The good folks at Spoetzl Brewery, the makers of Shiner Beers, are introducing Prickly Pear Lager, the third in its Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride series. There’s nothing more Texas than a prickly cactus and there is nothing better at tempering the hot Texas sun like a cold beer brewed in this great state. Now Shiner has put the two together for an easy drinking summer refresher.
Shiner makes seven year round beers, four seasonal beers rotating quarterly, anniversary beers and the Brewer’s Pride series. Prickly Pear Lager replaces the Shiner Old-time Alt, which was last year’s Brewer’s Pride. It is only sold as part of the Shiner Family Reunion six packs. This Russian roulette packaging means you have to buy a whole lot of it to have enough Prickly Pear Lager on hand to mow your lawn.
Shiner Prickly Pear Lager is distinctly different from other Shiner beers. Its brewed by Jimmy Mauric with multiple malts including caramel, wheat and two-row barley alongside Citra and Golding hops. The actual red fruit of the prickly pear cactus is used in the brewing process for a unique flavor.
What’s it like?
|Look||Rich amber color like a summer sunset with a khaki head that billows and sticks around for a while, leaving behind ample lacing.|
|Smell||Nice aromas of lilac and dried hay.|
|Taste||Prickly Pear Lager has a bright citrus flavor, with a bit of fleshy fruit and a dry crisp finish. I’m tempted to call it sweet, but it isn’t really. It sort of reminds me of Zima, except it tastes a hell of a lot more like beer. This is one easy drinking beer; light and refreshing. My first went down incredibly quickly and I was damn glad the brewers sent me more than one bottle to review.|
- Alcohol by Vol.: 4.90 % by vol, 3.85 % by wt
- Original Gravity: 11.3 % by wt
- Real Degree of Fermentation: 67.5 %
- Bitterness: 20 IBU
- Color: 13 SRM