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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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111 Reviews
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Reviews: 111
Hads: 658
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%
Wants: 20
Gots: 231 | 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 mothman
3.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer tastes fine for what it is. The pear flavors is there. Kind of fruity. Has a bland finish. It isn't bad. It is kind of refreshing on a hot summer day. (160 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Auburn colored and clear, head was about a finger and lace is so-so.

Aroma is that of grape soda, sweet and fruity.

Flavor is a bit more complex, fruity and sweet, herbal, and I suppose.... cactus.

Body is light and well carbonated, with an almost dry finish.

It's interesting, if not the brewery's best effort. Not bad. (325 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of watermelon and mixed berries (e.g., blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) are present in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of watermelon and raspberries, which I assume are coming from the addition of fruit from prickly pear cacti.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a summer beer and has some refreshing properties; the light-bodied nature makes it very easy to drink and seems a little diluted compared to other beers, analogous to the difference between a wine cooler and wine.

Serving type: bottle (900 characters)

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A pretty good easy-drinking pool side, refreshing, lawnmower beer. Not the greatest. I would like it to be a bit more tart (its not very tart to begin with).

Slightly tart, a fruitiness. maybe a bit of watermelon? Obviously from the cactus, but not really sure what that taste like on its own. slight hint of raspberry...like you would get in a raspberry wit that is light on raspberry (387 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow almost amber glass shows active carbonation streams that feed a thin, tight head that laces. Was hoping for a little more red-purple color to highlight the prickly pear.

Smell: Very fruity, but not much like prickly pear, more of a cranberry nose. Smells sweet, almost a Kool-Aid fruity sweet vibe, something comes across as artificial.

Taste: All the sweetness in the nose vanishes with a sour cherry pucker finish. The base is very light There is a lot of grape flavor in here as well, some apple skin, with a slightly tonic water like finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation leaves it a bit watery. Dry finish.

Overall: Not much prickly pear here, but I brew with prickly pear and I don't put much in either. It's more fun to say you brewed with it than it is to taste it. So, this ends up being a fruit infused, light beer that ends a bit too dry. I'm glad to see Shiner try some new things out. (936 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is really strange stuff, and i have to admit i am not overly familiar with the special ingredient here, so its hard to tell exactly how true to nature it is or anything like that, but the beer is very weird. i like how light it is, nice and frothy in the glass with a pale color and some haze, even a hint green in the right light. it smells good, sweet for sure, but summery, citrusy, and fruity in a new way. the flavor is the weird part, it has tartness like yogurt, and even has the flavor of some fruited greek yogurt, very strange to have some dairy based thing coming through in a beer, not sure i dig it, but it is surely different. a little more sweetness than it needs, but its pretty juicy too, lush and fleshy, i can perceive a cactus type mouthfeel, cut open and wet in an otherwise very dry climate. very neat for a summer beer to convey this feeling, but the flavor just isnt all that compelling. one glass i think isnt a bad dose, but i couldnt make a day of it. any summer beer i dont want more than one of i think misses the mark, but i like how unique this is. (1,084 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a long lasting off white head.. the brew itself is fizzy orange.

Nose shows bright/up-front watermelon and pink bubblegum... I guess this is the prickly pear!!

Flavor shows the same decent fruitiness but a bigger pale malt/wheaty element helps push but mutes the fruits.

Light fizzy carbonation on a light bodied beer....

Okay... I would drink this again.. I guess.

3.25/3.5/3.5/3.25/3.25 (404 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer's Price Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew's signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery's landscape that's hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique- qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit!" Brewed in the style of a fruit lager. Available as part of the 2012 Family Reunion 6 packs or 12 packs. No visible date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crunchy, crispy off-white head with average staying power, surprisingly good for my standards with Shiner. Lacing is specked and very light. Body color is a very mildly hazy amber-orange with sporadic spritely carbonation. The appearance is quite good for this beer. 3.75

(Smell) Wow, this is a very fruity aroma. Very fruit notes forward, highly potent, perceivably prickly pear, but a little less cidery and more berry-like in its aroma. Mild grassy and citrus hops lend a hand but have a hard time cutting through the already fruit-heavy aroma. A subtle pale malt sweetness doesn't contribute much to the aroma but probably isn't needed as much anyways- the aroma is already very sweet from the fruit character. The fruit, while unique and enjoyable is a bit syrupy sweet in the aroma, making for a natural imbalance, but this is certain to find a few people's likings. 3.25

(Taste) Flavor has an equal emphasis on the sweet as well as on a bitter tartness, always welcome for me. Mildly tart wildberry flavor with a faint residual sweetness is a better-balanced sweetness character for me. It's still front-and-center in the flavor, with a pale malt profile giving it a hint of body and a grassy hop note here and there complimenting the tartness for a better balanced but spritely and clean finish. I have a bit of a soft spot for fruit beers, as I personally enjoy the flavor but understand that a bit more balance would have been more desirable. The malt character is a touch shallow, and I don't doubt some malt body would have created an even more complex and unique flavor. Mildly dry finish with a bit of soft grain huskiness. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) There's a buzzy carbonation presence that does more creaminess and foam than stinging crispness. Body for the style is medium, and amongst all beers is slightly below medium. Alcohol presence is very well hidden by the fruit notes. I found the carbonation presence enjoyable for this beer. 4

(Overall) I still don't get why Shiner holds out these types of beers for their limited releases when they're easily more enjoyable and flavorful than their staple beers. If you haven't had a prickly pear-led beer before then you're in for a treat. A more berry-tart aroma than cidery acidity obviously leads this beer, but it's not a complete palate wrecker- somewhat light body makes for likely repeat drinks, and if I had more to enjoy I'd certainly take them up on that. 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 3: Prickly Pear
3.4/5.00 (3,135 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a gold color, clear with very minimal head and almost nonexistent lacing. Aroma is the best part of this beer, fruity, prickly pear, sweet and fresh. Taste is rather bland but not a total loss, some fruit sweetness blends well with the maltiness and the background of hops balances it ok. Mouthfeel is very light. (319 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa, having never had this before. I had the impression that this would be a lawnmower beer and while that turned out to be the case, I ended up liking this more than I anticipated. It was light but nicely balanced, flavorful, and crisp. When it comes down it it, what more could one ask for during these warm weather months?

Nice pour to this, as the beer had an almond hue and a bit of body to it which ensured that it wouldn't be completely clear. Not a bit head but the foam that remained stuck around until the end and was light enough to slosh back and forth after every sip. Nice lacing for something of this sort as there were quite a few rings left on the bottom half of my pint glass. Can't ever say that I've ever had anything made from a prickly pear cactus but what the taste was like was tart raspberry, some light citrus, and a faint amount of earthy hops. A fair amount of sweet malt balanced those notes out nicely and this almost reminded me of a Gose, without the salty aftertaste. The carbonation was good and this went down pretty smooth while having just a bit of juice in the aftertaste.

The alcohol was light in this and I don't think that I'll have the other bottles around my house for very long. Beers need to be fun sometimes and this fell into that category and rather than drinking something from a Macro brewery for those sunny summer afternoons, I'll be reaching for one of these instead. Probably on the level of Shiner Bock in terms of how easily accessible and laid-back it turned out to be. (1,559 characters)

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.44/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Discovered as part of the Shiner family sampler pack.

This one pours a lighter saffron amber, with a generous finger or so of head that quickly dissipates. The lacing's spotty, no retention. Some clouds.

The smells hits you as soon as the beer leaves the bottle. It reminds me of carbonated juices like Izze - Not an artificial or sugary smell, just a faint whiff of fruit.

The taste is pretty faint as well. Flowery and fruity, but barely so. It's backed by a clean grain and an agave-like sweetness. That said, the aftertaste is tinny and reminiscent of the average stadium beer.

The mouthfeel is thin, but not off par for the style. It could be livelier in the carbonation department, given the bright, more subtle flavors.

Overall, I give shiner points for effort. I was impressed by the quality of some of their beers, and while this one fell short of the rest, I do commend them for bringing in a fruit beer that is unique, geographically pertinent, and not loaded with unnecessary sugar and spice. (1,009 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a light amber color, with zero head.

Smell - You can smell the citrusy hops in it, as well as the pear.

Taste - Its a sweet and fruity taste, with the pear flavor as more of a aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - a bit weak body, but a good amount of carbonation.

Overall - I was expecting the pear to be more present in this beer, but a decent beer overall. (362 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%

Singles cooler $1.59 at hy-vee.

Appearance (3.75) : 2 fingered creamy looking head. Body is a caramel golden, very transparent body. Opacity is about 20%. Leaves neat and tidy rings around the glass all the way down as the head recedes to about 1 finger.

Aroma (4) : Reminds me of Moscato D'Asti wine. Very fruity. Pear being the obvious fruit, but I am also picking up grape (drink, like Kool-Aid powder or Gatorade) and fresh pineapple. Underneath that is the faint ale aroma of barley malt and wheat. Smells delicious, and the bouquet is medium to strong.

Taste (3.5) : The pear takes a back seat as the ale comes out straightforward. It's basic barley malt and wheat with a slight pear kick underneath. It's not sweet and it's not cloying, it's actually refreshing, tart, and pleasing.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Light bodied, crisp, slightly watery. If there's head remaining while you're drinking it a slight creaminess is introduced. Appropriate but not outstanding.

Overall (3.46) : This was not the knock out I thought it would be but it's a decent beer. Another fair offering from Shiner. They've done better, but this is better than some of their other beers like the Bock. (1,182 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.46/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells and tastes like the pear jelly belly. Easy beer to drink but pretty sweet. I like it more than several of the Shiner beers. It tastes like they poured pear flavored snow cone syrup into a beer. (200 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Tasty and sweet. Not sure what cactus tastes like but I get a bunch of melon, light honey, light citrus, and a touch of hops at the end. While a six pack might be a bit much, I am looking forward to the other one in the variety twelve pack. (241 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into can glass

A- pours a clear deep golden color with a small creamy off-white colored hear that retains long after the pour, leaving some short lasting lace behind

S- very fruity aroma with notes of red berries, fruity pebbles, herbal tea

T- red berry fruitiness follows the aroma with flavors of fruit punch, light malty undertones adds a hint of toasted flavor, tea leaf bitterness on the finish

M- medium body with medium prickly carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes smooth and creamy

O- the fruit flavors seem a bit artificial at times but this would serve well as a hot summer day beer (633 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Beerevity
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
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? (526 characters)

Photo of grittybrews
3.54/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rating #1000...probably should write a proper review! Didn't feel like tracking down any whalez for the occasion, so I went with the opposite (while also honoring my years in Texas).

Pours a clear burnished copper with two fingers of fairly quick-receding, just slightly off-white head. Aroma dominated by melon, berry, and sweet grain. Mild carbonation and a thinish mouthfeel.

Fruit-forward flavor with raspberry and melon notes and lingering grainy sweetness. Just a touch of grassy bitterness. Definitely heavy on the prickly pear flavor without being overly sweet, but some more bitterness would have helped to balance this one. Much better than Shiner's grapefruit offering. (683 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color with a modest cap of off-white head. Fair retention and lace is excellent, sheeting even.

Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like red Kool-Aid. Not unpleasant, but not very beer-esque.

Taste shows more beer character with a nice grainy malt complimented by a berry fruitiness, maybe a little floral. Im assuming this uses the prickly pear fruit as opposed to the leaves given the flavors here. Its pretty good, I am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this one delivers a tasty treat that is not too sweet. (553 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,463 characters)

Photo of MattMcGinnis
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
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/ (920 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.59/5  rDev +8.5%
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). (662 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (353 characters)

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.