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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

288 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 17.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 33 | 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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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:41:05 | More by mfnmbvp
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rderedin

Maine

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

02-10-2013 20:49:01 | More by rderedin
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CraigTravor

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

06-09-2014 04:46:54 | More by CraigTravor
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Paccamacca

California

2.75/5  rDev -16.4%

06-11-2013 13:24:24 | More by Paccamacca
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match1112

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 22:40:22 | More by match1112
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +14%

07-13-2013 00:28:52 | More by jzlyo
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

3.75/5  rDev +14%

03-01-2013 22:16:14 | More by OregonGrown7
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SFC21

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-01-2013 21:15:38 | More by SFC21
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -24%

10-23-2012 18:24:26 | More by Eaglefan344
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dertyd

California

2/5  rDev -39.2%

01-21-2013 19:34:51 | More by dertyd
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-11-2014 18:49:37 | More by valkyre65
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goochpunch

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:56:33 | More by goochpunch
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-31-2013 00:54:21 | More by BlueMoon10
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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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DOCRW

Washington

3/5  rDev -8.8%

02-22-2014 21:43:11 | More by DOCRW
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Kubrickx

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

12-13-2012 22:20:23 | More by Kubrickx
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:49:02 | More by tjsdomer2
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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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Sweffin

Illinois

3/5  rDev -8.8%

06-27-2013 03:30:29 | More by Sweffin
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powdersoldier

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

07-27-2013 18:48:33 | More by powdersoldier
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deadliest

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

11-07-2013 18:46:14 | More by deadliest
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JoeMans

New York

2.25/5  rDev -31.6%

12-28-2013 03:30:24 | More by JoeMans
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jk3

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

03-29-2014 14:18:45 | More by jk3
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

09-23-2012 02:55:57 | More by RDW
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 16:21:41 | More by Jadjunk
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.