Shiner Prickly Pear Review


Craft brew has become a catchall phrase for beers that don’t fit into the macro scale, especially since the Brewers Association expanded its definition to include corn beers. This leaves some craft beers as tweeners, such as Spoetzl Brewery, the subject of today’s review.

The most famous beer out of Spoetzl is Shiner Bock, a medium-bodied, low-alcohol beer from the brewery out of Shiner, Texas. But we’re concentrating on a seasonal beer today; a summer brew. Let’s get into our Shiner Prickly Pear Review today, dear readers.

Shiner Prickly Pear Review

ABV: 4.9%
IBUs: 20
Method of pour: 12 oz. bottle into shaker pint glass.

Color: It’s interesting to note this beer comes in a twist-off bottle. I’m used to pop tops and cans, so this kind of caught me off guard. At any rate, Shiner Prickly Pear pours a nice copper color with a head that does not dissipate.

Nose: Summer fruits (pear, mango, and others) are immediately present. I haven’t tasted much cactus fruit in the past, but this seems to pick up some of that nose. I don’t detect much in the way of hops. The citra hops may be masked in the other notes.

Flavor: The fruit flavors immediately come to the tongue. Shiner Prickly Pear has more body than I expected, but there really isn’t much beyond that. Decent mouthfeel, but there isn’t much of a finish and the sweetness becomes cloying after about a half beer.

Bottom line: Shiner Prickly Pear is a decent summer cooler that provides a change of pace. It’s not going to change the world, but one won’t hurt you either.

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