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 kimcgolf
2.46/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was totally non-impressive. Poured very thin, to a pale amber color, with little head or lacing. I could not detect any aroma, and the taste, whatever was there, was not evident due to the watery texture and stale finish. I’d heard this was a good beer...obviously I was listening to the wrong people.

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Photo of BeerBard
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most Austinites love Shiner Bock...I do not.

But you just can't help but drink it down here unless you are obsessed about avoiding it. The problem is, it's as "exotic" as many restaurants get down here with beer...and if you want a beer with your food...and you don't want a Budweiser...then you're left with Shiner Bock as you're only alternative to water or Bud-Lite (another term for water).

So Shiner is light brown in color, has virtually no sustained head, and little aroma (though it creates quite a stench rotting outside the many fraternities near the University). Not much of a mouthfeel because of the weak taste.

This was a beer created to be something "exotic" in during an era of ignorance in Texas. But times have changed and I believe the only reason it's still popular is the same reason Bush was re-elected and Texas votes Republican. But I take no responsibility for that.

I'll drink it again...I live in Texas...and let's face it, it's just an average won't kill you.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark caramel with a 1/4" head that sticks around and clings lightly to the sides. Lots of carbonation in the body. Dark malt aromas try to push through but are shoved out of the way by the graininess. Not a whole lot on the palate, just sweetness, faint dark malts, and grain. Mouthfeel is full of sugars and with each sip, the beer turns to bubbles in my mouth. Not very drinkable.

I'm not one to knock on cans (I really like Warbird and Dale's Pale Ale), but out of the can, Shiner Bock is raunchy. Better in the bottle or on tap. I'd like to chalk this up to having had a really old can.

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Photo of jettjon
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into the pint glass. Pours a clear, red-brown, more ruby than brown color with a few bubbles. Basically no head, just a wisp of foam that vanishes leaving a thin ring and no lace. Nose is bready and malty. Taste is malty with a light hops balance, very subdued bitter finish. Overall, it’s malty sweet and ale like, pretty good mild malt/molasses character. Mouth is pretty bubbly on the tongue and is somewhat substantial; it’s not watery or thin. Drinkability is pretty good; it’s an easygoing, easily sessionable beer that looks a lot cooler at the bar than a macro.

Overall: A good drinking beer, especially if you enjoy moderately malty brew.

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Photo of srrn
2.14/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ordered on tap. Looked ok a deep mahogony in the club. Not much going on in the way of smell. Mouthfeel was carbonated like soda to me and the bitter tastes and sweet tastes were not blended, adjunct taste. I love Bocks and Dubblebocks, great quaffing beers for me and remind me of my tour in Germany, this one I just couldn't finish. This brewerys offering just aren't to my taste though it seems to be a solid seller.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich, red-amber body with a thick white head.

Smell is sourish malt.

Flavor is sweet malt, smooth on the palate, sour on the finish. Almost no hop presence. Very far on the light end for a bock, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is on the watery end of medium, high carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good.

This beer is worshiped by many in TX. I have to say, it's not bad when compared to Coors Light, Bud Light, etc. Plenty of color and flavor compared to those usual macro suspects. As an aspiring craft-ish brew, it leaves a lot to be desired. I did enjoy this one, though. Thanks to cburian for "importing" this one so I could sample and review it.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clerk at the liquor store once put my three selected six packs in a discarded Shiner Bock box (say that three times quickly) and sent me on my way. I had never tried it. And then one evening last week my wife and I were out with friends and here comes the beer list. Shiner Bock on tap. So I tried it.

Came without much of a head, but the color was nice, dark brown (like rich chocolate milk) and just a bit of carbonation. I was surprised that there wasn't much smell to speak of, though the malt did come through in the nose a bit. A bit thin in the mouth, the flavor was surprisingly rich. Lightly roasted malt (a bit less "roast" flavor than I expected, given the color) and a delicate balance of hops to refresh. I enjoyed it. I was driving and that's all I could do; but others in our party had second glasses. It's easily a beer you could enjoy all night.

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Photo of stouty1
2.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured burnt orange in color with a minimal laced head. What was there was gone very quickly. Smells of malt and grapes. Tatses pretty much like nothing at first. No sweetness no malt. Then a slight bitterness tries to reach out to grab your tongue, but I think it moved done my throat too fast, leaving something trying to come but not quite reaching its goal. Very fizzy and overly carbonated. Very drinkable as its almost like drinking down a bottle of water.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

served on tap into a 20oz nonic glass

Coppery/reddish light brown hue very clear.Off-white head,dissapating to ring around glass.looked a bit flat.
Aroma was fruitty,nutty,caramelly,a hint of chocolate.
Taste was bisquitty,carmelly and fruity,dry and tart,a quick sharp,clean bitterness.Taste was a bit bland.
A thin to medium mouthfeel,a grainy texture.
Drinkable,but boring,reminds me of a macro. Got a keg for 1/2 price,now I know why.

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Photo of ruleof72
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium dark amber color with decent head
Smell is OK but nothing outstanding, toasted malt, some chocolate maybe
Taste is a little above average with toasted malt and some grain flavors
Mouthfeel was decent with good carbonation
Overall drinkability was good. This beer is easily drinkable even though there is no particular outstanding component.

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Photo of therica
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'd reviewed this in bottled-version last year, with mixed feelings. Last night I was dining and the place featured this on-tap. The bar-maid encouraged me to try it, so I obliged.

The on-tap variety seems a totally different beer and experience than the bottled version.

Appearance-- deep red-amber with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell-- enticing, complex, a definite bock-scent and yet more to it that I couldn't quite decipher.

Taste-- upon first sip, I had the same experience as the person with me warned, the one who complained that it caused him immediate gas in the bottled-version. Yet, the taste was totally different from the bottled-version. Maybe just too much carbonation going on here. Malty bocky taste with some interesting diversions that seemed to change with each gulp on a clean palate, and again changing as the beer sat for a few minutes. Finish was still a bit carbony-gassy, moderately smooth aside from the carbonation burn in my throat. Mildly hoppy-bitter.

Mouthfeel-- hmmm... complex taste overwhelmed by biting carbonation?

Drinkability-- if we'd stayed, I would have been on to something else, I couldn't drink a lot of this in-session.

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Photo of CU570M
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red autumn color, decent head with nice lacing. Smell came off fruity, but i liked that. I can't explain the taster over than there was a hint of citrus and was a good well rounded beer. Medium carbonation, great for everyday drinking. My kind of beer!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber pour, somewhat fluffy head and a bit of lacing on the side of the glass.
I didn't smell much of anything, but then again it did not smell bad. Some malt and a bit of roast, though.
Taste was a thicker Bud. Malt and sticky sweet. Balanced a bit by the hops, but still too sweet. Some rye hints as well.
A smooth brew. Average MF.
Can drink easily if poured in a glass for a while, but it gets boring.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I visited my daughter and son-in-law in Houston recently, I wanted to try one of the local brews. This is what they told me to order. It was a dark amber color with no head to it. It had a nondescript malty aroma, and a nondescript , vaguely sweet taste. Actually OK for mouthfeel, and drinkable in the sense that it went down easily. Not one of my favorite beers; hope other offerings from the brewery are better.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear dark color with a thin head that dissipated quickly. The smell is a bit malty with a light hop scent. The taste is mild and malty with a hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and carbonated. The drinkablity of this one is high…ease to kick back with a few.

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Photo of aaronh
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown, topped by an off-white head. Aroma has some hints of caramel and hops, fairly clean with a bit of a mineral note as well. Flavor has some light malt notes, a bit of caramel, and a rather clean finish. Mouthfeel is solid and supports the flavor well. Mouthfeel actually greatly enhances the flavor. I must actually say that I enjoyed this beer more than I expected to. Don't overlook this beer just because it's well known or it's "not a bock". For a good, solid everyday performer, I'd love to have this one available around the house.

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Photo of TheBierBand
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not a bad bock. But it is not one of the great ones either.

I poured this from the bottle into a pint glass. The head started at 1" and fairly quickly disspiated. The lacing was minimal.

The overall apearance was a thinish (for a bock) dark.

Smell was light for a bock beer. Hints of chocolate sweetness.

Taste was not as robust as I like in a bock. But still the mild hoppiness and the chocolate/coffee flavours came through.

Not on the short list, but it'll do in a pinch.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Mellow appearance, with a caramel color and reddish tinge topped by a thin cap of head and no visible carbonation. Nose is faint with yeast and malt and a touch of artificial smelling sugars.

No particular strong flavors, just basic caramel malts and a touch of bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is refreshing but doesn't stand up very well in the mouth. A bit of a gritty, cloying aftertaste. Goes down smooth and easy but just doesn't inspire. I could see it again on occasion, but if I didn't, my life would still be worth living..

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Photo of Neehan
2.21/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light amber with a minimal head. Smells of bread and grains with hops as a background. The taste is heavy of bread and lingers into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is well balanced with the carbonation but lacks in complexity. If you enjoy the taste of one you could have more, a more tasty beer would be more drinkable.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.18/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear amber with a minuscule and extremely short lived head. A touch of lacing, but I had to work to get it.

S - Grassy hops with a typical macro rice beer smell a bit of summer squash too. The grassy hops are substantially more pronouced though. A touch of stale malts too.

T - This tastes similiar to the typical macro brew only stronger. There is a light bodied malt presence with a lot of mild sweet corn flavor. A touch of grassy hops. Aftertaste is a residual sweet corn. It honestly tastes a lot like concentrated Coors . . . okay, it is a BIT better than concentrated Coors.

M - Slick, thick and smooth. That impresses me, but, unfortunately, it is also leaving a film in my mouth. Carbonation is a bit high.

D - It is drinkable. I'd rather drink this than a typical macro, but it is a weak example of the style. I am not going to have this again. Well, honestly, this is the first Bock I have ever had, but I am comparing it to what I imagine a half doppelbock half water mixture would taste. It begs the question, why bock, when you can doppel?

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Photo of Bluemoonlover
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A-poured a dark copper amber with thick white head.

S-kind of hoppy smell with grainy kind of corny smell.

T-again a grainy corny kind of taste also a little bitter.

M-crisp kind of dry feel.

D-not my favorite beer, but still pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of bigone4
2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not the best offering I have had lately but at the airport in Dallas I had to try a local Texas beer. Poured a dark amber brown color. Light frothy tanish white head. Disapated rather quickly. No lacing of the glass. Smells light and malty some type of yeasty dough smell. Mild hints of caramel, brown sugary, light toasted corn nut smell-maybe a hint of baked beans? Rather smooth but also quite watery. Not alot of body in this beer. It is drinkable and rather light for a darker beer. It had a nice mild caramel malt flavor that is followed by a light hop finish. Not a lot of hops present in this brew. It is alright but I think I would pass on it next time. Fat Tire was on tap too so I went with that next. It makes for a tough competion.

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Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this should be the national beer of here in texas this is one of my main fridge beers.this is a beer that wont gag you if it gets warm.has a nice head with moderate lacing.cost a little more than the macro brews but its worth when yall come to visit try a shiner bock you wont be sorry. oh and ask about the rams head on the bottle.

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Photo of tastybeer
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Woody brown color with a decent two finger head that fades quickly to a thin layer. Nose is ok. Not real offensive in any way but lacking in awesomeness. Softly malty caramel, and fairly crisp. Taste is not much but good for getting food down the ol' tunnel. A little bit malty and semi sweet. Mouthfeel is thin and finish is quick. Drinkability is alright.

Ok, but not great.

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Photo of veech
3.36/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer I always try to drink at least a couple of when visiting the Lone Star state. I haven't gotten down there in a while so I had one in lieu of major macros at a local Italian place. A: The appearance seemed promising with nice med brown color and light carbonation with a thin head. S: Not much to speak of really, a little carmelized malt with a tiny bit of smokiness maybe. T: Mild and a little disappointing with some malt body and little hop balance. Carmel and a slight undertone of hickory smoke. M: Pretty thin for a beer that claims to be a bock. This is pretty drinkable stuff, if as in my case, you find yourself somewhere that only offers BMC products. I'm not sure why but I have in the past drunk 3 or even sometimes fewer Shiner Bocks and woken up with a hangover. There is some additive or ingredient contained therein that does not agree with my system, so session this stuff with a degree of caution.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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