Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of TexIndy
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but I got this in the Shiner Family Reunion six pack featuring Kosmos Reserve which was just released so it's fresh. It was a clear dark copper color with good carbonation but no lacing. It had a good sized fizzy beige head that quickly settled into nothing. Not even a hint of a collar.

The aroma was weak. Caramel, molasses and toasted malt. No hop presence. The taste was really weak. Watery and bland with no lasting attributes. Mouthfeel was OK but over carbonated.

Overall, a fair beer that is just a tad better than a BMC. When I moved to Texas 16 years ago, I feel in love with this beer. This was the beer that got me beyond BMC's and eventually on to even better beers. I have definitely moved past this one over the years though. Also, I swear (and several forum posts claim it as well) that it tastes different than it did a decade ago. Shiner says it's the same but it doesn't taste the same. I also find the quality to be wildly erratic. Don't recommend unless you are just now leaving the BMC's. For me, I have the rare one for nostalgia.

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Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. with no freshness date. It's a clear, deep copper hue with very active carbonation and a 2" khaki head that leaves light lacing. Light caramel and molasses malts in the aroma with some macro/adjunct qualities. The flavor is the same with very light green/spicy hops on top of a light body that has lively carbonation and leaves a short finish. Easy to drink but not very flavorful. Tastes like a macro version of a bock.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of carteravebrew
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
2.99/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours up some head but has pretty poor retention. The body is quite effervescent and alive with bubbles. The head is an off-white with slight brown notes (almost beige) while the body is a dark amber with hints of maroon and garnet which appears as a medium dark amber with orange hues when held up to the light. No lacing has been left behind as of yet.

Nose- From the glass and from the bottle are very different. I get a weak breadiness with some metal notes from the glass but the bottle (especially before the pour) gives off a lot of malt- sweet and sour bread (think rye and pumpernickel) with a small hint of raisins. Swirling shows off more of the sour notes that suggested rye and pumpernickel.

Taste- A slight sweetness mixed with a bit of water starts off the flavor profile as notes of raisin arise and move into bigger notes of cereal and grain, even cornflakes. Lots of cornflakes and really none of the bready or malty qualities that the nose seemed to promise. Ends with a slight sweetness suggestive of these breads but it really doesn't have enough presence to define anything in particular. Some caramel but it's very light. Very minor metallic notes as well. Some wood (primarily oak) mixes with the light finish of bread and caramel. Lacks presence but has some balance and integration. Basically average but better than I expected it to be. Definitely a notch or two above BMC. I have no real experience with bocks but this seems to be a weak version of one. I will certainly have to try more.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost crosses the line into “too much carbonation”.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing. A little too much cornflake taste for me but if I were in Texas 15 years, I imagine would have drank a whole bunch of this. 9 bucks a six pack is way too much though.

Overall- Just average (maybe slightly below). Worth a try if you don't have any expectations (I didn't). Will not repurchase.

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Photo of HRamz3
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of erialbill
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Yeti1979
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's weird how much my palate has changed in the 6 months that I have been 21. I remember this beer as being more full of taste and nice to drink, but it tastes somewhat watered down. A bock beer should be stronger than this crap NO HOPS in this beer. It's horrible

Edit: I had this beer, my friend bought some and owes me so I had one. Holy crap, I can not taste anything but malts. Where are the hops? Adjunts come out a little too.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%
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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Photo of kingmaker
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of erosier
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours an amber copper color with a medium sized and light off-white colored head that laces the glass a bit on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet malts, some bready aromas, not much else.
T: Tastes close to the nose, nice malts at the beginning and then some bready and biscuity flavors come through.
M: Smooth, light, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, not much on the flavors or heaviness so drinking a few of these would be no problem.

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Photo of Miami66
4/5  rDev +25.8%

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave2234
3.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of kkmiller76
2.25/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.87/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,133 ratings