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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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755 Ratings
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Ratings: 755
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009)
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5/5  rDev +50.6%

AJN136, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of match1112
2.78/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

match1112, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rebel1771
3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

rebel1771, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.88/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

JerzDevl2000, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of phattman073
3/5  rDev -9.6%

phattman073, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of DonDirkA
2/5  rDev -39.8%

DonDirkA, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of valkyre65
3/5  rDev -9.6%

valkyre65, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of PhatAtUT
4/5  rDev +20.5%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
4/5  rDev +20.5%

HaysAmerica, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -9.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +20.5%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of chapcat
4/5  rDev +20.5%

chapcat, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of whallgren
4/5  rDev +20.5%

whallgren, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of blinx64
4/5  rDev +20.5%

blinx64, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of KC9LDB
3/5  rDev -9.6%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Situation: Feeling good, so I will review a second...
Glassware: Standard pilsner...
Appearance: choppy, off-whitehead creates islands of thin head atop a copper-bronze body with little effervescence...
Aroma: having trouble smelling the hops promised by its label; malt is present...
Palate: balanced mouthfeel with an oily end to a medium-bodied intro...
Taste: the straight-up lager base that Shiner has perfected seems slightly amiss here, with the subtle fruitiness not distinguinshing tself among its fellow Shiners...
Overall: I began eating chips halfway through this tasting--it wasn't in search of a proper pairing--actually, not an indictment, but the word RESERVE usually is, well, reserved for a beer that stands out... and this does not...

dacrza1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

An off white head that falls fairly quickly, but has some foamy and somewhat retentive quality too it. Not unlike the blonde but a little less soapier. Body color is a very pale amber, almost hints of brown with mostly a dark gold aura. Clear, and some good noticeable slow crawling carbonation.

Nose is small bread, and some spice. Not bad quite good actually. Hints of toast possibly also, somehow I am thinking cinnamon on this strangely.

On the palate there is a quick hop flash, and good malt. Finish leaves a small lime and toast on the tongue. There's some good density here as the beer doesn't feel too wet. There's a bit of excessive gas though on the taste and a strangely prickliness feeling a little chemically.

Overall this is fairly decent, however I am just not really drawn to it. I could easily have more though so I have no real major complaints.

smakawhat, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of dehjosh
4/5  rDev +20.5%

dehjosh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a light golden color with a white head which quickly dissipates and leaves no type of lacing. The smells are of light malts and light hops. The feel is lighter. The taste is good for shiner, a little hop bite with some light bready malts.

DavidST, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +20.5%

randomdanger, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

wyatt, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a short lived, thin, white head. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit malt and perfume hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Some herbal hops and bready malt fill the mouth. Short, forgettable finish. This is nothing-special brew.

mikeg67, Nov 14, 2011
4/5  rDev +20.5%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a goblet.

Pours a clear, deep yellow color with a finger of foam. Aroma is a bit grainy, bready, with a hint of earthy hops.

First sip has a harsh bitter kick up front, quickly finishing dry and crisp. Lingering stale malt flavor. I like the crisp finish, but the beer itself is pretty unremarkable. While there is substantial hoppiness for the style, there isn't enough complexity with the malt flavors to give this a well rounded appeal.

All in all a pretty average beer. Nothing glaringingly wrong here, just not something I'd be excited to get again.

FickleBeast, Oct 29, 2011
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 755 ratings.