Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

BA SCORE
77
okay
767 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
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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:
142
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
318
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of rw1992
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dankabier1
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnDee
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jeckel
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of keeganfrank
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjurney
2.26/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Appearance:
Copper color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising. Off-white head.

Aroma:
Candy, sweet and tart, a bit fruity, bready malt.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Sweet and tart up front, almost candy-like. Bready malt, a little caramel. Mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very sweet and semi-dryness. Body is light-medium, harsh, undrinkable.

Overall:
It's an awful beer!

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Photo of Amedlin18
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpuetz
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of frozen-1984
3.74/5  rDev +12%
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 JDAGZ84
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 AleHunter805
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zstets
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JMScowcroft
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.43/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Anbrewmeister
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.19/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on tap at union beer house, Lebanon, Pa
was ok tasted fake pear to me

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Photo of Tbone2131
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of noxtenebrae17
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 BoozerBrad
2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ahommell
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobAM
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the kind of brew that would be good on a hot summer day. Aside from that it's fair.

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Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.34 out of 5 based on 767 ratings.
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