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Shiner Kölsch - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner KölschShiner Kölsch

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BA SCORE
79
okay

173 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-18-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Kolsch is light golden in color with a clear body and a white head of foam that dissolves away rather quickly. The nose on this beer is one of cereal grains, yeast, barley, and some fruit buried in the distance. It is fairly interesting, and it makes you anticipate the first sip.

This beer offers a taste that is simple and unassuming. The flavor of sweet grains greets you first, followed by some faint fruit flavors, like apple and white grape- even a hint of citrus. Some toasted character is noticed, followed by a crisp, slightly spicy/grassy finish of lightly bitter hops.

Shiner Kolsch is a very clean, direct beer with an average amount of complexity and a generally balanced nature that goes from sweet to slightly bitter from start to finish. This beer is light, easy on the eyes and stomach, and doesn’t leave you feeling bloated. However, the lightness level means the beer isn’t very rich and the finish is a tad weak. I know that many will appreciate the low bitterness level and the smoothness of the finish but I would like it better if it had a little more kick at the end.

Shiner Kolsch is still a pretty good beer overall and most people who drink it will find it acceptable at worst and pleasing at best. It does offer crispness and refreshment on a warm day and even if it isn’t the most exciting brew, it is still worthy of an occasional try.

BryanCarey, May 16, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I was a bit skeptical to this beer before drinking I mean an authentic kolsch made by Shiner....yeah.Poured a clear light golden with a thinner white head that was gone quite quickly,aromas of wet grain somewhat unpleasant at first it grows on ya a bit some underlying toastiness in there as well.Flavors are soft and malty pleasant woulbd be a good word for it lightly sweet like clover honey but with crisp dry cracker-like backbone finishing lightly floral from a small dose of hops.This would be the perfect lawn mower beer or baseball brew its light but has a little flavor and quite refreshing in the finish.

oberon, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Well, it certainly looks the part. The head was moderate and non-persistent and the body bright orangish-gold and clear.

Smell – It’s hard to pin down that good Kölsch aroma of yeast and wine, but this certainly isn’t it. This pretender is grainy like an American macro and lacks the delicate nature of the style.

Taste – The flavors are a bit smoother at the tongue, but it’s still more like a lagered bucket of grain and Gummi-Bears. It also lacks the crisp and refreshing finish that I look for in the style.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied of course, actually a measure or two over that but well short of medium-bodied, with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability – This isn’t bad for an American Add-junk entry, but putting the word "Kölsch" on the label is like giving Camaron Diaz a Mensa scarf.

RoyalT, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty decent beer. Like a macro lager with personality. It looks like Budweiser or whatever (maybe a little "healthier" looking: i.e. it has some color), but the head sticks around. Smells sweet and of grain. The taste matches the smell. Refreshing malt sweetness without overdoing it. The mouthfeel is even and smooth and leaves your mouth feeling clean. This is a good "anytime" beer and definitely beats Shiner's Hefeweizen. Second only to their dunkelweizen.

chOAKbarrell, May 11, 2006
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz twist off brown long neck bottle with no freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Pale yellowish golden colour with a brilliant clarity, decent white lace that hold together quite well.

Smell: Clean grain malt aroma, very light grassy grain with a lemon and floral hint.

Taste: Big refreshing crispness, light to moderate body with an ample carbonation. Quick splash of malt sweetness and a fresh grassy grain flavour throughout. Hops come in with a spicy bite and clean the palate well, nice twang in the flavour but not overwhelming. Fresh grainy flavours stay with the taste buds far into the finish.

Notes: Easy to drink with a handful of flavour, on the label it says Kölsch but some say it is an American Blonde Ale … either way it is a brew I would want around during a hot summer day. Similar in stature to Harpoon Summer Beer.

Jason, Apr 28, 2002
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

IrishGermanAmerican, May 30, 2014
Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Dello, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a clear yellow golden hue forms a large white head with fine speckled lacing all around my tall kolsch glass. Aroma is sweet honey tinged grain with a touch of corn and rice present but clean overall. Taste has a layer of grain and hop sweetness with honey tinged foresty grassy hop leaves very nice profile. Mouthfeel is light bodied with even carbonation can't complain. Drinkability is excellent speaks tones of summer towards my idea of a beer.

WVbeergeek, May 05, 2006
Photo of Auraan
3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice clear golden color with a three finger white head that receded quickly leaving abundant lacing. Quite nice looking. Scents of floral German hops, biscuity malt and fruity, cherry-like aromas. A simple, true to style aroma that is quite pleasing. Flavor begins with a nice biscuit-like malt presence, with a slight fruitiness, hard to discern the individual fruit but I pick up some apple and pear. This moves into a nice, clean, grainy malt flavor with moderate-low levels of floral hop flavors and medium-low bitterness. Finish is dry with medium-low bitterness, medium floral Noble hop flavors and a faint fruitiness. Aftertaste is floral Noble hops with a low level of bitterness. A very pleasant, well rounded flavor profile that is mild, crisp and clean. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth and slightly chalky with a moderate level of carbonation. Quite pleasant and quite easy to drink. Overall this is a pretty good Kolsch. It hits the style guidelines pretty spot on, and while it doesn't do anything amazingly out of the ordinary it is still quite nice.

Auraan, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

javlin624, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

hsus0225, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Polished brass with a lacy white head. Big bubbled carbonation crashes towards the surface.
Lemon grass aroma, fading away from lemon and towards grass as it sits. Honey-esque sweetness is noted as well.
Begins with sweet breads. And again with the honey. Plenty malty, but not oppressive. Dries as it progresses. Crackery pils malts. Rounded wheatiness. Ends with a compacted bang of Saaz and Hallertau. All lemongrass and brittle stalks. More hopping would make this a major leaguer.
Light bodied and perfectly quaffable.
I expected much less out of this. Nice surprise here.

cokes, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

tdm168, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Kolsch pours a crystal clear, deep gold body beneath a short head of creamy white that holds well and leaves some minor lacing about the glass. The nose is grainy and a bit husky, but otherwise clean, and just slightly fruity (berries and apple). In the mouth it's medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation that softens to become creamy as it warms. The flavor reveals a sweetish, cereal-like malt that's backed by a slap of spicy and herbal hop flavor and a firm bitterness. Delicate fruitiness is present, and lingers into the semi-dry finish along with some sticky malt, a smear of leafy hops, and mild bitterness. Overall it's a pretty drinkable golden or blonde ale, but it doesn't quite have the crispness, bitterness, or finesse of a proper Kolsch. Enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Apr 28, 2007
Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is simply a new label for the beer formerly known as Summer Stock (I could be mistaken, but why would they produce more than one kolsch style beer?). Pours an appetizing clear golden hue with a one-inch bright white head that dissipates after a minute or two. Crisp, clean nose of very light sweet malt, light floral hops, a touch of honey, and some astringency. Palate is subtle, with a bit of a nice hoppy zing mixed in with some light malt, honey sweetness, and a touch of grass. Nice medium body. Could use a little bit more flavor, but it's still a good summer beer.

ElGordo, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of ordybill
4.8/5  rDev +39.5%

ordybill, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +16.3%

jheezee, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of bditty187
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Translucent golden hue, modest white head, soapy retention, almost no lace. The strength of the bouquet was minimal... lemony grass and malt with a kiss of sweetness, clean. Respectable palate with a decent blend of malt and lemon-grass/hay. Rather clean, if not boring, though with meager hops influence, malty for a Kölsch. Pleasant floral/herbal-grassy aftertaste, modest finish… medium-light body, low carbonation… easy to drink. I am sure this would work well on a hot summer day. Is this Shiner’s best product?

bditty187, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Mike412, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -12.8%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

JamLand, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head and little or no lacing. Color is bright gold, very beautiful. Aroma is subdued malt sweetness and slightly bready/fruity. Low hop aroma peeks through with a little spiciness. Flavor is very soft and delicate, starts with sweet maltiness that is conterbalanced by a soft, smooth bitterness. Finishes malty and clean. Mouthfeel is just right. A very good representation of the style except for head retention.

EagleTalon, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of cfrobrew
2/5  rDev -41.9%

cfrobrew, Aug 28, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brassy gold color with very active carbonation and a thin white head. Head hardly lasts. Smells of sweet pale malts and grain. I can strain out a slight whiff of hops, but I mostly just get a bunch of grain. Malts taste sweet and bready and the graininess isn't nearly as present as in the aroma, thankfully. Some light herbal hops make an appearance. Body is light and bubbly and really suits the light flavors well. This doesn't really knock me back in terms of flavor presence or anything, but its very refreshing and crisp.

goochpunch, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green labeled bottle into a mug. I don't have a stange. Who the hell has a stange?

Extremely clear light amber. At the pour it has an off white head that quickly reduces to a thin rim. Very fizzy appearance to the beer, with carbonation rising rapidly. Little spots of lacing here and there.

Strong grape aromas that really hide any other characteristics of the smell.

Once again, a syrupy grape like flavor. Mild hoppiness at the finish. All I can taste is the grapes...

Light bodied with crisp carbonation. More of a clean finish than a dry finish, but the hops do linger a little bit.

I really don't know what to think about this beer. It certainly doesn't taste bad, but it seems a little off with the high amounts of grape flavored sweetness. It's like bubble gum. I would have expected more of a malty beer with a little more hop profile, and maybe some lemon twang. I prescribe that you try it yourself, and see what you think. Once again, this isn't a bad beer.

BeerSox, Oct 07, 2006
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Shiner Kölsch from Spoetzl Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.