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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
77
okay

389 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 17.72%
Wants: 8
Gots: 71 | 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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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!

Photo of elprofe
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of adriuhhhn_89
5/5  rDev +50.2%

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Photo of Demi
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

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2.68/5  rDev -19.5%

Photo of NailtheAle
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of logan_0842
4.16/5  rDev +24.9%

Photo of corywalston
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%

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3/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.52/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of Taybeh
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%

from a single into a nonic

A: clear golden apricot, 2 fingers head
S: interesting: faint floral perfume, sweetness, a little tartness, and some melon. I've never tried prickly pear cactus fruit, so...?
T: sweet and floral at first, then you get a little bit of tart bitterness and (what I think is?) wheat on the back end. Lacks a little integration of flavors, though it isn't all that complex. Doesn't linger too much, and not as crisp as one might expect.
M: clean, light, watery/syrupy.

not uninteresting, but I don't think I'll seek it out again. Maybe it would be different in warm weather...

Photo of rcasiano
4/5  rDev +20.1%

I served this beer chilled (~5 C) and I really liked the sweet fruit flavor. It doesn't have much body nor aftertaste. As a native of San Antonio, this beer really does taste like prickly pears - prickly pear margaritas are a specialty offering of San Antonio. I think the flavors work very well together.

The only bad thing is that it only comes out about once a year!

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.23/5  rDev -3%
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

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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.35/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.6/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.