Shiner Bock | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tip back a bock. Brewed with rich roasted barley malt and German specialty hops, this lightly hopped American-styled dark lager always goes down easy. Originally a seasonal beer, fans have demanded it year-round since 1973.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-03-1999

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Photo of WesWes
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a translucent brown color with a 1/4" brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry yet fruity scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, roasted flavor that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts along with a dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a pretty good brew. I see the overall average is low, but I think it's tastey and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light bronze color with a decent off-white head and good carbonation. Toasty malt aroma. Bready, toasty flavors but a bit sweet. Light bodied and a bit watery.


Per Shiner website:
2002 GABF - Bronze - American Dark Lager
2001 GABF - Bronze - American Dark Lager

A poor introduction to the Bock style but not nearly as awful as I remember. More of an American Dark Lager but I can't believe this beer has won awards...

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Photo of wgk
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had my first bottle last week after my brother brought some home from his Texas trip and a visit to the brewery. This is a light brown colored beer with a pleasant smell out of the bottle. Taste, I agree, is light for a bock which I expect to have some mouthfeel chewability to it. It is probably the reason that there is a reputation this beer has as a college's not going to slow you down any chewing on it. I have to say I like it and will easily drink a few again. I understand that the distribution of Shiner is pretty extensive so you may find it at a decent brew depot.

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Photo of Winter
2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Amber - brown in color with an airy off-white head. Unpleasant aroma of sour fruit, malt and wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is thin. In addition, Shiner Bock is thin in flavor for a bock beer. Has this been watered-down for mass appeal? Taste was grainy. It lacks the caramel and raisin flavors of a good bock. Slight sourness toward the back. Finish is dry. If you want to introduced something to newbie beer drinkers and not scare them away, this might be a good starting point.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A big cheers to fellow BA dungaree who was exceptionally generous in shipping this brew to NY. Cheers to you man!

Dungeree tells me that this one is a favorite among Texas college students, and I believe him. Comes in a standard 12oz bottle with twist cap. No obvious best by date. Pours a orange amber color. Head is almost non-existent. Does not taste like other bocks I have sampled. Light and hoppy with subtle malt. Nothing to complain about, (except head retention) but nothing interesting either.

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Photo of diablo14
2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i was looking forward to trying this bock from texas. considering these texans say everything is big there, i was thinking this might be the same. i thought wrong. nothing about this beer was big. it was insipid, boring and generally dismal.

didnt have the deep colors of a real bock, was bordering more on an amber ale in that area. lacked nose, all i could get was a sweet smell and the faintest hint of malt. to say the taste was nondescript would be an understatement. it was damn sweet with barely any malt, and none of the rich nutty, biscuity characteristics you expect to find in a bock. were there hops in this beer? i couldnt really tell. lacked any type of finish full stop, let alone, the full, dry and flavorsome finish on the back palate any beer of this style has to have as the basics.

i have had worse bocks sure. but calling this beer a bock is truly a misnomer. its not a great beer regardless, but its a shocker in this category. a waste of quality drinking space when there were plenty of better beers on offer i could have had.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I write this review with great sadness. Oh, those innocent days way back in 1996, before I knew about the rest of the Micros. Shiner was the end all, be all. The taste was so heavy and flavorful, better than Becks or Heine Dark. Held it's own against Newcastle.

Recently tried one, wish that I hadn't. Those fond memories of drinking micro Shiner and living large suddenly lost their appeal. I honestly wanted to drink it, even passed up some Great Lakes on tap.

I seriously could't finish it. I wanted to, but it was revolting. I felt forced to finish half of it.

Band aidish, bitter tea, tobacco, bitter nut like finish.

Now I am very sad. I long for the days when 2 12ers of Shiner was the highlight in my life. Decent score based on mostly memories, as I try to erase this sad moment from my brain. I

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Photo of AlexJ
2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft pour yields a clear light brown brew topped by a very short lived head of off white. There are a few spotty patches of lace, but quickly they are gone.

Aromas are nutty malts, bread, and very faint floral hops. It definately smells like a regular lager beer. Overall, the aroma is very meager and subdued.

The flavor offers a little bit more than the nose, but not much. It has a pleasant nutty, malty flavor and a mildly hopped finish. It is nothing at all like some of the better bock beers out there, but certainly an easy to drink one if you are looking for banality.

The body is light and thirst quenching with ample fizz. A good beer for ballgames, brats, and budgets..

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Photo of dungaree
3.2/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahhh Shiner, a staple of the Texas university student's diet. I've had Shiner many a time in various and sundry places and circumstances around Texas, but this is the first review.

Pours a nice, tall medium thick head. Took a good minute or more to dissipate. Still a nice 1/8 inch head remained. Showed a medium brown color. Smelled of roasted malts, a slight mustiness, and a hint of a rustic feel. Tasted sweet and lots of roasted malts. Finished very bready. Wet at the beginning with a little bit of dryness at the end. Thin mouthfeel allows for more drinkability. It's easy to knock back a few of these. Shiner Bock won't win any awards, but it is definitely worth trying not only for its flavor but for its place in Texas culture.

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Photo of karst
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured clear amber, with a moderate sized sticky head
Aroma: little malt & some grainy scents.
Taste: bland and watery, butterscotch and the other malt tastes are vaguely syrupy, though thin mouthfeel, little aftertaste.
From Baum La Vernia, Tx south of China Grove. I picked up a six of these (Rick got six pack of Busch "tallboys") Decent drinkability. Better than ZiegenBock

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Photo of grapemaster
2.88/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

If this beer were a mountain, a tree covered jut of rock and dirt, arcing skyward in defiance of gravity and the forces of nature, admired and adored by all humans and animals, then this would only be an average mountain. Maybe 6000-8000 ft. Not one of the towering 14,000 foot mountains, the massive 20,0000 footers or the infamous 29,000 foot Everest. It was a decent beer, plenty drinkable and for sure tasty. However, it was nothing to shout about.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I figured I would review this beer, as it has been a staple of my family and friends for as long as I can remember. For me, it is the best beer to swill from the bottle after a hard day's work out in the country. It has a refreshingly evident malt flavor, and even a bit of hops comes through in the finish. While this can still be classified as mass-produced beer, for the price here in Texas you can't go wrong with stocking a cooler full of Shiner for an outing to the country.

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Photo of smcolw
3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In the land of Bud, Bud Light, Coors, etc., this is a huge improvement from the bland and limited choices. As far as bocks go, this is a weaker entry.

Appearance wise, it's encouraging--it pours a dark amber with a good head and light lace.

The aroma is light malt and is appropriate for the style, nothing special. The taste is similar to the aroma although some hop shows up on the swallow. Decent body, good carbonation, doesn't have the winey alcohol flavors of most bocks. My sample was just starting to skunk (ordered at Prego in Rice Village, Houston)

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Photo of granger10
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was purely an all around average beer. Pours a medium copper color with a medium sized fizzy tan head. Aroma is malty then slightly acidic and then malty again. Roasted grains hold the base of this beer but no other flavors really come out. Slight caramel/toffee sweetness with a mild malt flavoring in the middle. Finish brings a very light dosage of hops and a nice little bit of acidity. Aftertaste is weak though. This beer is average all the way through.

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Photo of brentk56
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark but clear amber colored body with a modest head that quickly dissipates and leaves little lacing

Smell: Toffee sweetness dominates the nose

Taste: A rush of toffee sweet flavors flit across the tongue but quickly fade in a flash of flinty fizziness; after that, everything fades away due to the lack of any balancing hop flavors

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery but with a ton of carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly a step up from the macros and not unpleasant but there are much more flavorful and representative bocks out there

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

Pours a dark brown amber with rocky bubbles that dissapear into a thin collar with spotty swirling lace. Head retention is nill.

Smell, malts, toasty something or other, not too prominent.

Gives a mild toasted malt flavor, with minor hop bitterness. Leaves little to no lasting impression on the palate.

Watery, especially for a bock. Carbonation is more prominant than the bitterness, which is not a good thing.

Average drinkability, as far as any beer goes.

Not bad, not good, simply average. Doesn't really have the body or maltiness for a true bock.

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Photo of hero27
2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color. Carbonation seems good. Off-white head is gone in the blink of an eye. Leaves minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very...and I mean very faint aroma of roasted malts and grains.

Taste: Hints of caramel and molasses..roasted malts with an extremely subtle hop flavor..barely noticeable. Fairly weak overall taste. If it had more flavor and a bit more "bite", this beer could have some potential.

Mouthfeel: A bit oily in the mouth. Way too thin for the style..needs some muscle to make this an above average brew.

Drinkability: One of the thinnest bocks I've had, for sure. Could be easily consumed if one were so inclined.

This seems to be Shiner's most well-known beer, but not their best, in my opinion.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a thin, dark amber color with light carbonation and a faint head that faded fast, but decent lacing.

The smell was malty and a little grainy, but pleasant.

The taste is smooth and light, with a little malt taste and a slight alcohol after-taste that lingers on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth.

Very drinkable and not a bad beer, but not a great beer either.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown, slightly reddish when held to a light. Thin off white head quickly settled to nothing.

Smell: Malty, roasted malts giving a mostly chocolaty aroma.

Taste: Slightly sweet, but a good malty sweet, not an adjuct sickly sweet. Taste impressions of caramel and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but close to medium bodied.

Drinkability: A nice little quaffer, that I have purchased more than once. It was hard to keep in stock at the liquor store I used to work at. Transplanted Texans would buy by the case and t was not uncommon to sell 3 or 4 cases a week. A nice beer from Texas, definitely better than most macros, and different than your typical macro. I would recommend at least trying.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.33/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The first time I tried this was the weekend of my wedding back in July 2003. A friend brought two cases up from Texas to St. Louis and just raved about how great this tastes. Maybe I had too high expectations from that memory, but it was average at best. No head rentention, very cola colored, no lacing. Rather flat tasting with just a bit of hops to note.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack as a gift during the holidays.

This is a brown brew with some red undertones. Poured a nice head leaving a bit of lacing as I enjoy this brew. Nose is of bread and sweet malts. Taste is pretty much the same with little hop impact. Mouthfeel is somewhat full and lively. Overall drinkability is good. I have always enjoyed this beer and would recommend it.

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Photo of Billolick
2.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, no indication of freshness to be found. Poured a medium al mond brown, larger bubbles rising to the top at a seady pace. Malty nose, nutty bready brew. Medium bodied, got alot of maple syrup notes. Prickly carbonation not appreciated. Sharp dry finish. Not the best version of the style, never was crazy about this stuff.

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Photo of ghurux86
2.6/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

hmmm, i kinda expected more. pours an amber color with a nice 1" head. the head dissipates quickly and leaves very little lacing. smells mostly of malt, hops, corn maybe. the taste is mainly the bitterness of hops with some malt. it seems to be kinda over carbonated which explains the low mouthfeel rating. too many harsh bubbles. i would drink it again but there are MANY others that i would rather have.

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Photo of beergeek279
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a head that's slightly uneven and a bit bubbly. The smell is caramel sweet, just slightly cloying. The taste is barely caramel sweet, with just a touch of a weak hop to it, with a flavor dominated by the pale lager adjunct-ish malt, with aftertaste leaving mostly the pale lager flavor lingering. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, maybe if nothing else was available...

I finally saw the Texas "classic" when I was out shopping in Western Maryland, and decided it was worth giving it a try, even knowing that it's not highly regarded. Well, it's certainly not great, but it beats a macro any day, and though I wouldn't seek it out again, I won't pour it down the drain either.

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Photo of moocey
3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured properly from a bottle with a quickly dissapearing head. Is that skunk or rice that I smell? Either way the smell is a mark against this one. Taste is clean, kinda malty. Not much I can describe about the malt because there's just not a ton of flavor going on here. However, what I can taste is pleasant enough. Okay beer. Meh.

I paid six dollars for this. It's not something I will pay money for again. However I would drink one for free.

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