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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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604 Ratings
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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%


Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009)
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marzenfannm

New Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 01:50:54 | More by marzenfannm
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constantine_272

Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper golden color. Good carbonation and foam retention. Whitefish foam. Nice looking.

S: Wheat, grain, barley, light malt.

T: Smooth, cool, juicy and mellow. A little grain and sunflower seed. Bright and lively; Slightly sweet and slightly tangy on the finish. Also a longer floral finish of rose water and maybe a little nectarine and peach. Oh so slight on the fruit though.

M: Smooth and mellow. Thin and crisp feeling makes it really refreshing. Almost no dryness, for better or worse.

O: Better than I expected. Nice refreshing German beer. Would be a great hot weather beer or a camping beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:39:21 | More by constantine_272
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Redrover

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from the mixed Shiner 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a darker shade of gold with a decent off-white head.

It has a fresh aroma of grass, malts and some floral hops.

I liked the taste of this one. It is a touch grainy with a hit of caramel. It has a lightly sweet cracker taste with a bit of mild hop bite.

The mouth is decent and the beer would be easy to pair with all but the spiciest food.

I would keep this in my beer fridge if they sold it in 12 packs. I could rotate it with Schlitz and Old Style when I’m looking for a good, simple & decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 18:38:44 | More by Redrover
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink but nothing too memorable in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:56:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. Expectations are about average, given the brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden amber colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. About a finger and a half of soft white foam for a head. Maybe just a touch of sediment in there also.

S - The nose is virtually nonexistent. Some stale dusty apples, pilsner malt, amber malt, and some honeyed graham cracker. A pretty weak and pitiful smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: stale dusty apples, coiny metallics, dry grains, some white sugar, and amber malt. This beer definitely suffers from a poor depth of flavor.

M - Feel is quick and clean. Finishes malty with some sticky green apple lingering. Medium bodied with a tad too much carbonation.

Overall, I'm sad to say this is another less than mediocre offering from Spoetzl Brewery. Probably the worst beer I've tried from these guys yet. Bland, nearly flavorless, & definitely not hop forward at all. Not recommended.

Shiner Kosmos Reserve ---2.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:59:39 | More by mfnmbvp
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a deep golden color, with a light bubbly head.

Smell - Hoppy smell with a sweet maltyness to it.

Taste - A sweet hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - a decent drinking beer; a bit weak on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:32:40 | More by Captain_Komamura
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Family Reunion 6'er.. Pours clear golden with a short lasting white head with decent lacing.

Nose is grainy/bready.... almost soda bread combined with a lite grassy hoppiness.

Flavor is all about the cereal grains.. tons of malt/wheat/oats...etc... Balances okay with a lite hop profile.

Carbonation is pretty high... body is a little light.

Okay brew... gets worse as it warms up.. only okay.

3.25 from front to back.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 04:42:50 | More by JohnGalt1
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BeerNewbs

New York

2.14/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

While the majority of my experience with Shiner’s mixed 6-pack was lack-luster, the Kosmos Pale Lager was the epitome of bland. Long story short, its malty taste made it easy to drink, but it lacked any real depth or strong flavor profiles. It simply didn’t stand out.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 16:24:33 | More by BeerNewbs
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up a variety of shiner beers. poured into to a pilsner glass has a nice yellow color with a head that goes away quickly. grainy in a aroma with a bit of grassy notes. somewhat sweet in flavor. i would like to try this beer again during warmer weather, when it seems the style would probbly suit it better. this beer will probably not sway me from trying other beers from spoetzl

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 02:47:16 | More by Dodt
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kojevergas

Texas

2.24/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical label art and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Shiner mixed twelve-pack at an HEB Grocery here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Brewed with Czech Saaz hops, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Best before: 01/26/14.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed as an American Pale Lager per its identification on Spoetzl's wikipedia; their own site is crap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks appealing creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Has a rather generic floral hop presence. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. A kiss of crackery malts. Grainy. Some caramalt. Clean and simple.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A generally appealing aroma of average strength, with some surprising spiciness.

T: Body is primarily grainy, with some caramalt and crackery malts lending a bit more complexity. Pale malts and pilsner malts fill out the body. Has a generic floral hop character that doesn't do much for it. "Hop-jacked"? Nah. Painfully simple. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, the the hop notes are rather tame. Even the balance isn't all that great. A bland, boring lager overall.

Not gestalt. Zero depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light, weak, and thin. Not full-bodied. Overcarbonated. Artificial; even a touch syrupy. Somehow, it's also a bit watery at the same time. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well really at all.

Dr: A disappointing offering from Spoetzl. I do have to compliment them on their marketing; the whole "Reserve" shtick coupled with the clever "Hop-jacked" description will sucker many into buying it. At the end of the day, it's a bland lager that isn't worth trying. I definitely won't be getting it again, but I suppose it's drinkable enough.

High D

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:32:55 | More by kojevergas
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a orange straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cereal grain and corn, but not that strong. Tastes of sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated, definitely drinkable. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:29:31 | More by cyclonece09
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Offa

California

3.89/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:50:17 | More by Offa
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle with no date into pint glass

dull gold look, smell is bright candided apples and stinky wheat. taste is sweet and somewhat cloying. butterscotch and crotch are the main flavors.

like a "imperial" version of the shiner premium. better, but only slightly.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:54:04 | More by jimmah120
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Weston19

Illinois

2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, clear, moderate carbonation, pours with a finger sized head.

S: Malt, some caramel, didn't get much hops. The smell reminded me a little of the Boston Lager but without the hops and other more obvious smells that the Boston Lager has.

T: The taste on this was very different than the smell. You get a nice kick from the hops and the bitterness is very obvious on the initial taste and the after taste. You get some sweetness on the mid-palate but the flavor is definitely more hoppy than what I was expecting.

MF: The beer has a smooth and somewhat dry finish. The bitter mouthfeel at the end isn't very pleasing.

O: I was really surprised by this beer because of the taste. The nose had me expecting more of a malt flavor and instead gave me a bitter one. While I don't necessarily like bitter beers (like IPAs) I can appreciate hoppy beers such as Laguanitas or Arrogant Bastard because although they are bitter, the pack a lot of flavor that gives your palate a lot to work with. With this beer I felt there should have been more flavor and instead just got a mildly bitter beer with no real malt taste. I say this is an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 06:09:39 | More by Weston19
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beerdiablo

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The original Kosmos Reserve was a spicy Pilz and tasty; this version is not.
As a pale lager, it meets the standard but seemed a little "chalky" in the mouthfeel.
Only available in mixed six-pack, wouldn't recommend except for those looking to
have tasted the entire Spoetzl brewery portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 16:56:39 | More by beerdiablo
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stprather

Mississippi

2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance light amber, thin foamy head

Smell was fairly straightforward malty, I got a little oaky/oatmeally and grassy hint

Found this to be a smooth, easily drinkable beer for a hoppy lager, but overall no real depth of flavor.

Didn't enjoy as much as other Shiners, but good back-story and overall worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:24:52 | More by stprather
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plaid75

New York

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soft caramel with a grassy hop.

The flavor was very well balanced with round caramel malts and a clean herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with a dry finish.

Overall a tasty well balanced ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:37:36 | More by plaid75
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

2.89/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal-clear amber color. The head is one and a half fingers high, shaded white, and it doesn't feature the best retention or texturing. However, it does leave a minor ring of lacing on the glass.

S: There is a noticeable hoppiness to the aroma here - certainly nothing that would give Stone any fits, but enough to give me some hope. This helps provide a touch of citrus and pine. However, there's little else aside from a touch of mineral water.

T: I've been waiting for something from Shiner to give me anything in terms of hops, and this provides it, albeit in a light manner. Luckily, the slight citrusy/piny tones are welcome here. There's something else here I'm not a fan of - I can't put my finger on it, perhaps a metallic note on the back end - so I can't call this one 'great' by any stretch.

M: Sampling this Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack, I've notice several trends in all of their brews: most are fairly clean, crisp, and light, but also too sweet on the back end, partly due to a slight lack of carbonation. This doesn't suffer from the latter qualities like the others have, thankfully. It's a bit drier and more assertively carbonated.

O: I'm a little let down, because while it succeeds where other Shiner beers failed (such as providing something resembling hoppiness), I can't put my finger on why I'm not a huge fan of this - maybe it's not that fresh? Ah well. Tickers gonna tick, bro.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 21:12:06 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Billolick

New York

3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Shiner Assorted family reunion 12 pack box

Pours clear, dull medium almond amber, minor head, minor lace

Malty nose of no great interest.

American pale lager...yup....hmmm....not much going on here..just a hint of malt , next to no hops and basically very little of note to comment on here...kind of a nasty metalic after taste..best thing I can say is thankfully there were only two of each beer in the box..

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 22:19:08 | More by Billolick
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours when pulled out the family reunion mixed 6. Cool idea. Pours yellow and gold, looks like a lager, and it has about 1/2" of white head on it, small bubbles, not really something that leaves any lace.

Aroma was pretty neutral. A little bit of sweet malt.

Taste yields a marginal lager yeast profile. Undercarbonated for style. Is kinda plain, the hops don't stand out, but there's enough there to get the ibus into the mid 30s I would guess. The malt sweetness isn't heavy. Nothing is heavy about this beer.

This isn't a beer that is probably on anyones wants list. Its fairly non descript. I have no idea what makes this a special reserve beer, as it seems pedestrian. But the good news is no off flavors of any kind. There probably isn't anything too challenging for your average non beer geek person. I dunno, maybe someone's mom would find this to still be too bitter, as it isn't as watery and mild as a bud light.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 23:18:12 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gmann

New York

3.24/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear straw color with a fizzy pure white head that settles into a light ring. Very macro look.

The aroma is of grains, slightly bready with a subtle floral hop. A slightly bready macro with hint of hops.

The taste is quite grainy with just a subtle hint of toasted grain. The beer has an adjunct flavor, lightly metallic. Meh, all of the Shiner beers basically have the same flavor.

The feel is light and crisp due to the fizzy carbonation. Drinks well cold. Grainy sweet on the palate; I fear what this would be like warm. Finishes with a grainy astringency.

A slightly better macro but nothing worth purchasing.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 01:36:01 | More by Gmann
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kshizzle101

Washington

2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A - Clear straw in color, less than an inch of head which dissipates quickly.

S - smells of grains, faint malts, fruity hops

T - grains and hops come through with a malty backbone. slight fruitiness to it

M - light bodied, pretty heavily carbonated

Overall - you can skip this one, not unpleasant to drink but nothing special here. everything about this beer is average.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 02:06:59 | More by kshizzle101
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mjurney

Texas

4.19/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Taste:
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.

Overall:
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 23:24:10 | More by mjurney
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Florida Beer Co. tapered glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before making its way down to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a light patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing.

S- Crisp aroma of light cereal grain and even lighter vegetal-type hops.

T- Very neutral flavor of husky malt and maybe even some adjuncts like corn or rice. Smooth, almost too drinkable. Yep, this is a pale lager all right. Barely any alcohol taste.

M- Just enough body to keep it from being too thin and watery. Medium carbonation.

O- I'll say I've definitely had worse beers, but it's still nothing special. Not bad for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 01:20:02 | More by Immortale25
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beertunes

Washington

3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into 9oz pils glass. Poured a clean, clear golden-honey color with just a thin cap of white head that had no retention or lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, just some soft grains and very gentle, light hops. The flavor was equally nondescript, just a basic "beeriness".

The body was smooth, clean, and even. Drinkability was very good, you could easily have a pile of empties before ya knew it. Overall, an OK little brew, worth trying if you see it. Not worth hunting down.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 01:25:58 | More by beertunes
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Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.