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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

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Photo of DoubleJ
1.96/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Here's a macro-craft offering you can find around at many bars and stores. Says bock on the label, though in south Texas where this beer hails from, I'm guessing I'll get something lighter than I expect. On to the beer:

Twist-off the top, pour into a shaker pint, and get a clearish dark color with the head going away. It kind of looks like they added coloring to a macro pale lager. The smell is extrmely clean with a trace of...I can't make it out it's so faint. Tortillas? Now I'm worried.

I'm scared, but I'm going to put this in my mouth. Here goes...wow....I'm sharting to think they throw corn tortillas in the fermenter to get the dominant flavor. Dominant corn in a dark lager? Um, no. Just as you taste it, it fades away. Malts are thin, powdery, create a very light toffee flavor, and the hops are thinner to the palate. Light bodied it is, but which is boosted by a drive of carbonation.

If I closed my eyes, I'd swear I was drinking a macro with a dash of dark malt. Too light to be considered a real bock and just enough weird flavor to steer you away if tasteless refreshment is on your mind; it's a lose-lose proposition.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have drank this beer for years, but just now got around to reviewing it.

The beer pours a clear medium brown color with a white head. The aroma is grain with some toffee malt and grassy hops. The flavor is toffee and crass. I also get a little bit of something that resembles dark fruit, but it is subtle. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A Texas classic, but nothing too impressive. It certainly doesn't stack up to the some of the other craft beers from Texas.

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Photo of aasher
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pretty shocked to see this one in the Bottom of the Barrel 100. This was the first micro my buddies and I got a keg of while we were in college. Everyone loved it, maybe that should've given me an idea that BA would hate it.

It pours a dark amber with a one finger off white head. There's not too much to the nose, perhaps just light carmel malt. The flavor consists of slightly sweet carmel and it's slightly bready. On tap, it drinks just fine. It's between light and medium in body and also features good carbonation. I find this to be very drinkable and I'm not even a fan of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear dark copperish color, thin head, some carbonation, nice lacing though.

S - Scents of sweet malts, slight caramel.

T - The taste is a kinda sweet, malty, but kinda watery as well. Finishes clean.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. The taste is not too bad, not sure if I will buy again, but I might use it in my chili recipe.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of nuts. Taste is malty, bready, some caramel notes, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and decent beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint type glass.

A- Shiner Bock pours out ruby type red and lays in the glass the same shade, a fizzy inch and a half of dark tan foam that dies into nothing, no lace.

S- A very straight forward bock, no punches pulled here. Grainy with a touch of caramel and a sense of earthy german type noble hops maybe.

T- Str8 forward bock yet less full in flavor than a German. 4.4 is quite light so the body is quite full for that as well. Caramel with earthy grainy taste and a touch of bitterness on the end that is a memory.

M- A touch maltier and thicker than expected for a four point fourer. Carb is almost non existant, but thats the style, even though this could use a push.

D- A bock to go for in a crunch and priced approprietly for what you get. I would drink a few in a party setting, although I think I might of enjoyed this a bit more from a can.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A. Served in a 12 oz pint glass. Dark amber in hue with little head that dissipates to nothing.

S. Not much of a nose at all, faint malts.

T. The malt prescence is there, with little in the way of hops. There is a hint of alcohal, but only a hint.

M. Medium bodied and a bit slick on the palate.

D. Fairly smooth and goes down pretty easy. Maybe thats just because it was the first beer of the night..

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Photo of plaid75
3.7/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice mahogany hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a clean malts and a smattering of noble hop.

The taste consisted of a light, yet husky grain, with some caramel sweetness. There was a decent doughiness toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was on the light side with ample carbonation.

Overall a decently complex macro offering and extremely easy to drink. Could be a bit more robust however.

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Photo of biegaman
3.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Shiner Bock has an eye-catching auburn colour that has a very deep complexion yet also a perfectly clear one. Attractive no doubt but I'd say it more resembles a soda; its bubbles all fizzled out so loudly and quickly you'd think they did so in anger.

The aroma definitely displays some maltiness but it's more reminiscent of malt extract than the aromatic byproducts of a quality grain that's been dried, sprouted, and then kiln-roasted. It has a kind of concentrated quality like that of flavoured syrups. Again it reminds me of pop.

The flavour just barely manages hints of dried fruits and dark toffee but the style's trademark toasty, bready bits aren't prevalent enough to taste. The notion of concentrated malt extract is confirmed on the palate by a strong treacle-like flavour. It's a bit cloying.

And it's also lacking in the texture department. Bocks are historically hearty, nourishing, richly malted beers but this one has only as much body as a cola (similarly sweet and carbonated too); the beer really couldn't be any less substantial. What kind of bock is only 4.4% anyhow?!?

I appreciate that Spoetzl is the oldest in brewery in Texas and that Shiner Bock is its longest-standing brand, but I don't understand the appeal - nor how the brewery became one of the top ten largest craft beer producers in America on the back of such a bland flagship recipe.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Part of the Family Reunion 6'er... Pours with a long lasting off white head.. decent lacing.. the brew is clear chestnut...

Malty and sorta corny... no real hops to speak of... toasted malt with a background metallic element. watery... certainly thin... unremarkable.


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Photo of Halcyondays
2.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a fizzy short-lived white head, no lace.

S: Caramel malt, carbonic acid, not bad.

T: Has the caramel flavour with as with nose, some nice noble hopping, but gets fizzy in the end. Nowhere near the depth of flavour I associate with bockbier.

M: Light-bodied. Quite fizzy and watery, club soda like. Tad over-carbonated. For a bock, very thin.

D: Quaffable, but nothing really interesting. Better than the BMCs of the world, but not by much.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown brew.

Smell is sweetish and very malty, faint trace of Banana, Not a bock more of dark lager.

Taste is that of malty mild ale, not a bock. Crap for a bock, pretty good for a lager or ale. It is a level above Budweiser and others of the Macro brew Ilk.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good, this stuff was great when drank with BBQ in San Antonio, Texas.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent with a deep tawny hue and a quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell: very light, malty aroma.

Taste: nice and malty but not a whole lot of character. Slightly bitter but hops flavor is minimal. Not bad, but average.

Mouthfeel: body is on the light side of medium but the carbonation is quite nice.

Drinkability: pretty drinkable in my book, but the relatively light and monotonous flavor hold it back a little.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Kelly's Saloon in Geneseo, NY.

Pours a clear orange yellow. No head or lacing.

Smells like nothing, really. I can't pick out much here.

The taste is similarly boring- some bready malt, some grainy sweetness. That's about it. Boooring.

Light bodied, crisp, drinkable.


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Photo of tobelerone
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The famous Shiner bock left me feeling a bit disappointed, I’m afraid. Nearly clear, mahogany brown color, with a good-sized cream colored head that settles rather quickly. Lacing is nice enough. The aroma leaves something to be desired; there’s a bit of bready malt, some caramel sweetness, and faint floral hops here, but it’s a muted and undistinguished nose overall.

The flavor follows suit. I kept looking for more here and it wasn’t there. You get some lightly toasted bread in the malt, again a bit of caramel sweetness that dries up in the finish, and very faint floral, grassy hops that give the beer a very restrained bitterness. But there’s little in the way of depth or complexity; the chewy, robust malt character of the best bocks is decidedly absent here. Instead there is a generic and plain flavor that’s pretty unexciting.

Body is medium at best, maybe a bit light for the style, carbonation is medium and somewhat crisp. Drinks clean and easy, so there’s that, and I can see how this might be appealing in the Texas heat. But it falls short of satisfying my malty cravings when I reach for a bock and isn’t something I’d reach for again if faced with any of the superior bottles on the shelf.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to say that this is better than I remember. I could be hallucinating, but it seems to have gained some body and depth of flavor since I last tried it. Who knows- it's been a awhile. In any case, the pour isn't much- very dark maber, almost chestnut with a head that promises much but fades quickly. Nicely malty and nutty in the aroma with some toasted grain and some light earthy hop aromas on the finish. The taste has some more of that toasted grain, a fair bit of sweetness, and some cereal grains. There is a bit of grainy slickness and slight sourness on the finish, but the nicely toasty notes are still there. Probably suffers more in the mouthfeel than taste from these defects. I could drink this ocassionally.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 11, 2014.

The pour is fairly attractive with its dark mahogany pour leading up to a modest off-white head.

The aroma is very sweet and caramel-malt based with perhaps some butterscotch and clean crisp hops, albeit feint.

Thinner body.

The taste tends to bring out the malty sweet notes more than anything with only the slightest bitter finish. It tastes like something from the 1960's.

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Photo of dar482
3.04/5  rDev 0%
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 lacqueredmouse
1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at the orders of @LaitueGonflable, who'd never tried a beer from Texas, and knew that this beer existed. So be it.

Pours a pleasant deep amber colour, quite clear, with a small, but fine-bubbled head of white. Very light body, especially for a bock (although, probably not for a bock weighing it below 5% ABV), although it hold carbonation quite firmly, making it seem bigger than it is. Some patchy lacing when it's tilted. Not bad, but not great.

Nose is grainy with adjuncts, giving a cornmeal and unprocessed wholegrain character, with a sweetness that speaks of faux vanilla essence. Slight sharpness on it as well, partially from the carbonation, partially from maybe something else—it lingers, suggesting some kind of volatile from hops or grain.

Taste is exceptionally weak and bland, almost excruciatingly so. Slight corn characters on the back, and another tingle of that vague volatile character, but nothing else whatsoever. It's tasteless—offensively so.

Extremely bland, and extremely pointless. It's barely above the watery nothingness of an American adjunct lager. Bock?? Yeah, just fuck the hell off.

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Photo of corby112
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with yellowish brown hues when held to a light source and a very think beige head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, hazelnut and toffee. I was expecting a bit more but this beer smells pretty bland. There is also an earthy hop presence.

Thin bodied with a slightly dry earthy hop presence that lingers throughout over a slightly toasty caramel malt backbone. Hints of toffee, caramel and a slight nuttiness but all of these characterisitcs are faint. It's a bit drier than I prefer and not very well balanced. Easy to drink but not something I would buy again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the guy who recommended this was from Texas I thought he'd be recommending me a big , strong beer - not exactly. Poured a brownish-amber that left a large head and good lacings. A faint smell of hops on the nose left little to the smell. A medium-bodied brew that has some toasted/roasted malts and a sweetness that is a little syrupy like caramel. Goes down smooth with some biting hops, but for a bock it is not nearly strong enough to hang around with the big boys.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A pale barley-gold pour has a pristine clarity to the point where you could read fine print text though the glass. A steady medium rise of effervesce, a chalk white frothy head that was short on the hold while providing only a modest show of lace rounds things out visually.

S: Fresh barley grains, clean, with some dry corn ears.

T: The flavor is sweetly buttered grains, clean, grainy, dry with some hints of soft hay and once again dried corn ears.

M: Sharp carbonation rings through on the mouthful, has a decent amount of substance, very smooth in texture. Tingles around the edges from active carbonation. clean leave.

O: Clean drinking, for those who want to keep things light on a hot summer day. Mindless downer, wont wow, but perhaps a gateway beer for your bmc buddies. Minimal hop presence shouldnt offend. A bock, more like a pale lager or blonde.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep, clear amber with good carbonation and small dirty white head. Nose is dry, weak, grains and thats about it. Taste is grain, hardly any booze, some citrus and maybe caramel. Body and mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not a bock I would go to again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm brown body with a light red hue to it. There is a thin head of film that breaks up quickly and is supported by a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The smell of nougat and pot caramel are light but the only real aroma noticed.

T- The taste of soft brown nougat has a note of light honey to it followed by a soft green hop hint. There is a light sulfur note to the carbonic acid finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a soft clean flavor but the favor it does have is not that good. I had a tough time finishing this beer as it was just not tasty and I didn't care for the nougat flavor it did have.

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Photo of beertunes
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into 12oz glass. Poured a clear deep amber color with about an inch of slightly off-white head that left no lacing. Basic semi-sweet malt aroma. A fundamentally solid flavor with no outstanding characteristics, light on the tongue with a slight tang on the finish. Typical light body. Very good drinkability, but most Bocks do. An average example of the style, try one if you see it, or if you're stuck someplace with fizzy yellow beers and this, you will be happy with Shiner Bock.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.04 out of 5 based on 3,925 ratings.
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