Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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BA SCORE
76
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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 152 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

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Photo of Deatherage
3.96/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clean taste and smooth finish. Please make more!

Photo of DeeZee83
4.39/5  rDev +32.6%
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...

Photo of TopherBreski
2.16/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale Amber color with a corn smell.

Photo of Act25
3.27/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible but not again.

Photo of sgoodwin
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.99/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another tasty beer from the Shiner company.

Photo of KajII
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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 WheelsPSU
1.94/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Tasted like a worse version of yuengling. The head was fluffy and it poured a weird gold. Mainly a bready lager that lacked much else

Photo of predikit
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of hophugger
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
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 !!

Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of CaverDave
4.33/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Outlier requires at least six words.

Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ain't nothin' finer than shiner

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Mrose78
2.12/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not the greatest beer. A little mushroomy. Probably would not do again.

Photo of m_hall
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +24.5%

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!

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -9.4%

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.

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

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Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.