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 Thomas_Wikman
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've had hundreds of these. People knew I liked it. At the hunting ranch we like to visit they stocked up on Shiner Bock when I was coming. Shiner Bock was like an entry craft beer for me. However, as I started drinking craft beer and getting used to more flavorful beers I started viewing Shiner Bock as somewhat bland and watery. I can no longer say this is the best beer in the world. However, it is a pretty good step in between bland mass produced pale lagers and high quality craft beer

It does have some notes of tosty malts and caramel and a light pleasant aroma. It is not tasteless yet very easy drinking for bland beer lovers, and it is definitely better than Bud Lite.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bock is a generous term for this brew, which is deep caramel in color and taste. Sweet, one-note, a little watery and undercarb'd. Spoetzl is all over the place -- some pretty solid German stuff, some unique twists, and then some stinkers. This falls closer to the latter.

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

I quickly realized on a business trip to Fort Worth, Texas, back in 2011 (?) that Shiner Bock is very common in those parts. Although up north in NY I had never seen it not until recently that is...within the past year, I started noticing it at bars and distributors. I had it every where in Texas from the hotel bar, to the bbq joints, to the ranch. And, I loved every bit of it. I think drinking it outside is numero uno. That beer is meant to be drank in big open spaces. Preferably in a big field...overlooking some gorgeous scenery...smelling fresh air...and hearing nothing. It's a solid beer. Some people call it a good Budweiser, but I don't care. I like it. I never poured it, so I can only attest to bottle taste, but it's damn good in my opinion. Refreshing, crisp, clean, bockiness. It's nothing fancy. Just a good choice when there isn't anything you fancy on the menu.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much more of a basic and bland beer than what my pre-craft days would have me believe. Relatively flat carbonation and flavor, but there's a little bit of malt to stand out.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.06/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, deep burnt copper, like a sherry or similar dark brown spirit. Head is a dull tan, fluffy yet fizzy, small, film-forming, lower middle retention. Smells like assorted berries, good but not strong enough. The palate is kind of a let-down, both in taste and feel. Not much besides nutty, toasty grain at first, and weak at that. Develops into more of a caramel and dark fruit, but again, it doesn't really stand out. Too watered down. Very low dull bitterness, even for mass-produced hyper-drinkable standard lager fare. Quite light, but at least loaded with gulpable suds, but really not much else to offer in terms of body. Overall, a disappointment, yes, but nothing to sneeze at. Won't seek it out, but will certainly drink it when it comes in Shiner's mixed six-pack that I usually find this beer in.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into pint glass
L- dark brown, clear, white head which dissipates no lacing
S- sweet caramel malts, some bitterness
T- has a toasty malty taste not much else but has a smooth nice taste
F- light bodied but has a nice crisp mouthfeel very drinkable
O- while not the most flavorful beer has a decent flavor and is very smooth and drinkable, an enjoyable brew

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

Pours a nice redish amber color with a quickly disappearing head with a faint smell of malt and honey. Tastes sweet and malty. Thin feel with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a slim ruddy almost transparent brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly. Lacing seemed to be fairly stringy and slightly messy.
The smell started off with some burnt bready to cake-like malts. Some toffee and coffee flavors enter in slightly.
The taste was a light sweet breadiness with some caramel and toffee sweetness. There's a lingering bready sweet to slightly open dark fruity aftertaste and running into the finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light on the body with a more than expected yet nice sessionability about this one. I'm wondering because of the ABV if that's why this one comes across the way it does in the feel.
Overall, for a bock, there doesn't seem enough oomph in the ABV. With that in mind, is this a "session bock?" If there is such thing...wondering, hmm...

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Photo of stevoj
2.34/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Disappointed after hearing a lot about this beer. And it’s classified as a Vienna (RateBeer), and not a bock. Pours medium brown with immediate head that fades to nothing. Aroma is extremely light, cola, malt, brown bread. Taste is also light (and mouthfeel watery), tastes like a watered down Newcastle. Not impressed.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.91/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my favorite shiner beer so far besides maybe their oktoberfest. This is a really solid beer that you can't go wrong with, great out of the bottle and great on tap.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.42/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my go-to beer when back in Texas. It was my father's beer and that definitely influenced my choice also. I love the taste and the appearance. It's a darker lager-style beer (not a true German-style bock), and has a great finish. I like that it is becoming more widely known outside of Texas.

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Photo of Myotus
2.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass
LOOK: Pours with 2 finger's worth of off-white foam that maintains. A plethora of small and medium-sized ascending bubbles is keeping the beautiful foam head in tact. Copper in color. Lacing is thick but moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of grass and caramel entangle with subtle aromas of spicy hops, bitter hops, and hints of figs and plums.
TASTE: Initial taste is of mild caramel and smoked goodness (suddenly appear!) flavors. Subtle fig, plum, and grass flavors enter right after. Subtle spicy and earthy hop (also suddenly appear!!) along with hints of bitter hops enter lastly as all previous flavors persist except for fig and plum flabors, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Somewhere between full-bodied and medium-bodied. Subtly carbonated. Goes down incredibly smooth, but only somewhat creamy. Finishes very crisp.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.16/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, the classic Texas bock beer that everyone knows about even if one doesn't like it. Let's take a look at this one.
This was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a soft dark brown color with a two finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Lacing speckled in a foamy spider web sort of way.
The smell has some sweet bready tones rolling over some coffee, toffee, cocoa, nutty and caramel flavors.
The taste engages the previously mentioned flavors to blend and bounce into the aftertaste. There's a sweet wet finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium body with a sly sessionably sweet smooth creaminess rolling all about. Carbonation runs light.
Overall, what's not to love with this one. There's enough complexities in this one, just treat it like a bock and all will be right with the world. Cheers, I'll have another, please! Oh and FYI, if you grab a sixer of this and don't like, make beer bread out of the rest, you'll thank me later.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a small, slender Schaefer glass. Bubbles are sticking to the glass, but oh well. Not much head forming, but very bubbly.

L - brown-amber color with no head on top. No lacing on the glass

A - Toasted malts, mostly caramel and toffee. Crisp scent with subtle hops.

T - Not much going on, slight hints of the toasted malts, but kind of plain. Clean finish, but no bitterness.

F - Light in body. Feels like water. No alcohol burn or taste.

O - This beer is okay. I would compare this to Yuengling in Pennsylvania but for Texas. It is an affordable beer from the state of Texas, which works for me! Certainly a classic beer.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the only basic widely distributed beers I can actually drink. It's a watery mess like the others, but this one actually has some flavor and character.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.32/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Clear dark-brownish color with a minuscule head.

The malts are fairly distinct in the smell, as is the brown sugar.

Flavor is really subtle, with some malt sneaking up in the background. Otherwise, the taste was fairly shallow. As far as the feel goes this is a very light beer. Forgettable, not worth a purchase.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

As others have said, this beer is very reminiscent of the Vienna Lager style. Surprised it isn't called Shiner Vienna Lager instead of Shiner Bock.

Dark amber look, smells malty and toasty, tastes of caramel and a bit nutty and roasted. Light and drinkable.

Overall I like this. I would say it's comparable to Yuengling Traditional Lager and if it came down to the two I'd buy whichever was cheaper.

EDIT: I liked this the first time I had it, as seen in the words above. However, I just recently tried this again and I'm not sure whether I got a bad batch or if my tastes just changed but it was practically a drainpour for me, and that never happens. It was grossly sweet and sticky and unpleasant in so many ways. I am therefore changing my rating to somewhere in the middle of the good score I originally gave it and the bad score I'd give it if I hadn't previously enjoyed it. Hopefully I try it again in the future and find it pleasant again. For all I know I just had a really old or messed up bottle.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.26/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a very dark amber color with thin white head. This is a very carbonated bock. Has a sour smell to it. Has a light malty taste and is very watered down.

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

I bought a 12 pack of cans at the local due to the fact that from the purchace, $1 is donated to a soldier/veteran group.

The beer pours a clear brown with a white, short lived head. No lacing noted. It smells grainy, like 6-row grainy with a hint of caramel and brown sugar. The taste follows the smell, very grainy with some hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is light, too light for this style. Overall, It is drinkable but doesn't seem to be a representative of the Bock style.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish light brown with fizzy off-white head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of bran cereal with a faint hint of grassy hops. Taste has a bit of grapefruit, cereal, toast and marmalade with a lingering sweetness. Very thin and crisp mouthfeel. As a bock I'd have to say this is sub-par, but if one were to judge it as a Vienna style lager it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Brilliant tea tinted amber under a 1” cream colored foam cap that quickly dissipates. S: A hint of maltiness with traces of dark sugars. T: Tastes like someone put a tea bag full of lightly roasted malts into a Shiner Premium. F: Thin and fizzy. O: Not a favorite.

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Photo of superspak
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas and caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness on the finish; and very clean lager flavors, with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and watery mouthfeel that is okay. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this was an okay vienna lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A decently enjoyable offering.

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

Dark brown translucent color with a decent head that didn't hold long. Stronger aroma than others from shiner and a very slight maltiness, but that is not saying much.
Balanced flavor between malt/hops but not a whole lot of it. Light-bodied despite its color. Doesn't win any award for me but it isn't bad.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [2.75] The beer is a transparent brown. It looks like Coke but slightly lighter brown. It poured with about 1/2 a figner of white head. The head was gone instantly. The bottle does not list the ABV or any dating.

S: [3.50] Brown sugar, nice "woody" notes. Like maybe peat.

T: [3.50] The flavor profile is mild but works well. The beer has a decent amount of caramel/toffee up front. A less sweet version of caramel/toffee. There are some hints of smoke in the midpalate and then late a balance of sweetness with a slight hop kick.

M: [3.25] The beer is pretty thin. But there is some coating as you drink it. No off flavors or sensations linger. The carbonation is above average but still works.

O: [3.50] Maybe I have a soft spot for this one. An old friend used to rave about this beer constantly. I find it enjoyable. I would guess the ABV is 4.9%. It is approachable for BMC drinkers but also well crafted enough for everyone. I will drink it again.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.08/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Lacking flavor and body even for a true Bock beer. Last one I think of when in the mood for the style since I do not really even think this fits it well

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