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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

322 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 322
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 7
Gots: 47 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EgadBananas on 06-29-2012)
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Reviews by mooseisloose:
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mooseisloose

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -20.5%

Part of the family reunion sixer picked up at the local convenience. Lets give it a whirl. Popping the top is a very sweet not pear but raspberry smell. Pours to a light bronze wit a multisize bubble off white head that disappears immediately. Taste is a deep sour fruit with some bitterness and a dry light finish. Mouthfeel is sparkly. Not my style.

11-22-2012 02:28:19 | More by mooseisloose
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legalag11

Texas

4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-17-2014 02:52:02 | More by legalag11
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Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Louisiana

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11-28-2013 03:35:32 | More by tbryan5
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

08-27-2014 14:12:10 | More by AbbeyL29
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Brauntasaurus

Texas

3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -9.4%

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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-16-2012 02:57:27 | More by Jason
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nothunder

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

05-01-2013 00:14:46 | More by nothunder
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Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-19-2014 03:11:32 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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New York

3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-15-2014 03:38:42 | More by Irish_Fan
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Dello

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

07-16-2014 21:31:04 | More by Dello
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

06-25-2014 16:16:37 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-11-2014 18:49:37 | More by valkyre65
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johndonor3


4/5  rDev +20.8%

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Garrettshu

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-01-2013 20:05:51 | More by Garrettshu
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Trashcat

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

10-04-2012 21:27:56 | More by LXIXME
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

09-23-2012 02:55:57 | More by RDW
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Jackp_43

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

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5/5  rDev +51.1%

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tdm168

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

07-26-2013 22:30:39 | More by tdm168
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dertyd

California

2/5  rDev -39.6%

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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -13%

Appearance: Pumpkin orange with very little foam and lacing. It's flat too.

Smell: Raspberries and apples. Very faint, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. Nothing else really. I guess I taste a bit of lemon or even some burnt cedar or quinine. The mouthfeel is like soda water, which permeates the bitterness.

Overall Drinkability: I used to live in Arizona, and also wondered what cactus beer would taste like. A friend told me it wouldn't be easy, and that's apparent here. I will give bonus points for trying to pull it off.

10-31-2012 23:49:02 | More by tjsdomer2
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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 322 ratings.