Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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77
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765 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:
765
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
317
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 765 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Jack74
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a very unique fruit flavor that I found very enjoyable. The beer is a clear amber/copper color with a small white head. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A unique beer experience that I would recommend for anyone who is into fruit beers.

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Photo of batt6343
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hilgart1
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olgin24
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great flavor. It is a little sweet so I had to switch back to shiner bock after a couple.

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Photo of billybob
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never had a beer with such a unusual taste very different but enjoyable. its the first time I have seen beer from this brewer and the first time I have had a beer made with prickly pear cactus. many of you may turn your nose up but I like to try different and unusual beers. drinking the same style of beer all the time is boring to me. so try it and let me know what you think.

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Photo of meehandennis
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of colonia25
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WorksforBeer
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I'm in west Texas, I had to try this when I saw it. I liked it.

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Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of time01
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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 donmonkey1
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper color with a 1/2" white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Good carbonation.

Smell: Fruity. Pears, mangoes, peaches.

Taste: Fruity, pears, much like the smell.

I started to think that all Shiner beers sucked. This is a totally decent fruit beer with a unique character. It's a session beer that is thirst quenching and satisfying. If you're into fruit beers, this is definately worth a shot.

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Photo of gilgar
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deonreds
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JDAGZ84
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jofoe
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Prickly Pear"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.50 @ Outlet Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Appearance: Clear. Surprisingly dark copper body. Short headof off-white. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and candyish.

Flavor: Some maltiness steps in but the berry-like fruitiness and sugar-candy notes remain dominant. It's sweetish but not sweet, and it finishes fairly dry with lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body but with a dextrinous edge. Its Fine-bubbled median carbonation gives it a little bit of needed zing to start; and it becomes soft and smooth halfway through as it warms a bit.

Overall: In a way it's just another fruit beer, but there is something unique about it. Not a bad choice for summer.

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Photo of drteague
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of BFlow
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of jmbranum
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I have enjoyed Shiner's Ruby Redbird (their other frequently made fruit beer), I was curious if I would like this or not.

It isn't great but isn't bad either.

I poured it from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Light amber-copper colored. Clear. Not much head but still attractive.

Aroma is fruit-heavy, maybe some sour apples.

Flavor is interesting. Pretty sweet with lots of fruity notes from the cactus and I would assume some other fruit, but balanced well by the nice level of hops.

Medium mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall a nice summer session beer. Not great but at least a little bit different. I hope Shiner continues to find ways to incorporate Texas produce into their beers (pecans, peaches, grapefruit and not prickly pear --- all great choices).

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Photo of MeganandDana
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GypsyJoan
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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 +15.3%
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 TheHopsman
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.34 out of 5 based on 765 ratings.
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