delnoche (440) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - JUN 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12fl oz bottle poured into a scotch glass (I’m at a hotel and it’s all I could find). Sparkling gold with very little white head. Aroma is light grassy hops that dissipates with the head. Flavor is grassy hops with some metal. Thin body. Medium-length lightly bitter finish.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking, lightly orange to tan, clear, with a very nice head and lacing.
Aroma is kinda grapey and fruity, a little malty, not very hopping.
Taste isn’t quite what I expected, despite the category I think it’s pretty average in taste. Kinda sweet and grainy/corny with a little fruitiness but not enough hoppiness.
Body is light and drinkable, slightly sweet aftertaste.
Overall it’s ok but not one of spoetzl’s best.
ellolovey (423) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
12 oz bottle pours a rosey gold color with a thin white foamy head. Aroma of floral hops hay and cereal. Taste the same. Faint dead flowers, citrus, barnyard. Dry perfumey finish.
jmcgavin12 (413) - Madison, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very light light yellow pour with almost non existent head. Aroma is spiced with slight hints of malt. Flavor is sweet, slight caramel, and a weak finish. Different but not necessarily that great.
johnnyoski (412) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUL 24, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from family reunion pack. Pours a light straw yellow color with a thin, bubbly white head. Some sweetness on the nose. Not much in flavor, some malty sweetness up front but the carbonation washes everything away and it finishes with a cheap, bitter taste. Watery texture and over carbonated. Drinkable and refreshing...but just barely.
airrick2003 (394) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: hoppy aroma, some fruit hues
Appearance: clear amber color, nice thick head
Taste: hoppy flavor but not bitter, interesting
Palate: very slight hop aftertaste, doesn't last very long, not to dry, slightly creamy
Overall: I like this beer. I'd take another
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
MarkBarnes (369) - Waterville, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nov. 27, 2013; 12 oz. bottle. A slightly maltier, less boring version of Shiner’s other premium lager.
cmc619 (367) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Continuing through the Shiner/Spoetzel variety 6-pack. This one smells and pours the best of the three I’ve had so far. Head starts at about 2" and recedes to .5" foamy top layer. Color is between deep gold and amber. Smell is still metallic. This is like Shiner Bock with a bit more caramel/roasted malt. I definitely prefer this to Shiner Bock, but it’s still a forgettable lager. I certainly wouldn’t call it "hop jacked." Easy to drink, nothing terribly offensive, but also nothing terribly attractive.
22415brewery (366) - redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The description says "hop-jacked lager" which makes me envision some sort of imperial pale lager with tons of hops. Nope, not even close. Pours out a light copper with golden highlights, a small amount of thickened white head that leaves a nice bit of lacing. Initial aroma is of sweet doughy pilsner malt, dry cereal, very light floral, and some heavy lager esters. There’s a sweet doughy malt flavor, slightly toasty and a touch of a corn-like sweetness at the end. The bitterness is a little higher than in other Shiner beers which means it is almost nearing balanced, but still not quite. The finish leaves a few of the rich malt-notes that one would be looking for in a Bavarian style lager. The bitterness however much they advertise, should be much firmer and stronger. There are no distinct hop characteristics that would set this beer apart from others in their lineup, however the additional bitterness makes this better than the original Bock.
mybrainhurts (350) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is grains, straw and grass. Flavors of grains, straw, stale bread, and a hint of minerals. Somewhat herbal and muddled finish. Even though it isn’t a winner it is more drinkable than say.... Weinhard’s reserve. Ah, whatever.