Shiner Kölsch
Spoetzl Brewery

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German Kölsch
Ranked #422
Ranked #45,104
3.43 | pDev: 13.12%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner KölschShiner Kölsch
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 193
Photo of beerdiablo
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Shiner brand is practically a state heirloom with each generation of Texans introducing it to the next. While other Texas brewers took the “artistic” road in their offerings, our friends at Spoetzl Brewing have stayed to the middle of the Devil’s Backbone.

Shiner’s Kölsch is a fine offering for the summer. Not as crisp as a traditional Kölsch but has a nice, wet finish. Consider it a good alternative to the Shiner Blonde for BBQs.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours into a pilsner glass a fairly average yellow gold, a finger of crispy bubbles up top. They don't hang around long and the bead from below is too lazy to prolong it beyond 30 seconds.

Aroma - basic grain, almost pilsner-like smell, reminding me vaguely of Bitburger. Fades quite a bit after it settles in.

Taste - that slight sweet grain is up front, along with a touch of malt, backed by Hallertau and Mount Hood hops that remind of the Saaz in Bitburger but not as bitter. It has a bit of wateriness to it, but for the style that's not a problem. The finish is clean, just a brief drying, then a slight lemony trace.

Mouthfeel - light, watery, reasonably carbonated.

Drinkability - a tasty thirst quencher and a nice effort of an under-appreciated style. Had to hold onto this last one for the review, mmm it's good.

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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 Higravity
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this may not be the "real" deal it is a damn nice beer and better than a lot of other Kolschs I have had. Smell is curious blend of pils malt and a rather present hop spice. It has a taste of light malt with a little yeasty carry-on, but the hop presence is what really makes this beer, not really there but spice tang plays with my tongue. Nice body and a pretty clean finish. 4 went well with the opening night of football. I am glad to have this on the regular at the store down the street for only $6 a sixer.

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Photo of therica
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

After spending a month in Cologne, Germany (Köln, thus the beer-style name Kölsch), I was excited when I saw this in a beer store's cooler. Oh well... so much for the excitement.

The beer poured golden with some hints of greenish tint, a very active-carbonation foamy head which dissipated quickly.

The nose and taste both had hints of corn and grain, although it seemed like less-than-fresh corn and grain-- a bit stale. Still, the taste was very drinkable, as far as meaning "passable" beer.

As far as any comparison to real Köln Kölsch, it was a mild "almost like" reminiscence but far from the real thing. It's like the difference between getting a nice butterscotch sundae with real butterscotch and real ice cream at a dairy-store, versus getting a frozen supermarket prepackaged frozen-ice with butterscotch flavoring. Faint reminders of the real thing.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, poured into a wide-mouthed chalice. Pours a bright gold with a solid, fluffy head. Very light fruitiness and a small touch of faint malt. Soft, grainy malt start with som apple-ish fruitiness. Just on the low-moderate side of bitterness, with faint spicy, floral hop flavor. Very clean finish. Light bodied, appropriately.

This is actually a fairly nice Kolsch. It's been my favorite of the Shiner lineup for several years (it used to be their Summer Stock beer).

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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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Photo of HoustonTX
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Very light gold, crystal clear. Small head despite vigorous pour. The aroma was slightly hoppy, a bit of malt, and pear. Flavor was more hops than malt, but you did get a slight sweet taste in there. Overall, very well balanced. Light and drinkable, low carbonation, dry finish. An excellent summer beer.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.94/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic amber with large-bubbled carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass and zipping up to the fizzy, bone white head. The snap, crackle and pop of the foam is akin to the sound that soda makes when it's poured, and the cap lasts about as long. It's tremendously airy and unsticky so there's no hope of any lace being added to the glass.

Shiner Kolsch smells exactly like an American macro lager to me, albiet one with no overt offensiveness. It's grainy sweet with corn almost as prominent as barley malt, if not more so. There's a whiff of noble hops (Hallertau Magnum, Mt. Hood) that doesn't really add much of value to a nose that doesn't entice me to take a drink. Definitely subpar for the style.

It tastes like a high-quality macro lager (an oxymoron if there ever was one) so it isn't all bad. As long as one adjusts one's expectations downward from kolsch, that is. In fact, this is what lagers from Budweiser, Miller, et al would taste like if their brewers decided to put out something decent that didn't change the flavor profiles of their current beers one whit.

It's corny sweet without a great deal of hop flavor. A little spiciness is apparent though, as is a fair amount of finishing bitterness. I don't hate it, I just don't like it all that much. Drinking it frosty cold might just be the way to go. The back end is too sweet to be crisp, but it is drying and fairly tight in the mouth.

Speaking of body/mouthfeel, there isn't a whole lot to praise. Thanks to all the malt and corn sugars, the body isn't as light as it could be (in reference to the kolsch style) and the mouthfeel is anything but well-bubbled. Bottom line: it neither adds nor detracts from the lackluster flavor since it's pretty lackluster itself.

As far as I'm concerned, Spoetzl Brewery brews beer that ranges from lousy to decent. Shiner Kolsch fits somewhere in the middle, probably favoring the decent end of the spectrum. I know one thing, it ain't no kolsch. I know another as well, this is the last time that I'll drink it.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date noted. Pours a crystal clear greenish gold with a thin head and minimal lacing. Faint malty aroma with light citrus fruit notes. Taste is smooth, refreshing and well balanced between the bready malts and bitter hops. A crisp, clean finish make this an ideal summer beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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

Average looking... pale yellow, nothing too impressive. Very fresh and crisp taste. hints of lemon, perfect for summer as the name suggests. smell was a bit off (I thought) but it didn't take too much away from the overall package. had a decent mouth taste, not too much carbonation, just enough to feel right while drinking and help spread the flavour in your mouth. Worth buying as its not to expensive.

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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 rabsten
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale Yellow-amber pour, thin head, no lacing.

Smells like, well, beer. Nondescript. Nothing that really stands out.

Taste: Light, pleasant and crisp. Mild malt, small hop presence, Nice clean finish.

The crispness is very refreshing. Feels *good,* especially for the season.

Very drinkable beer. Good choice for summer refreshment.

Bottom line: you can do better (Harpoon's Summer beer, for example) but you can do a lot worse. Worth a try. :)

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerBob
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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Photo of Oxymoron
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pure golden color that is clear. The head retention was very small and quickly disappeared. And no lacing at all.

The smell is a malty and very grainy. A sweet pilsner smell with a light sulfur hints in the background. A limited hop smell that is mostly earthy.

The taste is crisp and mostly sweet malt. A good mix of pale and pilsner taste. Not too skunky but some lighter notes are present. A dry taste but at the end leaves a earthy, floral taste that tastes mostly like hallertau.

I would have liked more of a drier finish. A light body as is the carbonation. A good crisp and smooth drinking beer.

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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 hero27
3.11/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly as clear as, some macros look dark compared to this. Amazingly, the head holds very well but leaves little lacing on the glass. Very lackluster grainy aroma. Weak lemon and grassy taste...i'm searching for a real redeeming quality here. While the taste is light, it does have a nice, crisp bite and an extremely refreshing finish. This is lawnmower all the way...very light and highly drinkable. Would be a good crossover beer for someone who needs the taste of a macro, but in craft beer form.

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