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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of thorkelson
1.56/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of GMB
1.56/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Shiner Bock pours a nice reddish brown body, but yields no head to speak of. Large, unappealing bubbles cling to the sides of the glass before floating up to the surface, where they rest a while before bursting.

The beer smells mostly of tin, though if one focuses intensely one can pick up notes of roasted malt.

The taste follows suit, offering little else to recommend itself. Aluminum foil conceals faint flavors of toasted malt. The more the palate grows accustomed to the tinny taste, the more perceptible becomes the toasted malt. Bock beer should be rich and full-bodied. Shiner Bock feels watery on the tongue and fails to froth.

Shiner Bock often appears on menus in small restaurants as the only alternative to standard American macro lagers (e.g., Budweiser, Miller, and Coors). If you find yourself seated in such a restaurant and must have a beer, do yourself a favor and order a Miller Lite.

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Photo of harkjohnny
1.58/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Shiner Bock... seems like this beer is a legend to some people. I've even heard of texas families shipping it off to loved ones in other cities. Has to be pretty good right? Hardly.

The label is nicely designed and provides interesting information about the "little brewery" and it's history. Unfortunately that's the best part of this brew. It pours into a pint glass with a bit below average carbonation and a clear brown color with just a tinge of red to it. Head dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of DMS and slight malty grains. Flavor is weak and barely more than a Swiller Lite with a hint of dark malt/chocolate to it. Poor representation of the Bock style, and just short of awful. Choked down the rest of the pint. I bought a 6 pack... guess i'll have to pass off a couple bottles on those who might want to try "one of those dark beers." Even a Mich Amber Bock tries harder than this. That's not saying much.

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Photo of bluehende
1.58/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This was just bad. I got no malt at all. Tasted like a macro light lager.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
1.61/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I'll start by saying that I think the keg of this stuff was about 994 years old. It was a cloudy brown color, and the smell that spewed forth from this stuff was atrocious. Like a malty skunk. The taste was even worse. At first it seemed like it might have a rather pleasant maltiness to it. Then the overpowering bitterness took over, and I cringed, as did everyone else drinking it. People were actually flocking to the Coors Light. Wow. That's saying something right there. Again, it was probably skunked and I would like to try it fresh. Thank God it was free.

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Photo of andyinsdca
1.63/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Every time I get Shiner Bock I curse myself for not remembering how bland this beer is. There's nothing to it. No flavors to speak of, no aroma. I'm not quite sure what the point of the beer is. It's not awful, it just isn't anything.
Appearance: sort of amber
Smell: None to speak of
Taste & Mouthfeel: None at all
Overall: Doesn't even rate "meh"

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Photo of PorterLambic
1.66/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours the color of cola with a very short-lived tan head, just like a Pepsi. Won't be any lace here either.
Smell is odd with notes of malt, some caramel, metal and a serious and overriding mustiness. Not quite skunky but skunk adjacent.
Taste is malt, artificial caramel and metal. Pathetic.
Medium bodied at best, somewhat drying, sharp effervescence up front fades fast. This one is for the drain. Not alcohol abuse, it's palate protection.

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Photo of BierStein711
1.67/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into shaker

Dark brown with off white head

This is a beer that drinks like a watery cola. Don't have this as well because it tastes like plants, and burnt veggies. The finish was very metallic!

It smelled like a beer, though!

I either had a bad bottle, or I just don't like it.

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Photo of mattjp03
1.7/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Photo of beersensei305
1.71/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

One of the worst regional beers I have ever had...I actually poured this one down the drain.

A: Copper/amber with a thin head then leaves quickly.
S: No Smell...malts maybe
T: Flat tasting, some toasted malts, tab carmel
M: Watery.. no bodied to it. little carbonation.
D: See above.

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Photo of Twifiter
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of dananabanana
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A: Looks like Diet Coke. No head at all. Lots of fizz, large bubbles. Caramel brown. No lacing.

S: Cloyingly sweet, vague malt.

T: Not very flavorful. Sort of wheaty.

M: Watery, over carbonated.

D: Awful, couldn't even finish it.

Not like any other bock I've had, it's like a poor macro version of a bock. I don't know what all of the hype is about.

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 4,037 ratings.
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