Shiner Prickly Pear

It’s almost halfway through the week. I’m really excited to have a three-day weekend, although I will probably end up working part of Monday. Anyways, let’s get to the beer which is a summer seasonal coming out of Texas. It uses prickly pears as an adjunct, which I’ve never seen a beer.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Doubly good in triple digits, our unique Summer seasonal is made with the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to Shiner, Texas. With a tart, citrusy flavor and a crisp finish, it’s the best use of cactus yet. Crisp. Refreshing. No spines.”

Random: This was first brewed in 2012.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark orange head with moderate carbonation. The nose presented with some pear and citrus. It was very fragrant and smelled very inviting. The taste was not quite as good as I would have hoped. It had pear and citrus, but a slight medicinal taste that was unpleasant. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long, bright pear finish with the same medicinal note that was in the body. This was only alright and I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially for $3 a bottle ($.25 per ounce). I had high hopes for this, but there are so many better beers available from this brewery to have instead.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale

This is the last backlogged post, which is nice. It means that I can go back to the pipe dream of updating once a day and reviewing more beers. Anyways, this is the last Shiner beer that I have in the queue to taste. If I remember correctly, this was also the first ale that Shiner put out. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A mature individual stands 9.5 inches tall and weighs 12.0001 ounces. Renowned for its assertive temperament and hoppy characteristics. It has a distinguished heritage, being the product of high alpha Bravo and U.S. Golding hops, as well as two-row barley malt with a blend of Munich and caramel malts. Note the Wild Hare’s handsome red pelt and distinctive neck band, which helps distinguish it from others out in the wild. The beer enthusiast is its only known predator.”

Random: The Jets are losing, but not by as much as I thought they would.

This beer poured with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. There was a crown left on the body. The body was a clear, copper color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had some lightly toasted malt with grass and some hop notes. The taste had a lot of citrus in it. There was tangerine and orange along with green apple. There was grass and moderate bitterness as well. The body was on the typical for the style with high carbonation. It had a long finish with generous citrus notes. This wasn’t one of the best pale ales I’ve ever had, but it went down easily. If someone handed it to me, I would have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Shiner Premium

The other half has been at Comic-con in the city all weekend. This means that I have the entire apartment to myself to watch football. As fun as that sounds, I do miss our Sunday routine and making brunch. The only positive to this is that I can scream at the television as much as I want. This was a beer that I opened for Val earlier this week that she let me try. Let’s see how it went.


ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This traditional, premium golden lager is inspired our-original recipe from 1909. Still the local favorite, our distinctive blonde-style brew has a crisp taste that’s slightly sweet and always refreshing. One sip will take you back and treat you right.”

Random: They are already selling Christmas themed things on QVC. It’s still October!

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw yellow color with generous carbonation. It looked like a typical macro. There wasn’t much to the nose, a little bit of grain and corn without much else. The taste was also very light. It had some corn and malt and barley without much else. The body was on the thin side with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick with malt. I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer, but I have qualms with the style. I wouldn’t have it again, but the other half said in her opinion, it wasn’t that bad and she drank it without any complaints.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Shiner Kolsch

I’m surprised the score is only 3-0 Broncos right now. The Jets have been awful the past few weeks and I expected that the Broncos would wipe the floor with them. The Eagles play the Giants tonight and I’m worried. The Giants have been playing pretty well as of late. Anyways, the other half picked up the Shiner Family Reunion pack awhile back when we were going to BYOB sushi. I’ve gotten the mix-pack one other time, but it had a few different beers in it. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Inspired by the legendary biers of Cologne, Germany, this Kolsch-style ale honors our old-world roots through warm fermentation and cold aging, crisp and refreshing, it’s a reminder that good things come in small batches.”

Random: I keep flipping between the game and QVC because I like watching “In the Kitchen with David.”

This beer poured with a thin, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden-yellow with very light carbonation which was strikingly odd given the style. The nose was really pungent. There was a lot of sweet grain with a touch of fruitiness that was a bit much for me. The taste was filled with bready, sweet cereal grains along with a touch of honey and flowers. The body was thick and chewy, which was weird for the style and definitely needed a lot more carbonation on it. The finish was long and very sweet with the same bready notes. This beer really didn’t do anything for me and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Shiner Ruby Redbird

This was the second brew that I had down in Virginia. As mentioned in the last post, I was at a Whole Foods down there. They had 3 or 4 separate bars, all with different types of food and different beers. This was one that I had in their sports bar while watching the Nats game and having a burger (which was really good by the way).

ABV: 4.01%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Shiner Ruby Redbird is brewed with genuine Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit, the signature sweet citrus of the Rio Grande Valley, and ginger. This lager beer features grapefruit tartness and finishes with a ‘lil kick of ginger. With Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit and ginger, Shiner Ruby Redbird is sure to be a crisp and refreshing summer beer. Shiner Ruby Redbird is now available in cans, too.”

Random: I haven’t been up before 8 AM on my day off in as long as I can remember.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on my ever-so-classy plastic cup. The body was a hazy, dark orange color with mild carbonation. The nose had a definite grapefruit presence with a touch of wheat. The taste was even better. I got grapefruit, ginger and then a bit of maltiness to it. It’s almost like drinking grapefruit ginger ale. The body was medium thickness with heavy carbonation. It had a moderate finish with ginger. This was a really crisp and refreshing brew. I could definitely see why this is their summer seasonal. If you haven’t tried it, go grab a sixer of it. It’s definitely worth it.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Shiner Old-Time Alt

I love Memorial Day weekend. Not only do I get an extra day off from work, but I get an excuse to drink beer and fire up the grill. Last night, I did, in fact, partake in not only one, but 2 beer towers for my buddy Joe’s birthday. At one point, he made a toast to craft beer and made a comment about a “macro.” I think we have a convert, folks. Anyways, I spent the morning running errands and I currently have a two-pound flank steak marinating that will be going on the grill in about an hour. To pass the time, how about a brew review?

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Altbier

Trivia: According to BeerAdvocate, “A Düsseldorf specialty, an Altbier is a German style brown ale, the ‘alt’ literally translates to ‘old’ in German, and traditionally Altbiers are conditioned for a longer than normal periods of time. Other sources note that ‘alt’ is derived from the Latin word ‘altus,’ which means ‘high’ and refers to the rising yeast. Take your pick, but the extended conditioning mellows out the ale’s fruitiness and produces an exceptionally smooth and delicate brew. The color ranges from amber to dark brown, medium in carbonation with a great balance between malt and hops. ”

Random: I forgot how much I enjoy Magic Hat #9. I had it out of the beer tower yesterday and it was really enjoyable.

I don’t have a stange, so a pint glass will have to do for this beer. The brew poured a clear copper color with a lot of visible carbonation on the body. The head was about a full finger at the poor and dissipated to a slight crown on top of the body with little lacing left. I’m really not all that familiar with altbiers. The last one that I had was in July 2010 (Long Trail Ale) and I didn’t have a stange then either. That beer really didn’t stand out to me, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. The nose was subtle with some caramel sweetness and nuttiness, but nothing offensive. The taste is much of the same, except I got a definitely floral note. The nuttiness was also a definite component and the carbonation made this a really crisp beer. There was a slight hint of bitterness, but the caramel sweetness takes the front seat. The finish was pretty quick and mild. This is probably the best Shiner beer that I’ve had to date. It was very drinkable and I could see newbies to craft beer really enjoying this. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Shiner Bohemian Black Lager

So after a long day at work and leg day at the gym, I came home to my sister telling me that there is no air conditioning upstairs. Now, I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I hate the heat. I hate the summer and just hot weather in general. I get headaches and I can’t sleep. Nothing about the heat is pleasant for me. So, we’re currently waiting for the HVAC guy to come and fix them, and to get through this, I figure a brew is in order.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to, “Originally a limited edition schwarzbier for the Spoetzl Brewery’s 97th anniversary, it became a permanent part of the brand portfolio in late 2007. Black uses imported Austrian Saaz and Styrian hops and dark-roasted malts.”

Random: I’m so happy I didn’t stay up for the Phils game last night. 19 innings…that is absolutely craziness.

The brew poured a dark brown color with a half a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. Due to the color, I couldn’t discern if there was a lot of carbonation on the brew or not. The nose definitely presented with a lot of roasted malt and a hint of smoke and possibly bacon. This brew could have possibilities. On the taste, I figured out that this was definitely a thin brew (almost watery) with a decent amount of carbonation. The flavors in the taste were much of what were in the nose. I got roasted malts again and definitely smoke, but not as much bacon. The finish is much of the same. As my sister said after tasting it, this beer had potential, but it was way too thin. If it had a little more body, it would definitely be more enjoyable. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again. I’ve found another Shiner beer that I’m just not thrilled with. I think I have one or two more in the fridge.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0