Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner BockShiner Bock

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rich, copper hued body with a thin yet lasting white head. Mild, roasted malt aroma; hazelnuts. Warm, nutty, caramel flavors; brown sugar. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

A decent enough beer though it comes across rather weak in all areas for a bock beer. It's especially odd to have such a relatively low ABV for a bock styled beer. This would make a pretty respectable amber lager or Vienna lager, but lacks the oomph and appeal of a classic bock beer. It's roasted grain and nutty flavors are a plus and makes the beer enjoyable enough for what it offers.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a dark copper with not much of a head to speak of, and predictably no lacing left along the glass. Smell is malty, sweet, and slightly grainy/astringent. Taste is also malty. Nothing to write home about, but it does have a toasted lager feel to it. A step up from a traditional, basic american lager, but I can't see myself reaching for more than two of these in a session -- just not much noteworthy about it.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

A- Dark copper with thick head that dies fast.

S- Brown Bread, syrupy sweetness. Some undistinguishable grains. Light nuttiness.

T- Flavors are all very light, Brown bread crust, sweetness. Toasty malts. Light grains. slight spicy quality from the hops.

M- Kind of flat. It is clean and refreshing. Body is light. Not all that dry. It finishes semi sweet and grainy.

it's a slightly above average. It's pretty watery, but it's got a tad more flavor than an American lager.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a mild brown with a one-finger head into my glass. It's nice to see this available here after hearing about it from friends down in TX.

Sweet malt with a caramel note.

Sweet and toasty with caramel toffee in the background.

Grainy finish accompanied by more of that nuttiness.

I like it. Won't win any awards but it's good as is.

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Photo of Milchad
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

One of my favorite mass produced Bock beers. Smooth taste without being too bitter. If you like Bock beers and you can't find your micro brew of choice, this one will do just fine.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Date: 8/31/14
Location: Half Time Mamaroneck
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Light Brown to amber in color when held to the light. Beige off white head that when poured aggressively barely came to be. The beer lets some light through and there appears to be no sediment in the glass.
Aroma: The malt profile is of bread crusts and some light sugars. Light to mild hop aroma that is a touch floral.
Taste: Very crisp beer with the malts again providing some bready flavors along with some sweeter caramel malts. The hop flavor really is not apparent to me but the bitterness is noticeable.
Mouthfeel: Very crisp light/medium to medium bodied beer with a medium high carbonation level. The finish is very sweet and mouthwatering leaving me wanting more.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle poured into a glass mug.

Appearance: Clear, dark amber brown. Fizzy, off white head; recedes with minimal lacing.

Smell: Clean, lightly toasted grains, a bit of malt extract sweetness.

Taste: Mostly malt, lightly toasted and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body crisp carbonation.

Overall: Far from the robustness of a true bock. More of an amber lager; light and drinkable with a bit of malt character.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
4.25/5  rDev +39.8%

Good bubbly head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. The body has a color halfway between iced tea and coca cola. Clear. Average carbonation.

Mild. Malty. Sweet.

Malty and sweet. Clean, smooth, and drinkable. Mild hop flavor and bitterness at the end. Very slight toastiness to the malt. Adjuncts are not detectable.

Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Decent carbonation. The low alcohol really helps this go down smoothly.

A good beer. A lager with more character than most, but still very smooth and drinkable. Not cheap but not expensive either. Middle of the road in terms of price and quality. An easy drinking beer, with some character, that is better than many others.

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Photo of Beer_Me_Now_Please
4.5/5  rDev +48%

I enjoyed this beer a lot. It has a darkish red-brown color to it, but it drinks very smooth and lighter than it looks. Not much aftertaste. Good beer.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +2%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: A light doughy, lager yeast, cereal grains, and dome caramel sweetness.

Taste: Same as above with a little bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, crisp, refreshing, a tad chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Middle of the road bock. Easy drinking and light. But too light and easy drinking for me.

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Photo of PhantomWolf
3/5  rDev -1.3%

I had this beer while I lived in Texas. A local favourite. Not a whole lot going on here. This may have been considered a tasty beer pre-microbrew era, but nowadays it is only slightly more interesting than the big name lagers. Good if you wanna consume en masse at a party.

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Photo of CarlosRuizsChauffeur
3.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Isn't dark at all for a bock, but it has a nice brownish gold color to it
S: Do not smell too much with this beer. Left something to be desired as I was hoping it would smell more like a strong lager
T: Very drinkable. Nice balance of darker lager tasting notes with some slight hoppy after tones. Not too much complex flavors happening, but could definitely be a great session beer because of its drinkability. Malts are roasted, but are not burnt or over roasted.
M: Pretty standard. Nice amount of carbonation. Not overwhelming, but almost underwhelming as far as bocks are supposed to be
O: If I found a relatively cheap case of Shiner Bock I would not be opposed to drinking a plethora of them in one sitting (hence the drinkability). But for the beer nerds and connoisseurs out there I would not seek out this beer over some of the other options. Worth trying, but nothing spectacular.

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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 Tuck_leepulin
3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Brown bottle with twist-off cap. Poured into a mason jar glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber with a finger of head that quickly dissipates

Smell: Caramel malts and faint hop aroma

Taste: Similar to the aroma with cracker malt up front, slight hop bitterness, and a clean, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: very watery compared to a traditional bock

Overall: Judging this beer as a bock will give it very low scores, but this beer is a great lager for warm days, tailgates, and hanging with friends. Its easy drinking and quite enjoyable. If this is priced the same as macro beers than this is great, but I really don't like Shiner trying to market itself for more than what it really is. I always pass it up if its more than $8-9/six pack or more than $13/12pack.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass, Aroma- Has a slight doughy aroma with a floral hop backdrop Appearance- An amber to dark brown color, Slight off white head that does not linger. Taste- A nice malt flavored beer with some bitterness Palate- A medium bodied beer with a medium carbonation level. This pairing works for me Overall- A pretty good bock style beer. If someone has not experienced this style of beer I would recommend that they try this one first, I think this is a nice mid-range flavor for this style

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz beer poured into a shaker pint.

A: Deep amber color with shades of brown. Great clarity. Fine bubbled off white head retains for a bit before falling. No real lacing.

S: Lots of malty sweetness and dextrins. Malt syrup, somewhat bready. Grassy and herbal hops. clean.

T: Much the same in taste. Loads of malty sweetness. Treacle syrup. Pinch of cocoa. Sweet bready flavors. Clean. Hops bite in with a lot of herbal spic on the back ends it's much needed to balance the tide of sweetness. Sweet malt and clamping spicy hops in the finish.

M: Sturdy medium body. Somewhat syrupy and coating feel. Fine scrubbing carbonation lifts it just enough to keep the syrupy texture from becoming off-putting.

O: Quite a bit darker and more hefty than I thought. The hops and the carbonation really have to fight to keep it from becoming cloying and syrupy. A decent beer at best. At its price point I don't think it will compete well here in MA. Interesting decision to enter such a saturated market, especially riding right on the coattails of Yuengling.

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Photo of Roser
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A- dark mahogany brown. Small thin head that disappeared quickly. Just about no lacing.

S- clean, light, biscuity.

T- almost nothing going on here. I struggled to identify any character other than feint maltiness (and a tiny bit of sweetness).

M- thin, ultra light bodied, watery.

O- barely even OK. Disappointing. For home consumption? Absolutely not! For mass consumption? Fine (i.e. tailgating, BBQ's), especially if it's hot outside and the beer is ice cold (to help hide its deficiencies).


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Photo of H0pHed
2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definatly not what it used to be. This was my go to beer back in the day. Since then they have gotten more popular and the quality has gone down. It seems more watered down and has that mass produced quality about it.

What a shame, this beer needs a rewind.

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Photo of mirth23
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll admit that I'm not a huge fan of bocks in general, but this one's just sweet without much else going for it. It gets too sweet too fast if it doesn't stay extra cold.

A: A nice transparent amber. Poor head.

S: Slightly sweet, fairly plain.

T: Extremely sweet without any hops to counterbalance.

M: Very crisp and bubbly, great for a hot day. Somewhat watery.

O: Not terribly exciting as far as bocks go.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.11/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Purchased from one of the local grocery stores.

A: A nice amber coloration. Unfortunately, the head is moderate at best and the retention is very poor.

S: Plain. The malt prevent in comparison to the hop, but still weak. That said, it is no way offensive.

T: Malty and sweet.

M: Quite crisp and refreshing. Heavy on the carbonation and thin.

O: A decent brew, but disappointing overall. I expected more.

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Photo of MacdaddyDI
1.06/5  rDev -65.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Texans cannot brew beer yuck, yet they act like Shiner is gods gift to the earth. The beer is obviously dyed. Shiner beer doesn't stack up to even your most common domestic beer. Save yourself the trouble don't buy shiner, unless you like beer that tastes like syrup mixed with stale bud light.

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Photo of eigervue
2.09/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A beer almost as bad as a sober moment in texas. When you have to add food coloring to a beer you are making it wrong. When they say everything is bigger in texas, they must be referring to the hype around this swill as well.

Presentation: 12 oz twist off- what, coke doesnt even use a twist off

Appearance: A pretty obviously fake dyed brown, little head, little carbonation very little evidence of depth.

Smell: Aroma of whatever is already in the room with a hint, hint of malt, they should probably call up DOW chemical and purchase some sort of aroma along with the coloring they add.

Taste: No body, a coors light mouth feel, with a hint of O'Douls amber. Unlike most bocks, gets much worse the warmer it gets.

Notes: the love for this beer in texas explains a lot about the state, get into an argument with a texan and they'll tell you how much better than bud it is, like that's an achievement that nobody else has reached and can't be topped. But hey, maybe in texas being slightly better than the worst macro swill american lager is something to be proud of.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Excellent dark brown with a touch of brown. Foamed a little, almost an inch, but quickly faded to a thick silky ring around the glass. Small bubbles, light tan.

S: Malty and sweet. Slight walnut but mellow. Brown sugar and slight cinnamon.

T: Starts off with a fascinating brown sugar sweetness and quickly squelched with a bright tangy carbonation. Woody cedarness comes through the middle with even more sweetness and cinnamon shining through again. Slight carbonic steel finish.

M: Good body, but finishes strong sweet and tangy from a good amount of carbonation. Slight sweetness lingers a tad long, but other than that it's great.

O: I know people talk down on beers like this, but it's a pretty good mellow brew. It's got way more flavor and body than your run of the mill macrobrew. It's like a microbrew version of a light beer. It's got a great finish and is a great refreshing beer.

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Photo of hippogasmo
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

If you live in Texas, you know Shiner. You know that there are worse things to find in a fridge at a party or any type of gathering. If you want something solid, Shiner Bock will not disappoint. It may not be the most spectacular beer on the planet, or even something you should drive to Texas specifically to find. But if you walk into a party, and the fridge/cooler is stocked with Miller, Bud, Coors, and Shiner, reach for the Shiner every single time and you will not be upset about your choice.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer featured in country songs. Smoothest amber bock beer you can get under $10 a sixxer. Poors a good amber color with a nice foamy head. Mouthfeel is great and smells of hops and grains. Tastes like Texas. You show up at a party drinking this stuff and your guaranteed to get laid. This stuff is great. Shiner premium is also good to try. Anything shiner is good minus the farmhouse ale. Don't drink that crap. Shiner is guaranteed to make you a badass, get you laid, and put hair on your chest. This is excellent beer from Texas.

I'm from oklahoma but my brothers down in Texas can brew a good beer and I'd fight anyone who says otherwise

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
71 out of 100 based on 1,061 ratings.
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