Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

392 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 8
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 06-29-2012)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jdg_0887
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AbbeyL29
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Brauntasaurus
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Photo of nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of howling_henrik
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Irish_Fan
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Dello
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of chinchill
3.61/5  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.

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of johndonor3
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Porter_Hoarder
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Garrettshu
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of LXIXME
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized off white head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

A very sweet fruity aroma, I guess it's the smell of the prickly pear with maybe some sugar added.

An almost artificial sweetness to the taste of this beer, seems to me that the prickly pear does not transfer well to a good beer taste and they added some additional sugars and fruit taste to fill in what was lacking in the prickly pear fruit taste.

A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the sugars and fruit sweetness of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

If somehow they could have make the taste less artificial it might have been a pretty good drink but it just seems to fake for me.

Photo of RDW
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Jackp_43
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Dub12588
5/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - dark copper with a thin, bubbly, loose, white head that fades quickly

S - hints of prickly pear and alcohol

T - grainy, faint toasted malt notes, faint caramel, hints of the prickly pear

M - crisp, over carbonated, medium bodied that is thinned out by the carbonation

I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I was expecting a more pungent fruit presence, but it's really subdued. The bottle also promised a citra hop citrus character, but I don't get any of that. In the end, this is a rather nondescript, simple fruit beer. I'm glad I tried it once, but I don't think I'll be buying any more of this.

Photo of dertyd
2/5  rDev -39.9%

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.