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Shiner Prickly Pear | Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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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:
#42,998
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
769
pDev:
17.26%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
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Ratings: 769 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of packbacker99
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of samhandwich
2.2/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I picked this up (in cans) because I love the company's Ruby Redbird on a hot day. This one is disappointing, though. The smell is immediately artificial, as is the flavor which seems to clash against the beer flavor. I will be pawning off the rest of the six pack on unsuspecting friends. Glad I got some Ruby Redbird at the same time.

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Photo of dcotom
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
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 NocoBeerGuy
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Stofko1992
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tmorse
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of freshtojeff
2.44/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Seanecy
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Samputnam14
4.52/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grahuba
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Aaron197
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CjMcGarner
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pit638
4.78/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great summer beer. Has a wonderful fruit smell and a sweetish taste. This just became a new favorite.

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Photo of got2
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

The first thing that you notice about Shiner's Prickly Pear Summer Seasonal is the smell. I haven't tasted a prickly pear recently so I can't say how accurately it copies it but for me it took me back to the my youth, when I drank all sorts of pseudo-fruit sodas.

It's not terrible, but a bit odd. Luckily, it fades quickly.

The color is a rich and coppery, almost like a penny. The taste is somewhat evocative of its scent but milder.

The carbonation is off the charts, and a bit less would have been welcome.

There's a slight bitterness at the finish, not IPA-like by any means, but a bit of a nip.

Shiners Prickly Pear beer is interesting, though mainly as a curiosity. It's inoffensive, and relatively refreshing, despite seeming over-carbonated.

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Photo of Miami66
3.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taters21
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with one finger of head, recedes quickly.
Smells rather fruity, yet funky, sour even, reminds me of sierra Nevada otra vez, minus the salt.
Taste is lightly bitter, fruitiness is really subdued, quickly tastes of malt and little else.
Mouthfeel is light, but juicy, refreshing.
Overall, a letdown from having such a potent smell and nice color to having such weak taste.

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Photo of MaddoJay
4.46/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AMCPhD
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 769 ratings
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