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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 857
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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Reviews: 239 | Hads: 857
Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 5/7/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 10 ounce glass boot from Frankenmuth, Michigan Barvarian Inn.

P ours a light copper-amber in color with close a finger white head that settles down to the top and sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of malts with some wheat. The taste is actually better with some good flavor of the malt with a hint of sweetness that finishes slightly tangy from the hops. Different but very drinkable. (514 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one as part of a mixed six from Shiner. Typical of most of the Shiner beers, decent looking beer with okay at best smell. But rather tasty, enjoyed the beer and would certainly drink it again but do not think that I would purchase unless the cost were low. (265 characters)

Photo of marzenfannm
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden orange pour with a minimal white head and light carbonation. Aroma is mainly grain and toast. Medium bodied with lots of grain and malt flavors upfront but there is a nice hop presence on the back end leading to a slightly bitter finish. (250 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (598 characters)

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 mfnmbvp
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
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 (1,137 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of BeerNewbs
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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 (385 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 cyclonece09
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Weston19
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of beerdiablo
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of stprather
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width carbonated head. Head retention and lacing are decent. Does have more of a tropical fruit aroma with that stale lager undertone. Very bready. Does have a tropical fruit taste with a little bit of a hoppy edge at the end. Light bodied with high carbonation. Not a bad beer but not great. Just not a big lager fan. Very few make the cut for me. (396 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,457 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -9%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (634 characters)

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