Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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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Ratings: 4,060 |  Reviews: 1,096
Photo of marc77
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The dense sticky head tops a crystal clear bronze hued brew. There's good lace left-- the number of sips taken to finish the beer is countable. (I love that) Unfortunately, this beer falls short after that. Just a hint of graininess and grassy Saaz hop in aroma, but there's not much else there. The VERY mild toasted malt flavors dominate and the weak hop bitterness leave the beer a tad sweet. It's got a bit more body than the norm for style, but the overall lack of flavor make this a run of the mill American dark lager. Finishes w/ a hint of bready malt notes and residual sweetness. Wow-- this is the best bock I've ever had! : )

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Photo of inebrius
2.64/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A typical American macro lager with color. Spoetzl Brewery should be fined for the gross misrepresentation of this brew (Bock, right?) I let it warm up to try and find a redeeming quality, but it just got worse. I ask you, what is the point? If you want a pretty beer buy Shiner Bock. If you want flavor buy something else.

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Photo of mickeymac
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It looks pretty nice, but the experience goes downhill from there. I drank it on draught over three nights at three different bars and received a beer with no head and little carbonation. The flavor was bland and uninspired. It felt like it was sticking to the inside of my mouth after I finished my first pint. I gave it more than a fair shake based on numerous recommendations by Texans, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep red amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is mostly of alcohol and a little maltiness, in general, a bit weak. The taste was less than I expected, certainly seemed watery for a bock, a little malt and some faint hop notes. Better than the worst of the major beers, but that is not saying much. Much better bock-style beers are readily had.

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Photo of aracauna
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is kind of cool, like a well-brewed glass of iced tea. Being a southerner, I can appreciate that. A foamy head dissipates quickly. Nothing spectacular in smell or tast. It's like most of the macros, but a hell of a lot better.

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Photo of ZAP
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Beer gods shined down on me today...No sooner did I read a comment on the forum about this being someone's first beer ever, and walla a bottle of it shows up on my desk at work...This guy was in Texas and brought me back a bottle in his never ending quest to find a beer I haven't tried...he hit on this one...

It must have been partly cloudy when the Beer gods were shining down on this beer..For a bock it is very light in body..almost watery...BUT it does have a good taste to it (although the taste is faint)...definitely on the malty side...maybe more of a vienna style...I get ZERO hopping on this....The BA review (which I usually try not to read before doing my as to not influence my opinion) mentioned caramel and I definitely agree with that...the malt taste is not heavy but there...seems easy on the mouth and would be pretty easy drinking overall...Just not as much body as I expect in a bock...copper in color...big frothy head that dissipates into nearly nothing in moments...

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Photo of ADR
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Last time I was visiting a buddy in College Station I picked up a six of these (he favored twelve packs of Busch "tallboys")...medium brown color, sticky head. Very butterscotchy and the other malt tastes are vaguely syrupy, though not heavy-bodied at all...Too sweet for me but decent drinkability.

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Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear with a tawny amber that is on the verge of brown, big rocky off white head settles to a two fingered lace that leave a few sticky patches here and there down the glass.

Smell: Clean aroma with hints of husk and dextrin malt, little on the plate of alcohol or hop.

Taste: Medium body with a moderate carbonation, clean and smooth mouth feel with a thin maltiness on the palate. Flavours of toasted malt and caramel run slim with a strained malt sweetness. Hops seem faded and used up with a struggling bitterness. Alcohol warms a bit with a perfume or rose ghost like taste, finish is lean and clean with not much to show for other than remnants of toasted grain.

Notes: Not a bad brew but it leaves the taste buds short on flavour for what a bock should be, for an American Dark Lager it hold up well and is a step above the big guys.

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Photo of Brent
2.06/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Raw and unrefined, with an abrasive alcohol presence.

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Photo of Todd
2.05/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz can

Appearance: Copper/amber with a thin head that shows little sign of carbonation.

Smell: Clean smelling with no apparent aromas -- probably due to its being canned.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing like a seltzer water. Grain and husk-like flavours turn this brew dry, while a semi-astringent hop presence joins the steeliness of the can to provide a cheap beer flavour. The brew finishes with a metallic twang and an echo of real hop flavour.

Notes: Not impressed at all. Purchased and consumed on Northwest Airlines (Detroit to Boston).

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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