Shiner introduces Prickly Pear Lager

Shiner Prickly Pear Lager is crisp and refreshing on a hot summer day

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.
I like the personal touch on the Shiner shipping box


Geeky specs

  • 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
Shiner Prickly Pear Lager will be available July 1st through September 2012 everywhere Family Reunion 6 and 12 packs are sold. In Austin you’ll find it at HEB, Spec’s, Central Market, Whole Foods, Wal-Mart, as well as the fine independent beer shops around town.
Shiner provided samples of Prickly Pear Lager for this review.

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Matt McGinnis

As a marketing strategist for Pen & Tell Us, Matt McGinnis provides marketing, branding and communications counsel to food and beverage as well as other clients globally. He is also an avid beverage enthusiast, chronicling his interests as a Food & Drink contributing writer for CultureMap, as the Food & Drink columnist for Austin Man Magazine, and as a blogger for What Are You Drinking?. He is passionate about the wine industry having previously worked at a winery in Oregon and in wine sales. He has served as Guest Host of Sommelier Cinema at the Alamo Drafthouse, and is a Certified Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers. His writing has been recognized as a Top 10 Food Blog by the Austin Chronicle in 2013 and 2014, with a 2011 Texas Social Media Award from the Austin American-Statesman.

17 thoughts on “Shiner introduces Prickly Pear Lager”

  1. I have been exspirimenting with my own home brew and I have’nt tryed useing fruit yet. But I have had some beers verging on a sweat wine flavor that I’m sure has fruit in it. I’m not sure if I can get Prickly Pear. But I think my next batch might be worth trying a little fruit of some kind. I live in Iowa and I would like to try making some eldiberry wine. but I might also try some eldiberry in my home brew or maybe I can also ask at the local beer outlet if I could order some Shiner Prickly Pear Lager. Sounds refreshing! Cheers!

  2. I just tried Prickly Pear for the first time this evening – outstanding lager. I only wish Shiner offered it for sale in 6 / 12 packs rather than just in the family pack.

  3. I want to buy Prickly Pear Lager by the case. Please tell me how I can do that in Chicago.
    So far, those are the first two I enjoy of every Family Reunion. 12-pack case. The brew is too good go leave as a novelty

    1. Hi Marcella, as far as I know its only available as part of the Family Reunion packs – the Russian roulette of beer. You could have all of your friends buy 12 packs and trade them for the Prickly Pear.

  4. I REALLY like the Prickly Pear! I was disappointed to see it is only available in the Famly Reunion packs and only through September:-( I’m not a big beer drinker but this one is awesome!

  5. we called the brewery yestaurday and they said that it is only avaliable in the six pack, been on the hunt so if anyone finds it email me want to get a case or 2 just of the pricklley pear beer

  6. I fully agree with everyone on here! They need to make Prickly Pear in 6,12,and 18 packs.
    My mother hates beer with a passion, but when she tired this one she fell in love. I have been looking ever since to find it sold just by itself. Maybe if enough people write in asking for it, they will do it.

  7. This beer is absolute bliss. And has a great high from the cactus ike the aguave does for tequila
    I want this stuff by the keg, or at least a 12 pack!

  8. The best Beer you guys make! Love it….. Have shared my feelings with many many of my friends …..Should be a GREAT Profit sharing decision……

  9. This beer has real potential . It tastes better than blue moon it needs to be markeded like the start of blue moon.
    It also gets rid of back pain. Prickly pear cactus just does this. One a it .get it going.

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