Shiner Kosmos Reserve | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

942 Ratings
no score
Send samples
Shiner Kosmos ReserveShiner Kosmos Reserve

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.98%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-23-2009

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 269 | Ratings: 942
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.

 223 characters

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.

 471 characters

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

 247 characters

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.

 313 characters

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.

 332 characters

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.

 279 characters

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

 1,183 characters

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.

 153 characters

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.

 284 characters

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.

 197 characters

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.

 556 characters

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.

 328 characters

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.

 487 characters

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.

 197 characters

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.

 165 characters

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and gold, looks lagery, about 1/2" of small white bubbles, almost no lace. Aroma was neutral, minimally sweet.

Taste again says lager. Carbonation pretty low, shockingly. Plain, a bit of hops in the 30ibu range I'd guess. Nothing heavy here, totally a Texas heat beer.

Really non descript stuff. Pulled out of the family reunion six pack, which was a good idea. A good beer to have lingering in the fridge when someone not as dumb about beer as we are comes over.

 480 characters

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavor; with a nice crisp malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate amount of dryness after the finish from bitterness. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky, and slightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good hoppy pale lager style. All around good robustness and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,564 characters

Photo of Kubishark
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, dark golden, almost amber color.

Smells a little hoppy, like a pale ale almost.

Tastes like a hoppy lager, what did you expect?

Pretty light and enjoyable, mouthfeel-wise.

Overall this tastes very similar to me to National Premium, for any Delmarva-based readers out there seeing this. I like it but don't love it. Was glad to try it as part of the Shiner Family Reunion pack but I would most likely not purchase it individually.

 450 characters

Photo of Ike_Potter
3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy amber color, very little head that didn't hold long. Faint aroma, not giving me much.
Taste is hoppy but light, pretty refreshing and overall good mouthfeel and finish.
You could drink a lot of this.
Not overly hoppy but could be a good intro to hops to a person who isn't ready for the IPAs and IPLs but still wants some hops flavor.

 340 characters

Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Deep amber color and clear with a medium sized white head. Definitely has that clean lager look to it. Biscuit malt aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Claims to be a "hopjacked" lager but it only clocks in at 18 IBU. Clean, malty flavor that reminded me of a German lager in ways. Medium bodied and drinkable. To be honest, I was expecting worse, but this one's ok in my book.

 390 characters

Photo of DeeZee83
4.39/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Rated this against other lagers I've had, and I could drink this by the gallon. This is exactly what I look for in a lager. Too bad you can only get one at a time...

 165 characters

Photo of Act25
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have not been woo'd by Shiner, or any TX beer yet.

A - Pours clear, golden amber color with large white head of esp bubbly foam. Dotty lace.

S -Mild aroma, malty and floral, with a bit of chemical noise.

T - Follows smell with more bready malt, lots of grain, & sweet caramel. A bit of bitter bite, but would like more colors and finish. Again that slight metallic back drop lowers the score.

M - Lean, sharp and smooth. Light bodied lager with a drying finish.

O - Worth a try - interesting history - feels grainy and mass compared with its betters.

 559 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.41/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

4/5...pours brilliant gold. Layer of white foam on top. Straw malt nose. Clean crisp malt taste. Very tiny hop bitter buried below. Simple and straightforward but good enough. It is what it is.

 193 characters

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

A barely hazy golden amber colored lager with fizzy, long-lasting, film-forming, lemon-white cap. Smells floral, citrusy, piney from the hops, a little bready, and faintly estery. Taste is pilsner- or helles-like from the malt/hops ratio. Biscuits or crackers, as well as caramel. Hop bitterness and even spice (combining for a lemon/orange zest character) is there from start to finish, but stronger hop fruitiness not really present on palate. A little less sweet than other "IPLs"/Hoppy Lagers I've encountered. Crisp, refreshing and well-carbonated throughout. Could stand to be a tad smoother, though, but I guess that's the price paid for that many bubbles! Medium-bodied. Would drink again, especially on a hot day.

 722 characters

Photo of KajII
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear medium amber with a white frothy head. The aroma was somewhat mild with a wet cardboard adjunct odor, a mild hint of floral hops and a light touch of sweet malts. I find this to be a smooth crisp brew with a slight caramel malty taste and a decent hoppy finish. Definitely a well balanced Lager and would be a great brew for a nice spring day...

 408 characters

Shiner Kosmos Reserve from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.32 out of 5 based on 942 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.