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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 149   ABV: 4.98%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“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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3.2
damzz (504) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Pours a deeper cooper than the other offerings with on off white long lasting head. Nose is slight malt. Palate is full bodied. Taste is sweet malt and then medium bitterness.

2.6
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 I’ve 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 it’s still a forgettable lager. I certainly wouldn’t call it "hop jacked." Easy to drink, nothing terribly offensive, but also nothing terribly attractive.

2.7
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JUN 17, 2009
2009 Bottle. For what Kosmos Reserve is, it’s a decent beer. A throw-back to the good ol’ days of Texas brewing. Aroma of a refined, more complex Pabst Blue Ribbon, if you can believe it. Palate is cloudy, almost feeling unfiltered, allowing you to taste the wheaty elements well. I would not, as the commercial description does, call it "hop-jacked." Hops are present in the aroma, but not much in the flavor. Overall, not bad. I wish this was offered on its own (not in a collection pack)...I’d try it again.

1.9
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2014
This is not good. Smells and tastes of creamed corn and a touch of cardboard. Finishes with a bitter soda and funky malt chaser. Not good.

2.4
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Very light light yellow pour with almost non existent head. Aroma is spiced with slight hints of malt. Flavor is sweet, slight caramel, and a weak finish. Different but not necessarily that great.

1.9
ellolovey (483) - Georgia, USA - AUG 14, 2013
12 oz bottle pours a rosey gold color with a thin white foamy head. Aroma of floral hops hay and cereal. Taste the same. Faint dead flowers, citrus, barnyard. Dry perfumey finish.

2.6
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2011
12 oz bottle from Shiner Variety Pack. Pours a nice clear golden color, minimal lacing. Aroma is yeasty and bready like a typical lager but with a hoppy floral accent. Not as skunky as many lagers. Some toastiness as well. Taste is a good mix between sweet malty and bitter but really nothing too overpowering. Palate is smooth, slightly bitter aftertaste. I like it better than the traditional Shiner Bock, not a bad beer.

2.6
chicowv (478) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
12 oz bottle: Pours clear yellow with a nice white head. Aroma is sour and cheesy. Taste is salty and a bit bitter. Smooth and easy to drink on the front but finishes sour and bitter.

3.4
eRock_2013 (475) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Basically a Shiner Bock with more bitterness, but one can discern a variety of subtle hop flavors as well. Pleasant smell with some sweet hoppiness, copper color with great lacing. Mild, balanced, and drinkable taste. Maybe just a bit thin on the palate, but a good balanced flavor. It would be nice if they sold this in six packs, but I've only found it in the shiner "family reunion" mixed packs. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

1.8
zombywoof (467) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Aroma of grass and bark and an odd vegetal quality to the flavor. Sweet bready malt and grass. The worse of a mediocre brand.


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