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

BEER STATS
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4,023
Reviews:
1,086
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
20.66%
 
 
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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 ygtbsm94
1.75/5  rDev -42.6%

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 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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Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Midtown Billiards, Little Rock, Arkansas

Poured a clear, copper-brown with a thin, white head. Pale malts in the nose, caramel sweetness. Basic, but nice. Lightly toasted malts in the taste, with notes of toffee and caramel. Not much as far as hops goes, so it's overall sweet, but lacking a good balance. Medium-light mouthfeel, and pretty drinkable, though nothing extraordinary. Just a good "night out" beer.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.79/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.5/5  rDev -50.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. - $4.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Watered-down, run-of-the-mill nutty caramel nose.

Taste: Faintly toasty maltiness with a light taste of caramel and an ambiguous nuttiness. Lightly spicy hops and even less apparent bitterness. A revolting metallic component leeches into the flavor -- always a turn off. Finishes dry with a crisp carbonic bite.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation, a tad bit fizzy.

Drinkability: A plain, dull lager, but when you throw in that metallic mouthful of nickels and pennies, you've totally lost me.

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Photo of russpowell
2.29/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I loved the color of this beer, brown to molasses, but wanted more body more taste more nose. Having said that, still better than most of your choices in the lone star state. The brewrey should try to gradually bump up the body & nose, subvert from within!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystalline red-orange-copper. The head is tan in color, good-sized after a vigorous pour and looks a little soft. It falls too quickly to a razor-thin film and disappoints in the lace department. The nose is of lightly toasted grain and is unimpressive, but not offensive.

Shiner Bock may be the most metallic-tasting beer, at least in the first few sips, that I've ever had. The initial few seconds of flavor are of simple toasted grain with nothing else to broaden or deepen the experience. It then fades quickly into 'sucking on pennies' time. Bah.

This beer is as two-dimensional as is possible, both in terms of flavor and body. It lacks significant malt support, it has no top notes to speak of and the mouthfeel is thin and overly fizzy. Again, though, it doesn't make me want to spit it out, it just isn't any damn good.

The neck label actually states that Shiner Bock is 'rich', 'smooth' and 'bold'. 0 for 3 I'd say. Three strikes and you're out.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours light brown with a small, egg-white head with very little retention and no lacing left behind.

S: Light, grainy malt, some lager yeast, a little bit of caramel, and a hint of light fruity hops.

T: Slightly sweet, with a little bit of citrusy fruit. Heavier amounts of caramel and grains that end up dominating the flavor profile. The finish has a bready taste.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and easy drinking.

D: For a bock, the flavors are rather weak, its a good introductory beer for people that only drink BMC, especially at its price, but it tastes more like a light lager than a bock.

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the land of Bud, Bud Light, Coors, etc., this is a huge improvement from the bland and limited choices. As far as bocks go, this is a weaker entry.

Appearance wise, it's encouraging--it pours a dark amber with a good head and light lace.

The aroma is light malt and is appropriate for the style, nothing special. The taste is similar to the aroma although some hop shows up on the swallow. Decent body, good carbonation, doesn't have the winey alcohol flavors of most bocks. My sample was just starting to skunk (ordered at Prego in Rice Village, Houston)

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Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 4,023 ratings.
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