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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery

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346 Ratings

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 6
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of jkn09
3/5  rDev -9.4%

jkn09, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of RodneyFarva
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

a: pours a deep copper with around a half finger of tan head, dissipates to a thin film

s: very sweet, aroma of raspberries, and an underlying hint of malt and corn. while an enjoyable scent, the image it brought up was a Four Loko without fusel alcohols.

t: while I will admit I don't know what prickly pear fruit tastes like, the flavor is much less sweet. perhaps a bit like a less wheaty and less sweet Abita Purple Haze. nicely carbonated to cut the sweetness.

o: of course more of a hot weather beer. i know lots of non-craft beer friends that would quite enjoy this. more of a novelty for me.

RodneyFarva, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of TCMike
3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Produced about a finger, and a half of white head. The beer color is a translucent, medium amber.
The aroma is of prickly pear, and biscuits.
The taste is similar, but not as bold as the smell had indicated.
Light mouth-feel, and fairly high carbonation.
Good beer, for what it is. My wife would enjoy this more than me.

TCMike, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Michaeldmanley
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jheezee, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Goosehunter75
3.16/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Nice Amber to dark ruby color with a nice white ehad that diasapated rather quickly. Very pretty beer

S- Very sweet smelling. Smellled like raspberries to me.

T - Not nearly as sweet as it smelled. I was not expecting that. I would almost call iit more tangy than sweet. There is a definate bitterness on the finish.

M - Would call it a light to medium bodied beer. Lots of bubbles.

O - A very intersting beer. I was happy with it. Not something I would drink all the time but wouldnt mind picking up a sixer every now and then. Very drinkable beer. I wouldn't call it complex but it has some very interesting flavors.

Goosehunter75, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of gmfessen
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Uncle for this donation... Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Shiner Prickly Pear is a perfectly clear, slightly caramel but golden in color with a pillowy white head. Beautiful looking Lager. The nose is quite fruity sweet, much more than I had anticipated - smells more like a wine-cooler than a beer. The flavor reflects the same, very fruity - almost berry like flavor that again is more reminescent of a Segram's. Mouthfeel is medium in body with a creamy, viscous carbonation and a smooth, neutral finish. Overall, I may have over-reacted to the beer's fruitiness. While offputting at first just due to the immense berry fruitiness of it, the beer is actually well balanced, finishes clean and leaves you wanting another drink. I would like to know how much of this is prickly pear and how much is "natural flavor added".

gmfessen, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of paperbackfoster
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Discovered as part of the Shiner family sampler pack.

This one pours a lighter saffron amber, with a generous finger or so of head that quickly dissipates. The lacing's spotty, no retention. Some clouds.

The smells hits you as soon as the beer leaves the bottle. It reminds me of carbonated juices like Izze - Not an artificial or sugary smell, just a faint whiff of fruit.

The taste is pretty faint as well. Flowery and fruity, but barely so. It's backed by a clean grain and an agave-like sweetness. That said, the aftertaste is tinny and reminiscent of the average stadium beer.

The mouthfeel is thin, but not off par for the style. It could be livelier in the carbonation department, given the bright, more subtle flavors.

Overall, I give shiner points for effort. I was impressed by the quality of some of their beers, and while this one fell short of the rest, I do commend them for bringing in a fruit beer that is unique, geographically pertinent, and not loaded with unnecessary sugar and spice.

paperbackfoster, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of FrizWhiz
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

FrizWhiz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear amber-gold color with less than 1/2 inch of off-white head that had OK retention and low lacing.

The aroma was certainly on the sweet side, a bit sweet, with some gentle grains and nice even hops. On the tongue, it was the same story. A soft grain base, a bit of smooth hops and mostly the fruity sweetness.

The body was pretty good, smooth, even, clean and easy drinking. Drinkability was very good, I'd have a couple of these on a warm day. Overall, I liked this beer. It was somewhat of a surprise (the only other Prickly Pear beer I'd had, hadn't impressed me, but it was from Widmer), I'd say it's probably a must try if you see it, but maybe not worth a lot of effort to obtain.

beertunes, Jan 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.6%

dertyd, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

jik18, Jan 19, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Damian74Shensky, Jan 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

MtOrion, Jan 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Fakexican, Jan 17, 2013
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1/5  rDev -69.8%

harrylee773, Jan 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

TheDrunkGnoll, Jan 13, 2013
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2/5  rDev -39.6%

ChaosKittyXJ9, Jan 13, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Ry1975, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

TOP, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

BJasny, Jan 06, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

ilikebeer03, Jan 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

soonerlight, Jan 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

Warwick, Jan 02, 2013
Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.