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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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

Comes in a brown colored bock, I have a hard time figuring this style out, there are so many different colors and flavors going on with it, its like a saison, it could mean anything.

A mild brown malt and lager yeast kind of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste is more of that, some light sweet roasted malt. Thin body. Nothing changes as it warms or goes downbottle. Nutty feels. Nothing offensive here.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pretty dark red color. Thin head and little to moderate lacing. Smells of toasty nutty caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a touch of nuttiness and hops. Was a little thin and watery. Reminded me that this beer is one step away from AAL macro. Still not a bad beer.

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Photo of jp32
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown in color, but transparent and on the thin side of things. It's flavor is simple, caramel malts without much hop bitterness, definitely more on the sweet side of things. It's easy drinking. While this is nearly as readily available as most macros (and nearly the same price), it's a ton more flavorful. It doesn't necessarily stand up very well against nice craft beers, but I'll choose it over a macro every day of the week.

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Photo of MEWHA
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 secondtooth
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a clean caramel amber, with off-white suds. No lace.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Average to undesirable.

Taste: Mild and watery. A little caramelly and a tinge of nuttiness, but really it’s all overpowered by a wallop of sweetness. A slight bitterness to the finish. This seems a far cry from a traditional German bock. Misses the mark and remains average at best.

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Photo of matcris
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: A clear dark caramel in appearance. Finger + of creamy khaki head that slowly settles down to a thin layer. Plenty of bubbles rising. Very minor lacing.
AROMA: A little floral, slight sulfur, bready, husk, a little toffee.
TASTE: Drinking it quite cold. Mostly getting the caramel, and biscuit/bread notes. Slightly different aftertaste but I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of. Mildly funky but not offensive.
FEEL: Nice full carbonation, medium thin body, and a little slick but drying on finish.
OVERALL: Not bad. Slight aftertaste but no big deal. Be good for game night when you want to have a few, relax, and not analyze it.

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Photo of 88caprice
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: Enjoyable, but very basic and easy to throw back.
What makes this a Bock?
Maybe an Amber Lager in disguise?

An overly red/brown brew with some sparkly suds.
Light, tangy aroma with faint malt and little else.
Taste is just...light. A light malt taste, very subtle sweetness, barely there bitterness. One-dimensional and thin.
A sparkly, but thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of PhilsPils
1.52/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OK, if you want a beer really bad, here's a really bad beer. If we are going to consider this to be a Bock, it is a ridiculously inept effort because it has NONE of the attributes of a Bock other than a dark color (which is rumored to be from caramel coloring). Not strong, not malty sweet, not flavorful, not, not, not. It is a watery beer that has a perceived sweetness that I believe is not the result of caramel malts as much as the fact that there are no hops to provide any bitterness. What hops flavor there is is woody and boring. Maybe the weak flavor is a blessing because what flavor there is isn't pleasant, at least to me. Even if we put it in an adjunct category, it would still be bad. Texas is making some great beers these days...too bad so many people think of Shiner and Lone Star when they think of Texas.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-re-review on 5/1/16 :

This time it's from a sweet looking 16 oz can. Pours caramel colored with hues of brown and dark amber. Head is towering and huge. 4 fingers, popcorn colored, doesn't quit. Nice work.

The aroma is actually very spiced here. I get a touch of coriander and cinnamon along with the basic toasted malts and damp hay. Very damp smelling overall.

Flavor is, in a word, good. It's heavy on the caramel and has a smooth profile with subdued hop character. Some plant going on, and a bit of charred wood, but mostly just a smooth caramel roasty malt flavor. I like.

Feel is creamy and has mild carbonation. Drinkable but a bit of a chore too.

Overall, Shiner Bock has redeemed itself again and my scores are going up accordingly.

(Edit ... re-review, 9/28/14, from same six pack. First overall was 3.16 out of the bottle. This one is poured.)

Brand new beer tonight. Picked up from Wally World. $7.28/6-pack. Lets see if this Bock rocks.

Appearance (3.5) - pours a cranberry/currant red color with an almond colored two finger head. The head disperses pretty quickly and is soon only one finger, and soon after that just a ring. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles in the head are not very tightly knit so it's not really a creamy head. It's pretty carbonated.

Smell (3.25) - Caramel, yeast, toasted malts. Lots of toasted and yeast aromas. The bouquet is about medium strength. A faint hop character as well that seems to be appropriately balanced for this style. Out of the bottle it's got a sour funk. Not sure what that's all about.

Taste (3.5) - Toasted grain, malt, a little straw, some toffee notes. Some muted hops appear towards the finish but very balanced and in check. Aftertaste is of malted grains and biscuit.

Mouthfeel (3.25) - Carbonated but subdued. Swishing yields a creamy feel. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall (3.29) - Yeah, I'd buy it again. It's not bad. I always pour my beer into glasses now anyways, and this one tastes much better poured. A decent beer - although not really an appropriate representation of a traditional Bock. Still good, a great lager to have. Try it!

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Photo of gandres
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass dark amber color, hazy, tan head that disappears quickly Nose: no aroma easily sense light bitterness medium body, fizzy, good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
drank April 29, 2016

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Photo of plumberman63
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice medium/ dark brown with a good tan head
has a rich malty sweet aroma. with a sweet malty caramel taste.
A nice medium body feel.
This is good mild sweet, not bitter. Will get again.
one of my favorites.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a crystal clear brown with a reddish hue. The slightly off white head leaves specks of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, with a yeasty smell. All are faint and none are super appealing. This beer seems like it wants to taste like something and then changes its mind. It is a little of everything. A little malty, a little sweet, barely bitter and it almost has flavor. It isn't horrible but it feels like a decent beer is hiding in there just waiting to get out.

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Photo of Squire123
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue collar Bock.

This is good, no, let me rephrase that, this is quite good for what it is. It isn't a German Bock, it's a variation of AAL, and has met with wide acceptance because people like the flavor. Attractive brownish redish color, malt/hops appear in enough volume to be heard, texture is thinner than Euro styles but still medium, taste leaves a sense of sweetness without actually being sweet. Remarkably consistent, I get the impression this beer was designed to compete with the Vienna style lagers from South of the River. As a crossover from AALs this one performs admirably and the lack of roasted malt bitterness makes it an easy drinker. Works well with food, most any occasion, most any company.

Is popularity reason enough to buy it? Well, yeah.

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Photo of CJanders
4.04/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark look, smells malty, good taste but a little watery, good feel. My go-to beer when going to a family event or party where half the people drink macrobrews and the other half only drink craft brews. Its a great middle ground.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a bone colored soapy head. Lots of streaming bubbles throughout.

Slightly sweet smell of barley with notes of some breadiness.

Tastes like it looks with a nice rich malty sweetness. The sweet is just the right amount and does not overpower.

Mouth feel borders on medium yet is very wet and refreshing with a crisp finish.

This is a very tasty beer that has that bit of sweet that hits it just right. I found this to be a very nice easy drinking beer and with a light ABV this would be great as a nice sessionable beer when hanging with your friends.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 03/22/16 notes. 12 oz. pour in a mason jar.

Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus nose, fruity and bready malts, and light resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer; not super hoppy but easy to drink.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, should be rated higher. An easy drinking bock, though it will be considered weak by many hard core beer folks. If you are already a fan of bocks, you will be disappointed, but this is a great gateway beer to your friends who only drink Bud and Corona.

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

L: beautiful amber but with no head to speak of
S: nonexistent
T: mildly hoppy with slight caramel flavor that was tasty
F: weak and watery with little carbonation
O: weak but not bad. Easy drinkability

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Photo of SaltofOH
2.21/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle dated 274 15 (October 1?). There is also a 2 18 16 stamped on the front. Is this past date? That might explain a lot. DFH Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber/light brown with 1/4 finger of off-white head that quickly fades. Pretty near clear, just a little chill haze (straight out of the fridge). No visible carbonation, which is quite a surprise from my memory of the one other time I have had this beer. It doesn't have any head, doesn't have any visible carbonation. Retained nothing, barely a white ring around the edge of the glass. Even Coors Light gets me more excited about drinking a beer than this.

Aroma: Trying to smell anything on this beer I literally sucked it up my nose. No aroma whatsoever. Can I give it a zero?

Taste: Here goes - Lightly sweet, somewhat adjuncty arrival. Slightly malty mouthfeel, some hints of roast here and there. Exceptionally clean finish. Wouldn't be bad with barbecue, actually. Good darker food-pairing beer, I'd say. So I expected a bock to be sweet, and this is actually less sweet than many adjunct lagers. So in that respect, I'd actually say it's a fairly refreshing dark adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel: Midweight. Slightly slick which is weird for a lager. True to its appearance, pretty light on carbonation.

Overall: This is caramel-colored dark adjunct lager that's not overly sweet. For what it is, it's not bad, but leaves a lot to be desired; I'd much rather drink a Yuengling (and I' still take Bud Heavy over that). Even my memory of Michelob Amber Bock is better than this. This is not a fair representation of the style; the only real reason I'm drinking it is to tick of the box for "Bock. " Negra Modelo kills this. Will not be having again anytime soon.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.34/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Ruby red beer, poured a small head that disapears. Some carbonation apparent.
S: Smells nice to me, caramel and toffee like, very sweet and inviting, if not a bit thin and 1 dimensional
T: Somewhat thin flavor. Repeats the nose, is a bit thin with a touch of dryness on the finish (its very minimal).
F: Smooth and very refreshing.
O: Leaves a little to be desired, though it is certainly not a bad beer. Its an easy drinker that is certainly not offensive and actually quite tasty, but not something to knock your socks off.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard pint glass. No bottle/freshness date.

L: Clear copper with thin white head that fades quickly. No Lacing.

S: Slight amount of caramel malt but not much else.

T: Decent caramel malt flavors, little hop astringency, metallic aftertaste.

F: Light-Medium body, strong carbonation making this crisp and low alcohol make this a very easy drinker.

O: Of all the "cheap" beers, this one is my favorite but it doesn't compete with anything craft by any standard.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.36/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I've had at least 6 of their offerings including the Bock.

In my lifetime (and I'm now eligible for Social Security), I never thought I would come to the defense of anything from Texas (except maybe LBJ, who historians treat almost as a scoundrel.)

So here I am defending a Bock that has a 71 averaged rating.
This beer is far more flavorful than that. Its subtle blend of malts is atypical of brewers from warmer climes who tend to use more quenching hops.

And if this beer still is not to your taste, consider that this is one of the biggest sellers of the 5th largest craft brewer in the country.

On the other hand the 71 rating may have a point: MJ's 1999 edition gave this 1.5 stars of 4.
Roger Probst selected Shiner Bock as among the "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die."
So, you decide.

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Photo of mistaya
4.19/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Don't know why it isn't rated higher. And fits the profile for a Bock, though called different things, in the various BJCP style guidelines. Mine, draft, in chilled mug from a keg. Nice dark amber color, mild malt smell, low hopping but with slight German hop flavor, no alcohol taste, a bit of lacing but holds the light brownish head throughout my drinking it. Nice mouth feel, moderately malty, with a little sweetness, very enjoyable. More an American lager than a German one, tho'. Better than I remember it from the old days. Helps me look forward to Spring.

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Photo of dar482
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a deep amber color, clear.

The flavor hits of low malty sweetness, with hints of floral and spicy hops, with corn, biscuity and caramel malt flavor, driving the beer with a light hop finish and a dry finish. A beer light on flavor, but leaning on the malts.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
3.24/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear, bubbly reddish brown with thin eggshell white head that leaves rings of lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains, canned corn, caramel, toast, and grass.

Taste: Caramel, roasted corn, toast, grains, and grass; and a crisp, clean, lager finish.

Feel: Fizzy, chuggable, filling mouthfeel, crisp and clean.

Overall: A decent everyday chugging lager. Very comparable to Yuengling of the East. A nice beer for a warm evening or drinking in mass quantities.

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