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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%

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery 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 FDNYemt

New York

3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this beer to be very hoppy, so if you are a fan of ipa's then you will find this beer to be quite enjoyable. I always love the history of original brews and found this to be a nice light citrusy tasting beer. light but flavorable. The color was a little lighter than I care for but is easily overlooked when the beer hits your tounge. overall a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 23:22:43 | More by FDNYemt
Photo of shoeinc

3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer. I was told by a friend it was a great beer, buuut, it was just OK.
It had a good taste, not sweet or bitter. Not a heavy beer, lighter than I like. Really tame with the hops.

Appearance: Nice Golden color, No lace (boo)

PS, my first review...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:50:34 | More by shoeinc
Photo of BelgiumBill


3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured an attractive clear amber gold with a short canvas colored head that faded to a ring and island in my Sam Adams glass. Virtually no stickiness.

The smell was of sweet grainy malt perhaps with a bit of toffee or butterscotch.

On the flavors - the malt took a backseat to grains and some hoppiness biting in. There was not much depth or dimension to the flavors.

The mouthfeel was clean and quick with the hop bite.

Overall, easy drinking but lacks much flavor or character.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:02:20 | More by BelgiumBill
Photo of Lawl3ss


3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. "Best by" date 6.16.12 - indicates bottling date of 2.17.12 according to freshbeeronly.

Look- Pours a nice clear deep gold with two fingers of effervescent eggshell head that settles fairly quickly but never dissipates entirely. Leaves some very nice Brussels lacing as the glass empties. It's an interesting hue, and straddles the line between the lagers I'm familiar with and a light bock, without any hint of the bright "American lager" yellow I'm accustomed to.

Smell- Smells like Shiner, but perhaps a little cleaner. One-dimensional light toasted malt, akin to oyster crackers. Swirling brings out a very faint hint of hop spice and a stronger toasted/lightly burnt biscuit aroma.

Taste- Starts and finishes with a mild but noticeable cedary hop bite. Still decidedly malt-forward, spanning the white bread to light graham cracker spectrum. No off tastes and surprisingly flavorful for the style.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy for a light lager, relatively light carbonation. It's got some chew to it, but definitely remains on the "crisp and refreshing" side of things.

Overall- Quite nice, tasty for the style and refreshing. One of the better American lagers I've had, to be sure. Distinctly Spoetzl, I only wish their more available bock was on the same level. I'd definitely be willing to buy it again, but I'm pretty sure you can only get it in the assorted packs.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:20:42 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of GossageBrewery


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

Poured this American Pale Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a clear copper color, produced an average white head, nice retention and it leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma consists of malted grain and a suggestion of bittering hops. Medium in body, this Pale lager is crisp, clean and has a nice base of malted grain, sweet caramel, and some hops. The finish is semi dry and the aftertaste leaves you wanting to take another gulp. Overall it is only as exciting as an American Pale Lager can get but I would take this over one it's evil macro brewed breathern. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 23:53:33 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of acevenom


3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a finger length white head that dissipates quickly. There appears to be plenty of carbonation from the bubbles. The smell is of slightly sweet malt with some hop aroma. I could taste some of the malt flavor with the hops coming in at the end. It's very carbonated with a light body. There is some lacing left behind on the glass. Overall, I'd say this is a decent offering from Shiner. It's a standard lager that goes down decently well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:55:13 | More by acevenom
Photo of zeff80


3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 13:46:50 | More by zeff80
Photo of ronniebruner


3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First thing I noticed when I poured this beer was it is slightly darker than most other American lagers. It has an average amount of head and lace, an aroma thats a bit sweet with a little bit of hops. The beer is over carbonated but a bit bitter. Not a great beer, but a worthy effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:22:15 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent deep gold that is immediately recognizable as being darker than all macros. A steady stream of bubbles rises to the dense, thee finger, white head. Head is gone half way down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - A little bit of sweet malty notes upon opening the bottle, not much. A few grass notes come out in the glass.

T - A bit of alcohol upfront. The body strikes a good balance between light malt and grassy hop notes. Goes down clean with a slightly grassy finish.

M - Light bodied, yet thicker than any macro with moderate carbonation.

A remarkably unremarkable beer here: Nothing offensive or out of place, nothing memorable. Take your ordinary adjunct lager and remove the adjuncts and this what you get: one dimensional and no corn of cereal flavors. Goes down easy enough and makes for a superior alternative to the big three.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 07:39:28 | More by Bockrules
Photo of Kornoms


2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is an orange-yellow and relatively transparent. Fairly weak smelling, with a notable absence of hops (for a dry hopped beer). Tastes like a fairly standard lager with a bit of hops that come through near the end. Feels fine in the mouth- just an ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 01:41:34 | More by Kornoms
Photo of gtermi


3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber/copper body with a very thin head. The head never really develops.

S: Maybe I am crazy, but it smells just like a boring lager. It has the strong corn smell with a tiny bit of malt. It just doesnt smell good to me at all.

T: Corn and malt for the most part. There is a bit of caramel sweetness too. Actually a decent tasting beer.

M: There is a strong amount of carbonation in this beer, but its not bad at all. I think it would be better if it had a little less, but I can't really complain.

O: I really don't care much for Spoetzl Brewery beer, but this one is halfway decent. I still don't think it's good by any means, but for sure decent.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 07:12:09 | More by gtermi
Photo of LtCracker20


3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and bright golden yellow body with a good 2-finger white head that shows some very good retention. Almost champagne-like in the head's consistancy.

S- Pretty bready, and I can almost smell how carbonated this is (I know...)! Another yeasty aroma's there as well. Little spicy (black pepper) and grassy as well.

T- Very clean, as in no flavors overpower the others, but take turns on the palate. Some sweet maltiness, yeasty, and bready. The flavors are very quick; no linger at all. Would've liked them to stick around a little longer.

MF- You know, I'm actually very surprised at how well this feels. It's pretty damn creamy, while the carbonation level keeps it relatively on the lighter side.

O- After reading some of the reviews, I went in without expectations and came away pleasantly surprised. For the style, I am very impressed with this, let alone as "just beer" it's pretty good and could definately be an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:37:59 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, which is not at all what the bottle suggests. This is a good lager with a lot of lighter qualities.

Smells immediately of wheat and a little yeast and citrus. There is something tangy in there, as well.

Tastes way better than I had expected. I like it. I was expecting hops, but thankfully that isn't what I get. A little hay and tartness. It is clean and crisp with a light floral character at the end. There are some flavor similarities to an orange cream ale, even though that isn't at all what this beer is.

Clean feeling with the perfect amount of tingling.

Very pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:42:33 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of ABVerageJoe

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A medium-dark yellow. Honestly if it were side-by-side with a pint of urine I wouldn't trust myself to tell the difference visually. Slight white head which didn't leave much lacing. Looks like a lager.

S - Smells like not much of anything. A touch malty, but the lack of smell makes me think that it will be watery.

T - Plain lager flavor for the most part, a slight hint of hops, but not very flavorful.

M - Smooth and clean up front with a dry carbonation finish, a little bit of a bite on the back of the tongue and throat due to the dryness and carbonation combo. Little aftertaste/post-mouthfeel.

O - This beer is alright, but a bit bland. There is nothing that inspires me about this. It says on the bottle "hop-jacked lager" and it doesn't taste very hoppy. If it's not hoppy, I'm not hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:07:40 | More by ABVerageJoe
Photo of Cuttooth

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish-orange appearance, about average for a lager. Poured a one-finger head that disappeared really fast. Has a low profile smell of hops and maybe corn. Pretty good hop flavor, tastes similar to the smell. Really crisp and has great drinkability, you could definitely drink a lot of these.

Overall, this is a decent beer from the Shiner family six pack. Unoffensive is probably the best word to describe this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 00:48:57 | More by Cuttooth
Photo of bubseymour


3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - golden and clear with small 1 finger head

Smell - bready, malty...some adjunct smells

Taste - a crisp refreshing beer. Sort of pilsner like but missing the distinct noble hop flavors of a German/Czech beer. A slight sour/metallic flavor that is interesting.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - sessionable and decent lager

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:49:00 | More by bubseymour
Photo of y2jrock60


3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Yellow with a hint of orange. The head dissipates quickly.

S- Almost no aroma, there are hints of sweetness and a mild citrus hop.

T- Sweet with a nice citrus hop aftertaste. It's definitely more bitter than most macros.

M- Light-medium bodied with high carbonation.

D- Not bad for an American Pale Lager.

Better than I expected after pouring. This beer has a nice sweet citrus bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 04:25:57 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of WastingFreetime


2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A. Gold tinted yellow in color, transparent without murk or haze. No head is present, just a transitory burst of soda fizz.

S. Cooked vegetables (mostly corn) and wet hay on top of a very very very faint biscuit malt scent.

T. Gentle earthen-tinted diluted biscuit malt with an annoying metallic aftertaste that lasts for entirely way too long.

M. Carbonation is... slightly too soda-like for the style. It's entirely possible that the overly-fizzy nature of the carbonation combined with the lighter body is the culprit responsible for my lack of a significant head on presentation.

I don't understand why this beer is called "Reserve" when usually that signifies that the beer is the brewery's cream of the crop. In this case, the beer is entirely bland and forgettable, so why is it considered to be their "Reserve?"

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 21:40:15 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of DrDemento456


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

A - A clear yellow pee color, maybe a touch watery with a bit of head that quickly turns to a light lace ring.

S - Biscuit like malts, mild grass, and a touch of lager yeast.

T - Again bland but not very offensive. Mild touches of sweet biscuit malts and hops but faint and almost no existent.

M - Light and pretty flavor less. BMC lovers would enjoy this.

Overall aside from the blonde this is a very watery lager that isn't had to put down but not really flavorful to make me really enjoy my last two. Worst beer they ever made.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:11:00 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of beergoot


2.1/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark yellow and gold; lively carbonation; initial 1.5 finger head that quickly dropped to one finger, no lacing or rings.

Smell: Earthy, light malt, no noticeable hop aroma except for a very, very slight fruitiness.

Taste: pretty bland; a light roasted, biscuit-like flavor. Bitterness is pretty well hidden, too - didn't notice it until way after swallowing and it seemed mixed with some sort of metallic off-taste.

Mouthfeel: okay - light to medium body

Overall: can't find much difference between this 'hop jacked lager' compared to other main stream consumer beers like Budweiser or Miller High Life. Drinkable in a pinch, but not for someone looking for a more distinctive hoppy and/or malt flavored craft beer. Great example of a below average beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:29:33 | More by beergoot
Photo of rangerred


2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing.

Aroma is of stale grain and cooked vegetables. Maybe a little hint of lemon.

Flavor is honestly pretty weak. Some light graininess along with a slight vegetable taste. There is a distinct bitterness throughout but not as much malty flavor as I would have liked.

I feel like this beer just misses the mark. It is not terrible by any means but is simply boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 22:24:03 | More by rangerred
Photo of blakelive784


2.15/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a transparent golden/orange color. The head is 1.5 fingers and dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S - Pale malt, indistinct hops, stale adjunct and honey. Mild and uninteresting.

T - Cloying sweet pale malt, and an obtrusive bitter finish. Muddy simple, and not really very good. Poorly built. Entirely too simple.

M - Light and crisp. Probably ideal, for the style (if you can call it that).

D - It's drinkable and definitely sessionable, but really simple and boring. Don't waste your time.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 02:59:59 | More by blakelive784
Photo of match1112


2.78/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: light copper colored body, finger and a half of tan head, no lacing.

s: grains, grass, straw.

t: more grains with a slight off flavor on the end.

m: thin body with good carbonation, slight sour after taste.

o: just another average beer from this brewery. dont let the reserve fool you, there is nothing special about this beer. once again i feel this beer could use some hops to add body and character.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 14:38:50 | More by match1112
Photo of rebel1771


3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale yellow color with a white head that fades quickly.

S: Has the strong aroma of cooked corn with a grassy undertone.

T: Clean light malt flavor with a hint of sweetness.

O: Honestly this isn't a bad beer. This style gets such a bad rap from the macros that decent lagers like this one get lost in the shuffle.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:48:37 | More by rebel1771
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up at Buy-Rite in Jersey City a few weeks back without having to buy the whole mix pack that this came in. I thought that "Reserve" would be an indication that this would be a great beer but upon a few sips of this, it was apparent that this had the characteristics of a mass-market Lager. Nothing memorable here and it's a bit of a struggle to find out the unique characteristics of this beer.

The pour to this had a dark golden hue with practically no head or lacing to speak of. Not much of an aroma to this either and the taste was pretty malty - mostly bread, with some caramel, grass, and straw tossed in as well. The carbonation was light and the aftertaste of this was sour, but not in a good way. Because the body is too light, there wasn't any wheat or enough malt to compensate for that. This went down easily - too easily - but the aftertaste kept me from enjoying that could have been savored from this.

The alcohol in this is weak enough that this could be a session, but if given a chance, why not just enjoy the flagship beer from Spoetzl? My glass looked and smelled like I just washed it after I downed the contents and amazingly, that's the figurative memory that I will take from this beer. Shiner fans could do better than this offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 21:47:05 | More by JerzDevl2000
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