Named after the original Shiner brewmaster, Kosmos Spoetzl, this beer is meant to be a German-style lager similar to what Mr. Spoetzl initially brewed.
A pillowy, pure-white head stands to about a half-inch before settling to a solid quarter-inch, maintained by agitated, snaking strands of carbonation.
The nose is very clean – a slightly candied aroma of malt, followed by fresh cut grass and barnyard rain.
The mouthfeel is pretty good, coming across a bit on the thin side though the bubbles help you overlook that. The first flavor is a very twiggy greenness that borders on metallic. The hops do their part to bring out a thoughtful, if not elegant or subtle, bitterness. The finish is smoother and creamier than you might expect from such a hoppy beer.
Similar to their Dortmunder-style Frost, Kosmos Reserve makes you think ‘Pilsner.’ The clarity, color, and Noble bitterness are reminiscent of those Bavarian styles. This is a smooth session beer that will provide a bit more substance than many of the bigger American lagers, and is worth a try.