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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
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
760
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
40.42%
 
 
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Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint.

A: Translucent, medium amber hue. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head which quickly dissipates. Slight lacing quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt, but the prickly pear is prominent. Not overwhelming are anything, but it is the outstanding aroma.

T: Light, pungent, bready flavor base. Some clove, fruit pith, and bubble gum.

M: Light, bitter, and pungent. Kind of tongue-coating, bitter finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Bubbly head, no real lacing. Nose is light with a distinct fruit aroma. Light, pungent, and bitter with a slight sweetness. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev +15%
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 Jadjunk
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"This small batch brew is the third in our Limited Edition Brewer's Price Craft Brew Series. A combination of Citra and U.S. Golding hops gives this refreshing lager its citrus flavor and floral aroma. The brew's signature tartness comes from the fruit of the prickly pear, a cactus native to our brewery's landscape that's hearty, rugged and unmistakably unique- qualities we surely appreciate. Prosit!" Brewed in the style of a fruit lager. Available as part of the 2012 Family Reunion 6 packs or 12 packs. No visible date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 45º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crunchy, crispy off-white head with average staying power, surprisingly good for my standards with Shiner. Lacing is specked and very light. Body color is a very mildly hazy amber-orange with sporadic spritely carbonation. The appearance is quite good for this beer. 3.75

(Smell) Wow, this is a very fruity aroma. Very fruit notes forward, highly potent, perceivably prickly pear, but a little less cidery and more berry-like in its aroma. Mild grassy and citrus hops lend a hand but have a hard time cutting through the already fruit-heavy aroma. A subtle pale malt sweetness doesn't contribute much to the aroma but probably isn't needed as much anyways- the aroma is already very sweet from the fruit character. The fruit, while unique and enjoyable is a bit syrupy sweet in the aroma, making for a natural imbalance, but this is certain to find a few people's likings. 3.25

(Taste) Flavor has an equal emphasis on the sweet as well as on a bitter tartness, always welcome for me. Mildly tart wildberry flavor with a faint residual sweetness is a better-balanced sweetness character for me. It's still front-and-center in the flavor, with a pale malt profile giving it a hint of body and a grassy hop note here and there complimenting the tartness for a better balanced but spritely and clean finish. I have a bit of a soft spot for fruit beers, as I personally enjoy the flavor but understand that a bit more balance would have been more desirable. The malt character is a touch shallow, and I don't doubt some malt body would have created an even more complex and unique flavor. Mildly dry finish with a bit of soft grain huskiness. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) There's a buzzy carbonation presence that does more creaminess and foam than stinging crispness. Body for the style is medium, and amongst all beers is slightly below medium. Alcohol presence is very well hidden by the fruit notes. I found the carbonation presence enjoyable for this beer. 4

(Overall) I still don't get why Shiner holds out these types of beers for their limited releases when they're easily more enjoyable and flavorful than their staple beers. If you haven't had a prickly pear-led beer before then you're in for a treat. A more berry-tart aroma than cidery acidity obviously leads this beer, but it's not a complete palate wrecker- somewhat light body makes for likely repeat drinks, and if I had more to enjoy I'd certainly take them up on that. 3.5

Spoetzl Brewery's
Shiner Brewer's Pride Craft Brew No. 3: Prickly Pear
3.4/5.00

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Photo of grittybrews
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rating #1000...probably should write a proper review! Didn't feel like tracking down any whalez for the occasion, so I went with the opposite (while also honoring my years in Texas).

Pours a clear burnished copper with two fingers of fairly quick-receding, just slightly off-white head. Aroma dominated by melon, berry, and sweet grain. Mild carbonation and a thinish mouthfeel.

Fruit-forward flavor with raspberry and melon notes and lingering grainy sweetness. Just a touch of grassy bitterness. Definitely heavy on the prickly pear flavor without being overly sweet, but some more bitterness would have helped to balance this one. Much better than Shiner's grapefruit offering.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 chrishiker1409
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours with a beautiful copper hue with a bubbly three fingers of head. It dissipates rather quickly.

S: Prickly pear (though I don't really know basing it off what I got from otra vez). It is a distinct aroma.

T: Prickly Pear, slight tartness. At first the taste just disappeared on the finish. As I drank more I noticed a slight bitterness on the finish.

F: Light bodied, moderate carb. Goes down easy.

O: This makes a great hot humid day summer drinker. Refreshing.

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Photo of colts9016
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A mahogany color with some dark reddish orange hues with a good amount of carbonation. The head is white one finger head with poor retention. The clarity of beer is clear.

N: fruity, caramel, honey, toasty malt, yeast, and tarty/vinegar.

T: fruity, caramel, honey, toasty malt, cactus, earthy tart lemons, toasty malt, and yeast.

M: Carbonation, light, and crisp.

O: The beer is something different. I really don't like the flavors I was hoping for something that was a bit more refined instead of harsh.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a golden color. Head doesn't stay around very long. Very clear. Smells like artificial fruit aroma and grainy malt. The beer base is a decent enough lager (based on other Shiner products) but it is dominated by artificial flavorings. Tastes like melon and kiwi. Strange. Doesn't taste like prickly pear at all, really. Prickly pear is a delicate flavor and should have been left alone. The ¨natural¨ flavors just kill it. Like a cross between a fruit soda and some Michelob Ultra fruit mess. Mouthfeel is alright, but the sweetness kind of makes it sticky on the tongue. Not very drinkable at all.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a clear amber with a small - american lager type - head, quickly dissipating. Odd smell in the nose, possibly the prickly pear?? Somewhat funky flavor, prickly pear??, but definitely characteristic of all the prickly pear beers I have ever had...

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a rather large head, with a clear amber color. Light visible carbonation.

This smells of fruity and dank sweetness. Also has a sour undertone. The drink this smell reminds me the most of is a traditional Scandinavian pear cider. This certainly does not smell like a regular beer, but is quite enjoyable nontheless.

I enjoyed the taste of this less. The funky sweetness from the smell is subdued, and there is an added bitterness. While I think the taste is more nuanced than the smell, I felt like it didin't own its weirdness quite as well as the smell.

Mouthfeel is light, fairly juicy, and moderately carbonated.

This is a solid beer. I wish I hadn't gotten a twelve-pack, yet friends that tried it enjoyed it so I don't think I'll have a problem getting rid of it. Certainly not a lame beer!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A very meh beer. Not much complexity with a weird funky quality. The pear flavoring was clearly very artificial and almost syrup like. I didn't hate this beer, but certainly wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of match1112
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear amber body with a thin white head that fizzes out rather quickly, nice sticky lacing left behind. smells sweet and candy like. a lot like many wine coolers and other hard liquor beverages. taste is a little weird, guess i know what cactus tastes like now. some citrus but mainly jolly rancher candy like flavors. mouthfeel is average for a fruit beer, maybe a little too carbonated as it livens up the taste buds. overall not bad, just kinda weird. don't think i would try again.

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Photo of 98green
3.81/5  rDev +14.1%
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 TreyIsWilson
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear amber with a two-finger white creay head. Good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is ripe berries, watermelon, and a sweet breadiness.

T - The taste follows the aroma with watermelon, raspberry, and strawberry upfront. There is a light graininess in the finish.

M - Light bodied with medium/high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - This is a very drinkable summer beer. The flavors are light and crisp.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, copper colored with a 1" white head that dissipates leaving some lacing, clear
S: sweet fruit smells of apple and pear, citrus hops, sweetest and fresh
T: taste is watery with little happening, sour fruits mixed with light lager
M: thin with a ton of carbonation, constant streams of bubbles,finish is crisp
O: I got excited over the look and smell, let down by taste, I would have liked more complex flavors to match the delicious smell

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Photo of jimmah120
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date poured into a Summit pint glass

clear reddish orange color. very small head and almost no lacing. smell is light, airy, wheaty, with a hint of pear. taste is a light and crisp wheat with a pear finish. feel is slightly cloying but overall pleasant.

decent wheat beer with a pear kick. get it if you're into that sort of thing.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Pours a hazy brown-amber color with two fingers of foam. Aroma is full of sweet pear flavor... almost reminiscent of shampoo.

First sip is a perfumey sweetness with a mild finish. It has a decent sweet flavor, but the prickly pear is not super enjoyable. A decent attempt at a fruity beer, but nothing memorable.

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Photo of Myotus
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
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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Photo of Taybeh
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

from a single into a nonic

A: clear golden apricot, 2 fingers head
S: interesting: faint floral perfume, sweetness, a little tartness, and some melon. I've never tried prickly pear cactus fruit, so...?
T: sweet and floral at first, then you get a little bit of tart bitterness and (what I think is?) wheat on the back end. Lacks a little integration of flavors, though it isn't all that complex. Doesn't linger too much, and not as crisp as one might expect.
M: clean, light, watery/syrupy.

not uninteresting, but I don't think I'll seek it out again. Maybe it would be different in warm weather...

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
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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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 q33jeff
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

**
06/01/15
Bottle to glass. Great aroma. Grape, wine, pear. Taste is less intense, aftertaste of baking soda. Still a good refreshing summer option. Very Southwest."

**

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of the family reunion sixer picked up at the local convenience. Lets give it a whirl. Popping the top is a very sweet not pear but raspberry smell. Pours to a light bronze wit a multisize bubble off white head that disappears immediately. Taste is a deep sour fruit with some bitterness and a dry light finish. Mouthfeel is sparkly. Not my style.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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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3.34 out of 5 based on 760 ratings.
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