Shiner Prickly Pear

Posted: July 1, 2015 in Fruit/Vegetable Beer, Reviews, Spoetzl Brewery

It’s almost halfway through the week. I’m really excited to have a three-day weekend, although I will probably end up working part of Monday. Anyways, let’s get to the beer which is a summer seasonal coming out of Texas. It uses prickly pears as an adjunct, which I’ve never seen a beer.


ABV: 4.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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. Crisp. Refreshing. No spines.”

Random: This was first brewed in 2012.

This beer poured with a two finger, thick off white head. It took awhile to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark orange head with moderate carbonation. The nose presented with some pear and citrus. It was very fragrant and smelled very inviting. The taste was not quite as good as I would have hoped. It had pear and citrus, but a slight medicinal taste that was unpleasant. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long, bright pear finish with the same medicinal note that was in the body. This was only alright and I wouldn’t rush back to have it again, especially for $3 a bottle ($.25 per ounce). I had high hopes for this, but there are so many better beers available from this brewery to have instead.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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