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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of bamadog
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this because someone that is constantly around always says that this is his favorite beer and how it's never let him down. We'll see... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Body is a nice deep coppery/amber color and it starts with a very short head that disappears almost instantly to a very thin and incomplete skim on the surface and what is actually a pretty solid ring around it as well; there is an oily film hanging out just above the surface ring -- hmmm... -- a really oily lacing hangs out briefly as well and then slides back down; solid carbonation bubbling up from below

Smell: Comes across grainy like a macro lager with a very faint hint of sweeter malts hiding in the background; nothing else really and that grainy scent is a definite turn-off...

Taste: Not really impressed here -- the graininess is really a bit of a bummer, but at least it's followed by some biscuity and mildly sweet malt flavors... Essentially, it tastes like an extra malty macro lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp from the carbonation; body is a little watery and not giving me much to think about; a slight sticky coating is left on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: While nothing is really making this beer stand out, it's not as if it's a terrible tasting drink and the body isn't heavy, so I do feel that I could drink sevefal of these if necessary or if it was all that was being offered.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chesnut and amber in color. Not much to speak of considering the head. Thin watery lacing.
Aroma is malty and mildly metallic.
Not very bock like but still a decent beer. Heavy on the malts. Unbalanced as the hops don't really add any bitterness. Caramel and toasty. The metallic aroma doesn't really transfer to the flavor.
Mouthfeel is light and drinkable. Uninteresting but not bad either.
This beer is not a world class bock or probably not even a bock. It is a cheap easy to find beer with flavor. Great beer for golf.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -18%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.87/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.94/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

single bottle into a pint glass (in the midst of moving and painting)

some toasted grain, and a little caramel and toffee on the nose, then the taste follows. nothing too exciting or subtle, but it drinks okay, and in the midst of a winter move, it's refreshing and tasty enough.

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The best thing I can say about this one is that it has a nice malt aroma with a hint of caramel. The color is not bad either; a solid dark brown. However, the taste is not so flavorful. It's a pretty watery and light tasting beer with a slightly creamy finish towards the end of the drink. Not a terrible beer and certainly not the worst I've ever had. I would not rule this one out forever, however, will not actively seek it out.

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3.2/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, should be rated higher. An easy drinking bock, though it will be considered weak by many hard core beer folks. If you are already a fan of bocks, you will be disappointed, but this is a great gateway beer to your friends who only drink Bud and Corona.

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2.44/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Ah, the infamous Shiner Bock. It doesn't look so bad... a nice, clear, brick red amber with a volatile, sparkly beige head.

Smell: Corn, peas, coins, roasted peanutty (almost chocolatey) malts, and mild floral hops.

Taste: Stale apple cider, caramel malts, musty yeast, light spicy hops... imagine a caramel apple with 85% of the flavor sapped out of it, and you've got Shiner Bock.

Mouthfeel: Light, airy, and clean.

Drinkability: This beer makes me frown and shake my head. It's not awful, just really off in a lot of ways. I wouldn't mind trying a fresher bottle or a glass on tap.

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3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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