Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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352 Reviews
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Reviews: 352
Hads: 1,366
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 7.95%
Wants: 37
Gots: 344 | FT: 0
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Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Atlas1 on 10-26-2008

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Photo of Atlas1
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just saw this at the store today so I grabbed a six pack. Not sure if a six pack was such a good idea, though. This is a strange brew.

Poured into my Sam Adams crazy glass. Beautiful color. Bright amber/brown with ruby reds and sunlight orange hues shining through. Thin head recedes quickly into a light film over the beer. Not much lace, but man it's a pretty beer. The nose is a bit strange. Odd mix of light fruit and malt. Kinda reminds me of the old Nehi Peach soda. Definitely some peach, some faint nutty scents, and malty sweetness, but on the whole it's a bit odd. Not necessarily offensive, just odd. The taste is similar in comparison. Strange peach flavor, nutty bitterness. Mostly malt sweetness, but the strange peach flavor lingers a bit too much in the aftertaste. Bizarre. Again, not bad, but bizarre. A slight hint of smoky pepper in there too gives it a spicy bite. Mouthfeel is light but slightly creamy. Not bad.

What an odd beer, this Holiday Cheer. Not sure I'd call it a dunkelweizen, although it is, according to the brewery, a variation on their dunkel theme from a previous brew. Still, I can't see this one catching on with the mainstream. Interesting, yes, but probably a one-time brew. Glad I tried it, though, if nothing else. (1,265 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apricot jam in a bottle with a touch of hops. Golden orange in the glass with a very nice head and spritzy on the tongue.

Light body. This is just so sweet and fruity. I taste peach, then apricot, then orange marmalade. Malty but not exactly rich. If only it swerved into a dry and bitterish Belgian yeasty flavor-- but no such luck. There doesn't seem to be much aroma. Breathing out through the nose is like exhaling peach brandy from the gas station liquor store. Still, it's quite drinkable, just hard to get your palate around. If they called it "Orchard Amber" for a summer quaff, it might go down easier. Totally weird and worth a try if you like fruit flavors.

I think this one should be in the Fruit/Vegetable category. If this is a Dunkelweizen, it's well disguised. From the 12 oz bottle bought at Pinkie's in San Angelo. (834 characters)

Photo of DubBrewer
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light brown with slight caramel hue to it. The wheat gives it good head retention. Filtered brew.

Smell - Light peach aroma with some of the wheat malt present as well. Slightly nutty aroma is also there.

Taste - Soft peach flavor with refreshing wheat malt. The nutty flavor is in the beginning of it and it finishes with a nice sweet peach. The hops give it a soft bitterness but are mostly there to support the malt profile.

Mouthfeel - Very refreshing and smooth carbonation with a light body.

Drinkability - Overall, I would have to say fairly good drinkability. I like combination of the pecan and peach flavor. It is a sweeter brew, but its a nice seasonal type variety. (695 characters)

Photo of beerdrifter
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany pour with one finger head that fades quickly with minimal lacing. Nutty, fruity nose with subtle hints of peaches along with brown sugar, and caramel. Taste is dominated by the sweet malt with hints of peaches, toffee, and maple syrup. The mouthfeel is syrupy and sickly sweet. The description of this beer sounded interesting, but Shiner definitely didn't pull it off. Way too sweet for my tastes. (413 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a nice clear dark copper color with a slight hint of ruby red. A cream colored head dissipates to an even film. Sticky, watery lacing. The beer smells tremendous, because you can really smell peaches here. Again, peaches dominate, but it's got enough of a caramel malt presence to help, sort of. It's overbearingly sweet, and peachy. The mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a tad watery. Overall, this is a weird one. It's just too sweet! And peachy! I don't equate peaches with Holiday Cheer in any way, but I do realize this beer is a regional thing. It's fun to have one, but a 6 pack? yikes. (635 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear red colored beer with a small light brown colored head.

Smells of candied ginger and malt. Smell some brown sugar and spruce tree. Lesser scent of blackberry and some eucalyptus tree.

Starts out malty and a little sweet with a taste of dried fruit. Weird flavor I can only describe as licorice.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a weird beer that I wouldn't want a six pack of. (384 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle enjoyed at the Old Chicago yesterday.

It poured a clear deep amber with about an inch of foam. Some lacing.

The smell was very sweet and fruity with a butt load of peaches shining through.(pun intended)

The taste brought the peaches to my tastebuds along with a light taste of the pecans. It tasted very grainy as well...wheat, me thinks. Decent taste but perhaps a bit too sweet.

Light bodied with medium carbonation. It does finish on the watery side.

Drinkability? Interesting stuff going on but 1 bottle was all that I could handle. Worth a shot but nothing really sessionable about this brew and really, not much of a dunkelweizen. (648 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear red brown, very dense light tan head. Possible tiny reindeer tracks in the head, but I can't be sure. Smell is VERY fruity. Peaches, oranges, lemons, bananas, cherries. And peaches. I'm serious, this smells like a soothie. Taste follows suit, very sweet, with oranges and vanilla. It tastes like one of those orange cream candies. Interesting. I would have a VERY hard time classing this. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Drinkability is excellent. You could just suck these down all Christmas eve. Until you went glucose intolerant. To sum it up...I have little to no idea what to make of this. (604 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Head disappears quickly, lacing doesn't last for very long. Brown mahogany with red tones

S: Peaches, sweet tea.

T: Exactly as it smells. I tastes like canned peaches and tea. Hop aftertaste lingers nicely.

M: Unremarkable except the sugars I get that coat the mouth throughout.

D: Strange...not wintery at all but I could see drinking it on my porch after mowing the lawn. I don't quite understand the idea of labeling a beer "winter" unless it tastes like winter. (511 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An easy pour of this filtered brew into the Sammy Adams freebie glass reveals a clear oak brown hue, capped with a thick and rich ran head. Brussels lace remain in the glass all the way down.

Sweet peach, molasses, honey and spice in the aroma - this holiday brew really has a nice nose to it. Body is a bit thin, but the peaches and roasted nuts come into play with the quaff. On the sweet side, esp. for a winter holiday brew - this could use more spice and hops, but all in all, not too bad of a drinking brew. Might be tough to work through a sixer in a sitting though. (574 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells of peaches and very light grains, and is almost tea-like in this aspect; there is little on the nose to remind that this is a beer.

Thankfully, the power of the peach scent is toned down in its translation to the tongue, for although peach flavors are the first to wash over the tastebuds, they quickly give way and melt into nutty grain flavors, with a subtle undercurrent of pecan oils. Caramel flavors can also be pulled from the palate, as well as a light smattering of hops that gives a decent bitterness and helps counter the sugary peaches. The toasted grain/pecan flavors are what lingered the longest on my tongue, providing a nice aftertaste. I did find the brew to be slightly over-carbonated, and such fizziness actually proved distracting when trying to analyze the flavors.

Overall, this is a decently-balanced beer, the peach and pecan flavors mingling nicely with the malts and hops (and not over-poweringly so, which was a real concern when I'd only smelled the brew). (996 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle into a wheat beer glass. The first of my 2014 Twelve Beers of Christmas.

A- Poured a very dark and clear reddish brown color with visible carbonation, off-white soapy head dissipated quickly and left no lace.

S- Lots of sweet and syrupy peach notes, some toasted malts, and nutty notes.

T- Dominant notes of very sweet and artificial peach, almost like a peach syrup. There are also some sweet bread, light pecan notes, and light spices.

M-Medium body, low carbonation, and slightly watery finish.

O- The descriptions of this beer sounded very intriguing, but the peach flavor is a bit cloying and very artificial tasting. The pecan flavor was very subtle and pleasant. It is certainly a one-of-a-kind beer for the season that lacks the usual holiday spices, but still manages to evoke the season. (830 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a brownish red color with very little head at all.

S: The aroma is of sweet malts and some light hops.

T: Taste is not what I hoped but a bit metalic and some malt tatse but hops are covered up by metalic taste.

M: Thin and watery and also not what I expected.

O: Overall a sad letdown as to what I hoped it would be the name sounded festive and like haveing a good time, but sadly that was not the case here. (422 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out a clear auburn colour with a respectable tan head that sticks a bit and stays a bit longer. light wisps of lace, too. aroma of peaches and popcorn....something i don't think i've ever experienced before in a beer. taste is good deal more of the peaches with a slight hint of roasted nuts, mingling nicely with the sweetness of the malts used. there is some underlying weizen notes of lemon and some spice which actually gives the overall flavour profile some depth and legitimacy. light mouthfeel with a medium at best body provides an easy drinking, yet sort of underwhelming performance. finishes on the dry side which helps things out because if this concoction was sweet and cloying it would be a lot less enjoyable. therefore drinkability is fairly decent.

overall, i don't hate it but do not necessarily like it too much, either. for a winter/holiday/x-mas ale it's interesting but not something i think i would want to revisit or look forward to every year. (975 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark red-copper with a modest creamy tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is dominated natural peach. Hints of dry malt and orange.

Taste is mild malty and fruity with a distinct peach character. Mild spices and a nutty earthy finish, with a lingering metallic quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable, if odd dunkel. Flavor is not as unified as I would prefer. (391 characters)

Photo of hyprlt
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a mason jar.

A: short, half-inch creamy(ish) and cream-colored head. Caramel colored and quite clear.

S: slight peach aromas that may be enhanced by the hops. on-off scent, i can't really explain, just different.

T: the pecan flavor combined with the peaches jumps at you immediately, not in a good way. the back end is total peaches. after a few sips, its not appalling.

M: a little thick as a german style, but Im probably wrong on that. Not overly carbonated.

O: At first, I absolutely hated it. The aftertaste is definitely peaches, and that isn't a terrible thing. As a recommendation, I'd say you have to have it once. (654 characters)

Photo of vdread
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shiner Holiday Cheer pours a dark coppery color with a good sized head.

smells strongly of peaches and pecans. there's that twinge of artificiality that i don't care for in my beer, but it comes across as good.

wow, the taste is much different than the smell. much stronger in the peach especially, but the pecan also comes through. the malt is slighlty roasted and grainy, and the earthy hops are slightly bitter. it's a bomb of artificial peachy-nuttyness.

mouthfeel medium-full, strongly carbonated. easy to drink, but not really for me. it's the overwhelming taste of peaches that turns me off to it. (609 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So I decided to pop this one open last night. Really not that big of a fan of their lineup but hey I will give it a whirl.

Poured out a medium amber with a smooth hea of white that faded quickly and left behind only small lacing, ehh. Aroma is overspiced. Like candy with nutmeg, cinnamon, tons of weird candy like aromas and flavor. Really just off to me and not befitting the style at all. This carried right over into the flavor which was sickingly a mess and just way over the top with the spices and no hint of deep caramel malts.

Overall no way its a dopplebock and no way would I do it again (601 characters)

Photo of seand
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark red amber with a finger or two of thick tan head. Looks quite nice, really, until the head dissipates, which happens fairly quickly, resulting in not much lacing.

S: Strong peach with a background of nuttiness. Like a a sugary peach drink and almonds. Strange.

T: Sweet peach again, finishing slightly dry.

M: Medium carbonation, fairly smooth, medium to light body.

D: It's too weird to be drinkable for me. I guess if you like the peach-beer characteristic it would be quite drinkable, given the fairly low ABV and nice mouthfeel.

Quite an odd beer. Probably worth trying for the experience if you can split a single bottle with someone else - a full 12oz bottle was a bit much of this for me, and I have no desire to get more. (750 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice dark amber with bright copper highlights and a lingering tan head with some mild lacing.

Smell like a bowl of peaches and cream.

Taste like a very muted peach with just a hint of caramel malt and with a bit of a coppery metallic finish. Typical fruit beer to much fruit not enough beer.

The mouthfeel is light and thin.

Another boring fruit beer, where is all the Dunkelweizen goodness. (404 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Bought a six pack and poured into a glass. Not much head. Pours a nice reddish orange and the smell is fantastic. Great "natural flavored" peach smell. But when it comes to the taste there is not much peach or pecan taste at all. Tastes like a regular semi dark beer. I'm very disappointed in the taste. Not sure how a peach/pecan inspired beer has anything to do with Christmas. I think this would better be marketed as a summer type beer with the peach thing. Anyways if you like the smell of peaches this thing delivers. If you are looking for a peach and pecan tasting beer forget this one. I'm a big fan of Shiner beer but this is disappointing. (650 characters)

Photo of bump8628
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

It pours up with 2 fingers of light tan foam that settles into a fizzle of lace that holds on to the copper/brown body.

The aroma is pleasing with a dominant smell of overripe peaches backed by toasty malt and pecans.

After the aroma the taste is quite a letdown. The artificial-tasting peach completely overrides the other aspects of the beer. The pecan is barely perceptible followed by some grainy wheat. Some hop bitterness hangs around on the back of the palate. The more I drink it the more muddled the flavors become. It's pretty sweet and the non-beer flavors that abound in this beer severely hurt the drinkability.

I must admit, peach isn't a flavor I'm fond of in beer. I'm glad I only bought a single bottle of this. I applaud the creative spin on a holiday beer, but it's just not my bag. (848 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
2.97/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle states a bavarian style dark wheat deer.

pours is copper lager clear. with as small head that doesn't stick around long. nose is that initial cereal i've found in other shiners... after it sits a very prominent strawberry. palate is sweet. not much wheat character. not much of anything besides the fruit citrus of a strawberry then a overly hoppy. and i'm not saying its actually a hoppy beer but no balance at all as for malt character interaction. quite plain. might have been decent if it wasn't clear... crisp, not bready dense. not as misplaced yeast as some of the other shiners. definitely not a dukelweizen so don't try if that's what you're hoping for. (671 characters)

Photo of rmcnealy
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a dark copper that was translucent and very filtered. The ivory white head was robust and consistent, fading to a small sudsy layer. First smells are overwhelmingly peach. It definitely has some carbonation to it. I'm not sensing pecans but after the peach fleets there is a slight maltiness. As the beer is consumed, the head is very uneven and looks quite unusual. Appears to be continents drifting apart as seen from the space shuttle (I know.. crazy). It finishes up with a slight cream mouthfeel. This is the first beer in awhile that I actually really don't care for. The tastes are not robust. The taste is overwhelmed by peach. Not sure how peaches even play into the winter holidays. Unfortunately I have 5 left. (773 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of citrus, fruit which is mostly peaches with some grain and nuts in the background.

T: has a fruity sweet flavor dominated by peach with some grain and nuts. There is a nice bitterness in the background and a slightly sticky finish.

F: Light body, smooth, but too sweet.

O: Not what I enjoy in a holiday beer, but a good novelty beer for non-craft beer drinkers. (450 characters)

Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
80 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.