krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
this beer holds the same tantalizing mysteries that many artifacts from ancient anasazi culture do: that is, we simply cannot discern what it is, or what it is for. "kolsch" domestically is too often just a synonym for a weenie beer that arrives at the doorstep of an american standard lager just by taking a different route. i bought this during some of the hotter days of late summer; days when, out working, i thought that even my internal organs would overcook like cafeteria corn-on-the-cob in the unrelenting scorch. yet, when i placed this beer against a thirst born of extended exertion, coupled with heat unrelieved with shade, still it brooded heavily upon my palate and could no more erase the pangs of thirst in a pleasing way than had i availed myself of a luke warm bird bath. i offered the beer up before a daring palate-- one admittedly not well accustomed to the world of fresh kolsch-- but enamored of the notion of a german ale, fruity and yet clean, and again this beer sat like a goldfish confronted with astrophysics, recognizing no kinship with my preconception. the beer is mild grain soup of wheat, grass and corn, a pottage that could perhaps nourish a field mouse, but by comparison leaves us higher vertebrates pining for more. deserving of high marks for appearance, the bright wash of yellow could have been lifted from a school bus, the foam borrowed from the lather of a waterfall. alas, the aroma was weak with sliced apple, frosted flakes and the woody note that attends the chewing of a pencil. "balanced" in it’s unchallenging mild body, it has a slight malt liquor like sweetness, dwarfish malts, and a modest lime peel bitterness. it taints rather than tantalizes the thirsty palette. like the smudged and cryptic runes on a pre-historic temple, this is a recipe that will forever baffle beer archeologists.
Beerenberger (1108) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear yellow with a an off-white head which doesn't last long. The nose is slight but what there is is malty. The taste is good balance of malt to hops, with a slight nod to the hops. There is also a bread note along the the way. The mouthfeel is medium with a crisp finish and little to none aftertaste. Enjoyable.
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dnstone (2047) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 15, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
OK, I dont know how many slightly below average, totally unoffensive yet unchallenging golden light beers one brewery can make, but here’s another. Refreshing, lightly bready malt flavor...clean. Golden in color, slight white head.
Cybercat (2774) - Georgia, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Comes out of the tap a pretty clear and slightly orangy amber. Crisp, fruity aroma has a powdered-drink undertone. Flavor is not strong but is pleasingly crisp, fruity, a little dusty and a little sour. Smooth, fizzy texture is powdery and just a bit on the thin side. A refreshing way to welcome summer - which it might as well be right now in Atlanta! (And it’s only mid-May!)
rougeau13 (1769) - Texas, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear gold, with a small whitish head. Aroma of grain and a bit of hops. Taste is slightly hopped pale lager, and body is thin. Refreshing and reasonably drinkable, but nothing to seek out. There just isn’t much here.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spoetzl Brewing Company--Shiner Kolsch--2005 12 oz. Bottle. 4.41% ABV?--20 IBU’s? (4.0 / 5.0 ) Lacy head. Clear bright straw gold color. Crisp mild floral hop front. Tasty slightly creamy mild butterscotch smooth mild sweet ester fruit body. Refreshing smooth mildly tangy mild hop citrus end. Sampled 8/6/2005.
Enjoyit (2995) - Vadum, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber of color with a white head. An aroma of hops and crispy. A flavor of hops, fruits and fresh.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2009
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Fratto (2443) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden pour with a nice refreshing smell. Wheat and a little bit of hops. Nice on a hot summer day in Texas.
ben4321 (3354) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Actually enjoy this one, it’s not a great beer, but for a summer style Kolsch (which was their goal!) it works pretty well, higher up for it’s style then many of the other Shiner beers.
ljstephenson (233) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light gold pour, thin white head, a bit of a sweet smell, bitter from beginning to end, the only Kolsch I’ve had, so I’ve nothing to compare it.