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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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76
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290 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 36 | 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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kt_va_hbrewer

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +14%

03-15-2014 08:43:26 | More by kt_va_hbrewer
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Smanke

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

07-05-2014 15:10:41 | More by Smanke
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jik18

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

01-19-2013 03:47:41 | More by jik18
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +14%

10-25-2012 03:03:10 | More by MichaelProcton
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four91

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-06-2013 03:18:36 | More by four91
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-09-2012 19:12:54 | More by Jmick28
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bhawk1

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +14%

06-09-2013 13:11:20 | More by bhawk1
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ToddGingerich

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +14%

12-28-2013 19:42:58 | More by ToddGingerich
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +14%

07-13-2013 00:28:52 | More by jzlyo
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kaelahann

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

05-09-2014 07:06:39 | More by kaelahann
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stormgasm7

Arkansas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

11-17-2013 03:26:08 | More by stormgasm7
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14%

08-27-2012 02:20:51 | More by capuchinpilates
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AHood

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14%

11-29-2012 05:17:05 | More by AHood
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TCMike

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 22:22:42 | More by TCMike
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stprather

Mississippi

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 19:40:21 | More by stprather
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raznug

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 13:06:27 | More by raznug
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beertunes

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear amber-gold color with less than 1/2 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and low lacing.

The aroma was certainly on the sweet side, a bit sweet, with some gentle grains and nice even hops. On the tongue, it was the same story. A soft grain base, a bit of smooth hops and mostly the fruity sweetness.

The body was pretty good, smooth, even, clean and easy drinking. Drinkability was very good, I'd have a couple of these on a warm day. Overall, I liked this beer. It was somewhat of a surprise (the only other Prickly Pear beer I'd had, hadn't impressed me, but it was from Widmer), I'd say it's probably a must try if you see it, but maybe not worth a lot of effort to obtain.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 22:53:01 | More by beertunes
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper pour with a foamy white one-finger head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Very nice taste that is mostly sweet but does have a slightly tart edge. Predominant flavors are light fruit (pear or tropical?), mild malt and a touch of floral hop bitterness that fades quickly on the back end. Finishes with a touch of tartness. Its different but good and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2014 20:30:13 | More by Karibourgeois
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ranger7

Texas

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found in a Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack.
From the bottle to a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.

A - Nice golden color, with a thin and quickly dissipating head.

S - Sweet, fruity, surprisingly sour smelling. It smells slightly similar to sour candy.

T - I can taste the cactus, it's "green" tasting, kind of grassy and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied with a light aftertaste and some lingering cactus.

Summary - I really enjoyed this brew. It's better than Shiner's other fruit beer attempt "Ruby Redbird" and I would be much more likely to buy a 6-pack of this. It's different, has a unique flavor, and would go well with food or alone (which is how I drank it).

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 14:04:32 | More by ranger7
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.61/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date poured into a Summit pint glass

clear reddish orange color. very small head and almost no lacing. smell is light, airy, wheaty, with a hint of pear. taste is a light and crisp wheat with a pear finish. feel is slightly cloying but overall pleasant.

decent wheat beer with a pear kick. get it if you're into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 05:24:58 | More by jimmah120
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MattMcGinnis

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Prickly Pear Lager is distinctly different from other Shiner beers. Its brewed by Jimmy Mauric with multiple malts including caramel, wheat and two-row barley alongside Citra and Golding hops. The actual red fruit of the prickly pear cactus is used in the brewing process for a unique flavor.

Look: Rich amber color like a summer sunset with a khaki head that billows and sticks around for a while, leaving behind ample lacing.

Smell: Nice aromas of lilac and dried hay.

Taste; Prickly Pear Lager has a bright citrus flavor, with a bit of fleshy fruit and a dry crisp finish. I’m tempted to call it sweet, but it isn’t really. It sort of reminds me of Zima, except it tastes a hell of a lot more like beer. This is one easy drinking beer; light and refreshing. My first went down incredibly quickly.

My full review is on my blog: http://whatareyoudrinking.net/2012/07/shiner-introduces-prickly-pear-lager/

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 13:10:12 | More by MattMcGinnis
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter copper / deep amber color. Upon pouring there is a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell -The smell is very sweet and can be detected from the pour, well before bringing my nose to the glass. In the aroma are huge smells of lighter (in color) fruit aromas with big peach, pear, berry (raspberry and strawberry), kiwi, as well as some citrus. There is also a prickly pear aroma that comes through with the rest. Overall its smell is massive of sweet and smells heavily of candy; it is tasty, but rather strange for a brew.

Taste - The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor and a good dose of pear, peach and berry. These taste remains relativity constant, except for an increasing prickly pear and kiwi flavor that continually grow stronger as the taste advances further on. In the end a sweet fruity flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side while the carbonation level is on the higher side. For the sweeter flavors the body and carbonation are both very fitting for the brew and make it easy drinking and more refreshing (lemonade refreshing as opposed to cold water refreshing).

Overall – It was sweet and had some nice flavors, although for me it was a bit too fruity. It would likely be nice on a warmer day when looking for something sweet as well as refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:48:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A substantial clear copper color with rather decent head lacing.

S - Sweet and fruity. I get a lot of peach and champagne grapes.

T - I still pick up sweet peach and perhaps what I imagine prickly pear to taste like. A bit artificial to me but not in a way that puts me off.

M - Fizziness bites the tongue right off the bat, in a good way. The beer is light bodied and a very easy drinker.

O - My second 'Brewers Pride' beer from Spoetzl and another winner. Why can't the rest of their lineup be even close to as good?

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 04:44:28 | More by Beerevity
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.