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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Ratings: 771
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.96%
Wants: 4
Gots: 87 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009)
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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.55/5  rDev -23.2%
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?"

WastingFreetime, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of TheBishopco
2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

TheBishopco, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of plasma
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

plasma, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of muddyh2oblues
4/5  rDev +20.5%

muddyh2oblues, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -9.6%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of beergoot
2.1/5  rDev -36.7%
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!

beergoot, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of rangerred
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

rangerred, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of danielisawinner
3/5  rDev -9.6%

danielisawinner, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

blakelive784, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Grebdioz
3/5  rDev -9.6%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +20.5%

justinm4bama, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of mull0263
3/5  rDev -9.6%

mull0263, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev -9.6%

zbooks, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Amp
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Amp, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of Jra1985
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jra1985, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of AJN136
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
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 771 ratings.