they don't use any roasted barley, cola-like sweetness. It has a nice flavor but it's gone in a flash.

Feel - Light bodied, carbonation is where I'd want it for a beer like this,, not too aggressive, finishes slightly dry.

Overall - On the milder side for a bock but still enjoyable. I bet it'd get more love it were 5.5 or 6%.

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of briancathy
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dale0513
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of saintkiwi
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of h00dak
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +11.3%
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 +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buster
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncherf
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenHoppy
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SargeC
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of infinitebruner
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +11%
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%
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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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 4,161 ratings