Shiner Kölsch
Spoetzl Brewery

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German Kölsch
Ranked #422
Ranked #45,133
3.43 | pDev: 13.12%
Spoetzl Brewery
Texas, United States
Shiner KölschShiner Kölsch
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 193
Photo of Morris729
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden color with a tall pillowy white head that sticks all over the sides of the glass as it dissipates into a heavy lace. Nose is fairly weak but there are faint notes of bready malts and lemon grass. Light to medium in body with a good amount of active carbonation. Taste is sweet malts and grassy grains followed by some lemony citrus notes. A great beer to have on a hot Texas summer day.

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Photo of rowew
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Freshness code on the bottle.

Appearance: Clear, bright yellow color with a fairly thin head. Fades to leave just a very slight lacing.

Smell: Aroma is lots of grain and a bit of sweet malt. Just a hint of fruit in there too.

Taste: Very crisp and slightly fruity flavor. Starts with quite a bit of malt sweetness, and then the noble hops come on. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall impression: Not a thrilling beer, but it is a decent summer offering. The hops come on to keep it pretty balanced, but after a few it gets pretty sweet.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: 12 oz brown twisty with neck label listing Hallertau magnum and mount hood hops, but no date or abv listed.

Aroma: Slight honey aroma with floral and citric hop notes

Appearance: Thin yellow glass with extreme clarity and a good cover of white that lasts and gives up traces of quickly fading lace.

Flavor: Nice malt and hop balance, but both very mild. Hops have a gentle lasting quality and the malt is tasted but almost no sweetness to it. Some bready qualities as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery even, with high carbonation, a touch fizzy.

Overall Impression: A clean refreshing beer. Great as recommended as a lawnmower, well suited for Texas summers. The more I drink, the more I like it overall, but there is very little “wow” factor going on. But then, I don’t think they were going for “wow”.
Curse of the well made mild beer: mild scores. I could see bringing a case to a picnic.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.16/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale, slightly deep golden hue. Limited head and limited retention. Aroma is slightly of floral hops. Taste is smooth, well blended floral hops with some carmel malt character. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for style. Drinkable and decent, but not earthshattering.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden straw with a white head which rose slightly and fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was slightly sulfury with a low level of DMS. The aroma was not overly fruity but did have a light fruit character.

The flavor was very nice with a slight sweetness when the beer first contacted the palate and a quick drying from the hop bittering. The bittering was at a higher level than expected but well done and created a nice crispness in the beer.

The finish was dry with a light lingering bittering into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium and well done. Nice Kolsch, hope this is a year round offering.

12 ounce bottle. Used to be the Shiner Summer Stock, now the Kolsch and a nice one at that.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.67/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My second beer from this brewer and I am still unimpressed. Bright golden in color with a thin, and fizzy white head that lasts about as long as the head on a can of Bud.

Aroma is grainey, a tad metallic, and as it warms shows some weak floral and peppery dry notes.

Flavor is almost adjunct grainey with a hint of lemony dryness, peppery hops, and faint floral. Cold, it tastes like a macro. As it warms it develops a little character, (and I stress the word little).

Thin body, but not watery, Slightly crisp mouthfeel. Yawn.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear light golden colored with about an inch of head after a really aggressive pour. There were quite a few bubbles rising to the top to maintain the head. The head was mostly gone within 2 minutes.

Aroma: Yeasty with a little bit of Sulfur. There is a bit of hops in the nose as well as what I perceive as corn. This may be a DMS'y impression that I am misinterpreting from the use of Pilsner malt.

Taste: The flavor is really reserved and definitely has a DMS component. This beer is supposed to have a Sulfury component, but in this example it takes the forefront. The balance of the flavor lets go of the Sulfur after the first minute or so, and then gives way to a slightly sweet/buttery finish with a tad of Hops thrown in for good measure.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and really clean. The style dictates that there be a Sulfur presence, but in this case, I think that it is a bit too much. My experience with drinking Kolsch in Koln is that they finish a whole lot drier and more refreshing. This beer finishes slightly malty with some residual sweetness left to linger on the palate. It is a good beer, and very drinkable after you get done mowing the lawn...but one that I would turn down if I am bopping around a TrinkMarkt in Koln.

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Photo of hoffman
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.94/5  rDev -14.3%
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 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 mynie
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Macro yellow with a nice head that doesn't stick around too long.

Deep Kolsh grains and spices. There's a hint of white pepper and the grain is very bready. Nice and deep.

Bread and grain upfront, moving into grass and a hint of flowers in the middle, finishes wet and a little fruity. Not overpowering, but just complex enough for the style.

Another good but not great brew from Shiner. Great suupping beer, goes down like water.

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Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright gold color with a fluffy white head that disappears quickly with hardly a trace..

Aroma is mild citrus with a hint of fresh biscuits and a bit of floral/herbal hops.

The taste is also lemony with a touch of honey and biscuits. Starts sweet but dries out slightly for a crisp citrus finish with a touch of hops bitterness in the aftertraste...

Very easy to drink and nicely refreshing, this is an excellent summer cooler.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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 WTexas
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear and golden into my glass and developed an adequate head. Detected some hints of grassiness, but the hops was more pronounced. Possesses an excellent and authentic Kölsch taste which transported me back to my favorite Köln bierstube. Mouthfeel was crisp with sufficient carbonation to keep it lively as it went down my throat. Easy to quaff quickly after mowing the lawn, or to enjoy more slowly with friends. My favorite Shiner product.

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Photo of Luigi
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow, clear, with some carbonation bubbles rising to the top. Head is a thin white lace. Smells clean and grainy. A hint of lemon zest and floral hops. The taste is clean and grainy. Very crisp with hints of lemon zest and slighty grassy. Moderate carbonated body and very drinkable. This is a perfect brew for the summer. Clean, refreshing, and priced nicely as well.

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Photo of OatherS
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label has an unrecognizable animal on the front on top of a cactus??

Appearance: Very clear gold color, characteristic so that is a good start.

Smell: The kolsch odor is not present, in fact not much of an odor at all.

Taste: A very clean flavor that is somewhat remeniscent of authentic kolschs, but not overally so.

Mouthfeel: Crisp watery.

Drinkability: Not bad, definitely a summer time beer good for yard work.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
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...

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

Brilliant golden yellow with a soft, wispy white head. Lots of streaming bubbles. Wheat is most noticable on the nose, with very mild hops also present. Flavor reminds me of a hefe, with some mild banana notes. Crisp wheat flavors dominate the palate. Light, crisp mouthfeel. Long, slightly metallic finish. A decent Ko;sh. Wish it was more to style, like my favorite Schlalfy. Still, worth a try if you run across it.

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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 bigbeerdrinka
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale yellow color with some light golden hues with a fluffy white head leaving a slight lace. Aromas are of light malts and a citrus lemony scent. Flavors are of light sweet malts follow by a nice citrus hop and lemony bite. This beer is crisp, with a nice light body and somewhat creamy texture. A nice summer beer, but after visiting Cologne, I can't quite call it a true Kolsch.

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Photo of kfoss99
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Rio
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Shiner Bock was the first lighter beer I'd found that I truly loved (I'm more a Guiness/Beamish fella, myself). On a trip to the liquor store 'round about April or May, I noticed a group of six-packs called Shiner Summer Stock sitting out near the door. I'm normally not much for lighter beers, but I thought that, with how much I like their Bock, it'd be worth a try. And was it ever...

Nice, rich golden color when poured. The head disappeared rather quickly, with just a bit hanging on around the edges. I can detect a real faint aroma from it, but I can't put my finger on what it is. Nice constant stream of carbination bubbles. Nice smooth taste to it, seems like a bit of a hoppy taste. Not too heavy in the mouth, but a nice carbination bite to be sure.

An excellent beer, and the Kölsch beers are becoming a new favorite of mine, hope I can find some that hang around after summer. I'm thinking I'm gonna have to pick up some of the other Shiner beers, but you can be sure this one is in my fridge until they won't sell me anymore.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After drinking Shiner Summer Stock, my second Kolsch, I've determined that I really like the style.

Appearance- Nice golden color, fairly bubbly, decent head.

Smell- Fairly faint, not bad, ends with citrusy-sweet smell.

Taste- Good taste, ends with sweet citrus, good example of something that is fairly light, but has very good taste

Drinkability- Easy to drink summer brew, I definitely like this along with Samuel Adams White Ale for the style. More will be bought before summer is over.

Parting thoughts- Summer Stock is a good Texas beer and probably just right for the summer. This is something that is fairly light, but doesn't lose it's flavor in the process.

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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 feloniousmonk
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on a hot, early September Minnesota day, which is still summer-y, so the atmosphere was for right for it's intentions...
Appearance: clear, bright yellow color, solid fluffy white head.
Aroma: big on the lemon, otherwise clean and clear.
Taste: clean, also, on the palate, with some malty sweetness, and just a little hop bite. "Crisp, refreshing taste", reads the label, but only so much, it seems. I had the pleasure of sampling some true German kolschs for the first time, just before tasting "Summer Stock", and the difference is rather sharp.
Goes down smooth, to be sure, but it becomes far too sweet, and as we get halfway in, cloyingly so. Lacks the trim dryness and sophisticated hop tang. But not a bad beer, if isn't close to those Koln kolsches, and surely must drench the gullet just fine in Texas.
Thanks to morris729.
PS, love the horny toad on the label, these guys do some of the best overall designs I've seen lately.

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