Pros: Great with Tex-Mex or Mexican Food, Zero Aftertaste
Cons: Not a "mainline" brand, so it can be harder to find
OK before you read all of this review you should know two things... 1) I know nothing about beer except if I like it or not. For example: Do I like Budweiser? NO! Do I like Shiner Bock? YES! 2) Well actually I guess there is only one thing you should know. That being said... If you are looking for a complete breakdown of the history and production of this beer, or if you need to know what effect the hops has on the taste please scroll down, rate this Helpful, or Somewhat Helpful and go to the first review titled "I Gotcher Bock."
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I gave this beer shot because Lance Armstrong wrote about it in his book. He said it is his favorite, and since my friends call me a Lance Groupie, I figured what the heck, let's give it a shot.
Surprisingly enough I really liked it, and I am a very picky beer drinker. I prefer a heavy beer like Guinness or Bodington's rather than water like Coors Light and most American beer. Now don't call me a communist or anything like that, I just prefer English/Irish beer in general.
To me Shiner Bock is a bit heavier and has a stronger taste than your average beer, but it isn't a meal in a glass like some of the others I've mentioned above. It has almost no aftertaste, and it goes well with food, or by itself. It especially goes well with spicy foods like Tex-Mex or Mexican. This would make good sense because I believe Shiner Bock's origins can be traced to Texas. Me saying that this beer goes well with food is a huge compliment because for the most part, I hate to drink beer with a meal. For Shiner Bock, I'll make an exception.
This beer is not for everybody. My wife does not like it because she prefers a much lighter beer like Coors Light or other brands of beer flavored water. I think older more seasoned beer drinkers can enjoy Shiner Bock the best. People who are maybe just out of their college drinking days of Miller Light and Milwaukee's Best, but not quite at the age where they need to smoke a cigar with their beer.
Shiner Bock is a bit more expensive than most beers, but not so expensive where you feel it should only be for a special event. As I mentioned before it isn't mainline, so it may be tougher to find in some areas. You probably won't see it at the local 7-11, but at a well stocked grocery store, it will probably show up (maybe even in the refrigerated section if you are lucky).
So give it a try. If for no other reason except that Lance gives it his approval, and so do I.