Shiner Kölsch | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner KölschShiner Kölsch

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 04-28-2002

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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by Hopmodium:
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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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.

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Photo of javlin624
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.25/5  rDev -5%

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!

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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.

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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.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of DOCRW
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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?

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Photo of Mike412
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of erushing
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of BrewAskew
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.

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