Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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767 Ratings
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Shiner Prickly PearShiner Prickly Pear
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States
shiner.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by EgadBananas on 06-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
767
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
319
For Trade:
0
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Photo of azentay174
4.16/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of craigbelly
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Coolguy_chris
4.51/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite seasonal beer. It is a little fruity, and not a very manly man's beer, but it's freaking delicious.

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Photo of S-Taylor
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fishwhisperer
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of california_republic
4.04/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Discontinued, but I still have a bottle I bought in September 2016.

Look: Brownish

Smell: Green apple candy. Mixed in with malts, giving it the smell of a sweet dessert bread.

Taste: If you don't really know what a prickly pear tastes like (I've never had one), you might say that this beer tastes like green apple. Also tastes very buttery from whatever malts Spoetzl used, giving the beer an apple bread taste.

Feel: Lots of malt in this one, giving it a very buttery bread tasting finish with a lot of sweetness. There's also quite a bit of herbal character to it, like grass jelly. The apple smell also lingers, making this the closest thing to an apple pie in beer form I have had. If only apple pie had a malty and slightly bitter finish. Probably unintentional but very interesting nonetheless.

Overall: Not knowing what a prickly pear tastes like, I get a very vivid image of green apples instead. It smells very much like green apple candy and finishes like an apple pie. It's a very unique picture and not what I expected from a prickly pear fruit beer comparing it to Sierra Nevada Otra Vez. But it's also nuts to compare what amounts to an apple bock to a very wheaty and light gose. The thing is, I'm not sure why this is a summer beer because it's not crisp and it's quite heavy on the tongue without the citrusy brightness of something you'd expect for the summertime. Overall very interesting but maybe too different from what I'm used to.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1/5  rDev -70.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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

Photo of DavidRolle
4.36/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very tangy and citrusy and has a clean and refreshing feel to it. Not bad for a seasonal and has a southwest feel to it.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
06/01/15
Bottle to glass. Great aroma. Grape, wine, pear. Taste is less intense, aftertaste of baking soda. Still a good refreshing summer option. Very Southwest."

**

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/3/2016. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1 -2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big watermelon, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pear, pineapple, lemon, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of cactus fruit and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of watermelon, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pear, pineapple, lemon, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and slight fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of watermelon, blueberry, raspberry, strawberry, pear, pineapple, lemon, toasted biscuit, light caramel, floral/toasted earthiness. Nice robustness and balance of cactus fruit and moderate bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tart balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/grainy mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a nice fruit beer. All around good robustness and balance of cactus fruit and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of robatron84
4.76/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. Everyone I have offered this beer to has loved it. I hate when it goes out of season, but when it comes back in the spring I love it so much more. The fruit taste is very unique and refreshing. It finishes strong and is light enough to have a few more. I am not a Shiner Bock fan but their seasonal beers like Prickly Pear, strawberry blond, and Ruby Redbird are special.

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Photo of colts9016
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A mahogany color with some dark reddish orange hues with a good amount of carbonation. The head is white one finger head with poor retention. The clarity of beer is clear.

N: fruity, caramel, honey, toasty malt, yeast, and tarty/vinegar.

T: fruity, caramel, honey, toasty malt, cactus, earthy tart lemons, toasty malt, and yeast.

M: Carbonation, light, and crisp.

O: The beer is something different. I really don't like the flavors I was hoping for something that was a bit more refined instead of harsh.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - amber color, reddish hue; crystal clear , no haze; two finger head that quickly disapates to a thin layer/ring.

S - sour tartness, lambic like aroma. Apple/pear scent, not citrus.

T - all prickly pear; no hop bitterness; slight tartness/acidity at the end. Similar to a gose without the dry/salty taste.

F - medium light in body, light carbonation, tart and juicy finish

O - perfect beer for a hot Texas summer. I would recommend this for someone who wants to try something different in the fruit beer realm.

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of madakassal
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wmickdds32
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look--light brown Amber with very thin head
Smell--not much, but not unpleasant
Taste--summery
Mouth feel-- a bit thin for my tastes. I generally like thicker, chewier beers
Overall-- decent summer beer. I won't be pining for it when it's cold outside

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Photo of yanajenn
3.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good on a hot day with a bit of lemon juice and sugar syrup. Yes, I tend to turn my beers into shandies.

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Photo of mpgrif2
3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JayKay412
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a small - american lager type - head, quickly dissipating. Odd smell in the nose, possibly the prickly pear?? Somewhat funky flavor, prickly pear??, but definitely characteristic of all the prickly pear beers I have ever had...

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.35 out of 5 based on 767 ratings.
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