Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 962 | Reviews: 313 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ProfessorK:
1.85/5 rDev -47.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
I would not bother to dis a beer just because I didn't like it but this beer crossed the line by labeling itself as a Dunkelweizen.
I was fortunate enough to live in Germany for three years. I don't claim to be an expert but Dunkelweizen was one of my top three favorite German styles and I tried it everywhere I saw it (including every example in the BJCP). This beer misses the Dunkelweizen mark in every category.
A - The color is a quite lovely ruby hue but the beer is much too clear. Dunkelweizen is traditionally unfiltered with a strong protein haze that is apparent even if you don't swirl the sediment.
S - The peach smell is pretty nice but the beer lacks all of the phenol and ester aromas that make Dunkelweizens mouthwatering.
T - I was looking forward to the peach in this beer and it was nice but a little strong, perhaps because most of the other expected flavors were missing. There is an obvious Munich component to this beer but there is little else that is found in an authentic Dunkelweizen. No banana or clove. Muted esters. No breadiness from the yeast.
M - The mouthfeel is decent but it missing the "heft" of an unfiltered wheat beer.
O - Compared to other American wheat beers and/or fruit beers I find this one to be average but I will be the first to admit that this is not my style. If Spoetzl had marked this beer as Dark American Wheat I still wouldn't like it but I would be forced to give it slightly higher marks. As it stands, the "Old World Dunkelweizen" on the box is an outright lie.
Serving type: bottle
12-09-2011 01:10:45 | More by ProfessorK
More User Reviews:
3.64/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
The Shiner Holiday Cheer was a good seasonal beer. I do not remember everything about this beer. It has been so long since I have had it, but from what I do remember it was that too strong, or too light. For a seasonal beer it was actually really good. Also the taste of this beer was not really all that bad actually.
Serving type: bottle
06-21-2014 21:55:30 | More by jaredtp
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 962 ratings.