Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 855
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 160 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (536 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: two finger frothy head on a clear copper body.

S: toasted caramel malts and mildly musty grains.

T: toasted but otherwise flavorless and bland, wet malts. graham cracker notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly bland beer overall for the term "special reserve". (291 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A pretty simple yet hoppy beer that draws comparisons to Extra Pale Ales.

The beer decants with a strong straw, lightly golden color. Lively carbonation brings an initially formitable head with fair retention that never fades completely.

Bolder hops arise from the glass than expeted from the Shiner brand. Somewhat earthy, piney, and herbally, the hop blend does also show light citrus. Malt flavor is light and borrows some caramels, cracker-like crispness, and clean grain flavor. No much ester depiction, nor yeastiness, sulfurs, or vegital notes, this lager based beer takes on the complexion of a very clean Pale Ale.

Body is creamy and moderate up front, largely due to the abundant carbonation. But as the C02 digresses, the beer's weakness and paleness shows. Bitter and clean well into the finish.

A nice but small beer within the same class as Summit's Extra Pale and Budweizer American Ale. Thanks Exiled! (922 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single from Fox River, $1.49 12oz. bottle.

Bright high clarity amber gold. Initial head was about a half inch in width, and dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Clean, bready pilsner malt, some honey graham sweetness and initially a vegetal hop note. Supposedly dry hopped according to the label, so wondering how old this is.

Dry pilsner malt, clean inoffensive malty flavors, little to no hop flavor or bitterness really. Sightly watery, with a dry finish. It's ok, but probably wouldn't pick it up again unless freshness was guaranteed. (538 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a good deal of bubbles from the carbonation. It had a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam.

S - It smelled malty and floral. Not much else.

T - It tasted of bready malt with sweet caramel. A very slight bitter bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay pale lager. Nothing I need to stock up on but worth a try because I appreciate Spoetzl Brewery. (464 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a clear medium golden with withalmost a creamy-like top with good carbonation.Aromas of toasty cereal grain and dryish cracker malt,the aromas are pretty light.Dryer flavors with a little smattering of leafy hops,a bit of sweet dough in the finish.No frills but not a bad lager beer,average to above average like many Shiner offerings. (356 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, bronze-colored head with a rather brief, white head.

Smell: A little breadiness to the nose with some sweetish hints to it, more so than come across in the taste. Vague spicy, grassy hop notes, less so than deliver in the taste.

Taste: Lightly grainy, faintly bready soda cracker-like maltiness with a small, very temporary taste of sweet caramel. Infinitesimal hint of white grape. A drop of lemon juice. Though this beer is apparently "hop-jacked", you'll get no more than a meager spiciness, a sparse grassiness, and some supporting bitterness. Quite clean and crisp at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Light on the tongue, but not quite watery.

Overall: Let's be honest for a change, it is Shiner, so roll in with simple low expectations, and you'll be treated to simple, clean lager with a bit of bitterness to it. (887 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Hey, you guys spelled "cosmos" wrong... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, sweet flowers, and a touch of grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with a bit more grass and a kiss of lemon peel in the background. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly watery feel, and a sorta/kinda almost-drying finish. Overall, a boring little lager, one that makes me wonder why this particular formula was the "reserve"... (551 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The story behind Shiner is interesting, and at least you get that on the label of the bottle!!!! I'm only kidding... there's a lot more to it than that.

It's a golden Euro lager, yes, but there's a nice malt character to it; and there's more malt to it than many. I'm not sure if I'd call it a Munich helles as it seems lighter in body and gravity, but maybe not... it's at least somewhere in the same vein.

It's also got some nice floral/grassy/spicy hops to it, but the malt seems to be the real emphasis. And with that said, it's at least nicely balanced with bitterness as well. It's rounded and smooth.

I'd originally thought of it as a kind of an American pre-prohibition beer, but it's really not bitter enough for that. It is, in fact, more of an original "imported" German-style lager. Take that as you will - and I'm sure some of you will think something along the lines of "Ahh, it's like Moosehead" - but it's actually got a little more depth of malt than that. So...

Overall...? Not a bad quencher. It's got enough character to interest you - as opposed to a mainstream American pale lager - and it goes down easy. Worth at least trying the next time you BBQ!!! (1,180 characters)

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

Acquired via trade from gramatton, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin white head that slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light caramelized malts, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and a thin malt character followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and tea. There's a very mild hops presence but enough to bring some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer, but there isn't much to it that would make me select it over many others. (869 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden/orange color, barely any head, not much for carbonation either. Taste has a light to medium body, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste reminds me of an Otter Creek Copper Ale, a bit of a metallic/spicy bite to it. Nice easy finish. Nothing breaking the boundaries here but a nice solid beer that makes for easy drinking. Give it a try, along with this 12 pack.. nothing blows you out of the water but not a bad one in the bunch and only $11.99. (490 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the amber side of golden, and looks nice in the glass. Reasonable head and decent carbonation. Light but full mouthfeel.

A tang of hops with the undertone of malt makes for a pleasant beery experience. Some malty sweetness. Barely a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Some tanginess, but just slightly acidic. A good spritziness on the tongue to the last pour. Just a little bitter, earthy, fruitiness to finish.

Definitely a better than average specimen of this often uninspiring category. Quite drinkable if not noteworthy. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at H and H Beverage in Abilene. (597 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Quick 6 in the iced cooler, poured chilled in a mug from the 12oz bottle.

A - 1/2 fingers of pale cap atop a light caramel colored lager w/ good clarity. The bead is fine, streams of small bubbles rise to the head which settles to a film

S - A sweet aroma like cereal w/ mild nuts and slight herbal notes from the hops w/ mild biscuit and bready aromas

M - A very light feel w/ moderate carbonation and semi-sweet texture w/ mild spice in the finish w/ light seltzery feel.

T - A light toasted malt flavor appears and recedes w/ very light spiciness from the hops. The flavors lead to a mild sweet biscuit note. A very bland flavor as it finishes, it seems thin

D - A basic lager w/ a bit more hopping flavor wise but doesn't make me want another-average drinkability (793 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent honey with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & grassyness, some perfumy notes

T: Cereal notes, slight honey notes & some grassyness up front. Crisp lemon as this warms along with grassyness & crackery notes. Finishes crisp with grainy notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced

Very drinkable take on the style. I could do a few of these on a hot Summer's Day... (459 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.26/5  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 (2,327 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin creamy head that thins, but sticks around. Some lacing sticks.

The aroma is light - some grain - not offensive, but not very aromatic. Nothing notable, though not "flawed".

The taste doesn't have much going on either. Clean and "inoffensive". Neither sweet nor bitter.

It has a crisp, light body. Carbonation is slightly aggressive.

A typical pale lager, IMO. Easy enough to drink as a "thirst quencher". Nothing "bad" about it, but nothing particularly unique either. (504 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a snifter.

A - decent looking, with a crystal clear, amber-copper colored body, and a small, short-lived head. Light carbonation is visible.

S - The nose is a rather weak malt with barely detectable hops.

T: Despite the claim to be an American Pale Lager, this is a mild lager, more like an amber than might be expected. It is a little hoppy but has a stronger malt component. Clean finish with a good, if momentary, mix of hops and malt.

M - Medium-light body; slightly dry finish.

O - Not bad, certainly, but rather pitiful and boring for something marketed as the special reserve beer of an established brewer. (645 characters)

Photo of mothman
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Kosmos Reserve

Pours ½ finger of white head. Color is a clear golden orange. Active carbonation in the glass.

Aroma: Orange citrus, pale malts, earthy hops. This one has a bit more flavors than the other Shiners I have had.

Taste: Orange citrus again, pale bready malts, grassy earthy hops with a slight floral bite.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry with a touch of bitterness. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, better than the first 2 shiners I had, but nothing really special. Guessing this one is a pale lager or something of the sort. Somewhat drinkable. (619 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow orange color with a white head. The aroma is sweet adjuncts with some earthy hops. The flavor is a mix of corn, wheat, grassy hops and grapes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible by any means, but not too good either. (259 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (1,750 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that falls to a spotty surface covering.

Smell: caramel is all you can detect by the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, a hint of fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this is a bready lager and it is not a beer you can quaff quickly. One was enough in a session. (441 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with a 1/4" of head. Very little retention. Smell is a mild pine hop aroma. Taste is grainy up front but with a nice pine hop bitterness in the finish. Taste like the smell is very mild. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still close to medium bodied; decent carbonation.

Overall, this beer is not very memorable, but it's a decent thirst quencher if you're looking for a simplistic, lighter beer. (420 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
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.. (424 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white head that falls fairly quickly, but has some foamy and somewhat retentive quality too it. Not unlike the blonde but a little less soapier. Body color is a very pale amber, almost hints of brown with mostly a dark gold aura. Clear, and some good noticeable slow crawling carbonation.

Nose is small bread, and some spice. Not bad quite good actually. Hints of toast possibly also, somehow I am thinking cinnamon on this strangely.

On the palate there is a quick hop flash, and good malt. Finish leaves a small lime and toast on the tongue. There's some good density here as the beer doesn't feel too wet. There's a bit of excessive gas though on the taste and a strangely prickliness feeling a little chemically.

Overall this is fairly decent, however I am just not really drawn to it. I could easily have more though so I have no real major complaints. (916 characters)

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