Shiner Light Blonde
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Light BlondeShiner Light Blonde
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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #187
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #49,518
Avg:
2.81 | pDev: 23.84%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
271
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Spoetzl Brewery
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  104
SCORE
67
Poor
Shiner Light BlondeShiner Light Blonde
Notes: The folks at "the little brewery" in Shiner, TX (pop. 2,069), are proud of this refreshing, 99-calorie addition to the Spoetzl family of beers. It's brewed with the same handcrafted, small-batch pride you expect from Shiner, delivering a unique light beer. So when you're looking for a smooth, easy-drinking brew, pick up an ice-cold Shiner Light Blonde. It's light done right. PROSIT!
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TedHead from Illinois

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with a white head. Very slight smell of bready malts but that's it. Taste is....not bad. It's a light beer so there isn't huge amounts of flavor but as I was drinking it- it couldn't be- was that a taste of hops flashing over my tongue on the finish? It's not a lot of hoppy flavor but just a slight tang of floral bitterness. It goes down like any light lager, nice and easy. Overall the most flavor I've had from any light beer so far. Not bad but it's a little expensive for what it is.

Oct 07, 2020
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DanielB93 from Texas

2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer at all. Real light taste easy to enjoy and if you don't like Shiner Bock but want to say you drink Shiner (to look more Texan) there here you go!

All jokes aside, decent beer. It has a lack of taste and to be honest it taste watered down compared to other light beers such as Bud Light, or even Coors Light. I would drink this again but personally wouldn't buy for my self. There are better tasting options.

Sep 27, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, a decent light lager from Shiner! I admit to being pleasantly surprised that it did not stink. The taste is light, of course, and does not have much body to it. However, the taste is not bad at all and I would not mind slurping down a few of these on a warm summer's afternoon when I don't want a lot of ABV in my stomach.

Jul 10, 2020
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CodyBasden from Texas

3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poors super thin light pale yellow finger width head that disappears almost instantly leaving no cap or lacing it is what it says it is. A light blonde with low carbs, smell of a light bread and yeast, bready flavor with a very low sweetness follower pretty good for a lighter carb beer, thin to low medium mouthful medium carbonation doesnt leave me thirsty and doesnt leave a sticky residue. Overall good light carb beer.

May 07, 2020
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gvickery from Texas

5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Crystal clear, medium gold. Average white head.
Smell: Clean mineral water, light malt.
Taste: Slightly sweet, white bread, very light floral hops. Extremely flavorful for a light beer.
Overall: To me, this beer taste like a cross between a Kolsch and a Helles. As far as an all day drink it may be a little too flavorful. Compared to similar beers with similar calorie and carb count this one is in a league of its own.

Jan 26, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tap glass.'

Pours yellow-gold and crystal clear. Fizzy head gives way to limited lacing. Lots of bubbles keep streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Pale grain malts hit the nose first, followed by a general grainy/husk aroma, closing with a hint of floral/grassy hops.

The brew is very sweet on the tip of the tongue, with a fairly adjunct-forward (corn) delivery. Bran/husk flavors in mid-stream/ mixed with a bit of pale clean grain. The brew concludes with only a kiss of grassy hop.

The brew is light, well-carbonated, and crisp. It's very refreshing and drinkable.

For a light AAL, this isn't too bad. It has a bit more character than the usual suspects, and isn't quite as sweet.

Dec 21, 2019
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B0N from Texas

2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Many of the reviews here are worthless considering this is a LIGHT BEER. It's just ok - I probably won't buy it again. It has a corn sweetness that lingers on my tongue like a film that won't go away. The initial taste is ok but then it makes me want to rinse with water. It's Not refreshing.

Dec 18, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

1.41/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a plastic cup. An airplane comp on a transatlantic flight.

L: Clear light golden urine pour. Thin fizzy white head.

S: Macro corn and skunk anus.

T.F: Tastes bad. Jock-strap sweat bad. A bit of grains up front... loads of skunk. Corn and some sweetness... there may be a few hop particles. Thin and watery. Fizzy. This tastes like regret and failure.

O: Just awful, and there is really no circumstance under which it's ok to choose this beer.

Sep 04, 2019
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.19/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pours crystal clear water color with slight yellow tint. Thick white cap, minimal lacing. Aroma is saltine crackers and a whiff of dare I say European hops. Flavor is sweet corn, and enough hops to keep me interested at 4.2%. Feel is light and crisp, well carbonated. Overall a decent beer for what it is.

Aug 16, 2019
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

3.84/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Numerical scores above show the most recent review.

1st Review - Painfully dull, way too sweet, a light beer can be interesting with some decent hops, spices, etc, but this is just not enough. You have other seasonals that are far better (such as the day drinker session ale) at pulling off this style.
AP: 3 AR 2.75 F 2.5 MF 3 OA 2.75

2nd review - Knowing that this is a low carb (under 4g) and low calorie (99) makes all of the difference in the world.

If compared next to other low carb beers, everything looks much, much better
AP4 AR3.75 F4 F MF3.5 OA3.75

Jul 16, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

348 18 stamped on the bottom of the bottle. That's not good.

It pours a clear straw gold with an excellent head of foam.

It smells sweet, vegetal, corny. Not too good.

Corny, slightly sweet, bit of lemon, thank goodness it's light flavoured: intensified, I might like it less.

Watery mouthfeel.

Single bottle, thankfully.

Jun 27, 2019
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cindianajones from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +72.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the BEST- they can’t keep it in the stores around my Texas Hill Country town. The MOST OUTSTANDING thing is it is in every way a rival to a full rich german beer- or any other regular beer- BUT IT’S 99 calories a bottle. IT IS INSANE how GREAT this beer is. I know I will regret rating this because now it will become EVEN MORE scarce.

Jun 24, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Picked up the Shiner mixed pack on a lark. Not sure what this is but let's find out.

Super pale yellow color and no head. Nose is faint floral and light malt. Minimal flavor and lots of carbonation. For a light beer its fine I guess.

May 05, 2019
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours as a clear straw with a thin white head. Aroma has grain and a tiny bit of hops. This a surprisingly pleasant light beer. It has a measured taste of hops and malt; has a refreshing effervescent feel; offers a bit of grassiness and florals at the back end. For 95 calories, this is great!

Apr 23, 2019
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Zraly from Virginia

3.37/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear pale yellow with a two finger head. Nose is a touch fruity and grainy with a hint of a grassy note. There is a weird chemical-like note that lingers in the background, but not for long. Flavor is a pleasant light, sweet flavor with a hint of hop finish. Very light bodied and super easy to chug. I'm not sure why it is rated so low as it is clearly advertised as an American Light beer. It's not supposed to be hoppy or malty or anything to wow your palate -- it's the antithesis of that. The purpose, for me at least, is to crush a couple of these and not feel full. Nice for a hot day or if you are keeping check on your calories and carbs but have a craving for a couple of simple beers. 99 calories and 3.8 carbs -- kind of hard to beat if you are limiting either of these!

Jan 13, 2019
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medmo from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pours golden, good carbonation with a head that recedes to a thin 1/8”. S - A good sweet cereal. T- slight bitter back of tounge, a little sweetness, dry & clean finish with slight bitter remnant. F - Not overly carbonated and smooth finish.

This is an excellent ALL. Head & shoulders above the mass produced AALs. Kind of annoying seeing low reviews and folks knocking it. Judge it for what it is not your fave brew style! It’s a very excellent ALL when evaluated as one. It’s not a very good IPA though. Then again it wasn’t brewed with an IPA recipe.

Dec 01, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with a white head. Retention is moderate and leaves splotchy lacing.

The nose is of light grains and lemon grass. Maybe some corn sweetness. Nothing offensive but nothing to write home about.

This is very reminiscent of an AAL. Has a bit more character but I still get a metallic twang.

This beer is just eh ok. Easy to knock back. It is what it is.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. This ones a thirst quencher.

Oct 25, 2018
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73mountaineer from Arizona

3.01/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A completely non-offensive, easy-drinking light beer.
There is nothing particularly memorable about this one from Shiner, neither good nor bad. I’m a fan of Shiner Bock, and I appreciate their attempt to capture a little slice of the light beer market. If you are just looking for a nice, light beer, this one isn’t bad. Not my usual pour, but superior to Bud Light and some of the other similar offerings for sure. I’d call it somewhere between Coors Light and Miller Lite, with a bit of Miller High Life, if I had to make a comparison.

Aug 18, 2018
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Light Blonde"
12 fl. oz. can, coded "0715180K+ 04:10:40"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: So what is a "Light Blonde" other than a 99 calorie light beer? I guess we'll find out... it's poured a clear golden body beneath a finger thick head of bright white foam that seems to be holding quite well. Impressive, usually light beers drop their head almost immediately. The aroma is surprisingly malty as well. I'm guessing there might be some Munich malt in there, or is it wheat? Regardless it's got a nice grainy mote to it. Interesting. The flavor, of course, is the most important thing... and I have to say it's not bad. It has some maltiness upfront but then it fades away, and the hops are just background as you might expect. Still, it's pleasant and nicely balanced. If I was looking for a light beer I might actually go for this. I'm guessing it's got a lot of carbs though, let's see... no, not really. It's got 3.8 grams of carbs while Miller Lite has 3.2 and Coors Light and Corona Light both have 5. Of course Michelob Ultra is just 2.6, and Bud Select 55 is only 1.8! With the same alcohol content, 3 less calories, and 1.2 grams of carbs less than Coors Light it's impressive that Shiner could give it such a malty flavor. There's a time and place for every beer and I think this one would fit quite a few of those. Worth trying.
Review# 6,167

Jul 28, 2018
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wejohnsn from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

its ok. its wet. not much flavor going on, little carbonation. pee yellow in a pint glass poured from a can. it is rather pricey for what you get. ill pass next time

Jul 17, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow body; lively, rough carbonation; thin head. Faint, grainy aroma; wheat. Light cereal flavor; a bit of spicy, grassy notes; hoppy. Light body; fizzy; clean; sharp and dry.

An okay beer for a light beer. There isn't anything to get excited about, but it is refreshing and offers a smidge of flavor.

Jul 05, 2018
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generallee from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

It has a light yellow color with excellent clarity. The light loose head quickly fade out making no lace. Flavor and aroma are light with notes of pale cereal grain, white bread, unsalted crackers and clean hop bitterness.

Jun 11, 2018
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Jbbdrinker from Texas

3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Light hop aroma accompanies the bright fading head. A lacy coating lingers across the pale, straw colored brew. There is a medium carbination that accents the dry, bitter taste. The flavor is subtle with grain notes and a hint of malty sweetness. Quite nice for a light beer.

May 04, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information in evidence.
A: Pours a crystal clear, straw to golden color with a one inch, white head, low retention (although a solid rim) and minimal lacing.
S: Aromas of bread and light grain and a grassy/forest note.
T: Semisweet with flavors largely following the nose. Very light bitterness, leading to a crisp, clean finish.
M: Very light bodied with persistent, if light, carbonation (always evident on swirling). Refreshing.
O: I found this surprisingly flavorful for a light beer (99 calories) essentially in the AAL category. Found the overall scoring a bit unfairly low. I could envision this on a hot summer day pairing nicely with line.

Mar 19, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and a hint of sorghum. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of hop, hint of yeast, and a hint of sorghum. Overall, weak appearance, but for a near Adjunct beer, this is actually quite tasty. If judged solely on being an American Pale Lager, then it is lacking, but since their intention was to compete with macro adjunct beers, I think this would be a great alternative.

Feb 16, 2018
Shiner Light Blonde from Spoetzl Brewery
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 271 ratings