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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 pumarocks
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the local HI-LO on the westside in hopes that it might remind me of warm spring days. After shoveling 10 inches of snow and ice off my driveway I can say this Bock did not let me down. It is malty, very drinkable and refreshing. Is it a heavy-hitter all time great? Not really. It is a bit watery with no head retention. Please please groundhog, dont see your shadow. Spring cannot get here soon enough.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rich, copper hued body with a thin yet lasting white head. Mild, roasted malt aroma; hazelnuts. Warm, nutty, caramel flavors; brown sugar. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

A decent enough beer though it comes across rather weak in all areas for a bock beer. It's especially odd to have such a relatively low ABV for a bock styled beer. This would make a pretty respectable amber lager or Vienna lager, but lacks the oomph and appeal of a classic bock beer. It's roasted grain and nutty flavors are a plus and makes the beer enjoyable enough for what it offers.

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Photo of jhutch31
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of these beers with my dinner out last night with my wife. I had never had Shiner Bock before and I have to admit, it was pretty good for a light, easy drinking beer.
It didn't pour with a lot of head retention, but the overall color and clarity were good. It has very little aroma, mostly of crystal malt with little to no hop aroma. The flavor is the best part. Rich caramel flavor with a clean, crisp lagered finish. Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel was average for this type of beer. I would definately drink one of these again if I had my choice over having to drink Coors or Bud light. Definately a better choice.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this to compare to the Shiner Bock I had on-tap earlier this week. Appearance is a nice dark copper color, slightly ruby when it hits the light. Smell isn't very strong, slightly sweet smelling, with hint of alcohol smell. Taste is quite nice, not spectacular, but malty enough to enjoy. This is an easily drinkable beer that I could see becoming one of my standard fridge stock. Versus tap the bottle has less of a full mouthfeel and is slightly less malty in flavor. I like it on tap a little better, but the differences are tiny.

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Photo of ski271
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Friends from Tennessee brought up a case of this with them, and boy did we plow through some bottles! It pours a dark slightly-reddish copper with a small, off-white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a tenacious film. Very little lacing. The smell is mild, bready malt, caramel, light citrus and grape. The taste is mild too, with solid malts up front but turning a little weak in the middle. The finish is short, crisp and slightly woodsy. It has a medium-light body, dry texture, and soft carbonation. There’s something about this beer that makes it so ridiculously drinkable. Highly sessionable and it seems to get better the more you drink. The beer is nothing special, but I’d definitely pick this beer up as an everyday beer if I could get it up here. However I have to lower my rating a bit since it’s quite weak for the style. I expect more from a bock.

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Photo of socon67
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark amber pour with a clear look. No lacing of note, and foam rises high but really doesn't retain.

S - sweet malt smell with some scents of caramel and mahoganey.

T - Flavor is certianly sweet with some syrupy sugar taste. Malt flavor is nice at first but not something that impresses you thw longer you drink this beer. Its a standard domestic bock, and is not going to stand well against its German counterparts.

M - Light feel though oddly it does have a thickness to it. This is a decent beer to have with some smoky BBQ, which I've done in Dallas a couple of times.

O - Not a standout bock though also not deserving of the brutal reviews it here. Take it for what it is, a step up from the macors and something other than a pale ale.

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Photo of gpogo
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Brilliantly clear reddish brown. Small white head that dissipated almost immediately after pouring.

A- Bready malt aroma.

T- Clean malt flavor. Bready aroma is not as heavy in flavor. Light toasted flavors.

M- Medium body with moderate to high carbonation. Felt a bit watery.

D- Not bad, but there are better bocks out there.

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark amber with a small white head. Too bad the head was extremely short-lived. Smells is nutty and toasty. The taste is very light. There are hints of hazelnut and toasted malt, as well as a hop tang. Unfortunately, I also taste some graininess which isn't necessarily bad, but it's definitely a taste I associate with "cheap." Highly quaffable and refreshing, but I certainly wasn't blown away.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Random bottle in a relative's refrigerator was better than I expected, and I seemed to like it better than most. May have been my mood or the food I was eating. Decent malt flavors and aroma. Medium-light body. Easy drinking.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my limited notes, had last summer when I was in Louisiana.

Pours a clear amber color, decent sized head but fades fast, leaves no lacing.

Smell is mostly malty with a bit of a grassiness.

Taste is fairly straightforward, reminds me more of a macro lager than a bock, crisp carbonation with mostly a sweet caramel malt taste, flavor leaves as fast as it comes, seems a bit watery at time.

Considering where I was, this was easily the best choice going on. A decent beer to drink in the sweltering heat, but I'd rather reach for other bocks or beers.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Brown color with a decent size off white head that decended.

smell - Roasted malt here with some hops present.

taste - Has a sweet malt taste, mixed with some roasted malts, and ending with some hops presnet. Nice balanced beer.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, nothing special, decent beer.

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Photo of visualweasel
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A dark amber pour, with a solid two-finger head.

S: Traditional bock profile of sweet grainy malts.

T: Comparable to many mass-produced bocks. Not bad. Heavy malt, minimal hop bitterness, with an astringent finish. Certainly not up to German standards.

M: Good carbonation and medium-thin mouthfeel.

O: A better than average session beer, especially for picnics and backyard BBQs, but nothing special.

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Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im a Texan so this beer is a Texas classic (even if its really a dark amber lager and not a true bock)

pours up a dark amber color, small off-white head. aromas of pale malts and caramel malts. taste is metallic up front, then lightly chewy malty, subtle hops are apparent (not a good bock characteristic). medium bodied, medium carbo, sweet finish.

i dont care if this beer isn't the best beer ever, its a classic in my land and this used to be my "expensive classy" beer back in the day before my "real" beer awakening.

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Photo of MEWHA
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer, really more of a lager but doesn't really matter to me. Not the best I've had, but definitely not the worst. I would recommend to anyone thinking of trying it.

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Photo of meechum
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A dark copper/amber color into a pils glass with a small one finger white head that left a big lace down the glass as it was drained

S - Not much here just the malts and a touch of some piney hops

T - Clean, crisp with a decent malt statement and a bit of a piney floral hoppy dry finish

M - Crisp and dry it was pretty good

D - It's certainly drinkable and a better candidate to reach for over most any macro on the other hand if Boston Lager is on tap I'd take that over this

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours into a frozen mug (hey, when in Texas...) with a brownish amber color. Thick, foamy 2-finger beige head, very creamy, nearly like Guinness, and slow to recede (due to the coldness?). Leaves thick dotty lacing.

Aroma - light caramel malt and grain. Not much here, a bit of a disappointment.

Taste - nice caramel malt start, more so than was picked up in the nose. Basic graininess beyond that, no hops but some moderate sweetness. Develops some more depth as it warms. Slightly sour/bitter finish, but very low key.

Mouthfeel - average body, carbonation and smoothness, reasonably well-done for the style.

Drinkability - my favorite Texas beer when it comes to session picks. Goes down easily, more than a lawnmower beer but not too heavy to enjoy in this Texas heat.

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Photo of KentT
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an easy to drink dark beer. It's a good introduction to dark beer for novices. Good, malty taste and lightly hopped. Better for my money than Michelob Amber Bock for this style (American Bock Beer). Slightly sweet taste but not cloying. Good lighter American Style Bock Beer. Mouthfeel decent. Overall, a B minus here. A gateway to better things. Very good session beer. I like it but it's too expensive in East Tennessee ($7 a six pack).

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Photo of angusdegraosta
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Listen, I think Shiner Bock is an American classic. It tastes just like itself and is very easy on the palate. But it's distinctive despite the easiness. Now it may not look or smell like anything special. It's certainly not a textbook "bock." What it is is a hell of a good session beer. Hop flavor isn't what distinguishes this. It's the grainy malted carbonation. It's got its own zing that isn't bitter or citrusy, just a good medium-bodied lager with modest alcohol content. I'm more than likely going to have this again.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sorta hate to give every category the same score, it looks like an apathetic attempt to review, however i feel this beer is a solid above "avg" beer.

A: the head could last longer for sure, but the amber reddish color is nice and there is a very slight lacing.

S: there is a decent aroma, a little malt I would say a little caramel not in the way you would expect from a bock beer, not strong, not powerful, but a little better than avg

T: its a little too light in taste and mouthfeel too watery the taste has some of the malt and caramel character that you would expect however that said like the aroma it wasnt so powerful. its a good solid beer, not great but def a cut above avg

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the only basic widely distributed beers I can actually drink. It's a watery mess like the others, but this one actually has some flavor and character.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is a central texas classic, good quality beer, a lighter bock than most that I have had.

great color, I have had this beer many times and I can say it is one of the most consistant beers around.

not very bitter, can be a session beer on a warm day, not a hot day, a big difference in central texas.

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Photo of inbeertruth
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the University of Texas at Austin's Cactus Cafe, though it is a regular staple in my home in bottles.

Appearance: Dark amber with a creamy white head that dissolves quickly, but leaves substantial residue.

Smell: Malt, oats, with a touch of hops and sweetness.

Taste: Cereals, caramel, with sweet finishes.'

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Overall, this is where Shiner Bock shines. I was raised on this beer, and even though I am from Texas and a little biased, Spoetzl's flagship beer is an affordable bock to have around the house. It is very inviting, perfect for a pick-me-up in the spring. I have had better bocks and beers before, but when I need a comfort drink to make me think of home, Easter pot lucks, and bluebonnets, I return to the yellow ram.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber/red color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is minimal. Lacing is mild. Dark malty aroma with dark fruits, slight floral notes, nutty and a hint of coffee. Taste of dark malts, slightly sweet dark fruits, nuts and a very slight hint of coffee at the end. The aftertaste is a little off putting, though. More towards the adjunct side. Light to medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Will do when only other options are adjunct lagers.

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Photo of pojo41
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like dark lagers and this one is pretty good. Good color with a quickly dissipating head. Good carbonation. Nice aroma and that malty taste that I love. Not a true bock in the German style but, a very drinkable American one. Not a bad beer to have on hand.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-nice amber, slightly transparent. thin cream colored head

S-a real clean and simple scent of sweet grains and caramel. very faint.

T-comes in just as the nose suggests. mostly sweet grains and some caramel malts. it actually reminds me of a really weak belgian dark ale. very clean taste. matching after-taste. very refreshing

M-medium to heavy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-obviously not a world class beer, but when stuck in a beer wasteland of BMC products, this is a treat. its very crisp and something that can be easily consumed in large amounts.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.04 out of 5 based on 3,925 ratings.
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