Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of bwood06
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into a helles lager glass

A - Beer pours a very thin foamy head that is white in color before very suddenly disappearing very quickly after making itself known. Slight foaminess left around one half of the edge of the glass. Beer is clear and a rich amber in color with very light carbonation based on the visibly small amount of bubbles rising slowly towards the surface. 3/5

S - A deep, dark caramel hits the nose straight away along with Grape Nut O's cereal, an herbal hop profile, and a dark toasted bread note. Very malty and sweet aroma overall. 3.5/5

T - Sweet caramelized sugar and Grape Nut O's cereal are the two most dominant notes throughout the flavor profile. This is not a sweet maltiness like an Oktoberfest. This sweetness is more sugary in nature. Herbal hops come in after the Grape Nut O's cereal note but there is not a ton of bitterness to them. Lingering hop bitterness on the finish of the beer despite there not being much bitterness to the beer prior to that point. Green apple tartness on the very end. 3.25/5

M - Carbonation tickle throughout. Light bodied beer that wets the entire tongue nicely and leaves it thusly. Ever so slight drying on the back end of the beer. Somewhat watery. 3.25/5

O - Much more flavorful than most macro breweries' offerings but not as flavorful as most craft brews. Goes down very easily and lightly. Balanced between sweet and bitter in terms of the overall picture but these two flavors are not really fit together, they are more separate pieces to the puzzle that stay separated. 3.25/5

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
1.99/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Deep amber red/brown with small white head, a little lacing left behind. Very light nose of vanilla, sweet caramel malt. Pretty much a macro beer taste; with a little vanilla thrown in. Light body, high on carbonation.

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Photo of bound4er
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a reddish amber appearance with a one finger head that makes a crackling noise as quickly recedes. Smells of sweet cherry infused crackers. Taste is rather bland with some sweet malt and just a hint of prickly hops on the mid-palate. Feel is light to medium bodied with barely adequate carbonation. Nothing to write home about here - received a six pack as a house warming gift around Christmas - glad I didn't waste my money on this stuff.

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Photo of fsilv1
2.69/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I think this beer will taste better in Texas but not here in Washington DC and I also overpaid for it at $11.99 a 6 pack. I poured it on a mason jar and drank of them, tasted it like a cheap version of Newcastle. Never again unless I'm in Texas or it's free. I will use the rest for cooking or if I run out of the good stuff.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.44/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For me, some beers are all about time and place. Shiner Bock takes me back to some of my favourite travel memories - Austin, Houston, Galveston, BBQ, and everything that is "Big". Hook 'em horns, hammer a Shiner, and appreciate everything the Lone Star state has to offer.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had hundreds of these. People knew I liked it. At the hunting ranch we like to visit they stocked up on Shiner Bock when I was coming. Shiner Bock was like an entry craft beer for me. However, as I started drinking craft beer and getting used to more flavorful beers I started viewing Shiner Bock as somewhat bland and watery. I can no longer say this is the best beer in the world. However, it is a pretty good step in between bland mass produced pale lagers and high quality craft beer

It does have some notes of tosty malts and caramel and a light pleasant aroma. It is not tasteless yet very easy drinking for bland beer lovers, and it is definitely better than Bud Lite.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bock is a generous term for this brew, which is deep caramel in color and taste. Sweet, one-note, a little watery and undercarb'd. Spoetzl is all over the place -- some pretty solid German stuff, some unique twists, and then some stinkers. This falls closer to the latter.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I quickly realized on a business trip to Fort Worth, Texas, back in 2011 (?) that Shiner Bock is very common in those parts. Although up north in NY I had never seen it not until recently that is...within the past year, I started noticing it at bars and distributors. I had it every where in Texas from the hotel bar, to the bbq joints, to the ranch. And, I loved every bit of it. I think drinking it outside is numero uno. That beer is meant to be drank in big open spaces. Preferably in a big field...overlooking some gorgeous scenery...smelling fresh air...and hearing nothing. It's a solid beer. Some people call it a good Budweiser, but I don't care. I like it. I never poured it, so I can only attest to bottle taste, but it's damn good in my opinion. Refreshing, crisp, clean, bockiness. It's nothing fancy. Just a good choice when there isn't anything you fancy on the menu.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much more of a basic and bland beer than what my pre-craft days would have me believe. Relatively flat carbonation and flavor, but there's a little bit of malt to stand out.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, deep burnt copper, like a sherry or similar dark brown spirit. Head is a dull tan, fluffy yet fizzy, small, film-forming, lower middle retention. Smells like assorted berries, good but not strong enough. The palate is kind of a let-down, both in taste and feel. Not much besides nutty, toasty grain at first, and weak at that. Develops into more of a caramel and dark fruit, but again, it doesn't really stand out. Too watered down. Very low dull bitterness, even for mass-produced hyper-drinkable standard lager fare. Quite light, but at least loaded with gulpable suds, but really not much else to offer in terms of body. Overall, a disappointment, yes, but nothing to sneeze at. Won't seek it out, but will certainly drink it when it comes in Shiner's mixed six-pack that I usually find this beer in.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass
L- dark brown, clear, white head which dissipates no lacing
S- sweet caramel malts, some bitterness
T- has a toasty malty taste not much else but has a smooth nice taste
F- light bodied but has a nice crisp mouthfeel very drinkable
O- while not the most flavorful beer has a decent flavor and is very smooth and drinkable, an enjoyable brew

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Photo of jimboothdesigns
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice redish amber color with a quickly disappearing head with a faint smell of malt and honey. Tastes sweet and malty. Thin feel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a slim ruddy almost transparent brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing seemed to be fairly stringy and slightly messy.
The smell started off with some burnt bready to cake-like malts. Some toffee and coffee flavors enter in slightly.
The taste was a light sweet breadiness with some caramel and toffee sweetness. There's a lingering bready sweet to slightly open dark fruity aftertaste and running into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a more than expected yet nice sessionability about this one. I'm wondering because of the ABV if that's why this one comes across the way it does in the feel.
Overall, for a bock, there doesn't seem enough oomph in the ABV. With that in mind, is this a "session bock?" If there is such thing...wondering, hmm...

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Photo of stevoj
2.34/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Disappointed after hearing a lot about this beer. And it’s classified as a Vienna (RateBeer), and not a bock. Pours medium brown with immediate head that fades to nothing. Aroma is extremely light, cola, malt, brown bread. Taste is also light (and mouthfeel watery), tastes like a watered down Newcastle. Not impressed.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite shiner beer so far besides maybe their oktoberfest. This is a really solid beer that you can't go wrong with, great out of the bottle and great on tap.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.42/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer when back in Texas. It was my father's beer and that definitely influenced my choice also. I love the taste and the appearance. It's a darker lager-style beer (not a true German-style bock), and has a great finish. I like that it is becoming more widely known outside of Texas.

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Photo of Myotus
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
LOOK: Pours with 2 finger's worth of off-white foam that maintains. A plethora of small and medium-sized ascending bubbles is keeping the beautiful foam head in tact. Copper in color. Lacing is thick but moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of grass and caramel entangle with subtle aromas of spicy hops, bitter hops, and hints of figs and plums.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild caramel and smoked goodness (suddenly appear!) flavors. Subtle fig, plum, and grass flavors enter right after. Subtle spicy and earthy hop (also suddenly appear!!) along with hints of bitter hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for fig and plum flabors, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth, but only somewhat creamy. Finishes very crisp.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the classic Texas bock beer that everyone knows about even if one doesn't like it. Let's take a look at this one.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a soft dark brown color with a two finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing speckled in a foamy spider web sort of way.
The smell has some sweet bready tones rolling over some coffee, toffee, cocoa, nutty and caramel flavors.
The taste engages the previously mentioned flavors to blend and bounce into the aftertaste. There's a sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium body with a sly sessionably sweet smooth creaminess rolling all about. Carbonation runs light.
Overall, what's not to love with this one. There's enough complexities in this one, just treat it like a bock and all will be right with the world. Cheers, I'll have another, please! Oh and FYI, if you grab a sixer of this and don't like, make beer bread out of the rest, you'll thank me later.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a small, slender Schaefer glass. Bubbles are sticking to the glass, but oh well. Not much head forming, but very bubbly.

L - brown-amber color with no head on top. No lacing on the glass

A - Toasted malts, mostly caramel and toffee. Crisp scent with subtle hops.

T - Not much going on, slight hints of the toasted malts, but kind of plain. Clean finish, but no bitterness.

F - Light in body. Feels like water. No alcohol burn or taste.

O - This beer is okay. I would compare this to Yuengling in Pennsylvania but for Texas. It is an affordable beer from the state of Texas, which works for me! Certainly a classic beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Wer34truh
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear dark-brownish color with a minuscule head.

The malts are fairly distinct in the smell, as is the brown sugar.

Flavor is really subtle, with some malt sneaking up in the background. Otherwise, the taste was fairly shallow. As far as the feel goes this is a very light beer. Forgettable, not worth a purchase.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

As others have said, this beer is very reminiscent of the Vienna Lager style. Surprised it isn't called Shiner Vienna Lager instead of Shiner Bock.

Dark amber look, smells malty and toasty, tastes of caramel and a bit nutty and roasted. Light and drinkable.

Overall I like this. I would say it's comparable to Yuengling Traditional Lager and if it came down to the two I'd buy whichever was cheaper.

EDIT: I liked this the first time I had it, as seen in the words above. However, I just recently tried this again and I'm not sure whether I got a bad batch or if my tastes just changed but it was practically a drainpour for me, and that never happens. It was grossly sweet and sticky and unpleasant in so many ways. I am therefore changing my rating to somewhere in the middle of the good score I originally gave it and the bad score I'd give it if I hadn't previously enjoyed it. Hopefully I try it again in the future and find it pleasant again. For all I know I just had a really old or messed up bottle.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a very dark amber color with thin white head. This is a very carbonated bock. Has a sour smell to it. Has a light malty taste and is very watered down.

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Photo of gestyr
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 12 pack of cans at the local due to the fact that from the purchace, $1 is donated to a soldier/veteran group.

The beer pours a clear brown with a white, short lived head. No lacing noted. It smells grainy, like 6-row grainy with a hint of caramel and brown sugar. The taste follows the smell, very grainy with some hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is light, too light for this style. Overall, It is drinkable but doesn't seem to be a representative of the Bock style.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish light brown with fizzy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of bran cereal with a faint hint of grassy hops. Taste has a bit of grapefruit, cereal, toast and marmalade with a lingering sweetness. Very thin and crisp mouthfeel. As a bock I'd have to say this is sub-par, but if one were to judge it as a Vienna style lager it's pretty tasty.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 3,993 ratings.
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