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 Padron4KM
2.39/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber

pours a rich burnt copper with not much head. no lace. minimal carbonation.

Aroma is mostly malty, caramel and yeast.
Body is thin, flavor is one dimensional. Caramel. maybe some corn. metalic aftertaste.

tastes like brown budweiser. not too good.

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Photo of rockdick
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Bock has become a Texas commodity and i've been drinking it since college(28 now), so i figure its time to write a quick review.
Pours a beautiful, deep, amber color with a nice creamy head.
It smells sort of sweet and 'roasty' . Taste is also on the sweet side, but not overly so. Very easy to drink. Its best to pour into a pint glass or get it on tap at the pub. Haven't been to the Spoetzl Brewery yet, but can't wait to have a fresh one there.

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Photo of paganbeast
2.97/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice amber colored brew, with a slightly sweet smell, highly carbonated body, and minimal frothy head. On tap, this is a much better beer than in its bottled form, a much fresher tasting brew, with hightened characteristics. I had the brew directly at the Spoetzel brewery a few years ago and enjoyed it imensly, I've yet to have that experience again with this beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drinking this to compare to the Shiner Bock I had on-tap earlier this week. Appearance is a nice dark copper color, slightly ruby when it hits the light. Smell isn't very strong, slightly sweet smelling, with hint of alcohol smell. Taste is quite nice, not spectacular, but malty enough to enjoy. This is an easily drinkable beer that I could see becoming one of my standard fridge stock. Versus tap the bottle has less of a full mouthfeel and is slightly less malty in flavor. I like it on tap a little better, but the differences are tiny.

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Photo of Rio
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with no freshness dating

Pours a nice goldish-brownish color with a decent head that receeds a bit, and hangs onto the glass in a few places. Clean aroma with a bit of maltiness to it. Malty taste with a tiny bit of a sweetness to it. Clean carbonation feel in the mouth.

One of my favorite all time brews, but I've had plenty of beers since then that have expanded my horizons. It'll still be an old standby, but with so many new beers to try, there's plenty of other things to drink.

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Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this at The Viking in Spokane as part of their "Tour de Beers" for $3.00

Poured a dark copper color, with a smallish white head that dropped fast. Very spotty lacing.

There wasn't much of an aroma to this. There was a slight, sweet caramel note, a little bit of a grainy scent, and that was pretty much it.

The taste, like the smell, is primarily of mild caramel sweetness. There's no hoppiness whatsoever. The bartender and I decided this was the most pale tasting dark colored beer ever made.

This was a little too light bodied for the style. A little too thin for a bock.

This went down easy because it makes no demands on the palate whatsoever. It's not a bad session beer, but that's already an overcrowded field, so there's really no need to seek this out, unless you're hankering for a taste of the Lone Star State.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.48/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Crystalline red-orange-copper. The head is tan in color, good-sized after a vigorous pour and looks a little soft. It falls too quickly to a razor-thin film and disappoints in the lace department. The nose is of lightly toasted grain and is unimpressive, but not offensive.

Shiner Bock may be the most metallic-tasting beer, at least in the first few sips, that I've ever had. The initial few seconds of flavor are of simple toasted grain with nothing else to broaden or deepen the experience. It then fades quickly into 'sucking on pennies' time. Bah.

This beer is as two-dimensional as is possible, both in terms of flavor and body. It lacks significant malt support, it has no top notes to speak of and the mouthfeel is thin and overly fizzy. Again, though, it doesn't make me want to spit it out, it just isn't any damn good.

The neck label actually states that Shiner Bock is 'rich', 'smooth' and 'bold'. 0 for 3 I'd say. Three strikes and you're out.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours into a frozen mug (hey, when in Texas...) with a brownish amber color. Thick, foamy 2-finger beige head, very creamy, nearly like Guinness, and slow to recede (due to the coldness?). Leaves thick dotty lacing.

Aroma - light caramel malt and grain. Not much here, a bit of a disappointment.

Taste - nice caramel malt start, more so than was picked up in the nose. Basic graininess beyond that, no hops but some moderate sweetness. Develops some more depth as it warms. Slightly sour/bitter finish, but very low key.

Mouthfeel - average body, carbonation and smoothness, reasonably well-done for the style.

Drinkability - my favorite Texas beer when it comes to session picks. Goes down easily, more than a lawnmower beer but not too heavy to enjoy in this Texas heat.

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Photo of kfoss99
1.85/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear brown body with a white head that disappeared quicker than a card in a magic trick.

Smell - Smell is of sweet caramel

Taste - Taste is sweet, very sweet, but somewhere behind it all are some nutty notes.

Mouthfeel - Nicely carbonated and light in mouthfeel

Drinkability - Did I mention this beer is sweet? It was very difficult to finish the glass. Disappointing for a beer I consider an American classic.

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-brown with a small off-white head. Malty aroma. Taste is initially sweet malt that gives way to a more toasted malt flavor. Corn adjunct flavors are also apparent. Just enough hops to add a little welcome bitterness to the middle. Thin mouthfeel. Slightly astringent finish. Considerably better than a macro, but not what I'd consider an outstanding beer. Still, it does have it's charm, and is a good example of a style (American Bock) that was once much more popular than it is now.

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Photo of sideshowrob
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brew pours a golden yellow, very crisp and clear. Very little head. Slightly sweet taste and smell. Little to no hop note present at all. Definately a malt-domminant brew! Nice mouthfeel; an emminently quafable brew. An excellent brew for a summers BBQ, or casual events where you need to bring a beer that won't be wasted on the masses, yet still shows you "get" beer.

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

I had not tasted a Shiner Bock for a couple of years prior to this review... but fate brought us together in time for this writing. It pours out a nice, deep reddish-amber color. A moderate head quickly formed, and just as quickly disappeared. Not much lacing to talk about either. Smell is a difficult topic for me (not a good sniffer), but it was not particularly strong. Taste is so-so. Nothing bad, but nothing wow. Malty, but I prefer a much maltier flavor. Some carbonation (perhaps a little too much). Not much hop character. Pretty simple, straight forward medium-colored beer. It gets some points on the drinkability scale for being simple (and a little thin) ...but elsewhere it really doesn't stand out from the macro-brewed crowd.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First off I've yet to find a bock that really made me say wow, that being said this is just another average bock at best. Pours a light brown with hints of red, a slight white head will arise and fall, nothing spectacular. The smell is very malty, otherwise not much detected, the taste is a little to sweet, not many hops detected, caramel malts are in the forefront, very light bodied and not very refreshingly crisp and smooth, dryness. Wouldn't go back to this again anytime soon.

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Photo of Stimack
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had numerous experiences with this brew during the week of April 25 - May 1st on a cruise out of Houston TX. It was a nice change from the Bud and Coors light, Corona, Miller products, etc! Not a bad brew, pours to a copper color with a white bubbly head that fades pretty quickly. The aroma is of slight roasted malt and caramel but they seem to be difficult to pick up. Not a bad smelling brew compared to the macro’s that where available but not very robust! The taste is similar to the aromas, not much depth but enough going on to make it an enjoyable experience. Was able to handle the hot sticky weather with this brew so it fit the bill. Over all I would get this brew if it was available in NY State once in a while.

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Photo of daledeee
3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice coppery color with medium head. Good carbonation and the lace stayed around. Smell was fresh and malty. Taste was very drinkable. Malty and a hop presence. A little dry mouth feel. This is a very drinkable beer that is becoming more available here in Iowa.

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was much better than my recollection of past samplings. This Texan pours a crystal clear, amber, copper body with a one finger, ivory head. The head doesn't last very long, and some minimal patch lacing is left on the pint glass. Aroma has some caramel or toffee notes, and a restrained German(Hallertau?) lager style hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and features medium carbonation. Taste immediately reveals a lighter body than the mouthfeel. Caramel sweetness is dominant in the flavor profile, but is evenly balanced by the Germanic hops in the background. This is a tasty brew for an American regional, and far above average in that context. Finish is clean and leaves no aftertaste. A very pleasant, drinkability factor, but it's not really a bock or a dunkel lager. To be honest, I'm at a loss on how to caterorize this one, but it's certainly a better tasting brew than I was expecting.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.01/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been eying this one for weeks and just picked up a single. Pours a nice deep brown with a small head and good wavy lacing down the glass. The smell is clean and slightly grainy with a hint of bittersweet hops. The taste is similarly clean, but simple, save for a curious series of sweet floral notes at the finish. Otherwise, it's a well balanced if slightly bland brew. Mouthfeel is thin but the drinkability is great and versatile. I can see this being very refreshing and can vouch for its perfect fit with a hearty meal. Decent, average stuff that I might snag again in a pinch.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown colored beer, clear bodied, with a nice foamy white head on top. Fair amount of lacing. The scent is malted lagered water. The taste is more like some of the dunkels ive had than any bock. Its main features are caramel malts, but they are not as upfront or strong as they should be. Not a bad beer, but not worth a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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 brewQ
2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Starting my Lenten Bock Season slowly with an old regional brew ... The look is fine: medium brown, not much of a head though- certainly not able to retain it despite decent carbon dioxide apparent.

Taste is just okay- not quite up to the color or style.
Some residual sweetness.

Although it does not match my memories from several years and owners ago it is drinkable.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This bottled beer poured a clear medium caramel brown with a short beige head that disappeared quickly. Low carbonation. The aroma was malty sweet and grainy with hint of honey or molasses. The taste was weak and a tad too sweet and could use more hops for a better balance with the malt sweetness. The body was medium to thin. Overall this is an average beer that is easy to drink.

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

First time I had seen this beer ever..they seem to be making moves in the PNW.
COmes in the 12 oz long neck..I like the old fashioned label with the goat.
Not too bad a beer to look at a nice darkish brown, with a good sized off white head..some lace.
Smell is ok fresh, but reminiscent of some of the better American macro lagers.
I felt let down by the taste I expected at least some chocolate type malts but none just regular old American lager taste..its is smooth though..and has some tiny hop notes at the end..
Pretty weak and thin in the mouthfeel deparment.
Its drinkable..its a just above average American lager..I dare say if I lived in deepest Texas this would be a great beer considering.

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Photo of freed
2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this show up on the shelves of our local shoppe. The bottle was kind of cool, and it poured a fairly nice deep ruby color. (bock?). There was little head, and it scattered quickly. A few small colonies floated around, but did little.

The aroma was nearly acrid. The sour smell was kind of unpleasant. What's the deal? Its not quite a sour hop smell, and must be malt related.

The taste is decent though. Sweet, and a bit like spent malt. Reminds me of the ale that Redhook ESB has become. I suppose this is why people have such problems with its classification as a bock.

Its a decent beer though, and would be a great summer sipper.

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Photo of Skidz
3.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been hearing lots of good things about this beer, and it just came into town on the start of the new year. Had to see what it's all about.

Pours a nice deep amber with a nice frothy head that lasted just long enough for me to take a few good whiff, then settled down to a ring. Has a nice, smooth smell to it, but nothing special.

Tastes just like it smells. A little tang at the end, but nothing disrupting. It's just so just fills your mouth up so nicely, you could really drink this all night with no problem. This is one solid built beer, very drinkable, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap during a recent visit to Georgetown at a bar called Old Glory (I think that is what it was named).

Seemed a bit earthy to me. Peanut butter and like come to mind.

Not really much there. The smell was pretty blah! Some malt notes and that is about it. The taste was like a 100 yard dash. Quick, then done. The taste was some what malty but lacking so much. No trace of hops what so ever.

I had to ask the bartender if he really poured me a Bock.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.18 out of 5 with 4,133 ratings