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January 6, 2013

Spoetzl’s Prickly Pear Beer Review 1.6.2013

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

Who knew a Prickly Pear would hit the spot. Simply Delicious!

TBR Reports on Shiner’s Prickly Pear
File Date: 1.6.2013

File Name: The India Fig Opuntia Like You Never Knew
The Beer: Prickly Pear
Type: Fruit/Vegetable
Serving: Bottle
Stats: N/A
Brewer: Spoetzl Brewery
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: TX, USA
Brewer Info: From its earliest time under the Shiner Brewing Association in 1909, to that fateful day in 1914 when Kosmos Spoetzl saw an opportunity to bring classic Bavarian Brewing traditions to his fellow immigrants, through the “Great Experiment” of Prohibition and and Great Depression, the “Little Brewery” has stuck to what they know best – handcrafting the finest beer.

tbr-prickly-pear-insertBrewer Brand Hype: (This is a limited run craft beer from Spoetzl Brewery. There is no mention of it on their web site.)
Label: Drink one down. End your drought. Beer brewed  with Prickly Pear fruit and with natural flavor added.  Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew No. 3. A little something special from the little brewery in Shiner. This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer’s Pride Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew’s signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery’s landscape that’s a hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique ~ qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit.

The Brewski Review: Beautiful light, citrus tasting lager from Shiner. It pours with a nice, deep copper color and with ample head that dissipates rather quickly. It has a wonderful citrus, almost sweet flavor to it with minimal hoppy bitterness. I told my wife to try it and she takes about 5 rather large gulps. ‘I’d drink that one.’ she says. Since I only recieved two of these in a Shiner/Spoetzl sampler 12 pack I better take the other bottle out and hide it in the garage. I’ll have to try and track down a few more of these before they are extinct. Excellent taste. And, if you don’t know what a Prickly Pear is, here is a quick educational rundown: Born of the Opuntia cacti or, Indian Fig Opuntia (O. ficus-indica) to be precise, and most often used in culinary applications. There are others but this is the primary genus. Prickly pears typically grow with flat, rounded cladodes that are armed with two kinds of spines; large, smooth, fixed spines and small, hairlike prickles called glochids, that easily penetrate skin and detach from the plant. Many types of prickly pears grow into dense, tangled structures. Dangerous to pick, so stick to drinking the beer.

Drinkability: Definitely
Appearance: Deep coppercolor with ample head
The Buds: Light, sweet taste
TBR Cap Rating: 4.75 out of 5

Indian Fig Opuntia with golades

Indian Fig Opuntia cacti cladodes or better known at prickly pear fruit.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

Next time your in Texas stop by here for your next field trip.

January 1, 2012

Leinie’s Euro Style Dark Lager Beer Review 1.2.12

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

Yummy creamy goodness in every swig.

TBR Reports on Leinie’s Creamy Euro Dark Lager
File Date: 1.2.2012

File Name: Could Leinie Be My New Fav Brewer?
The Beer: Creamy Dark
Type: Euro Dark Lager
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.9% ABV
Brewer: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. (MillerCoors)
Web Site:
State/Country of Origin: WI, USA
Brewer Info: The Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, the seventh-oldest brewery in the United States, is the oldest business in Chippewa Falls and one of the oldest in the state.  Our commitment and tradition of brewing quality products is matched only by the wants of generations of genuine beer-loving customers.  The origin of the name Wisconsin is Ojibwan.  To the Ojibwa, Wisconsin means gathering of the waters.  It was the waters of the Chippewa River, Duncan Creek and the Big Eddy Springs where Jacob Leinenkugel Found a home for his brewery in 1867.  The Leinenkugel brewing legacy in the United States continues today, more than 140 years and five generations later.

leinie-neonBrewer Brand Hype: Deliciously dark and surprisingly smooth, Creamy Dark is brewed with a rich blend of seven malts for a nutty, crisp flavor. We then age it slowly for its deep, dark color and creamy, easy-drinking taste.
Label: Lager With a Unique Blend of Four Barley Malts, Cluster, Cascade and Mount Hood Hops. Brewed with pride by the
Leinenkugel Family Since 1867. Carefully Brewed by the Leinenkugal Family for Five Generations.

The Brewski Review: Nice malty taste. I anticipated a bit more creamy taste but it didn’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer. It poured a dark amber or almost black color with a nice chocolate foam head that didn’t want to stop (I had to sip it down before I could snap a picture – least we not waste nary a drop) and dissapated rather quickly. Nice foamy lace clung to the sides of the glass as it worked it’s way down to the bottom. Overall a good beverage. I’ve yet to not care about any brand that Leinenkugal throws up on the shelf. I’ve enjoyed them all and dare I say it…they may be my most favorite brewer. Good thing my wife surprised me with a 12 pack of Leinenkugel’s Winter Sampler to keep me busy on these unusually mild winter days (which I’m loving by the way). I’ve already reviewed the Fireside Nut Brown (another Euro Dark Lager style) so you’ll just have to pitty me while I drink them down without having to profile poetically to my many readers.

Drinkability: Yes. Would drink again.
Appearance: Dark Amber – almost black.
The Buds: Excellent malty flavor sans the creaminess.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.0 out of 5 caps.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

I'm thinking this is my new favorite Brewer. I have yet to taste a beer I didn't like.

October 31, 2010

Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale Beer Review 10.31.10

Yes. I'm reviewing another pumpkin ale.

Yes. I'm reviewing another pumpkin ale.

The Brewski Report Reviews Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale.
File Date: 10.31.10

File Name: Your Vote Matters (As Long As You Vote For Change).
The Beer: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 8.0%
Brewer: Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Web Site:
Country/State of Origin: PA, USA
Brewer Info: Weyerbacher Brewing Company was founded in 1995 by Dan and Sue Weirback. In the beginning, I was an avid homebrewer and big fan of the blossoming new craft beers that were hitting the market.  One weekend in late 1993 while vacationing in Vermont, Sue and I toured the Long Trail brewery, back when it was in the basement of an old mill.  I was looking for a new business to get into but it was Sue who suggested we start thinking about starting our own brewery. Nearly two years later, Weyerbacher Brewing Company was born in a livery stable in downtown Easton, PA.  Launched in August of 1995, the original concept was to make some mainstream microbrews, like a Pale Ale and ESB. Boy did we take a wrong turn!  In 1997 we brewed our first big beer, Raspberry Imperial Stout, which happened to be one of Dan’s favorite homebrew recipes.  As hard as it was to get people to care about another “Pale Ale” in a sea of pale ales, people seemed to stand up and take notice of Raspberry Imperial Stout.  The following year we brewed Blithering Idiot Barleywine and began brewing Belgian beers as well, like our Merry Monks’ Ale (originally called “Belgian Style Tripel”).  This was the time when our path was set.  “Let’s make full-flavored high-quality brews for a discerning customer.”  We haven’t looked back.

tbr-weyerbacher-neonBrewer Brand Hype: Like a pyramid for a pharaoh, we set out to make a bold monument for The King of the Pumpkins!  This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is the mother of all pumpkin ales.  It is heartier, spicier, and more “caramelly” and “pumpkiny” than its faint brethren! We have added lots of pumpkin along with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and a touch of cardamom and clove giving this beer a spicy, full-bodied flavor.  This truly is an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream.  It is available August through November.
Label: Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cardamom & Cloves.

The Brewski Review: Election day is around the corner. If your for change and want to make a statment, get out there and vote conservative. We need a smaller, more nimble and accountable government. We don’t need higher taxes, more government intrusion & bureaucracy, elitist mindsets and dubious representation.  If your sticking with the current G-plan, you can stay home on the couch, waiting for someone to come and take care of you.  While you sit on the couch, or recliner, perhaps you should try an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Just because we have a different political viewpoint it doesn’t mean that I can’t turn you on to a tasty beer. Anyway, 8% alcohol by volume it says on the label. It certainly didn’t seem like it. I drank this one on an empty stomach right before a dinner of grilled hamburgers and french fries. I though it was a very tasty pumpkin ale, just a little bit better than my last review of Saranac’s Pumpkin Ale. The spicy flavor comes through immediately but it doesn’t have that ultimate pumpkin pie flavor of which I am in search of. It’s close, but I think there may be better out there so I’ll keep drinking until I can find it.

Drinkability: Definitely.
Appearance: Medium brownish/amber in color
The Buds: Tasty pumpkin and spice. Not quite like pumpkin pie though.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 caps out of 5

The Brewery sure isn't pleasing on the eye but at least the beer tastes good.

The Brewery is nothing to look at but at least the beer tastes good.

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