Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 631
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 22
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of PA-hunter
4.49/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber that is crystal clear. Two finger head slow to dissipate.

Smell- Sweet floral aroma with fruit. Similar to rasberry with apples as well. Dry cracker-like malt smell too.

Taste- Fruit is prominent, just as in the smell. The sweetness of rasberries comes first, blending into a drier crispness of that to an apple. The rasberry taste lingers all the way through and carries with it a slight tartness, even a bit sour. A bready malt flavor characteristic to that of a lager is in there, but is harder to pick out from the fresh fruit prescence.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin, vibrant carbonation, fresh and crisp.

Overall- I was really impressed. Interesting and unique, I now know prickly pear fruit tastes like rasberries. Mildly complex for sure. Great use of fruit in a beer. Very refreshing and just the right beer for a hot day. Light bodied and full of flavor make this beer very easy drinking. Must try. (982 characters)

Photo of Jensen83
4.48/5  rDev +35.3%
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. (165 characters)

Photo of eyeroller
4.35/5  rDev +31.4%
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! (285 characters)

Photo of dunkirkwns
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this brew as part of the SHINER REUNION 6 pack. I believe that is the only way to get this brew as it is one of the BREWERS PRIDE SERIES selections. Was very intrigued by the name and was compelled continuously as I opened it, smelled it, and drank it. Very good flavor and I highly recommend it. (303 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight, white head. Clear, copper color. Sweet, fruity, tart aroma. Starts slightly sweet and fruity, with a touch of tartness. A real nice, crisp prickly pear tuna flavor. Near the end, the smooth malt shows through. Finish is a touch of that malt with prickly pear tuna.

This is surprisingly excellent. If you like eating nopales tunas, this is for you. (369 characters)

Photo of InI
4.07/5  rDev +23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I live and grew up in Texas and I'm pretty sure I've had ever beer shiner makes. That said they are an incredibly overrated brewery but this is hands down my favorite beer they make. Color is very transparent copper with 2 finger white head that dissipates disappointingly quickly and left no lacing. The smell as mentioned by a previous reviewer smells oddly similar to red kool aid but in a good way. Taste is tart not too sweet and certainly not bitter but a little sour. Mouthfeel is pleasantly not overly carbonated easy to drink. At 4.9% abv this beer is designed to be a session beer on a 100+ degree Texas summer afternoon and I would choose this one 8/10 times the other choices being real ales Hans pils and Austin beer works pearl snap (746 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the Family Reunion pack.

Pours a dark amber color, clear, with an eggshell-white head of about a finger. Was creamy and dissipates to a foamy collar. The aroma was sweet and fruity, with a distinct melon aroma. Not sure what prickly pears smell or taste like, but I'll assume that's where it's coming from. Some bubblegum notes, possibly yeast characters. There's a hint of citrus hops in there, most likely the citra, though it's a bit muddled by the fruit. The taste was lightly bitter, with a fruit-like tartness. It's not big, bold or offensive, but it's there. After a few more sips, it becomes a bit more bitter, melding with that soft tartness and a subtle fruitiness. It's...unlike anything I've really had, but it's pretty good. The feel was light, but slick and crisp. It didn't seem highly carbed, but it is nice and bubbly on the tongue, which works well for this beer with the bitterness and mild tart edge.

Shiner's beers are typically average at best, though always very drinkable and cheap, so I always like trying the new Reunion pack when I see it, and thus far, this has been the most interesting and enjoyable. I think this would make a nice summer seasonal, Shiner. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a finger of white foam that dissipated into a quarter finger within 20 seconds. Bubbles are mild when poured and maintain. Amber/dark gold in color. Has strong, sweet aromas of what I assume is the prickly pear fruit. Mild bready malt aromas are also present along with citrus and floral aromas from the hops ( like the bottle says). Initial taste is really sweet from the prickly pear fruit. Very mild citrus and malt flavors enter immediately after initial taste, but the sweetness from the prickly pear practically overpowers them. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but crisp. Carbonation is mild. I love the sweetness of this beer. Will be getting a pack of these before summer ends and they go away. (754 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Toned copper in color, with a moderately large, somewhat coarse, off-white head, with good retention. A thick, irregular tidemark of lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising.

Aroma: The prickly pear fruit dominates the aroma, with a beguiling note that is reminiscent of watermelon and raspberries. Some modest, lightly toasted malt is present as well, but seems a mere afterthought.

Taste: As with the aroma, the striking flavor of prickly pear dominates the taste from opening to close, with a moderate sweet apple as well. The taste is not as distinct as the aroma, but again, its a striking combination of raspberries and watermelon. Pale, lightly toasted malts are present as well, but are a minor accompaniment to the prickly pear. The distinctive fruit flavors carry throughout the taste, with grassy and herbal hops bringing the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, full, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Some other reviews have described Shiner Prickly Pear as being quite sweet, I did not find it to be so. It reminded me of a raspberry ale, where the raspberries are fully fermented, leaving behind the tartness and flavor of the raspberries, but not any sugary sweetness. Shiner Prickly Pear is nothing like an "alco-pop" or "malternative". I think it would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. This is another fine effort from the little brewery in Shiner, Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (1,599 characters)

Photo of rcasiano
4/5  rDev +20.8%

I served this beer chilled (~5 C) and I really liked the sweet fruit flavor. It doesn't have much body nor aftertaste. As a native of San Antonio, this beer really does taste like prickly pears - prickly pear margaritas are a specialty offering of San Antonio. I think the flavors work very well together.

The only bad thing is that it only comes out about once a year! (370 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of time01
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack.

I thought the beer was good. it was refreshing and smooth. I am not a huge fan of fruity beers but this one was pretty mellow and not over the top flavored with fruit.

A: had it out of the bottle.
S: nice and light.
T: smooth and light, very nice.
M: very nice, light and not overdone for a fruit beer. (345 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with a 1/2" white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Good carbonation.

Smell: Fruity. Pears, mangoes, peaches.

Taste: Fruity, pears, much like the smell.

I started to think that all Shiner beers sucked. This is a totally decent fruit beer with a unique character. It's a session beer that is thirst quenching and satisfying. If you're into fruit beers, this is definately worth a shot. (425 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.87/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have enjoyed Shiner's Ruby Redbird (their other frequently made fruit beer), I was curious if I would like this or not.

It isn't great but isn't bad either.

I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light amber-copper colored. Clear. Not much head but still attractive.

Aroma is fruit-heavy, maybe some sour apples.

Flavor is interesting. Pretty sweet with lots of fruity notes from the cactus and I would assume some other fruit, but balanced well by the nice level of hops.

Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a nice summer session beer. Not great but at least a little bit different. I hope Shiner continues to find ways to incorporate Texas produce into their beers (pecans, peaches, grapefruit and not prickly pear --- all great choices). (782 characters)

Photo of GypsyJoan
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
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. (894 characters)

Photo of Rdel444
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Amber color with very thick head. Head looks to be a off white to beige color.
Smell - Fruity, Sweet, raspberry.
Taste - Mild beer, Little bitter but not in a bad way, citrus taste. Aftertaste is where you taste the prickly pear. Excellent.
Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated but feels real good going down.

Overall - I was really surprised by the flavor and smell of this beer. I was recommend this to anyone wanting to try something different. (455 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.79/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, leaves a half inch white fizzy head that recedes fairly slowly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely wonderful, though maybe slightly manufactured scent. Fruity notes abound.

The taste was surprisingly sour, but that's fine by me. Sour fruit notes take most the entire profile, it's good but not amazing.

Light bodied, a little gritty, medium low carbonation.

A surprising taste that could have been balanced a bit better, but I found this to be quite a unique beer. (523 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before soon fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Half decent lacing compared to other Shiner beers.

S- Crisp aroma with some apple/pear-like sweetness that reminds me of Juicy Juice. The malt comes in and lends a toasty characteristic leading to notes of brown sugar and sweet tea.

T- Flavor isn't as lively with more of a lager flavor pushed up against a minimal amount of pear and berry-like sweetness. There's a noticeable amount of toasty malt that balances things out. Highly drinkable.

M- Certainly not prickly but rather thin and slick. Medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Probably the best Shiner beer I've had which, as you can see by the score, isn't saying much (868 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet glass.

Look: A very deep clear cooper or cider colored body. A light cream head that recedes to a light wisp. Very light lacing that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Both sweet and tart with notions of raspberry and strawberry, obviously prickly pear fruit.

Taste: Tastes much like the aroma with raspberry tart and strawberry sweetness. I guess this is what prickly pear fruit tastes like. Slightly metallic tasting.

Mouthfeel: Thin, metallic aftertaste.

Overall: Sweet and tart, low ABV makes this crushable. It's good but a little too metallic. (568 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours an amber color and is topped with a good inch of off white head that tends to hang around quite a few sips into the beer.
Smell: The smell is like none that I remember it has an odd tartness to it that is quite intriguing. The blend of hops and that prickly pear tartness has my mouth watering.
Taste: The taste is a bit disappointing in comparison to the taste not that it is bad just not quite as bitter as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel of this beer it is just what a warm day in Ohio is suppose to be easy drinking but good flavor that keeps you wanting more. (607 characters)

Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised this is getting such low ratings...that said it is a Shiner and this is BA...stereotyping beers and their breweries...to bad.

A sweet hit of ripe fruit rind on the front...just not sure what fruit...prickly pear cactus? Slightly carbonated bitter/dry finish...with the sweetness coming back and lingering on the tongue.

Taste like a light sour...very light on the sour but a very pleasant "fruit" flavor that is hard to describe but extremely enjoyable IMHO. I like this and could/can/did knock down 3 out of a sixer in a hour and a half sitting with my wife taking the other 3...we both agree...

Good summer brew...cheers! (642 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.74/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Produced about a finger, and a half of white head. The beer color is a translucent, medium amber.
The aroma is of prickly pear, and biscuits.
The taste is similar, but not as bold as the smell had indicated.
Light mouth-feel, and fairly high carbonation.
Good beer, for what it is. My wife would enjoy this more than me. (320 characters)

Photo of stprather
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in my local supermarket's make-your-own six pack selection, bought with a couple of other less popular Shiners. I'm not a big "fruit beer" fan, but I found this one pretty enjoyable, especially b/c you get the fruitiness a bit more in the smell than in the taste.

Appearance -- deep amber golden, really lovely pour w/ nice creamy head
Smell -- pear in the forefront but a really nice, not-too-sweet malty honey nose
Mouthfeel -- really drinkable, not watery at all, smooth
Taste -- what I love about the taste is that it comes off less "fruity-sweet" and more "fruity-deep", as in a good wine, if that makes sense. Still not as malty/hoppy as I like, but wonderful for a "fruit beer."

Enjoyed this one (715 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.69/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing and well-executed fruit beer that tastes natural (it does not have artificial flavors), goes down easily, and is incredibly light and sessionable. It of course has the pear flavor, but it also has a general citrus flavor from the citra hops that add some level of complexity. Still, this beer does not intend to be the next world class beer and is rather a refreshing and better than average fruit beer that is really hard to turn down even for the most picky beer drinkers (it's just hard to admit that it's so good). (539 characters)

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
76 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.