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Shiner Prickly Pear - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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122 Reviews

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 684
Avg: 3.33
pDev: 40.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 249 | 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 JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet glass.

Look: A very deep clear cooper or cider colored body. A light cream head that recedes to a light wisp. Very light lacing that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Both sweet and tart with notions of raspberry and strawberry, obviously prickly pear fruit.

Taste: Tastes much like the aroma with raspberry tart and strawberry sweetness. I guess this is what prickly pear fruit tastes like. Slightly metallic tasting.

Mouthfeel: Thin, metallic aftertaste.

Overall: Sweet and tart, low ABV makes this crushable. It's good but a little too metallic.

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Photo of JerryLevinson
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

According to Shiner's website, this is made with real prickly pear, which makes it unique. Many folks seem to doubt this is real prickly pear, but I can believe it. Not my favorite flavor, but it's okay for what it is. Smooth and easy to drink.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this evening on 4/2/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

This 'Summer Seasonal' brew pours a pretty copper in color with a thin off-white head. A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped which was really surprising. The aroma is of some sweet fruits for the most part. More going on with the taste as the 'pear' flavor is up front but isn't over sweet with some grains. Slightly dry finish. Overall it was good but different. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation as seen with all the small streaming bubbles rising from the sides and the bottom of the glass after the pour.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear deep copper-ish amber in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense off-white foamy head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of artificial fruit flavorings (green apple, grape, and pear) which I'm guessing is supposed to represent the prickly pear. Underneath there are light aromas of bready and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of bready and caramel malts without a lot of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of artificial fruit flavoring (green apple, grape, and pear) and light to moderate flavors of earthy and grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness are present in the finish but do not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: It's not a bad beer once you get over the artificial aroma/flavor. Easy enough to drink but not something that I would grab again as there are just so many better beers available on the shelves.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy head that didn't trail the glass. The smell was full of sweet citrus fruits. The taste centered around the prickly pear flavors and it was well balanced for that but I found it to be a bit too sugary for me to have more than one at a time.

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Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a gimmick beer for sure, but I liked it.

The prickly pear additive (I'm assuming syrup based on how forward it is in the taste) is unique, and adds a nice element, but there is still plenty of "beer" taste there.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Straight from the bottle while playing pool and not really thinking about the beer. Picked it up and for a second I thought I'd grabbed someone's friut drink. Gag.

I'm just not a fan of fruity brews. I'd probably rate it lower if I hadn't had a few big beers beforehand.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Got myself a new lager glass today to pour this into. It's a thinly hazed shade of copper with a fine, quickly dissipating cream colored head. Smell is of apples, almost reminds me of the taste of some ciders. Taste is more subtle and lager-like but still with hints of a tarty and barely sweet fruitiness. Only a mildly bitter aftertaste with a fruity aether still present. Pretty watery. It's highly carbonated, crisp, refreshing, and the finish is none too dry.

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Photo of InI
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I live and grew up in Texas and I'm pretty sure I've had ever beer shiner makes. That said they are an incredibly overrated brewery but this is hands down my favorite beer they make. Color is very transparent copper with 2 finger white head that dissipates disappointingly quickly and left no lacing. The smell as mentioned by a previous reviewer smells oddly similar to red kool aid but in a good way. Taste is tart not too sweet and certainly not bitter but a little sour. Mouthfeel is pleasantly not overly carbonated easy to drink. At 4.9% abv this beer is designed to be a session beer on a 100+ degree Texas summer afternoon and I would choose this one 8/10 times the other choices being real ales Hans pils and Austin beer works pearl snap

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear copper color with a modest cap of off-white head. Fair retention and lace is excellent, sheeting even.

Nose is sweet and fruity, almost like red Kool-Aid. Not unpleasant, but not very beer-esque.

Taste shows more beer character with a nice grainy malt complimented by a berry fruitiness, maybe a little floral. Im assuming this uses the prickly pear fruit as opposed to the leaves given the flavors here. Its pretty good, I am a sucker for a good fruit beer and this one delivers a tasty treat that is not too sweet.

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Photo of McAfee85
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear and golden with a lot of carbonation. Floral smell. Fruity...with maybe a touch of bubble gum? possibly...tastes a lot like Zima with a little bit of beer mixed in.

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Photo of predikit
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, leaves a half inch white fizzy head that recedes fairly slowly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely wonderful, though maybe slightly manufactured scent. Fruity notes abound.

The taste was surprisingly sour, but that's fine by me. Sour fruit notes take most the entire profile, it's good but not amazing.

Light bodied, a little gritty, medium low carbonation.

A surprising taste that could have been balanced a bit better, but I found this to be quite a unique beer.

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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!

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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.

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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...

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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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
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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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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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Tasty and sweet. Not sure what cactus tastes like but I get a bunch of melon, light honey, light citrus, and a touch of hops at the end. While a six pack might be a bit much, I am looking forward to the other one in the variety twelve pack.

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Photo of misternebbie
2/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

purchased as part of a sampler case, and it was the lease enjoyable in the pack, don't let the pear inference miss lead you this is a cactus beer, their are some citrus notes, but this beer is too sour for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -3%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pear, a bit floral. Taste is kind of unusual. Some fruitiness, a touch of malts, not bad but not really to my liking. Feels light in the mouth and not the worst beer out there, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of Brad007
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

Pours a dull golden color with a huge head into my glass. I haven't seen too many beers with prickly pear flavoring.

The use of pear adds a light, crisp sensation to the nose. It does seem sweeter than normal but I'm unsure of the taste.

Clean, refreshing and light. The malt base works because it plays along to the strengths of the pear itself.

Grainy, baked bread texture at the back with just a touch of pear.

Not bad. A change of pace from the other Spoetzl offerings I've had as of late.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow almost amber glass shows active carbonation streams that feed a thin, tight head that laces. Was hoping for a little more red-purple color to highlight the prickly pear.

Smell: Very fruity, but not much like prickly pear, more of a cranberry nose. Smells sweet, almost a Kool-Aid fruity sweet vibe, something comes across as artificial.

Taste: All the sweetness in the nose vanishes with a sour cherry pucker finish. The base is very light There is a lot of grape flavor in here as well, some apple skin, with a slightly tonic water like finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, low carbonation leaves it a bit watery. Dry finish.

Overall: Not much prickly pear here, but I brew with prickly pear and I don't put much in either. It's more fun to say you brewed with it than it is to taste it. So, this ends up being a fruit infused, light beer that ends a bit too dry. I'm glad to see Shiner try some new things out.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper pour with a foamy white one-finger head and lots of carbonation. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Very nice taste that is mostly sweet but does have a slightly tart edge. Predominant flavors are light fruit (pear or tropical?), mild malt and a touch of floral hop bitterness that fades quickly on the back end. Finishes with a touch of tartness. Its different but good and very refreshing.

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

24 (!) oz bottle.

Pours deep brown-amber with unusually coarse carbonation. Head is fairly short-lived.

Aroma: fruity and floral, with some earthy/herbal hop notes.

Flavor: Unusual fuity flavor with some tartness, presumably from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. ... think citrus/strawberry. About equally tart and bitter.

O: refreshing, unique and flavorful. Well worth trying.

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.