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Shiner Premium | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by zeff80 on 03-30-2013

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78
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411
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
16.94%
 
 
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Photo of Shaler_Tate
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
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 plumberman63
2.48/5  rDev -19.2%
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 -19.5%
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 -24.4%
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
fizzy
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 +20.2%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.3%
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 -24.8%
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%
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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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.97/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

it's a pretty average beer but it's enjoyable. i've never seen it for sale by itself but i've had it in the shiner mix-pack which is always a good mix-pack.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

All in all, this is a good beer. I only get it when I get a Shiner family pack or something - never get this beer on its own, but I always enjoy it. It's rich, slightly lighter than my preference, yet it's got some good flavor. It goes down smooth and has a decent aftertaste. It's no Bock, but altogether a decent Shiner beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Premium Beer"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating

When I'm in Texas I'll take a Shiner Premium over a Lone Star any day, and always. It's got more malt flavor to it, and although that might be seen as leaving it a little "fuller", at least it doesn't have the processed "cleanliness" of Lone Star. It's just a basic, straightforward golden malt & generic hop beer that delivers. If simply putting a large number of beers down your gullet is the goal, then by all means go for the Lone Star (it doesn't have any discernible hops, and an almost antiseptically clean maltiness), but I'll take the one that tastes more like beer's supposed to taste!

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled last night after bowling on 10/27/15 since it was "National Beer Day". Tried many different Shiner brews but never had this one. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage 10-ounce handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a golden-straw in color with a thin white head with lots of streaming bubbles rising from the sides and bottom of the glass. Spotty sheet-like lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of grains with a hint of sweet corn. Pretty close the taste follows the nose with the light sweet corn starting out followed by grass and yeast. Actually a decent brew that goes down easy. No harsh or bitter aftertaste is noted. Lighter side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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Photo of Tasted_a_lot
4.5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a lager drinker and think this is great stuff. This recipe is consistent and although some people think that's boring I celebrate the tradition. I enjoy a good steak without any sauces and a good beer without the variations. I do accommodate my guests with both lites and darks, but neighbors know they can always step over and get a cold Shiner. The brewery has really stepped up to appeal to others' tastes making their bock available all year long.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light straw golden color with a one finger head of white foam and tons of little carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a little bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a bready and corny smell mixed with a bit of caramel. Along with these smells are a hint of a grass and a little bit of grain.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet taste of a corn syrup and caramel nature mixed with a little bit of a more bready like taste. These tastes create a base flavor for the brew, lasting throughout the entirety of the flavor profile. A hint of a grass, hay, and grain come more toward the end, leaving one with a rather easy drinking but sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is actually sorta thick for a 4.4 % abv. brew with a carbonation level that is on the average side, even though it looks like it has uber carbonation. Overall a little more carbonation may have created a slightly more refreshing brew, but even said, it had an OK feel overall.

Overall – Not a bad adjunct beer. A bit on the sweeter side, but very drinkable and lower in abv., which in the end, is what I am looking for in a adjunct lager. Not too shabby.

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Photo of Kubishark
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I can't see any reason why I would ever drink this when Shiner has a much better product with Shiner Bock. This looks, smells, tastes and feels unremarkable. Smelled and tasted much more sour than the typical American lagers. Reminds me of PBR. Not a fan.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light toast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, light toast, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden hue with a quickly dissipating foamy head; really carbonated and not much lacing

S: simplistic but pleasant: toasty, bready, some graininess but a pretty simple smelling lager

T: crisp, refreshing, toasty, tasty; but not a ton going on here--just a simple, easy-to-drink clean lager

F: nice carbonation up front but it's not overwhelming and actually it gets a bit creamy in the finish

O: A decent little lager from Shiner and one that I could drink quite a few of on a hot day

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.11/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color: Golden
Smell: Not much. Not good or bad, there just wasn't much odor coming from the beer.
Taste: Very smooth taste. Not bitter, not malty, a little bit of a grainy taste.
Feel: Light body.
Overall: Very little head. Good carbonation. Very much like a good adjunct, which means not a lot of positives, but also not any bad traits either.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.9/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Clear pale gold with 1" of fluffy white head that recedes quickly. Retention is so-so, lacing is nice.

S: Some grain, off-sweet oatiness, maybe an inkling of mild hop in the back somewhere.

T: Cereal, cane sugar, oats, very mild honey on the finish. Hop bitterness is present but kinda buried.

M: This is the best part. Super dry, crisp, refreshing. Not over-carbed & nicely medium-bodied with a grainy creaminess. This is as good as it gets.

O: I really like this brew, it's not that Shiner is doing anything different here, it's that they're doing it better.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.12/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

A: Pale straw. One of the worst I've sen color wise however it has great bubbles and whats left of the head of the brew clings to the edge of the glass for dear life. I like that.

S: Very very faint. I cannot determine the composition.

T: Fair. Bitter notes trying to get through to me.

M: ah even better. Tickles the tongue.

O: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Fizzy head with modest retention and decent lacing. As clear as one could ask, for the style. Pours a golden yellow into pilsner glass. Smells like a watered down pilsner, kind of crackery, grainy, not much else. Less sweet and less crisp than say, a Dos Equis Lager Especial. Slightly watery, not as carbonated as similar lagers.

Updated 12/03, had a fresher one and since expanded my horizons considerably. Was 3.5/2.25/3/2.5/2.75.

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Photo of KajII
2.18/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a clear pale yellow with a quickly dissipating fizzy white head. The aroma is very, very light with a hint of grain malts and a touch of an adjunct. This brew has such a super light taste that it is almost non-existent. There is however a light graininess and a very mild bitterness at the end. I really can’t see drinking more of this, might as well drink water...
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Photo of predikit
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow, left no head, leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smelled almost like nothing, very subtle scent.

Taste is reminiscent of Kirin Ichiban, light toasted malts, almost nothing else.

Thin and watery, very high carbonation, pretty crisp and refreshing.

Middle of the road, light beer appealing to as many people as possible.

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Photo of Foyle
3.12/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that drops moderately with no lacing. Color is clear pale straw with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: lightly toasted barley, a bit of yeasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel: light and thin, slightly slick, with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: cracker and biscuit, some barley malt sweetness, a very mild hop presence.

Overall: light and easy drinking. Pleasant and should pair well with many foods.

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