Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: German 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.

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Reviews: 1,145 | Ratings: 4,292
Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice brew. Served on tap in a 20 oz shaker pint. Dark brown in color with swirls of khaki foam floating on top. Aroma is bread, some herbal notes. Flavor is big on dark bread, slightly sweet, with some nutty /fruity notes. Thin feel. Decent one just to toss back.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours as a clear dark copper with a thin off-white and quickly dispersing head. Faint malty aroma. Heavy malt-forward sweetness with caramel and molasses flavors. There's good carbonation, breadiness, and hops for an overall nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeardedCook
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Great light and non-overpowering taste. Like another user said, it's what you want to drink on a hot day after cutting the grass. Don't expect an overly complex taste, but expect a solidly refreshing beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a snifter. 215 17 B2N P 2247 is on the bottom.

Pours a ruby brown color, mostly clear, small to medium head, moderate carbonation. Smell is caramel, roasted malts and toffee, maybe a whiff of dates or raisins.

Taste is watery and sweet with the toffee coming across lightly and the dates / raisins coming across more strongly.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery.'s OK.

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Photo of Bito24
3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

There’s a reason that Texas doesn’t come to mind when you think about Bock Beer. I only bought the six because they advertise on the radio broadcasts of my favorite baseball team. Pretty average overall. There are plenty of better beers for the money. But this is just one man’s opinion. So I’d go to your nearest six pack store and give it a try and hopefully you’ll love the beer and give me a scathing review!

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Photo of DaleDixon
4.38/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

My first beer rating. Shiner is a beer that you can pour down your throat in a hot August afternoon or sit and sip with friends. This beer is just easy to drink. Not as hoppy as your IPA, but more flavorful than your domestic lagers. I couldn’t find it while living in WA state and I did miss it on occasion.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rich dark caramel colour almost like the bottle. Small froth but appetizing appearance. Not much scent, but the taste and feel of a lager with depth is there. For those who like Samuel Adams original, this one is a kin.

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice and dark gets a little lighter when the light hits it at an angle nice one inch head that leaves a little lacing, pleasant roasted smell, good roasted taste to it with a slight bit of bittersweet

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Photo of DerekMiller
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: The beer itself is an amber brown color. The bottle and packaging is very nice to look at. Less of an eyesore when 6 of them end up on your desk than, day, a bottle of bud light does.

Smell: A malty, somewhat nutty wheat aroma.

Taste: Reminds me of a decent brand of store-bought wheat bread. Like if you turned wheat Wonderbread into a beverage. No fancy flavors here; a bit of nuttiness is to be found, but I associate that nuttiness more with the bready wheat flavor than an actual nut.

Feel: Clean, crisp, just enough carbonation.

Overall: This is my go-to beer. If I want a beer for just about any occasion, it's this one.

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Photo of teromous
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "0324190K+ 02:58:45"

Appearance: It has a brown body with very good clarity. There is a medium-sized fluffy light tan head that has good retention and lacing.

Aroma: The beer has hints of what smells like noble hops with just a bit of a spicy grassy note. There is a light nutty aroma to the beer and just a hint of caramel.

Taste: There is a slightly nutty flavor to the beer up front and it joins a lightly toasted bread flavor. There is just a touch of toffee sweetness to the beer. There is also a bit of a metallic flavor to the beer but it isn't strong.

Mouthfeel: It is a very clean and easy to drink beer. It is smooth in the middle and crisp at the end.

Overall: The beer is very enjoyable to drink but it tends to miss some of the robustness that competing beers have. The lighter presence of aroma and flavor don't make it less enjoyable to drink though. I would recommend it to people looking for a malty lager for an event or a get-together. i would drink it again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.21/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing as part of BJCP training. This is listed as an example for 2C. International Dark Lager, yet it calls itself a Bock, so we'll see. Canned 11/24/18

Pours a crystal clear auburn-amber-brown color, the nice foamy head hits a finger but fades at a fair pace, a bit of lacing

Nose brings some mild toasted darker malts, a little biscuity, little toffee and raw molasses like note, a mild toasted sweet corn notes which are acceptable for the style, and a little yeasty almost sulfury like thing

Taste fair malty flavor, a fair sweetness as well, biscuity toffee and quite toasty, mild bread crust, a touch of caramel and maybe molasses like notes, a touch of herbal spicy hops in the background with very mild bitterness, a touch of that sulfury like mineral lager notes are there as well, mild sticky finish I think there are more unfermentables than should be for the style, lingering mild bitterness and minerality, sticky malts too

Mouth is medium to a little lighter bod, a little smoothness and medium to higher carbonation

Overall not great, but not too bad, considering this halfway between International Dark Lager, and Dunkles Bock, it has characters of both, yet there are some not so pleasant characters as well. Again not sure why this is a specific example of the style for BJCP, it seems like this is not quite within ranges for the style at all. I'll have to see if I can get another example.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have only spent one evening enjoying this brew. Was over at a buddies for a cookout, and this is what was served. I remember that it was full bodied but mostly smooth. I did like it, just didn't love it. Ranks just above average.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Light brown and clear, with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Biscuity malt, oranges, and a hint of hops.

Taste: Very mild biscuity malt. A little bitterness and almost unnoticeable hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and highly carbonated. Not quite at the "carbonated water" level of an adjunct lager, but close.

Overall: A pretty good beer, but not really one that should be called a bock. It totally lacks the strength and character.

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Photo of Colt_E_Rathbun
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a 'shaker' pint glass. Shiner is the color of tea. It has a bone white head of foam. The aroma while faint is of biscuit. This beer tastes delicious. The mouth feel is smooth with just a hint of pepper at the back of the throat. Over all clean, crisp. A well crafted beer worth seeking out. Low abv so I was able to down two easily without feeling sick the next morning. Went well with Chinese. A solid A

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Photo of RemyMerlotte
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce can into a sturdy plastic mug. Pours straw w/some streaming bubbles. Nice head of foam and decent lacing. Aroma is faint flowers and some bread. Taste is smooth, clean, and crisp. An outstanding beer

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Bock brewed by Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, with an ABV of 4.40% This German Bock pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer. The color is a nice light brown color , almost a golden copper like color, with a small white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. There is also some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The lacing reminds me a soapy bubbles. The smell of this Bock is sweet with lots of grains and malts. A nice amount of mirror hop bitterness in the smell as well. So far this is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. You first pick up a slight roasted sweetness, mixed with grains an malts. The body of the Shiner Bock is a light medium, this is a very easy drinking brew. This brew would go nice with an occasion, lunch, dinner, party. The mouth feel of Shiner Bock is Bold, Rich, Sweet, Smooth, Clean, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to this German Bock a Soild 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner, did a super nice job with with this Bock brew.

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Photo of 69IBU
3.97/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I first drank this beer when I visited my Father in Texas and heard this beer was apparently the hot craft beer in Texas. Regardless of how the average ratings consider this beer - I totally fell in love with it. It's got a nice mild roasted taste, but is exceedingly smooth and fantastic on a hot Texas day. Looks great in a glass with a pleasant light brown colour. Too bad my only option for bringing it home is via my checked luggage on a plane.

Bring Shiner to Alberta!

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Photo of jane36330
1.12/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow! That's one of the worst beers I had that even had a German name attached.
It;s without body and flavour, ridiculous alcohol content.
How did this junk end up in my gas station in Alabama?
That is their pride? They must have never had a real German beer.
Ended up dumping the last half of the bottle down the drain. ?Stuck with 5 more bottles of this UGH!
Should have researched it first.

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Photo of darkfalz
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out into a frosty stone mug. Looked great, a nice darker color, with a creamy head.

The smell was a bit off putting. It was a bit like something had just gone past its expiration date, a little almost sour milk. Not terrible but I noticed it.

Taste was great. Nice and smooth with that great malt. Really a very good tasting beer.

The feel was very carbonated which made it a very sharp taste when taking a sip. The carbonation quickly faded and the maltiness took over.

Overall, very enjoyable. Will gladly pick up a sixer of this from time to time.

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Photo of DJtheTireGuy
2.33/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Presented in a classic pint glass.

Look: Nice amber color, with a thin and white head that quickly dissipates. Rising carbonation is faint and tapers off even more.

Smell: Little to no smell. Incredibly lukewarm appeal.

Taste: A faint hoppy taste at the very beginning, which tapers into a small malty feeling. The beer is unimpressive and tastes of a cheap lager, which agreeably it markets itself as.

Feel: This is possibly the best aspect of the beer. It has a sharp bite which falls into a warmth once it hits the belly. Overall a slightly redeeming characteristic to this beer.

Overall: Obviously a cheap lager. Nothing really stands out about this beer even though I paid the same price for this as I did for Sam Adams. The smell was by far the least impressive aspect but the feel somewhat redeemed its lack of performance.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malt forward across the spectrum. Notes of Belgian candy, strong rusted metals, grapes, toast, honey, and a yeasty sourness. Not bad, not great. Brewers 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.

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Photo of jakedaniel
4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've drunk a ton of Shiner Bock over the years. I used to spend way too much time in a bar that sold Shiner Bock draft for the same price as domestic. $1 a glass or $4 for a pitcher. Those were the days!

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Photo of PMakowski
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - copper amber color with a small head of foam fades rather fast, little glass lacing not much
Smell - very little here some grains or rice. A slight freezer-burn aroma.
Taste - Malt and musty grains. Decent level of sweetness. Very minor hop bite. Carbonation is medium-high and drinkability is fairly high, not a filling beer. I'm not an expert, never really had a bock style before so i can't say how it compares. I can say the taste on this is thin and it is close to a light beer. I don't mind the taste but there tons of better options for the price.

Overall, a forgettable beer, not unpleasant but not something i would look forward to. I give this beer a B

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Photo of Colt_B_45
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into a plastic beer mug. Shiner pours the color of strong iced-tea. Good foam retention. There is some decent lacing. As per usual I could not detect much of a aroma. The date stamped on the outside of the packaging was 10-19-18. The flavor of Shiner is typical malt and hop. There was just a hint of pepper at the back of the throat. Shiner is a smooth brew. It is crisp and has no annoying or lingering aftertaste. Overall a well crafted beer.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this one a few times before of course, but never in situations that were very conducive to reviews -- but I picked up a stray can at the local Kroger's mixed-six-pack section on my last visit, so now it's time to change that! Best-by date on the bottom of the can is 10/20/2018, so this is still reasonably fresh, especially considering that it's not a hoppy beer.

My first thought is "hey, this looks darker than I remember!"... though to be fair one of the two times I've had this beer before was straight out of the bottle so I didn't really see the color at all then. It's a nice dark reddish-brown color, with a thin layer of off-white foam on top that doesn't seem to want to fade away anytime soon. Quite clear, with lots of rising bubbles visible when held up to a light (or, as it turns out, held in front of the white background of this website on my computer screen!) And they managed to translate the bottle's design to the can very well, too; I almost like the look of the can more than the bottle, actually. Pretty nice-looking beer!

Smell is pretty mild, just kind of malty and "beery" at first sniff with a hint of some sweetness in the background. A little bit of an odd wet-grass/lake-mud sort of thing, almost... not sure how to describe it, but there's a slightly funky thing going on there. It's not super noticeable on the surface, though. I'm noticing that the smell becomes very difficult to detect at all after I've taken a few drinks.

Taste is pretty mild, but pleasantly doughy at first, with a bit of a grainy toasted malt thing in the background. Not as much of a "dark beer" flavor as I'd expect from the color, but not bad at all. The maltiness lingers a bit on the tongue after taking a few drinks. Starting to pick up a slight German/Noble hop thing halfway through, most noticeable in the burps for some odd reason. Overall, flavor is a bit weak for what I'd expect out of a bock... but then again, at only 4.4% ABV it's pretty much a "light" beer!

Feel is a bit thin, to be honest. Not unpleasantly so, but the fact that this less hefty than other bocks stands out more in the mouthfeel than anywhere else. The bubbles aid it a bit here, but it's not quite enough. On the positive side, this is definitely a very drinkable beer and I'm finding myself taking good-sized gulps of it every time -- I could easily have a few of these in a row, and it seems the flavors work better in quantity too (as in, tastes better on a big gulp vs. a small sip) so having several in one sitting is probably exactly what the brewers intended.

This is one of those beers that I was not really a fan of the first time I had it, but found it much more pleasant the second time around (pouring into a glass rather than drinking from the bottle REALLY helps this one) -- and the third time seems to have improved my opinion even more. This definitely seems to be a "greater than the sum of its parts" kind of beer. It's simple, easy to drink, and has an odd sort of charm to it. While I might not rush out to the store to buy more right away, I'm sure I'll end up drinking and enjoying it again at some point.

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