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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
75
okay

289 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.68%
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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avisong

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

10-26-2012 00:51:24 | More by avisong
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MichaelProcton

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-25-2012 03:03:10 | More by MichaelProcton
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -8.5%

10-25-2012 02:00:29 | More by BlackBeerDown
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

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

Florida

2.8/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the "Family Reunion" mixed six pack.
Poured aggressively in a 12 ounce hotel tumbler. Liquid the color of strong iced tea, dark brown with red throughout. Clear with a light tan head developing. Retention is weak, dropping to a thin film within 30 seconds. Some decent lace left behind.
Smell is sweet, fruity - kind of raspberry/apple mix, no idea what a prickly pear smells like-, some weak malt and nothing else. Smells a lot like a fruity soda, like a Dayton Redpop.
Taste is strawberry-like fruit, malt and that's it. Fortunately, the overriding sweetness of the nose is well restrained here. Still, it drinks like an under-sweetened soda. Balance is fine but with only two notes how hard is that?
Medium plus body, sharp upfront effervescence (but lighter than anticipated) mellowed quickly. Feels similar to a strawberry lambic in many ways but falls well short of that style. All told, an "interesting" beer but not really worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:44:00 | More by PorterLambic
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crobinso

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

10-20-2012 19:09:36 | More by crobinso
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lighter copper / deep amber color. Upon pouring there is a two finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of lacing.

Smell -The smell is very sweet and can be detected from the pour, well before bringing my nose to the glass. In the aroma are huge smells of lighter (in color) fruit aromas with big peach, pear, berry (raspberry and strawberry), kiwi, as well as some citrus. There is also a prickly pear aroma that comes through with the rest. Overall its smell is massive of sweet and smells heavily of candy; it is tasty, but rather strange for a brew.

Taste - The taste begins with a lighter bready flavor and a good dose of pear, peach and berry. These taste remains relativity constant, except for an increasing prickly pear and kiwi flavor that continually grow stronger as the taste advances further on. In the end a sweet fruity flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side while the carbonation level is on the higher side. For the sweeter flavors the body and carbonation are both very fitting for the brew and make it easy drinking and more refreshing (lemonade refreshing as opposed to cold water refreshing).

Overall – It was sweet and had some nice flavors, although for me it was a bit too fruity. It would likely be nice on a warmer day when looking for something sweet as well as refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:48:35 | More by Darkmagus82
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dhbiker0889

Colorado

4/5  rDev +22%

10-16-2012 01:50:48 | More by dhbiker0889
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kingcrow

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

10-07-2012 02:57:29 | More by kingcrow
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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

10-06-2012 05:41:56 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

10-05-2012 05:00:55 | More by duff247
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized off white head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

A very sweet fruity aroma, I guess it's the smell of the prickly pear with maybe some sugar added.

An almost artificial sweetness to the taste of this beer, seems to me that the prickly pear does not transfer well to a good beer taste and they added some additional sugars and fruit taste to fill in what was lacking in the prickly pear fruit taste.

A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the sugars and fruit sweetness of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

If somehow they could have make the taste less artificial it might have been a pretty good drink but it just seems to fake for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 21:27:56 | More by LXIXME
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ElCommodoro

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent, but delicious-looking rich brown.
The smell is of raspberries. Seems like raspberries to me, anyway. Maybe that's what prickly pears smell like, though. I don't know.
Taste seems kind of like raspberries too. It reminds me of a New Belgium attempt at frambozenbier that I had one time. But this is far better. The beer goes better with the fruit in this. Since I don't know what prickly pears are supposed to taste like, I'm at a loss to know how much impact that exact flavour makes. It's very fruity, though. It just tastes like berries to me. Berries in a light brown ale. Decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 04:49:42 | More by ElCommodoro
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buzzed

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

09-29-2012 15:59:04 | More by buzzed
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GMB

Japan

2.98/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer reviews usually begin with a discussion of the appearance of the beer under review, but in this case I am compelled to make an exception; not because I wish to break with tradition; not because I want to indulge in some rhetorical flourish. No, I have to begin with smell because that is what this beer demanded of me. As soon as I popped the cap off of this beer, my kitchen filled with the sweet smell of bubble gum and fruit. I stepped a few feet away from the bottle and could still smell its sweet, candy-like aroma.

The beer has a deep amber body and a frothy head that sticks around long enough to lead me to expect a creamy mouthfeel.

The bottle tells us that the beer is made with Citra and U.S. Golding hops. Neither is detectable at first, as the fruity characteristics and sweetness are overwhelming. But as the beer warms, some Citra aromas do come through, and I even manage to detect a bit of the roasted malt.

Overall the taste of this beer is somewhat monochromatic. It taste more or less like it smells, and does not develop very much on the palate. Citra and U.S. Golding (usually Sonnet) hops are known for their sweet characteristics; Citra is often said to produce flavors of tropical fruits such as guava. The toasted malt is sweet, and one can just barely detect its flavor as the beer warms and as one grows accustomed to beer's primary flavors. What this amounts to is a beer that layers sweet, candy-like fruit upon sweet aromatics upon sweet malt. The brewery might have done well to consider developing a more sophisticated flavor profile here. It would have been nice to see how the bubble-gum- and cherry-like flavors of the fruit played with hops that offer floral characteristics as opposed to citrusy or fruity ones.

I regularly eat prickly pears, which come in different colors and varieties. No indication is made of which variety was used here, though I suspect based on strong flavors of bubble-gum and cherry that the purple fruits have been used.

Fruit beers divide the beer drinking community like few other styles. I've met beer enthusiasts who don't care very much for one beer style or another: one may avoid stouts if possible; one usually doesn't find the intensity of an American IPA very appealing. But when it comes to fruit beers, opinions seem to be stronger. I am always curious to try them, but, after the first sip or two, usually find myself wanting to move on to something else. Shiner's Prickly Pear was fine, just fine.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 21:04:03 | More by GMB
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tubeyes

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-24-2012 00:23:31 | More by tubeyes
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RDW

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

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

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours an amber color and is topped with a good inch of off white head that tends to hang around quite a few sips into the beer.
Smell: The smell is like none that I remember it has an odd tartness to it that is quite intriguing. The blend of hops and that prickly pear tartness has my mouth watering.
Taste: The taste is a bit disappointing in comparison to the taste not that it is bad just not quite as bitter as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel of this beer it is just what a warm day in Ohio is suppose to be easy drinking but good flavor that keeps you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 13:06:27 | More by raznug
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dunkirkwns

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this brew as part of the SHINER REUNION 6 pack. I believe that is the only way to get this brew as it is one of the BREWERS PRIDE SERIES selections. Was very intrigued by the name and was compelled continuously as I opened it, smelled it, and drank it. Very good flavor and I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 17:20:24 | More by dunkirkwns
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Kornoms

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-12-2012 21:59:12 | More by Kornoms
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ChaseTheAce

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-10-2012 03:43:08 | More by ChaseTheAce
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Mortarforker

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

09-08-2012 21:10:24 | More by Mortarforker
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Plutarch


2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

09-01-2012 20:09:13 | More by Plutarch
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

08-27-2012 02:20:51 | More by capuchinpilates
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eheinz

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

08-26-2012 23:55:53 | More by eheinz
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
75 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.