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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Bottle. A - Copper color and somewhat dark for the style. Average to slightly below average sized head of a light foamy white head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin layer of lace. S - Fairly hoppy for the style although not really all that hoppy. Slight lemony aroma with a touch of grassy hops. Strong pilsner/pale malt. Some grainy aroma and maybe a hint of herbal hops. Nothing great, just a slightly hoppy pale lager. T - Slight grain and bready malt flavor is the strongest. Somewhat hoppy, at least for the style with a touch of grassy and even less herbal and tea flavors. A decent lemony flavor. Subtle mineral flavor as well. M - Light body with average carbonation. Crisp light feel. D - Goes down easy, but I have no reason to want to drink more. Slightly hoppy for the style, but pretty bland overall. Notes: Not horrible for the style, but not great either. Slightly hoppy and slightly bready malt. Nothing special just average or slightly above average beer for the style. Nothing I would come back to, even on a hot summer day there are other beers Id rather have.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2011
bottle. Pours orange tined gold with frothy white head. Aroma is lemon, grass, soft skunk. Balanced flavor with lemon, hay, some grassy hops on the finish, which evolve into a watery skunk like flavor. Medium carbonation, medium to light bodied, but not resembling a light beer or anything. As it warms a little bit of a soapiness. Not the worst lager - although its uninteresting and there are some weird flavors going on in here none of them are outright bad, it is drinkable to be sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SHIG (4936) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle: Poured a golden to orange with off white head. Aroma is sweet. Taste is bitter corn and grain.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Maverick34 (3124) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottled. Poureda goldish gold. Mild aroma with some grassiness mild hops finish. Session.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mybrainhurts (394) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Aroma is grains, straw and grass. Flavors of grains, straw, stale bread, and a hint of minerals. Somewhat herbal and muddled finish. Even though it isnt a winner it is more drinkable than say.... Weinhards reserve. Ah, whatever.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Continuing through the Shiner/Spoetzel variety 6-pack. This one smells and pours the best of the three Ive had so far. Head starts at about 2" and recedes to .5" foamy top layer. Color is between deep gold and amber. Smell is still metallic. This is like Shiner Bock with a bit more caramel/roasted malt. I definitely prefer this to Shiner Bock, but its still a forgettable lager. I certainly wouldnt call it "hop jacked." Easy to drink, nothing terribly offensive, but also nothing terribly attractive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finhead (1686) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
A clear, golden pour with white head. The light aroma is mostly grains. The light body has a thin texture and clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluejacket74 (1945) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle, one of the 6 beers included in Shiners Family Reunion 6-pack. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear dark gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is toasted and bready malt, along with some grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but theres a nice herbal/spicy taste noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, its smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think its a pretty decent brew, I enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nuplastikk (5957) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2010
12oz bottle. Filtered orange-tan. Steady, thin, white head. Medium bodied, sessionable Lager. Smooth malty tones, nice Lager tones. Unimpressive soapy, peppery hop balance. A little too harsh and biting, kind of throws the beer off. I can dig the concept, but it certainly isnt done well here. OK and sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2010
From the bottle - an American Pale Lager pale lager described as over-hopped. It is, resulting in an astringent brew. Its clean aroma is actually a bit more attractive than the actual super-dry taste. There is a bit of a vegetable taste to the beer while the body seems rather light and thin. More like the Shiner 101, nice concept but not to my taste.

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