Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 21
Gots: 193 | 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 mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new beer to me from the people of Shiner, acquired as part of the Shiner family reunion mixed twelve pack. I've been seeing a lot of people buying these lately, and I've been buying a lot also it seems. Anyway, I didn't realize this was a cactus beer until just now, so maybe that will shed some new light on this experience.

Poured into a Miller High Life pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of soft fluffy off-white froth on top of a clear brassy orange colored body. Some fine light sediment floating around in the glass also. No lacing. Looks okay for what it is.

S - Smell is comprised of sweet cooked grains, candied caramel malt, earthy florals, and vegetal fruitiness - peaches, mangos, apples, pear, some sort of ripe melon, and grass, all of which is the flavor of the cactus at play, I will assume.

T - Taste is more grainy than the nose suggests, but there is still a nice dose of vegetal fruitiness. Cucumber, melon, green apples, grapes, some type of artificial berry, candied caramel malt, & grainy corn. Not bad, but maybe a bit too sweet.

M - Smooth, clean, and watery mouthfeel with minimal stickiness. Light bodied with coarse carbonation. A touch too syrupy / sugary.

Overall, not a bad beer, just not very authentic and maybe a touch too sugary / syrupy. Certainly sessionable, enjoyable, and drinkable, and probably the most interesting beer out of the six beers in the variety pack.

Shiner Prickly Pear ---3.5/5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Got myself a new lager glass today to pour this into. It's a thinly hazed shade of copper with a fine, quickly dissipating cream colored head. Smell is of apples, almost reminds me of the taste of some ciders. Taste is more subtle and lager-like but still with hints of a tarty and barely sweet fruitiness. Only a mildly bitter aftertaste with a fruity aether still present. Pretty watery. It's highly carbonated, crisp, refreshing, and the finish is none too dry.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Undated bomber at 45 degrees into nonic
Aroma sweet and perfumy
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 4 mm ring and partial 1 mm layer
Lacing poor - few small islands of medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, clear
Flavor begins sweet, somewhat cloying, with a slightly bitter aftertaste; no hops, no malt, no diacetyl
Palate medium, syrupy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong prickly pear, slight metallic, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of hop, strong prickly pear, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, the prickly pear dominates every aspect of this beer to the point of detriment.

Photo of Mitchells_Beer
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: crystal clear golden brass color

Smell: Fruity -- almost like Kool-Aid

Taste: The fruit is still dominating the taste, particularly at colder temperatures. But as it warms to around 50 degrees, the hops come out to play. This actually does taste like prickly pear (I grew up in El Paso and have had it many times in many forms): if you’ve never had this before you might compare it to a cross between a peach and a sweet ruby grapefruit with just a hint of melon. It’s sweet but with a pleasing tartness.
Mouthfeel: Good, but not remarkable. I wasn’t particularly taken by the carbonation or the head.
Overall: I don’t really like fruit beers, but this is one of the better ones I’ve tasted thus far. I think it might pair well with sweet pork barbecue or something similar. All in all, it’s a nice summer beer.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A pretty good summer brew after a long day. Comes in Pretty mild then a nice whoosh of pear swiftly hits the palate. Unfortunately the fruit flavor exits as quick as it came, which ends in a fairly mild carbed Pilsner.

Photo of match1112
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear amber body with a thin white head that fizzes out rather quickly, nice sticky lacing left behind. smells sweet and candy like. a lot like many wine coolers and other hard liquor beverages. taste is a little weird, guess i know what cactus tastes like now. some citrus but mainly jolly rancher candy like flavors. mouthfeel is average for a fruit beer, maybe a little too carbonated as it livens up the taste buds. overall not bad, just kinda weird. don't think i would try again.

Photo of 10adavis
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The prickly pear is overpowering and it wasn't as refreshing as I expected.

Photo of mbratt93
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Doesn't taste like beer. More like a flat fruity tea.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of paperbackfoster
3.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

Photo of ElJacobian
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Photo of RuffReader
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Sour, juice-like, but not in an unpleasant way.

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you enjoy prickly pear you will probably enjoy this. Not overwhelming and a very nice beer to enjoy on a hot day.

Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 591 ratings.