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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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378 Ratings

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 69 | 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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1/5  rDev -70%

e911mann, Nov 17, 2012
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1/5  rDev -70%

harrylee773, Jan 13, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -55%

gil1205, Jul 21, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

Shafaegalo, Jan 12, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -47.4%

Twpsyn, May 08, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

dertyd, Jan 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

bundy462, Nov 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

WKrieger, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

heerboth, Aug 31, 2014
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2/5  rDev -39.9%

ChaosKittyXJ9, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a golden color. Head doesn't stay around very long. Very clear. Smells like artificial fruit aroma and grainy malt. The beer base is a decent enough lager (based on other Shiner products) but it is dominated by artificial flavorings. Tastes like melon and kiwi. Strange. Doesn't taste like prickly pear at all, really. Prickly pear is a delicate flavor and should have been left alone. The ¨natural¨ flavors just kill it. Like a cross between a fruit soda and some Michelob Ultra fruit mess. Mouthfeel is alright, but the sweetness kind of makes it sticky on the tongue. Not very drinkable at all.

goochpunch, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of steelscarab
2.18/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured fresh from bottle to a glass.

Appearance: Something of a light copper color. Easy to see through and quite effervescent. It certainly looks appealing and inviting. Slighter more copperish than a standard pale ale.

Smell: It doesn't have much of a smell other than sweetness. Specifically, my first impression of the smell is something like agave syrup.

Taste: Disappointing. At first I thought it was just too cold to taste all of the flavors so I let it get to a cask temperature. There is almost no taste to this beer. The sweetness is either overpowering all of the other flavors or it is just only a sweet beer. I know that a prickly pear is somewhat sweet but this reminds me more of an agave beer than anything else. No hop flavors and no usual malts are detectable.

Mouth: Also disappointing. Very light mouth-feel; not much thicker than water. Dissipated rapidly on the tongue.

Drinkability: Moderate. I say this instead of high, frankly because the taste doesn't make me want to drink much of it. If you had a six pack of this you could easily blow through all of them rapidly, thanks to lightness and low alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

steelscarab, Dec 03, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

skm, Dec 14, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Sazz9, Oct 06, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Kubrickx, Dec 13, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

crobinso, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Hergestridge
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow.. Wow.. This brings to mind the flavour of bottle cap candy and fizzies mixed together. Fruity like straw candy bad.. except straw candy fruity tastes a bit better than this entry. This is a bit of a throwback to the Bartles and Jaymes Era of Fruit Coolers.. Ack!! I mean.. this is NOT a good bear. Wait did I say Bear?? I meant it's difficult to bear this "beer"!. It's debatable that this IS a beer..!!! I really Like Shiner Breweries Entries for the most part. this is NOT one of them..
Wow! and not in a good way..
~Carry On Citizens!!!~

Hergestridge, Oct 09, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

kds2437, Nov 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Dothacker4492, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Pours a dull golden color with a huge head into my glass. I haven't seen too many beers with prickly pear flavoring.

The use of pear adds a light, crisp sensation to the nose. It does seem sweeter than normal but I'm unsure of the taste.

Clean, refreshing and light. The malt base works because it plays along to the strengths of the pear itself.

Grainy, baked bread texture at the back with just a touch of pear.

Not bad. A change of pace from the other Spoetzl offerings I've had as of late.

Brad007, Sep 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

scootercrabb, Jul 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

JoeMans, Dec 28, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

MaddDogg84, May 20, 2014
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2.38/5  rDev -28.5%

psmithmkt, Sep 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

avisong, Oct 26, 2012
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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.