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:
140
Ratings:
754
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
39.94%
 
 
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26
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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this evening on 4/2/15. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

This 'Summer Seasonal' brew pours a pretty copper in color with a thin off-white head. A good amount of lacing was seen when sipped which was really surprising. The aroma is of some sweet fruits for the most part. More going on with the taste as the 'pear' flavor is up front but isn't over sweet with some grains. Slightly dry finish. Overall it was good but different. Lighter to medium-bodied with good carbonation as seen with all the small streaming bubbles rising from the sides and the bottom of the glass after the pour.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body, not quite as dark as Shiner Bock. Head is 1/5th an inch and off white. Head retention was average and so was lacing.

First smell is definitely fruity, but more apricot than prickly pear. Sweet caramel/toffee malt is also present. No hops or alcohol detected. Funky yeast aroma fades in and out.

Taste is of sweet, slightly tart fruit. Like in the nose, I pick up more apricot flavor than prickly pear. Tastes similar to Magic Hat #9 but not as good. Malt is sweet and imparts a touch of caramel to beer. Very light tropical hops are detected, alcohol is very light.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than most fruit beers but well carbonated. Head died pretty fast unfortunately.

Overall, this beer was interesting and unique but not really great in any facet. Fell kinda flat in taste and mouthfeel but for what its worth its a decent summer beer.

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Photo of wmickdds32
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
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 KLHBB
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored. Sweet berry flavor -- raspberries and candied pineapple. I guess this is what a prickly pear cactus tastes like. Light refreshing mouthfeel, overall I like it a lot. Fruit/veggie beer often rubs my fur the wrong way but this is a very pleasant taste that goes well with the malt.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing and well-executed fruit beer that tastes natural (it does not have artificial flavors), goes down easily, and is incredibly light and sessionable. It of course has the pear flavor, but it also has a general citrus flavor from the citra hops that add some level of complexity. Still, this beer does not intend to be the next world class beer and is rather a refreshing and better than average fruit beer that is really hard to turn down even for the most picky beer drinkers (it's just hard to admit that it's so good).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep amber with light haze and thick white head with good retention and fine bead. The smell is fruity and floral with slightly tropical smell and slight sweet malt odor with mild berry type aroma. The feel is a mix of yeast and light malt with moderately bitter texture with semi-high carbonation and mostly dry finish with light body.

The taste has a mild yeast with vegetal type flavor up front with fruity tangy prickly pear and hoppy spice in the middle with subtle pine in the middle and earthy aspect with berry-like element in the finish which is pleasant. I wasn't sure what to expect even though I have tasted raw prickly pear...this is true to that taste with some bitterness and fruity flavor respresented well. This is enjoyable to drink with a nice dry finish -refreshing, I would drink this on any hot day

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Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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 stprather
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Found this in my local supermarket's make-your-own six pack selection, bought with a couple of other less popular Shiners. I'm not a big "fruit beer" fan, but I found this one pretty enjoyable, especially b/c you get the fruitiness a bit more in the smell than in the taste.

Appearance -- deep amber golden, really lovely pour w/ nice creamy head
Smell -- pear in the forefront but a really nice, not-too-sweet malty honey nose
Mouthfeel -- really drinkable, not watery at all, smooth
Taste -- what I love about the taste is that it comes off less "fruity-sweet" and more "fruity-deep", as in a good wine, if that makes sense. Still not as malty/hoppy as I like, but wonderful for a "fruit beer."

Enjoyed this one

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Photo of frozen-1984
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked a six up on a whim. The beer hits the nail on the head for the prickly pear flavor. Slightly fruity and crisp. Good carbonation and overall drinkability for a shiner beer. Perfect for golf on a hot summer day

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Photo of TCMike
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Produced about a finger, and a half of white head. The beer color is a translucent, medium amber.
The aroma is of prickly pear, and biscuits.
The taste is similar, but not as bold as the smell had indicated.
Light mouth-feel, and fairly high carbonation.
Good beer, for what it is. My wife would enjoy this more than me.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm surprised this is getting such low ratings...that said it is a Shiner and this is BA...stereotyping beers and their breweries...to bad.

A sweet hit of ripe fruit rind on the front...just not sure what fruit...prickly pear cactus? Slightly carbonated bitter/dry finish...with the sweetness coming back and lingering on the tongue.

Taste like a light sour...very light on the sour but a very pleasant "fruit" flavor that is hard to describe but extremely enjoyable IMHO. I like this and could/can/did knock down 3 out of a sixer in a hour and a half sitting with my wife taking the other 3...we both agree...

Good summer brew...cheers!

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Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before soon fading to a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small patch of surface foam. Half decent lacing compared to other Shiner beers.

S- Crisp aroma with some apple/pear-like sweetness that reminds me of Juicy Juice. The malt comes in and lends a toasty characteristic leading to notes of brown sugar and sweet tea.

T- Flavor isn't as lively with more of a lager flavor pushed up against a minimal amount of pear and berry-like sweetness. There's a noticeable amount of toasty malt that balances things out. Highly drinkable.

M- Certainly not prickly but rather thin and slick. Medium carbonation and a medium-full body.

O- Probably the best Shiner beer I've had which, as you can see by the score, isn't saying much

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a goblet glass.

Look: A very deep clear cooper or cider colored body. A light cream head that recedes to a light wisp. Very light lacing that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Both sweet and tart with notions of raspberry and strawberry, obviously prickly pear fruit.

Taste: Tastes much like the aroma with raspberry tart and strawberry sweetness. I guess this is what prickly pear fruit tastes like. Slightly metallic tasting.

Mouthfeel: Thin, metallic aftertaste.

Overall: Sweet and tart, low ABV makes this crushable. It's good but a little too metallic.

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Photo of raznug
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours an amber color and is topped with a good inch of off white head that tends to hang around quite a few sips into the beer.
Smell: The smell is like none that I remember it has an odd tartness to it that is quite intriguing. The blend of hops and that prickly pear tartness has my mouth watering.
Taste: The taste is a bit disappointing in comparison to the taste not that it is bad just not quite as bitter as I had hoped.
Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel of this beer it is just what a warm day in Ohio is suppose to be easy drinking but good flavor that keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of Offa
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly nice and enjoyable beer that in my book ranks among the best Shiner beers.

Dark gold/pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily srhinking to lasting thin foamy top and then foamy ring, a little lace.

Aroma is strong fruit (a bit like strawberry candy), grain.

Taste is nice fruit (leaning to strawberry again), very toasty grain, a little grass, well-rounded, nice firm character, a little form sweetness and bitterness, nice full feel. It is very enjoyable.

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Photo of predikit
3.79/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear gold, leaves a half inch white fizzy head that recedes fairly slowly, leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Smells absolutely wonderful, though maybe slightly manufactured scent. Fruity notes abound.

The taste was surprisingly sour, but that's fine by me. Sour fruit notes take most the entire profile, it's good but not amazing.

Light bodied, a little gritty, medium low carbonation.

A surprising taste that could have been balanced a bit better, but I found this to be quite a unique beer.

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Photo of McAfee85
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear and golden with a lot of carbonation. Floral smell. Fruity...with maybe a touch of bubble gum? possibly...tastes a lot like Zima with a little bit of beer mixed in.

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Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a gimmick beer for sure, but I liked it.

The prickly pear additive (I'm assuming syrup based on how forward it is in the taste) is unique, and adds a nice element, but there is still plenty of "beer" taste there.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: the prickly pear is front and center, but I also got a whiff of breadiness;

T: with most fruit beers, the fruit character comes through in the aroma, but not so much in the flavor; not so with this beer; the prickly pear is dominant from start to finish; slightly sweet, not bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: I'm not much of a fruit beer fan, but this is well done;

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Photo of GypsyJoan
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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 +15.6%
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 jmbranum
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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 donmonkey1
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
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 time01
3.93/5  rDev +18%
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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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.33 out of 5 based on 754 ratings.
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