Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

Shiner Prickly PearShiner Prickly Pear
BA SCORE
3.36/5
767 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#42,534
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
767
pDev:
17.26%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
321
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 143
Photo of jkermitj
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This beer has a very unique fruit flavor that I found very enjoyable. The beer is a clear amber/copper color with a small white head. The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A unique beer experience that I would recommend for anyone who is into fruit beers.

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Photo of eyeroller
4.35/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not sure many people who try this have actually tried prickly pear cactus fruit before. I have. This beer does a great job picking up that flavor. I love Shiner. Texas born and bread. This beer is a refreshing summer brew. I was super suprised to pick up a 12pk of this in Chicago!

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Photo of dexterk1
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Antc2382
2.79/5  rDev -17%
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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Photo of Jensen83
4.48/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very cool combination of pear and a light lager. Beautiful color and refreshing taste makes it a good summer pick. Very "prickly " adds to the refreshing experience.

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Photo of Herze
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FreshButterbeer
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Yuck! Tastes like the smell of cheap Avon perfume usually worn by a granny mixed with water. Could not finish it! Good look. Very dry finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 bigbluebeerguy
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OKbrew89
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Transparent pinkish-golden color with moderate carbonation. Produces a half finger head that recedes quickly and doesn't leave lacing. Smells like a slightly sweet fruit and subtle floral notes. Taste is a smooth and slightly tart note with a textured and dry body. Light body with medium carbonation and no bitter or boozy aftertaste.
I didn't know what to expect, but it was a pleasant fruitiness that I hadn't associated with prickly pear. It didn't taste fake or too chemically. Worth trying and would like to see it as a summer seasonal again.

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Photo of Brock915
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice summer flavored beer fun

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Photo of Beric
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 11 July 2015

Appearance: Had this one from the bottle at a cookout. Shiner has good retro-Western branding though, so kudos to that.

Smell: Smells like a juicy pear Jelly Belly.

Taste: ...and tastes like one too, just smushed into a Shiner Bock. Really cloyingly sweet, artificial pear taste that doesn't really blend well with beer.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and deceptively thick makes it unpleasant on the palate.

Overall: Not worth trying again. Shiner does a decent job with fruit in their holiday Hefeweizen (with peach) but this one is just too much.

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Photo of fosters9
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I'm not terribly interested in fruit-flavored beers to begin with but I couldn't see the appeal in this one, period. Tastes like vintage candy you'd buy in the tourist destination store.

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Photo of Analog_kid
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of raindrop01
1.9/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Horrible just freaking horrible smh

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Photo of GeorgianBayPackr
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WorksforBeer
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I'm in west Texas, I had to try this when I saw it. I liked it.

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Photo of MrBoh
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenwayPHD
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a two finger head. The boar is nothing but fruit. Pear, apple juice, grape, fruit leather. The flavor is didn't bitter with a sweet finish. Refreshing. Neither good nor bad.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brett606
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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