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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Photo of detgfrsh
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date. Pours a reddish brown with a lacing of bubbles. Not much smell at all, a hint of straw. Thin feel with heavy carbonation. Taste is malt with a touch of straw and hops. Mixed feelings about this one. In the glass, it looks great but there's not much going on in the smell or flavor. Malt should be more prominent given the style. It's not bad, just underwhelming. Might be something to order if I'm ever in a macro-heavy bar.

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Photo of Jeff_Dubya
4.2/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shiner was my go to beer throughout college. It's an outstanding bock and there's a reason it always gets a gold medal in international beer festivals. At the price point, can't go wrong. Just don't let it get too warm.

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Photo of Tyeckstein
4.28/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. I picked up a 12 pack for $14 at the liquor store. You get what you pay for though. You definitely want to drink this beer ice cold. The warm it gets it starts to lose its appeal.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I would not call this poor by any means in my opinion. It's smooth and goes down easily. Not a very good but not a poor as I see in some ratings. Okay/pretty good is my score.

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Photo of FreshYeti
2.97/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Beautiful, clear, highly filtered look. Deep amber - just shy of brown. Thin, quickly-disappating beige head.

Strong nose hits before lifting the glass. Young, grainy malt smell. Hard water, copper, wet slate, rain. I’m excited to taste.

The taste is thinner than the nose had suggested. Heavily carbonated, not much on the tongue, but a perceptible malt character on the aftertaste. Light molasses and brown sugar, balanced more by carbonation than hops. Halfway into the glass, the overwhelming sensation is carbonation rather than flavor.

My impression is that they’ve selected malts which did a great job of creating a beautifully colored darkish beer, but if I closed my eyes I would not think this is a bock. American Amber Lager, perhaps. I worry that it would be syrupy and unpleasant if left to warm and flatten - like the carbonation and refrigeration are masking a fundamentally unbalanced brew.

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Photo of Beemer
4.94/5  rDev +62%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all time favorite beer. Spent some time in San Antonio in the army and the bars got day old kegs from the brewery. Just amazing! I like that it's a a dark flavorful beer that isn't too heavy, I can drink it all night and not get too full.
Also this is my first review and I'm a casual beer drinker not sure how else to discribe the beer.

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Photo of jasadewi
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Translucent dark caramel color, with a thin soapy head.
S: Faintly sweet aroma.
T: Lightly toasted malt, no bitterness. Very crisp, grainy alcohol taste more than anything else.
M: Light bodied.
O: I can't say I like it. Of course, it's the macro, popular take on a bock and I haven't had much to compare it to. That being said, I simply didn't enjoy this one's taste.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.69/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A deep, clear amber color with dark shadowy brown hues and an off-white fizzy head, caps out pretty quick. A flat look after the foam rolls away. Lacy.

A deep amber malt aroma, mild chocolate, spicy and herbal hop in the back. Deep dark fruity thing, caramel malt.

The malt flavor is very effective, with mildly sweet, rootbeer-esque amber qualities, classic Bock style malt here, maybe a bit light, but also very pleasant. The feel is light and very crisp with a gentle, long malt finish. The hops come across very herbal, providing a very good balance. This is a crushable, easy drinking Bock that I personally keep coming back to time after time. I'm also a sucker for Retro style brands. The malt is amber, brown sugar, cinnemon, and maple-leathery....pretty nice.

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.1/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice dark caramel color and nice roasted caramel smell. Not too light or too heavy and the taste is enjoyable and goes down clean. Super drinkable and still a very good beer.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a brown colored bock, I have a hard time figuring this style out, there are so many different colors and flavors going on with it, its like a saison, it could mean anything.

A mild brown malt and lager yeast kind of sweetness in the aroma.

Taste is more of that, some light sweet roasted malt. Thin body. Nothing changes as it warms or goes downbottle. Nutty feels. Nothing offensive here.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.29/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pretty dark red color. Thin head and little to moderate lacing. Smells of toasty nutty caramel. Sweet caramel taste with a touch of nuttiness and hops. Was a little thin and watery. Reminded me that this beer is one step away from AAL macro. Still not a bad beer.

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Photo of jp32
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown in color, but transparent and on the thin side of things. It's flavor is simple, caramel malts without much hop bitterness, definitely more on the sweet side of things. It's easy drinking. While this is nearly as readily available as most macros (and nearly the same price), it's a ton more flavorful. It doesn't necessarily stand up very well against nice craft beers, but I'll choose it over a macro every day of the week.

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Photo of MEWHA
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer, really more of a lager but doesn't really matter to me. Not the best I've had, but definitely not the worst. I would recommend to anyone thinking of trying it.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.22/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours a clean caramel amber, with off-white suds. No lace.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Average to undesirable.

Taste: Mild and watery. A little caramelly and a tinge of nuttiness, but really it’s all overpowered by a wallop of sweetness. A slight bitterness to the finish. This seems a far cry from a traditional German bock. Misses the mark and remains average at best.

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Photo of matcris
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

APPEARANCE: A clear dark caramel in appearance. Finger + of creamy khaki head that slowly settles down to a thin layer. Plenty of bubbles rising. Very minor lacing.
AROMA: A little floral, slight sulfur, bready, husk, a little toffee.
TASTE: Drinking it quite cold. Mostly getting the caramel, and biscuit/bread notes. Slightly different aftertaste but I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of. Mildly funky but not offensive.
FEEL: Nice full carbonation, medium thin body, and a little slick but drying on finish.
OVERALL: Not bad. Slight aftertaste but no big deal. Be good for game night when you want to have a few, relax, and not analyze it.

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Photo of 88caprice
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Overall: Enjoyable, but very basic and easy to throw back.
What makes this a Bock?
Maybe an Amber Lager in disguise?

An overly red/brown brew with some sparkly suds.
Light, tangy aroma with faint malt and little else.
Taste is just...light. A light malt taste, very subtle sweetness, barely there bitterness. One-dimensional and thin.
A sparkly, but thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of PhilsPils
1.52/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OK, if you want a beer really bad, here's a really bad beer. If we are going to consider this to be a Bock, it is a ridiculously inept effort because it has NONE of the attributes of a Bock other than a dark color (which is rumored to be from caramel coloring). Not strong, not malty sweet, not flavorful, not, not, not. It is a watery beer that has a perceived sweetness that I believe is not the result of caramel malts as much as the fact that there are no hops to provide any bitterness. What hops flavor there is is woody and boring. Maybe the weak flavor is a blessing because what flavor there is isn't pleasant, at least to me. Even if we put it in an adjunct category, it would still be bad. Texas is making some great beers these days...too bad so many people think of Shiner and Lone Star when they think of Texas.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.66/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Re-re-review on 5/1/16 :

This time it's from a sweet looking 16 oz can. Pours caramel colored with hues of brown and dark amber. Head is towering and huge. 4 fingers, popcorn colored, doesn't quit. Nice work.

The aroma is actually very spiced here. I get a touch of coriander and cinnamon along with the basic toasted malts and damp hay. Very damp smelling overall.

Flavor is, in a word, good. It's heavy on the caramel and has a smooth profile with subdued hop character. Some plant going on, and a bit of charred wood, but mostly just a smooth caramel roasty malt flavor. I like.

Feel is creamy and has mild carbonation. Drinkable but a bit of a chore too.

Overall, Shiner Bock has redeemed itself again and my scores are going up accordingly.

(Edit ... re-review, 9/28/14, from same six pack. First overall was 3.16 out of the bottle. This one is poured.)

Brand new beer tonight. Picked up from Wally World. $7.28/6-pack. Lets see if this Bock rocks.

Appearance (3.5) - pours a cranberry/currant red color with an almond colored two finger head. The head disperses pretty quickly and is soon only one finger, and soon after that just a ring. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass. The bubbles in the head are not very tightly knit so it's not really a creamy head. It's pretty carbonated.

Smell (3.25) - Caramel, yeast, toasted malts. Lots of toasted and yeast aromas. The bouquet is about medium strength. A faint hop character as well that seems to be appropriately balanced for this style. Out of the bottle it's got a sour funk. Not sure what that's all about.

Taste (3.5) - Toasted grain, malt, a little straw, some toffee notes. Some muted hops appear towards the finish but very balanced and in check. Aftertaste is of malted grains and biscuit.

Mouthfeel (3.25) - Carbonated but subdued. Swishing yields a creamy feel. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall (3.29) - Yeah, I'd buy it again. It's not bad. I always pour my beer into glasses now anyways, and this one tastes much better poured. A decent beer - although not really an appropriate representation of a traditional Bock. Still good, a great lager to have. Try it!

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Photo of gandres
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass dark amber color, hazy, tan head that disappears quickly Nose: no aroma easily sense light bitterness medium body, fizzy, good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
drank April 29, 2016

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Photo of plumberman63
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A nice medium/ dark brown with a good tan head
has a rich malty sweet aroma. with a sweet malty caramel taste.
A nice medium body feel.
This is good mild sweet, not bitter. Will get again.
one of my favorites.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a crystal clear brown with a reddish hue. The slightly off white head leaves specks of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet, earthy, with a yeasty smell. All are faint and none are super appealing. This beer seems like it wants to taste like something and then changes its mind. It is a little of everything. A little malty, a little sweet, barely bitter and it almost has flavor. It isn't horrible but it feels like a decent beer is hiding in there just waiting to get out.

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Photo of Squire123
3.41/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue collar Bock.

This is good, no, let me rephrase that, this is quite good for what it is. It isn't a German Bock, it's a variation of AAL, and has met with wide acceptance because people like the flavor. Attractive brownish redish color, malt/hops appear in enough volume to be heard, texture is thinner than Euro styles but still medium, taste leaves a sense of sweetness without actually being sweet. Remarkably consistent, I get the impression this beer was designed to compete with the Vienna style lagers from South of the River. As a crossover from AALs this one performs admirably and the lack of roasted malt bitterness makes it an easy drinker. Works well with food, most any occasion, most any company.

Is popularity reason enough to buy it? Well, yeah.

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Photo of CJanders
4.04/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark look, smells malty, good taste but a little watery, good feel. My go-to beer when going to a family event or party where half the people drink macrobrews and the other half only drink craft brews. Its a great middle ground.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.02/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper color with a bone colored soapy head. Lots of streaming bubbles throughout.

Slightly sweet smell of barley with notes of some breadiness.

Tastes like it looks with a nice rich malty sweetness. The sweet is just the right amount and does not overpower.

Mouth feel borders on medium yet is very wet and refreshing with a crisp finish.

This is a very tasty beer that has that bit of sweet that hits it just right. I found this to be a very nice easy drinking beer and with a light ABV this would be great as a nice sessionable beer when hanging with your friends.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From 03/22/16 notes. 12 oz. pour in a mason jar.

Pours a somewhat clear bright orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus nose, fruity and bready malts, and light resin. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer; not super hoppy but easy to drink.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 3,991 ratings.
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