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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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705 Ratings
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of videofrog


3.58/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a 12oz bottle from Shiner Family Reunion 6-pk into stange.

A: Poured a burnt orange color that was light orange around the edges. White head that dissipated quickly into a thin cap that left minimal lacing.

S: Like most Shiner brews, nothing too distinguished here. Cereal grains and grassy hops.

T: Cereal grains, biscuity malt, and grassy hops.

M: Medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.

O: Turned out to be a more balanced version of Shiner Blonde with the nice little hop bite that it provides. Wish this one came in a six pack, very sessionable.

05-26-2011 02:29:56 | More by videofrog
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: Golden, pours a good white head that dissipates fast, leaving decent lacing.

Smell: Mild hops, a little wet dog, some malt sweetness

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, mild hops, decent bitterness with some sweetness. Not a whole lot going on here, which isn't always a bad thing

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation

Overall: Not bad, but not the best. I'd probably buy more if it was at a Yuengling price, its good to mix things up. Otherwise, at this price it isn't worth it.

05-23-2011 23:56:56 | More by MadCat
Photo of Dope


2.8/5  rDev -15.7%

A: Darker than I expected for a "light lager". Decent amber color with a decent head and lacing.

S: Smell is pretty plain, faintly reminds me of grass.

T: Couldn't get around the taste. I thought Shiner Blonde (which is the same style as this beer) was 10x better. Whereas the Blonde is quite plain, at least it is nice and clean and crisp. This just tastes as bland and generic of a beer as any BMC product.

M: Not as thin as I was expecting, pretty medium bodied which probably hurt it more than it helped.

D: I couldn't get around the bland taste so I didn't find it very drinkable. It probably took me 30 minutes to finish the bottle.

05-19-2011 21:22:35 | More by Dope
Photo of SWMeyer4141


2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

3rd beer out of the shiner mixed six and I'm trying hard to enjoy them.

Appearance-Light copper with a 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Leaves very minimal lacing.

Smell-Slight biscuity notes and slight grassiness and malt. Standard Shiner beer, not much going on.

Taste-Light malty sweetness and a slight amount of grassiness. The more I drink this I get some slight hops and a white grape taste. All the flavors are not predominant but drinkable. Enough flavors going on that there won't be a drainpour.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied with tons of carbonation, alot of burping going on.

Overall-Drinkable, but wouldn't reccommend this beer. If you want an easy drinkable light beer with little flavor go for it, if not, pass on it and grab something else.

05-19-2011 04:53:29 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of grittybrews


3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

Poured a vividly clear orange-amber into a tulip with a thin film of white head. Like many Shiner beers, it was weak in the aroma department, just a little hint of grain.

Moderate carbonation and a slightly thin mouthfeel. Bready caramel up front followed by hints of lemon and gently grassy hops on the finish.

Drinkable and light; nothing too memorable.

05-09-2011 04:30:58 | More by grittybrews
Photo of russpowell


3.8/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours an effervescent honey with 2+ fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cereal notes & grassyness, some perfumy notes

T: Cereal notes, slight honey notes & some grassyness up front. Crisp lemon as this warms along with grassyness & crackery notes. Finishes crisp with grainy notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, firm carbonation, nicely balanced

Very drinkable take on the style. I could do a few of these on a hot Summer's Day...

05-06-2011 04:03:04 | More by russpowell
Photo of schoolboy


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Why make this beer? It is so average. Isn't everything else Shiner makes the same deal? Don't they have enough average pale beers?

There is nothing distinguishing about this. It isn't flawed excewpt that it has no taste. I would not buy it again. After trying most of a Shiner sampler, I would not buy anything from this brewery ever.

05-01-2011 20:13:37 | More by schoolboy
Photo of mattgreger


3.85/5  rDev +16%

First brew from a Family Reunion pack that I got from my brother-in-law.

This brew poured a great golden color. It had small white head, that fades to a cap, and really follows the brew most of the way down. Not very much lacing, but a pretty nice pour none the less.

The aroma on this brew is nice. It has a bit of a earthy, grassy aroma. It has a nice hops presence as well, but nothing that just pops at you.

This brew actually has a good balance. At teh front of the brew is a small malt taste, which goes into a nice hoppy finish. It has a little bit of that sweet, earthy flavor that fades to just a touch of bitterness. Nicely balanced.

For being a lager, this brew is a bit lighter then I expected. It has a nice solid carbonation that doesn't over due the brew. I enjoyed it very much. It has a nice simple bitterness that gives it a flavor.

This is a very drinkable brew. It would be great for a summer outing or a winter evening inside. It is great brew. I look forward to the other brews in this Family Reunion Pack.

04-30-2011 01:02:56 | More by mattgreger
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

Part of the Shiner mixed 12 pack. Pours a light golden/orange color, barely any head, not much for carbonation either. Taste has a light to medium body, nice mouthfeel to it. Taste reminds me of an Otter Creek Copper Ale, a bit of a metallic/spicy bite to it. Nice easy finish. Nothing breaking the boundaries here but a nice solid beer that makes for easy drinking. Give it a try, along with this 12 pack.. nothing blows you out of the water but not a bad one in the bunch and only $11.99.

04-29-2011 22:35:01 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.18/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, bronze-colored head with a rather brief, white head.

Smell: A little breadiness to the nose with some sweetish hints to it, more so than come across in the taste. Vague spicy, grassy hop notes, less so than deliver in the taste.

Taste: Lightly grainy, faintly bready soda cracker-like maltiness with a small, very temporary taste of sweet caramel. Infinitesimal hint of white grape. A drop of lemon juice. Though this beer is apparently "hop-jacked", you'll get no more than a meager spiciness, a sparse grassiness, and some supporting bitterness. Quite clean and crisp at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Light on the tongue, but not quite watery.

Overall: Let's be honest for a change, it is Shiner, so roll in with simple low expectations, and you'll be treated to simple, clean lager with a bit of bitterness to it.

04-28-2011 19:52:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Georgiabeer


3.18/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours golden with a fairly stable head that sticks around as a cap for quite a while and even leaves some lacing. Both the smell and taste have light notes of lager yeast and a nutty, rice like finish. There is a yeasty tang in the taste, and a rounded, slightly bready maltiness. The hops are almost nonexistent. Not terrible, and it even grows on me as I drink it, but it is awfully light and there is a late metallic tang I can't say I'm a fan of.

04-27-2011 03:22:08 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of brewemstrong


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

A: Pours a deep golden with little to no head and quite a bit of carbonation. A small film remains at the top of the beer but there is no lace.

S: There is a very good maltiness up front followed by mild hops. I was expecting more hopiness from the description on the bottle and would expect less bite now. Perhaps a bit of citrus and vanilla as well.

T: Fairly light taste and a bit grainy. Finish is quite dry although the hops don't seem to "carry" the beer as much as one would hope.

M: Highly carbonated with a dry finish and only a slight hint of citrus in the middle. Easy to drink but there isn't a full-bodied flavor.

O: Decent beer, but nothing stands out to me. Dry-hopped is a nice touch but the dryness isn't coupled by anything in the middle that would round out the taste.

04-22-2011 19:18:08 | More by brewemstrong
Photo of ixodus

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -18.7%

A: Pours a very clear gold with a small white head that dissipates immediately leaving a thin white ring of foam around the center that stays til' the last drop.

S: Smells like lots of beady malt, corn, and a little bit of citrus hops.

T: Light with Malt and corn upfront with a little bit of hop bitterness at the end. It starts up decent but then becomes very light at the end of the sip.

M: Smooth yet watery with a lot of prickly carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and probably quite refreshing on a hot day. Although I can't see myself buying this again or any of Spoetzl's other offerings, I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered. This beer came in the Family Six Pack.

04-11-2011 04:30:44 | More by ixodus
Photo of alphagnome


3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

A: A nice, rich gold color with a small white head that hangs around until the last sip. Lacing is present and it's incredibly carbonated. It actually reminded of a bubble tube, minus the floating plastic fish.

S: It's hoppy and pleasant. It has a very earthy aroma, albeit subtle.

T: Quite well balanced! It starts a bit malty with a nice hoppy finish. Somewhat sweet when it first touches your tongue and ends with a very subtle bitterness.

M: A lot lighter than expect and perhaps a tad bit creamy. Not nearly as carbonated as I was expecting considering the show it puts on.

D: Kosmos Reserve is incredibly easy to drink. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and think it would make a great companion while hanging round the grill this summer with a bunch of close friends.

04-11-2011 03:39:00 | More by alphagnome
Photo of atomicbeer

New Mexico

3.35/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a medium gold with a huge off-white head. Medium carbonation bubbles. Aroma is of canned corn, tin can, and earthy, grassy hops. Taste is way different than aroma! Malty backbone rides in a peppery-grassy hops finish and a soft dryish mouthfeel. A middle of the road anytime easy quaffer.

04-09-2011 22:53:41 | More by atomicbeer
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.1/5  rDev -6.6%

Poured thin with a weak head, gold amber. Not much aroma, somewhat like a light lager that shall remain nameless. Flavor was the only shining moment, but not by much. Light malt and straw flavors, small bitterness. Mouthfeel was flaccid. It amazes me that more than one of these beers is labeled some kind if "reserve." if it is that special to some dude named Kosmo, keep it.

04-09-2011 02:13:32 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of NuclearEra25


4.3/5  rDev +29.5%

Appearance, beer poured a light amber color, clear and clean look. White head that dissipated quickly however lace around the glass did not.

smell, was sweet and mild, slighly malty with some sweet hops

taste, very flavorful, alot of malt sweetness, very little bitterness, I notice some spices that wake up the senses...

mouthfeel, very smooth, lightly syrupy finish, medium carbonation..

overall, a very nice pale lager, well done by the folks at Shiner.

04-04-2011 20:45:45 | More by NuclearEra25
Photo of thatlongname


3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

Appearance: Nice golden/copper color. Thin head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks refreshing.

Smell: Grainy smell, nothing special really. Definitely not it's strong point.

Taste: Pretty malty but expected. Not as bitter as I thought it would be. There's also a late hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and real smooth. Light to medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable probably because of the smoothness. Easily could spend an afternoon drinking a 6 pack.

03-08-2011 20:52:57 | More by thatlongname
Photo of Keffa


3.6/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Unibroue Ephemere glass.

A: Pours a bright, clear, copper-tinged golden yellow, small eggshell white head settles into a very, very thin cap, and, surprisingly leaves some small spotty lacing.

S: This one might be a dud. A light sweetness, floral/citrusy notes, and then corn. And oh my, does it smell like corn. Almost as bad as some of the macros I have drank in the past.

T: Whoa! Who switched out my beer? Starts out very lightly sweet and cracker like malt, then switches into a slightly citrus and spicy hop bitterness that stays into the short finish, with the malt barely keeping up. Yeasty dough comes in short waves in the background. This is a Shiner?

M: Thin body, medium carbonation, and slick. A little more body and this one would be awesome.

D: Easy to drink, once you get past the aroma. Good flavor, nice level of bitterness and the short finish make it pretty tame.

This is Shiner? Really? This one is worthwhile, from a brewery that has made it's name making beer that is only a mere step away from swill. This is a quite good beer, and if I see it again, in 6 packs, I will buy more as a lawnmower beer.

02-23-2011 05:35:51 | More by Keffa
Photo of beeragent


3.83/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Shiner mason jar mug.

A - Pours a medium straw, forming a large white head that quickly faded. Very small spots of lace on the glass.

S - Very grainy aroma with a noticeable amount of grassy hop aroma throughout.

T - Pale malt, grassy hops, and a slightly grainy finish.

M - Thin bodied with average carbonation. Very smooth and clean.

D - Not a bad beer at all and highly sessionable. This reminds me alot of Shiner 101. Exactly what you would expect as a lager. I wish this came in a 6 pack as it would be great in the summer.

02-18-2011 08:17:57 | More by beeragent
Photo of FreshHawk


3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

A - Copper color and somewhat dark for the style. Average to slightly below average sized head of a light foamy white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin layer of lace.

S - Fairly hoppy for the style although not really all that hoppy. Slight lemony aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Strong pilsner/pale malt. Some grainy aroma and maybe a hint of herbal hops. Nothing great, just a slightly hoppy pale lager.

T - Slight grain and bready malt flavor is the strongest. Somewhat hoppy, at least for the style with a touch of grassy and even less herbal and tea flavors. A decent lemony flavor. Subtle mineral flavor as well.

M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp light feel.

D - Goes down easy, but I have no reason to want to drink more. Slightly hoppy for the style, but pretty bland overall.

Notes: Not horrible for the style, but not great either. Slightly hoppy and slightly bready malt. Nothing special just average or slightly above average beer for the style. Nothing I would come back to, even on a hot summer day there are other beers I'd rather have.

02-04-2011 09:09:46 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of TheHoppiest


3.15/5  rDev -5.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours an amber color, with a crisp white head and ample carbonation. Very attractive in a "stereotypical" looking beer fashion. Decent head retention as the beer is consumed.

Has a sweet malty smell, with a faint floral hop aroma.

Light, with corn sweetness up front, mild hops with little to no bitterness. Crisp flavor, with faint graininess.

Light mouthfeel, this is a little too sweet for me to find crisp and refreshing.

While I have not found any of the Shiner family reunion pack beers to be memorable, this one I could at least see drinking again. Faint praise, to be sure, but better than none at all. The sweetness gets to me after a while, and if you let this get too warm, it starts to get a slightly unpleasant bitter taste to it. So, serve it cold, drink it quick.

01-29-2011 02:45:04 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of Beerbluesbiology


3.88/5  rDev +16.9%

Pours a pale amber-orange body with a small head dwindling down to just some bubbles sitting on the body. Smells albeit not too strongly of bread, biscuit-y and sweet with just a hint of hops. Nice upfront hoppiness is balanced by caramel malt throughout the sip. Hops kick in at the end again resulting in a pleasurable taste. This is probably the best Shiner beer I've tasted. Really a nice lager with flavor which does not fade out like a couple of the other Shiner beers.

01-05-2011 23:03:59 | More by Beerbluesbiology
Photo of bluejacket74


3.65/5  rDev +9.9%

12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers included in Shiner's Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is toasted and bready malt, along with some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a nice herbal/spicy taste noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think it's a pretty decent brew, I enjoyed it.

12-29-2010 01:39:25 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Lemke10


4.33/5  rDev +30.4%

I bought a single bottle of this at Woodman's in Rockford, IL for about $1.30 in Winter 2010.

Another good find from Shiner. This Kosmos Reserve pours a golden amber color with good scent of wheat and malts. It has a very bold flavor of herbs but is surprisingly mellow. A very surprising taste for a pale lager.

12-28-2010 20:09:39 | More by Lemke10
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
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