Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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77
okay
767 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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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:
767
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
17.31%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
319
For Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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2.76/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.78/5  rDev -17%
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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2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

It's too champagne-y, with a slightly unpleasant aftertaste

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2.8/5  rDev -16.4%

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2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
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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look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
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2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
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2.92/5  rDev -12.8%
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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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.35 out of 5 based on 767 ratings.
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