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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 149   ABV: 4.98%
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“Kosmos Spoetzl knew how to brew great beer. Born in Bavaria, Kosmos’ mastery 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 himself and our way of saluting the brewmaster who started it all.”

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lawman834 (253) - Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Bottle from a Family Reunion 6’er poured into a pint glass. Poured a clear golden with a thin white head. Smells of hops and caramel malt. The taste is pretty uninterresting. Certainly not unpleasant, just nothing special at all. Thin and watery with mild hints of caramel malt and grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
boomerbrew (143) - Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2010
12 oz. bottle - Nice roasty, even toasty malt aroma. Clear golden color with creamy off white head. Good head retention not much activity after a while. Decent tastes and hops were more noticible after warming up. A little hoppy aftertaste remains on the back of the palate. Overall a good blend.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Pour is rich golden with a big fluffy off white head...smell is sweet and strongly cereal with an almost thickness to it...some grassy hop notes as well...taste is very sweet and cereal grainy with a cloying and thick finish...blech.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AmEricanbrew (6239) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 23, 2010
Clear golden color/ white head. Mild peppery, salty, grainy pale malt aromas. Light frothy mouthfeel. Mild lagered, grainy pale malt, black pepper flavors are on the dry side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - APR 11, 2010
Dark yellow, good head, good carbonation. Not much going on with the aroma, considering the bottle talks about hops. It’s in the taste that some hops flavor comes through, rising just above some malty sweetness. There some fruit flavors - perhaps that of peaches that comes through with the finish. I’m not sure why this one has fared so badly on RateBeer. It’s not an outstanding brew, but I think it holds its own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (625) - Virginia, USA - APR 9, 2010
Aroma is of light hops. Pours a nice light amber color with a bright white head. Medium carbonation and smooth on the palate. Taste is of a light resin and hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (622) - Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2010
pours clear with medium foamy head. Mild floral hop aroma. Very fruity hoppy initial bite that subsides into cereal malty nothingness which slides into the finish. A lot of good ideas not perfectly constructed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Kosmos poured clear orange with bright amber highlights streaking through his body. A small pithy head fades faster than I can blink into whatever black hole sucked it up. A couple swirls release neither foam nor lace, just a zippy nose of lemon and orange zest. A spry spritzy nose, he dances before me, sweet Werthers Original candies and caramel nougat melting into green grass while the lemon and orange continue to dance in merry oblivion. Partaking of his nose one more time before diving into the deep end, hard minerals snarl and snap from the shadows. Different in such a way I’m not quite sure what Kosmos is trying to accomplish, or if he even knows himself. My first quaff is light in the front and middle with a hard mineral bite in the finish. Lemon and orange esters waft by on a breeze so feeble the green grass below barely stirs. A couple more quaffs, and I am left digging deeper and harder to find more of the same. Wait! Is that toasted white bread? … Maybe, the grains and toast are weak against the lemon and orange esters. Most prominent is the hard mineral finish that tastes of mountain water drawn directly from the limestone it flows over. Feeble in mouthfeel, body, and flavor, Kosmos certainly came nowhere near rocking my beery cosmos. About 2/3 of the way through, we bid farewell the only way I know possible, via the kitchen sink.

I’m not quite sure what Shiner was going for with the Kosmos. It’s not like anything I’ve ever tasted before in terms of style and character. Like a lost child, he is searching for an identity, a reason for being which unfortunately is not to be found here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
topherh (1915) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours golden with a white head. Aroma is floral, earthy hop, and light grainy malt. Flavor is light malt, watery hop, lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Bottle pours a clear golden body that is topped by a small white head. Some spotty lace is left on the glass. Aroma has light spicy hops, vague fruity esters, and some bready toasted caramel. Light medium body is crisply carbonated. Taste is dominated by a bready caramel malt sweetness. Subdued grassy hops balance nicely. A pleasantly drinkable and inoffensvie mainstream style lager.

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