... is, I'm sad to report, nothing special. It's not bad, it just doesn't quite live up to the name, which makes it sound as if it's the good stuff that you only break out on special occasions. According to the bottle, it's an "aromatic dry hopped lager specially brewed to celebrate the man who started it all" – that being Kosmos Spoetzl, who actually didn't quite start it all, but he was the brewmaster (and eventually owner) from 1914 to 1950, taking the reins five years after the Shiner Brewing Association was formed. (Read Mike Renfro's wonderful Shine On for a history of Spoetzl Brewery.)
The taste is a little like the "98" Bavarian Amber special release of two years ago, although I liked that better. And I'll admit I'm detecting some malt complexity as I get a little deeper into the glass (hmm … as always, letting a beer like this warm a bit is the key to pulling out the flavor). Overall, though, I'm wishing I'd gotten the Commemorator 100 instead of the Shiner Family Reunion mixed pack, which is the only way to purchase Kosmos Reserve at this time (you get one bottle of it, along with a Black, a Light, a Hefeweizen, a Bock, and a Blonde).
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