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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53   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 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Hop-Jacked? They most certainly have been jacked of all their hops by the taste of this crap! Pours a clean copper color with a small head that quickly disappeared before my eyes.Taste is mild. Light in every way,and the hops they promised are missing. Another example of Shiner making Tx look bad! Even for a lager this is weak...

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
travita (3930) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Sort of a copper color with a decent beige colored head. The smell is a weird malty smell, grains, floral, and maybe some caramel. The taste is sweet, malts, and grass. Weak and boring.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JMerritt (1793) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Purchased in a Shiner variety 12-pack. Gold with a very slight haze. Small white head is mostly and quickly diminishing. Light malt nose with a little fresh straw, very faint. Light vanilla cookie malt flavor, turning to copper pennies and grass. SUPER carbonated, yowza. Bland, rather inoffensive lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2009
WARNING: This brew is in a 6 pack under the guise of "Shiner Family Reunion". After passing it up for almost 2 months at several liquor stores in the Austin area, I finally found one bottle in the pack is was supposed to be- at an HEB no less- while the other ones I passed at other places had an extra Shiner Light or Blonde in it’s place. Who’s replacing it- retailers or beerpagners? You be the judge... 12 oz. bottle poured in shaker- poured light copper, high carbonation, no head at all. Aroma of malt and dust in the wind. Hits the mouth with a low-medium body, malt is there but is fairly light, holds up in the middle, finish has a small amount of hops. Nice for the style.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
SudsMcDuff (5813) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 what an absolute insult to Kosmos, but seeing as the Spoetzl family yet this get out to the public, fuck ’em.. Please Lord, if you are there, please strike down Spoetzl brewery into dust, and forever blank the worlds mind of this crap they call beer, from Bock to Leight to this garbage.. words aren’t enough, pure shit .. . pours a tawny tan, with almost no head after a minute .. . ever smelled a metal malt extract can that expired in 1994, then you know what this smells off.. . does have a decent mouth, as in it doesn’t linger too long, but horribly muddled with an odd metallic backbone bitterness, and a wrong expired maple syrup flavour, maybe some moldy hops ..maybe...

.. rerate: its drinkable, but still..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2009
Part of the Shiner Family Reunion- orangeish golden colour with a small frothy white head. Aroma is definately on the malty side with carmel notes. Flavours of corn, caramel and soft hops. A pretty decent lager all around.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
Sampled on 4/20/2009. This premium lager pours a medium orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head, with no retention or lacing. Aroma is caramel malts, some grain and something vegetal. A medium bodied lager. The malts are cereal and grainy, somewhat sweet. The hops are floral. Kind of flat and watery. Add some weird cardboard, vegetal tastes and this beer is just plain bad. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
HonkeyBra (3348) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
Continuing on in the Shiner turd tour. Amber pour with white head, that’s quickly gone. A little bit of bitter caramel malt in the aroma. Flavor is a bit sour, with vegetal notes. A bit metallic. feel sorry for the guy they named this after.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BelgianBeerGal (3139) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle in San Antonio. Reserve? What does the normal kosmos taste like? Metallic and sour notes throughout that ruined it for me. There was some redeeming malt in there but it was buried deep.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2011 Crystal clear yellow, decent head. Aroma of a bitter pilsner. Little more to it than a domestic but finishes dry and bitter. Not life-changing. 2.6
RE-RATE 3/3/11 Bottle. So I went a little crazy when pouring this beer, and held the bottle literally a foot above the glass, and the head went everywhere. (Insert that’s what she said joke here) I can at least say that this beer has a decent head response! It pours a clear, bright orange color with a tall foamy white head.

The aroma is a little watery and grainy, but what is there is fairly faint. There are some corn elements also but it’s not too offensive. The label said that this beer was “hop-jacked”. Well I honestly couldn’t detect any hops until after the beer warmed up AND I read the label. So there’s no telling whether I actually smelled hops or if it was implanted in my brain while I slept on a plane.

The flavor is very bready with lots of bitter grains. It pushes to an increasingly bitter finish with some efforts of corn in the mix. It also has a bit of a watery mouthfeel. As it warms up there are more and more bitter, metallic notes. I guess the bitterness comes from the hops? Not impressed. If there are hops in this they are hiding behind a kernel of corn. Kosmos would be rolling over in his massive tomb filled with Bavarian hops after trying this. At least I have an episode of Conan on my DVR to drink to!

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