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Shiner Holiday Cheer - Spoetzl Brewery

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BA SCORE
80
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963 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17.56%
Wants: 16
Gots: 69 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atlas1 on 10-26-2008)
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:19:53 | More by budgood1
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 02:40:04 | More by Blakaeris
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roblowther

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:59:17 | More by roblowther
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:47:47 | More by Bitterbill
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 20:41:02 | More by jondeelee
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 21:23:29 | More by beerdrifter
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hyprlt

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 19:51:52 | More by hyprlt
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:23:26 | More by JuicesFlowing
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gtermi

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a reddish brown with a white head that quickly fades.

S: This doesnt even smell like beer. It has a strong peach smell with some other fruity characteristics.

T: There is a lot of peach tastes in this beer. I had no idea this beer was suppose to be so peachy. I dont know what they are thinking. Peach is more a spring/ summer taste to me...

M: The beer is pretty average on the mouth feel. It has a strong amount of carbonation and just seems sort of boring.

O: Though I dont care for Spoetzl's beers, I ususally tend to enjoy their seasonal beers, but this one really let me down. I dont get the whole peach in winter thing. Just doesnt make sense to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 07:24:46 | More by gtermi
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Atlas1

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 18:26:56 | More by Atlas1
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mactrail

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 04:34:03 | More by mactrail
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one plus fingers head, walnut coloring, creamy layer of lace and clinging.

s- whoa peaches, smells like peach yogurt actually, i get a bit of nuts, not a ton, and some sweetness.

t- actually pretty interesting here, a kiss of sweet peach then earthiness kicks in with the nuts - a touch tart, very interesting. never had a beer that tasted remotely like this.

m- medium, slick.

d- okay, just cause this was a bit off the beaten path, and not exactly up my alley. it was interesting to try, but not anything that i'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 18:37:48 | More by thecarster1
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armock

New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a nice ruby mahogany color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Has a very peachy smell some malt sweetness

T - Has a sweet malt start then the blast of peach flavors

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This isn't a bad beer as long as its pretty cool but as it gets warmer the peaches come out all that much more until its almost undrinkable but its worth trying as long as its cool

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 01:16:40 | More by armock
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DubBrewer

Louisiana

3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 03:12:34 | More by DubBrewer
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zdk9

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Comes out of the bottle a distinctly clear ruby color with a slim sliver of head and no lacing.

S- Punches of peaches! Lots of sweet peach flavor- very ripe, maybe canned, maybe candied peaches

T- Lots of the same peach as the nose. I can get some of the darker nut flavors if I really try, but the sweetness if pretty overwhelming. Still the taste is more balanced than the aroma, for what it's worth. As it warms up there are some more flavors- the bready malt comes out a bit, but accompanying it is some cheap vodka.

M- The sweetness lingers, but it's a rather light beer besides that.

O- Who likes peaches? If you're looking for a peach soda clone this is probably your best bet.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 07:58:31 | More by zdk9
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Cubsfan1087

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured out a dark amber color, not very big head. It smells slightly fruity, you can pick up the hint of peach. The taste is less peach and more pecan, but it finishes slightly fruity and a little bitter. I didn't hate this beer, but I didn't love it. There are definitely better seasonal options out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 04:48:12 | More by Cubsfan1087
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium amber with a off-white foamy head.

Smell: Peaches and roasted malt.

Taste: Peaches and roasted pecans with underlying malty sweetness. Mild spicy earthy hop. Finish is dryish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light.

Drinkability: Not too bad, but too fruity for me to go more than one bottle at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 23:43:17 | More by JackieTH
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oddly refreshing for a Christmas Beer to showcase the fruit of peaches, which makes sense in the regions where those fruits are in season during the holidays.

Aromas of peach are obvious stand outs, far above the grainy/malty elements of mild toast and caramel. Nutty notes arise but only in moderate fashion; for a beer that boasts the additions of pecans, I would have expected more. Regardless, the peaches dominate.

Pouring a crystal-clear, dark amber hue, the beer has crimson highlights while carrying a part-froath, part-creamy head. The beer settles into a light sheet across the surface before holding firm.

Flavors are more balanced than the nose. Sure, roasted peaches are a mainstay, but are tempered by grainy sweetness, spice, toffee, and roasted nuts (pecans, I'd say). Where the depth and complexity of Dunkelweizens is needed, the beer instead delivers a one-dimentional fruity (peach) taste while the flavor of toasted grain husks leaves the finish a bit bitey.

Medium creaminess fades fast into a weakening mid palate. There's no real reprieve as the beer further falls into a woodsy, astringent feel late.

I rather enjoy the notion of peaches added to a beer like Dunkelweizen, but only if the subtle complexities of the base beer can be read, and not dominated by such a finess type of fruit as the peach. As with many Shiner beers, the over-attenuation leads to astringency and grainy taste: signature Shiner. No real mention of pecans? I thought that a walnut flavor from grain/malt made more of a contribution than pecans- would have missed it if the label hadn't said so.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 04:02:00 | More by BEERchitect
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an amber, carbonated beer with modest foam that quickly disappeared. Peaches, peaches, and more peaches--it is difficult to pick out any else from the peachy saturated aroma. A decent mouthfeel. The wheat character is definitely present, adding some texture to the experience.

The flavor is more in the sweet peach department with a dash of holiday spice at the end.

Sweetness and the extent of the peach is a bit too much for this beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 23:09:32 | More by BeardedBoffin
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bens0n

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours a clear brown/amber color with a good amount of off-white head that laces the glass.

Right off the bat you can pick up on the peaches, its pretty overpowering in comparison to the rest of the ingredients which are almost indistinguishable. There is a very, very subtle nutty/roasty quality to it.

Flavor wise, again the peaches dominate this brew. Its a medium to full bodied ale that has a nutty/roasty quality to it.

I picked up a 6 pack of these and after finishing 2, had no desire to grab a third, the peach flavor gets pretty old pretty quick and I would not say this beer is very drinkable. The peach flavor is a nice novelty, but when that novelty wears off you are left with a mediocre nutty ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:49:35 | More by bens0n
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csiewert

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This holiday beer has a distinct nutty and peachy smell/taste. Although sometimes it comes off smelling like popcorn... don't know if that's just me. Finishes smooth. Nothing special about the color or head features and came off a little flat... but that may have been the tap that it came from. Could use a little more hops, very strong malty flavors with a fruity/nutty aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2010 15:47:13 | More by csiewert
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A= Nice, solid mahogany color. It also had a nice foamy head but it disappered rather quickly and left some spotty lacing.

S= The nose had some bready malts in there and some dark fruits. It kind of reminded me of fruit cake.

T= Taste really isn't that strong like I thought it would be it's kind of toned downed compared to the nose. I just thought it would be stronger because I really picked up items in the nose easily. The peaches do come out a little bit but I really picked up on bready notes and some spices.

M= Decent Carbonation, The beer itself is a little on the thin side and is light.

O= Overall, It's not that bad but I would basically buy it for a holiday party where not a lot of people are craft beer drinkers because this beer isn't that intense. I would rather have a Sierra Nevada's Celebration in the fridge for a holiday type beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 10:50:01 | More by LiquidBread219
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Bierwolf

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Appearance/ 2 full fingers of tannish foam that dissipates to a thin froth. Dark amber but clear. Nice carbonation.

Smell / Big peaches out in front. Pears. Really fruity.

Taste/ The first and biggest thing you get is peaches but they tell you on the bottle they use Texas peaches in the recipe. There is some hop bitterness at the end but to me the fruitiness kind of overpowers anything else that may be there.

Mouth Feel / Medium bodied and creamy smooth.

Overall / I gave it a 2.75 on this as I am not a big fan of fruit flavored beer not because it is a bad brew. I am sure that the brewer achieved what he was going after. Overall I think it fits into it's style but I would rather have a beer that has more beer flavors than fruits. That is just my preference.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 21:34:31 | More by Bierwolf
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.16/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Dark peach/amber color with a decent formed head. Lacing is okay.

Super peachy and nectary with hints of white chocolate and candi sugar. Slightly nutty yeastiness. Not much else.

Tastes like a peach beer with some bitterness. No real hop showing. Malts are candied and weak with some graininess.

Semi-boring feel with a medium wetness to the body and a medium carb.

A dunkelweizen??? I get no wheat notes and only a very mild yeastiness that MIGHT be German. Nope. Call it a fruit beer and we'll talk.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 23:17:00 | More by thecheapies
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A coppery pour shows up a weathered garnet red in the vessel. A whispy peanut shell head holds only slightly before dissipating to a polished surface. Lacing is minimal, a few speckles while the visible effervesce is fair with only a moderate paced rise.

S: Dry caramel on the nose, apple malt, dry cherry skin with a very low awareness level. Not very cheerful thus far.

T: Flavor is cherry malt fruitiness, sweet vienna grains, toasty apple and honey malt. A touch of christmas pine and spruce hops mix with a specialty grain dry sweetness on the close.

M: Fair amount of carbonation and maltiness on the tongue, some syrupy content feel with a slight holiday spiciness off the tongue.

O: Malt forward xmas beer, fruity and somewhat respectable without being overbearing spice wise.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 23:08:27 | More by beerthulhu
Shiner Holiday Cheer from Spoetzl Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.