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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:
#43,200
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
770
pDev:
17.26%
Bros Score:
3.53
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
323
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 770 |  Reviews: 144
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3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALLISON01
2.49/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

tastes like perfume! Not impressed

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Photo of David19457
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some bits of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of watermelon and mixed berries (e.g., blueberries, raspberries, strawberries) are present in the nose.
T: The taste has some flavors of watermelon and raspberries, which I assume are coming from the addition of fruit from prickly pear cacti.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a summer beer and has some refreshing properties; the light-bodied nature makes it very easy to drink and seems a little diluted compared to other beers, analogous to the difference between a wine cooler and wine.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of sokol_1993
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Daa
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Moonshae_D
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It tasted like it was full of artificial sweetener. I had a couple, no where near drunk, and I was puking later that night. Maybe from this, maybe not, but the association will always be there. No thanks.

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Photo of 303beer
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber. Has a sweet fruity smell. Has sweet tasty flavor. I like it

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Photo of calcutron
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clager
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OSURoss
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Appearance: Toned copper in color, with a moderately large, somewhat coarse, off-white head, with good retention. A thick, irregular tidemark of lacing adorns the glass walls. The carbonation is moderate and slow-rising.

Aroma: The prickly pear fruit dominates the aroma, with a beguiling note that is reminiscent of watermelon and raspberries. Some modest, lightly toasted malt is present as well, but seems a mere afterthought.

Taste: As with the aroma, the striking flavor of prickly pear dominates the taste from opening to close, with a moderate sweet apple as well. The taste is not as distinct as the aroma, but again, its a striking combination of raspberries and watermelon. Pale, lightly toasted malts are present as well, but are a minor accompaniment to the prickly pear. The distinctive fruit flavors carry throughout the taste, with grassy and herbal hops bringing the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, full, with slightly zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Some other reviews have described Shiner Prickly Pear as being quite sweet, I did not find it to be so. It reminded me of a raspberry ale, where the raspberries are fully fermented, leaving behind the tartness and flavor of the raspberries, but not any sugary sweetness. Shiner Prickly Pear is nothing like an "alco-pop" or "malternative". I think it would be quite refreshing on a hot summer day. This is another fine effort from the little brewery in Shiner, Texas.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

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3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PA-hunter
4.49/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle into glass. 4.9% abv

Appearance- Pours a medium amber that is crystal clear. Two finger head slow to dissipate.

Smell- Sweet floral aroma with fruit. Similar to rasberry with apples as well. Dry cracker-like malt smell too.

Taste- Fruit is prominent, just as in the smell. The sweetness of rasberries comes first, blending into a drier crispness of that to an apple. The rasberry taste lingers all the way through and carries with it a slight tartness, even a bit sour. A bready malt flavor characteristic to that of a lager is in there, but is harder to pick out from the fresh fruit prescence.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin, vibrant carbonation, fresh and crisp.

Overall- I was really impressed. Interesting and unique, I now know prickly pear fruit tastes like rasberries. Mildly complex for sure. Great use of fruit in a beer. Very refreshing and just the right beer for a hot day. Light bodied and full of flavor make this beer very easy drinking. Must try.

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3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong prickly pear, slight metallic, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of a Fruit / Vegetable beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hint of hop, strong prickly pear, and a hint of sweet malt. Overall, the prickly pear dominates every aspect of this beer to the point of detriment.

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3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of trebbates
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shiner Prickly Pear from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 770 ratings
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