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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%

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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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Photo of TCMike


3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Produced a finger, and a half of white head. No lacing. The beer color is a translucent medium gold.

The aroma is of lager yeast, and biscuit.

The taste was the same, but with a lite sweetness. light mouth-feel, and medium carbonation.

Easy drinking. Not bad, but...just a notch above BMC, IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 21:54:03 | More by TCMike
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice looking, lightly orange to tan, clear, with a very nice head and lacing.

Aroma is kinda grapey and fruity, a little malty, not very hopping.

Taste isn't quite what I expected, despite the category I think it's pretty average in taste. Kinda sweet and grainy/corny with a little fruitiness but not enough hoppiness.

Body is light and drinkable, slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall it's ok but not one of spoetzl's best.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 21:13:32 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of mooseisloose


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twisting the top, smell is adjunct but grape like. On the pour its a maple syrup color with a foamy white head that holds then fades. On the taste the brew has notes of black licorice and cascades. This brew is an interesting combination of saaz hopping and a blonde malt, combined with a carbonation that is Tricky and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:02:14 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of TMoney2591


2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
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"...

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 06:19:21 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of mactrail


3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:41:42 | More by mactrail
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber-red with pretty good lacing and carbonation.

Smell: Bourbon and vanilla. Very malty. A tad herbal with a good deal of caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Mostly pine with a hint of bourbon and/or vanilla. Mouthfeel is crisp overall, but a tad watery in the finish, especially after it warms a bit.

Overall Drinkability: Definitely one of Shiner's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 07:31:07 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of Jadjunk


3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Available as part of the Family Reunion Mixed 6 and 12 packs, otherwise difficult (if not impossible) to come by. According to the label, "Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos' mastery 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 himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all."

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Shiner Pint glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) An aggressive pour yields a thick frothy head with a bit of crispness to it, receding gradually, the quality is a bit better than the average Shiner brew, although it doesn't stick around long enough still, and lacing is still nonexistent. Body color is a clear orange-amber with moderate relaxed carbonation. Not a terrible appearance, but there's still lots to be desired in the head quality, which brings the appearance to an average-at-best score. 3

(Smell) Clean pale lager malts, a touch of cider and lemon zest, and a faint breath of grassy hops makes for a simple and accessible aroma. Potency is medium, balance is pretty nice; there's certainly some grassy bitterness to match the malt base in this beer. Smells clean with a tart biscuity yeast profile. Aroma is pleasing, if not all too predictable for the style. 3.5

(Taste) A thin but substantial sweet malt foreground which intensifies when isolated in the finish, paired with a grassy hop pinch, providing some flavor and a touch of bitterness. Other subtleties include a mild citrusy lemon rind, faint caramel trace and a faint bready yeast dryness. Although none of these subtleties take the forefront, they compliment the flavor well, lending originality to a beer that is not just malt and water. Malt body is more prominent than the average lager and bitterness is moderate. Yeast leads a mild acidity with a clean finish. A decent flavor. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is of a medium tingly crispness with a faint acidic finish. Body is medium for the style, light overall. Alcohol presence is low/medium. A bit crisp and a slightly tart finish are two discrepancies in an otherwise decent mouthfeel. 3

(Overall) One of Shiner's better brews, although there are still key issues in the flavors here that prove all too reminiscent of other Shiner brews. While the flavor was accessible and drinkable and the aroma the same, the texture was a bit intense, and the acidity was harsher than usual, hindering drinkability somewhat. Certainly one of the better Shiner beers available, unfortunately available in small quantities. Expect something impressive for Shiner quality, but anticipate it to have its predictable flaws as well. 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Kosmos Reserve

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 00:16:47 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of PorterLambic


2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Part of the "Family Reunion" mixed six pack.
Aggressively poured into a 12 ounce hotel glass. The color of iced tea with a short-lived, off-white head. Closer in color to an amber than a pale.
Smell is caramel, malt, hops and a hint of grass. Decent balance at best.
Taste is malt, light caramel, hops and grass notes as well. The nose is actually stronger than the taste if you can believe that. Balance is biased to the malt.
Sharp effervescence, almost harsh in its presence. Medium bodied and pleasant after the harshness subsides. I suppose this would be a better received beer on a hot day but as I'm just watching football the weaknesses stand out a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 19:39:58 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a golden amber color with a two finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over about a 5 min time frame to leave a rather light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of sweet caramel as well as a good bready aroma. With these aromas is a lighter smell of a very light earthy nature.

Taste – The taste is bready and malty upfront. Some lighter sweetness is present up front as well. It is mainly caramel in taste and as the taste advances further it sweetens more toward the middle to the end. At the end a very light earthy and herbal flavor comes to the tongue with some of the caramel fading. In the end a rather crisp and biscuit flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the very average side in terms of its thickness and creaminess. It furthermore has a very average carbonation level. Both are fine for the style, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

Overall – Pretty easy drinking, but rather average for a lager. Alright and it is rather easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:33:43 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of raznug


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

Appearance: Kosmos pours a crystal clear deep orange color and is topped with a ½” of white head that dissipate very fast.
Smell: The hops play the main part of this beer but the malt has a very close back up role that makes for a tasty blend.
Taste: The hops and malt blend together nicely to make a very tasty lager that is one of the tastiest beer Shiner brews.
Mouthfeel: Kosmos is medium bodied and just an all around good beer that makes me love this brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 13:00:11 | More by raznug
Photo of Mdog


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, ok head.

Smell: Bready, hint of grass.

Taste: Caramel, toffee note. Fruitiness in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, moderate weight.

Last Spoetzl bottle in the mix pack, Kosmos is a pretty decent beer. Kind of reminds me of an English ale, but no tea bitterness, just caramel and fruit flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:31:21 | More by Mdog
Photo of tone77


3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, some caramel. Taster is malts, some hops, a bit of caramel ,good flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer, complex for this style.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 05:16:33 | More by tone77
Photo of tobelerone


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A decent if somewhat forgettable lager. Clear coppery gold color; decent white head that settles slowly. Patchy lacing remains. Mild aroma; some bready malt and a touch of somewhat fruity hops; light floral notes; grainy, cereal, pretty bland.

Flavor is also pretty nondescript. Certainly not bad but this is one of those beers that’s forgotten as soon as the bottle is done, I think. Cereal grains, light caramel malt, some moderate honey sweetness that dries up in the finish, subtle floral and grassy hop notes with restrained bitterness.

Medium-light body; crisp carbonation. Fairly clean drinking and moderately refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2012 22:19:42 | More by tobelerone
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 19:08:13 | More by Gavage
Photo of donmonkey1


3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a 1/2" white head. Excellent carbonation that's very inviting. The incredible carbonation is what keeps a head skimming across the top of the beer. Moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, taffy, caramel.

Taste: Sweet malt.

Overall: Not much taste. I really can't describe the taste well. I don't taste any hops which is unusual for a dry hopped beer. I'm dissapointed. I'm starting to wonder if this brewery has a single decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 20:54:25 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of depechemode1983


2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours out a clear copper color with an off-white head. Retention is moderate and there is just a bit of lacing. Carbonation seems low.

S - Pungent, bitter pine, bitter grapefuit. Corn meal.

T - Very sweet. Its actually a corn like sweetness. Kinda syrupy.

M - Medium bodied with almost no carbonation. Syrup like feel. eh.

O - Not as good as the first time I tried it. Again all I have is one bottle so no worries. Not a drain poor but almost.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 03:07:13 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of kylehay2004


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
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".

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:27:12 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of SickGnar


3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark golden & orangey & a touch tawny – not quite amber. Good-size slightly off-white cap of foam. Clear with lots of streams of small bubbles rising to the top. Head retains alright & leaves some good lace.

S: Hops are grassy, minty, and a bit spicy & herbal. But not all that strong or forward. Vague background grainy pils.

T: More firmly hoppy than the nose, but all on the bittering – character is actually less. Grainy, sort-of-pils base with some husk & a minimal light floral & honey-like sweetness. Not bad, but it's all base – grainy & husky malts with herbal hop bitterness.

M: Medium body with just the barest bit over-matched carbonation. Initially expansive & cushiony from CO2. Then the hop tannins texture blends into a drying finish.

D: It has flavor, but it falls into the adequate category. All low end, background, and base. It needs some higher and accent notes to liven it up. And have the middle rounded out more.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 09:21:39 | More by SickGnar
Photo of jsprain1


3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden, perfectly clear. Head is one finger and white. Retention is pretty poor.
S- The smell is light breadyness, a touch sweet, and a good bit of green apple and grassyness.
T- A bit duller on the tongue than on the nose. Crackery sweetness and a fairly assertive grassiness.
M- It's refreshing. Light body. Medium carbonation.
O- It's a decent pale lager that has some good flavor and is very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 23:10:34 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Beerevity

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

A - Light amber, very clear and bubbly.

S - Some malt and floral hops.

T - Tastes like a pale lager with slight hop additions. It could use more of everything, but the hops and caramelized malt bring a decent flavor.

M - Light-medium bodied, smooth with a good amount of carbonation.

O - Better than Shiner's flagship Bock and I could put a hurtin' on a six pack. Pretty sure Shiner accomplished what they set out to do with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:00:28 | More by Beerevity
Photo of BeerCon5


3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden-amber color with about 1/2 finger of off-white fluffy head.

The scent was of grains and sweet malt.

The taste was of sweet, toasted grains, some caramel malt, and notes of yeast.

Light bodied, crisp feel, moderate carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good flavorful beer. This would be good to drink on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 14:21:27 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 02:30:55 | More by chinchill
Photo of jmbranum


4.45/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought as part of the shiner "family reunion" six pack.

Nice bready malt aroma. Piurs a bright clear orange with a short white head and lots of lingering bubbles.

Flavor is very good, one of the best of an often mediocre style. Very balanced between malt sweetness and fresh crispness. Some hops but not too much. Just a little less than an american pale ale.

Medium mouthfeel.

I recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 15:43:23 | More by jmbranum
Photo of swoopdog


2.03/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank this with a snifter a Pilsner glass would have been better but I was expecting more hop character

A - It's defined as an American Pale Lager but if you see it poured you don't get any of those characteristics. It's a copper colored pour with zero carbonation and almost no head or lacing at all much like the Shiner Ruby Redbird.

S - The nose is a weak/sweet honey or some sort of wheat malt I tried swirling it and I got a bit more of the same but still very weak.

T - The taste is very mild and doesn't really have a recognizable characteristic at all it's just a bit hoppy but its like eating a piece of white bread and trying to describe the taste lots of confectionary yeast flavors but its all melds together and provides nothing unique in terms of flavor.

M - Very sharp and clean tasting with some effervescence and bite.

O - I do not like the style I think its boring and flat. If you like Budweiser I would say try this I am pretty indifferent to this and wont be seeking this out again. The problem here is with all of the awesome stuff being done in craft brewing why is Shiner trying to make an average tasting beer without any characteristics at all? I am not even remotely ready to give up on this brewery they just need to retire this stuff though its been done a million times before.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:39:54 | More by swoopdog
Photo of EagleTalon


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head and dark golden hue. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with honeysuckle notes. Flavor is a nice balance of malty and hoppy, with some nice hints of floral and spice. Mouthfeel light moderate co2. Good call for those who like the flavor of shiner beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 23:53:26 | More by EagleTalon
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.