Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 855
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 159 | 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 Ike_Potter
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color, very little head that didn't hold long. Faint aroma, not giving me much.
Taste is hoppy but light, pretty refreshing and overall good mouthfeel and finish.
You could drink a lot of this.
Not overly hoppy but could be a good intro to hops to a person who isn't ready for the IPAs and IPLs but still wants some hops flavor. (340 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Deep amber color and clear with a medium sized white head. Definitely has that clean lager look to it. Biscuit malt aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Claims to be a "hopjacked" lager but it only clocks in at 18 IBU. Clean, malty flavor that reminded me of a German lager in ways. Medium bodied and drinkable. To be honest, I was expecting worse, but this one's ok in my book. (390 characters)

Photo of DeeZee83
4.39/5  rDev +31.8%
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... (165 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have not been woo'd by Shiner, or any TX beer yet.

A - Pours clear, golden amber color with large white head of esp bubbly foam. Dotty lace.

S -Mild aroma, malty and floral, with a bit of chemical noise.

T - Follows smell with more bready malt, lots of grain, & sweet caramel. A bit of bitter bite, but would like more colors and finish. Again that slight metallic back drop lowers the score.

M - Lean, sharp and smooth. Light bodied lager with a drying finish.

O - Worth a try - interesting history - feels grainy and mass compared with its betters. (559 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/5...pours brilliant gold. Layer of white foam on top. Straw malt nose. Clean crisp malt taste. Very tiny hop bitter buried below. Simple and straightforward but good enough. It is what it is. (193 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A barely hazy golden amber colored lager with fizzy, long-lasting, film-forming, lemon-white cap. Smells floral, citrusy, piney from the hops, a little bready, and faintly estery. Taste is pilsner- or helles-like from the malt/hops ratio. Biscuits or crackers, as well as caramel. Hop bitterness and even spice (combining for a lemon/orange zest character) is there from start to finish, but stronger hop fruitiness not really present on palate. A little less sweet than other "IPLs"/Hoppy Lagers I've encountered. Crisp, refreshing and well-carbonated throughout. Could stand to be a tad smoother, though, but I guess that's the price paid for that many bubbles! Medium-bodied. Would drink again, especially on a hot day. (722 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear medium amber with a white frothy head. The aroma was somewhat mild with a wet cardboard adjunct odor, a mild hint of floral hops and a light touch of sweet malts. I find this to be a smooth crisp brew with a slight caramel malty taste and a decent hoppy finish. Definitely a well balanced Lager and would be a great brew for a nice spring day...
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Photo of predikit
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow, leaves no head or lacing on the glass.

Smells minorly of hops.

A weak malt character with a slight hop one, this flavor profile leaves a lot to be desired.

Light bodied, thin, leaves as slight oily residue in the mouth.

Don't think I would want to ever drink this again. (296 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into schooner glass.

Appearance: a 2" sudsy off white head falls moderately with some decent lacing remaining. Color is a clear deep golden with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: fairly mild, just some light bread crust and a bit of sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and crisp with a mild, easy finish.

Flavor: toasted bread, some caramel and raisin, a decent hop bite in the finish and lingering in the swallow.

Overall: very good but not outstanding. Somewhat reminds me of Shiner Oktoberfest but with less flavor. (556 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Gold, clear, pilsner looking. Average head with pretty nice lacing. Aroma is malty with a hint of light hops, citrus. This beer is malt forward, barely, with the hops coming out and making a nice showing. The balance is nice on this one and the finish is clean !! (263 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprisingly good. It's a hopped up lager. I was surprised at how good it tasted and how easily it drank. Clean , no off flavors or scents. Looks a little hazy and thin head with hardly any retention. Slight orange tint to the body. First sniff shows plenty of hops. I thought it might be a pale ale. On my first sip I was pleasanty surprised to find all crisp bready lager. Cracker and a hint of caramel underneath to balance with those extreme hops. Bit of a watery finish even though the mouthfeel is medium. These hops did not add bitterness to this drink. Just aroma and flavor. This brewer did the hoppy lager very successfully in my opinion. Better than many. (690 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - golden with exceptional clarity and a nice frothy off-white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam
S - grain, spicy & grassy hops
T - grassy hops pair with grain, faint caramel, mild grassy and spicy hops; nice overall balance
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - not bad. I prefer it over the Premium beer and the Czech Pilsner that were also in the mixed pack, but I wouldn't buy this in the future. (567 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a pilsner yellow amber. Forms one finger of head that dissipates down to a steady half finger, has nice whispy lacing.
S - Sweetness, hops, has a kind of IPA aroma to it, perhaps caramel in the background and some citrus.
T - Mild alcohol and sweetness, tastes like 1 part IPA and 3 parts pilsner, basically an INCREDIBLY light IPA taste, not too in depth in flavor, but definitely easy drinking, thirst quenching and quite sessionable.
O - A decent beer.
V - I have to give it a horrible rating for value as, this beer is a special reserve item and as such you can nowadays only find this in the Shiner family variety pack, and you only get one when you buy it. Worth a try though. (696 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Standard pour into a flute yielded a one-finger white head that fell quickly to a thin layer and left light lacing on the glass. Beer is a clear copper color.

Aroma is sweet and biscuit-y, not a huge hop presence on the nose, but quite pleasant.

Flavor is much as promised by the aroma- sweet, bread-y malts and light dried-fruit notes. Despite the label claiming this beer is "hop-jacked", the hop presence here is muted, though discernible (this seems to be a common trait to all the Spoetzl beers I've tried so far.) The finish is crisp and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is light, very easy drinking, especially with its manageable 5% ABV. Carbonation is moderate.

A solid american lager. There's nothing amazingly awesome here, but it doesn't do anything particularly wrong, either. This would be a good beer on a hot summer day, or as way to introduce all-malt craft brews to someone more used to the standard American macro. (935 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%

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! (1,534 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -9.9%

A pleasant but average beer that is clean and has a bunch of biscuit taste. I would not turn this one down, but I would not go out of my way for it either. (156 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours a mild brown/blonde with one-finger head into my glass. I see that it appears to be a retro take on the Shiner brand.

Sweet with caramel on the nose. Label says "hop-jacked" but I cannot discern hops here.

Lots of malt upfront. It's grainy, lightly sweet and does give way to a touch of hops. Otherwise, pretty average.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Is it a Shiner trademark, this near-cloying sweet finish?

I'll pass. (423 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, pilsner, lager yeast, and grassy notes.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness. A bit sweeter than one would like.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little sweet, refreshing, crisp, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad pale lager. Reminds me more of a bock than a lager. (554 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 12, 2014.

The pour is yellow to golden-yellow with a fizzy, short lasting white head.

It has a pilsener characteristic on the nose with grainy malts and clean, grassy hops.

The body is light or a little better.

The taste is cleanly balanced grainy malt flavor with a mildly bitter and clean hop finish. Not a lot of lingering but it is semi-dry, (395 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of utz
2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer poured a nice medium amber, clear with no sediment.

S: This beer has a very pleasant smell, lightness and earthy

T: completely jacked up with hops, distastefully so. I couldn't taste any notes over the insane amount of hops.

O: I did not enjoy this beer, Way too much hops that takes over any flavour profile that may be present, distracting. Will not be purchasing again. (388 characters)

Photo of mirth23
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Tan, with molasses hints. Clear.

Smell: Sweet malty notes, but not overpowering.

Taste: This is a hoppy lager, but if I hadn't known that I would have sworn that it was a brown ale with a bit of zest.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but the end rounds out nicely.

Overall: Enjoyable and very drinkable. (309 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with huge frothy white head that slowly recedes. Aromas of earthy mineral water atop grainy sweet bread. Light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is a bit malty sweet with a light earthy fruitiness. Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. So far I liked this on the most from the mixed 12 pack I got. Its a decent lager, not horribly complex or continental inspired, but drinkable just the same. (435 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
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). (1,227 characters)

Photo of JosefBerger
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance (3.00) : Golden yellow body with a lightly carbonated and thin head. Seems fine and fitting.

Smell (3.25) : Oaky, wheaty, grains, and almost smoky smelling to me.

Taste (3.50) : Starts off very hoppy and bitter but is quickly preceded by a darker wheat flavor. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Hops leave a bright flavor/feel on my palate, not overly carbonated - just about right.

Overall (3.25): Very drinkable, I would not mind drinking this with my dinner or with friends - and at the end of the day that's what matters right? (547 characters)

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Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.