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RATINGS: 333   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.”


2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BelgianBeerGal (3102) - 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.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cavie (3749) - 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!

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
lb4lb (2486) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours gold to amber with a whiteish head. Smell is odd, vegetal, grains. Taste is vegetal as well, with unpleasant malt and some metallic flavors. Just tastes dirty and extremely metallic overall and is not pleasant. Like licking a dirty, rusty nickel or a 9V battery. What an insult to "Kosmos Spoetzl". They could have named any of their other already sub-par beers after him, and it would have been more appropriate. One of the worst beers I’ve had in a while...

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jkwalking05 (3639) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Light amber in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of grain, cardboard, light hops and citrus. Taste is of cardboard, a little malt, musty hops, and metal.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
BMan1113VR (7832) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours with no head over a very light cardboard hued body. Aroma of cereal, light german hops, a bit of dust and a touch of DMS (cooked corn). Taste is a bit of dirt or soil, metallic copper and DMS. Bone dry mouthfeel and a metallic finish. Kosmos should be rolling in his grave knowing this was named after him.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2009
BMan1113vr and I managed to find this one. Pours with no head, a clear gold color. Smells like pennies, dust and cardboard. Tastes like metal. Fizzy and watery mouthfeel. Overall, not good.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3536) - austin, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
A beautiful colored beer with the perfect golden lager appearance. The white head pours 1/2" and disappears before the first sip. I wanted this beer to be so good because of all the fantastic lore surrounding shiner. The beer is very thin in the glass. It smells like a full flavored lager with a nice backbone and some sweet hoppiness. The flavor is lively, full and has a strong balance or malt hops and bitterness. It’s a little swee though, so maybe they rushed this batch out the door, before fermentation was complete? Palate has that slight metallic note, but is otherwise ok. Leaves the glass clean. This beer would go well with a very light lunch on a cool day, because it is a little heavy for a lager.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Reviewed 3/15/2009 (bottle): Pours a big fizzy white head, that extremely quickly diminishes. Orange-yellow colored body, extremely clear looking. Malty, English malty aroma. Some nuttiness, but mostly smelling of adjuncts, maybe some vegetables? Nutty fizzy taste, over-carbonated tasting. Some of that same vegetable-ness. Somewhat refreshing. Some hoppy bitterness, but none of the grapefruitiness, or other aspect of the hops is present. Some corn taste, maybe. Meh. Does not get any better as it warms, less tasty.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2009
bottle, golden color with big egg white head, aroma has a lot of cardboard a nd some hops, flavors is better with malt, wheat, biterness

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Is there a font that evokes a monotone drawl which would help describe my total lack of enthusiasm for the rebirth of a beer which states that it honors the founder when it actually pisses on him?


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