Shiner Kosmos Reserve | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.98%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: The aromas are moderate with a trace of onion, some citrus and light grains.

L: brilliant amber with rapidly rising bubbles under a 2" off white foam cap that takes 4 minutes to reduce to a thick film.

T: fruit, citrus, a hint of apple and light corn sweetness that dries on the finish. Most of the fruit flavors come from the hops but the apple tastes like it is from the yeast. The malt is medium low, the hop bitterness is medium and the hop flavors are medium to medium low.

F: medium creamy with a medium light body and medium high carbonation.

O: The beer has a nice balance of malt and hop and the onion from the dry hopping aromas quickly dissipate, leaving a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of GLBClover85
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not good not bad...haven't had shiner bock in a long time and decided to get this variety pack. Not much to say about this one. Nothing great about it...nothing that stands out either. Definitely an easy drinker and better than anything by Bud Miller or Coors.

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Photo of JoLight
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden; off-white head that turns to frothy thin layer.

Aroma: At first pour, it smells funky and off-putting. But then, it gets much more pleasant: Pale malts; light sweetness; clean; earthy hops.

Taste: Bready, like the crust of a French baguette; some earthiness, but no real hop bitterness. Clean, carbonated water. Fairly round.

Mouthfeel: Medium, nicely carbonated; almost fluffy like an ale, but light enough for the style.

Finish: crisp, clean, refreshing.

This is a really nice beer, especially for the style. If it were sold in packs on its own, I'd buy it again, especially for the warmer months. It'd be a great lawn-mowing beer.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shiner's Kosmos Reserve is tasty. Taste is much like their other offerings. Smooth, mellow and laid back. Nothing stands out in this brew, but it's by far better than any American adjunct beer.

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Photo of Marco_Beero
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice balance of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness, malt heaviness and fine effervescence. Not quite crafty, but personality than typical high volume beer. Quite sessionable. I'll have it again.

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Photo of singletary
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber color with more malty smell with a hint of the hops in it. The taste is a nice malty flavor with a suttle bite of hops. The mouthful is medium and resfresing. Overall a nice offering from Shiner with a malt lover in mind.

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Photo of Spikester
3.94/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with one finger of five minute white head. Some rings of lace.
Smell is mild malt and hops.
Taste is lightly toasted malts with a balancing amount of herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a decent beer should be their regular product IMO.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.97/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was decent. It was probably the best one in the family 6 pack I bought for my bbq, but it was still a Shiner. They tried, but it wasn't great. Very malty.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clean amber, with a thin head of off-white suds and little lace.

Aroma: Malty, lagery, pretty average for style.

Taste: Malty and very much a lager in feel but there’s a significant hopping here, keeping it more interesting. Not a remarkable nor unique brew, but certainly drinkable and worthy of a session.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I buy Shiners quite often. It is inexpensive and easy drinking but perhaps not top notch craft beer.

(L) It has a fairly clear golden to amber color and a thick off white bubbly head.

(A) Malty, sweet and somewhat fruity aroma.

(T) It is malty, sweet, taste a bit like cornbread, and it is a bit tart. It is also somewhat bland but it is not as bad as the common mass produced bland lagers.

(F) It is fizzy, crisp and easy drinking, and good in the Texas heat.

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Photo of plumberman63
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

average beer color, amber with a good head.
slight hop, malty sweet aroma very pleasant
taste about the same with a slight bitter bite
smooth average feel
decent beer, but I prefer less bitter, but went good with my pizza.

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Photo of donspublic
3.93/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Tulip, 1/2 finger cream colored head recedes quickly to a pool of foam. Look is clear burnt copper, with nice carbonation. Smells of malt, caramel and earthy/grassy hops. Taste is very clean, nice malt to start then I get that grassy hop profile coming thru. A bit of a caramel finish towards the end, this finishes a tad on the sweet side, not much, but not dry. This beer should be sold in 6/12 pack formats. Great mouthfeel on this beer.

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Photo of gandres
2.6/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle to wine glass
A:amber color, hazy, tan head that disappears quickly
A:Nose: malty
Taste: light bitterness, sweetness, long lasting tartness
MF:medium body, fizzy,
OA: good beer, ok to repeat, not to look for
Drank: April 28, 2016

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Photo of Squire123
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit of Bohemia on the Prairie.

Points for being all malt and making a stab at hoppiness. Clean, crisp, brisk, more stuffing than the regular stuff and a thoughtful expression that doesn't step too far out of their regular customers comfort zone.

Good enough for what it is and interesting enough to seek out.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty deep color. It is caramel colored with a white head that leaves quickly. No lacing. Nose is sweet with a bit of caramel and some fruit notes. The taste is the same as the nose with a faint caramel and fruit taste but also straw. There is a weird bitterness that pops in for a bit near the end but gives way to the sweetness.

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Photo of sgt_187em
3.73/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light amber/dark blonde and clear with a thick head that dissipated to a thin layer. Caramel malty taste, medium IBU hoppiness, good carbonation. Body not overly thick and a little less smooth due to good carbonation. Overall, it's a good tasting beer, but nothing above average.

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Photo of bwood06
3.44/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a helles lager glass

A - Foamy, off white head that dissipates rather quickly but levels off at about a half finger in height. Beer is clear and highly carbonated with a great amount of small bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. Beer is copper in color. 3.5/5

S - Malty and sweet on the nose with notes of caramel, corn, pear, citrus rind, cereal grains and a clean hop note. Aroma is fairly strong. Very simple aroma. 3.25/5

T - Maltiness consists of corn, Grape Nut O's cereal malt, a light caramelization, and a bit of spiciness (rye?). Somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter hop finish that lingers briefly before disappearing. Somewhat of a buttered bread note throughout with a bit of tart green apple and citrus rind. 3.5/5

M - Clean, crisp and light with a scrubbing bubbles sensation but not really drying at all. Does not linger on the palate. 3.5/5

O - Decent offering that packs quite a bit more flavor than the Shiner Premium Lager while maintaining the light feel of the Premium Lager. Simple, straightforward and light with a malty flavor somewhat reminiscent of an oktoberfest but with the hoppiness of a lighter IPL. 3.5/5

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Photo of stevoj
2.49/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Shiner Family reunion six pack. Fairly bland taste and a musty smell. Medium golden body with small silky head. Not much here to write about.

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Photo of gulli
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so so, was expecting something else.
Purchased with the shiner family reunion 12 pack.
Not much on smell and head.
Lots of carbonation
Hops are a little above average.
Taste smooth, easy going down, defiantly not heavy....kinda just average....could drink a few without any problem.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Like many of the other Shiner brand beers I've had, there's very little flavor here. On the bright side, it has a pretty potent carbonation level, so it's able to mask the lack of everything else.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.67/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Something likable about this little ditty from Shiner. It's an American lager, through and through. Despite the promise of being "hopjacked" (whatever that means), the hops are light on this one, just present enough to give a little snap, alongside a malt base that probably includes some adjuncts, and isn't especially bready, but is still somehow rather pleasing. Just a clean, smooth, easy drinking lager that is one of those greater-than-the-sum-of-its-parts sort of brews. Not a bad addition at all to those nifty Family Reunion packs Shiner puts out.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

usual mix of yellow and gold. Half inch of white head. Almost nothing in the aroma.

Taste was of the yeast. Neat. Hops in the background at best. Totally a 'normal' beer as my non craft beer friends would say. Gateway beer I guess. Everything is middle of the road. No off flavors. Not much to speak of in any regard.

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Photo of MicTar
2.83/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: golden yellow heading toward amber. Nice white head that disappeared very quickly and left no lace.

S: Not much of a smell, very faint scent of bread and some citrus.

T: hard for me to describe, I tasty the inky flavor that I have come to associate with some hops.

F: minimal carbonation, and no drying effect. Easy drinking.

O: got this from a busted pack at $.75 so do not mind being unimpressed and will happily drink the other one I have. But would not buy one at full price.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

it's kind of bitter, kind of pale. it's like half way to a pale ale. it smells of a hint of lemon which is also in the taste some. it's not bad but i don't think i'd buy it outside of the mix-pack.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.61/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It's similar (in my non-professional opinion) to some good German beers that I've had - rich, full-bodied, aromatic, and very tasty.

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