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American Lager
Ranked #491
Ranked #47,244
3.09 | pDev: 17.48%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
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Notes: This crisp, bohemian-style lager was first brewed in Shiner way back in 1909. The early bottles of Premium proudly displayed a cotton ball on the label - a tribute to the hardworking Czech and German immigrants who farmed cotton around the region. After a long day in the fields these farmers often found a cold bottle of Shiner Premium waiting on a fence post, left there by our own Kosmos Spoetzl. It’s no wonder that Premium soon became known as the local favorite, and now it’s back. Reintroduce yourself to Shiner Premium - a beer that will take you back and treat you right. Prosit!
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Photo of thegreatnicoli
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Compared to your regular Shiner, this is an extremely smooth and light drinking beer. It had a very frothy and creamy taste to it to accompany hoe smooth and light it tastes. Not that there is anything wrong with traditional Shiner, but this is superior AKA premium.

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Photo of ChuckLong
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A step up from the usual macro-lager suspects, and the a perfect choice for when folks are over, as it is neither too bland nor too unique to put anyone off. Not many beers will best Shiner Premium when you want an ice-cold brew after coming in from the hot sun. Not the most flavorful lager, but that's not the point of a beer like this, which is to be both better than average and inoffensive to as many as possible. Shiner Premium excels at both.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle. Golden color with quickly vanishing white head. Smells of sweet corn and grass. Medium feel. Mild malt sweetness and spicy hop flavors with a dry finish. Not bad!

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3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden color with great clarity and plenty of active carbonation rushing up.
1" white head, decent retention and sticks a a solid cap.
Sweet corn aroma, grainy with a slight floral perfume. Hint of sulfur.
Soft, sweet malt and corn flavor. Peppery hop.
Interesting mix between a sweet, soft mouthfeel - enough carbonation that it feels crisp, also enough hops that keep it on the drier side in the finish. Somewhat thin and not much going on in the finish.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a lovely golden color with a large, white head that very slowly diminishes. In the nose, it is very light in scent, but pleasant, such as it is. In the mouth, it is crisp and refreshing, with light malts and very light hops. Great in hot weather!

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Photo of jakedaniel
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from my kegerator into a chilled schooner glass.

Pours light yellow gold. Highly carbonated. Minimal head that doesn’t linger too long but does leave some lacing.

Very little smell. Some slight yeasty bread but very very slight. Disappointment.

Very little taste. Nothing offensive, nothing off in the flavor, just lacking. I replaced a keg of Coors Banquet with this and I’m sad to say that Banquet beat it in just about every way

Very light, watery, crisp, with a refreshing finish. I didn’t hate it at all, just didn’t enjoy it as much as I have other beers. It was a real disappointment going straight from a keg of Coors Original to this and finding the Shiner lacking.

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

There is a dark amber color and very little in the way of a head. The carbination is sharp, but not overbearing. The flavor is simple, a balance of toasted malt and bitter hops, which makes this an easy drinking brew. There is a slight metallic sweetness that just keeps this from being a wonderful lager

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Photo of Sleepy69
5/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been Drinking Shiner Premium since the 1980's. I have tried about 200 different brands of beer I must say, I have not found another as pleasing to the pallet as Shiner Premium. Just a good all around crisp refreshing beer. Not to bitter, not to many hops, just right. It get really hot here in Texas, so a really heavy beer is hard to drink in the summer. They quit making it for about 17 years, that was a bummer. Just glad it's back.

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Photo of pat61
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: brilliant yellow gold with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a 1" short lived white foam cap

S: low malty, grainy corn with low to medium low spicy hop aromas

T: mild corn sweetness, low hop bitterness and flavor, a trace of apple and a slight tartness from the carbonation

F: mild carbonic bite, a light body and high carbonation

O: Fizzy yellow beer

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Photo of chinchill
3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass.
Aside from the aroma, this light lager didn't quite meet my low expectations. It has even less flavor than anticipated and less crisp and refreshing too.
Light body with medium-high carbonation.

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Photo of Premo88
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener
(April 9, 2017 born-on date)

L: clear gold, much darker than the average AAL, pushes up 1-inch tall head of white/offwhite foam that doesn't stick; loads of activity in the glass keeps a collar of white foam and most of a skin; clarity and amount of activity are stunning and quite the show; no major lacing

S: creamed corn, grain, sour grain; as it warms, a little fruity sweet peach, bread malt, something slightly earthy underneath

T: sweet creamed corn with a hint of bread malt underneath; slight medicinal/alcohol taste that could also be an earthy hop flavor; sour grain; as it warms and the palate adjusts, the creamed corn subsides, the medicinality disappears and a cracker malt flavor takes over ... a step in the right direction

F: light and crisp, standard fare for the style ... excellent

O: the creamed corn note is off-putting and has that hint of spoiled butter/sugar; fortunately, that note also is relatively tame and not so dominant as to ruin an otherwise ok bit of grain/sour grain/cracker flavor; the medicinality is also not dominating and could easily be an earthy/black pepper hop not ... a little hard to say for sure; the best thing going for the brew is its ABV ... 4.4% is nice and low, allowing for a good-sized session; all in all not as good as I'd hoped and a one-off for me (I'd rather just stick to the Bock if I need a Shiner fix)

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.89/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one poured out a bit darker golden color with a finger and a half of white head that quickly dropped off. Lots of carbonation bubbles visibly streaming up through the beer.
The smell was just a great beer smell of barley and malts. Slightly grainy with a bread smell coming out.
This one tastes like beer. Like a good lager with no adjuncts thrown in. The carbonation spreads a good flavor of barley and malts across the tongue.
The mouth feel was not really light but definitely not medium, maybe borders somewhere in between. Finishes nicely leaving a lingering lager loveliness on the back end.
Overall this is a very good beer so simple it makes it very pleasant. Downsides may be a lot of lack of information as to ABV and bottled on or best by date on the bottle. And another downside is that this beer drinks fairly quickly and I am left without a Shiner Premium.

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Photo of singletary
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw yellow with a small head, good carbonation. Aroma is of any average beer. Taste is nice well blended with a bit of dryness at end. Mouthful is somewhat watery but still nice. Overall a nicely done middle of the road beer.

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Photo of DavidRolle
4.08/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A classic tasting beer that feels really nice and finishes clean. A beer that is comparable to Budweiser but this is not as harsh. A beer that you can drink at a barbecue or fish fry.

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Photo of Spikester
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold with one finger of 3 minute white head.
Smell is grain bin with a touch of floral hops.
Taste is bready malts with spicy herbal hops to balance.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is crisp and lightly dry.
Overall very similar to Euro Pale lagers. Well done folks.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was probably my least favorite beer in the summer Shiner 6 pack. The flavor is just fine, but pretty devoid of flavor. It's refreshing, but not something I would drink again.

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Photo of Squire
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear light gold color with white cap and decent lacing.

Aroma of sweet malt and I get something almost nutty in the scent. Very faint hop presence.

Taste is gentle and somewhat fuller than I get from the average AAL. Nuttiness in the scent is increased in the flavor reaching something approaching fullness as the brew builds to the finish. Still no hop presence to speak of yet there's no trace of the usual AAL graininess either. A roundness in the finish caps things off nicely.

Medium texture.

Overall it's better than I remembered from my experiences in the past with this brew. A likable surprise. Oh it's not going to become my house brew or anything but I can certainly recommend it.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks, smells and tasted like a average beer, say coor light, miller light. got in a 12 pack mix. not the worse one in my option but at the bottom from shiner.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale yellow, with a thin head of white suds. Limited lace.

Aroma: Corny malts here, typical adjunct lager spunkiness.

Taste: Thin an sweetly malty here, as any other basic American adjunct lager. Blah. Maybe tons better than a Bud Light, but as a “classic” brew, this one comes up lacking.

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Photo of gandres
2.32/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
light yellow, golden color, hazy, white head that disappears quickly
Nose: no aroma easily sense
like soda water
fair beer, not ok to repeat, not to look for
drank April 29, 2016

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale gold with a white head and a tiny bit of lacing remains. Smells of lightly toasted malts and bready yeast with a tiny hint of sweetness. Taste is slightly sweet with a little malt, toast and a bit of bitterness. It is a very light and slightly carbonated beer that seems to hit the style it was aiming for. Not really my thing but it was in a sampler pack so I drank it. Nice APL that should be purchased over any other macro.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3/20...pours pale barely gold, completely see through and with some fizzy foam. Malty ready yeast nose. Clean taste though watered down. Simplicity. Enough flavors to stay interested. Closes sweet. Beats a BMC for sure.

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Photo of bwood06
3.17/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle into a helles lager glass

A - Tall foamy white head that rises very quickly even with a moderate pour. Head dissipates rather slowly to a layer about 1/2 finger thick and then finally to a thin sheet across the top of the beer. Beer itself is clear and a pale golden/strong straw in color. Carbonation is very heavy with a massive amount of small bubbles rising very quickly towards the surface. 3.5/5

S - Very corny on the nose with a bit of pale malt and grassy hops. Malt seems to dominate the hops but the hops are present, if nothing more than an undertone. Corn overwhelms the pale malt. Fairly strong aroma, definitely not subdued. 3.25/5

T - Pale malt and white bread with just a hint of caramel up front which transitions to the corn that was noted in the aroma. Very clean hop finish along with just a hint of grassiness. A bit of a lingering maltiness on the finish. 3/5

M - Fairly significant carbonation burn on the front end of the beer. No real drying, rather this beer stays wet throughout and then disappears entirely upon swallowing. Very light beer but drinks smoothly. 3.25/5

O - Very simple flavor profile makes this a very easy drinking beer, especially on warm days. Light beer that quenches thirst more than anything and provides a decent flavor accompaniment to food. 3.25/5

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Terrible, just terrible. A very bland flavor that's not helped in the least bit by a metallic and repugnant aftertaste. Split a bottle with my friend, and we both struggled to finish it.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Kinda bummed on this one, as I was hoping for some riff on BMC, except better (a la Firestone Walker's 805). Shiner has a rep in my book for producing some surprise hits (Holiday Cheer, their 107th Birthday Beer Hoppy Pilsner, etc.), but this one is truly forgettable. Zero head out of the bottle, although it's a pretty gold color and clear as crystal. Nose is a weak, really light lager yeast, a touch of malt, some obvious adjuncts at play, no hops to speak of. I didn't get any DMS, thankfully, though this was a nice, fresh bottle. Palate was similarly weak, some light, AAL-type flavor, a touch sweet, no hop backing. Really quite forgettable. Rad label though. You can always count on Shiner for that. Anyway, I'm not sure this is even gets offered in six-packs - I got mine in one of those nifty Family Reunion six-packs that have six different bottles (man, I'd love more breweries to do that). At the end of the day, don't let that stop you from trying to the Family Reunion, which is too cool an idea to pass up, but keep your expectations low for this particular brew.

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