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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 123
Hads: 685
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 39.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 252 | 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 JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body, not quite as dark as Shiner Bock. Head is 1/5th an inch and off white. Head retention was average and so was lacing.

First smell is definitely fruity, but more apricot than prickly pear. Sweet caramel/toffee malt is also present. No hops or alcohol detected. Funky yeast aroma fades in and out.

Taste is of sweet, slightly tart fruit. Like in the nose, I pick up more apricot flavor than prickly pear. Tastes similar to Magic Hat #9 but not as good. Malt is sweet and imparts a touch of caramel to beer. Very light tropical hops are detected, alcohol is very light.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than most fruit beers but well carbonated. Head died pretty fast unfortunately.

Overall, this beer was interesting and unique but not really great in any facet. Fell kinda flat in taste and mouthfeel but for what its worth its a decent summer beer.

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Photo of jdwilliamson79
1.81/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Terrible. Shiner is pretty awful brewery. No IPAs, no imperial stouts, no barleywines, nothing interesting at all. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I went in thinking fruits and refreshing. The pear flavor was horrible, very artificial tasting. I'd drink piss over this.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew, full head and leaves a nice crown. Huge fruity aromas. Smells like prickly pear juice or sorbet. Taste is crazy. Intense prickly pear. You have to respect that. This is not a tolken fruit beer... They embrace the ingredient. But it doesn't work for me. Too sweet, too soda like. They try to balance that with bitter hops, but the combo doesn't work. Sticky sweet in the front and bitingly bitter on the finish. All that and the alcohol comes through. Feels like a bad wine cooler at the end of the day. I really want to like this...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This oddity pours a nice light amber with a light head that dissipates to a medium ring and spotty lacing. Nose of flower, light hops, and light sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with a sweet light tart berry like flavor to the front and middle of the taste, giving way to a medium tartness surrounded by citrus notes and a light floral hop note on the back. Crisp mouth feel and a light dry finish.....what the heck have I just had keeps coming to mind.

Interesting. Drinkable. Not a lot I can say about it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep amber with light haze and thick white head with good retention and fine bead. The smell is fruity and floral with slightly tropical smell and slight sweet malt odor with mild berry type aroma. The feel is a mix of yeast and light malt with moderately bitter texture with semi-high carbonation and mostly dry finish with light body.

The taste has a mild yeast with vegetal type flavor up front with fruity tangy prickly pear and hoppy spice in the middle with subtle pine in the middle and earthy aspect with berry-like element in the finish which is pleasant. I wasn't sure what to expect even though I have tasted raw prickly pear...this is true to that taste with some bitterness and fruity flavor respresented well. This is enjoyable to drink with a nice dry finish -refreshing, I would drink this on any hot day

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored. Sweet berry flavor -- raspberries and candied pineapple. I guess this is what a prickly pear cactus tastes like. Light refreshing mouthfeel, overall I like it a lot. Fruit/veggie beer often rubs my fur the wrong way but this is a very pleasant taste that goes well with the malt.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy brown-amber color with two fingers of foam. Aroma is full of sweet pear flavor... almost reminiscent of shampoo.

First sip is a perfumey sweetness with a mild finish. It has a decent sweet flavor, but the prickly pear is not super enjoyable. A decent attempt at a fruity beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a finger of white foam that dissipated into a quarter finger within 20 seconds. Bubbles are mild when poured and maintain. Amber/dark gold in color. Has strong, sweet aromas of what I assume is the prickly pear fruit. Mild bready malt aromas are also present along with citrus and floral aromas from the hops ( like the bottle says). Initial taste is really sweet from the prickly pear fruit. Very mild citrus and malt flavors enter immediately after initial taste, but the sweetness from the prickly pear practically overpowers them. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but crisp. Carbonation is mild. I love the sweetness of this beer. Will be getting a pack of these before summer ends and they go away.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised this is getting such low ratings...that said it is a Shiner and this is BA...stereotyping beers and their breweries...to bad.

A sweet hit of ripe fruit rind on the front...just not sure what fruit...prickly pear cactus? Slightly carbonated bitter/dry finish...with the sweetness coming back and lingering on the tongue.

Taste like a light sour...very light on the sour but a very pleasant "fruit" flavor that is hard to describe but extremely enjoyable IMHO. I like this and could/can/did knock down 3 out of a sixer in a hour and a half sitting with my wife taking the other 3...we both agree...

Good summer brew...cheers!

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Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Moonshae_D
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It tasted like it was full of artificial sweetener. I had a couple, no where near drunk, and I was puking later that night. Maybe from this, maybe not, but the association will always be there. No thanks.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Toned copper in color, with a moderately large, somewhat coarse, off-white head, with good retention. A thick, irregular tidemark of lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising.

Aroma: The prickly pear fruit dominates the aroma, with a beguiling note that is reminiscent of watermelon and raspberries. Some modest, lightly toasted malt is present as well, but seems a mere afterthought.

Taste: As with the aroma, the striking flavor of prickly pear dominates the taste from opening to close, with a moderate sweet apple as well. The taste is not as distinct as the aroma, but again, its a striking combination of raspberries and watermelon. Pale, lightly toasted malts are present as well, but are a minor accompaniment to the prickly pear. The distinctive fruit flavors carry throughout the taste, with grassy and herbal hops bringing the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, full, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Some other reviews have described Shiner Prickly Pear as being quite sweet, I did not find it to be so. It reminded me of a raspberry ale, where the raspberries are fully fermented, leaving behind the tartness and flavor of the raspberries, but not any sugary sweetness. Shiner Prickly Pear is nothing like an "alco-pop" or "malternative". I think it would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. This is another fine effort from the little brewery in Shiner, Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.49/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber that is crystal clear. Two finger head slow to dissipate.

Smell- Sweet floral aroma with fruit. Similar to rasberry with apples as well. Dry cracker-like malt smell too.

Taste- Fruit is prominent, just as in the smell. The sweetness of rasberries comes first, blending into a drier crispness of that to an apple. The rasberry taste lingers all the way through and carries with it a slight tartness, even a bit sour. A bready malt flavor characteristic to that of a lager is in there, but is harder to pick out from the fresh fruit prescence.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin, vibrant carbonation, fresh and crisp.

Overall- I was really impressed. Interesting and unique, I now know prickly pear fruit tastes like rasberries. Mildly complex for sure. Great use of fruit in a beer. Very refreshing and just the right beer for a hot day. Light bodied and full of flavor make this beer very easy drinking. Must try.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of yakyak
1.64/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Not prickly pear at all. Way too much raspberry artificial flavoring!Overwhelming raspberry
smell. Yuk. Prickly pear would be much more subtle and it would have more of a watermelon smell.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks smells and sounds great. Initial taste is sweet then highly artificial and chemical and then the finish is that of a bitter beer. Not to my liking due to the artificial flavor

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Prickly Pear has a medium, off-white head, a clear, slightly-bubbly appearance, and a touch of lace left on the glass. The aroma is of raspberry and background malt. Taste is of lager beer, mild hop bitterness, and sweet breadiness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Shiner Prickly Pear finishes crisp and refreshing. RJT

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Photo of hophugger
3.43/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have enjoyed Shiner's Ruby Redbird (their other frequently made fruit beer), I was curious if I would like this or not.

It isn't great but isn't bad either.

I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light amber-copper colored. Clear. Not much head but still attractive.

Aroma is fruit-heavy, maybe some sour apples.

Flavor is interesting. Pretty sweet with lots of fruity notes from the cactus and I would assume some other fruit, but balanced well by the nice level of hops.

Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a nice summer session beer. Not great but at least a little bit different. I hope Shiner continues to find ways to incorporate Texas produce into their beers (pecans, peaches, grapefruit and not prickly pear --- all great choices).

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Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of Hopmodium
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Horrible smell ruined any potential taste that may not have been, but was not, present. I meant that. Awful beer. Nothing like real prickly pear taste, feel, smell, or anything. Fake ingredients made from pulverized garbage.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit juice, perfume, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit juice, earth, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and metallic bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells like fruit juice and pretty much tastes the same, but there is an odd earth and metallic combination in th flavors that detracts from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle.

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.