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Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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:
136
Ratings:
749
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
40.24%
 
 
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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.09/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent, but delicious-looking rich brown.
The smell is of raspberries. Seems like raspberries to me, anyway. Maybe that's what prickly pears smell like, though. I don't know.
Taste seems kind of like raspberries too. It reminds me of a New Belgium attempt at frambozenbier that I had one time. But this is far better. The beer goes better with the fruit in this. Since I don't know what prickly pears are supposed to taste like, I'm at a loss to know how much impact that exact flavour makes. It's very fruity, though. It just tastes like berries to me. Berries in a light brown ale. Decent stuff.

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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 Beejay
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A: Medium amber in color with a tall white head.

S: Sweet and fruity smelling. There is a little bit of an apricot like smell, but the fruitiness comes out as fake.

T: Light and fruity, although like the aroma the fruitiness comes off as fake... there is a slightly bitter note in the end..

M: Light and highly carbonated.

O: Overall meh... fairly on point for the look and feel, but just a fake tasting brew.

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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 atr2605
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a nice transparent copper color with a white head with average retention
S-alot of pear, a bit of citrus
T-again the pear is dominant with a more bitterness than expected to follow, malt provide a decent balance
M-medium-light bodied
O-pretty drinkable basic brew, wouldn't seek it out but wouldn't mind drinking on a hot day

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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 LXIXME
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium sized off white head settles into a pretty decent lacing above a clear copper colored beer.

A very sweet fruity aroma, I guess it's the smell of the prickly pear with maybe some sugar added.

An almost artificial sweetness to the taste of this beer, seems to me that the prickly pear does not transfer well to a good beer taste and they added some additional sugars and fruit taste to fill in what was lacking in the prickly pear fruit taste.

A dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the sugars and fruit sweetness of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

If somehow they could have make the taste less artificial it might have been a pretty good drink but it just seems to fake for me.

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Photo of GMB
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer reviews usually begin with a discussion of the appearance of the beer under review, but in this case I am compelled to make an exception; not because I wish to break with tradition; not because I want to indulge in some rhetorical flourish. No, I have to begin with smell because that is what this beer demanded of me. As soon as I popped the cap off of this beer, my kitchen filled with the sweet smell of bubble gum and fruit. I stepped a few feet away from the bottle and could still smell its sweet, candy-like aroma.

The beer has a deep amber body and a frothy head that sticks around long enough to lead me to expect a creamy mouthfeel.

The bottle tells us that the beer is made with Citra and U.S. Golding hops. Neither is detectable at first, as the fruity characteristics and sweetness are overwhelming. But as the beer warms, some Citra aromas do come through, and I even manage to detect a bit of the roasted malt.

Overall the taste of this beer is somewhat monochromatic. It taste more or less like it smells, and does not develop very much on the palate. Citra and U.S. Golding (usually Sonnet) hops are known for their sweet characteristics; Citra is often said to produce flavors of tropical fruits such as guava. The toasted malt is sweet, and one can just barely detect its flavor as the beer warms and as one grows accustomed to beer's primary flavors. What this amounts to is a beer that layers sweet, candy-like fruit upon sweet aromatics upon sweet malt. The brewery might have done well to consider developing a more sophisticated flavor profile here. It would have been nice to see how the bubble-gum- and cherry-like flavors of the fruit played with hops that offer floral characteristics as opposed to citrusy or fruity ones.

I regularly eat prickly pears, which come in different colors and varieties. No indication is made of which variety was used here, though I suspect based on strong flavors of bubble-gum and cherry that the purple fruits have been used.

Fruit beers divide the beer drinking community like few other styles. I've met beer enthusiasts who don't care very much for one beer style or another: one may avoid stouts if possible; one usually doesn't find the intensity of an American IPA very appealing. But when it comes to fruit beers, opinions seem to be stronger. I am always curious to try them, but, after the first sip or two, usually find myself wanting to move on to something else. Shiner's Prickly Pear was fine, just fine.

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Photo of mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear amber in the glass and a nice appearance. Well carbonated with a light moouthfeel. Faint aroma of

Rather sweet and quite fruity. Somewhat tangy, but not at all like citrus taste. Rather faint grape flavor. A touch of cherry Kool Aid as the tartness kicks in. Quite mellow and not the least trace of hops. Just an earthy touch at the end.

Actually too bad, though it's hard to pin the flavors down. Not the usual faint wheat beers with fruity flavors, either. The lack of malty and hoppy beeriness will cause me to skip it next time. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at H and H Beverages in Abilene, Texas.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pumpkin orange with very little foam and lacing. It's flat too.

Smell: Raspberries and apples. Very faint, but it's pleasant enough.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely bitter. Nothing else really. I guess I taste a bit of lemon or even some burnt cedar or quinine. The mouthfeel is like soda water, which permeates the bitterness.

Overall Drinkability: I used to live in Arizona, and also wondered what cactus beer would taste like. A friend told me it wouldn't be easy, and that's apparent here. I will give bonus points for trying to pull it off.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep amber producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, beige, shortlived head that leaves no lacing. Aroma is crisp but perfumey prickly pear & stone fruit, floral & lemon with a mineral hint. Taste is tangy, prickly pear, citrus, vegetal & medicinal with a slight toasted malt hint, it has a cloying perfumey sweetness up front with a tart but mild drying finish. Aftertaste is fruity, mineral & lightly bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, thin with a light prickle, drying in the finish & aftertaste. For those who have never tasted raw prickly pear flesh this brew is pretty true to the aroma & flavor as I remember it.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In the "Family Reunion" mixed six pack.
Poured aggressively in a 12 ounce hotel tumbler. Liquid the color of strong iced tea, dark brown with red throughout. Clear with a light tan head developing. Retention is weak, dropping to a thin film within 30 seconds. Some decent lace left behind.
Smell is sweet, fruity - kind of raspberry/apple mix, no idea what a prickly pear smells like-, some weak malt and nothing else. Smells a lot like a fruity soda, like a Dayton Redpop.
Taste is strawberry-like fruit, malt and that's it. Fortunately, the overriding sweetness of the nose is well restrained here. Still, it drinks like an under-sweetened soda. Balance is fine but with only two notes how hard is that?
Medium plus body, sharp upfront effervescence (but lighter than anticipated) mellowed quickly. Feels similar to a strawberry lambic in many ways but falls well short of that style. All told, an "interesting" beer but not really worth seeking out.

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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 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 hman43
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

It pours light amber in color with a small head that quickly disappears. It has citrus and floral aromas with a sweet, tart aroma of dark fruit. It has a sweet tart flavor with citrus and dark fruit like flavors that has an odd bit of sweetness to it. It is a bit lively on the palate. After a white, the taste doesn't sit as well for the overall experience as it did when I first started drinking it.

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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 mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the family reunion sixer picked up at the local convenience. Lets give it a whirl. Popping the top is a very sweet not pear but raspberry smell. Pours to a light bronze wit a multisize bubble off white head that disappears immediately. Taste is a deep sour fruit with some bitterness and a dry light finish. Mouthfeel is sparkly. Not my style.

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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 stevoj
2.62/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Points for brewing with this odd ingredient, although aroma is a bit off-putting. Taste is sweet, but flat and dry. Saving grace is this beer’s beautiful look, light, clear amber with nice fluffy head. Not sure about the taste of the prickly pear however....

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Photo of Hopmodium
2.61/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Horrible smell ruined any potential taste that may not have been, but was not, present. I meant that. Awful beer. Nothing like real prickly pear taste, feel, smell, or anything. Fake ingredients made from pulverized garbage.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew, full head and leaves a nice crown. Huge fruity aromas. Smells like prickly pear juice or sorbet. Taste is crazy. Intense prickly pear. You have to respect that. This is not a tolken fruit beer... They embrace the ingredient. But it doesn't work for me. Too sweet, too soda like. They try to balance that with bitter hops, but the combo doesn't work. Sticky sweet in the front and bitingly bitter on the finish. All that and the alcohol comes through. Feels like a bad wine cooler at the end of the day. I really want to like this...

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.43/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm not terribly interested in fruit-flavored beers to begin with but I couldn't see the appeal in this one, period. Tastes like vintage candy you'd buy in the tourist destination store.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.35/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks smells and sounds great. Initial taste is sweet then highly artificial and chemical and then the finish is that of a bitter beer. Not to my liking due to the artificial flavor

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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!!!~
sMc

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Photo of mjurney
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance:
Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Off-white head.

Aroma:
Candy, sweet and tart, a bit fruity, bready malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet and tart up front, almost candy-like. Bready malt, a little caramel. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very sweet and semi-dryness. Body is light-medium, harsh, undrinkable.

Overall:
It's an awful beer!

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
77 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.
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