Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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77
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765 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
765
Reviews:
142
Avg:
3.34
pDev:
17.37%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
316
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 765 |  Reviews: 142
Photo of BArunnerchick
3.04/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Irrationalist
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you enjoy prickly pear you will probably enjoy this. Not overwhelming and a very nice beer to enjoy on a hot day.

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Photo of Dweedlebug
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of gerite
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lite summer type beer with a fruity citric flavor and floral aroma. Presents a thick head that rapidly dissipates but leaves plenty of lacing.

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Photo of 10adavis
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The prickly pear is overpowering and it wasn't as refreshing as I expected.

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Photo of Valmolina
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Stanley23
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJV1963
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeFaz
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a refreshing and well-executed fruit beer that tastes natural (it does not have artificial flavors), goes down easily, and is incredibly light and sessionable. It of course has the pear flavor, but it also has a general citrus flavor from the citra hops that add some level of complexity. Still, this beer does not intend to be the next world class beer and is rather a refreshing and better than average fruit beer that is really hard to turn down even for the most picky beer drinkers (it's just hard to admit that it's so good).

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Photo of faantastic
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great beer for sitting outside by the water and relaxing. Tasty and not too sweet however may be too heavy for some.

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Photo of Furley80
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of atr2605
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a nice transparent copper color with a white head with average retention
S-alot of pear, a bit of citrus
T-again the pear is dominant with a more bitterness than expected to follow, malt provide a decent balance
M-medium-light bodied
O-pretty drinkable basic brew, wouldn't seek it out but wouldn't mind drinking on a hot day

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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 cali_beer_man
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Decker
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kvgomps
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSSG
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight, white head. Clear, copper color. Sweet, fruity, tart aroma. Starts slightly sweet and fruity, with a touch of tartness. A real nice, crisp prickly pear tuna flavor. Near the end, the smooth malt shows through. Finish is a touch of that malt with prickly pear tuna.

This is surprisingly excellent. If you like eating nopales tunas, this is for you.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up last week in Totowa, having never had this before. I had the impression that this would be a lawnmower beer and while that turned out to be the case, I ended up liking this more than I anticipated. It was light but nicely balanced, flavorful, and crisp. When it comes down it it, what more could one ask for during these warm weather months?

Nice pour to this, as the beer had an almond hue and a bit of body to it which ensured that it wouldn't be completely clear. Not a bit head but the foam that remained stuck around until the end and was light enough to slosh back and forth after every sip. Nice lacing for something of this sort as there were quite a few rings left on the bottom half of my pint glass. Can't ever say that I've ever had anything made from a prickly pear cactus but what the taste was like was tart raspberry, some light citrus, and a faint amount of earthy hops. A fair amount of sweet malt balanced those notes out nicely and this almost reminded me of a Gose, without the salty aftertaste. The carbonation was good and this went down pretty smooth while having just a bit of juice in the aftertaste.

The alcohol was light in this and I don't think that I'll have the other bottles around my house for very long. Beers need to be fun sometimes and this fell into that category and rather than drinking something from a Macro brewery for those sunny summer afternoons, I'll be reaching for one of these instead. Probably on the level of Shiner Bock in terms of how easily accessible and laid-back it turned out to be.

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Photo of rjarev210
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabre311
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angelmonster
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber body, not quite as dark as Shiner Bock. Head is 1/5th an inch and off white. Head retention was average and so was lacing.

First smell is definitely fruity, but more apricot than prickly pear. Sweet caramel/toffee malt is also present. No hops or alcohol detected. Funky yeast aroma fades in and out.

Taste is of sweet, slightly tart fruit. Like in the nose, I pick up more apricot flavor than prickly pear. Tastes similar to Magic Hat #9 but not as good. Malt is sweet and imparts a touch of caramel to beer. Very light tropical hops are detected, alcohol is very light.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than most fruit beers but well carbonated. Head died pretty fast unfortunately.

Overall, this beer was interesting and unique but not really great in any facet. Fell kinda flat in taste and mouthfeel but for what its worth its a decent summer beer.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
3.34 out of 5 based on 765 ratings.
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