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Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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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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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 this...in other words don't totally throw out the brewery itself.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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.

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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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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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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,078 ratings
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