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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 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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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This ale is crystal clear, and a beautiful burnt amber color filled with lively carbonation. The head starts off thick and bubbly and slowly thins out into a thin layer completely covering the top of the beer.
Bubblegum is the first thing I smell, in fact it smells like strawberry and peach bubblegum very artificial but it does smell good.
Sweet overall and it tastes just like it smell, like strawberry and peach bubblegum. It’s not bad but not what I expected either. It tastes nothing like prickly pear IMHO. Not bad and I do recommend trying it if you can get it for free.
Crisp and refreshing, the carbonation makes this fun to drink. It’s light bodied and goes down very smooth.
While this beer is a letdown as far as flavor is concerned I wouldn’t mind drinking after a hot day at the ranch, or any hot day for that matter.

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Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly nice and enjoyable beer that in my book ranks among the best Shiner beers.

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily srhinking to lasting thin foamy top and then foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is strong fruit (a bit like strawberry candy), grain.

Taste is nice fruit (leaning to strawberry again), very toasty grain, a little grass, well-rounded, nice firm character, a little form sweetness and bitterness, nice full feel. It is very enjoyable.

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Photo of GypsyJoan
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Prickly Pear. It reminds me of dry dusty places where all you want is a refreshing gulp of brew.

A (Appearance) Poured out of a bottle into a Boulevard Tank 7 glass. There wasn't much lace to the head. It poured as a thin, frothy foam over a cider like pour.

S (Smell) Hints of apple, hints of pear, and hints of sunshine poured over lemon yogurt.

T (Taste) This was the best part for me. It was a surprisingly tart taste. In a world where hops reign, this is a queen. Sweet, yet tart. Bold, with a taste that is individually unique. While it is sweet, and tart, it doesn't conform to the idea of a "girly" drink.

M (Mouthfeel) Tingly on the inside. Bitter on the tongue.

O (Overall) This beer brings me back to my imaginary travels through the desert. I come upon an oasis, and a lovely woman awaits. She hands me a glass, with a thin frothy head. I drink deeply and I am refreshed.

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Photo of Rdel444
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours with a long lasting off white head.. the brew itself is fizzy orange.

Nose shows bright/up-front watermelon and pink bubblegum... I guess this is the prickly pear!!

Flavor shows the same decent fruitiness but a bigger pale malt/wheaty element helps push but mutes the fruits.

Light fizzy carbonation on a light bodied beer....

Okay... I would drink this again.. I guess.


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Photo of Hergestridge
2.29/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wow.. Wow.. This brings to mind the flavour of bottle cap candy and fizzies mixed together. Fruity like straw candy bad.. except straw candy fruity tastes a bit better than this entry. This is a bit of a throwback to the Bartles and Jaymes Era of Fruit Coolers.. Ack!! I mean.. this is NOT a good bear. Wait did I say Bear?? I meant it's difficult to bear this "beer"!. It's debatable that this IS a beer..!!! I really Like Shiner Breweries Entries for the most part. this is NOT one of them..
Wow! and not in a good way..
~Carry On Citizens!!!~

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and standard label art acquired as part of a Shiner variety pack and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery and concept - I like the idea of a pear lager (I love Tusker Lager, which has a great pear flavour). Reviewed as a fruity lager because it identifies as such itso-facto on the label. "Beer brewed with prickly pear fruit and with natural flavor added."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of beige colour. Disappointingly thin. Little creaminess or frothiness. Decent inconsistent lacing as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about two minutes.

Body colour is a clear yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a pear lager. No overt flaws are obvious. Not unique or special.

Sm: Immediately, I recognize artificial fruit extract flavoring - green apple and pear. Sweet and candi-like. Not quite cloying. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Has a minimal floral hop presence. A pleasant aroma of moderate strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Heavy fruit extract/flavoring. Green apple, pear, grape. Lightly tart. Minimal floral hop presence. Too sweet and artificial overall. Pilsner malts, pale malts. Dreadfully simple and one-dimensional. Zero complexity and subtlety. The balance could use work as well (in spite of its simplicity). Candied. I'm not a big fan of this one.Too sweet.

Very shallow depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Okay body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Downable but uninspired. I wouldn't get this again; very artificial. Pedestrian beer for the hoi polloi. I wouldn't recommend it to friends or trade partners. I'm glad I didn't buy a 6 pack or anything. A disappointment from Spoetzl.

High C-

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Photo of jimmah120
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date poured into a Summit pint glass

clear reddish orange color. very small head and almost no lacing. smell is light, airy, wheaty, with a hint of pear. taste is a light and crisp wheat with a pear finish. feel is slightly cloying but overall pleasant.

decent wheat beer with a pear kick. get it if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of time01
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found in a Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack.

I thought the beer was good. it was refreshing and smooth. I am not a huge fan of fruity beers but this one was pretty mellow and not over the top flavored with fruit.

A: had it out of the bottle.
S: nice and light.
T: smooth and light, very nice.
M: very nice, light and not overdone for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Weston19
2.63/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass

A: Amber, clear, about a pinky sized head, little carbonation, big air bubbles stick to the glass.

S: Pear, honey, and a perfumy smell that comes under the pear. It smells very fruity.

T: Sweet. This is probably a little sweeter than I would like but I would attribute that to the fact that there isn't much hop flavor to balance out the sweetness. It's not bad, it's just very fruity.

MF: Creamy, smooth, and leave an oily feel to the mouth. Very light beer.

O: I've had other fruit beers before but I didn't enjoy this one as much as I would've liked. I thought it wasn't very balanced and was overly sweet.

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Photo of stprather
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in my local supermarket's make-your-own six pack selection, bought with a couple of other less popular Shiners. I'm not a big "fruit beer" fan, but I found this one pretty enjoyable, especially b/c you get the fruitiness a bit more in the smell than in the taste.

Appearance -- deep amber golden, really lovely pour w/ nice creamy head
Smell -- pear in the forefront but a really nice, not-too-sweet malty honey nose
Mouthfeel -- really drinkable, not watery at all, smooth
Taste -- what I love about the taste is that it comes off less "fruity-sweet" and more "fruity-deep", as in a good wine, if that makes sense. Still not as malty/hoppy as I like, but wonderful for a "fruit beer."

Enjoyed this one

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Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Translucent, medium amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head which quickly dissipates. Slight lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, but the prickly pear is prominent. Not overwhelming are anything, but it is the outstanding aroma.

T: Light, pungent, bready flavor base. Some clove, fruit pith, and bubble gum.

M: Light, bitter, and pungent. Kind of tongue-coating, bitter finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is light with a distinct fruit aroma. Light, pungent, and bitter with a slight sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - dark copper with a thin, bubbly, loose, white head that fades quickly

S - hints of prickly pear and alcohol

T - grainy, faint toasted malt notes, faint caramel, hints of the prickly pear

M - crisp, over carbonated, medium bodied that is thinned out by the carbonation

I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I was expecting a more pungent fruit presence, but it's really subdued. The bottle also promised a citra hop citrus character, but I don't get any of that. In the end, this is a rather nondescript, simple fruit beer. I'm glad I tried it once, but I don't think I'll be buying any more of this.

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Photo of ranger7
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found in a Shiner Family Reunion 6-pack.
From the bottle to a Sam Adams laser-etched glass.

A - Nice golden color, with a thin and quickly dissipating head.

S - Sweet, fruity, surprisingly sour smelling. It smells slightly similar to sour candy.

T - I can taste the cactus, it's "green" tasting, kind of grassy and refreshing.

M - Medium bodied with a light aftertaste and some lingering cactus.

Summary - I really enjoyed this brew. It's better than Shiner's other fruit beer attempt "Ruby Redbird" and I would be much more likely to buy a 6-pack of this. It's different, has a unique flavor, and would go well with food or alone (which is how I drank it).

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Photo of Drew966
3.01/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shiner Prickly Pear pours an orange color with an off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is very sweet almost to the point of being cloying. The body is quite thin, the flavor is on the sweet side, but not as sweet as one would guess from the aroma. A touch fruity, but not a lot going on. This cactus flavored beer is an interesting oddity, but hardly a compelling beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before soon fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Half decent lacing compared to other Shiner beers.

S- Crisp aroma with some apple/pear-like sweetness that reminds me of Juicy Juice. The malt comes in and lends a toasty characteristic leading to notes of brown sugar and sweet tea.

T- Flavor isn't as lively with more of a lager flavor pushed up against a minimal amount of pear and berry-like sweetness. There's a noticeable amount of toasty malt that balances things out. Highly drinkable.

M- Certainly not prickly but rather thin and slick. Medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Probably the best Shiner beer I've had which, as you can see by the score, isn't saying much

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer's Price Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew's signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery's landscape that's hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique- qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit!" Brewed in the style of a fruit lager. Available as part of the 2012 Family Reunion 6 packs or 12 packs. No visible date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crunchy, crispy off-white head with average staying power, surprisingly good for my standards with Shiner. Lacing is specked and very light. Body color is a very mildly hazy amber-orange with sporadic spritely carbonation. The appearance is quite good for this beer. 3.75

(Smell) Wow, this is a very fruity aroma. Very fruit notes forward, highly potent, perceivably prickly pear, but a little less cidery and more berry-like in its aroma. Mild grassy and citrus hops lend a hand but have a hard time cutting through the already fruit-heavy aroma. A subtle pale malt sweetness doesn't contribute much to the aroma but probably isn't needed as much anyways- the aroma is already very sweet from the fruit character. The fruit, while unique and enjoyable is a bit syrupy sweet in the aroma, making for a natural imbalance, but this is certain to find a few people's likings. 3.25

(Taste) Flavor has an equal emphasis on the sweet as well as on a bitter tartness, always welcome for me. Mildly tart wildberry flavor with a faint residual sweetness is a better-balanced sweetness character for me. It's still front-and-center in the flavor, with a pale malt profile giving it a hint of body and a grassy hop note here and there complimenting the tartness for a better balanced but spritely and clean finish. I have a bit of a soft spot for fruit beers, as I personally enjoy the flavor but understand that a bit more balance would have been more desirable. The malt character is a touch shallow, and I don't doubt some malt body would have created an even more complex and unique flavor. Mildly dry finish with a bit of soft grain huskiness. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) There's a buzzy carbonation presence that does more creaminess and foam than stinging crispness. Body for the style is medium, and amongst all beers is slightly below medium. Alcohol presence is very well hidden by the fruit notes. I found the carbonation presence enjoyable for this beer. 4

(Overall) I still don't get why Shiner holds out these types of beers for their limited releases when they're easily more enjoyable and flavorful than their staple beers. If you haven't had a prickly pear-led beer before then you're in for a treat. A more berry-tart aroma than cidery acidity obviously leads this beer, but it's not a complete palate wrecker- somewhat light body makes for likely repeat drinks, and if I had more to enjoy I'd certainly take them up on that. 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 3: Prickly Pear

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Photo of RodneyFarva
3.19/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of TCMike
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.18/5  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.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
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".

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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