brandon1989 (694) - Lewisville, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Pours an amber color with a medium white head. The aroma is very sweet malts, caramel. The taste is more of the same. There is also some breadiness in the flavor as well to round it out. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2014
[Bottle] Amber colored beer with a quickly receding head. Nose is metallic with dusty grains rounding it out. Tastes of sweet bready malts, copper penny, toasted grains and light earthy hops. Tasting notes from 2012. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Deep clear fiery amber with copper hues, moderate sudsy off-white head, moderate carbonation, little lacing.   Soft grainy nose, slight breadiness with a bit of candied nuts.   Soft caramalized graininess on
the tongue.   Not a big grainy/bready Alt, which I like.   Decent malt base, slightly sweet, with very soft graininess.   Seems like a lighter Alt without losing its malt body.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.
Finishes a little dirty, a little musty and husky.   Slight sweet breadiness lingers.   Enjoyable in that it wasn’t overly grainy as so many others. danfosha (52) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2012
Not much aroma, medium bitterness, medium bodied palate, smooth, but nothing too distinguished. Still, very drinkable. videofrog (244) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2012
From notes, 4/25/11:
Poured from 12 oz bottle from Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack into a stange.
Aroma: Aromas were very subtle. Citrusy hops with faint malts and dark fruits.
Appearance: Poured a nicely carbonated amberish-burnt orange color. Head was about 2 finger and stayed fairly stable down the glass with sporadic lacing.
Taste: Caramel malts outweigh the hops while maintaining a good balance; didn’t get the metallic aftertaste other Shiner brews sometimes suffer from, instead I really enjoyed the fruity/citrusy aftertaste; toasted grains common to Shiner also present.
Palate: Smooth, medium-body mouthfeel. Very sessionable.
Overall: Pleasantly surprised at the quality of this brew; was only disappointed in the lack of aroma.
sjohnny (676) - - SEP 21, 2012
Bolder than the Black Lager. Good crisp bitterness. A hint of sweetness to balance it out. blahbobbyblah (110) - Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2012
This beer has changed. As it is the Brewer’s Pride it will be changing. This is now the Prickly Pear instead of the Old Time Alt. A fruity taste to it. Reminds me of the Ruby Red. Butters (4176) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Clear pale amber pour with thin ring of khaki head. No real aroma other than a light grainy sweetness. Flavor was about what I expected, with some caramel, earthy hops, maybe pine, musty, and a little creamy. Didn’t really think much of it though. Meh. knickskicks (1168) - - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle pour. Sweet malt, caramel, bready. Thin. Still one of Shiner’s better efforts. cbfobes (2891) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a dark amber with a light white head and lacing through the glass, the aroma is of malt and caramel with some bread notes coming through, the flavor has a nice malt front end with bread in the finish, not bad.