RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56/5   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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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.

coyforce (684) - California, 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.

drdisque (860) - 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.

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.

topherh (1929) - 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.

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.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2010

Date: January 03, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Ticker
Appearance: clear copper, fine off white head
Aroma: dry earthy hop aroma
Flavor: dry malt flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, earthy bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 8/20
Rating: 2.2/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *+ /4

milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Aroma of pine hops, rice/corn and malt. Flavor has a combination of malt, crisp hops, and lager notes. Not bad overall.

jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Bottle from Shiner family variety 6-pack. Pours a crystal clear golden orange color with a dense, foamy white head. Bread malt and hoppy aroma. The flavor is fairly bland and malty with some subtle hops. Not too much going on here overall.

unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2010
12oz twist-off bottle. Deep golden / light amber color. Aroma of a beer that was dry hopped with roses. Nice florals, some sweet malt in the nose. Flavor of stale, watered hop tea. Bland, boring,. Good for washing down pretzels.

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