Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Shiner Bock

Shiner Bock

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner, Texas


4.40% ABV

Commercial Description:
 Is a distinctive, rich, full-flavored, deep amber-colored beer with an inviting smooth taste without excessive bitterness.
General Pricing:
12oz bottle, ~ 6.00 6 pack, ~$22.00 case

I think someone in the household pick up a 6 pack of this to drink one day and I just managed to save one in the beer fridge to review.

The beer pours a clear amber with dark copper hues and a diminishing off white head.

The nose has rich toasted malts and an almost mineral type aroma. There are little to no hop aromas on the nose.

We are starting this one at 44 degrees.

There is a malt sweetness upfront then a fairly uneventful mid-sip. The mid-sip is an odd washing over the tongue with no added flavors or mouthfeel. The backend is extremely easy to swallow. In fact there is not much of anything on the back end and that carries through to the finish. Well, there is an interesting malt or almost mineral type of bitterness or harshness toward the end of the swallow. By the time you get to the finish you realize that there is not much to this beer. Again the finish is pretty uneventful with some toasted malt flavors and a very light hop bite. There is not really much if any of a final aftertaste; maybe just a slight toasted malt note.

There is nothing wrong or offensive about this beer. This beer just doesn’t have much going on. It is almost watery. That may be harsh but throughout the whole tasting experience I kept waiting for richer flavors and they never came.

The beer has warmed slightly to 53 degrees. It has not picked up anything offensive but it also has not picked up any real bock flavors either.

I may be a little harsh on this review. This is not a bad beer. On a positive note it is a very easy drinking beer and is probably well liked by a variety of people. A real craft beer enthusiast may find this very watery but I’m sure this would be a widely liked beer.

This is a good easy drinking beer.

60 degrees now and still pretty good.

I’m going for a C maybe a C- but once again that may be harsh. There really is nothing wrong with this beer I just wish it had a fuller malt aspect to it.

Like I said this is not bad and it is very easy drinking. However I really cannot recommend this beer. If you are interested in a good bock I suggest (when it’s in season) Yuengling Bock.


  1. Agree with the rating. I've had this beer on a couple of occasions and could drink it, but wasn't impressed.

  2. It's pretty bland, not a bad as Leinie's 1888. I'll see if I can get you some Yuengling Bock next spring, assuming they will brew it again.