Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.26/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-14-2013 03:56:53 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.05/5 rDev -8.1%
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!
10-26-2009 18:25:50 | More by BEERchitect
3.23/5 rDev -2.7%
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".
06-30-2012 00:27:12 | More by kylehay2004
3.18/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
04-28-2011 19:52:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
06-29-2011 21:53:26 | More by oberon
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
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"...
11-12-2012 06:19:21 | More by TMoney2591
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
09-03-2011 22:15:49 | More by emerge077
3.45/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
02-12-2012 13:46:50 | More by zeff80
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
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!!!
06-16-2011 02:51:20 | More by NeroFiddled
3/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-30-2009 02:29:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.1/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
12-23-2010 00:59:51 | More by nickfl
3.8/5 rDev +14.5%
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...
05-06-2011 04:03:04 | More by russpowell
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
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
09-08-2009 14:16:18 | More by Slatetank
3.03/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
07-05-2010 04:06:37 | More by Mora2000
3.58/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-10-2012 23:41:42 | More by mactrail
3.18/5 rDev -4.2%
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.
06-13-2011 00:46:47 | More by jwc215
3.1/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
07-13-2012 19:08:13 | More by Gavage
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
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