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 archyquaffer
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. A moderate pour gives you about a half inch of off-white head, which dissipates quickly and is semi-sticky. The beer is a pale reddish-yellowish brown with medium carbonation which keeps it frothy around the edges.

Malt-forward on the nose, with just a hint of earthy hops. I think the malt does taste like Viennese malt, and produces aromas and light flavors reminiscent of muskmelon (to me, at least). The taste is of light malts, with accents of light sweetness, with brown sugar and honey-like accents. Very light hop bitterness on the tongue with maybe a little bit of lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Shiner products just became available in my area, though I had tried some in Wyoming a year or two ago. While this beer has little in common with any German or microbrewed bock that I've tried, it may harken back to American "bocks" that came out seasonally way back in the day- quite a bit darker and a little sweeter than the average pale brew, with perhaps a tiny bit more alcohol.

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Photo of stoutman
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Head sticks around a little longer than the bottled version. Body is clear medium orange-brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted light bread, caramel), with a light fruity smell. Flavor is a lightly sweet, acidic, bitter combo. Finish is nice. Light to medium body, watery texture, with lively carbonation.

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Photo of everetends
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a keg of this (not by my self). Poured into glass tumblers.

A: Came out a dark gold brown with a nice fizzy head that receded rather quickly. Still had some light lacing.

S: Malt and hops. What else do you need?

T: Light malt, a touch of hops with a metallic twang in the finish. The twang doesn't really turn you off.

M: Light, a little watering with a good amount of carbonation. Very crisp.

D: We finished the keg, so I would say it is drinkable. It is nice change from any dominant macro that is for sure. Good attempt from a German brewery in Texas, but I prefer their Hefe.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.45/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must have been a really fresh bottle. New label with a little history lesson on it. Pours a beautiful dark amber with a thin off white head that lingers for a short while before disappearing. Sweet malty aroma you would expect from a bock.Taste is much smoother than the dark color would lead you to believe, smooth, sweet and malty with just a hnt of herbal hops. Good session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shiner's best known "bock" pours a crystal clear chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of ivory foam that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass. Standard sized bubbles can be seen rising quickly beneath. The nose delivers a distinctive note of sulphur from the lager yeast over a dull, lightly sweet and caramelish malt. It's crisp in the mouth with a dextrinous, medium-light body. The flavor is bright and clean with it's yeast character showing just as strong as it's subtly toffee-ish and lightly bready-sweet malt. There are no noticeable hop flavors, but the bitterness is firm and there's an average amount of alcohol there, leaving it to finish dry and refreshing.

Now, onto the "bock" categorization that everyone mentions. It was common during the late 50's, 60's and 70's for breweries to simply add coloring to their regular beers (or slightly higher gravity brews) and release them in the spring as bocks. That seems like what this is. I'd guess they're using a product called "porterine", but there are others available. Or it could have had something to do with the way that beers of a certain strength are categorized in Texas. Either way, it's nothing new and there's nothing to be ashamed of. It's a decent, enjoyable beer.... forget that it's not really a bock and have another one!

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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 StJamesGate
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Texas Tony’s, Naples, Florida.
Dark amber with a few white trailers. 3.75
Sickly sweet malt syrup nose with some flowers. 3.25
Dark toast, some muscavado, and root beer spice. 3.5
Stale oak leaf finish and mildly tingly linger.
Thin yet sticky, tinny. 3.5

Not vaguely like a good bock - cloying, no snap in the body, no bite to keep it clean. But also not horrible: different enough from Macro and quaffably smooth. Like Fat Tire, a gateway that can stand on its own. 3.5

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber-brown body with an initially light head dwindling to faint lacing. Smells of slightly metallic husk but not too strongly. Tastes of toasted grain, tiny pinch of hops with a relatively sweet and dry finish. Cannot pick up any strong traces in particular. In this bock style, this beer could use a bit of "beefing" up in terms of flavor, however, this is a light, refreshing beer nonetheless.

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Photo of ccrida
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Cousin's BBQ in the Dallas Airport, poured into a plastic cup, Shiner Bock is a hazy pale chestnut brown with a small, off-white skim and nice glow to it.

Smell is very soft, sweet, clean malt, slight phenols.

Taste is pretty clean and refreshing, a nice maltiness, not to sweet or bitter, with light plastic phenols on the finish, this is a good 'gateway' beer for the BMC crowd, to show that that dark doesn't mean scary. For the beer geek crowd, it's too simple.

Mouthfeel is sharply carbonated, with a light body.

Drinkability is good, it's not an exciting, but highly swillable bock. Which isn't something I'm particularly looking for, but I'm sure it has it's place. Oh yeah, Texas.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky mahogany-amber into a pint glass with a finger of off-white head. Somewhat watery aroma with a little grainy malt.

Moderate carbonation and a light, creamy mouthfeel. Slightly bitter flavors of bread and nutty caramel malt with a touch of lemon on the finish.

This beer was omnipresent during my years in Texas and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for it, even if it doesn't stack up so well when held up for review.

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

A: Isn't dark at all for a bock, but it has a nice brownish gold color to it
S: Do not smell too much with this beer. Left something to be desired as I was hoping it would smell more like a strong lager
T: Very drinkable. Nice balance of darker lager tasting notes with some slight hoppy after tones. Not too much complex flavors happening, but could definitely be a great session beer because of its drinkability. Malts are roasted, but are not burnt or over roasted.
M: Pretty standard. Nice amount of carbonation. Not overwhelming, but almost underwhelming as far as bocks are supposed to be
O: If I found a relatively cheap case of Shiner Bock I would not be opposed to drinking a plethora of them in one sitting (hence the drinkability). But for the beer nerds and connoisseurs out there I would not seek out this beer over some of the other options. Worth trying, but nothing spectacular.

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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 CaptJackHarkness
3.46/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce bottle, coded, no discernible date.

Aroma of caramel,malt. Pours amber brown body with quickly dissapating white head. Head reduced to thin non lacing film. Taste is rather bland and bready. Leaves an odd, alkaline aftertaste, but not unpleasant.really, nothing like I expected.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio

A: Sort of a copper/caramel color with no real head. Nice carbonation on the sides of the glass.

S: The smell is very malty and bready with a smooth hop finish.

T: Taste is exactly as it smells. Very malty and smooth. Nice crisp finish though which makes for good feel in your mouth and on the way down.

Overall this beer is definitely better in Texas on tap then in Kansas out of a bottle. It is a wonderful session-able beer.

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Photo of biggred1
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber with a fizzy white head that quickly settles into a thin collar. Light toasted grain with an herbal kind of quality in the nose. Tastes mild and well balanced between light biscuit malt and hop bitterness. Light seltzery mouthfeel. Squeaky clean and easy drinking, decent session beer.

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Photo of oelergud
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear red and brown body. Light tan somewhat rocky head with ok retention but very little lace. Good carbonation initially but doesn't last long.
Sweet malty brown sugar scent with a hint of grass, wet moldy hay and sommerfields.
Unassuming mild malts up front giving way quickly to a short lived aftertaste. Caramel notes and small hop presence.
Only a little coating, this is a lager afterall. Leaves the palate wet and slightly oily.
Easy to drink as not much is really going on, low ABV. Maybe too subtle to be a good bock. More assertive malts and spicier hops without being over the top would be a great improvement however, I bet this brew is a damn good thirst quencher for the Texan rancher.


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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 tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Good points here! Thick tan foam with at least average lacing. Looks brown when you pour then red under the light. Pretty impressive. Not a whole lot of carbonation though.

Smell: Mostly thin coffee malt. I like the smell but don't get much else. It is a fairly strong coffee smell though, something always pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Again with the coffee malt. Very little hops to speak of, just like with the smell. A good, but not great taste. Shiner Bock definitely feels very flat, thin, and watery. Absolutely no carbonation to speak of here as well.

Drinkability: The watery feel makes this easy to down quickly.

Overall: Shiner Bock seems like a decent gateway beer to this style. Nothing great here, but there is some nice flavor and a great appearance.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep cream-colored head that recedes over medium dark brown liquid tinged with a touch of redness. Sweet maltiness dominates the nose with a hint of lightly roasted malt. The taste is a light-bodied mix of nicely roasty malt, light nonetheless mixed with a dash of dryness and very very light bitterness...otherwise it's sweet malt all the way. Finishes sweet as well. Very tasty and quite drinkable, a nice Bock all around.

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Photo of Caj1
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

It's been three years since I reviewed this beer, and I'm compelled to re-do it just because I feel I have something a little more interesting to say this time around.

Let's start this off by saying that Shiner Bock is not great if you want a true bock beer. That said, it is great if what you're looking for is a crisp, refreshing beer where every sip doesn't need to be savored, and you want something with a little more flavor and character than your average brodawg beer. I like Shiner Bock on occasion. People will almost never complain if you offer them one if you live in Texas, and it's got an identity all its own. So, I feel that justifies fudging the scores a little bit, seeing as how feelings come into play and I'm not rating this in strictly a "I'm drinking craft beer" light.

Sorry for the diatribe. I'll make this review short.

A: Clear and pretty much just brown, similar to weak coffee. A finger or so of light khaki head that dissipates quickly. Not like a true bock.
S: Some light roasted scents come through, faint caramel and a lot of grainy bread. No hops to speak of.
T: Very much the same as the smell. Also unfortunately a little bit of a metallic off taste, probably from the water they use. Gentle bitterness rounds out the taste profile.
F: Crisp, clean and refreshing (how many times have you heard that?)
O: It's okay. Pass it up if you don't want a fairly nondescript, middling dark lager.

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a clear dark brown, with no head at all.

Smell - a nice roasted malt smell.

Taste - like the smell, roasted malts.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak, and a bit over carbonated.

Overall - Its an easy beer to drink, not to much depth to the flavor though.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

decent head, dark amber color, average carbonation, flavor is smooth with nice hop balance.

The big plus with Shiner Bock is drinkability. I can put back quite a few of these.

Shiner Bock is my favorite cheap beer that you can buy in Oklahoma liquor stores. I'm drinking from the can tonight but I've compared the taste with the Shiner Bock from the bottle and could taste no significant difference (but the price is better in the can... $4.58/6 pack is mighty fine). I've also compared the liquor store version with the 3.2 version, and was surprised how little of a difference there was between the two versions.

Compared to typical microbrews, it's a bit on the weak side. You can definitely tell it is not all barley/wheat, but for what it is, Shiner Bock is mighty good. Definitely head and shoulders above most of the beers you can find local bars.

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Photo of marc956
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my favorite Texas beer but readily available and has good drinkability more than most other non-light beers anyway. Even using a koozie it can get warm quickly, which is a bit of a drag when you live in a hot climate. I'd recommend trying it though.

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Photo of pumarocks
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the local HI-LO on the westside in hopes that it might remind me of warm spring days. After shoveling 10 inches of snow and ice off my driveway I can say this Bock did not let me down. It is malty, very drinkable and refreshing. Is it a heavy-hitter all time great? Not really. It is a bit watery with no head retention. Please please groundhog, dont see your shadow. Spring cannot get here soon enough.

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Photo of beergoot
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Rich, copper hued body with a thin yet lasting white head. Mild, roasted malt aroma; hazelnuts. Warm, nutty, caramel flavors; brown sugar. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel.

A decent enough beer though it comes across rather weak in all areas for a bock beer. It's especially odd to have such a relatively low ABV for a bock styled beer. This would make a pretty respectable amber lager or Vienna lager, but lacks the oomph and appeal of a classic bock beer. It's roasted grain and nutty flavors are a plus and makes the beer enjoyable enough for what it offers.

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Shiner Bock from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.05 out of 5 based on 3,963 ratings.
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