Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 352
Hads: 1,372
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 34.94%
Wants: 38
Gots: 351 | FT: 0
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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 yemenmocha
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark amber to brown color with light tan head that is nice at first, but recedes to a thin rim. Nose has plenty of peach and toasty aromas, maybe some black tea. On the palate the peach comes through nicely with a wheat cracker malt flavor. Extra nutty sweetness. Finishes like a dessert cake.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This holiday offering pours a rich, dark ruby-tinged brown color with a bubbly head of light cocoa foam about two-fingers high. Active carbonation bubbles and spotty lacing in the glass. Poor head retention.

The nose is like liquid peaches - very fruity, with hints of pear, honey and very subtle spices. The nose reminds me of the syrup in canned fruit more than anything.

The palate offers a very fruity punch right up front, but isn't as sweet as the nose would have you believe. There is a rather nice balance of peachy sweetness and nutty dryness going on here. I detect ever-so-slight hop bitterness and a subtle roasted malt character that counters the fruitiness of this beer rather well.

This is a medium bodied wheat beer with very ample carbonation - maybe slightly over-attenuated - and a dry, slightly bitter finish.

A very drinkable holiday beer, and a nice change of pace from the heavier "barley-based" beers of winter. I would have liked to have seen a bit more spice in the beer and just a bit less carbonation. Having said that, though, this beer exceeded my expectations quite a bit.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice chestnut color with good clarity and about 2 fingerrs of sticky brown tinged head. Smells extremely fruity on the nose with hints of dunkel components, dark fruits, just a hint of peach, some toasty malt.

Actually works out better than i thought it would. Almost like a dunkel meets a roasty toasty english brown meets a fruit beer. Sweet peach juice up front rolls into other dark fruits along the mid-palate and some weizen flare, creamy body but not too heavy, prickly carbonation. Just enough bitterness on the back end with a big roasted malt and toasted bread flavor to balance the sweetness. Toasty flavors linger on the palate. It does finish a little soapy however with what feels like a bit of alcohol heat which is strange for such a flavorful beer at a low abv. but overall it is definitely something different for the holidays. I wouldn't call it a dunkelweizen however it is a very unique take on a fruit beer that combines some other interesting traits from other styles. Something you can have a few of with a unique flavor.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, showing an even mahogany hue. It held a creamy, tan head standing one finger tall, leaving patterned wisps of lacing as it bubbled away at a moderate pace. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be active. The aroma gave fruitiness of pomegranate and strawberry, cinnamon and clovey spice, sourdough breadiness, tart candied raspberries, sugary Twizzler sweetness, roasted wheat and brown maltiness, and lemon iced tea tannins. With warmth came a cleansing wave of authentic apricot and prune juice sweetness. Our first impression was that the depth of spice and grain gave the flavoring a decidedly Christmasy flair of warmth and balanced togetherness. As we sipped, the taste opened up with bubblegum ester sweetness, freshly churned butter, basement mustiness, molasses, cranberry fruitiness, cereal and caramel grain, and roasty fig pudding spiciness. The middle came to a peak with lemon and orange flesh and peel, bright phenolic clove, gingerbread cookies, black tea tannins, burnt caramel grain, and raw wheaty and brown malts. The end lighten a bit, with creamy vanilla softness, apple cinnamon fruitiness, deeply cooked caramel sugars, soured dried grassiness, lemon pith, white sugar, soft soapy hops, phenolic chemical cleanliness, and almond oiliness. The aftertaste breathed of chai and black tea tannins, herbal essence shampoo, strawberry wine cooler, white grape and plum skins, cereal and caramel graininess, orange peel, and distant herbal hops. The body sat on the full side of medium, while carbonation was lighter. Each sip gave decent slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop, with slower glug. The mouth was left initially coated and creamy, but this faded into more comforting toastiness and warmth, especially as the beer came to temperature. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drank easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This, as with the mouthfeel, enhanced with each further degree that the liquid warmed. We were then better able to appreciate the nuances of the fruity inclusions, and the inherent spiciness of the grain bill. These lent to each other well, for a balanced, blended experience. We felt much the same way about the flavoring, with fair representation from each corner. This is really what being a Christmas beer should be all about, with richness, depth, warmth, and a touch of fun. All of this, actually, might make it harder for one to indulge all by themselves, as at points we wished we had smaller pours, but that just lends itself to the spirit of the holiday, so go find someone to share this tasty beer with.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle x2. Best before 02/23/12. Served in a 22oz tapered glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a red tinge. A finger of beige foam forms and quickly settles to a thin sheet. Only a hint of lacing.

Fruit aroma hits you right up front with the peaches the obvious strong note. I'm also getting hints of grape and cherry. Sweet malt is a more minor component of the aroma, with only a hint of hops. Some earthy spiciness.

Taste has a hint of sweetness and fruit up front, but quickly gets dry and slightly spicy. The peach flavor is still dominant, but not as strong as the nose. Not sure if I'm actually tasting the pecan contribution, but the finish has a darker earthy note.

Body is medium-low and carbonation is high. Fairly drinkable, but the carbonation is a bit too sharp.

If find the aroma of this beer the best part, and better than the flavor, but I like it overall. It's a refreshing break from the more heavy and spiced winter ales.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.66/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shiner Holiday Cheer

This beer pours a beautiful dark brown with a ruby haze, with just a small amount of translusency. Large off white head, with great retention.

Aroma is very unique. Unlike one I've ever smelled before. A blend of insane amounts of ripe peaches, cherries, sweet sundried raisans, sugary vanilla wafferrs, light melted dark chocolate, a touch of sticky honey, and hazlenut creme. Fantastic aroma. Reminds me of peach ice cream in a way. Very fragrant and sweet, yet no where near cloying. A++

Taste is a combonation of rich chocolate malt and a light spiciness. Upfront, the malt grasps a hold of the palate. Sweet chocolate, succulent peaches, and fig. Along with some spiciness of light rosemary, and nutmeg, and light florals near the end to balance. Overall balance is great with none of the flavor notes being overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but it works.
Drinkability is only average, due to it's sweet nature.

A tasty treat from Shiner. Absolutely amazing aroma, and great taste. Not quite as good as Shiner Black, but this one is unique and one of a kind. Nothing like this one, so check it out folks!

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Photo of SteveMcQueen36
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A weird and sweet beer. This is more like a dessert drink. After a big holiday meal this beer should just about seal the deal, so-to-speak, on your slumber. Take a big swig of this whilst downing copious amounts of Aunt Bessie's Triple Decker Cinnamon Plum Pudding. It will be a great compliment.

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Photo of danadeny
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a clear amber body with a billowy-bubbly lightly brown head. the smell is very interesting. it's very berry like, fruity, fruit punch. with a hint of saaz hops i think, graipfruit / pine smell. Taste is interesting. lots of different fruits going on, peachy for sure. the dominant flavor is the grapefruit / pine hops. it could use a little for malt up front to match the hops. mouth feel is light a carbonated. drinkability is average, maybe not a session beer but you could do a sixpack in one night. this might be my favorite xmass beer because it's not super high alcohol, not super heavy, and not heavily spiced.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark ruby amber with a well formed head that laces well. Said lacing lasts only a few minutes, however. Nose is of peach over a slight caramel. Light bodied with a thin mouthfeel. Slightly above normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is not complex. Like the nose, it is peach predominating over a light caramel. The beginning is a nice peach which effervesces into an ending that has pecan, but you have to really search for it. The finish is a lingering taste of peach that is OK, at best.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: BevMo in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $14.99 for a BevMo variety 8-pack (w/ BevMo card)
Purchased: Dec. 31, 2013
Consumed: Jan. 9, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a brownish murky color with two fingers of khaki tan head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good amount of circular foamy lacing along the sides. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled peach, raspberry, grape juice, blueberry honey and dark apples. Reminded me a bit of the Quaker oatmeal variety pack that I used to mix and match when I was younger.

Tasted more like a Dunkelweizen than the smell. Got peach, blueberry, grape juice, juicy apple and maple pecans.

Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth finish.

Not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed this beer. I may have overrated it a bit, but I would have it again for sure.

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Photo of merlin48
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a clear mahogany body with a creamy beige head that lasts the duration. Some attractive patchy lace clings to the glass. Nice looker.

Aroma is peeaches and toasted pecans. Peach essence seems to be a blend of canned and fresh.

Body and carbonation are medium and the mouthfeel has the creaminess of a dunkelweizen.

Taste is like the aroma, toasted pecans and peaches. A hint of wheat malt twang is the only suggestion of a dunkelweizen. Vague hop bitterness balances.

No real dunkelweizen character here but the peaches and pecans create a unique taste profile. An interesting take on a holiday brew.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for the holiday cheer! Instead of some spiked eggnog, I figured a holiday beer would be a nice try.

Appearance - Nice, solid mahogany appearance. Not everyday you get such a nice color in a beer.

Smell - Not the best smell ever, doesn't really seem to match the taste in my opion. More of a washy regular Shiner.

Taste - Peachy! If you like Lambrics but hate the price, this one will be a great sub. Aftertaste after a bit seems to be a bit much and overbearing, but sipped over time its a good one.

Mouthfell - Very similar to its parent beer - Shiner bock

Overall - a great specialty beer. I wouldn't have this every night, but definately in the winter.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Class Six at Travis AFB.

Appearance- golden brown color, good size head

Smell- malt, peaches, pecan, interesting

Taste- mostly peaches, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I love the flavor. The flavor of peaches in this beer are awesome.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/25/2014. Pours almost crystal clear deep ruby brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big peach, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, floral, light banana, and herbal earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with big peach presence and moderate malt balance; with good strength. Taste of big peach, banana, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, clove, pepper, floral, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of peach, banana, caramel, toffee, brown bread, wheat, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of peach, yeast, and malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice fruited dunkelweizen. Good balance and robustness of fruit, malt, and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of those beers i have passed over about a million times without realizing what i was missing. this is a particularly unique brew, a wheat beer that features both pecans and peaches, a refreshing and tasty rewrite of holiday beer. huge peach nose is very authentic, not real nutty, but fresh and juicy in front of medium toasted wheat malt. i really like the subtle spice flavor with the sweet peach, its like real good iced tea from the south. could maybe use a little more hops to soften the sugar, but i like how different this is. the pecans add an earthy richness which is nice with the grain, and the beer is robustly carbonated and lively on the palate. this beer deserves more credit, its one of a kind and among the very best ive had from shiner. worthy of any holiday feast, i may make this a tradition.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking festive Christmas bottle poured into a Founders pint glass and rolls out an amber reddish with a pretty decent head atop that has a slight pinkish hue to it...

I'm getting the peaches here as well along with a nutty maltiness that seems spiked with Christmas spices... Almost fruitcake like really... Not overly sweet but the fruit is definitely a player here... Not much of the usual dark wheat found with the style...

Slightly sweet maltiness with a backbone of the fruits present in the aromas... Nuttiness from the pecans... Lots of spiciness as well... Not bad at all...

I liked this one... Not sure I could drink more than a couple but the uniqueness of the flavors would keep me interested for a bit...

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown color with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is a nice blend of peaches, caramelized pecans, wheat, toasted bread, and a hint of bourbon. The flavor has some peaches in syrup notes upfront, along with a pecan nuttiness, a bit of toasted bread and caramel, wheat twang, earthy hops, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is pretty good. An interesting and unique dunkel, with an amazing aroma but it's too sweet to have more than one.

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Photo of bort11
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. Creamy tan head holds up at about an inch. Depending on the pour, the head has pretty good legs or just drops down right away. After four of these over the last few days it's about 50/50. Body color is a clear dark amber. The nucleation ring on the bottom of the glass kicks up a steady stream of carbonation.

Peaches dominate the smell, with a dark malt rounding out the edges. This is a fairly tart peach, verging on a nectarine. I'm glad it's not a sweetened peach like cobbler filling. Taste actually slides back and is like pie filling. It is a juicy peach filling and comes off fairly natural. At this point the pecans sneak in and give a crunchy pie crust finish.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy and sweet. The peach aftertaste has a fizzy character that has nothing to do with the carbonation. This is a great dessert beer and would be great for a holiday party. I don't see this as a dunkelweizen as more of a straight up fruit beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

Dunkelweizen meets fruitcake. Here is Spoetzl Brewery's take on making a holiday beer out of a Bavarian-Style Dark Wheat Beer. Brewed with peaches, pecans, natural flavor and caramel color. Hey, at least they admit they use flavoring and color. Worried? Perhaps, but we'll let our taste buds be the judge.

Yup, it's a wheat beer with its towering head, good retention and all. Peach aroma dominates the nose, yet there are hints of pecans and some toasted maltiness. Ample smoothness with a slick, medium body. Fresh wheat malt and toasted grain are a good base that hold this beer together. Peach flavor has a mild twang within the subtle sweetness. Nutty, with a light pecan note in the middle. Mild hop presence does not get in the way, though it does help to balance. Finishes dry with a toasted bread crust and lingering pecan flavor.

Interesting, a flavored holiday ale where we would possibly want more than one. Nice to see something different rather than the usual pie spicing that ends up tasting like organic toothpaste. A good pick for the holiday party, as it will definitely spark some interest if not conversation. This is without a doubt a beer that non-beer drinkers could approach and hopefully get pulled into.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mugglesandhops for this tasty treat.

Clear caramel brown in color with a finger sized head that falls pretty quickly but leaves a lot of sticky suds behind.
Smells like I just sliced into a fresh peach. Yummy. I can't even get a hint of the pecan though.
Wonderful peach flavor that gives this beer a pleasent sweetness. I'm a bit suprised b/c I usually don't like the fruity sweet type beers. But this is yummy. There's a nuttiness middle to end that I asume is from the pecans. The nutty flavors get stronger as the beer warms. Nice dry finish.
Medium bodied and crisp.
Easy to finish but I wouldn't go as far to call it a session beer. It's a nice beer to have when you want something tasty that's different.
Good beer unlike anything that I've had.

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Photo of Good_Ale84
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Being from Texas, I've tried just about every Shiner product. This beer literally tastes like Christmas. Dark amber, cream to tan .5"to 1" head. Subtle fruity flavor gives way to a sweet,caramel and "Christmas Dessert" flavor. Not too bad from a nostalgic stand point.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosted margarita mug, thats what you get when you get this at a Taco Joint.

Appearance-Body is a deep amber with a tan head. With the cold glass no lacing remained.

Smell-Cranberrries, Peach, and some spices. Wasn't sure what style this was while drinking it.

Taste-Still pick up some cranberries and spice. Lots of breadiness and some sweetness on the backend.

Mouthfeel-Pretty thin body, lots of carbonation, a little too much.

Overall-Interesting take on a Dunkleweizen and one of the better beers by Spoetzl brewery if I had to pick one. Not going out of my way to get this but I'll be drinking more tonight, considering they serve it across the street from me for 1.50 pints during the Alabama/LSU game tonight.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a fingers worth of head that slowly fades down pretty much nothing

S: Peaches and malt stand out the most, providing a moderate sweetness and interesting fruitiness. Not much else behind that

T: Follows the nose, with the addition of some pecan notes coming through to cut sweetness and the huge peachy notes from the nose. Definitely starts with the malt and peaches out front, but the pecans come in shortly after to provide balance. Finishes with lingering peach and pecan notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Definitely interesting and different for a winter brew and dunkelweizen, but a good iteration if you want just that. The peach and pecan certainly mark the brew, which is a good thing (for the sake of being different). Worth seeking out, which isn't easily said for any other Shiner beer

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Photo of Richardberg
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - blood orange, little foam, mostly translucent

s - peach, raisin, yeast, esters

t - all of the above, but pecan emerges to be strongest of all. Crisp malts remind you you're still in the weizen world, but the other flavors don't really work together. Too bad, as it definitely reminds me of home (tx hill country).

M - thin, not enough carbonation

D - easily sessionable if you dig the flavor combo. Don't think I could do >2 myself.

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Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with two fingers of tan head and few lacings. Smell is light fruitiness. Taste is sweet peachy malts with barely enough hops to support. A touch of the pecan shows up in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is clean and slick with a neutral finish. Overall a handsome beer and label. Easy drinker that would probably please the macro beer drinkers more than the craft drinkers due to low hop impact.
I enjoyed it and could detect no alcohol in the taste. Never did taste any wheat presence either.

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