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Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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
Ranking:
#43,255
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
770
pDev:
17.26%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
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4.21/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ahommell
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of azentay174
4.16/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tfsimpkins
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoBeerGo
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of enelson
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Worth a try. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of deadliest
4.1/5  rDev +22%

Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber. Has a sweet fruity smell. Has sweet tasty flavor. I like it

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Photo of JustinPStewart
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

All is pear in love and war

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Photo of TheSSG
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight, white head. Clear, copper color. Sweet, fruity, tart aroma. Starts slightly sweet and fruity, with a touch of tartness. A real nice, crisp prickly pear tuna flavor. Near the end, the smooth malt shows through. Finish is a touch of that malt with prickly pear tuna.

This is surprisingly excellent. If you like eating nopales tunas, this is for you.

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Photo of InI
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I live and grew up in Texas and I'm pretty sure I've had ever beer shiner makes. That said they are an incredibly overrated brewery but this is hands down my favorite beer they make. Color is very transparent copper with 2 finger white head that dissipates disappointingly quickly and left no lacing. The smell as mentioned by a previous reviewer smells oddly similar to red kool aid but in a good way. Taste is tart not too sweet and certainly not bitter but a little sour. Mouthfeel is pleasantly not overly carbonated easy to drink. At 4.9% abv this beer is designed to be a session beer on a 100+ degree Texas summer afternoon and I would choose this one 8/10 times the other choices being real ales Hans pils and Austin beer works pearl snap

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from the Family Reunion pack.

Pours a dark amber color, clear, with an eggshell-white head of about a finger. Was creamy and dissipates to a foamy collar. The aroma was sweet and fruity, with a distinct melon aroma. Not sure what prickly pears smell or taste like, but I'll assume that's where it's coming from. Some bubblegum notes, possibly yeast characters. There's a hint of citrus hops in there, most likely the citra, though it's a bit muddled by the fruit. The taste was lightly bitter, with a fruit-like tartness. It's not big, bold or offensive, but it's there. After a few more sips, it becomes a bit more bitter, melding with that soft tartness and a subtle fruitiness. It's...unlike anything I've really had, but it's pretty good. The feel was light, but slick and crisp. It didn't seem highly carbed, but it is nice and bubbly on the tongue, which works well for this beer with the bitterness and mild tart edge.

Shiner's beers are typically average at best, though always very drinkable and cheap, so I always like trying the new Reunion pack when I see it, and thus far, this has been the most interesting and enjoyable. I think this would make a nice summer seasonal, Shiner.

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Photo of california_republic
4.04/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Stofko1992
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brock915
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice summer flavored beer fun

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Photo of kmweiss
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a finger of white foam that dissipated into a quarter finger within 20 seconds. Bubbles are mild when poured and maintain. Amber/dark gold in color. Has strong, sweet aromas of what I assume is the prickly pear fruit. Mild bready malt aromas are also present along with citrus and floral aromas from the hops ( like the bottle says). Initial taste is really sweet from the prickly pear fruit. Very mild citrus and malt flavors enter immediately after initial taste, but the sweetness from the prickly pear practically overpowers them. Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but crisp. Carbonation is mild. I love the sweetness of this beer. Will be getting a pack of these before summer ends and they go away.

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4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of grg001
4/5  rDev +19%

This goes with my Ruby Red Bird - hot day in the sun beer. Not too heavy, and definitely not a light beer. Tasty and thirst quenching.

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4/5  rDev +19%

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 770 ratings
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