Shiner Kölsch
Spoetzl Brewery

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German Kölsch
Ranked #422
Ranked #45,275
3.43 | pDev: 13.12%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
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Reviews by BeerBob:
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3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shiner Kölsch pours a clear, bright gold from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to about 2 fingers before evaporating away to just a slight full ring.

Nose is a damp citrus with just a touch of husk and cut grass. Palate is a dry light citrus malt with clean light hops and the bight of carbonation.

A clean dry finish to a clean and refreshing tasty brew.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of marzenfannm
4.24/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of McAfee85
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +16.6%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of jpuetz
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of m_hall
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pour from a 12oz bottle into a pokal... beer is a clear pale straw gold with a fizzy one-finger head that quickly disappears to nothing. No lacing.

Aroma is light, just a bare hint of hops and sweet malt.

Flavor is sweet up front, light white grape and pear notes, leading to a slightly dry green tea-like finish. Very mild and delicate.

Mouth feel is light, crisp, refreshing. Highly carbonated.

Overall, a nice beer in a rather uncommon style. Would have liked just a touch more hop presence.

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Photo of corywalston
2.56/5  rDev -25.4%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Kvanwhy
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Libeertarian
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pour is like red gold, with small, fine, delicate off-white head of surprising retention. Aromas are grainy, and faint berry-like esters. Biscuity, bready throughout, not as grainy as I expected, with vinous notes and excellent suggestions of pear, apple, and again, berry. Tiniest amount of fairly nondescript hops in the back. Light-bodied but plenty thick with effervescence. Crisp, cleaner finish, refreshing.

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3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not bad at all! Pours an ultra clear golden hue with a decent 2 finger off white head. Aromas are of an earthy tone and really quite faint. It has a slight bread and lemon taste with a little alcohol on the tail. It is light to medium bodied with a nice overall crisp mouthfeel. Not a hugely complex brew...but it is rather refreshing! One of Shiner's better brews! Cheers!

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of cokes
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well...I wish this was more Kolsch like. There was no need to add any wheat. Sorry, but this beer is more wheatlike than Kolsch like unfortunately. Let's go over the details: Bright brilliant golden, head left when I looked away for a second. Wheat beer aroma, primarily of Double Bubble. Taste is pretty wheat beer like, bubble-gummy yeastiness, and lemon zest in the finish. Not awful, but left wanting more...Kolschiness. Thansk to fellow BA CharlesW for the beer to try.

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Photo of chilidog
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This summery Shiner poured a nice clear golden straw with a fair white head that maintained itself to lace the glass.
The aroma was grain-like, citric cereal.
The taste carried that grain taste in the malt while a nice crisp citric blended into a faint hop background. That crispness tarts and dries the finish well, making for a good summer drinker.
Great on the hot days, good price keeps it handy as a lawnmower aid.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I love Kolsch, but this one doesn't quite add up. Good color and head retention but a weak nose. Will have to retaste from another six pack sometime soon.

Clean on the palate with a pleasant herbal dryness. Finish is rather short but crisp. Still very refreshing and thirst quenching, but that is to be expected from probably any example of the style.

Good to see another addition to the domestic Kolsch list but this one is miles behind Pyramid Curve Ball and others.

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