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
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:
764
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
316
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 764 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruit juice, perfume, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, fruit juice, earth, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of earth and metallic bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that smells like fruit juice and pretty much tastes the same, but there is an odd earth and metallic combination in th flavors that detracts from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of djrn2
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is really strange stuff, and i have to admit i am not overly familiar with the special ingredient here, so its hard to tell exactly how true to nature it is or anything like that, but the beer is very weird. i like how light it is, nice and frothy in the glass with a pale color and some haze, even a hint green in the right light. it smells good, sweet for sure, but summery, citrusy, and fruity in a new way. the flavor is the weird part, it has tartness like yogurt, and even has the flavor of some fruited greek yogurt, very strange to have some dairy based thing coming through in a beer, not sure i dig it, but it is surely different. a little more sweetness than it needs, but its pretty juicy too, lush and fleshy, i can perceive a cactus type mouthfeel, cut open and wet in an otherwise very dry climate. very neat for a summer beer to convey this feeling, but the flavor just isnt all that compelling. one glass i think isnt a bad dose, but i couldnt make a day of it. any summer beer i dont want more than one of i think misses the mark, but i like how unique this is.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of watermelon and mixed berries (e.g., blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) are present in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of watermelon and raspberries, which I assume are coming from the addition of fruit from prickly pear cacti.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a summer beer and has some refreshing properties; the light-bodied nature makes it very easy to drink and seems a little diluted compared to other beers, analogous to the difference between a wine cooler and wine.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
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 zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of LXIXME
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
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 dmorgan310
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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 mothman
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer tastes fine for what it is. The pear flavors is there. Kind of fruity. Has a bland finish. It isn't bad. It is kind of refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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 chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24 (!) oz bottle.

Pours deep brown-amber with unusually coarse carbonation. Head is fairly short-lived.

Aroma: fruity and floral, with some earthy/herbal hop notes.

Flavor: Unusual fuity flavor with some tartness, presumably from the fruit of the prickly pear cactus. ... think citrus/strawberry. About equally tart and bitter.

O: refreshing, unique and flavorful. Well worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 7/14/2015 at Stevie D’s, in Cumberland, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pears, caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of pears and caramel. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the pear flavor.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
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 mactrail
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
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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