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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tip back a bock. Brewed with rich roasted barley malt and German specialty hops, this lightly hopped American-styled dark lager always goes down easy. Originally a seasonal beer, fans have demanded it year-round since 1973.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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3/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of redsoxjim
3.56/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark caramel with a 1/4" head that sticks around and clings lightly to the sides. Lots of carbonation in the body. Dark malt aromas try to push through but are shoved out of the way by the graininess. Not a whole lot on the palate, just sweetness, faint dark malts, and grain. Mouthfeel is full of sugars and with each sip, the beer turns to bubbles in my mouth. Not very drinkable.

I'm not one to knock on cans (I really like Warbird and Dale's Pale Ale), but out of the can, Shiner Bock is raunchy. Better in the bottle or on tap. I'd like to chalk this up to having had a really old can.

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Photo of AmitC
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +25.4%

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2.97/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AlexJ
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft pour yields a clear light brown brew topped by a very short lived head of off white. There are a few spotty patches of lace, but quickly they are gone.

Aromas are nutty malts, bread, and very faint floral hops. It definately smells like a regular lager beer. Overall, the aroma is very meager and subdued.

The flavor offers a little bit more than the nose, but not much. It has a pleasant nutty, malty flavor and a mildly hopped finish. It is nothing at all like some of the better bock beers out there, but certainly an easy to drink one if you are looking for banality.

The body is light and thirst quenching with ample fizz. A good beer for ballgames, brats, and budgets..

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Photo of TexIndy
2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
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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2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

Photo of mmmbeer
2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of artoolemomo
2.99/5  rDev -6.3%
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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2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

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3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.87/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 4,168 ratings