1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Shiner Kölsch - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Not Rated.
Shiner KölschShiner Kölsch

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
78
okay

185 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 185
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-28-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (24) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 78
Reviews by chOAKbarrell:
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of marzenfannm
4.24/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer. Balanced, pleasant flavor from start to its crisp finish. Pleasantly effervescent. This came unexpectedly in an assortment of Shiner beers. and was a pleasant surprise. Quite refreshing. This makes me want to revisit the Kolsch variety and explore some more different ones.

Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
2.94/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  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.

Photo of Auraan
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of cokes
3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of ordybill
4.84/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has an aroma of malt and grain possibly corn, smells good.
Appearance- Has a pale yellow color with a very small white head.
Taste- Has a nice grainy flavor with malt taste, I really like it.
Palate- This is a light bodied beer with light carbonation. Has a really nice crisp flavor.
Overall- I love this beer, I see many on line don't care for it a lot. I don't know why but to me it is awesome.

Photo of bditty187
3.38/5  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?

Photo of EagleTalon
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.41/5  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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of hoffman
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours nice and clear with a one to one and a half finger head. The head fades quickly and does not stick with this beer too well. Overall the appearance is very average. The smell is very faint, of citrus and grains undetectable. This beer really surprises when it hits your mouth. The texture is smooth and full with a bit of carbonated sharpness. The flavor much more body than the color and look would suggest. Overall a nice beer will drink again.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A - Pale yellow. Slight head, slight lacing, average retention.

S - Smell was of light grains and cereal malt.

T&M - Taste has some toasty malt notes. Then the hops wash across the palate to produce a nice sour/bitterness. Vinous/fruity tones also come through, albeit in a discreet maner. Well-balanced and light-bodied, crisp and smooth.

D - High drinkability due to the smoothness.

High quality summer brew. One of the easiest brews to drink on a hot day. Definitely recommended.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The clear golden body of Shiner Kolsch gives off a tart, slightly sour funky/skunky aroma, with funky fruit, including lemon. This drinks mostly crisp and clean, with delicate spice followed by a flash of mild fruit mid-palate, then a medium bitterness. The finish is dry, clean and moderately bitter. Certainly this beer was brewed for warm weather drinking, and in that respect it seems to have accomplished its goal. However, unoffensive and refreshing though it may be, Shiner Kolsh really just doesn't stand out, nor does it give me much reason to switch from the much more affordable and equally neutral Miller High Life for my thirst-quenching needs.

Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to witbier for picking this up for me...
Appearance is of a glowing gold with a small amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A foamy white head slowly fades into a thin collar.
Smell is of honey, apricot, grain, straw, and perhaps a white grape aroma that is similar to a white wine ester.
Taste is of the same gentle, mildly sweet aromas with a dryness from the Kölsch yeast strain.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a mild sweetness that quickly dies out with a slick slide down the tongue to a quick, cutting dryness.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice initial head and good retention. Dry malt smell.

Taste is dry like a typical kolsch. This Kolsch is average but decent for the summer time. I'd buy it again for it's on sale price (5.49)

Mouthfeel is fair and clings to the mouth well, but lacks a little crispness.

This is a decent lawnmower beer from an average at best brewery. Give it a try if it's on sale.

Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a large, persistent white head, adundant carbonation, and thick, broken lacing.

Aroma: Malty aroma with prominent grass and hay notes, a slight honey-like sweetness, bready malt, and a rather faint spiciness.

Taste: Opens with a coarse malt flavor, with little or no sweetness, midway throught the taste, metallic and herbal hop notes appear, these carry the taste to its end.

Mouth feel: Crisp and quite dry, and a bit thin, the carbonation is a touch harsh.

Drinkability/notes: A well-made summer beer, and of the type I consider to a "gateway beer". That is, it would not prove intimidating to someone accustomed to macro beers. Pleasant and refreshing, although not outstanding.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce brown glass longneck with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of kfoss99
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance – Pours crystal clear golden color. Tight white head dissipates to a sticky layer. A furious amount of bubbles stream to the surface.

Smell – sweet lemon and honey in the nose. A bit of an off hop aroma, but not distracting.

Taste – Hoppy, more so than expected. A honey-type sweetness is left on the roof of the mouth, leaves a toasted finish with subtle citrus notes. Towards the end of the glass a sticky corn sweetness appears.

Mouthfeel – All those bubbles in the appearance translate to a smooth sparkling carbonation.

Drinkability – Good for summer. Light in body, nice carbonation, and a nice complexity to the taste and smell.
I’d recommend drinking it quickly, the characteristics of the beer changed dramatically once it warmed a bit. I deducted half a point in taste and drinkability because of it

Thanks to Assurbanipaul for the sample.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that recedes. Lots of bubbles in the beer. Mild lacing on the glass.

Light, crisp, malty and grainy aroma. Smells fresh.

Tastes like it smells. Malty and grainy upfront with a nice crispness. Flavor is rather light, but it's very fresh and refreshing. Good summer brew.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is a nice drinking summer brew.

Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 14 from Assurbanipaul. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1" white head over the crystal clear light golden brew. Head is not too resilient, but laces okay. Aroma is lightly of wheat, and not much else.

Taste is subtle and dry, kind of wine-like, with some light complementary wheat flavor. Was going to bag it for this flavor profile, but on a whim looked up a definition of the style, and a Zymurgy article actually says: "Slightly dry, winy palate. Malted wheat okay." So I guess my observations hit the style def, at least from that source, so I'll knock it up a notch or two.

Mouthfeel is alright, and drinkability is pretty good. Not a bad product, just seems to barely meet the style def, rather than trying to do something interesting to distinguish itself. Worth having if you stumble on it, but not particularly worth crossing the road for...

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.94/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice golden color that appears to be fairly full bodied. Fairly good amount of head, but leaves no lacing on the glass. The smell is very good, with fruity hops and floral scents. The taste is much of the same with a nice, refreshing flavor. This is a very good beer for a hot, Texas summer day. A an excellent session beer for summer.

to view more.
Shiner Kölsch from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
78 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.