Shiner Light Blonde | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Light BlondeShiner Light Blonde

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Spring

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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 6/5/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden/yellow color with a 1 finger foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, light honey/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance. Moderately increasing dryness from bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a nice light pale lager. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Surprisingly flavorful for the ABV and 99 calories. Clean pilsner malt flavor with nice balancing hop presence. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TPZEM
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Pours a golden yellow with a small head. Smells almost like Bud Light - namely, grainy malt and toast. Drinks with the most putrid combination of flavors to taste almost eerily similar to buttered toast. Very off-putting flavor. Mouthfeel is very heavy - not as heavy as, say, guinness, but definitely too heavy for a "light" beer. Overall, just a very weird take on a light beer. Just tastes too offensive to drink regularly. Avoid if you can.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
2.96/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of irongator
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of IsaacCraft
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

You know there isn't anything spectacular here, but this certainly isn't. bad. The beer is clean, refreshing, and goes down smooth. It's perfect for summer.

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Photo of hophugger
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of a77cj7
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JamesGrove
3.56/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JBudraux
2.4/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Caj1
3.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Please note that I'm rating this beer for what it is compared to other light American lagers and not comparing it to, say, Sculpin or Old Rasputin. That's a waste of time.

A: Crystal clear pale yellow straw. All the better to see the thousands of little bubbles this thing rapidly produces. Head foams up similarly to a soda and has poor retention but does leave a decent scum of bubbles on the surface.
S: Not that interesting. A weird wood-pulp smell make it kind of off-putting but I glean some barley malt and the faintest of floral notes.
T: Decent. Not complex but there are no flavors here that detract from my enjoyment of the beer. Sweet white bread predominates and a kind of grassy taste/smell goes along with it, but it's very inoffensive. No gross overcooked cabbage flavors.
F: Very crisp and clean, finishes smooth. Lots of carbonation helps with the refreshing feel. Easy to get carried away if this is the only thing you're drinking.
O: A simple beer when all you want is a cold one after mowing the lawn in the Texas summer. A serious step up from the light lagers that the big boys make. The bottle says "It's Light Done Right." I'm inclined to agree.
To good health and good beer.

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Photo of Jerid
3.77/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rsuarez1982
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pat61
3.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: pours brilliant pale straw as streams of bubbles rapidly rise to form a thin white sudsy foam cap with moderate to poor retention. T

S: light grain, a hint of cracker, light floral hops and a hint of fruit. The malt and hop aromas are medium low.

T: mild malty sweetness becoming more grainy with light bread crumb notes as it crosses the tongue. There is a faint trace of fruit but overall it has a clean fermentation character. Hop flavor and bitterness are low and the balance is towards the malt. It finishes medium dry.
F: body is light and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This is a light beer with a smidgen more flavor than the norm for light beer.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of wac9
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

wow I like it taste like a blond ale great color smooth taste very nice

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Photo of jcbogantes
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, a hint of sweetness. Taste is bland. Grains, light malts, refreshing but lacking in flavor. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, nothing offensive, just not much going on at all. I would have went with "light lager" on the beer style.

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Photo of Smanke
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of singletary
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a faint yellow color, almost translucent. The smell is of a light malts and not much else. Taste is smooth for a light beer no aftertaste or bitterness, mouthful is light and watery. Overall a nice light beer but nothing to make it stand out.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of nbaker290
4.04/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Poured 1 12oz bottle into a pint glass. About the same color as Budweiser (not Bud Light), possibly a little less yellow and a little more golden. White head at 1-2 fingers (last 1/4-1/5 poured down center of glass to agitate the brew), never fully dissipates but does thin to a film of 1-3 bubbles thick after a minute or 2. Lots of lacing when drank in 5-8 minutes.
Smell. Smells like a light lager. Not like a Budweiser lager but a real lager, just less intense. Mild hops and mild malt.
Taste. Given a choice of this and any other light lager I've had (American light as in the 4.2ish ABV lagers), it is the best. It is in a class of it's own as far a lights go. There is more hop bitterness on the palate but it's no IPA/IPL. It is good and does not need malt to balance it off. I also don't taste any sweetness, which is different and I like that.
Feel. Feels light and foamy. Like a pale lager should. Carbonation balances the bitterness somehow.
Overall: if money is no object, I'd buy a $10 6 pack of these over a $10 12 pack of Bud or Busch or Coors Light. Honestly, it doesn't belong to be compared to those beers. It isn't just sweet and slightly hoppy water like those macro brews (and yes, I drink macrobrews as well as microbrews. Get over it. You can like both). This beer is not bad. If it were at a bar with other micros, I would order a couple of these. It is a ligitamately good pale lager. Hand down best "light" I've ever had and better (as in a more pleasant taste) than a lot of lagers I have had. And that in itself is a feat. Give it a try even if you don't care for light/pale lagers. I know I don't usually drink 'em, but this one could be a regular.

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Photo of NomadDawg
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of sparx1100
3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Shiner Light Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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