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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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour was a dark mahogany/copper red with a one finger head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white lace on top of the beer.

The smell was more like a pilsner skunk than a bock to me. The front was a malt sweetness mixed with a pilsner skunk. The back was more of the same. Don't get me wrong, there really is nothing wrong with that pilsner skunk, I just don't want it in a bock.

The drink started with a flat kick of watery nothing. The middle was a slight malt sweetness. The finish was hoppy and malty.

Nothing really great here, but nothing terrible. This is not a bad beer, but it's a quite expensive mediocre one.

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Photo of sheenisgod
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of entenduintransit
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Tinzun14
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of JodyPowers
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Bretttt
2.76/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of Azpittil57
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of heath1agnew
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the beer that got me started on trying other beers and off of extreme crap such as coors light, keystone light, bud light....etc. BUT for me it has been nothing more for me but a gateway beer to better beer. it is really NOT that great. trying it now it seems to have a funny aftertaste and nothing impressive, and perhaps a poor representative of a bock. it gets a low score because of that.

NOTE: i should also add that shiner offers other brews that are much better than other words don't totally throw out the brewery itself.

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Photo of JDV
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells of malt, caramel mostly with perhaps a tiny hint of hops. Pours a dark brown, clearish color with a bit of head. Carbonated well, with a fairly subdued taste at first, then a sweet, smooth malt finish. Fairly light bodied overall, easy to drink.

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Photo of Lilmikey1989
2.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I visited my daughter and son-in-law in Houston recently, I wanted to try one of the local brews. This is what they told me to order. It was a dark amber color with no head to it. It had a nondescript malty aroma, and a nondescript , vaguely sweet taste. Actually OK for mouthfeel, and drinkable in the sense that it went down easily. Not one of my favorite beers; hope other offerings from the brewery are better.

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Photo of indiana1414
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is about as Texas as it gets... not to say that everything Texas does is awesome, but to understand the Texas spirit, you need to try this beer. But I digress.

A - Deep copper or medium amber. Poor head retention with little lacing.

S - Grainy, but not intense, but just about right for a dark lager.

F - Sweet, dull malt flavor, with very little complexity. Straw-like. Finishes dry and clean, with a slightly stale flavor lingering.

M - Significant carbonation for the purported style, though calling this a bock is certainly strange.

Overall, a great tailgate beer, and certainly better than the xxLight usually available. Shiner Amber Lager would be a better name for this beer, but then they wouldn't be able to put the billy goat on the label...

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Photo of deansellers
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Branlott42
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of YoungMtn52
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special - nice dark color but taste is rather bland and has almost no head....

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Photo of Sethmcd
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bort11
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tall shaker pint. thin soapy looking head that quickly recedes. Color is a clear mahogany with a lot of carbonation activity. Sort of looks like a Coke.

Smell has a slightly burnt grain aroma. Hints of grassy hops are barely noticable. A little bit skunky. Taste is also quite grainy with a little bit of caramel malts present.

Mouthfeel is light and thin. Just not very interesting. So far, I have yet to have a really good beer from Texas.

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Photo of EdwardIV84
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Drew966
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock pours a dark copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I really can't smell much of anything. The flavor is less than exciting as well. A little malt, a little nut like flavor. Maybe worth a try. I wont be buying it again though.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. with no freshness date. It's a clear, deep copper hue with very active carbonation and a 2" khaki head that leaves light lacing. Light caramel and molasses malts in the aroma with some macro/adjunct qualities. The flavor is the same with very light green/spicy hops on top of a light body that has lively carbonation and leaves a short finish. Easy to drink but not very flavorful. Tastes like a macro version of a bock.

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Photo of ab39z
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brownbeer
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The moment that I never drink a Shiner beer again can't come too soon. Fortunately, this is the last of my mixed pack.

It has a generic grainy aroma just like their other beers with maybe a hint of tree bark and maple.

Easy to drink, not much going on. A step above macro lager.

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Photo of stouty1
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured burnt orange in color with a minimal laced head. What was there was gone very quickly. Smells of malt and grapes. Tatses pretty much like nothing at first. No sweetness no malt. Then a slight bitterness tries to reach out to grab your tongue, but I think it moved done my throat too fast, leaving something trying to come but not quite reaching its goal. Very fizzy and overly carbonated. Very drinkable as its almost like drinking down a bottle of water.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

A - Loose and creamy tan head with a steady stream of carbonation. Good retention on an amber body.

S - Very disappointing. Aroma is full of adjuncts - dry wheat, husky, grainy, and roasted corn with the malts being an after thought almost. Slightly metallic finish.

T - Somewhat malty amid the adjunct flavor crazyness here. Husky and grainy. Not very bock-like at all. All malt, or at least most malt mashing would make this so much better!

M - Light and crisp. Strong carbonation bite but nothing like a bock should be.

D - Probably the best part of this beer is it's drinkability. Since it isn't a typical bock, its certainly easy to drink but it's really just a watered down bock with adjuncts.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 4,013 ratings.
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