RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.55/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 149   ABV: 4.98%
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Not a bad beer. It poured a deep golden body, lively with bubbling, and a tall white head. The aroma was moderately sweet, grainy, with a quiet earthiness. That pretty well describes the flavor, as well. It finished on a dry earthy note. Repeatable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Aroma and appearance where nothing to talk about. Taste was typical until the hops kicked in. Its a nice summer beer that Im trying in December.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2011
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear gold with a fizzy white head. Not much in the way of head retention or lacing. Aroma is of stale grain and cooked vegetables. Maybe a little hint of lemon. Flavor is honestly pretty weak. Some light graininess along with a slight vegetable taste. There is a distinct bitterness throughout but not as much malty flavor as I would have liked. I feel like this beer just misses the mark. It is not terrible by any means but is simply boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zestytaco (34) - Niceville, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Pours a pale yellow color with a white head that fades quickly. Has the strong aroma of cooked corn with a grassy undertone. Clean light malt flavor with a hint of sweetness. Honestly this isnt a bad beer. This style gets such a bad rap from the macros that decent lagers like this one get lost in the shuffle.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
jcos (1850) - Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Location/Date:Bottle on December 10th, 2011.

Appearance: Pours a golden clear, light head.
Aroma: Aroma is malty/bready, something smells slightly off.
Taste: Some light bitterness, followed by some weird tasting malt.
Palate:Palate is medium thin, overly fizzy.

Summary: I did not really enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JohnBruns (100) - Cissna Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Bottle; pours a clear slightly pale copper color; Small off white head with little lacing. An earthy flavor with sweet malt background; slight dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dacrza (921) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Situation: Feeling good, so I will review a second... Glassware: Standard pilsner... Appearance: choppy, off-whitehead creates islands of thin head atop a copper-bronze body with little effervescence... Aroma: having trouble smelling the hops promised by its label; malt is present... Palate: balanced mouthfeel with an oily end to a medium-bodied intro... Taste: the straight-up lager base that Shiner has perfected seems slightly amiss here, with the subtle fruitiness not distinguinshing tself among its fellow Shiners... Overall: I began eating chips halfway through this tasting--it wasnt in search of a proper pairing--actually, not an indictment, but the word RESERVE usually is, well, reserved for a beer that stands out... and this does not...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Onslow (1461) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Pour from a 12 oz bottle. Golden lager with thin head. Light aroma of malts, hops. Taste is bland but inoffesnsive - a little light grain at the start with a little astringency in the finish. Crisp and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mike67 (1158) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours golden with a short lived, thin, white head. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit malt and perfume hops. Medium, slightly crisp body. Some herbal hops and bready malt fill the mouth. Short, forgettable finish. This is nothing-special brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 1, 2011
THOUGHTS: Not bad. Better than I was expecting. Nice little hope bite you dont often see in American lagers. Tons better than a macro, but still easy to drink. Would make a good transition beer for macro drinkers. Decent session beer, too. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium yellow with an average, slightly off-white head that kept a decent sheet and left fair lacing. The aroma had light to moderate cracker light bread, cookie and pale malt; and light to moderate floral, perfume and citrus hops. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, slightly sour and ever so slightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sweet, slightly sour and light to moderately bitter with an average duration. There was pale malts, a little cracker, lemon citrus hops, floral hops a little grassy hops, white bread and straw. The light body was watery and then sort of dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and and ever so slightly metallic finish.

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