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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 67 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dull, very light brownish gold. Very transparent. It had no head, oddly. It smelled fruity with hop sharpness to it.
The first thing that hits me is its high carbonation, followed by a sharp bitterness, followed by a dull bread flavour. It's better than I was expecting considering that the packaging referred to it as being loaded with hops. It is certainly better than I remember it. This is one of the first beers I had that I considered hoppy. I hated it, saying that it tasted like a straight Christmas tree. But I guess my palate has become more tolerating of hop use. I still think that it should be used only in moderation and only to subtly balance sweetness in some beer styles, but its use in this brew doesn't really bother me much. I won't buy it again, but I am not repulsed by it. Still not really anything special about this beer. It's fairly lame all around.

ElCommodoro, Oct 17, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ap. Pale gold with a very nice size head.
sm. A blink of malt/caramel followed by corn/grain/beer.
ta. Bit of caramel, mostly grain, standard beer stuff with long bitter finish.
mf. nice carb and filling.
Dr. I keep forgetting it's American Pale Lager and want to say it's crappy stuff. But it's good for the style.

deaconoflove, Oct 13, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Clear gold pour, layer of white head. Doesn't last too long.

Aroma, light malt, grain, corn.

Taste, a little sweeter malt, corn puffs. Pretty standard stuff. Nothing really off.

Lively light body. Doesn't really coat or do much else. At least there's no alcohol.

A fine macro alternative.

Bung, Oct 05, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shiner Kosmos Reseve... 4.98% alcohol poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A- Smooth amber and gold fluid producing a mild off white head.

S- Metallic scents upfront with slight malty backbone.

T-M- Taste is a sweet and lightly malted watery mix. Nice and easy for the drink...

Overall a good beer with excellent potential.

wesbrownyeah, Oct 02, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 50 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass. No born on date.

Pours a lucid light-copper with a nicely retained two finger head and multiple columns of bubbles rising From the floor of the glass.

Smells of a clean malt, maybe a little bit of corn and the faintest hint of apple. Not much there.

Tastes of a round, pleasantly tasteful thin malt with just a hint of sweetness. Runs nicely down the middle of the tongue.

Refreshingly slick. Coats the mouth a little bit, dries down a little oily. Would have loved for this to have cleaned up a little bit.

As a hophead, I have to look at this a little bit from the position of the style more than my personal palate, but I think it does have a nice degree of flavor and roundness that make it worth while. Refreshing qualities to it, sessionable. Relatively well rounded.


Crossmd, Sep 08, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a bright golden orangish color.. 1.5 finger head.. settles to a thin film.. clarity with streaming carbonation..

s: musty apple with some spice hops. touch of pale malt sweetness to round it out..

t: pale malts right upfront.. middle of the tongue brings more of that mustiness.. some apple cider qualities.. backend has a quick but present spice hop bite.. very clean finish with some lingering sweet malt & some hops..

mf: light bodied with crisp carbonation.. very good for this style.. crisp clean finish leaves you wanting another sip..

o: im pretty impressed.. goes down easy & is flavorful for the style.. would choose this over any macro lager.

aval89, Sep 08, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled a 12 FL. OZ. bottle out of a Spoetzl Mix Pack I bought @ Shop N' Save in Valley Park, MO for $15.99. Poured from the Light Tan "Kosmos Reserve" bottle with no Freshness Date into a Samuel Adams Imperial Pint Glass.

Aroma- Very low malts, but is grainy and sweet on the nose. Has a hint of apple but very light and can barely tell.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head thats nice and frothy and has great retention. Has a pale straw color body with great clarity. Only a bit of lacing.

Flavor- Sweet, almost cider like with hint of apples. has no hops or bitterness, only grain and corn like tastes.

Mouthfeel- Light- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Easy and like an adjunct.

Overall Impression- Very refreshing, great for a first beer of the night and reminds me of an adjunct. Very smooth and easy. Would definitely recommend for beer pong.

DCon, Sep 07, 2011
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3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single from Fox River, $1.49 12oz. bottle.

Bright high clarity amber gold. Initial head was about a half inch in width, and dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Clean, bready pilsner malt, some honey graham sweetness and initially a vegetal hop note. Supposedly dry hopped according to the label, so wondering how old this is.

Dry pilsner malt, clean inoffensive malty flavors, little to no hop flavor or bitterness really. Sightly watery, with a dry finish. It's ok, but probably wouldn't pick it up again unless freshness was guaranteed.

emerge077, Sep 03, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

serving- pint glass
appearance- a nice dark gold
smell- sweet hops citrus
taste- a spicy hops
mouthfeel- medium carbonation and body
overall- I was finally able to pick this up from the family reunion 12 pack. I heard the story about this beer on the tour at shiner. this was a nice refreshing beer. I has a nice spice to it and is very drinkable. A very fine beer overall

kcopelan002, Aug 28, 2011
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up by buying a 12-pack "reunion" sampler.

The beer had dark gold color with little head forming. The taste was somewhat anticlimactic. It had a somewhat bland taste for something advertised as "hop-jacked." It certainly had more taste than other lagers, but it's not something I'd say is quite hoppy.

The mouthfeel is quite dry, but the aftertaste is what bothers me. For me, it feels like I'm drinking stale bread.

2xHops, Aug 23, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Shiner Family Reunion will end for me once this review is finished. I am really glad that I picked up this mixed-six pack while in DC and I would encourage others to try it.

From the bottle: "The original brewmaster of Shiner Kosmos Spoetzl [pictured]"; "This aromatic dry hopped lager is specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all."; "Every drop of Shiner beer is brewed in Shiner"; "Prosit! to the original brewmaster of Shiner"; "The original brewmaster of Shiner Kosmos Spoetzel knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos' mastry 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 himslef and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all. Prosit!"; "There's nothing finer!"

I am unsure of how Kosmos might have felt about twist-off caps, but I am not a fan. There is no Pop!, no nothing until the pour, in this case resulting in a foamy, soapy finger of eggshell-white head with moderate retention. Color was a gorgeous deep-gold with NE-quality clarity that would have made both Midas and Croesus sit up and take notice. Speaking of taking notice, the presence of earthy, grassy Noble hops really stood out on the nose. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hop presence up front, underlain by a light malty sweetness. It was very clean and totally refreshing, especially for a lager. Finish was semi-dry and the hops really held their own throughout. I would drink this more often a) as an alternative to Pilseners and b) if it were sold in its own six-pack, instead of being lumped in with the Family.

woodychandler, Aug 20, 2011
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2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw, lightly golden color. Lively carbonation brings an initially formitable head with fair retention that never fades completely.

Aromas begin with bolder hops than I expeted from the Shiner brand. Somewhat earthy, piney, and herbally; the hop blend does also show light citrus. Malt flavora are light with some light caramel, cracker-like crispness, and clean grain flavor. No much ester depiction, nor yeastiness, sulfurs, or vegital notes, this lager based beer takes on the complexion of a very clean Pale Ale.

The mouthfeel is creamy and moderate up front, largely due to the abundant carbonation. Body is medium with a bitter and clean well into the finish.

By far one of the better Shiner offerings I have had but that is not saying much. Spend the few extra bucks on a decent 6-pack because the flavor upgrade is well worth it. Much better 6-pack offerings in this $ range as well including Long Trail, Victory or even Sam Adams which mildly pains me to say.

claspada, Aug 15, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color with a 1/4" of head. Very little retention. Smell is a mild pine hop aroma. Taste is grainy up front but with a nice pine hop bitterness in the finish. Taste like the smell is very mild. Mouthfeel is a little thin but still close to medium bodied; decent carbonation.

Overall, this beer is not very memorable, but it's a decent thirst quencher if you're looking for a simplistic, lighter beer.

tdm168, Aug 10, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The variety 6 pack: I guess I will be writing 6 reviews tonight! This reserve is the first to crack. Very clear, slightly amber beer with a fizzy head. Looks nice.

Smells clean: some hops some malt. Definitely more hops that a typical lager.

Tastes hopped, but no where near the “hop-jacked” description on the bottle. This added some disappointment to the experience.

schmidtn, Aug 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #23
Served On: 7/30/2011
Glassware: (Hershey Bears) Pint Glass

This one was in a Shiner family mixed 6-pack I stumbled across in a liquor store down in Urbana Maryland.

Look: Poured a clear light yellow color with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. Head was a thin white coating.

Smell: The aroma had a spicy lager character to it. There was a sourness, maybe from a certain hop they used? Not a bad smell, just nothing too special.

Taste: Taste had a sour fruity note upfront, followed by some bready malts and a spicy lager quality. The finish was rough on the tongue from carbonation. Aftertaste was of dark fruits and that typical lager dryness. I could have almost mistaken this for an Altbier with the dark fruit and spice qualities. The palate is very similar to what I got with the Long Trail Double Bag.

Overall I really like this one from Shiner. This brewery was one that helped me discover the word of fine beer, so naturally I have always been somewhat partial to their offerings.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 31, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A: Apple-juice gold with a small white head that quickly dissipates. Active carbonation flowing to the head from the bottom of the glass.

S: Bready, barley, malt. Fruity, mostly a banana smell. Not an impressive smell to it.

T: I was surprised at the hops that came through in taste that were completely absent from the smell. The bready taste and barley can be sensed.

M: Good mouth coating, nice carbonation, and a good bitter hop finish.

cagocubs, Jul 27, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a thin and quickly vanishing cap. Aroma is pretty faint but does show a decent effort in the hops department. Flavor is very clean, maltier than hoppy but there is a presence from both. Sweetly malted, pale and Germanic in character. Hops are grassy, also of continental character, making this come off as maybe a light bock style. Very clean and drinkable with good body. Not bad, but in a crowded scene (nostalgic American "import" styles) doesn't stand out much.

BretSikkink, Jul 20, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper to amber color; loads of swirling carbonation and thick, white, fluffy head. The aroma is a good mix of malt and hops - bread and caramel with floral and citrus notes. Clean malt flavor - slightly toasty with citrus hops. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and could be a little more assertive. Definitely decent for the style - this is what the big American beers should be like.

goldbot, Jul 12, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint. Bubbly see-thru gold with a 2-finger head that settles down into a denser skim. Good retention and lazy streaks of lacing.

The pleasant yeasty and grainy nose gives little more than a hint of the hoppiness to follow. In fact, there's quite a bit of lemony and grassy hop character. The vigorous carbonation seems to enhance a nice sting of bitterness. A slight hint of citrus juiciness at the swallow, then a clean grainy finish.

There are plenty of uninspired choices in this style, but Kosmos is not one of them. A good choice on a hot day.

PDXHops, Jul 07, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a clear medium golden with withalmost a creamy-like top with good carbonation.Aromas of toasty cereal grain and dryish cracker malt,the aromas are pretty light.Dryer flavors with a little smattering of leafy hops,a bit of sweet dough in the finish.No frills but not a bad lager beer,average to above average like many Shiner offerings.

oberon, Jun 29, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Kosmos Reserve has a thin-to-medium, egg shell-colored head and a clear, copper appearance, with a good amount of bubbles streaming up and some lacing left behind. The aroma is of roasted barley and, surprisingly, of some slight citrus. Taste is of barley, and a decent hoppiness shows up here. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Kosmos Reserve finishes crisp, clean, and very refreshing. Overall, this is one of the better Shiner offerings. I recommend it!


RonaldTheriot, Jun 17, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The story behind Shiner is interesting, and at least you get that on the label of the bottle!!!! I'm only kidding... there's a lot more to it than that.

It's a golden Euro lager, yes, but there's a nice malt character to it; and there's more malt to it than many. I'm not sure if I'd call it a Munich helles as it seems lighter in body and gravity, but maybe not... it's at least somewhere in the same vein.

It's also got some nice floral/grassy/spicy hops to it, but the malt seems to be the real emphasis. And with that said, it's at least nicely balanced with bitterness as well. It's rounded and smooth.

I'd originally thought of it as a kind of an American pre-prohibition beer, but it's really not bitter enough for that. It is, in fact, more of an original "imported" German-style lager. Take that as you will - and I'm sure some of you will think something along the lines of "Ahh, it's like Moosehead" - but it's actually got a little more depth of malt than that. So...

Overall...? Not a bad quencher. It's got enough character to interest you - as opposed to a mainstream American pale lager - and it goes down easy. Worth at least trying the next time you BBQ!!!

NeroFiddled, Jun 16, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a thin creamy head that thins, but sticks around. Some lacing sticks.

The aroma is light - some grain - not offensive, but not very aromatic. Nothing notable, though not "flawed".

The taste doesn't have much going on either. Clean and "inoffensive". Neither sweet nor bitter.

It has a crisp, light body. Carbonation is slightly aggressive.

A typical pale lager, IMO. Easy enough to drink as a "thirst quencher". Nothing "bad" about it, but nothing particularly unique either.

jwc215, Jun 13, 2011
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
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