Pros:Tasty, full bodied & smooth
Cons:Not available everywhere
The Bottom Line: Overall, I would highly recommend drinking Shiner Bock at anytime and with anything. It is a fabulous adult beverage.
Shiner Bock should be the "official beer of Texas," not Lone Star which is often advertised. Many of us here in Texas were virtually raised on Shiner Bock (of course, not until we reached the age of twenty one). It's a beer that is almost in our blood and we want everyone to enjoy it as much as us.
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Shiner Bock is a smooth, full-bodied beer that's brewed, bottled and almost exclusively consumed in Texas. It's brewed in the small Texas town of Shiner at the wonderful Spoetzl brewery. The brewery tour is great. If you ever happen to be driving between San Antonio and Houston you've got to stop in for the tour. The best part is you get to sample some of the Spoetzl brewery's finest creations. Not only is Shiner Bock available to you, but so is Shiner Blonde, Shiner Honey Wheat and depending on the time of year you visit, Shiner Summer Stock or Shiner Winter Ale.
Like I mentioned before, Shiner Bock is a smooth tasting full flavored beer with an alcohol content of 4.41%. It takes on an amber color when poured with hints of both sweet malt and a little bit of corn. Although it is advertised as a "bock" beer and it's a little bit on the heavy side, it's more of a dark brown lager. However, it's extremely pleasant tasting and I would suggest it immediately to someone who doesn't like the watered down taste of Bud Light, Coors Light, etc. It hits the palate with a sweet malt taste, but it's surprisingly light and not as heavy as a traditional bock beer. There is also no bitter aftertaste. In fact, it slides down rather sweet and extremely smooth. Another advantage of Shiner Bock is that it is relatively drinkable after it's warmed up a bit, not that I choose to drink it that way. When it's ice cold, there's nothing better.
Shiner Bock is perfect for just about any meal. In Texas, we drink beer with everything from spaghetti to salad. So, if you're eating you should be drinking a Shiner Bock. In particular, it complements BBQ and hamburgers the best. There's nothing better than a tasty cheeseburger, some baked beans and a ice cold Shiner Bock to wash everything down. It's also fine to drink when your planning on putting several away during a night out on the town or at the ball game (provided, of course, you're not providing the transportation for the group). Even though it's a bock beer, don't expect it to fill you up too much either. Hangovers, in my experience, are few and far between after drinking several Shiner Bock's over the course of a night. Don't be afraid to just have a few after diner while relaxing in front of the television. It's also a perfect beer to enjoy on the porch while watching the sun set with your special lady (or man) friend.
It also bears mentioning that Shiner Bock won a bronze medal for American-Style Dark Lager beers at the 2001 Great American Beer Festival. I'm not quite sure how it didn't win the gold medal, but third isn't all bad. It also just took home another bronze medal from the Australian International Beer Awards in May of 2003.
The only problem with Shiner Bock is that it is not available nationwide. I have heard that distribution has increased and it is available in states surrounding Texas. However, if you are anywhere in Texas, just ask for a "Shiner" and they'll set you up with one. I promise you won't be disappointed.
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