Beer Review #4 Shiner Bock

I’m going to be moving to Texas this summer and I figured I should try some of the local brew to get an idea of how much homebrewing I will be needing to do. After a bit of research I found that Shiner Bock is the biggest beer down in Texas. With a little help, I was able to get a case of the stuff to give it a proper try.

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting too much. Usually the most mass produced beer in any area tends to be terrible compared to more microbrews. Shiner Bock also comes in twist offs, which didn’t give me a lot of confidence either.

I opened it up and poured it into my glass. It pours a reddish copper with great clarity (as expected in a lager) and a small head. Bocks generally are a bit undercarboninated so I wasn’t super concerned about that. Shiner Bock didn’t have too much of a smell either, it was mainly all malt (as expected with a bock).

The taste was much beer than the smell or look. It was full of malty sweetness that stayed on the tounge for a bit. I didn’t get anything in the hop field when I tried it. My biggest problem was that it was really watered down compared to a typical bock. Shiner Bock came in at 4.4% ABV where a traditional bock generally starts at 6% and goes up from there. If this is the best of Texas, I’m going to be doing a lot of homebrewing.

3 thoughts on “Beer Review #4 Shiner Bock”

  1. No, Shiner Bock is not the best Texas has to offer! Twenty years ago perhaps, but not today. In fact, it’s not even the best Shiner has to offer. Their Black is somewhat better, and during the winter, I think their Holiday Cheer is great (although opinions seem to be pretty sharply divided on this dunkelweizen flavored with peaches and pecans).

    Over the past five years, Shiner put out several limited-edition beers leading up to their 100th anniversary. All were great, and the Black was popular enough to become part of their regular lineup. I’m hoping they’ll do the same and bring back the Marzen, the Bavarian Amber, and the Helles that were part of the series.

    Sadly, they killed off one of my favorite beers – the Kolsch was very good, but they pulled it as the summer seasonal and replaced it with Ezpecial Leicht (just what the world needed, another tasteless light beer).

    They just released their 100th anniversary beer, a pretty nice dopplebock simply named “100.” It’s a bit light for a dopplebock, but I don’t think that’s really a bad thing – sometimes that first swig of the likes of a Spaten Optimator is a bit overwhelming, whereas 100 goes down a bit easier. (It has “drinkability”?)

    And if Shiner Bock seems a bit “watered down” for a bock, that’s because it really isn’t one. It’s more just a dark lager. 100, on the other hand, is the real thing.

    Where will you be living in Texas? In my opinion, the three best brewers in Texas are Saint Arnold, Real Ale, and Live Oak. The first two are widely available in good beer stores; Live Oak is only available in bars, and perhaps only in Austin, although I’m not certain about that.

  2. I’m going to be moving to Lubbock where my future wife is attending Texas Tech for grad school. I’ve heard about the other Shiner offerings, they were just not available to purchase in PA.

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