Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
11-05-2012 07:31:07 | More by tjsdomer2
3.43/5 rDev +3.3%
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
Shiner Kosmos Reserve
10-30-2012 00:16:47 | More by Jadjunk
2.8/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
10-21-2012 19:39:58 | More by PorterLambic
3.4/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
10-18-2012 00:33:43 | More by Darkmagus82
4/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
09-22-2012 13:00:11 | More by raznug
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 707 ratings.