Shiner Bock was the beer that made Shiner (Spoetzl Brewery) a known entity in my mind. This Texas ‘classic’ has never been to New Jersey until recently. For some reason, I remember hearing about how great Shiner Bock was, even before I was into beer like I am now.
Well, the Shiner Bock was a colossal disappointment for me. Watery and barely flavorful, it really reminded me of other lesser beers like the strangely popular Newkie Brown and Dundee Honey Brown Ales. Very one dimensional.
As with the Shiner Old-Time Alt, this beer was watery, and to me poor example of a bock. (A fine example of this beer style come from Anchor, whose Bock is untouchable by this example by a long-shot!)
Let’s start with appearance. See that picture? That’s how it poured into my glass. A nice color for sure, but flat, flat, flat. No head, no carbonation, no lacing. Perhaps this beer was designed to be chugged directly from the bottle?
Aroma is equally unremarkable. I’m getting faint malt but mostly corn. Yawn.
Taste is on the malty side, and the sweetness makes it not quite as bland as the aroma, but its still one of the blandest beers I’ve had in recent memory. The watery, uncarbonated body gives this beer an unsatisfying and thin ‘quality’ that just didn’t push any buttons for me.
So, perhaps this Shiner Bock is a regional classic, or maybe they just don’t have much craft beer exposure in Texas, but this beer really shattered my impression of what this beer was.