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 | website

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:
140
Ratings:
754
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
39.94%
 
 
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26
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Photo of HamdenHector
3.84/5  rDev +15.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Spoetzl Brewery "Shiner Prickly Pear"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$1.50 @ Outlet Liquors, Rehoboth Beach, DE

Appearance: Clear. Surprisingly dark copper body. Short headof off-white. Limited head retention and lacing.

Aroma: Fruity and candyish.

Flavor: Some maltiness steps in but the berry-like fruitiness and sugar-candy notes remain dominant. It's sweetish but not sweet, and it finishes fairly dry with lingering fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body but with a dextrinous edge. Its Fine-bubbled median carbonation gives it a little bit of needed zing to start; and it becomes soft and smooth halfway through as it warms a bit.

Overall: In a way it's just another fruit beer, but there is something unique about it. Not a bad choice for summer.

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Photo of mjurney
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
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 frozen-1984
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
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 mothman
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ordybill
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
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 +30.6%
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 Jensen83
4.48/5  rDev +34.5%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
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 OKbrew89
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Beric
3.13/5  rDev -6%
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 DerAtomsmasher
2.43/5  rDev -27%
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 BenwayPHD
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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 DeFaz
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
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 atr2605
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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 TheSSG
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
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 +3%
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 angelmonster
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
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 jdwilliamson79
1.81/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Terrible. Shiner is pretty awful brewery. No IPAs, no imperial stouts, no barleywines, nothing interesting at all. This is one of the worst beers I've ever had. I went in thinking fruits and refreshing. The pear flavor was horrible, very artificial tasting. I'd drink piss over this.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Nice looking brew, full head and leaves a nice crown. Huge fruity aromas. Smells like prickly pear juice or sorbet. Taste is crazy. Intense prickly pear. You have to respect that. This is not a tolken fruit beer... They embrace the ingredient. But it doesn't work for me. Too sweet, too soda like. They try to balance that with bitter hops, but the combo doesn't work. Sticky sweet in the front and bitingly bitter on the finish. All that and the alcohol comes through. Feels like a bad wine cooler at the end of the day. I really want to like this...

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This oddity pours a nice light amber with a light head that dissipates to a medium ring and spotty lacing. Nose of flower, light hops, and light sweet malts. Flavors follow the nose with a sweet light tart berry like flavor to the front and middle of the taste, giving way to a medium tartness surrounded by citrus notes and a light floral hop note on the back. Crisp mouth feel and a light dry finish.....what the heck have I just had keeps coming to mind.

Interesting. Drinkable. Not a lot I can say about it.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from the bottle chilled in a willybecker.

The color is deep amber with light haze and thick white head with good retention and fine bead. The smell is fruity and floral with slightly tropical smell and slight sweet malt odor with mild berry type aroma. The feel is a mix of yeast and light malt with moderately bitter texture with semi-high carbonation and mostly dry finish with light body.

The taste has a mild yeast with vegetal type flavor up front with fruity tangy prickly pear and hoppy spice in the middle with subtle pine in the middle and earthy aspect with berry-like element in the finish which is pleasant. I wasn't sure what to expect even though I have tasted raw prickly pear...this is true to that taste with some bitterness and fruity flavor respresented well. This is enjoyable to drink with a nice dry finish -refreshing, I would drink this on any hot day

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A pretty good summer brew after a long day. Comes in Pretty mild then a nice whoosh of pear swiftly hits the palate. Unfortunately the fruit flavor exits as quick as it came, which ends in a fairly mild carbed Pilsner.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored. Sweet berry flavor -- raspberries and candied pineapple. I guess this is what a prickly pear cactus tastes like. Light refreshing mouthfeel, overall I like it a lot. Fruit/veggie beer often rubs my fur the wrong way but this is a very pleasant taste that goes well with the malt.

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