Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
3.4/5 rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
"This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer's Price 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 hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique- qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit!" Brewed in the style of a fruit lager. Available as part of the 2012 Family Reunion 6 packs or 12 packs. No visible date.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crunchy, crispy off-white head with average staying power, surprisingly good for my standards with Shiner. Lacing is specked and very light. Body color is a very mildly hazy amber-orange with sporadic spritely carbonation. The appearance is quite good for this beer. 3.75
(Smell) Wow, this is a very fruity aroma. Very fruit notes forward, highly potent, perceivably prickly pear, but a little less cidery and more berry-like in its aroma. Mild grassy and citrus hops lend a hand but have a hard time cutting through the already fruit-heavy aroma. A subtle pale malt sweetness doesn't contribute much to the aroma but probably isn't needed as much anyways- the aroma is already very sweet from the fruit character. The fruit, while unique and enjoyable is a bit syrupy sweet in the aroma, making for a natural imbalance, but this is certain to find a few people's likings. 3.25
(Taste) Flavor has an equal emphasis on the sweet as well as on a bitter tartness, always welcome for me. Mildly tart wildberry flavor with a faint residual sweetness is a better-balanced sweetness character for me. It's still front-and-center in the flavor, with a pale malt profile giving it a hint of body and a grassy hop note here and there complimenting the tartness for a better balanced but spritely and clean finish. I have a bit of a soft spot for fruit beers, as I personally enjoy the flavor but understand that a bit more balance would have been more desirable. The malt character is a touch shallow, and I don't doubt some malt body would have created an even more complex and unique flavor. Mildly dry finish with a bit of soft grain huskiness. 3.25
(Mouthfeel) There's a buzzy carbonation presence that does more creaminess and foam than stinging crispness. Body for the style is medium, and amongst all beers is slightly below medium. Alcohol presence is very well hidden by the fruit notes. I found the carbonation presence enjoyable for this beer. 4
(Overall) I still don't get why Shiner holds out these types of beers for their limited releases when they're easily more enjoyable and flavorful than their staple beers. If you haven't had a prickly pear-led beer before then you're in for a treat. A more berry-tart aroma than cidery acidity obviously leads this beer, but it's not a complete palate wrecker- somewhat light body makes for likely repeat drinks, and if I had more to enjoy I'd certainly take them up on that. 3.5
Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 3: Prickly Pear
Serving type: bottle
02-20-2013 16:21:41 | More by Jadjunk
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3.78/5 rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This is a surprisingly nice and enjoyable beer that in my book ranks among the best Shiner beers.
Dark gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily srhinking to lasting thin foamy top and then foamy ring, a little lace.
Aroma is strong fruit (a bit like strawberry candy), grain.
Taste is nice fruit (leaning to strawberry again), very toasty grain, a little grass, well-rounded, nice firm character, a little form sweetness and bitterness, nice full feel. It is very enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 01:48:10 | More by Offa
3.86/5 rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The Prickly Pear. It reminds me of dry dusty places where all you want is a refreshing gulp of brew.
A (Appearance) Poured out of a bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 glass. There wasn't much lace to the head. It poured as a thin, frothy foam over a cider like pour.
S (Smell) Hints of apple, hints of pear, and hints of sunshine poured over lemon yogurt.
T (Taste) This was the best part for me. It was a surprisingly tart taste. In a world where hops reign, this is a queen. Sweet, yet tart. Bold, with a taste that is individually unique. While it is sweet, and tart, it doesn't conform to the idea of a "girly" drink.
M (Mouthfeel) Tingly on the inside. Bitter on the tongue.
O (Overall) This beer brings me back to my imaginary travels through the desert. I come upon an oasis, and a lovely woman awaits. She hands me a glass, with a thin frothy head. I drink deeply and I am refreshed.
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2014 04:16:15 | More by GypsyJoan
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.