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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 857
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 160 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.98% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

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Photo of utopiajane
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a surprisingly good. It's a hopped up lager. I was surprised at how good it tasted and how easily it drank. Clean , no off flavors or scents. Looks a little hazy and thin head with hardly any retention. Slight orange tint to the body. First sniff shows plenty of hops. I thought it might be a pale ale. On my first sip I was pleasanty surprised to find all crisp bready lager. Cracker and a hint of caramel underneath to balance with those extreme hops. Bit of a watery finish even though the mouthfeel is medium. These hops did not add bitterness to this drink. Just aroma and flavor. This brewer did the hoppy lager very successfully in my opinion. Better than many. (690 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no apparent freshness date. Thanks to my brother-in-law and father-in-law for the "Family Reunion" mixed 12 pack for my birthday.
A - golden with exceptional clarity and a nice frothy off-white head that holds good retention and fades to a foam
S - grain, spicy & grassy hops
T - grassy hops pair with grain, faint caramel, mild grassy and spicy hops; nice overall balance
M - lighter body, moderate carbonation
O - not bad. I prefer it over the Premium beer and the Czech Pilsner that were also in the mixed pack, but I wouldn't buy this in the future. (567 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a pilsner yellow amber. Forms one finger of head that dissipates down to a steady half finger, has nice whispy lacing.
S - Sweetness, hops, has a kind of IPA aroma to it, perhaps caramel in the background and some citrus.
T - Mild alcohol and sweetness, tastes like 1 part IPA and 3 parts pilsner, basically an INCREDIBLY light IPA taste, not too in depth in flavor, but definitely easy drinking, thirst quenching and quite sessionable.
O - A decent beer.
V - I have to give it a horrible rating for value as, this beer is a special reserve item and as such you can nowadays only find this in the Shiner family variety pack, and you only get one when you buy it. Worth a try though. (696 characters)

Photo of m_hall
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Standard pour into a flute yielded a one-finger white head that fell quickly to a thin layer and left light lacing on the glass. Beer is a clear copper color.

Aroma is sweet and biscuit-y, not a huge hop presence on the nose, but quite pleasant.

Flavor is much as promised by the aroma- sweet, bread-y malts and light dried-fruit notes. Despite the label claiming this beer is "hop-jacked", the hop presence here is muted, though discernible (this seems to be a common trait to all the Spoetzl beers I've tried so far.) The finish is crisp and slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is light, very easy drinking, especially with its manageable 5% ABV. Carbonation is moderate.

A solid american lager. There's nothing amazingly awesome here, but it doesn't do anything particularly wrong, either. This would be a good beer on a hot summer day, or as way to introduce all-malt craft brews to someone more used to the standard American macro. (935 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%

Thanks Tony, I raided your fridge :-)

Also, this one is probably really old and out of date. Someone HAD to drink it...

Appearance (3.75) : Pours a nice fluffy and stable two fingered head on top of a honey-copper semi-opaque body. Opacity is about 40-50%. Head descends to about 1 finger and stays, leaving minimal lacing around the glass.

Aroma (3.75) : Grapefruit, spice, some peach, apricot, honey, and wheat notes. It smells a bit like New Belgium's Tour De Fall but much more complex and not so one-noted. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (4.5) : Oh. Yeah this is delicious. Those apricot and honey notes come out real nice and although the hop bitterness is there, it's kept muted and in the background yielding a nice yeasty, malty yet still lightly hopped flavor. I can't express how wonderfully balanced this is. It's just delectable. No off-notes whatsoever which is very rare in a pale ale.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Creamy, yet still fizzy. Light bodied just barely pushing the boundaries of medium bodied. Finish is dry with hints of persimmon.

Overall (4.12) : Although fairly average in all other categories, just like their Hefeweizen the taste just knocks this beer out of the park. As an "american pale lager" this is my favorite yet. It's got so much right and so little wrong with it. So much zing, and no off flavors. This was a freebie which makes it all the more enjoyable...but I would buy this with my own money too! Shiner has some hit and miss brews but this one's a winner. Sweet lips this brew is good! (1,534 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -9.9%

A pleasant but average beer that is clean and has a bunch of biscuit taste. I would not turn this one down, but I would not go out of my way for it either. (156 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Pours a mild brown/blonde with one-finger head into my glass. I see that it appears to be a retro take on the Shiner brand.

Sweet with caramel on the nose. Label says "hop-jacked" but I cannot discern hops here.

Lots of malt upfront. It's grainy, lightly sweet and does give way to a touch of hops. Otherwise, pretty average.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Is it a Shiner trademark, this near-cloying sweet finish?

I'll pass. (423 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, pilsner, lager yeast, and grassy notes.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness. A bit sweeter than one would like.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, a little sweet, refreshing, crisp, medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.

Overall: Not a bad pale lager. Reminds me more of a bock than a lager. (554 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 12, 2014.

The pour is yellow to golden-yellow with a fizzy, short lasting white head.

It has a pilsener characteristic on the nose with grainy malts and clean, grassy hops.

The body is light or a little better.

The taste is cleanly balanced grainy malt flavor with a mildly bitter and clean hop finish. Not a lot of lingering but it is semi-dry, (395 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful, rich golden body with a bit of an orange tint and a thin foam cap of head. For the style it looked fantastic and very inviting. Scents of bready and sweet malt with a medium-low level of floral and herbal hop aromas. A simple, appealing, classic American Lager aroma profile. Very nice. Flavor begins with medium-low sweetness with a nice honey-like character that carries throughout the sip. This is quickly joined by a nice medium-low level of floral hop flavors with medium-low bitterness. In the middle there is a nice mingling of floral and herbal hop flavors mingling with a low level of malt sweetness and slight grainy flavors. Finish is medium-dry with strong floral and herbal hop notes imparting a pleasant medium-low bitterness. Aftertaste is floral and herbal hops and grainy malt. A good, simple, clean, crisp, modestly hopped flavor profile that is refreshing and a good example of an American Lager. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a slightly drying feel and an unfortunately low level of carbonation. It feels fairly good, but more carbonation would be nice. Overall this is a fairly good American Lager. It is pleasantly dry and floral in taste, with a nice floral and malty aroma. The mouthfeel could use a little work, but otherwise this is a solid example of an American classic. (1,326 characters)

Photo of utz
2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: The beer poured a nice medium amber, clear with no sediment.

S: This beer has a very pleasant smell, lightness and earthy

T: completely jacked up with hops, distastefully so. I couldn't taste any notes over the insane amount of hops.

O: I did not enjoy this beer, Way too much hops that takes over any flavour profile that may be present, distracting. Will not be purchasing again. (388 characters)

Photo of mirth23
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Tan, with molasses hints. Clear.

Smell: Sweet malty notes, but not overpowering.

Taste: This is a hoppy lager, but if I hadn't known that I would have sworn that it was a brown ale with a bit of zest.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but the end rounds out nicely.

Overall: Enjoyable and very drinkable. (309 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with huge frothy white head that slowly recedes. Aromas of earthy mineral water atop grainy sweet bread. Light earthy hop aroma. The flavor is a bit malty sweet with a light earthy fruitiness. Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. So far I liked this on the most from the mixed 12 pack I got. Its a decent lager, not horribly complex or continental inspired, but drinkable just the same. (435 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a longneck into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about 3/4 inch of frothy white head which settles out into a creamy continuous coating across the top, leaving thick patches of lace on the sides. The color is a pale ruddy golden with carbonation on the high side of moderate.

I get a definite aroma of floral hops, with a distinct light fruitiness in both the aroma and flavor. Light sweetness with clover-like qualities combine with bready malts, spiciness, and just a touch of bitterness on the tongue. Spicy, flower-sweet, and crisp on the finish. Just a touch of lingering bitterness slightly reminiscent of citrus, and maybe just a little dark fruit in the aftertaste.

I'm quickly becoming a fan of this brewery. This beer is light and refreshing but with some definite hop aroma-flavors, and quite unique compared to most American lagers. At a stretch, I would compare it favorably to Grainbelt Premium (which I've not had in awhile)- another lager beer with some hops in it, as I recall. I had tried some Shiner before in Wyoming and thought it tasted either weird (this particular beer) or a little blah (everything else). Perhaps it sat around too long (lots of Bud and Coors drinkers down there). (1,227 characters)

Photo of JosefBerger
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance (3.00) : Golden yellow body with a lightly carbonated and thin head. Seems fine and fitting.

Smell (3.25) : Oaky, wheaty, grains, and almost smoky smelling to me.

Taste (3.50) : Starts off very hoppy and bitter but is quickly preceded by a darker wheat flavor. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Hops leave a bright flavor/feel on my palate, not overly carbonated - just about right.

Overall (3.25): Very drinkable, I would not mind drinking this with my dinner or with friends - and at the end of the day that's what matters right? (547 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now on 5/7/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 10 ounce glass boot from Frankenmuth, Michigan Barvarian Inn.

P ours a light copper-amber in color with close a finger white head that settles down to the top and sides of the glass. Some spotty lacing is seen. The aroma is of malts with some wheat. The taste is actually better with some good flavor of the malt with a hint of sweetness that finishes slightly tangy from the hops. Different but very drinkable. (514 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this one as part of a mixed six from Shiner. Typical of most of the Shiner beers, decent looking beer with okay at best smell. But rather tasty, enjoyed the beer and would certainly drink it again but do not think that I would purchase unless the cost were low. (265 characters)

Photo of marzenfannm
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Surprisingly tasty and refreshing beer. Nice malty aroma. Malty on the palette with a crisp finish, Smooth, malty flavor. Pours a pretty light amber with a substantial head of foam ... nice lacing as the head subsides. It was hard to know what to expect from reading the description on the bottle, although it was interesting reading a little bit of Shiner Brewery lore. (370 characters)

Photo of Karibourgeois
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden orange pour with a minimal white head and light carbonation. Aroma is mainly grain and toast. Medium bodied with lots of grain and malt flavors upfront but there is a nice hop presence on the back end leading to a slightly bitter finish. (250 characters)

Photo of constantine_272
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Light copper golden color. Good carbonation and foam retention. Whitefish foam. Nice looking.

S: Wheat, grain, barley, light malt.

T: Smooth, cool, juicy and mellow. A little grain and sunflower seed. Bright and lively; Slightly sweet and slightly tangy on the finish. Also a longer floral finish of rose water and maybe a little nectarine and peach. Oh so slight on the fruit though.

M: Smooth and mellow. Thin and crisp feeling makes it really refreshing. Almost no dryness, for better or worse.

O: Better than I expected. Nice refreshing German beer. Would be a great hot weather beer or a camping beer. (613 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one from the mixed Shiner 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a darker shade of gold with a decent off-white head.

It has a fresh aroma of grass, malts and some floral hops.

I liked the taste of this one. It is a touch grainy with a hit of caramel. It has a lightly sweet cracker taste with a bit of mild hop bite.

The mouth is decent and the beer would be easy to pair with all but the spiciest food.

I would keep this in my beer fridge if they sold it in 12 packs. I could rotate it with Schlitz and Old Style when I’m looking for a good, simple & decent beer. (598 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, grass, and slight metallic aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grassy flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink but nothing too memorable in my opinion. (536 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.46/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Acquired as part of the the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. Expectations are about average, given the brewery.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear golden amber colored body with some bubbles lazily floating topside. About a finger and a half of soft white foam for a head. Maybe just a touch of sediment in there also.

S - The nose is virtually nonexistent. Some stale dusty apples, pilsner malt, amber malt, and some honeyed graham cracker. A pretty weak and pitiful smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: stale dusty apples, coiny metallics, dry grains, some white sugar, and amber malt. This beer definitely suffers from a poor depth of flavor.

M - Feel is quick and clean. Finishes malty with some sticky green apple lingering. Medium bodied with a tad too much carbonation.

Overall, I'm sad to say this is another less than mediocre offering from Spoetzl Brewery. Probably the worst beer I've tried from these guys yet. Bland, nearly flavorless, & definitely not hop forward at all. Not recommended.

Shiner Kosmos Reserve ---2.5/5 (1,137 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - It is a deep golden color, with a light bubbly head.

Smell - Hoppy smell with a sweet maltyness to it.

Taste - A sweet hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - a decent drinking beer; a bit weak on the hops. (267 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Part of the Family Reunion 6'er.. Pours clear golden with a short lasting white head with decent lacing.

Nose is grainy/bready.... almost soda bread combined with a lite grassy hoppiness.

Flavor is all about the cereal grains.. tons of malt/wheat/oats...etc... Balances okay with a lite hop profile.

Carbonation is pretty high... body is a little light.

Okay brew... gets worse as it warms up.. only okay.

3.25 from front to back. (435 characters)

Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.