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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 242
Hads: 866
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 29.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 167 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

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Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Kosmos Reserve okay. I like the bottle it looks exceptional but i don't know what color the beer is. Twist top and off allright.
Hoppy, flowery, taste good and good for you no doubt.
goes down easy i cojuld drink a case. I like this beer about as much as the Smokehaus its one of the best from Shiner.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.45/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of the shiner "family reunion" six pack.

Nice bready malt aroma. Piurs a bright clear orange with a short white head and lots of lingering bubbles.

Flavor is very good, one of the best of an often mediocre style. Very balanced between malt sweetness and fresh crispness. Some hops but not too much. Just a little less than an american pale ale.

Medium mouthfeel.

I recommend this one.

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Photo of DeeZee83
4.39/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rated this against other lagers I've had, and I could drink this by the gallon. This is exactly what I look for in a lager. Too bad you can only get one at a time...

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Photo of tobymugg
4.32/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Lacy, tan, foamy head. Pure Gold.

Smell: Hops. Lots of hops for this category. Good malt smell, but overridden by hops. Floral, sweet, roasted.

Taste: Smooth, starting out like a fairly strong golden lager. Very well balanced. Ends with a flourish of hops with biscuity bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, comfortable.

Drinkability: I would venture to say this is one of the best beers you can buy in the 8-dollar-six-pack range. Unfortunately, it is only available with other Shiner beers in the Family Reunion six or twelve-packs.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Another good find from Shiner. This Kosmos Reserve pours a golden amber color with good scent of wheat and malts. It has a very bold flavor of herbs but is surprisingly mellow. A very surprising taste for a pale lager.

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Photo of NuclearEra25
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance, beer poured a light amber color, clear and clean look. White head that dissipated quickly however lace around the glass did not.

smell, was sweet and mild, slighly malty with some sweet hops

taste, very flavorful, alot of malt sweetness, very little bitterness, I notice some spices that wake up the senses...

mouthfeel, very smooth, lightly syrupy finish, medium carbonation..

overall, a very nice pale lager, well done by the folks at Shiner.

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Photo of mjurney
4.18/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep golden color, clear. Lots of carbonation rising up. Thin head.

Sweet malts, a little caramel, spicy-grassy hops.

Sweet pale malts, biscuit, touch of caramel and butter. Hop bitterness is mild-medium, mainly spicy, a little citrusy. Finish is crisp, clean, a little dry. Body is medium, crisp, refreshing, semi-dry, well carbonated.

Very good for an American Pale Lager. Sadly it only available in variety pack, only wish Spoetzl Brewing Company release a 6 pack of this beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%

Thanks Tony, I raided your fridge :-)

Also, this one is probably really old and out of date. Someone HAD to drink it...

Appearance (3.75) : Pours a nice fluffy and stable two fingered head on top of a honey-copper semi-opaque body. Opacity is about 40-50%. Head descends to about 1 finger and stays, leaving minimal lacing around the glass.

Aroma (3.75) : Grapefruit, spice, some peach, apricot, honey, and wheat notes. It smells a bit like New Belgium's Tour De Fall but much more complex and not so one-noted. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.5) : Oh. Yeah this is delicious. Those apricot and honey notes come out real nice and although the hop bitterness is there, it's kept muted and in the background yielding a nice yeasty, malty yet still lightly hopped flavor. I can't express how wonderfully balanced this is. It's just delectable. No off-notes whatsoever which is very rare in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, yet still fizzy. Light bodied just barely pushing the boundaries of medium bodied. Finish is dry with hints of persimmon.

Overall (4.12) : Although fairly average in all other categories, just like their Hefeweizen the taste just knocks this beer out of the park. As an "american pale lager" this is my favorite yet. It's got so much right and so little wrong with it. So much zing, and no off flavors. This was a freebie which makes it all the more enjoyable...but I would buy this with my own money too! Shiner has some hit and miss brews but this one's a winner. Sweet lips this brew is good!

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Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a amber-gold body with excellent clarity. The foam settles a bit but it is supported by rapidly rising bubbles.

S - Toasty malt notes with some surprisingly strong, spicy hops.

T - Soft, malty notes up front with some toasted character. Spicy, herbal hop flavors begin to come out in the middle. The beer finishes with dry, toasty malt and spicy, green hop flavor that imparts only light bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I didn't expect much from this beer, and while it isn't very complex, it is much better than I assumed it would be. The malt is light and simple, but pleasant enough, however the hops are what really stands out in this beer. They are spicy and earthy with a very fresh character that makes the beer extremely drinkable. This beer is excellent for what it is and I would happily drink it again.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.09/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like the first reviewer, I haven't had Kosmos Reserve in over 10 years. Last time Shiner released this beer, I was in college and had not yet refined my beer palate as much. I'm extremely happy they re-released this beer again.

Pours bright and shiny, clear and straw-colored, with a one-finger head of white fluff on top. Nice enough to look at. The nose is light and fruity, but substantial. Apples, pears, berries, with a nice subtle hop character built in. Sweet aroma overall, but not syrupy. Taste is more earthen and yeasty. Dull at first, but upon further inspection the flavors are more complex and layered. Just subdued at the same time. Almost medicinal, but with a lingering malty sensation. Quite nice, if not spectacular. Mouthfeel is clean, refreshing, and dry.

A totally drinkable beer. I wouldn't mind at all if the brewery brought this back on a year round or seasonal basis. It's a solid lager and makes a fine session beer. Along with the 100th anniversary beer they did (dopplebock), Kosmos helps make 2009 a very good year for the folks at Shiner.

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Photo of aeminter
4.08/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Fizzy and yellow...ok pale gold, weak lacing, initial head is about 1 cm, but quickly falls to a very thin persistent film

S - Pleasant slightly sweet aroma, some hops but not remotely overpowering

T - Very mild, hop flavors and bitterness is hardly noticeable, slightly sweet...especially the aftertaste

M - Med-high carbonation, medium body

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.06/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Roanoke College branded American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a very large, slightly tan head. The head dissipates slowly and gets fluffier, leaving behind a lot of lace around the glass.

Smell: They say on the bottle that it's been dry-hopped, and it sure smells like it. Floral and nutty hop notes all around. Although, the aroma is weaker than one might expect, but this seems to be a common issue with Shiner beers.

Taste: Tarts off a bit toasty with notes of sweetness, and finishes with a good butteriness and a balanced hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, with only a bit of carbonation. Seems to stick on the palate.

Drinkability: Possibly the best balanced beer that I have had from Shiner and overall a pleasure to drink. It's not quite hoppy enough for hardcore hopheads, but is still enjoyable for your average beer advocate. Also might be a good gateway into hoppier beers. Would definitely have this again.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of frothy white head which settles out into a creamy continuous coating across the top, leaving thick patches of lace on the sides. The color is a pale ruddy golden with carbonation on the high side of moderate.

I get a definite aroma of floral hops, with a distinct light fruitiness in both the aroma and flavor. Light sweetness with clover-like qualities combine with bready malts, spiciness, and just a touch of bitterness on the tongue. Spicy, flower-sweet, and crisp on the finish. Just a touch of lingering bitterness slightly reminiscent of citrus, and maybe just a little dark fruit in the aftertaste.

I'm quickly becoming a fan of this brewery. This beer is light and refreshing but with some definite hop aroma-flavors, and quite unique compared to most American lagers. At a stretch, I would compare it favorably to Grainbelt Premium (which I've not had in awhile)- another lager beer with some hops in it, as I recall. I had tried some Shiner before in Wyoming and thought it tasted either weird (this particular beer) or a little blah (everything else). Perhaps it sat around too long (lots of Bud and Coors drinkers down there).

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Photo of marzenfannm
4.05/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly tasty and refreshing beer. Nice malty aroma. Malty on the palette with a crisp finish, Smooth, malty flavor. Pours a pretty light amber with a substantial head of foam ... nice lacing as the head subsides. It was hard to know what to expect from reading the description on the bottle, although it was interesting reading a little bit of Shiner Brewery lore.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.03/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

From a Shiner sampler.

Looks nice. Golden with a hint of amber. Very clear.

Smells like beer. Bit hops in there too.

Taste good. Finish is a little on the dry side, not too dry however.

Smooth. Not seltzery.

Goes down easy. Could drink a 12 pack with ease.

This is a beer without pretense. It taste good, looks nice in a glass and is easy to drink. Too bad they don't release this in cases. Should be there flagship beer. Much better than Shiner bock.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #23
Served On: 7/30/2011
Glassware: (Hershey Bears) Pint Glass

This one was in a Shiner family mixed 6-pack I stumbled across in a liquor store down in Urbana Maryland.

Look: Poured a clear light yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Head was a thin white coating.

Smell: The aroma had a spicy lager character to it. There was a sourness, maybe from a certain hop they used? Not a bad smell, just nothing too special.

Taste: Taste had a sour fruity note upfront, followed by some bready malts and a spicy lager quality. The finish was rough on the tongue from carbonation. Aftertaste was of dark fruits and that typical lager dryness. I could have almost mistaken this for an Altbier with the dark fruit and spice qualities. The palate is very similar to what I got with the Long Trail Double Bag.

Overall I really like this one from Shiner. This brewery was one that helped me discover the word of fine beer, so naturally I have always been somewhat partial to their offerings.

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Photo of raznug
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Kosmos pours a crystal clear deep orange color and is topped with a ½” of white head that dissipate very fast.
Smell: The hops play the main part of this beer but the malt has a very close back up role that makes for a tasty blend.
Taste: The hops and malt blend together nicely to make a very tasty lager that is one of the tastiest beer Shiner brews.
Mouthfeel: Kosmos is medium bodied and just an all around good beer that makes me love this brew.

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Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, rich golden body with a bit of an orange tint and a thin foam cap of head. For the style it looked fantastic and very inviting. Scents of bready and sweet malt with a medium-low level of floral and herbal hop aromas. A simple, appealing, classic American Lager aroma profile. Very nice. Flavor begins with medium-low sweetness with a nice honey-like character that carries throughout the sip. This is quickly joined by a nice medium-low level of floral hop flavors with medium-low bitterness. In the middle there is a nice mingling of floral and herbal hop flavors mingling with a low level of malt sweetness and slight grainy flavors. Finish is medium-dry with strong floral and herbal hop notes imparting a pleasant medium-low bitterness. Aftertaste is floral and herbal hops and grainy malt. A good, simple, clean, crisp, modestly hopped flavor profile that is refreshing and a good example of an American Lager. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a slightly drying feel and an unfortunately low level of carbonation. It feels fairly good, but more carbonation would be nice. Overall this is a fairly good American Lager. It is pleasantly dry and floral in taste, with a nice floral and malty aroma. The mouthfeel could use a little work, but otherwise this is a solid example of an American classic.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Shiner Family Reunion will end for me once this review is finished. I am really glad that I picked up this mixed-six pack while in DC and I would encourage others to try it.

From the bottle: "The original brewmaster of Shiner Kosmos Spoetzl [pictured]"; "This aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all."; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "Prosit! to the original brewmaster of Shiner"; "The original brewmaster of Shiner Kosmos Spoetzel knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos' mastry of German brewing carried him as far as Egypt before he found his way to the small Texas town of Shiner. Our proud brewery still carries his name and commitment to excellence in brewing, This full-flavored, hop-jacked lager is every bit as unique as the man himslef and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. Prosit!"; "There's nothing finer!"

I am unsure of how Kosmos might have felt about twist-off caps, but I am not a fan. There is no Pop!, no nothing until the pour, in this case resulting in a foamy, soapy finger of eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous deep-gold with NE-quality clarity that would have made both Midas and Croesus sit up and take notice. Speaking of taking notice, the presence of earthy, grassy Noble hops really stood out on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hop presence up front, underlain by a light malty sweetness. It was very clean and totally refreshing, especially for a lager. Finish was semi-dry and the hops really held their own throughout. I would drink this more often a) as an alternative to Pilseners and b) if it were sold in its own six-pack, instead of being lumped in with the Family.

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Photo of Soilworker
3.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale gold with about a half finger thick white head with moderate head retention.

S: Bready malts and grassy hops with a slightl hint of ripe banana peel with an almost artificial like quality to it (almost like a banana Runt candy).

T: Similar to the nose by being dominated by a well balanced bready malt character and grassy hops. The combination seems to come off a bit sour. As mentioned before there is nothing terribly exciting going on here.

M: Crisp and refreshing. A little on the watery side but I think thats acceptable for the style.

D: A very easy drinker. Not really sure what the ABV is on this (apparently a secret, not sure why they wouldn't put this SOMEWHERE on the label). Goes down smooth and I don't detect any off flavors that make this once unpleasant to drink.

Notes: I think this would be one of the beers that people might knock down just because its easily accessible and a basic lager. I think they hit on the intended style quite well: it has more complexity than an adjunct lager, which I like, and is quite refreshing. A decent lager in my opinion.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Golden hue, great clarity, nice finger of white head that dropped and disappeared without lacing.

S) Nice malty sweetness with a floral, peppery hop ribbon

T) Again, malty sweetness with a floral peppery hop ribbon! Firsh blush is a bit of seltzer water but mellows out to show a toasted malt base with a noble hop edge. Label mentions dry hopping, which I think adds to the complexity here.

M) It's a pale lager, it's light bodied but not weak, carbonated without getting too fizzy.

D) Easy drinking session beer, if you could get it as a session beer without the family pack (one of 6 different beers). I expect to see this as a stand alone sixer at some point, but this isn't going to stand out much from the Macro crowd.

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Photo of mistascott007
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Coppery gold. Very mild head. Looks refreshing in pint glass.

Smell: Indistinct. Mild fruitiness. Sweet smell but not overpowering. Malty.

Taste: Heavy on hops. It almost tastes like a pale ale. Some soft fruity flavors. Nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, stings a bit but a smooth finish once it leaves the palette.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Makes me want another sip. I typically prefer dark beers but I like this.

Overall: I like this beer. It doesn't seem like much at first, but it grows on you.

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Photo of Fnord
3.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear, light amber with a small but persistent off-white head.

Smell - Grassy and piney hops, some caramel malts, a bit of citrus.

Taste - A very crisp beginning, with some grass and sweet malts in the middle. There's a long but pleasant aftertaste of bittering hops and pale malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium body (for a lager), high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability, especially when it's hot.

Notes - While not my favorite lager of all time, the dry-hopping definitely lends it its own unique aspects, so it's worth trying. I really wish they sold this by itself, though. Otherwise, it would have been a unique and interesting summer beer worthy of buying again. I don't want to buy another sampler for a single Kosmos Reserve, though.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Bubbly see-thru gold with a 2-finger head that settles down into a denser skim. Good retention and lazy streaks of lacing.

The pleasant yeasty and grainy nose gives little more than a hint of the hoppiness to follow. In fact, there's quite a bit of lemony and grassy hop character. The vigorous carbonation seems to enhance a nice sting of bitterness. A slight hint of citrus juiciness at the swallow, then a clean grainy finish.

There are plenty of uninspired choices in this style, but Kosmos is not one of them. A good choice on a hot day.

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Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good basic pale lager and a lot more characterful than the flagship Shiner Bock, which to me so far is one of their least impressive beers.

Dark gold, it has medium white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is strong, nice pale lager aroma with lots of apple, grain, grass, some herb.

Taste is nice full pale lager character -toastier grain/bread than the norm, sweet breadiness with some honey & apple, nice grassy-slightly herbal hop zing with a little bitterness; good body and full, well-rounded character with creamy feel a bit lively, not at all watery.

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Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.