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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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123 Reviews

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 685
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 39.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 252 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 yakyak
1.64/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Not prickly pear at all. Way too much raspberry artificial flavoring!Overwhelming raspberry
smell. Yuk. Prickly pear would be much more subtle and it would have more of a watermelon smell.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
1.81/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Terrible. Shiner is pretty awful brewery. No IPAs, no imperial stouts, no barleywines, nothing interesting at all. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I went in thinking fruits and refreshing. The pear flavor was horrible, very artificial tasting. I'd drink piss over this.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It tasted like it was full of artificial sweetener. I had a couple, no where near drunk, and I was puking later that night. Maybe from this, maybe not, but the association will always be there. No thanks.

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Photo of Gear54
2/5  rDev -39.9%

From a bottle into a snifter. I got this in a shiner variety pack a month or so again. I see it's been retired since then.

Champaign gold in color with thin head but lots of lace.

Smell is pair and orange. It's almost overwhelmingly fruity in the nose.

Tast follows the smell exactly. Orange and pair with some bitter hops. Very unique match of flavor and heavy sweetness.

Lightly carbonated and smooth but not as easy drinking. I couldn't have more than one before the sweetness got to me!

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Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

purchased as part of a sampler case, and it was the lease enjoyable in the pack, don't let the pear inference miss lead you this is a cactus beer, their are some citrus notes, but this beer is too sour for me.

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Photo of steelscarab
2.19/5  rDev -34.2%
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

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Photo of goochpunch
2.2/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mjurney
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Off-white head.

Candy, sweet and tart, a bit fruity, bready malt.

Sweet and tart up front, almost candy-like. Bready malt, a little caramel. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very sweet and semi-dryness. Body is light-medium, harsh, undrinkable.

It's an awful beer!

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Photo of Hergestridge
2.29/5  rDev -31.2%
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!!!~

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks smells and sounds great. Initial taste is sweet then highly artificial and chemical and then the finish is that of a bitter beer. Not to my liking due to the artificial flavor

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm not terribly interested in fruit-flavored beers to begin with but I couldn't see the appeal in this one, period. Tastes like vintage candy you'd buy in the tourist destination store.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew, full head and leaves a nice crown. Huge fruity aromas. Smells like prickly pear juice or sorbet. Taste is crazy. Intense prickly pear. You have to respect that. This is not a tolken fruit beer... They embrace the ingredient. But it doesn't work for me. Too sweet, too soda like. They try to balance that with bitter hops, but the combo doesn't work. Sticky sweet in the front and bitingly bitter on the finish. All that and the alcohol comes through. Feels like a bad wine cooler at the end of the day. I really want to like this...

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Photo of Hopmodium
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Horrible smell ruined any potential taste that may not have been, but was not, present. I meant that. Awful beer. Nothing like real prickly pear taste, feel, smell, or anything. Fake ingredients made from pulverized garbage.

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Photo of Weston19
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Amber, clear, about a pinky sized head, little carbonation, big air bubbles stick to the glass.

S: Pear, honey, and a perfumy smell that comes under the pear. It smells very fruity.

T: Sweet. This is probably a little sweeter than I would like but I would attribute that to the fact that there isn't much hop flavor to balance out the sweetness. It's not bad, it's just very fruity.

MF: Creamy, smooth, and leave an oily feel to the mouth. Very light beer.

O: I've had other fruit beers before but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I would've liked. I thought it wasn't very balanced and was overly sweet.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and standard label art acquired as part of a Shiner variety pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and concept - I like the idea of a pear lager (I love Tusker Lager, which has a great pear flavour). Reviewed as a fruity lager because it identifies as such itso-facto on the label. "Beer brewed with prickly pear fruit and with natural flavor added."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Disappointingly thin. Little creaminess or frothiness. Decent inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a pear lager. No overt flaws are obvious. Not unique or special.

Sm: Immediately, I recognize artificial fruit extract flavoring - green apple and pear. Sweet and candi-like. Not quite cloying. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Has a minimal floral hop presence. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Heavy fruit extract/flavoring. Green apple, pear, grape. Lightly tart. Minimal floral hop presence. Too sweet and artificial overall. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Dreadfully simple and one-dimensional. Zero complexity and subtlety. The balance could use work as well (in spite of its simplicity). Candied. I'm not a big fan of this one.Too sweet.

Very shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Okay body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Downable but uninspired. I wouldn't get this again; very artificial. Pedestrian beer for the hoi polloi. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. I'm glad I didn't buy a 6 pack or anything. A disappointment from Spoetzl.

High C-

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Photo of hman43
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

It pours light amber in color with a small head that quickly disappears. It has citrus and floral aromas with a sweet, tart aroma of dark fruit. It has a sweet tart flavor with citrus and dark fruit like flavors that has an odd bit of sweetness to it. It is a bit lively on the palate. After a white, the taste doesn't sit as well for the overall experience as it did when I first started drinking it.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

From the 12 fl oz bottle. This may be retired but I tried it on November 30, 2014.

Average looking pale yellow to light amber pour and a long lasting bug white head.

The aroma has plenty of pear on the nose and I guess that is what it should have considering its name. Sweet overall.

Light to medium body.

Like the aroma there are many fruit characteristics happening here. In some respects it reminds me of one of those Dole fruit cups from the grocery store. Steeped in syrup and sweet all around but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Straight from the bottle while playing pool and not really thinking about the beer. Picked it up and for a second I thought I'd grabbed someone's friut drink. Gag.

I'm just not a fan of fruity brews. I'd probably rate it lower if I hadn't had a few big beers beforehand.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the "Family Reunion" mixed six pack.
Poured aggressively in a 12 ounce hotel tumbler. Liquid the color of strong iced tea, dark brown with red throughout. Clear with a light tan head developing. Retention is weak, dropping to a thin film within 30 seconds. Some decent lace left behind.
Smell is sweet, fruity - kind of raspberry/apple mix, no idea what a prickly pear smells like-, some weak malt and nothing else. Smells a lot like a fruity soda, like a Dayton Redpop.
Taste is strawberry-like fruit, malt and that's it. Fortunately, the overriding sweetness of the nose is well restrained here. Still, it drinks like an under-sweetened soda. Balance is fine but with only two notes how hard is that?
Medium plus body, sharp upfront effervescence (but lighter than anticipated) mellowed quickly. Feels similar to a strawberry lambic in many ways but falls well short of that style. All told, an "interesting" beer but not really worth seeking out.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, beige, shortlived head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is crisp but perfumey prickly pear & stone fruit, floral & lemon with a mineral hint. Taste is tangy, prickly pear, citrus, vegetal & medicinal with a slight toasted malt hint, it has a cloying perfumey sweetness up front with a tart but mild drying finish. Aftertaste is fruity, mineral & lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin with a light prickle, drying in the finish & aftertaste. For those who have never tasted raw prickly pear flesh this brew is pretty true to the aroma & flavor as I remember it.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber in the glass and a nice appearance. Well carbonated with a light moouthfeel. Faint aroma of

Rather sweet and quite fruity. Somewhat tangy, but not at all like citrus taste. Rather faint grape flavor. A touch of cherry Kool Aid as the tartness kicks in. Quite mellow and not the least trace of hops. Just an earthy touch at the end.

Actually too bad, though it's hard to pin the flavors down. Not the usual faint wheat beers with fruity flavors, either. The lack of malty and hoppy beeriness will cause me to skip it next time. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at H and H Beverages in Abilene, Texas.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.