Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

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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4,026
Reviews:
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Avg:
3.05
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
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Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.4/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack, really liked all of them so far. I've actually heard of this beer before, and it's one of my least favorite styles but I'll try anything. Pours a reddish/orange color, not much going on in the aroma department. Very little carbonation, almost seems like it's flat. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, for a low ABV beer has a bit of an alcohol taste and not very appealing. I drink the two bottles in the box, but would never purchase this on its own. Not the worst beer I've had, but definitely not a good one by any means.

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Photo of metter98
2.98/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: It poured clear amber in color with a one finger head that quickly died down. Only a hint of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of malts in the nose.
T: The overall flavor is dominated by malts and not many hop flavors are evident.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and both thin and watery. There is a good amount of carbonation.
D: It isn't difficult to drink this beer but the flavors taste a lot better while it is still cold.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A weaker attempt of a traditional beer. Still plesant tasting though. It looks brown and moderately carbonated. Slightly tan head pours a 1/2" head that wants to stay. No lacing detected. Smells mildly malty, nutty, bready, and yeasty. Tastes smoothly malty, caramelly, roasted, toasty, and a bit chocolatey. Flavors similar to a porter, but not nearly as bold. Body is medium and a bit carbonated. Like many American Bock beers, it is grainy and sweetly sticky to the toung without the supporting malt character or the warming finish. Likewise the finish is sticky and a bit grainy. Yeast character remains. Aftertaste is slightly nutty and clean. A safe, easily drinkable beer, but not one to brag about either.

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

During a trip to the heart of Texas, I got to know Shiner Bock. It is everywhere there, alongside Lone Star and all the other usual BMC suspects, on every bar's display counter. So, more often than not, jumping from place to place in Austin, following the live performance winds, this beer was the de facto beer choice for me. Now, in one of those unpredictable nostalgic turns, I see it on the shelf of my favorite local bottle shop. After a mild double take, I had to get a bottle, to complete this walk down memory lane.

This beer pours a perfectly clear medium golden brown, with a few fingers of off white head, that falls away very quickly, leaving no lacing. The smell is malt - grainy, spicy, a bit of rye. The taste is very light - a bready, biscuity malt, and a slight floral essence. The carbonation is prickly at first, but mellows out, making this fairly smooth. The body is quite thin, the taste inoffensive, kind of bland, but I could see having a few rounds of this, given no better options.

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

A very important beer in U.S. drinking history. I'm really excited to try it. Here's the beer that beat the macros in local markets, and the beer that's become synonymous with the bock style. When I think of a bock, this is the first beer that comes to mind - even over the traditional German bocks I tried in Europe.

Acquired as part of a Spoetzl variety 12-pack at me local HEB grocery. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and iconic label art served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served cold, straight from me fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour. I don't think I've ever seen a bock with a bubble show, so no worries there.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear dark copper of average vibrance. Translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. Good clarity. Appears well-carbonated.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for a bock. Perhaps even THE standard appearance for a bock.

No flaws are immediately obvious.

Sm: Amber malts, bready malts, a bit of toasted malt, some toffee, and a light floral hop character. Caramalt. Biscuit malt. Definitely smells sweet. It flirts with a candied fruity character, but never fully commits. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Nontraditional for the style, to be sure, but I'm looking forward to trying it. It's a pleasant simple aroma without any obvious off-notes. Not unique or special, but generally appealing. Average in terms of strength.

T: Sweet bready malts, biscuit malts, caramalts, amber malts, and grains - some of them lightly toasted. A light generic floral hop character does little to balance the sweetness, but it's not cloying by any means. I do want a bit more in terms of hop presence just for balance's sake. I like the graininess which nicely closes out the beer. Admittedly, it's a pretty simple build for a bock. I could use more depth of flavour, subtlety, and complexity. Flavour intensity and duration are average for the style. I like it, but it's not in league with the best beers of the style.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No off-flavours.

Not unique or special.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good crisp body. Well-carbonated. Not biting, oily, gushed, or hot. Nice full presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but doesn't come off feeling custom-tailored specifically to it. Nice chewy thickness.

Dr: You needn't like it, but you must respect it. I am a bit surprised by its low ABV for the style; how long do they lager this? Overall, it's a tasty bock brewed on a macro scale, and it's brought the bock style to many American beer drinkers. You could do worse for a widely available mainstay at local bars here in Texas, and I'm glad this has supplanted the macros in many Texan markets. Quite drinkable for a bock, but far from traditional. Good value for what it is. I wouldn't buy another if I had better choices, but I'd be relieved to see this in the cooler at a local BBQ. A good go-to value offering when out at bars, and certainly sessionable.

High C

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Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but clear amber colored body with a modest head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing

Smell: Toffee sweetness dominates the nose

Taste: A rush of toffee sweet flavors flit across the tongue but quickly fade in a flash of flinty fizziness; after that, everything fades away due to the lack of any balancing hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery but with a ton of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a step up from the macros and not unpleasant but there are much more flavorful and representative bocks out there

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out a brownish/copper color. A small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - Basically all I could smell was malt, not much else.

T - It tastes of roasted malts and hints of caramel.

M - It is crisp and smooth. It is light to medium-bodied.

D - As far as bocks go, it's not my favorite but it goes down well.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas and caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness on the finish; and very clean lager flavors, with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and watery mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was an okay vienna lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A decently enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
2.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a small off-white head. Color is a burnt orange copper. Good head retention.

Aroma: Caramel and bready malts. Biscuit flavors. Fairly malty. A bit of toffee as well.

Taste: Has a grassy hop profile. Caramel, bready, and biscuit malts. A bit of toffee again. Has some dried fruit flavors as well. Maybe some bananas.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and creamy. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, this wasn't a favorite bock of mine. Mouthfeel is way off. I like German bocks much better. Not really for me. A bit too simple.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.42/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a light mahogany color with a good mount of reddish tint to it. Initial three-finger head looks quite nice but dies down really quickly into a slight layer of foam along with a dot of lacing here and there but really not much. The nose is some slightly-roasted malt as well as a bit of toast. Some light nutty character plus a fair amount of caramel. There are some slight earthy notes there as well.

The taste is a bit oxidized with a bit of cardboard. Some toast in there with caramel, plus a light earth feel. It tastes like I imagine wet leaves would. Wow. The nose was decent enough but this taste is really not very good at all. There's an off-bitterness in the feel as well. Thin and gross. The appearance and nose weren't too shabby, but it just goes way, way downhill after that.

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Photo of nickfl
3.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A clear, amber-brown body with half a finger of off-white foam. The head settles down quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Fruity malt notes of plum and red apple with lots of caramel and toffee in the background.

T - Bready malt and caramel up front with some red apple notes. More fruity character in the middle, some plum and toffee. The beer finishes with a slightly darker sugar character, more intense caramel and lots of toffee lingering on the palate.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This bock has all the classic flavors, but it is somewhat lacking in intensity of flavor. The aroma is quite nice with lots of complex, sugary notes that are exactly what I would expect from a traditional bock. The flavor has all of the same flavors, but they seem just a bit dull and perhaps not as dark as they should be. Some flavor and intensity would almost have to be sacrificed considering the low alcohol content, but all things considered this beer works quite well.

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Photo of oberon
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Well this is a standard I drank alot while living in North Carolina because the people I hung out with thought this was a "special beer".Pours a amber/brown with a light off white colored head.The aroma is grainy and lightly sweet and a little earthy.Taste is watery in my opinion with some resdual caramel sweetness but not much,not much of a bock for sure.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice, crystal clear red-amber with a average size tan head that has only limited durability. Spotty lacing on glass.

In both the taste and smell, there's an attractive caramel malt with a bit of brown bread and corn and a touch of spicy hops but not much else. Hops are faint in the aroma and not much more apparent in tasting. Aroma of corn is too pronounced. Lightly sweet.

M: Near medium body is a bit too thin; has a nice bit of dryness and a very clean finish. Good level of moderate carbonation imparts some crispness.

O: While I've had a number of these over the years, I hadn't had one in at least 5 years and my expectations were not high. So, i was pleasantly surprised to find an above average beer that's highly drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner's best known "bock" pours a crystal clear chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. Standard sized bubbles can be seen rising quickly beneath. The nose delivers a distinctive note of sulphur from the lager yeast over a dull, lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's crisp in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium-light body. The flavor is bright and clean with it's yeast character showing just as strong as it's subtly toffee-ish and lightly bready-sweet malt. There are no noticeable hop flavors, but the bitterness is firm and there's an average amount of alcohol there, leaving it to finish dry and refreshing.

Now, onto the "bock" categorization that everyone mentions. It was common during the late 50's, 60's and 70's for breweries to simply add coloring to their regular beers (or slightly higher gravity brews) and release them in the spring as bocks. That seems like what this is. I'd guess they're using a product called "porterine", but there are others available. Or it could have had something to do with the way that beers of a certain strength are categorized in Texas. Either way, it's nothing new and there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's a decent, enjoyable beer.... forget that it's not really a bock and have another one!

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, lager yeast and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and nutty with flavors of caramel, lager yeast and smoky malts. There's a very mild hops presence that provides some balance. It kind of tastes like a watered-down brown ale, to be honest. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and kind of smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, this isn't a bad beer and is a decent alternative to your fizzy yellow beers. However, this beer doesn't have enough to it that will make me choose it over too many other craft beers.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours dark amber with very little head which disappeared before I was finished putting the bottle down after pouring. Small amounts of visible carbonation. No lacing.

S: Hints of bready malts and roasted malts but not much smell overall.

T: Flavors are dominated by the malts both bready and roasted. Slight hint of bitterness from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: Easy to drink but nothing exceptional. Pairs well with Texas style BBQ. Quite sessionable.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 4,026 ratings.
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