Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 116
Hads: 673
Avg: 3.32
pDev: 40.66%
Wants: 19
Gots: 240 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EgadBananas on 06-29-2012

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.
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Reviews by Mitchells_Beer:
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3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden brass color

Smell: Fruity -- almost like Kool-Aid

Taste: The fruit is still dominating the taste, particularly at colder temperatures. But as it warms to around 50 degrees, the hops come out to play. This actually does taste like prickly pear (I grew up in El Paso and have had it many times in many forms): if you’ve never had this before you might compare it to a cross between a peach and a sweet ruby grapefruit with just a hint of melon. It’s sweet but with a pleasing tartness.
Mouthfeel: Good, but not remarkable. I wasn’t particularly taken by the carbonation or the head.
Overall: I don’t really like fruit beers, but this is one of the better ones I’ve tasted thus far. I think it might pair well with sweet pork barbecue or something similar. All in all, it’s a nice summer beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color with a modest cap of off-white head. Fair retention and lace is excellent, sheeting even.

Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like red Kool-Aid. Not unpleasant, but not very beer-esque.

Taste shows more beer character with a nice grainy malt complimented by a berry fruitiness, maybe a little floral. Im assuming this uses the prickly pear fruit as opposed to the leaves given the flavors here. Its pretty good, I am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this one delivers a tasty treat that is not too sweet.

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Photo of BrettBowerman
4.27/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful Summer brew that has a slight sweet after taste. Crisp and refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev +9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, thick lacing

SMELL: Fruity, hard candy, floral, mild breadiness, sweet

TASTE: Slightly smooth, wet, moderate body, fruity, grass, juicy, earthy, herbal, mild spice, baked apples, cactus, dry finish

I can appreciate the effort for doing a cactus flavored brew, if you can get past to at best ... embrace the fruitiness then this brew will do just fine by you.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Tasty and sweet. Not sure what cactus tastes like but I get a bunch of melon, light honey, light citrus, and a touch of hops at the end. While a six pack might be a bit much, I am looking forward to the other one in the variety twelve pack.

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.28/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +13%

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3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 (!) oz bottle.

Pours deep brown-amber with unusually coarse carbonation. Head is fairly short-lived.

Aroma: fruity and floral, with some earthy/herbal hop notes.

Flavor: Unusual fuity flavor with some tartness, presumably from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. ... think citrus/strawberry. About equally tart and bitter.

O: refreshing, unique and flavorful. Well worth trying.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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
77 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.