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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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79
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415
Avg:
3.07
pDev:
38.44%
 
 
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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.09/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Almost no smell, light corn, wheat, and malt.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of light hops and malts with wheat and corn.

Overall: Nothing special about this beer. Glad I tried it.

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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 Libationguy
2.15/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium straw color with a thin bright white head that has very low retention.

Not much to the nose: crackers, lemon zest and a little Wonder bread.

Really pretty bland on the palate, crackers and a little toast. Really no hop feel to the beer and no bitterness.

Medium- bodied and a little watery with a short finish.

It's not offensive, but there's just nothing here. Pretty generic.

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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 JosefBerger
2.19/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance (2.25) : Yellow / Clear in color, very little / no head, and a discrete amount of carbonation. Not the most attractive beer, but not an ape.

Smell (2.00) : Not much of a smell, I smell a small amount of hops, but I'm having trouble placing any other smells.

Taste (2.25) : I have to say, not as bad as I expected. Sweet and a bit dark - which I know seems like a strange combination. Not a fan of the residual flavor.

Mouthfeel (2.25) : Very carbonated and bright feel, a little lackluster, but not awful.

Overall (2.25) : Not very pleased with this beer, however, it does have some qualities. It's refreshing certainly, good for very casual drinkers, just not the most "tasteful".

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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 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 Enrico_il_octovo
2.33/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I like Shiner Bock original (the Bock) it's a decent beer, I even like Kosmos quiete a bit..
For me this Kölsch Brewer's pride is a real t*rd.
At the very best, this beer was like drinking Lucky Lager, Old Milwaukee, Milwaukee's Best, Mickey Bigmouth, Rainer Beer or maybe even Black Label. Heck, If I were in High School or College again and just wanted to get blitzed this would be okay, then.
However, the fact that its price is that of a premium beer, one would expect much more than this..What gives????... In my opinion, and it's mine and mine alone, I think Shiner needs to pack this one up and forget it. Seriously, I was really disappointed and I like some of Shiner's brews. This is a marketing focus opinion for free and it's brutal, but I'm being honest. All successful Companies know that you give your customer what they want and not what you think they'll like or need.

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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 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 Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Pours a bright gold with a decent head into my glass. Shiner has made its' way up here.

Lightly sweet with a mild toastiness. Nothing much else to write about.

Sweetness goes from mild to cloying in sixty seconds.

Finishes with that toasty texture once again. Gives it a bit of a nutty finish going down.

I'm not sure if this is intentional or not. Either way, not horrible.

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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 HighGravityMan
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is typical pale golden lager color. Smell is also typical with a grainy sweetness. Taste reminds me of Bud Light, if perhaps slightly better. Mouthfeel is fine, good carbonation. At the very least, a drinkable beer. Not the kind I would enjoy on it's own when just sitting at home unless I was in the right mood.

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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 buckyp
2.54/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: very pale yellow, aggressive pour formed massive head that disappeared quicky. No lacing.

Aroma: light corn, no malt or hops.

Taste: not much to speak of...faint malt, dominate corn, very little hops with almost no bitterness.

Feel: gone immediately

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Photo of barnzy78
2.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - clear and golden, thin white head dissipates quickly
S - faint aroma; grain, mild spicy hop
T - typical pale lager flavors with grain, spicy hop, a bit grassy, but not much going on
M - lighter body, ample carbonation
O - nothing special here. I'd rather just drink an MGD or something

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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 rangerred
2.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Did this use to be shiner blonde? Either way this beer recently appeared in my area so I thought I'd give it a go.

Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow with a one finger fizzy white head that quickly disappears to nearly nothing.

Just a hint of stale bread on the aroma with a touch of caramel and grassy hops. Quite weak.

The same can be said for the flavor. Some bread and corn along with a quick shot of grass from the hops. Maybe the tiniest bit of toast and caramel Almost no bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, there is not much to this beer at all. A very light and easy drinking beer but not at all interesting. Not something i will pick up again.

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Photo of Caj1
2.7/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

If I didn't know Shiner better than I do (which, being from Texas where their products are nigh ubiquitous, is quite well) then I might feel insulted by this beer. As it stands, Shiner Premium isn't very good. There's nothing explicitly "wrong" with it, per se, but it's so painfully average that it's barely a step above something you'd find in a bottle of Budweiser.

So, to start this review off, I'll say that I wasn't disappointed but underwhelmed. This beer pours an exceedingly clear pale straw with a quick-foaming, quicker-dissipating head that leaves minimal lacing. Smell is barely there: a whiff of a vaguely beery aroma, barley malt, not much else. No hops that I can tell. Taste is pretty much the same, inoffensive but bland. It's sweeter than some of the big boy beers, but it's not much different, except for a vaguely metallic taste and a tiny touch of bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is what it should be for a beer like this, at least. It's crisp, refreshing, goes down easy and leaves no complaints whatsoever.

This beer could and should be better. Just because it's an "American Pale Lager" doesn't mean it can't have at least a little bit of character. If it were on tap, yeah, I'd buy it over a Bud or Miller, but I probably won't be drinking this one again any time soon. I won't just bash a beer and leave, though: like I've said, it did nothing to offend me and it's not exactly a "bad" beer: it just doesn't do anything to set itself apart.

To good health and inoffensive beer.

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Photo of Weston19
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Guinness glass

A: Clear, golden straw color, moderate carbonation, thin lacing.

S: A little floral and piney, some malts, primarily malts but both scents are weak.

T: A little bitterness at first, mid palate you get some sweetness, aftertaste is bitter then bready.

MF: Smooth and very water. Reminds me of the mouthfeel of a Budweiser.

O: Not very good, the taste is way too watery and there aren't any standout flavors. I think this is just a mediocre beer that just barely has more flavor than macro lagers.

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Photo of mirth23
2.76/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A solidly decent lager. Nothing particularly outstanding to write home about, but definitely a good option compared with many of its American counterparts. It has a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Great clarity. It's well balanced, but doesn't end up tasting like much of anything particular.

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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 GarthDanielson
2.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A buddy brought me this back from Texas with him. The label art is pretty cool...retro look to it. Poured in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, white, light head that quickly disappears to leave a clear surface behind. Steady flow of carbonation bubbling throughout. Aromas of roasted grains and a buttery sweetness. Not much else, really. Flavors of toast and corn, with roasted qualities throughout. Light palate on a thin body. The aftertaste is roasty as well. Slick, clean finish. This one strikes closer to an adjunct than anything else I can put my finger on.

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Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. 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 sweet malt, hint of hop, and adjunct. Overall, the aroma and body are dominated by adjunct. Weak appearance and poor blend.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with cute legacy label and branded twist-off cap acquired as part of a variety 12-pack box at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery; I'm a fan of the sort of generic "Premium Lager" style as well. Reviewed as such; I see nothing on the label (or the website) that identifies this as an "American Pale Lager."

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a one finger wide head which is wretchedly thin. No creaminess or frothiness whatsoever. Dull and weak looking. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is poor - about 40 seconds at best.

Body colour is a clear watery yellow, typical of the style. Translucent and transparent. Below average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks like your typical adjunct lager. There's a healthy amount of visible carbonation bubbles.

Sm: Clean barley, straw, obvious corn adjunct, tap water, and a heavy cereal & grainy character. A handful of hops lend a generic floral character to the aroma. I also get a hint of caramalt. A biteen buttery. Some might call it grassy, but I don't know that I'd agree; it's really more of a grainy aroma. Unfortunately, corn adjunct is dominant here.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

Inoffensive, but there's little here to entice. There aren't any off flavours, and it doesn't seem watery - which is a lot more than I can say about most Premium Lagers. Comes down slightly on the sweeter end of the bitter/sweet spectrum.

An unappealing aroma of below average strength.

T/Mf: Sweet corn adjunct, leavening grains and cereals, clean barley, straw, a bit of caramalt, some buttery character, and a handful of hops. Painfully simple, but it does have a decent body to it. Could certainly be more imbalanced, but it's wanting. Zero depth of flavour; poor duration and intensity of flavour as well. A bit on the sweeter side. No complexity or subtlety really at all.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth and wet. Light on the palate, but unrefreshing due to the sticky syrupy adjunct character. Good thickness. Decent crispness, even a bit of overcarbonation and an accompanying bite.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, or boozy.

The mouthfeel is far from married to the taste, but it does suit it in a general sense.

Dr: Quite average for the style. If you're looking for a passable adjunct lager, you've found it. Hides its ABV decently and is pretty drinkable for what it is. If Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers switched to this, I'd be a happy man. It's nothing unique or special, but it's downable beer at a reasonable price point. You could do worse than getting a couple of these in your variety box.

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