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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
76
okay

339 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 50 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

trocketsauced, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

chicagoish, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Averwo, Dec 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

user785335, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of Rdel444
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance - Amber color with very thick head. Head looks to be a off white to beige color.
Smell - Fruity, Sweet, raspberry.
Taste - Mild beer, Little bitter but not in a bad way, citrus taste. Aftertaste is where you taste the prickly pear. Excellent.
Mouthfeel - Not too carbonated but feels real good going down.

Overall - I was really surprised by the flavor and smell of this beer. I was recommend this to anyone wanting to try something different.

Rdel444, Dec 15, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Turbo, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SaranacinTexas, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

strongaf, Nov 30, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -2.1%

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

mfnmbvp, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

tbryan5, Nov 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Chugs13, Nov 24, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

archero, Nov 24, 2013
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3.46/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

Captain_Komamura, Nov 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

sneezye, Nov 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

stormgasm7, Nov 17, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Robert84vette, Nov 08, 2013
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deadliest, Nov 07, 2013
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.