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Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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135 Reviews
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Shiner Prickly PearShiner Prickly Pear
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Texas, United States | website

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
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
747
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
40.54%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
300
For Trade:
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Reviews by Jadjunk:
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
3.4/5.00

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More User Reviews:
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 BrettBowerman
4.27/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A wonderful Summer brew that has a slight sweet after taste. Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of bryanlindsey12345
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Any time a brewery tries something new, they get points for trying (in my opinion). This is a unique, easy drinking beer. Personally I like the sweet flavor.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with white head. Pear, light fruit on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with light fruit flavors. Sweet.

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Photo of legalag11
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Herze
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jdg_0887
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of AbbeyL29
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Brauntasaurus
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of otoolman221
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Clear brassy hue, thick lacing

SMELL: Fruity, hard candy, floral, mild breadiness, sweet

TASTE: Slightly smooth, wet, moderate body, fruity, grass, juicy, earthy, herbal, mild spice, baked apples, cactus, dry finish

I can appreciate the effort for doing a cactus flavored brew, if you can get past to at best ... embrace the fruitiness then this brew will do just fine by you.

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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 nothunder
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of howling_henrik
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Irish_Fan
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Dello
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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 valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of johndonor3
4/5  rDev +20.1%

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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