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Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by EgadBananas on 06-29-2012

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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 718
Photo of Wer34truh
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a rather large head, with a clear amber color. Light visible carbonation.

This smells of fruity and dank sweetness. Also has a sour undertone. The drink this smell reminds me the most of is a traditional Scandinavian pear cider. This certainly does not smell like a regular beer, but is quite enjoyable nontheless.

I enjoyed the taste of this less. The funky sweetness from the smell is subdued, and there is an added bitterness. While I think the taste is more nuanced than the smell, I felt like it didin't own its weirdness quite as well as the smell.

Mouthfeel is light, fairly juicy, and moderately carbonated.

This is a solid beer. I wish I hadn't gotten a twelve-pack, yet friends that tried it enjoyed it so I don't think I'll have a problem getting rid of it. Certainly not a lame beer!

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any time a brewery tries something new, they get points for trying (in my opinion). This is a unique, easy drinking beer. Personally I like the sweet flavor.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
1.97/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I like a lot of shiner beers but this one I just couldn't get into at all. The flavor is not good, the smell isn't much better. When the look is it's best attribute it's not a good beer.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

not a bad beer at all. it taste fruity and smells fruity but its not as fruity as i thought it would be. give this beer a chance and see what it can do for you

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Photo of stevoj
2.62/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Points for brewing with this odd ingredient, although aroma is a bit off-putting. Taste is sweet, but flat and dry. Saving grace is this beer’s beautiful look, light, clear amber with nice fluffy head. Not sure about the taste of the prickly pear however....

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
2/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very meh beer. Not much complexity with a weird funky quality. The pear flavoring was clearly very artificial and almost syrup like. I didn't hate this beer, but certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had a beer with such a unusual taste very different but enjoyable. its the first time I have seen beer from this brewer and the first time I have had a beer made with prickly pear cactus. many of you may turn your nose up but I like to try different and unusual beers. drinking the same style of beer all the time is boring to me. so try it and let me know what you think.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.58/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a surprisingly good beer. I tried it not knowing what to expect - it's very sweet yet has the Shiner taste that I love. I would call this a summer beer, personally - great for a hot day while having a barbecue.

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Photo of puck1225
3.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A summer beer still in the frig. A light crisp beer with a slightly sweet fruit flavor. Poured a clear dark yellow from a bottle into a pint glass. Thick short lasting head and good lacing. Had a goal tonight at hockey and this Shiner was just right before going to bed!

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Pear, light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with light fruit flavors. Sweet.

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Photo of ajilllau
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours darker (darker than Yuengling lager) than I expected and was deceivingly sweet smelling but is not sweet when drank. It was very floraly in the smell and the taste. When people tried it they usually had more then one. Near the end of the keg it started tasting bad and I had to pour off maybe the last ten pints.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.92/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, beige, shortlived head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is crisp but perfumey prickly pear & stone fruit, floral & lemon with a mineral hint. Taste is tangy, prickly pear, citrus, vegetal & medicinal with a slight toasted malt hint, it has a cloying perfumey sweetness up front with a tart but mild drying finish. Aftertaste is fruity, mineral & lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin with a light prickle, drying in the finish & aftertaste. For those who have never tasted raw prickly pear flesh this brew is pretty true to the aroma & flavor as I remember it.

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Photo of Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Medium amber in color with a tall white head.

S: Sweet and fruity smelling. There is a little bit of an apricot like smell, but the fruitiness comes out as fake.

T: Light and fruity, although like the aroma the fruitiness comes off as fake... there is a slightly bitter note in the end..

M: Light and highly carbonated.

O: Overall meh... fairly on point for the look and feel, but just a fake tasting brew.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.48/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger white creay head. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is ripe berries, watermelon, and a sweet breadiness.

T - The taste follows the aroma with watermelon, raspberry, and strawberry upfront. There is a light graininess in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very drinkable summer beer. The flavors are light and crisp.

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Photo of hman43
2.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

It pours light amber in color with a small head that quickly disappears. It has citrus and floral aromas with a sweet, tart aroma of dark fruit. It has a sweet tart flavor with citrus and dark fruit like flavors that has an odd bit of sweetness to it. It is a bit lively on the palate. After a white, the taste doesn't sit as well for the overall experience as it did when I first started drinking it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: the prickly pear is front and center, but I also got a whiff of breadiness;

T: with most fruit beers, the fruit character comes through in the aroma, but not so much in the flavor; not so with this beer; the prickly pear is dominant from start to finish; slightly sweet, not bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm not much of a fruit beer fan, but this is well done;

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Prickly Pear"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.50 @ Outlet Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Appearance: Clear. Surprisingly dark copper body. Short headof off-white. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and candyish.

Flavor: Some maltiness steps in but the berry-like fruitiness and sugar-candy notes remain dominant. It's sweetish but not sweet, and it finishes fairly dry with lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body but with a dextrinous edge. Its Fine-bubbled median carbonation gives it a little bit of needed zing to start; and it becomes soft and smooth halfway through as it warms a bit.

Overall: In a way it's just another fruit beer, but there is something unique about it. Not a bad choice for summer.

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Photo of mjurney
2.26/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Off-white head.

Candy, sweet and tart, a bit fruity, bready malt.

Sweet and tart up front, almost candy-like. Bready malt, a little caramel. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very sweet and semi-dryness. Body is light-medium, harsh, undrinkable.

It's an awful beer!

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a six up on a whim. The beer hits the nail on the head for the prickly pear flavor. Slightly fruity and crisp. Good carbonation and overall drinkability for a shiner beer. Perfect for golf on a hot summer day

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Photo of mothman
3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer tastes fine for what it is. The pear flavors is there. Kind of fruity. Has a bland finish. It isn't bad. It is kind of refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is really strange stuff, and i have to admit i am not overly familiar with the special ingredient here, so its hard to tell exactly how true to nature it is or anything like that, but the beer is very weird. i like how light it is, nice and frothy in the glass with a pale color and some haze, even a hint green in the right light. it smells good, sweet for sure, but summery, citrusy, and fruity in a new way. the flavor is the weird part, it has tartness like yogurt, and even has the flavor of some fruited greek yogurt, very strange to have some dairy based thing coming through in a beer, not sure i dig it, but it is surely different. a little more sweetness than it needs, but its pretty juicy too, lush and fleshy, i can perceive a cactus type mouthfeel, cut open and wet in an otherwise very dry climate. very neat for a summer beer to convey this feeling, but the flavor just isnt all that compelling. one glass i think isnt a bad dose, but i couldnt make a day of it. any summer beer i dont want more than one of i think misses the mark, but i like how unique this is.

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Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a very unique fruit flavor that I found very enjoyable. The beer is a clear amber/copper color with a small white head. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A unique beer experience that I would recommend for anyone who is into fruit beers.

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Photo of eyeroller
4.35/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure many people who try this have actually tried prickly pear cactus fruit before. I have. This beer does a great job picking up that flavor. I love Shiner. Texas born and bread. This beer is a refreshing summer brew. I was super suprised to pick up a 12pk of this in Chicago!

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Photo of Jensen83
4.48/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very cool combination of pear and a light lager. Beautiful color and refreshing taste makes it a good summer pick. Very "prickly " adds to the refreshing experience.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent golden color with moderate carbonation. Produces a half finger head that recedes quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Smells like a slightly sweet fruit and subtle floral notes. Taste is a smooth and slightly tart note with a textured and dry body. Light body with medium carbonation and no bitter or boozy aftertaste.
I didn't know what to expect, but it was a pleasant fruitiness that I hadn't associated with prickly pear. It didn't taste fake or too chemically. Worth trying and would like to see it as a summer seasonal again.

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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