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Shiner Kosmos Reserve - Spoetzl Brewery

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-17-2013 20:54:19 | More by Jame515
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2.24/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with typical label art and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired as part of a Shiner mixed twelve-pack at an HEB Grocery here in Austin and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

Brewed with Czech Saaz hops, candi sugar, and Belgian yeast. Best before: 01/26/14.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed as an American Pale Lager per its identification on Spoetzl's wikipedia; their own site is crap.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of white colour. Disappointingly thin. Lacks appealing creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a clear copper of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Has a rather generic floral hop presence. Pale malts. Pilsner malts. A kiss of crackery malts. Grainy. Some caramalt. Clean and simple.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. A generally appealing aroma of average strength, with some surprising spiciness.

T: Body is primarily grainy, with some caramalt and crackery malts lending a bit more complexity. Pale malts and pilsner malts fill out the body. Has a generic floral hop character that doesn't do much for it. "Hop-jacked"? Nah. Painfully simple. No yeast character or alcohol comes through, the the hop notes are rather tame. Even the balance isn't all that great. A bland, boring lager overall.

Not gestalt. Zero depth of flavour. Below average duration and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light, weak, and thin. Not full-bodied. Overcarbonated. Artificial; even a touch syrupy. Somehow, it's also a bit watery at the same time. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well really at all.

Dr: A disappointing offering from Spoetzl. I do have to compliment them on their marketing; the whole "Reserve" shtick coupled with the clever "Hop-jacked" description will sucker many into buying it. At the end of the day, it's a bland lager that isn't worth trying. I definitely won't be getting it again, but I suppose it's drinkable enough.

High D

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 22:32:55 | More by kojevergas
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a orange straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of cereal grain and corn, but not that strong. Tastes of sweet grain. Beer is light bodied and heavily carbonated, definitely drinkable. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:29:31 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of Offa


3.89/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a very good basic pale lager and a lot more characterful than the flagship Shiner Bock, which to me so far is one of their least impressive beers.

Dark gold, it has medium white head steadily shrinking to foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is strong, nice pale lager aroma with lots of apple, grain, grass, some herb.

Taste is nice full pale lager character -toastier grain/bread than the norm, sweet breadiness with some honey & apple, nice grassy-slightly herbal hop zing with a little bitterness; good body and full, well-rounded character with creamy feel a bit lively, not at all watery.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 04:50:17 | More by Offa
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New Mexico

3/5  rDev -9.4%

09-13-2013 03:03:24 | More by LXIXME
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

09-08-2013 20:39:52 | More by GumDropButtons
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

09-07-2013 15:46:16 | More by bocaoma
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

09-06-2013 03:05:44 | More by jonaspb
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

09-04-2013 21:17:19 | More by EigenBeer
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

08-31-2013 03:58:26 | More by thatoneguymike
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-31-2013 01:53:01 | More by BlueMoon10
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1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

08-29-2013 08:57:37 | More by Sazz9
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South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

08-28-2013 23:33:18 | More by herrburgess
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3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle with no date into pint glass

dull gold look, smell is bright candided apples and stinky wheat. taste is sweet and somewhat cloying. butterscotch and crotch are the main flavors.

like a "imperial" version of the shiner premium. better, but only slightly.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 01:54:04 | More by jimmah120
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

08-26-2013 23:44:57 | More by Tamlin
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

08-23-2013 16:06:55 | More by drinkAK
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

08-23-2013 13:16:49 | More by cowboy83
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-23-2013 09:24:26 | More by SGToliver
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

08-22-2013 03:17:48 | More by sneezye
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2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Amber, clear, moderate carbonation, pours with a finger sized head.

S: Malt, some caramel, didn't get much hops. The smell reminded me a little of the Boston Lager but without the hops and other more obvious smells that the Boston Lager has.

T: The taste on this was very different than the smell. You get a nice kick from the hops and the bitterness is very obvious on the initial taste and the after taste. You get some sweetness on the mid-palate but the flavor is definitely more hoppy than what I was expecting.

MF: The beer has a smooth and somewhat dry finish. The bitter mouthfeel at the end isn't very pleasing.

O: I was really surprised by this beer because of the taste. The nose had me expecting more of a malt flavor and instead gave me a bitter one. While I don't necessarily like bitter beers (like IPAs) I can appreciate hoppy beers such as Laguanitas or Arrogant Bastard because although they are bitter, the pack a lot of flavor that gives your palate a lot to work with. With this beer I felt there should have been more flavor and instead just got a mildly bitter beer with no real malt taste. I say this is an okay beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 06:09:39 | More by Weston19
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-18-2013 22:21:29 | More by Elprico
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

08-18-2013 12:39:26 | More by InspectorBob
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The original Kosmos Reserve was a spicy Pilz and tasty; this version is not.
As a pale lager, it meets the standard but seemed a little "chalky" in the mouthfeel.
Only available in mixed six-pack, wouldn't recommend except for those looking to
have tasted the entire Spoetzl brewery portfolio.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 16:56:39 | More by beerdiablo
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North Dakota

3/5  rDev -9.4%

08-12-2013 04:22:11 | More by Oelschlager
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

08-11-2013 15:25:06 | More by emwild12
Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.