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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 3
Gots: 74 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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

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

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

blinx64, Nov 23, 2011
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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
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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
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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
Photo of ElCommodoro
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -8.1%
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
Photo of Bung
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
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
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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
Photo of Crossmd
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of aval89
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Photo of DCon
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
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
Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +7.8%
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
Photo of 2xHops
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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
Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
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
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.